Keith Shortall

Director, News & Public Affairs

Keith Shortall is MPBN's News and Public Affairs Director. He grew up in Thomaston, Maine and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1982, majoring in philosophy. He began his career in commercial broadcasting in Portland, before moving to MPBN in 1989. Keith's interests include music (if you consider drummers to be musicians), and theater.

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Time now for Across the Aisle, our weekly roundtable on Maine politics. This week, Cynthia Dill, an attorney with the Portland firm of Troubh Heisler and former Democratic state senator; Meredith Strang Burgess of Burgess Advertising and Marketing, a former Republican lawmaker; and Dick Woodbury, an economist who served in the Maine Senate as an independent.

Auto News

May 24, 2016
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The latest on the massive Takata airbag recall, electric vehicle sales, and why the sales of mini-vans are on the rise.

Guests

Jamie Page Deaton, Automotive Editor for U.S. News & World Reports

John Paul, AAA Northeast Public Affairs spokesperson and master mechanic

It’s Thursday and time for Across the Aisle, our weekly round table on Maine politics.

This week, Cynthia Dill, an attorney with the Portland firm of Troubh Heisler and former Democratic state senator, Meredith Strang Burgess of Burgess Advertising and Marketing and former Republican lawmaker and Dick Woodbury, an economist who served in the Maine Senate as an independent.

    

Local Summer Travel

May 16, 2016
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Tourists flock to Maine in the summer for the big attractions here. But what lesser-known places do local experts suggest for summer travel in our region? We talk about places to go and things do this season--and all year round.

Guests:

George Smith and his wife Linda are the authors of a soon-to-be published book on travel in Maine. George is an award-winning writer and past executive director of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine.

Linda Smith is a retired first-grade teacher and writes a blog about travel in Maine.

Local Summer Travel

May 16, 2016
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Tourists flock to Maine in the summer for the big attractions here. But what lesser-known places do local experts suggest for summer travel in our region? We talk about places to go and things do this season--and all year round.

Guests:

George Smith and his wife Linda are the authors of a soon-to-be published book on travel in Maine. George is an award-winning writer and past executive director of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine.

Linda Smith is a retired first-grade teacher and writes a blog about travel in Maine.

Local Summer Travel

May 16, 2016
https://www.flickr.com/photos/23022528@N07/

Tourists flock to Maine in the summer for the big attractions here. But what lesser-known places do local experts suggest for summer travel in our region? We talk about places to go and things do this season--and all year round.

Guests:

George Smith and his wife Linda are the authors of a soon-to-be published book on travel in Maine. George is an award-winning writer and past executive director of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine.

Linda Smith is a retired first-grade teacher and writes a blog about travel in Maine.

Local Summer Travel

May 16, 2016
https://www.flickr.com/photos/23022528@N07/

Tourists flock to Maine in the summer for the big attractions here. But what lesser-known places do local experts suggest for summer travel in our region? We talk about places to go and things do this season--and all year round.

Guests:

George Smith and his wife Linda are the authors of a soon-to-be published book on travel in Maine. George is an award-winning writer and past executive director of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine.

Linda Smith is a retired first-grade teacher and writes a blog about travel in Maine.

PORTLAND, Maine - A seafood processing plant started four years ago in Mid-coast Maine by a young entrepreneur has closed its doors, and will go up for auction next month.

Sea Hag Seafood, which specialized in raw frozen lobster tails, was headed by Kyle Murdock, who was just 21 when he told MPBN that it was time for Maine to process more of its own seafood.

"We feel that the true Maine lobster, produced in Maine, is a product that will compete very well in the domestic market because of brand - exactly," Murdock said back then.

It’s Thursday and time for Across the Aisle, our weekly roundtable on Maine politics.

This week, Cynthia Dill, an attorney with the Portland firm of Troubh Heisler and former Democratic state senator; Meredith Strang Burgess of Burgess Advertising and Marketing, a former Republican lawmaker; and Dick Woodbury, an economist who served in the Maine Senate as an independent.

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How will our workplaces evolve in the coming years? We'll learn about how changes to work styles, expectations of younger workers, and advances in technology are changing our ideas of a conventional office set up.

It’s Thursday and time for Across the Aisle, our weekly roundtable on Maine politics. This week, Cynthia Dill, an attorney with the Portland firm of Troubh Heisler and a former Democratic state senator; Meredith Strang Burgess of Burgess Advertising and Marketing, a former Republican lawmaker; and Dick Woodbury, an economist who served in the Maine Senate as an independent.

Legislative Re-Cap

May 3, 2016
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The Across the Aisle team joins us to share their take on the just completed legislative session.

Guests: Meredith Strang Burgess of Burgess Advertising and Marketing, a former Republican legislator

Cynthia Dill, an attorney with the Portland firm of Troubh Heisler and former Democratic state senator

Dick Woodbury, an economist and former independent state senator

Dead Presidents

Apr 27, 2016

NHPR host and reporter Brady Carlson examines the final resting places of our country’s presidents. “Dead Presidents” shows that the ways we memorialize our presidents reveal as much about us as it does about the men themselves.

Guest:  Brady Carlson is a reporter and on-air host for New Hampshire Public Radio.

If you have a life insurance policy, and then die, you might expect that the benefits would automatically be paid out. But audits of the nation's biggest insurance companies reveal many instances in which they haven't paid, even when they've known that the policy holder died.

The reason that some of those companies cite is that they are only obliged to pay when they receive a claim for benefits. The practice was highlighted this past Sunday in a report on the CBS news program 60 Minutes. Its a problem that's well known to insurance regulators here in Maine.

The youth vote has become a story in the presidential primary campaigns. On the eve of the contest in New York, three politically active millennials spoke on Maine Calling about their generation and the issues that motivate them.

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