Speaking in Maine

Occasional weekdays at 1:00 pm

One of the many public affairs lecture series MPBN Radio presents weekdays at 1:00 pm, Speaking in Maine features diverse speakers recorded in towns and cities throughout the state of Maine. The program is produced by Ed Morin, Gordon Fellis and Jonathan Woodward. The Executive Producer for Speaking in Maine is Charles Beck.

Midcoast Forum

Speaking in Maine takes us next to Northport and the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations for a talk by journalist and historian Gareth Porter entitled "Was the Iran Nuclear Crisis Necessary?"

His most recent book is "Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare."

For more on Porter and the Forum, click here.


Speaking in Maine takes us next to Northport and the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations for a recent talk by Ambassador Fred Hof, discussing the state of affairs in the Arabic Middle East in "The Mess That Is The Arab Middle East."

Among his many credentials, Hof recently served as the special adviser for transition in Syria to the Obama administration.

For more on the Midcoast Forum and Hof, click here.

Iran Nuclear Deal discussion at USM on August 19, 2015
Jay Field / MPBN

The World Affairs Council of Maine, the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations, the Maine Chapter of the United Nations Association and the University of Southern Maine collaborated on a forum recently where the topic of discussion was the international nuclear deal with Iran. The participants were: Independent Senator Angus King; former Democratic Senate leader George Mitchell; and Havard professor R. Nicholas Burns.

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Friends of Acadia

Acadia National Park is about to celebrate its centennial.

David MacDonald, president of Friends of Acadia, the nonprofit park friends group, speaks on "Acadia at 99: A Partner's Perspective on the Challenges and Opportunities Facing our Park at the Launch of its 2nd Century."

MacDonald spoke recently in Southwest Harbor as part of the Annual Claremont Concert and Lecture Series, discussing the challenges facing Acadia including parking and transportation infrastructure, bureaucracy and funding and climate change.

Midcoast Forum

Speaking in Maine takes us next to Northport and the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations.

The speaker is Jessica Tuchman Mathews, a distinguished fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Her topic: "A World of Challenge: Can the United States Still Lead?"

For more on Mathews and the Midcoast Forum, click here.