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Margaret Chase Smith: How She Rose To Political Prominence & Her Relevance Today

Bangor Daily News

This show is part of our coverage of topics relating to Maine's bicentennial.

One of the most renowned leaders to hail from Maine, Margaret Chase Smith was the first woman to win election to both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate. She made her mark with her independent stances, including legislation on behalf of women in the armed services, and her famous "Declaration of Conscience" speech, criticizing Sen. Joseph McCarthy's red-baiting tactics. We discuss her remarkable life and career, and the relevance of her actions to today's political climate.


Janann Sherman, retired history professor, author of the Margaret Chase Smith biography "No Place For A Woman"

Larry Tye, journalist, best-selling author whose latest book is a biography of Sen. Joe McCarthy

David Richards, director, Margaret Chase Smith Library, Skowhegan



Cindy helps produce Maine Public's live call-in show Maine Calling, and sometimes hosts the show—as well as the All Books Considered Book Club. Her first foray into journalism after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism was to intern with CNN in China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She then worked in print journalism over the decades, as a factchecker, writer and editor, with publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times Magazine to the magazine of the National Zoo to a food trends magazine.