This show is being postponed to a later date as we broadcast national coverage of the Presidential election results.

The Harold Alfond Foundation recently announced a grant of more than $500 million to higher education and research institutions in Maine, with the goal of fostering growth and opportunities for Maine's future. We learn about the diverse ways in which the grant recipients will apply those funds, and what they see as the best approaches to promote Maine's economy.

Greg Powell, chairman of the board, Harold Alfond Foundation 

Joseph Aoun, president, Northeastern University 

Kim Hamilton, president, FocusMaine 
David Greene, president, Colby College 

Joan Ferrini-Mundy, president, University of Maine

Dr. Jens Rueter, medical director, The Jackson Laboratory

James Herbert, president, University of New England

From finding ways to get food to those who need it, to helping healthcare workers de-stress, to assisting older Mainers, we learn about all the ways that people have found to help one another during the pandemic.


Amidst all the bad news are the stories of people helping one another during this time of need. We'll hear about individuals and organizations that are reaching out and finding solutions for those who need food, income, helpers and other support as we continue to deal with the fallout of the coronavirus crisis.

Commissioner Heather Johnson joins us to discuss the economic challenges and opportunities facing Maine, and how she hopes to foster growth and revitalization throughout the state.. We'll talk about topics ranging from: tax relief to community block grants; re-energizing rural communities; the role of tourism in Maine; challenges in housing, wages, and strengthening the workforce; broadband, infrastructure, and more.

Instructor working with student filmmakers at Maine Student Film & Video Conference in March 2018

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., October 25 at 10:30 pm
Sat., October 27 at 11:30 am

Student's from Mid-Maine Technical Center took part in PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs to produce three relevant stories about their community.

  Where to turn for help when in a crisis that's not a medical emergency. Maine's crisis centers are located in communities throughout the state, and offer services to help those with mental health, substance abuse or other issues not related to a medical emergency.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Leslie Mulhearn, LCSW, CSP, Senior Director Crisis and Community Based Services Sweetser 

Amy Brook, Mobile Crisis Manager/ACFS (Adult, Child and Family Services) 

Aging in Place

Jan 15, 2014

  Our panel will discuss ideas about how to help our elders stay in their own homes as they age instead of needing to move into an assisted living facility. Learn about a virtual village in our state that provides services to seniors that allows them to remain at home. Ideas on keeping Mainers healthy and thriving in their communities.

Host Keith Shortall will be joined by 

Noelle Merrill, Executive Director, Eastern Area Agency on Aging 

Kara Janes, Program Director of At Home Downeast(AHD) 


Dec 12, 2013

  The feeling of being alone- what does it mean, who does it affect and how to feel less isolated and more connected.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Blanca Gurrola, VP of Clinical Services at the Community Counseling Center in Portland

Paul Revier, Clinician at the Community Counseling Center who specializes in counseling the refugee and immigrant population

Maureen Hannigan, Senior citizen who serves as a volunteer foster grandparent at a local school

GLBT in Maine

Jul 11, 2013

  The Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Transgender community in Maine.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by 

Ali Vander Zanden, Political Director of Equality Maine

Dal Maxwell, SAGE Maine (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders) board, member of transgender community

Frank Brooks: SAGE Maine board, social worker 


Nov 6, 2012

  Take a look behind the scenes at a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering local media around the world to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect and the means to make their voices heard.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Jeanne Bourgault, president of Internews

Creative Retirement

Oct 18, 2012

  Reinventing yourself in retirement. Some people see their retirement as an opportunity to explore new careers, begin new businesses and find ways to contribute more to their community.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by: 

Amy Wood, psychologist

Helen Rose, author of Brave, a Memoir of Overcoming Shyness

Dave Neally, Maine Seniors Magazine

Bangor Daily News Event notice - Creative Retirement panel discussion

  You may know it best as a place to drop off old clothes and no longer needed household items, but Goodwill is much more than a thrift store. The new CEO of Goodwill Industries of Northern New England discussed the challenges facing her organization, and the community support services it provides to tens of thousands of individuals.

Host Jonathan P. Smith speaks with:

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, Chief Executive Officer, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England

  Speaking in Maine featured Suzanne McCormick, President & CEO of the United Way of Greater Portland. She discussed "the Economics of Compassion in Maine," the real and tangible benefits realized by the community as a result of making investments in the lives of others.

  The health care debate continues on Speaking in Maine with a talk by Dr. John R. Lumpkin, Senior V.P. of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He focuses on how local community organizations help to improve health care.

Dr. Lumplin's talk was sponsored by the Maine Health Access Foundation in Augusta.

Visit the Maine Health Access Foundation website for more information