Arts and Culture

Arts and culture

Theatre in Maine

May 17, 2012

  The theater scene in Maine. We took a look at the challenges of putting on live productions in Maine and got a preview of some upcoming plays you won't want to miss.

Host Keith Shortall will be joined by :

Anita Stewart, Executive & Artistic Director, Portland Stage

Linda Nelson, Executive Director, Opera House Arts at the Stonington Opera House

Steven Peterson, Executive Director, Maine State Music Theatre and  

Bari Newport, Artistic Director, Penobscot Theatre Company

  Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Russo and his daughter Kate discussed Richard's latest book Interventions, a novella collection with four long stories in a uniquely formatted book.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by Richard Russo and his artist daughter, Kate,who painted pictures to go along with the book.

Portland Phoenix article

  Author Tovar Cerulli talks about why he went from vegan to hunter/meat-eater.

Host Keith Shortall will speak with author, Tovar Cerulli, about his new book, "The Mindful Carnivore:  A Vegetarian’s Hunt for Sustenance." The author will be at Longfellow Books in Portland at 7pm on 4/12.

Tovar Cerulli

Book Reviews

Maine Women Writers

Mar 29, 2012

The Maine Festival of the Book 2012 is March 29 thru April 1. The group "Maine Women Write," was founded in the fall of 2011 with a mission to celebrate and promote the works of Maine women authors.

  Host Keith Shortall spoke with with:

Liza Bakewell, author and Co-Founder and Co-Director of "Maine Women Write,"

Shonna Milliken Humphrey, author and local culture and food writer

and Deirdre Fulton/(Elizabeth Miles), author and staff writer at the Portland Phoenix.


  Jennifer Rooks was the guest-host, and her guest was Mark Vogelzang, MPBN's new President and CEO about his vision for MPBN.  They discussed his long and varied career in public media; the future of public broadcasting; and much more.

Guest-host Jennifer Rooks spoke with:

Mark Vogelzang, President and CEO of MPBN

  Learn about the young, adventurous captains of two opposing sailing ships, that fought within eyesight of those on the coast of Pemaquid Point during the War of 1812.

Host Jonathan P. Smith speaks with:

Author David Hanna

Read a review of Knights of the Sea - The True Story of the Boxer and the Enterprise and the War of 1812 by The Bangor Daily News

Chinese in Maine

Jan 24, 2012

  It’s the Year of the Dragon and Maine Calling marked the start of Chinese New Year with a conversation about the Chinese community in Maine. Learn about the customs and traditions that mark this festive holiday, and find out about some of the history and trends of Chinese residents living in Maine.

Host Jonathan Smith speaks with:

  Host Jonathan Smith and two movie critics discuss the best and the worst Hollywood had to offer this year. It's a roundup of the box office hits, misses, and surprises of the past year.

Mary Pols, film critic for and author joined host Jonathan Smith in the studio along with Garen Daly, film critic, festival organizer, and blogger.


Mary Pols' website

The Boston Sci-Fi blog

The Year in Books

Dec 13, 2011

  Hear a conversation about the best, and the overlooked, books of 2011. Host Keith Shortall leads a discussion about the books that should go to the top of your 'must read' list. Guests include author Brock Clarke, and bookstore proprietors Chris Bowe, Marc Berlin and Jacob Fricke.

  Colin Woodard of Portland is the author of "American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America."" During this call-in program he discussed the 11 distinct nations of North America outlined in his book. According to Woodard, each has its own cultural and ideological DNA that still defines them today.

This call-in program was hosted by Keith Shortall, who, along with the listening public, directed questions to Mr. Woodard about the concept underlying the thesis of his book.

  Nick Spitzer spoke at the Maine Development Foundation's annual Meeting, which was focused on how to transform Maine from “Just Imagine” to “Just Do It.” Spitzer's talk is titled "Roots to Routes: Continuity and Creativity in the Cultural Economy of Maine."

  Radio producer Joe Richman gives a behind the scene look at making documentaries for public radio. He is an award-winning independent producer and reporter for NPR's "All Things Considered" and the founder of "Radio Diaries."

  In the uncertain world of journalism, NPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller still sees a positive future for public media, and for radio in particular. Schiller, who previously headed the New York Times website, and led CNN's long-form programming efforts spoke at MPBN's annual Founders Reception following the MPBN Board of Trustees meeting.

  Michael M. Kaiser, president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, discusses plans to provide counsel and encouragement to nonprofit arts organizations in need on Speaking in Maine.

Kaiser addressed the key challenges facing nonprofit arts organizations through such areas as fundraising, building more effective boards of trustees, budgeting and marketing.

This talk was sponsored by the Maine Arts Commission. It was recorded July 1, 2010 at the Portland Museum of Art.