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Speaking in Maine takes us next to Orono and the University of Maine for this year's Cohen Lecture. 

Former Secretary of Defense William Cohen; Gen. Joseph Ralston, former supreme allied commander in Europe; and Ambassador Nicholas Burns, former under secretary of state for political affairs discuss America’s response to global instability.

They talk about what happens behind the scenes at the White House, Pentagon and in Congress as decisions are made about war and peace.

For more on the lecture, click here.

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PORTLAND, Maine — Among those visiting us on Super Thursday yesterday was Anton Araslanov, a radio journalist originally from Kirov but now working in Moscow, where he's hosting a program who's title translates in English to "Boring Sex."

"So actually we've had a number of programs," he says through his interpreter, Mainer Karin Elliot Whitney. "One was how to talk to teenagers about sex. Another one: Which is more sexy, the body or the brain? Is there sex after 50? And does it matter if you're kind of chubby or not? Does that interfere with your sex life?"

WASHINGTON — The Senate Armed Services Committee is holding hearings on developing threats to national security, and several experts talked about hot spots around the world from the Middle East to the Ukraine.

But Maine Sen. Angus King says he worries about North Korea.

"To me the most serious threat is capability plus will, and what makes me lose sleep is North Korea," he says. "They certainly are developing the capability and their will is unpredictable."

WASHINGTON - Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King and Rep. Bruce Poliquin say Canadian subsidies are hurting Maine's paper industry.

They spoke Thursday at a U.S. International Trade Commission hearing on whether subsidies given to the Port Hawkesbury Paper mill in Nova Scotia have caused harm to Maine's paper industry. The Nova Scotia mill makes so-called supercalendered paper, a paper that's often used in magazines, catalogs and directories.


Oct 21, 2015
Midcoast Forum

Speaking in Maine takes us next to Northport and the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations for a talk by Bloomberg News Senior Correspondent Indira Lakshmanan.

Her talk, "Iran," includes insight into the talks leading up to the nuclear agreement with Iran, as she traveled with both Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry.

For more on Lakshmanan and the Forum, click here.