Arts and Culture

Arts and culture

  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.

  Speaking in Maine continues the MPBN Joshua Chamberlain Lecture Series with a talk delivered by the President of Maine Today Media, Richard Connor. As Publisher of the Portland and Central Maine Newspapers he’s uniquely qualified to speak about the future of media in Maine.


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A native of Bangor, Rich Connor’s career in the newspaper business spans over 40 years in a variety of jobs including, editor, publisher and owner.