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.

  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.

  Speaking in Maine visited the Cumberland Club in Portland during its latest Joshua Chamberlain Lecture Series: post primary analysis from a panel of political reporters and one political pollster. MPBN's own A.J. Higgins participated in this lively discussion about the June 8 primary election tells us about what might happen in November.

The panel is as follows (in order of introduction):

  William Caron Jr., President of MaineHealth, Scott Bullock, President MaineGeneral Health and Michelle Hood, President of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems discuss health care in a Speaking in Maine panel discussion.

This panel discussion was hosted by MPBN following it's regular meeting of the Board of Trustees on May 11, 2010.

Dr. Joel Cohen of Rockefeller University, and Mike Tetreault, Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy in Maine, explore the effects of human population growth on our planet, resources and future on Speaking in Maine.

  Speaking in Maine offers the latest Joshua Chamberlain lecture from Portland's Cumberland Club. The speaker is Michael C. Reed, President of FairPoint Communications, Maine. He discusses his first 90 days on the job as well as what the future holds from his vantage point.

A 40-year veteran of the telecommunications industry, Michael Reed is the person FairPoint communications hired in January to navigate regulatory matters, governmental affairs and economic development in Maine for the company.

  The health care debate continues on Speaking in Maine with a talk by Dr. John R. Lumpkin, Senior V.P. of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He focuses on how local community organizations help to improve health care.

Dr. Lumplin's talk was sponsored by the Maine Health Access Foundation in Augusta.

Visit the Maine Health Access Foundation website for more information

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