Arts and Culture

Arts and culture

"The Country of the Pointed Firs" by Sarah Orne Jewett Edit | Remove

Making Theatre Matter Edit | Remove

  Why do people go to the theatre and how do the people behind the plays decide what to put on stage - and what not to.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by 

Wendy Poole, Executive Director at The Theater Project 

Chris Schario, Artistic Director, The Public Theatre 


Inside the Circus Conservatory of America Edit | Remove

  Our panel discussed an institution designed to provide the highest caliber artistic education to circus artists and to foster sustaining career opportunities for its students.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Peter Nielsen, President, Circus Conservatory of America 

"Why We Make Things"

Jan 16, 2014

"Why We Make Things" Edit | Remove

  Why do some of us feel the need to make things? How does the creative process guide and complete us.

Related Media: Why We Make Things: A Maine Craftsman's Journey

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Richard Blanco

Dec 11, 2013

Richard Blanco Edit | Remove

  A discussion with Richard Blanco, who delivered the inaugural poem at President's Obama's 2nd inauguration, about his new memoir.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by:

Richard Blanco, poet, author

Best and Overlooked books of 2013 Edit | Remove

  As another year of new titles and literary prizes winds down, take a look at what books you should read, what books should stay on the shelf and what books you might not even know about.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by:

Richard Russo, author, Elsewhere and Straight Man", among others

  NPR's Brian Naylor joined a panel discussing the role of the humanities in everyday life.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by

Brian Naylor, NPR Washington Correspondent

Jeffrey Hecker, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost of the University of Maine

Linda Lord, Maine State Librarian (from Augusta)

Maine State Library 


  Does philosophy help one make tough decisions in life or lead to a career asking 'do you want fries with that?'

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Tom Verde, writer specializing in culture/history of Islam and Christianity. He served on the faculty of Ethics, Philosophy and Religion at King's Academy in Jordan and is a former freelance producer at for MPBN

Dr. Kate Wininger - she teaches in both the Philosophy Dept. and the Women and Gender Studies Program at the University of Southern Maine

The Intersection of Science, Music, and Creativity

Aug 15, 2013

  What are we learning about how music makes us more creative?

Host Suzanne Nance was joined by:

David Shaw, Black Point Group, Former Chair of The Jackson Laboratory

Dr. Charles Limb, Associate Professor - Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Faculty, Peabody Conservatory of Music

Jennifer Torrance, Jackson Laboratory's Senior Manager of Multimedia Services


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Summer Movies

Aug 14, 2013

  What blockbusters and low-budget movies should be on your must-watch list?

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by: 

Mary Pols, Time magazine film critic and author of "Accidentally on Purpose" 

Ken Eisen, Head of Shadow Distribution 


Good Summer Reads

Aug 1, 2013

  What's on your summer reading list? Three lovers of literature took part in a conversation about what to read at the beach, the lake or wherever you spend your summer vacation.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by: 

Paul Doiron, editor-in-chief of DownEast Magazine and best selling author of the novels featuring Maine Game Warden Mike Bowditch.


Jul 24, 2013

  Want to get your novel published? Learn what it takes to get that novel or collection of short stories into print.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Joshua Bodwell, Executive Director, Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance (and a writer himself) 

Jane Karker, President, Maine Authors Publishing 

Deborah Cummins (in Bangor studio), author and poet

Theater in Maine

Jul 9, 2013

  What are the must-see shows currently on-stage or those coming soon to a venue near you?

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by: 

Dawn McAndrews, Producing Artistic Director, Theater at Monmouth

Anita Stewart, Executive and Artistic Director, Portland Stage

and Dierdre Fulton, writer and volunteer organizer for the PortFringe Festival

  Aaron Robinson, Maine composer, conductor, recording artist and author, has written a new book about the power of music.

Host Suzanne Nance was joined by:

Aaron Robinson, author of Does God Sing

[ Aaron Robinson - "Does God Sing - A Musical Journey" originally aired on Maine Calling January 22, 2013.]

Josh Ritter

May 8, 2013

  The acclaimed singer, songwriter, novelist joined us in our studio.

Host Suzanne Nance was joined by:

Josh Ritter, his latest CD is "The Beast In Its Tracks"