Maine news

  What do children need to learn to become successful adults? What are schools doing or not doing, to teach students the problem solving and critical thinking skills needed to succeed in the workplace.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Melissa L. Cilley, Esq. Executive Director, Susan L. Curtis Charitable Foundation

Christopher P Miles, CEO Alliance Press

Katie Grondin, Auburn Schools Superintendent

  Maine Education Secretary Stephen Bowen discussed the safety of Maine's schools in the wake of the fatal shooting of 20 school children and six educators in Newtown, CT.

Host Keith Shortall spoke with:

Maine Education Secretary Stephen Bowen

Bruce St Thomas, therapist based in Portland, ME and  

Susan Giambalvo, LCSW, Program Director for the Center for Grieving Children.

  MPBN President/CEO Mark Vogelzang and Director of Content, Charles Beck, answered listener questions about the recent changes to the MPBN radio schedule.

Guest host Jennifer Rooks was joined by: 

Mark Vogelzang, MPBN President/CEO

Charles Beck, MPBN Vice President of Radio & Television

Maine Island Life

Dec 5, 2012

  A look at the culture, history and life of the Maine Islander. What are the challenges facing the modern day Islander.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by: 

Philip Conkling, President, Island Institute

Donna Damon, Island Institute Board Member and Chebeague Selectperson

and Ellen Mahoney, Volunteer President of Peaks Island Home Start

Chebeague Island News

  Maine's old cemeteries are places full of history, secrets, mystery and beauty.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by: 

Marilyn Burgess, a former Legislative Liaison for the Maine Old Cemetery Association

and Roland Jordan, Treasurer and past president of the Maine Old Cemetery Association 

Home Visiting

Oct 9, 2012

  Helping parents give their kids a better start. Sometimes parents need help with the tough job of raising kids. Home visiting is a service that offers a vital helping hand to these families.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Peter Lindsay, Director, Community Impact and Success By 6, United Way of Mid Coast Maine

Sheryl Peavey, Child Wellness Liaison, Office of Health Equity, Maine Department of Health and Human Services

  John McDonald, author of "Maine Triva" and Rebecca Rule, author of "Live Free and Eat Pie!" squared off on well-known and obscure state trivia and what makes Maine and New Hampshire great and unique.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

John McDonald, author of Maine Triva- A Storyteller's Useful Guide to Useless Information

Rebecca Rule, author of Live Free and Eat Pie!- A Storyteller's Guide to New Hampshire

Becky's Blog

Charter Schools

Sep 13, 2012

  The Charter School Commission approved the proposals of new Charter Schools and they open soon. What is the latest on the State's Charter Schools?  How are they different from traditional schools and could they change the state's education system?

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Jana LaPoint, Chair of Maine Charter School Commission 

Glenn Cummings, President, Maine Academy of Natural Sciences

and Justin Belanger, Executive Director, Cornville Regional Charter School

Maine's Veterans

Sep 11, 2012

  How are our returning military veterans faring in Maine after they leave the battlefield?  What challenges are they facing?

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

First Lady Ann LePage

Jonathan A. Jensen Jr. SFC, MEARNG, Deployment Cycle Support NCO with the Maine National Guard Yellow Ribbon program

  We continue our "What Does It Mean" series with a look at what does it mean to be a Mainer?

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Jaed Coffin, author of "A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants" and the forthcoming book, "Roughhouse Friday," and member of the nonfiction faculty at the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA.

Judy Hakola, English Department, University of Maine

  Mark Vogelzang, MPBN's new President and CEO, has been on the job for six months. He will be ready to discuss with members and listeners where MPBN is headed, programming and anything else of interest to our listeners.

Guest-host Jennifer Rooks spoke with:

Mark Vogelzang, MPBN President & C.E.O.

Maine Tourism

Jul 11, 2012

  What are the must-see and over-looked sights of Maine?

Host Keith Shortall was joined by :

Vaughn Stinson, CEO - Maine Tourism Association

Jennifer Tomlinson, Visitor Information Center Manager, Convention and Visitors Bureau

  American Civil Liberties Union of Maine met in Freeport recently for the annual Justice Louis Scolnik Awards dinner. The Award recognizes Maine lawmakers committed to protecting civil liberties. This year the award was presented to Augusta attorney Walt McKee,principal attorney at McKee Law and chair of the Legislative Committee of Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

  We went to Portland and the Joshua Chamberlain Lecture Series where the speaker was Peter Mills, Executive Director of the Maine Turnpike Authority and former State Senator and Republican gubernatorial candidate. He spoke about the issues surrounding that troubled agency.

Peter Mills' remarks were recorded at the Cumberland Club of Portland as a part of that organization's Joshua Chamberlain Lecture series on February 23, 2012.

Visit the Cumberland Club's website

Food Trends of 2012

Feb 28, 2012

  The South Beach Food and Wine Festival took place at the end of February.  JM Hirsch was there covering it. We'll talk to him about the event and get Kathy Gunst's reactions.

Host Keith Shortall speaks with:

JM Hirsch, Head Food Writer for the AP and

Kathy Gunst, Chef and Author