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.

  Speaking in Maine welcomes Doris Buffett, her younger brother Warren is one of wealthiest investors in America. Doris has used her fortune to dole out $100 million in grants aimed at increasing opportunities for the working poor and families in crisis.

  Speaking in Maine offers a talk by Mark W. Frazier, Professor of Chinese Politics in the School of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma.

  Speaking in Maine features a repeat appearance by energy expert Matthew R. Simmons. He co-founded of the Ocean Energy Institute in Rockland. Dr. Simmons is also serves as chairman emeritus of Simmons & Company International, a specialized energy investment banking firm.

Dr. Simmons talk was recorded in Portland at the University of New England as a part of UNE's Paul D. Merrill lecture series. 

Visit the UNE web site for more information.

  Speaking in Maine features a talk by Col. Richard Klass (Ret.) and Dr. Ira Helfand of Physicians for Social Responsibility. They discuss medical and military perspectives on this question and other nuclear security issues.

  Speaking in Maine welcomes world-renowned explorer and climatologist, Dr. Paul Mayewski to the podium. He discusses his research findings from around the globe including Greenland, Antarctica, the Himalayas, Tibet and Tierra Del Fuego.

Dr. Mayewski is the first person to lead a multidisciplinary over-snow scientific expedition to the South Pole.

  Speaking in Maine welcomes Matthew Hoh to the podium. He is a former State Department official who resigned in protest from his post in Afghanistan over US strategic policy and goals in the area in September 2009.

  Speaking in Maine features an address by Judy Wicks - co-founder and Chair of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. She speaks about the localization movement – businesses sustaining themselves by buying products and materials close to home.

Ms. Wicks' talk was recently recorded at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

Visit the University of Maine at Presque Isle Web site

  Speaking in Maine offers a talk delivered by Scott McKay. He's the former leader of the Green Party of Quebec, Canada. He visited Bates College to discuss globalization, national distinctiveness, sovereignty and the environment.

Titled "Environmentalism and Sovereignty for Quebec: Perspectives from the Parti Quebecois," McKay's talk is sponsored by the Sociology Department and the Mellon Foundation Faculty Innovation Fund.

  Speaking in Maine returns to Camden's Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations with an address by Murhaf Jouejati, a Syrian-born specialist on Middle East affairs.

Murhaf Jouejati is currently a Professor of Middle East Studies at the National Defense University’s Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies. Dr. Jouejati is also a Professorial Lecturer in Political Science and International Affairs at the George Washington University, as well as an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C.

  Speaking in Maine gets a jump on the 2012 presidential campaign with CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser. He recently spoke at Colby College in Watervilleabout different scenarios heading into the next race for the White House. 

Paul Steinhauser has been at CNN for 23 years and was instrumental in the creation of the CNN program The Situation Room, and has led CNN to Emmy awards for its news coverage.

  Speaking in Maine features Dr. Richard Sims, Ph.D., chief economist at the National Education Association. He discusses the future of education from an economic perspective.

  Speaking in Maine offers a talk by internationally renowned political activist and scholar Saad Ibrahim. He recently addressed the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations in Camden about the prospects for peace in the Middle East.

Saad Ibrahim is one of the Arab world’s most prominent spokesmen on behalf of democracy and human rights. Ibrahim serves as secretary general of the Egyptian Independent Commission for Electoral Review, and a trustee of the Arab Thought Forum.

  Speaking in Maine continues the MPBN Joshua Chamberlain Lecture Series with a talk delivered by the President of Maine Today Media, Richard Connor. As Publisher of the Portland and Central Maine Newspapers he’s uniquely qualified to speak about the future of media in Maine.


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A native of Bangor, Rich Connor’s career in the newspaper business spans over 40 years in a variety of jobs including, editor, publisher and owner.

  Speaking in Maine offers a talk delivered by Dr. Robert Kennedy, President of the University of Maine at Orono, the state's flagship land-grant/sea-grant university.

Dr. Kennedy explains his belief that U. Maine is a crucial factor in the state's future through the development of future leaders in natural resources management, composite technologies, energy initiatives and global climate change research.

  Speaking in Maine features Economist and University of Southern Maine Professor of Public Policy and Management, Charles Colgan. He delivered his 2010 economic forecast at the Muskie School of Public Service.

Professor Colgan offered his 2010 economic forecast for Maine at USM's Hannaford Lecture Hall in Portland.