October 28 marked the anniversary of Mussolini’s March on Rome, an act of political theater that took place nearly 100 years ago. It led to handing the future dictator the reins of power. Hitler watched Mussolini and learned. "Don’t Know Much About History" author Kenneth C. Davis discusses his new book and what these five dictators had in common, how they seized power, and what their stories teach us today.

A recent Harvard survey found that 68 percent of young people say they will "definitely be voting" in 2020—a notable increase over past years.

We discuss trends in youth voting, including what obstacles they face, their attitudes, and what is being done in Maine to increase participation in democracy among the younger generation.

  The latest developments on events in Egypt. Can the US help fledgling democracies?

Host Keith Shortall was joined by 

Aaron David Miller, Vice President for New Initiatives and a Distinguished Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Kathleen Sutherland, member of the World Affairs Council of Maine. She was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt. 

  The Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign relations hosted a talk by Sa'ad Ibrahim. His topic was Egypt.

Sa’ad Eddin Ibrahim is an Egyptian American sociologist and author. He is one of Egypt’s leading human rights and democracy activists, and a strong critic of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.

This talk was recorded April 19, 2012 in Northport at Point Lookout.

Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations


  Retired U.S. Marine Gen. James L. Jones, who served as the first National Security Advisor in the Obama administration, called for the U.S. to back NATO when aiding future revolutions abroad, as it did in Libya. Jones' remarks were delivered during the William S. Cohen Lecture at the University of Maine.

Jones called the middle east uprisings against dictatorship “the most important events that have happened on the planet since the dissolution of the Soviet Union.”

  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 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.