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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Politics
6:30 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Watch On-Demand: MPBN's 2nd Congressional District Debate

The Maine Public Broadcasting Network will hold and broadcast its 2nd Congressional District debate Thursday, continuing its journalistic tradition of providing the state with in-depth coverage of statewide political issues.

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Civil Discourse
1:00 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Civil Discourse: The Way Politics Should Be?

Stock image showing two men arguing about politics, ostensibly.
Credit https://www.flickr.com/photos/njl-photolog/

The Maine Council of Churches is sponsoring a series of discussions around the issue of civil discourse in public and political life. A panel of experts convened recently to discuss this issue addressing questions such as what is civil discourse and what is not; when is negativity uncivil, is it possible to run a civil campaign, and is there a danger of civil discourse being used as an excuse to suppress radical opinions?

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Politics
7:01 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Maine Governor Hopefuls Face Off in 1st Debate

Eliot Cutler (from left), Paul LePage and Mike Michaud debate Wednesday.
John Bradford MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine — The three candidates for Maine governor are facing off in a debate — something that almost didn't happen.

Independent Eliot Cutler joked Monday that getting the candidates on the same stage was probably more difficult than the city's successful efforts to lure their minor league hockey team back from Lewiston.

Cutler, along with Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud, addressed topics ranging from restructuring higher education to reinvigorating Maine's struggling paper industry.

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Syria
12:00 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Syria and Washington Politics — Hard to Agree

Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford in an interview with the PBS NewsHour.
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Robert S. Ford, who served 30 years in the U.S. Department of State and Peace Corps, addressed how domestic politics and U.S. strategy intersect in Syria in this talk delivered at the University of Maine.

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China
10:14 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Asia: The Three Nots

Dean Cheng, Senior Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center at The Heritage Foundation
Credit The Heritage Foundation

Dean Cheng brings detailed knowledge of China’s military and space capabilities to bear as The Heritage Foundation’s research fellow on Chinese political and security affairs. He specializes in China’s military and foreign policy, in particular its relationship with the rest of Asia and with the United States.

Cheng has written extensively on China’s military doctrine, technological implications of its space program and “dual use” issues associated with the communist nation’s industrial and scientific infrastructure.

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