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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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.

GuestsJohn McPhedran, biologist and coordinator of Maine DEP's Invasive Aquatic Species Program

Jacolyn Bailey, Aquatic plant biologist and Project Director at Maine Milfoil Initiative / Saint Joseph's College.

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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

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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

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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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USM President
6:12 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

USM Seeks New Interim President in Wake of Kalikow's Departure

Departing USM President Theo Kalikow.
Credit Courtesy University of Southern Maine

University of Southern Maine President Theo Kalikow, who has presided over a contentious budget crisis in recent months, is stepping down and taking a new job within the UMaine System.

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Acoss the Aisle
6:00 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Across the Aisle: The Fallout from Gov's Meetings with Extremists

Left to right, Dick Woodbury, Cynthia Dill, Joshua Tardy
Credit Barbara Cariddi

In this week's edition of Across the Aisle, the focus is on the political fallout around Gov. Paul LePage's meetings with members of a group that critics describe as right wing extremists - and allegations that they discussed the arrest and execution of Democratic leaders. For some perspective we turn to Cynthia Dill, a practicing attorney and former Democratic state senator; Dick Woodbury, an economist and tax policy consultant for the independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler; and Josh Tardy, an attorney and lobbyist, who also served as House Republican leader in Augusta.

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Betty Cody dies
5:55 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Maine Country Music Legend Betty Cody Dies

Betty Cody with her then-husband Hal Lone Pine.
Credit Library of Congress

Maine Country Music legend Betty Cody has died. Cody was 92, and is being remembered as the state's most recognized female singer, who opted out of her own career, to nurture a very musical family.

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Maine
1:58 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Gardening, Take Two

Boothbay Regional Garden Club
Credit Boothbay Regional Garden Club

Join us Wednesday as we return to the garden with two experts who will offer advice and tips on how best to make your garden grow.

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Maine
1:46 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Community Bands

  Community bands..or 'town bands' in Maine have their roots in military ensembles dating back to colonial times.  before the emergence of radio and other forms of popular entertainment, community bands were at the center of small town life......and even city life.   as Maine prepares to celebrate the nation's birthday this friday, community bands around the state are rehearsing for concerts on the green, or on parade floats.

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