FILE: Sen. Angus King I-Maine, attends the christening ceremony for the USS Raphael Peralta, the 35th Arleigh Burke Class Missile Destroyer to be built by Bath Iron Works, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, in Bath, Maine.
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Bangor-area residents took their concerns over the impact of the Republican-led American Health Care Act directly to Independent Maine Sen. Angus King today during a listening session at the Bangor Public Library. The event was organized by the AARP, an advocacy group for 50-plus Americans, and King said that while the measure cleared the U.S. House earlier this month, how the bill will fare in the GOP-controlled Senate remains to be seen.


Mar 21, 2013

  Discussion of the demand for and usage of seaweed and sea vegetables in Maine along with a reaction to the hearing for bill LD 585, concerning regulation of commercial rockweed harvesting on coastal Maine.

 Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Robin Hadlock Seeley, PhD - Senior Research Associate, Cornell University and Shoals Marine Laboratory

Sean Mahoney, Executive Vice President and Director, Conservation Law Foundation Maine

Andrew Bertocci - Founding President of the Maine Seaweed Council

  Seeking common ground on gun control. The Newtown shootings renewed the debate about about gun laws. A panel of experts discussed gun ownership in Maine and possible steps to prevent gun violence.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

George Smith, pro-guns rights

Bill Harwood, gun control advocate

Chief Michael Sauschuck of the Portland Police Department

State Rep. James Gillway (R-Searsport)

State Rep. Jeffrey McCabe (D-Skowhegan)


  A discussion of gun ownership, gun laws and the 2nd amendment debate in Maine.

Host Susan Sharon was joined by :

Bill Harwood, Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence - board of directors; attorney (partner at Verril Dana)

Jeff Weinstein, President of Maine Gun Owners Association

and Chief Bob Schwartz, Executive Director of Maine Chiefs of Police Association

State of the Oceans

Jul 18, 2012

  The latest science, the threats to our oceans, gulfs and bays, and what's being done to protect them was discussed.

Host Irwin Gratz was joined by :

Dr. Susan Shaw, a marine toxicologist and President/CEO/Founder of the Marine Environmental Research Institute (MERI) in Blue Hill, and Professor at The School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, State University of New York, Albany

and Joe Payne the Casco Baykeeper of the Friends of Casco Bay.

  What does the Supreme Court Decision mean for Maine and its citizens.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by a panel to comment on the decision and respond to listener comments and questions consisting of :

Andrew Coburn: Research Professor/Chair, Health Policy & Management, Population Health and Health Policy, Muskie School, University of Southern Maine

Dmitry Bam: Associate Professor, University of Maine Law School. He focuses on constitutional law, professional responsibility, and the judiciary.

  There was a recap of the Maine legislative session and a look ahead to the upcoming House and Senate primary contests.

Host Keith Shortall held a conversation about what was, and wasn't, accomplished in Augusta this session, with A Jay Higgins,MPBN State House Bureau Chief, and Emily Shaw, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Thomas College.

Thomas College

  Addiction, recovery and the role of the state. Maine has one of the nation's highest rates of opiate addiction. The legislature is considering limiting MaineCare funds used to help addicts in recovery.  What does this mean for patients, the state's budget and how best to address the epidemic?

Host Keith Shortall spoke with:

Freedom of Information

Mar 8, 2012

  A bill making its way through the legislature proposes to exempt the governor's 'working papers' from freedom of information laws. We got an update on LD 1805 and learned about tools for accessing public records and getting information on elected officials and those seeking office.  

Host Irwin Gratz spoke with:

Same-Sex Marriage

Feb 14, 2012

  The issue of same-sex marriage will again appear on the November ballot as a state-wide referendum question. In 2009, voters overrode a law recognizing gay marriage. Supporters have gathered enough signatures to put the question to voters again. Hear from the representatives from opposite sides of the issue discuss the campaign.

Host Keith Shortall speaks with:

Mary Bonauto, Civil Rights Project Director of the based-Boston Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders.

  Ron Pollack, Founding Executive Director of Families USA, discusses how the new Healthcare Reform legislation will affect Maine’s growing baby boomer and senior population and the businesses and institutions that serve them.

Families USA is the national organization for healthcare consumers. Ron Pollak is a frequent guest on a variety of television and radio programs, such as ? The PBS NewsHour, CNN, and is often quoted in such leading newspapers as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

  Former Maine 1st District Congressman Tom Allen addresses the need for a national ocean policy in a talk recorded at Bates College in Lewiston. Allen is co-founder of the U. S. House Oceans Caucus where he served from 1996 until 2008.