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 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.

  Speaking in Maine features Eleanor and FDR’s granddaughter, Anne Roosevelt. She discusses the legacy of her grandparents and the dynamics of giving during a program sponsored by the Maine Community Foundation.

In her talk, Ms. Roosevelt considers how challenging times may help us assess what we are doing to make our communities places where everyone can live. Referencing her grandparents and modern neuroscience, she addresses the challenges of philanthropy today.

  Speaking in Maine offers an address by Tad Daley, a fellow with the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and policy advisor to Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Democrat from Ohio.

His discussion centers around the topic of his book Apocalypse Never: Forging the Path to a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World.

  Speaking in Maine features the keynote address from the Mainebiz “Conference on Maine Energy & How to Build an Economy Around the Energy Industry.” The speaker is Dr. Habib Dagher, director of the Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center at the University of Maine at Orono.

Speaking in Maine features a distinguished panel discussion from the 2009 Mainebiz symposium 

  “Powering Up Maine.” Business owners and industry experts talked about the opportunities and challenges associated with the development of new energy products as a foundation for a stronger Maine economy.

Panelists include:

Kurt Adams, executive vice president and chief development officer of First Wind

Dana Doran, director of resource development at Kennebec Valley Community College

  Speaking in Maine offers a talk by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. He was at the University of Maine in Orono to deliver the William S. Cohen Lecture. Senator and former Secretary of Defense Cohen introduced Holder and took part in the Q and A.

  Speaking in Maine welcomes Paul Steiger, editor-in-chief, president and chief executive of ProPublica to the podium. Steiger’s organization is an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.

Paul Steiger is the editor-in-chief, president and chief executive of ProPublica.

  Speaking in Maine offers a talk by Wendell Potter. He was a health insurance industry insider for 20 years before leaving his post to advocate for health care reform.

  Speaking in Maine features an address by U.S. Special Middle East Envoy George Mitchell. He recaps the successful efforts to forge peace in Northern Ireland, as well as a broad overview of what needs to be achieved between Israelis and Palestinians.

Mitchell spoke in Waterville at Colby College where he stressed the role of hope and persistence in peace negotiations, and noted that the current administration places this challenge very high on it's agenda, which he sees as a welcome change for the positive.

Speaking in Maine features a “Your Vote 2009” panel discussion about the two tax related November 3 ballot questions. The two issues are known as TABOR II and the Excise Tax question.

Panelists include Dr. Tracy Gordon, University of Maryland; Steve Bowen, Maine Heritage Policy Center; and Christopher St. John, Maine Center for Economic Policy.

  Speaking in Maine features an address given at MPBN’s recent annual founders reception by NPR’s Chief Political Correspondent, Mara Laisson, she gives her inside view about politics, the Obama administration, and the major issues of our day including Health Care Reform and Afghanistan.