Colin Woodard: Understanding America's Divisions

Aug 14, 2018

Colin Woodard joins us to discuss his recent New York Times column that explains that the key differences among American voters can be tied to regional cultures tracing back to the nation’s colonization.

  Ray McGovern is a retired CIA officer. He spoke about Obama’s relationship with Israel in regards to Iran. His topic is "Obama in lockstep with Israel on Iran? Why?"

McGovern served under seven US presidents over the course of 27 years and is now a political activist, known for his views on issues such as oil, Israel and US intelligence efforts. In January 2003, Ray helped create Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) to expose the way intelligence was being falsified to “justify” war on Iraq.

  The Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations recently hosted a talk by Gregory Johnsen. His talk was entitled “The Last Refuge: Yemen, al-Qaeda, and America’s War in Arabia”.

  Recently the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations hosted a talk by Ambassador Husain Haqqani. Husain Haqqani was Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States from 2008 to 2011, and a trusted advisor of late Pakistani Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto.

Ambassador Haqqani is known as a Professor at Boston University and Co-Chair of the Hudson Institute’s Project on the Future of the Muslim World as well as editor of the journal Current Trends in Islamist Thought published from Washington DC.

  Recently The University of New England hosted a talk by Anouar Majid who spoke on the Past and Future of American-Muslim Relations.

Anouar Majid is the founder and director of the University of New England's Center for Global Humanities. Majid discussed what unites and divides the United States and the Muslim world, and the relationship between the two in the future. He is the author of a number of books, most recently Islam and America: Building a Future Without Prejudice.

  Michael Kazin, author of American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation gave a talk recently at The University of Southern Maine presented by University of Southern Maine Department of History and Political Science, and the Machiah Center.

  Philanthropist and avid sailor David Rockefeller, Jr. discussed his efforts to protect and preserve the world's oceans and the "One Island, One Ocean" project. Rockefeller completed the first circumnavigation by sail of the Americas to raise awareness about the state of our oceans.

Noted philanthropist and sailor David Rockefeller, Jr. joined host Jonathan Smith for a talk about why he helped sponsor the project, his experience aboard the steel-hulled ship, and what he and the crew of scientists and educators learned about the health of our oceans.

  Linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, and activist, Noam Chomsky juxtaposed the demands by the people of the Middle East, who are calling for the right to a good education, health care and employment, with those of the average American, who, according to Chomsky, seems to be resigned to a future without such rights.

  Health Care journalist T.R. Reid spoke at the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce's Portland's Eggs & Issues series. Reid's addressed how the Health Care industry in the U.S. compares globally. Reid's appearance was sponsored by the Maine Health Management Coalition.

This talk was recorded November 10, 2011 in Portland.

  NPR Senior News Analyst Cokie Roberts spoke at MPBN's Annual Founders Reception. She discussed her illustrious career covering politics, the US Congress and American history.

  Yossi Alpher, one-time senior Mossad officer and now a full-time peace negotiator and analyst asserts that the US will miss a golden opportunity if it blocks the UN resolution on Palestinian statehood.

  The University of New England recently hosted a talk by Ted Gup, former Washington Post journalist and author of A Secret Gift: How One Man’s Kindness—and a Trove of Letters—Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression.

  Norm Olsen served for 26 years as a member of the U.S. Foreign Service including four years working in the Gaza Strip and four years as a counselor for political affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv. He discussed “Understanding the Origins of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict and The Role of U.S.” in a talk delivered at Colby College in Waterville.

This talk was recorded April 5, 2011 in the Diamond Building on the campus of Colby College in Waterville.

  Stephen Kinzer is an award-winning foreign correspondent who has covered more than 50 countries on five continents. His articles and books have led the Washington Post to place him “among the best in popular foreign policy storytelling.”

Kinzer’s most recent book is A Thousand Hills: Rwanda’s Rebirth and the Man Who Dreamed It. Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa called it “a fascinating account of a near-miracle unfolding before our very eyes.”

This talk was recorded December 6, 2010 at Point Lookout in Northport.