SoundBites - Fri., Nov. 15 at 7:30 pm

Season 2 Coming Soon!

Maine Public is proudly sponsoring the SoundBites finale LIVE at One Longfellow Square in Portland on Friday evening, November 15 at 7:30 pm. Join us for this extra special evening of storytelling, Maine style. Tickets can be purchased at

SoundBites is a program presented by Frontier Studios, a nonprofit extension of Frontier in Brunswick. SoundBites is a live storytelling series running from May through November each year. Each night of storytelling is crafted around a unique theme changing monthly. The finale's theme is "Unmasked," and the stories will be tied to the many creative ways of interpreting this theme.

More information about SoundBites, including how to attend a live storytelling event, is at

The new season of SoundBites will be podcast and broadcast on Sunday nights on Maine Public Radio. Stay tuned!

Hotel Room Raid

Feb 7, 2019

Adriana Salerno, associate professor at Bates College, earned her undergraduate degree in her home country of Venezuela. Adriana was also the creator and a writer for the PhD + epsilon blog, writing about the experiences and challenges of an early-career mathematician. Adriana is committed to increasing the representation of minorities and women in the mathematical sciences, and she recently served as Visiting Mathematician at the Mathematical Association of America’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., in 2016.  

From Paris to Colombia

Feb 6, 2019

Martha Ruiz-Perilla is an artist based on the Lower East Side, where she lives with her husband Marc and her dog Queso. Her love for storytelling earned her the nickname, RadioMartha. Born and raised in Colombia, Martha graduated from Dental School in 1992. She has lived in New York City for over 20 years, telling her stories through her artwork and her writing. In 2002 she earned a Master’s Degree in History of Modern and Contemporary Art. While living in the U.S., she’s held many jobs—the most difficult, perhaps, being a mime’s assistant, due to the impossibility to talk while at work. 

The Hungarian Summer of Love

Feb 6, 2019

Kevin Gallagher is a psychotherapist by day, listening to the stories of life. But in the evenings, he freelances as a storyteller, battling the curse of the Irish: the gift of the gab and the misery of insecurity. He lives in Vermont with a cat and a partner, Michael and Blossom (you figure out who is who); they provide much of the laundry and housework that completes his fulfilling life. Kevin has been a Moth GrandSLAM Champion twice and is the co-founder of “Say It Forward Productions,” an organization dedicated to linking nonprofits and storytelling for fundraising and community involvement. 

A Typical Child

Feb 6, 2019

Kari Wagner-Peck authors the blog A Typical Son. She’s an unschooling mom, author and activist storyteller. Her debut memoir, Not Always Happy: An Unusual Parenting Journey, was published in 2017. Her writing has been featured in The New York Times Well Family blog, the Sydney Morning Herald, The Huffington Post, the Good Men Project, and others. Not Always Happy is also a storytelling production. She won the PortFringe 2017 “Pulitzer” for Excellence in Writing and premiered the full production of Not Always Happy at Portland Stage’s Studio series in November 2017.

Beyond a Closed Case

Feb 6, 2019

Bruce Robert Coffin is the bestselling author of the Detective Byron mystery series. A former detective sergeant with more than 27 years in law enforcement, Bruce also spent four years working counterterrorism with the FBI, where he earned the Director’s Award, the highest honor a non-agent can receive.