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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Maine
5:48 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

PETA Plans to Fly Vegan Banner over Rockland Lobster Festival

ROCKLAND, Maine — An animal rights group says it plans to hire an airplane to fly over the Lobster Festival here tomorrow that will carry a banner reading "Keep your paws off their claws: Try vegan."

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says the plane will circle the festival every 15 minutes starting at just after noon, until 2:30 p.m. on the event's opening day, to highlight the organizations belief that lobsters feel pain and fear, and are killed in gruesome ways for human consumption.

Arts
6:05 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Sedgwick Author: Demise of Books Overstated

Warren Lehrer

The demise of the book, as a delivery system for literature, is all but imminent in the minds of some futurists. But Warren Lehrer doesn't buy it. The writer and artist, a summer resident of Sedgwick, has been a pioneer in the art of the book. His most recent work, a novel, reflects his interests in expanding the possibilities of the book format as a way to tell stories. Keith Shortall caught up with Lehrer recently at the Rockland Public Library.

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Maine Calling
1:21 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Protecting Maine's Wildlife

Piping plover.
Credit Don Freiday/USFWS

  Maine is home to a wide array of creatures, and some face challenges from outside pressures that threaten their very survival. Today we speak with two conservationists and about the latest on efforts to protecting nongame wildlife in Maine.

Keith Shortall speaks with:

  • Laura Minich Zitske, Wildlife Ecologist at Maine Audubon, and Director of Maine Audubon’s Piping Plover and Least Tern Recovery Project
  • Charlie Todd, Endangered Species Coordinator for Maine’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
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Across the Aisle
7:25 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Across the Aisle: LePage's Focus on Welfare and 'Border Children'

  It's Thursday, and that means it's time once again for our weekly discussion of Maine politics. Our analysts include 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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Maine Calling
1:05 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

A Your Vote 2014 Campaign Preview

Mike Cuzzi (from left), Ron Schmidt and Susan Dench.
Credit Mark Vogelzang / MPBN

  Live from The Cumberland Club, a Your Vote 2014 November Election Preview of the races for Governor, US Senate and CD 1 & 2.

GuestsRon Schmidt, Political Science Professor at USM.  

Mike Cuzzi, former campaign aide to President Obama, Sec. of State John Kerry and former U.S. Rep. Tom Allen. He manages the Portland office of VOX Global.

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AARP Survey
5:34 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Survey: What's Keeping Maine's Older Voters Awake at Night

A new survey from AARP Maine reveals that over-50 set is concerned about financial security, and maintaining their independence as they age. That may be no surprise, but the findings also reveal that many older Mainers fear they will never be able to retire. The results were gleaned from telephone calls to some 2,000 AARP members.

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Maine Calling
2:20 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Invasive Aquatic Plants in Maine

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What's being done to combat invasive aquatic plants in Maine? Hear about steps individuals can - and have - taken to keep track of these species. And  learn about the Maine Milfoil Initiative.

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Across the Aisle
5:32 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Across the Aisle: It's All About the Money - Or Is It?

It's Thursday, and time once again for Across the Aisle, our weekly foray into Maine politics, with Cynthia Dill, a practicing attorney and former Democratic state senator; 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 Keith Shortall.

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Maine
12:42 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Impact on Maine of Proposed EPA Rules Cutting Carbon Emissions

Credit www.grist.org

On June 2nd, the Environmental Protection Agency announced its new clean power plan for regulating electric power plants. The goal: a 30% reduction in emissions from America’s single largest source of carbon pollution. But what will this plan look like in Maine? How will it affect Maine businesses? And will it be enough?

Guests:  Stephen Mulkey, President of Unity College, and has directed Environmental Science Programs at The University of Idaho and the University of Florida.

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Maine
1:11 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Impact on Maine of Proposed EPA Rules Cutting Carbon Emissions

Credit www.theecologist.org

A look at how proposed EPA regulations to reduce carbon emissions may impact Maine. 

Guests: 

Stephen Mulkey, President of Unity College (an environmental liberal arts college in Unity, Maine).  Mulkey has directed environmental science programs at the University of Idaho and the University of Florida

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