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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Your Vote 2014
5:41 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Across the Aisle: Debates about Debates, But Not About the Issues

It's Thursday, and so time for another edition of "Across the Aisle," our weekly foray into Maine politics, with contributors Cynthia Dill, a practicing attorney and former Democratic state legislator; Dick Woodbury, an economist and tax policy consultant to the campaign of independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler; and former Republican lawmaker Meredith Strang Burgess, of Burgess Advertising and Marketing in Portland. They spoke with MPBN's Keith Shortall.

Across the Aisle is heard Thursdays afternoons on MPBN Radio.

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GNP Bankruptcy filing
3:36 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Great Northern Paper Files for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

The Great Northern Paper Company mill.
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EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine - The financially-troubled Great Northern Paper Company today filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, as the company faces increasing pressure from creditors. Under the federal bankrupcy code, Chapter 7 allows for liquidation of assets, and distribution of proceeds to creditors.

Reached by phone this afternoon, Great Northern President Ned Dwyer declined to comment on the filing in a Delaware court.  But George Gervais, commissioner of the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development, says he remains committed to finding a way to keep the mill alive.

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Maine
3:12 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Sustainable Seafood

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Thinking differently about how we buy and prepare seafood.  There's a new movement to try and encourage more people to cook "sustainable seafood" - species of fish whose stocks are not in trouble.  But where to start?  How do you make pollack, cunner and cusk appealing? Learn how to cook so that there are plenty of fish in the sea. 

Guests: Jen Levin, Sustainable Seafood Project Manager, Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Barton Seaver, chef, author of four cook books, including 'For Cod and Country.'

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Maine
10:59 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Corporal Punishment in 2014

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The state of corporal punishment in the US and a discussion of punishment versus discipline.

Guests:  Murray A. Straus, Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Co-Director, Family Research Laboratory at UNH.

Brian Clark, Coordinator of the STRONG Fathers program at Opportunity Alliance

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Civil discourse
4:01 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Maine Council of Churches Launches 'Civility' Initiative

PORTLAND, Maine - In most election years comes the call for a return to "civility" in politics, which is usually then drowned in a sea of negative ads and far-slung mud. Undaunted, the Maine Council of Churches has launched an initiative called the Covenant for Civil Discourse, which encourages hundreds of candidates for public office in Maine to abide by a general set of rules of behavior. Keith Shortall spoke recently with the Council's Rev.

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Across the Aisle
5:00 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Across the Aisle: Why Maine Reps Voted Against ISIS Measure

Earlier this week, Maine's two U.S. representatives voted against a measure that would give President Barack Obama the authority for the U.S. military to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels in the fight against ISIS.

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Maine
2:43 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Encouraging Civil Political Discourse

Stock image showing two men arguing about politics, ostensibly.
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A conversation about bringing civility back into politics..  As election season heats up, we can expect plenty of negative ads, excited claims about an opponents moral standing or willingness to fight for Maine. We'll discuss how some define 'civil,' and what the Maine Council of Churches and others propose to promote civil discourse.  

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Across the Aisle
5:35 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Across the Aisle: Obama's ISIS Strategy, and the Fallout from a Secret Recording

It is Thursday - time once again for our weekly foray into Maine politics with Cynthia Dill, a practicing attorney and former Democratic state legislator, Dick Woodbury, an economist and tax policy consultant to the campaign of Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler, and former Republican lawmaker Meredith Strang Burgess, who is CEO of Burgess Advertising and Marketing in Portland. They spoke with MPBN's Keith Shortall.

 

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Jason Spooner Band
4:30 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Jason Spooner Band Ends Four-Year Gap with Release of 'Chemical'

The cover of the Jason Spooner Band's new CD, Chemical.
Credit Courtesy Jason Spooner Band

CAMDEN, Maine - Four years after the release of its album "Sea Monster," The Jason Spooner Band has a new CD, recorded in a new studio in the Midcoast town of Camden. Keith Shortall spoke with front man Jason Spooner about the record, "Chemical," which he says refers to the process of making music, and the emotional response to hearing it.

The Jason Spooner Band's new CD, "Chemical," will be released Sept. 16. The band will headline Portland’s first Green Festival in Monument Square this Saturday.

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Maine
9:00 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Why Do We Keep 'Stuff?'

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Some things we throw away without a second thought.  Other 'stuff' we hang onto for years eventhough we may never use it.  Today we'll discuss why we keep the things we do.

Guests:  Bettina Blanchard - Professional Organizer for the past 12 years.  Founder and Chief Organizer of  'All in Place Organizing Services.'  She also writes the weekly ezine 'Life Simplified.' 

Julie Longua Peterson - Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of New England.

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