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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What are the real origins of Thanksgiving - from the Pilgrims to the food they ate?  Ken Davis, the author of the bestselling Don't Know Much About History series of books, returns to answer questions.

Guest: Ken Davis, author of the bestselling Don't Know Much About series. Davis appears frequently in the media, has written for the New York Times and Newsday, among other publications and has contributed to NPR's All Things Considered.

The latest news from the world of personal computing, mobile communication devices, and handheld digital organizers and e-readers.  We'll also get tips on the best Black Friday deals to look for (and which apps can help you find them).

Guests:  Jarrod Maxfield, Owner of Necessary Technology  
  Andrew Rosenstein, Founder of TechPort  
  Janet McKenney, Director of Library Development, Maine State Library

It's Thursday and time for Across the Aisle, our weekly roundtable on Maine politics. This week we have Hannah Pingree, former Maine Democratic House speaker, 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. They spoke with Keith Shortall.

The Maine Lottery

Nov 19, 2015

A look at the Maine state lottery and a brief history of the origin of the lottery in the US.  This program ties in with a recent report by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting examines the effect of Maine's lottery on people who play it.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's highest court has set a new legal standard that some observers believe will make it easier for whistleblower cases in Maine to be heard by a jury.

The opinion was issued last week in a case involving a Cumberland County Sheriff's Department detective who claimed that he was retaliated against for complaining about an assault on a jail inmate.

Portland attorney Jonathan Goodman, who represented the detective, argued that the long-standing legal test used by a lower court to dismiss the complaint should not be applied in whistleblower cases.