Policy Center launches ‘Maine Policy Matters’ podcast

The Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center launched a new podcast series about policy decisions and issues across all levels of government and how they affect people. 

“Maine Policy Matters,” hosted by Daniel S. Soucier, a research associate at the center, aims to inform public policy processes and promote civil discourse, integrity and societal decision-making to solve the critical issues facing the state and nation. The center also hopes to foster inclusive communication that will advance relationships between policymakers, community leaders, students, faculty and staff in the University of Maine System. Podcast episodes can be found on the center’s website and SoundCloud

In the first episode, Linda Silka, executive editor of Maine Policy Review and senior fellow at the Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at UMaine, discusses emerging and innovative policy research featured in the journal. The next episode will explore universal basic income, the CARES Act, and the U.S. social safety net in the age of COVID-19.

“The goal of Maine Policy Matters is to create a space to discuss the political stories unfolding in Maine and the nation through the lens of research and data instead of through pundits and politicians,” Soucier says. “By taking a nonpartisan approach to exploring policy matters, the podcast facilitates Senator Margaret Chase Smith’s legacy of independent, objective, transparent, and equitable policy processes.”