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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Public health officials in the U.S. have discovered so-called superbugs — antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which the World Health Organization is calling a “global health crisis.”

Keith Shortall spoke with two Maine experts about the issue: Dr. Meghan May, associate professor of microbiology and infectious diseases with the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Dr. August Valenti, an infectious disease specialist with Intermed.

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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Last month, researchers discovered bacteria in a U.S. patient that is resistant to last-resort antibiotics, giving greater urgency to concerns about antibiotic resistance.  What are the causes and what is the latest research telling us?

Guests:  Dr. August Valenti, infectious disease specialist with Intermed and hospital epidemiologist with Maine Medical Center

Dr. Meghan May, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases with the
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

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.

Ocean experts from the Gulf of Maine Research Institute and the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences as well as journalist Colin Woodard for a conversation about the threats to the Gulf of Maine and how global warming is affecting the region's aquaculture.  

 

Guests:  Nichole N. Price, Senior Research Scientist, Director of Center for Venture Research on Seafood Security, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences 

 Don Perkins, GMRI President/CEO since 1995

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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Whether or not to designate

the North Woods as a national monument is the subject of heated debate. Some support the designation for the preservation of the land and for a boost in tourism. Others oppose it, citing restrictions to use of the land for industry and recreation.

Guests:
Lucas St. Clair, outdoorsman and the leading proponent for national monument designation. His mother, Roxanne Quimby, owns the land, and he is president of Elliotsville Plantation Inc., the foundation that manages the land.

The Moving Wall
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The midcoast town of Thomaston is expecting an influx of visitors this Memorial Day weekend…who will come to experience “The Moving Wall.” It’s a 252 foot, half- size replica of the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington DC, and it’s on tour where Knox Museum serves as host.

Its called the Moving Wall — and for many visitors — its exactly that.

“It’s sad, he was looking for a lot of the guys that were in the service with him,” says Carol Michalski who is there with her husband, veteran Bob Michalski.

“If you see the name your remember him,” says Bob.

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
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.

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.

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