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.

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Speaking in Maine takes us next to Waterville, and Colby College for a forum debate: "Hydraulic Fracking — Economic Boom or Natural Disaster?"

Fracking, an unconventional method of extracting oil and gas, has generated immense controversy in recent years. Proponents see it as an economic boon that will generate jobs and improve energy security, while detractors point out the environmental risks posed by fracking.

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Speaking in Maine takes us next to Portland and USM for a Maine Community Foundation Inspiring Philanthropy celebration, featuring poet Richard Blanco.

On Nov. 18, 2014, Blanco spoke about the power of community and read poems as guest speaker.

For more on the talk, click here. For more on the Maine Community Foundation, visit www.mainecf.org.

Ken Hillas, a senior Foreign Service officer and professor of strategy at the National War College, gives a talk entitled "Russian Intentions" at the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations in Northport.

For more on Hillas and the forum, click here.

ACLU of Maine

Speaking in Maine takes us next to Brunswick and Bowdoin College for a talk on the future of the U.S. Supreme Court under John Roberts, by Zach Heiden, legal director for the ACLU of Maine.

The talk, hosted Nov. 12, is entitled "From Hamdan to Hobby Lobby: Nine Years of the Roberts Court."

For more on Heiden or the talk, click here.


Speaking in Maine takes us next to Portland and the Muskie School of Public Service at USM for a talk by PBS NewsHour commentator Mark Shields and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on the legacy of former Secretary of State, Maine Sen. and Maine Gov. Edmund Muskie.

For more on Shields, Albright and the centennial celebration, click here.