Maine Public

In response to civil unrest in Maine and across the country, Governor Mills recently pledged to root out racism in Maine's criminal justice system.  The Governor has tasked Public Safety Commissioner Mike Sauschuck to review Maine’s law enforcement statutes and provide recommendations. We talk with Sauschuck, Corrections Commissioner Randy Liberty and other leaders in Maine about what can and will be done to reform criminal justice in Maine, from police to prisons to the court system.

  Two members of the legislature joined us for a discussion about possible changes to our state's welfare system.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by 

State Representative Kenneth Fredette, (R-Newport), Minority Leader 

State Senator Anne Haskell, (D-Portland)

  Is it time to reform how we're taxed in Maine? Three of the 'gang of eleven' legislators who have proposed a sweeping overhaul to the state's tax plan will discuss the bipartisan plan to change taxation in our state.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by

Sen. Dick Woodbury, (I) Yarmouth

Rep. Lance Harvell, (R) Farmington

and Rep. Sara Gideon, (D) Freeport

  How can young teachers make an impact and help to modernize the profession so that more top-performing teachers will stay in the classroom? Teach Plus Boston Executive Director and former Boston Public Schools teacher Maria Fenwick speaks about teachers' roles in urban school reform and education policy-making.

Teachers with fewer than ten years of experience now make up a majority of teachers across the United States. At the same time, up to 50% of teachers leave teaching before the fifth year resulting in the crisis Ms. Fenwick describes in her talk.

Eliot Cutler (I), runner-up in Maine's 2010 gubernatorial election, recently spoke about how the economic recession demonstrates the need for political reform.

Eliot Cutler's remarks were recorded at the Cumberland Club of Portland as a part of that organization's Joshua Chamberlain Lecture series on November 18, 2011.

Production support for this talk was provided by Ron Harrity of Forest City Studio.

  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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  Dr. James Marks, Senior Vice President and Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Health Care Group spoke before Maine Development Foundation’s Policy Leaders Academy. His talk looks at how preserving and improving health requires much more than health insurance reform.

This talk was recorded February 4, 2011 at the Augusta Civic Center.

  Led by Professor Lawrence Lessig of Harvard University, panelists put the Maine Clean Election system in a national context. They explore the current political and legal landscape for campaign reforms.

The panel is moderated by former Governor Angus King and includes:

  The speaker is T.R. Reid, former Washington Post correspondent, NPR contributor on international affairs, and author of "The United States of Europe and The Healing of America – A Global Quest of Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care.” He spoke in Portland at an event focused on healthcare opportunities for Maine.

  Ron Pollack, Founding Executive Director of Families USA, discusses how the new Healthcare Reform legislation will affect Maine’s growing baby boomer and senior population and the businesses and institutions that serve them.

Families USA is the national organization for healthcare consumers. Ron Pollak is a frequent guest on a variety of television and radio programs, such as ? The PBS NewsHour, CNN, and is often quoted in such leading newspapers as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

  This Speaking in Maine talk is titled: "Taiwan's Health Reforms: Lessons for the U.S. and Maine" and the speaker is William Hsiao, an architect of Taiwan's universal health care system.

Dr. William Hsiao is the K.T. Li Professor of Economics at the Harvard School of Public Health.

This talk was recorded on October 18, 2010 at the Harwood Center at Bates College.

Visit the Harward Center for Community Partnerships at Bates College website

  Speaking in Maine takes on health care at a recent panel discussion at the USM Muskie School of Public Policy, Dr. Erik Steele, Interim CEO, Blue Hill Memorial Hospital; Elizabeth Mitchell, CEO, Maine Health Management Coalition/Foundation; and Trish Riley, Maine Governor's Office of Health Policy and Finance discussed the impact of the recent health care reform act on Maine.

The panel includes:

Dr. Erik Steele, Interim CEO, Blue Hill Memorial Hospital

  The health care debate continues on Speaking in Maine with a talk by Dr. John R. Lumpkin, Senior V.P. of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He focuses on how local community organizations help to improve health care.

Dr. Lumplin's talk was sponsored by the Maine Health Access Foundation in Augusta.

Visit the Maine Health Access Foundation website for more information

  Speaking in Maine offers a talk by Wendell Potter. He was a health insurance industry insider for 20 years before leaving his post to advocate for health care reform.

  Speaking in Maine features an address given at MPBN’s recent annual founders reception by NPR’s Chief Political Correspondent, Mara Laisson, she gives her inside view about politics, the Obama administration, and the major issues of our day including Health Care Reform and Afghanistan.