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Mark Vogelzang

Sep 23, 2013

  As Maine Calling begins its expanded schedule, MPBN's CEO Mark Vogelzang was here to answer your questions and take your comments about what lies ahead for public radio and TV in our state and beyond.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Mark Vogelzang, MPBN President and CEO

Charter Schools

Sep 5, 2013

  Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Richard Barnes, a founding member and former Vice Chair of the Maine Charter School Commission

Glenn Cummings, President, Maine Academy of Natural Sciences 

Kelli Pryor, Board chair, Baxter Academy for Technology and Science

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 

  What do we know about people who used to live in Maine, a long time ago? Two archaeologists will discuss with us the past twelve-thousand years... and some of the archaeological work going on today.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by: 

Leith Smith, Maine Historic Preservation Commission 

Bruce Bourque, Maine State Museum and Bates College

  NPR reporter Quil Lawrence, a Maine native, was the keynote speaker of the 2013 Encore Leadership Corps Summit. Lawrence spoke about growing up in rural Maine and the importance of citizen journalism.

While currently covering veterans affairs for NPR, Lawrence is the former NPR bureau chief in Kabul and a former Jerusalem correspondent for PRI’s The World.

This talk was recorded May 20, 2013 at the Harborside Hotel, in Bar Harbor.

  The Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine recently hosted a forum discussion entitled “Examining Maine’s Options Under the Affordable Care Act”.

Due to time constraints, we were not able to bring you the full panel discussion on-air. In addition to the on-air version, we have provided the original version that includes the full panel discussion.

Wired Maine

Mar 27, 2013

  The electrification of Maine during the 20th century, and how a rural state became modern.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Steve Bromage, Executive Director of the Maine Historical Society

Ernest Freeberg, distinguished professor of humanities at the Univ. of Tennessee and author of The Age of Edison - Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America

Being Black in Maine

Feb 12, 2013

  We've all heard the statistics about how Maine is the whitest state in the nation. What's it like to be African American in a state not known for its diveristy?

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Shay Stewart-Bouley, Writes the "Diverse-City" column for the Portland Phoenix. Blogs at

Gerald Talbot, Former state legislator in Maine. First African American member of the Maine House of Representatives.

  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

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