DVD jacket for Henry David Thoreau: Surveyor of the Soul

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., January 3 at 10:00 pm
Sat., January 5 at 11:00 am

Thoreau wrote that he "was born in the nick of time" in Concord, Massachusetts and went on to famously write about building a cabin and living at Walden Pond. This film tells the story of his life and his time at Walden Pond as well as the impact his writings have had on environmental issues, civil rights and individual thinking in our time.


Oct 6, 2017

In the last several years, a proliferation of books and articles about happiness reflect society’s focus on defining and achieving happiness. How do we define "happiness," and is it something that is measurable and achievable? And what does some of the current research tell us about the nature of happiness and well-being?

Guests:  Kelly Parker-Guilbert, visiting professor of psychology, Bowdoin College

Paul Schofield, visiting professor of philosophy, Bates College

Philosophy & Children

Jun 12, 2017

Christopher Phillips, Ph.D., the creator of the Socrates Cafe initiative (of which there are a number in Maine), joins us to discuss his new project - childing, which asks adults to look at the powers of reasoning, empathy, curiosity and problem solving found in children in order for both children and adults to develop fully.  Joining our conversation will be Marietta McCarty (via ISDN), author of Little Big Minds - Sharing Philosophy with Kids.

Roland Salazar at the easel painting
Roland Salazar Rose

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Sun., May 7 at 11:30 pm

A unique combination of words, images, music and video of the artist at work in his studio. The Four Seasons of the Master Myth captures the thoughts, philosophy, and art of seasoned painter Roland Salazar Rose.

  Does philosophy help one make tough decisions in life or lead to a career asking 'do you want fries with that?'

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Tom Verde, writer specializing in culture/history of Islam and Christianity. He served on the faculty of Ethics, Philosophy and Religion at King's Academy in Jordan and is a former freelance producer at for MPBN

Dr. Kate Wininger - she teaches in both the Philosophy Dept. and the Women and Gender Studies Program at the University of Southern Maine

  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.


Visit David Livingstone Smith's website