Speaking in Maine

Occasional weekdays at 2:00 pm

One of the many public affairs lecture series Maine Public Radio presents weekdays at 2:00 pm, In partnership with many civic minding organizations and education institutions from all around the state, Speaking in Maine features diverse speakers addressing many of the important issues of our day. The program is produced by Lucy Soucek. The Executive Producer for Speaking in Maine is Charles Beck.

  Some Mainers have begun taking direct control of the political process. They've filed absentee ballots that make their choices in next month's election. Many more will do so on election day, November 2. What do individual voters think? Political ad commentators Sam Surprise and Brenda Garrand and MPBN Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz wanted to find out, so they spent some time recently at Simone's hot dog stand in Lewiston.

  A Speaking in Maine: Your Vote 2010 special program was recorded at Portland's Cumberland Club during its Joshua Chamberlain Lecture Series. A panel of political reporters, a political blogger and one political pollster breakdown the gubernatorial campaigns with less than three weeks to go in the race. MPBN's own A.J. Higgins participated in this lively discussion about the upcoming 2010 election.

The panel was recorded on October 13, 2010 at the Cumberland Club in Portland. The panel comprised the following (in order of introduction):

  Speaking in Maine features a special "Your Vote 2010" gubernatorial candidate forum on Education. This forum is sponsored by the 5th Maine Symposium on Higher Education with a focus on “dramatically increasing the education and skill level of Maine's current and future workers.”

The candidates for Maine Governor respond to the question “What Would You Do, as Governor, To Increase Education Attainment?” They also present their plans to achieve the goal of 40,000 more degree-holders by 2020. The moderator is MPBN’s Jennifer Rooks.

  Speaking in Maine returns to the University of New England, for a talk by Brent Scowcroft. Scowcroft served as National Security Advisor to both Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush.

Lieutenant General Brent Scowcroft (retired), former National Security Advisor to both Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, delivered the University of New England's 2010 George and Barbara Bush Distinguished Lecture.
This talk was recorded on September 24, 2010 in the Riverview Tent on the Biddeford Campus of the University of New England. 

  Maine gubernatorial candidates Eliot Cutler (I), Paul LePage (R), Libby Mitchell (D), and Shawn Moody (I) debated current energy and environmental policy and business development issues in Maine at Hannaford Hall on the campus of USM in Portland on September 23.

The Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine, or E2Tech, is an organization representing more than 300 companies and non-profit organizations with 4,000 employees in Maine.

  Dr. David Howes is President and CEO, Martin's Point Health Care based in Portland, Maine. In his ten years as president, Dr. Howes has built the organization into Maine's largest non-profit primary care practice.

Dr. Howes joined Martin's Point Health Care in 1989 as a family physician. In 1991, he was appointed medical director for the entire Martin's Point network. Dr. Howes earned his medical degree from Dartmouth, and completed residencies in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

  Speaking in Maine returned to Camden, for an address by Ambassador Goodwin Cooke who served as US Ambassador to the Central African Republic, before the Midcoast forum on foreign relations. Cooke's talk focuses on the reasons and causes for conflict in Africa and other regions.

  Speaking in Maine featured Suzanne McCormick, President & CEO of the United Way of Greater Portland. She discussed "the Economics of Compassion in Maine," the real and tangible benefits realized by the community as a result of making investments in the lives of others.

  Speaking in Maine returned to the Cumberland Club in Portland for the next talk in the Joshua Chamberlain Lecture Series. Patricia Quinn, Executive Director of the Northern New England Rail Authority outlined her vision for the future of passenger rail service in Maine.

  Boston University professor of history and international relations Dr. Andrew J. Bacevich recently spoke at the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations in Camden. He discusses his theory that the world needs America to ensure the ultimate triumph of liberty on Speaking in Maine.

  Michael M. Kaiser, president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, discusses plans to provide counsel and encouragement to nonprofit arts organizations in need on Speaking in Maine.

Kaiser addressed the key challenges facing nonprofit arts organizations through such areas as fundraising, building more effective boards of trustees, budgeting and marketing.

This talk was sponsored by the Maine Arts Commission. It was recorded July 1, 2010 at the Portland Museum of Art.

  Speaking in Maine visits Camden, for an address before the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations. The speaker is Avis Bohlen; adjunct Professor at Georgetown University. She served for 25 years as a career foreign service officer with the US State Department including Assistant Secretary for Arms Control focused on nuclear proliferation.

Over the years, she has been involved in policy on a wide range of issues relating to U.S.-European relations, U.S. relations with France, European security issues, arms control, and Soviet affairs.

  Even as a toxic tragedy unfolds in the Gulf, thousands of hazardous chemicals already permeate every aspect of our lives,in plastic water bottles, electronics, even children’s toys, with consequences for environmental and human health. Speaking in Maine offers insight into this issue with a talk by Environmental Journalist & Author Elizabeth Grossman.

  Speaking in Maine takes on health care at a recent panel discussion at the USM Muskie School of Public Policy, Dr. Erik Steele, Interim CEO, Blue Hill Memorial Hospital; Elizabeth Mitchell, CEO, Maine Health Management Coalition/Foundation; and Trish Riley, Maine Governor's Office of Health Policy and Finance discussed the impact of the recent health care reform act on Maine.

The panel includes:

Dr. Erik Steele, Interim CEO, Blue Hill Memorial Hospital

  Speaking in Maine offers a presentation delivered at the University of Maine's summit to assess Maine’s future workforce needs to help create a public agenda for higher education. The speaker is John Dorrer, Director of the Maine Dept. of Labor’s Center for Workforce Research and Information.

John Dorrer's presentation is titled: Workforce Demographics and the Demand for High Skill Workers: Challenges and Opportunities for Maine Higher Education.