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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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.

The Youth Vote

Apr 18, 2016
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Which issues getting young people involved and engaged this election cycle?  We’ll hear from young voters about what matters to them and what they think of the tone and tenor of the race for the White House.

 

Guests:  Kara Ellsmore, Junior at Gorham High School

  Abigail Bennett, University of Maine, Class of 2018, Chairman of the Maine Federation of College Republicans

 Brian Duff, Political Science Professor at UNE

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 and former Republican lawmaker, and Dick Woodbury, an economist who served in the Maine Senate as an independent.

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Getting comfortable talking about about alcohol.  Learn about a new program designed to break down barriers to talking about alcohol use.  We'll discuss how to have what can be a difficult - but important - conversation... and steps to take to get health care professionals, caregivers, family and friends - comfortable with the subject of alcohol use. 

It’s Thursday, and that means we talk Maine politics. In this week’s edition of Across the Aisle, 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, and Meredith Strang Burgess of Burgess Advertising and Marketing, a former Republican legislator.

Teaching in Maine

Apr 7, 2016
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A look at what it means to be a teacher in Maine in 2016, and what the future may hold as a huge number of Maine teachers are set to retire in the next decade. 

Guests:  Tayla Edlund/2016 Maine Teacher of the Year, 3rd Grade Teacher, Pond Cove School, Cape Elizabeth

Dr. Kathy Yardley/Provost, Dean of Education, University of Maine/Farmington

Lois Kilby-Chesley/President, MEA

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Whether you’re getting ready to move into a retirement home, or smaller residential home or apartment, experts offer advice – both practical and financial – on downsizing the right way.

Guests:  Kim Dorsky, co-owner of SimplySized Home, a company that helps people with downsizing, sorting & simplifying, moving management, home closing and staging.  

  Sandra Wendland, Vice President, Realtor, Legacy Properties Sotheby's International Realty.

 

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 and former Republican lawmaker, and Dick Woodbury, an economist who served in the Maine Senate as an independent.

  

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Barbara Bradley Hagerty discusses her new book about the myth of the midlife crisis and why and how midlife presents new opportunities for people.

 

Guest:  Barbara Bradley Hagerty, NPR religion correspondent from 2003 - 2014, Justice Department correspondent from 1998 - 2003.  Author of New York Times best-seller "Fingerprints of God."

 

 

 

It’s Thursday, and this week on Across the Aisle, Cynthia Dill, an attorney with the Portland firm of Troubh Heisler and former Democratic state senator, Mike Cianchette, who served as chief counsel to Republican Gov. Paul LePage, and Dick Woodbury, an economist and former independent state senator.

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A conversation about Colin Woodard's new book "American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good."  

Maine will get more than a million dollars in new federal money to fund treatment of patients addicted to opioids.

Rachel Kaprielian, regional director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, says the money will go to four community health centers — in Portland, Bangor, Waterville and Lincoln — and will pay for eight new positions.

“And one of the weak points reported by the states was front-line service,” she says. “That people be treated where they live and in their community.”

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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