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Richard Blanco

Dec 11, 2013

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  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"

Museums of Maine

Apr 23, 2013

  A look at Maine's museums--from the well known to the hidden gems--and the role they play in the state's tourism, education and culture.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Niles Parker - Executive Director, Maine Discovery Museum

Mark Bessire, Executive Director, Portland Museum of Art

Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko, Chief Executive Officer, Abbe Museum

Music in Maine

Apr 10, 2013

  Join a panel of music lovers and writers for a conversation about local bands, great venues and what makes the music scene in our state thrive.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Lara Seaver – Host of ‘Music from 207’ and Private Stage (WCLZ and WPXT).

Spencer Albee – Portland Musician and Event Promoter (former member of AS FAST AS and Rustic Overtones).

Aimsel Ponti, Writer, Portland Press Herald (Focuses on the local music scene)

Waking Up French

Mar 14, 2013

  A discussion with the man who made the documentary "Waking Up French," which MPBN TV will broadcast on 3/14.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Ben Levine, Video Artist and Documentary Film Maker

Waking up French…! Reveil    -  the film's Website

MPBN Community Films

  Another in our 'What Does It Mean' series, this time looking at being an artist. What is the role of artists in Maine? Who are they, what do they do and how do they earn a living?

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Julie Richard, Executive Director, Maine Arts Commission

Don Tuski, President, Maine College of Art

Aimee Petrin, Executive Director, Portland Ovations