Maine news

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.

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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

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.


  Just in time for Valentine's day, it's the true story of a chocolatier. Ten years ago Kate Shaffer left the West Coast and headed East for a simpler life. Today, she and her husband operate Black Dinah Chocolatiers on Isle au Haut. She'll share her favorite chocolate recipes and tales from life on the island.

  An examination of why humans demean, enslave, and exterminate each other and what, if anything, we can do to prevent more genocides. Host Keith Shortall and University of New England Philosophy Professor David Livingstone Smith discuss why history is filled with examples of humans inflicting horrific acts upon each other.


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  The story of a man who turned a hunting trip that resulted in wet and sore feet into a huge, iconic company. Hear a conversation with Jim Witherell the author of a new biography of Leon Leonwood "L. L." Bean on the cusp of the 100th anniversary of the sale of the first Maine Hunting Shoe.

This call-in program was hosted by Keith Shortall, who, along with the listening public, directed questions to Jim Witherell about his book, L.L. Bean: The Man and His Company.


  Architect and businessman Chuck Durrett and journalist Deirdre Fulton discuss Cohousing, which is a type of collaborative housing wher residents actively participate in the design and operation of their own neighborhoods. Cohousing residents are consciously committed to living as a community. The physical design encourages both social contact and individual space.

This call-in program was hosted by Keith Shortall, who, along with the listening public, directed questions to Chuck Durrett and journalist Dierdre Fulton about the concept of cohousing.

  Maine Governor Paul LePage (R) outlined his agenda for the coming year. He said one of his top priorities eliminating the tax on pensions and fostering a switch from oil heat to natural gas among his other ideas for the state.

Governor Paul LePage's remarks were recorded at the Cumberland Club of Portland as a part of that organization's Joshua Chamberlain Lecture series on October 12, 2011.

Production support for this talk was provided by Ron Harrity of Forest City Studio.

  Two years after Maine voters defeated a proposed casino in Oxford County, they're being asked to re-consider a four-season resort casino in the Western Maine town of Oxford. Supporters say it will create thousands of permanent, good-paying jobs. Opponents are skeptical. They say more sustainable industries make better sense for the region. MPBN's Susan Sharon moderated the debate, which included a panel of reporters from various media outlets.

  Speaking in Maine returned to the Cumberland Club in Portland for the next talk in the Joshua Chamberlain Lecture Series. Patricia Quinn, Executive Director of the Northern New England Rail Authority outlined her vision for the future of passenger rail service in Maine.