Maine Calling 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.
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The Golden Age of Television

Whether it's "The Simpsons," "The Wire," "Breaking Bad," "M*A*S*H," "Cheers" or "Downton Abby," we all have a favorite TV series. Which do you think was number one? The authors of TV-The Book , join us to discuss their rankings of the greatest televisions shows of all time. We'll also discuss the current crop of programs on cable and streaming platforms. Guests: Matt Zoller Seitz is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Wes Anderson Collection . He has been a journalist, critic, and filmmaker for nearly 25 years, and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism. He is the TV critic for New York Magazine and He is also editor-in-chief and lead film critic of Alan Sepinwall has been writing about television for close to 20 years. Formerly a TV critic for Newark's Star-Ledger , he currently writes the popular blog "What's Alan Watching" on He's the author of The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers and Slayers Who

Voting Rights & Voter Fraud

Maine's Secretary of State Matt Dunlap - a member of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity – has twice declined to provide Maine voter information to the Commission. We'll discuss why Maine and many other states will not share voter information, as well as the underlying debate over voter fraud and voter suppression. President Trump, Governor LePage and other Republicans say they believe voter fraud is widespread. Others believe that voter fraud is a non-issue, and that overblown charges of fraud are cover for nefarious voter suppression efforts. Guests: Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap Amy Fried , Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Maine David Haus , Associate Professor, College of Science and Humanities, Husson University

Indoor Air Quality

From mold and mildew to pesticides and radon—which occurs naturally at high levels in Maine —there are many threats to health and wellness inside our homes, schools and businesses. For better indoor air quality, the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection recommends turning over the air in a home every three hours. What other measures can homeowners take, and how does Maine compare to other places in terms of indoor air quality? Guests: Steven Caulfield , president, Turner Building Science and Design; board member with Maine Indoor Air Quality Council Kurt Johnson , owner of Fresh Air Ventilation Systems, and board member and past president of Maine Indoor Air Quality Council


Elderberries hold great promise as a signature crop for Maine. The berries are being grown here more, now that they are being used in so many different applications, from liqueurs to medicine to a variety of dishes. We'll learn about the latest research on elderberries, and their potential for Maine's economy. Guests: Tori Jackson , Extension Educator, Associate Professor of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Androscoggin and Sagadahoc Counties Office Ethan Foyt , organic elderberry farmer at Scarecrow Farm in Monmouth; educator in the Lewiston Schools

Gardening Advice

A "Super Thursday" program: Our gardening experts return for some late-summer tips on planting, weeding, pruning, and harvesting. Guests: : Barbara Murphy – Coordinator for Gardeners for Growing Healthy Communities William Cullina – Executive Director of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

The History of Vaccinations

In order to provide context for the ongoing debate over vaccinations, we learn about how vaccinations came about and how effective they have been over time, around the world and here in Maine. Guests: Dr. Laura Blaisdell —health services researcher and pediatrician affiliated with Maine Medical Center Karie Youngdahl —Director, Public Health Initiatives, Digital Content Strategist, The History of Vaccines, The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Pop & Rock Music Scene

We survey the pop & rock music scene in Maine and get a preview of some upcoming festivals/concerts. Guests: Spencer Albee , Portland based and nationally acclaimed singer, songwriter and producer. Since 1995, he has toured internationally, signed multiple record and publishing deals and worked with artists ranging from David Bowie to De La Soul. Rolling Stone Magazine recently called Spencer a "21st Century master in the lost art of Beatlesque hooks." Adam Gardner , Lead guitarist for Guster. He and his wife started the non-profit REVERB which works to green the music and concert industry. Aimsel Ponti - Content producer and music writer at; Local music director and host of Music from 207 at 98.9 WCLZ.

Credit Unions & Banks

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a credit union and a bank? We'll learn about the different services and products these financial institutions offer, and how the world of personal finance is changing, thanks in large part to technological advances. Guests: Todd Mason , President & CEO of the Maine Credit Union League Christopher Pinkham , President & CEO of the Maine Bankers Association

Summer Reads

This is a rebroadcast of our earlier show (June 23). No calls will be taken. Summertime and the reading is easy – easy if you know which books are must-reads and must-avoids. Our panel shares some of their favorite books and which books they're looking forward to reading. Guests: Monica Wood , author of When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine and of the novel Any Bitter Thing , a national bestseller and Book Sense Top Ten pick. Her other fiction includes Ernie's Ark and My Only Story . Her most recent book is The One in a Million Boy . Joshua Bodwell , executive director of the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. Talya Edlund , 2016 Maine Teacher of the Year, Grade 5 teacher at Cape Elizabeth Middle School , Language Arts/Science.


Back in the 1970s, Maine was a pioneer in the use of mediation as an alternative to the courts in dispute resolution. Now, mediation is used in thousands of cases in Maine – from family disputes to small claims, evictions to land use. Still, many people aren't aware of mediation and don't take advantage of the programs available. We'll learn more about how mediation works, what kind of training is involved and who might benefit from it. Guests: Elaine Bourne , Program Manager, Community Mediation Services, Volunteers of America Karen Groat , Director of Family Mediation, Opportunity Alliance Diane Kenty , Director, Office of Court Alternative Dispute Resolution

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