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Franco-Americans in Maine: The History and Traditions of Mainers of French Descent


The author of a new biography of Albert Beliveau joins us to talk about the history and traditions of Maine’s Franco-Americans, and the impact they’ve had on the state.

Panelists: Doug Rooks, Maine editor, commentator, reporter, author; his new book is First Franco: Albert Beliveau in Law, Politics and Love.; he's also author of Statesman: George Mitchell and the Art of the Possible

Severin Beliveau, founding partner of Preti Flaherty; directs the firm's government affairs practice in Augusta and Washington, D.C.; son of Albert Beliveau

Susan Pinette, interim director of Franco American Centre; associate professor of Modern Languages, University of Maine

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Jonathan was born in Monsey, New York. A field trip to Washington, DC when he was in 7th grade started him on his circuitous path to a career in public radio. The trip inspired a love of politics and led to his desire to one day call DC home. After graduating from Grinnell College, he worked on a couple of campaigns in Iowa (presidential and congressional) and moved to Washington, DC.