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MPBN News & Public Affairs Director Keith Shortall along with producer Jonathan Smith are producing a new series of interactive interview programs that air occasionally on weekdays from 12:15 pm until 1:00 pm on MPBN Radio.More from Maine Calling »

Most Recent Episodes

Oscar Preview

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 Click here to see the New York Times Oscar ballot.

Veterinary Care

We'll hear from veterinarians on new trends in pet care, treatment of diseases, and get answers to common pet care issues. Guests: Dr. Ezra Steinberg , Maine Veterinary Medical Center Dr. Deirdre Frey , veterinarian and owner, Vet At Your Door, P.C. Click here to vist Dr. Frey's website. Click here to visit Dr. Steinberg's website.

U.S. Senator Susan Collins

Senator Susan Collins joins us during the Senate's February break. Topics are likely to include: her influential role in the new Congress, her votes on President Trump's cabinet nominees, her views on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, and Senator Collins' health care proposal, designed as an alternative to the ACA. Guest: Susan Collins was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996. She serves on the Special Committee on Aging; the Committee on Appropriations; the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, and, the Select Committee on Intelligence.

The Status of Maine Fisheries

Maine's Department of Marine Resources Commissioner will discuss the health of Maine's fisheries – from scallops to herring, shrimp to lobster - and measures to protect them. Guest: Patrick Keliher is a Gardiner native. He has spent much of his life in the woods and on the waters of Maine. His career has involved work as a registered Maine hunting guide and charter boat captain. He also served as Executive Director of the Coastal Conservation Association of Maine, the Executive Director of the Maine Atlantic Salmon Commission, and Acting Commissioner of the department before being appointed by Governor LePage to serve as Maine's Department of Marine Resources Commissioner in 2012.

National Political Update

The Trump administration turns one month old on February 20 th . We'll hear from The Wall Street Journal 's political editor, and from a former White House insider, on how the Trump administration transition is going, and the reaction from Capitol Hill to the new President. Guests: Jeanne Cummings , National Political Editor for The Wall Street Journal Gordon Adams , Professor Emeritus at the School of International Service, American University, and a Distinguished Fellow at the Stimson Center. He was actively involved in politics and policy-making in the capital, was the senior White House budget official for national security budgets from 1993-97, and on the OMB transition team for incoming President Barak Obama. Ron Schmidt , Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science in the Department of History and Political Science. Professor Schmidt received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He joined the University of Southern Maine in 1999.

Foreign Diplomacy

The proposed "wall" on the Mexican border, the Trump administration's recent reversal on the "one China" policy and the President's tense conversation with Australia's prime minister over refugee policy all illustrate the complicated changing dynamics in U.S. foreign policy. Our guests discuss the challenges and opportunities of conducting foreign diplomacy under the new Administration. Guests: Barbara Elias Klenner , Assistant Professor of Government, Bowdoin College; she teaches U.S. foreign policy and national security. Larry Pop e, former Ambassador to Chad, Political Advisor to General Anthony Zinni in Central Command, and Charge d'Affaires in Tripoli, Libya in the aftermath of the Benghazi attack. He retired from the U.S. Foreign Service on 2000 after 31 years of service.

Senator Angus King

Maine's junior senator joins us from Washington, DC. Likely topics of discussion include: King's votes on President Trump's cabinet nominees, his view of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, King's efforts to boost broadband access in rural Maine, and the Senate intelligence committee's probe of Russian intel activities (King serves on this committee.) Guest: Angus King is in his first term as U.S. Senator.

Mental Health Issues

Two leading psychiatrists address the current research and treatment for a range of psychiatric issues, from anxiety to seasonal disorders to dealing with grief--and they answer your mental health questions. How much anxiety is normal during stressful societal times? What is narcissism, and how does it affects someone's relationships and behavior? Does the winter bring on seasonal affective disorder and sleep disorders? And we answer listener's questions about psychiatric issues. Guests: Dr. Charles Reynolds , Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, now based here in Maine Dr. Robyn Ostrander , Medical Director, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Maine Medical Center; Chair, Glickman Family Center for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Spring Harbor Hospital

Performing Arts in Maine

On this Valentine's Day, we get expert advice on the performances in the weeks and months ahead that you won't want to miss. Guests: Robin Rilette joins us to share information about upcoming performing arts events you'll want to add to your 2017 calendar. Emily Isaacson , Ph.D., Artistic Director of the Oratorio Chorale and Maine Chamber Ensemble. She is Associate Artistic Director of the Portland Bach Festival and the Director of Choral Activities at Clark University.


Cybersecurity has become a major concern, internationally and here in Maine. How can we protect our nation, our systems and our own personal information from the constant threats of hacking? The good news is: Concerted efforts are being put in place to increase cybersecurity measures, here and abroad. Guests: Sari Greene , founder of Sage Data Security; leader and author in the field of information security Edward Sihler , Technical Director, Maine Cyber Security Cluster at University of Maine Frank Appunn , Professor of Information Technology Management at Thomas College; he heads up the new Thomas Security Center

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