Leading into Veterans Day, we speak with longtime NPR war correspondents Neal Conan and Anne Garrels, who are in Maine as part of the East Coast tour of “Between War & Here.” The performance combines music, poetry and memoir to explore the themes of honor, courage, loss and hope. The journalists have teamed up with the chamber group Ensemble Galilei for this project, and will share their stories from their reporting careers as well as their involvement with this artistic collaboration. Ensemble Galilei’s founder Carolyn Surrick joins the discussion as well.

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What does the future hold for the longest military engagement in our nation’s history? What will be the repercussions of this week's failed negotiations and attacks? On this 18th anniversary of 9/11, our panel looks back at the origins of the war, why it has slogged on for so long, and what may be next for Afghanistan, the U.S., and the world.

Anthropology: How and Why It Relates to Our Everyday Lives

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Mariam Jalabi, the representative of the Syrian Opposition Coalition to the United Nations, and University of Maine at Farmington professor Scott Erb join us to discuss the dire situation in Syria and the outlook for the 11 million refugees displaced by the war.

Journalist and author Stephen Kinzer
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  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 The Brothers. John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War, published in October, 2013.

This discussion was recorded on June 16, 2014 in Northport, Maine.


Jun 19, 2014
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In December 2011, President Barack Obama announced that the last American troops had left Iraq — ending nearly nine years of war. In the aftermath of the US withdrawal, Iraq has seen a steady amount of sectarian violence. In recent days, a group that even al-Qaida found too extreme has made significant advances in the country — the Sunni extremist group known as ISIS has seized large areas of northern Iraq. There are conflicting reports about whether ISIS has taken control of the country's largest oil refinery.

  The Maine Historical Society recently hosted an address by author, Richard Rubin.

Rubin, a Maine author, discussed his recent book The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten War.

This talk was recorded September 19, 2013 at the Maine Historical Society in Portland.

Richard Rubin

  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”.

  Learn about the young, adventurous captains of two opposing sailing ships, that fought within eyesight of those on the coast of Pemaquid Point during the War of 1812.

Host Jonathan P. Smith speaks with:

Author David Hanna

Read a review of Knights of the Sea - The True Story of the Boxer and the Enterprise and the War of 1812 by The Bangor Daily News

  The speaker is author Tom DeMarco. He addressed the vulnerabilities of online systems as targets in the event of war. And how this differs from criminal activity.

  Adam Hochschild is an author and journalist, he is a frequent lecturer at Harvard's annual Nieman Narrative Journalism Conference. Hochschild lives in San Francisco and teaches writing at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. He looks at how WWI was a divisive issue for Britain.

  Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, author of the book I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey On the Road to Peace and Human Dignity, spoke about the loss of his three daughters and a niece in January 2009 during the Gaza War. He has transcended this personal tragedy and inspired others to search for harmony and peace rather than hatred and revenge.

This talk was recorded March 31, 2011 at the University of Southern Maine's Abromson Community Education Center in Portland.

  Boston University professor of history and international relations Dr. Andrew J. Bacevich recently spoke at the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations in Camden. He discusses his theory that the world needs America to ensure the ultimate triumph of liberty on Speaking in Maine.