Renowned Middle East expert and CNN analyst Aaron David Miller joins us to discuss U.S.-global relations, from nuclear policy to trade wars to dealing with authoritarian leaders worldwide—and prospects for peace in the Middle East. Miller, who is a Maine summer resident, joins us from the Portland studio.

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  Chefs and policy experts talk about how the old concept of bringing fresh, local food directly to diners is now new again... and what makes Maine a farm-to-table hot spot. From tomatoes to tuna - buy it local and eat it fresh.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Sam Hayward, Chef-partner of Fore Street Restaurant in Portland 

  The 26th Camden Conference, The Middle East – What Next?, was held recently. This panel discussion and Q&A session brings together policy makers, authors, and diplomats to discuss the current state of affairs in the Middle East, and what the future might bring.

"For a complete listing of the panelists in this episode of Speaking in Maine, please see the link below. Please note that this panel discussion did not include Robin Wright or Shai Feldman."

  Dr. Georges C. Benjamin recently spoke at the University of New England in Portland. Dr. Benjamin is a medical doctor and the executive director of the American Public Health Association.

Dr. Benjamin spoke about moving our country towards equitable health care for all.

This talk was recorded January 30, 2013 at Ludcke Auditorium, on the Portland Campus of the University of of New England.

Dr. Georges Benjamin

  Recently the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations hosted a talk by Dr. Joan Johnson-Freese, a faculty member at the Naval War College and the former Director of the Center for Space Policy and Law at the University of Florida.

  Take a look inside Canada's Health Care System. A panel of experts discussed how it compares with ours, the single-payer system, and rationing.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by:

Dr. Andrew Coburn, Professor of Health Policy & Management of the Muskie School of Public Affairs

Gordon Smith, executive vice president of Maine Medical Association,

and Sen. Dick Woodbury, Maine State Senator from Cumberland County as well as an economist.

  American Civil Liberties Union of Maine met in Freeport recently for the annual Justice Louis Scolnik Awards dinner. The Award recognizes Maine lawmakers committed to protecting civil liberties. This year the award was presented to Augusta attorney Walt McKee,principal attorney at McKee Law and chair of the Legislative Committee of Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

  Jonathan Lash, President, Hampshire College and former President, World Resources Institute delivered the 19th Annual Frank M. Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service at the University of Maine School of Law. Lash's talk is titled “Community, Rights, and Climate: A Challenge for a Clever Species” and it draws upon Lash's experience as a global expert on climate change, energy security, and environment and development policies.

  The Maine Health Access Foundation recently held annual meeting with keynote speaker Alan Weil, Executive Director of the National Academy for State Health Policy. Weil is a non-partisan health policy expert and advises states on health policy issues, now focused on reform implementation.

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  Susan Dentzer is the editor-in-chief of Health Affairs and one of the nation's most respected health and health policy journalists. Dentzer shared her views on accountable communities of care from a national, policy-oriented perspective. She included an overview of the recent history and current status of national health care and gave a preview of upcoming changes.

This talk was recorded April 6, 2011 at the Quality Counts Conference in Augusta.

  Former Maine 1st District Congressman Tom Allen addresses the need for a national ocean policy in a talk recorded at Bates College in Lewiston. Allen is co-founder of the U. S. House Oceans Caucus where he served from 1996 until 2008.

  Speaking in Maine returns to Camden and the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations, for an address by Ira Glasser, longtime Director of the ACLU and now President of the Drug Policy Alliance. Glasser points out that use of all drugs has gone down in countries such as Portugal and Holland where usage is decriminalized.

Ira Glasser was for much of his adult life the Executive Director of the ACLU and in this capacity became a spokesman for civil rights in general and a thorn in the side of most of the last eight administrations.

  Maine gubernatorial candidates Eliot Cutler (I), Libby Mitchell (D), Shawn Moody (I) and Kevin Scott (I) debated current energy and environmental policy issues in Maine at Hannaford Hall on the campus of USM in Portland on October 21.

The debate was sponsored by the Natural Resources Council of Maine, Maine Audubon, Conservation Law Foundation and more than a dozen other environmental organizations.

The debate is moderated by MPBN deputy news director, Susan Sharon.

  Speaking in Maine features Marc Braverman of Oregon State University. He discuss his research on smoking control in both Norway and the U.S. He outlines the differing responses and the resulting changes.

Braverman also describes a recent international tobacco control effort that offers hope for reducing tobacco’s worldwide threat to health.The diseases that smoking causes have taken a toll on global health for decades.