Mary Pols

Tourism attracts millions of visitors to Maine each summer, but for those of us who live here, there are still abundant opportunities to travel and explore in and around the state throughout the season. We’ll learn about places to visit, from popular attractions to hidden gems, as well as lodging options, festivals, events, quirky spots and more.

Movies: Oscar Preview

Mar 2, 2018

Which film will win best picture? Which actress or actor will make the best acceptance speech? We’ll preview the Academy Awards and get listener feedback on movies worth watching.

Guests:  Mary Pols, features writer for the Portland Press Herald; former film critic for Time.

Sam Mercer, general manager for Nickelodeon Cinemas in Portland

Oscar Preview

Feb 24, 2017

Our panel previews the movies likely to make a splash at the Academy Awards – and predicts which winners will make the most politically-charged acceptance speech.

Guests:  Mary Pols, feature writer at Portland Press Herald.  She’s a not-entirely-reformed movie/book critic and author of ‘Accidently on Purpose.’ 

Clare Kramer, award-winning actress, producer and founder of entertainment site

What to Watch: Best Movies, TV Shows and More

Dec 23, 2016

Our panel discusses some of the movies and tv shows that you should consider adding to your must-watch list.


Clare Kramer, award-winning actress, producer and founder of entertainment site

Ken Eisen, Director of Programming for the Maine Film Center (which includes Railroad Square Cinema and the Maine International Film Festival).

Peter Weyl, former broadcast news executive and popular culture blogger

The Month in Review

Sep 30, 2016

Jennifer Rooks leads a conversation on the news of the past month. Some of the topics we'll discuss include: the race for the White House, international affairs from Syria to the plight of refugees, local items of interest – including the mural of Governor LePage in Portland, and cultural happenings, including the new Bruce Springsteen memoir and the Emmy awards. 

Guests:  Mary Pols, Feature writer at Portland Press Herald, not entirely reformed movie/book critic, author of Accidentally on Purpose. Views my own.