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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Across the Aisle
5:00 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Across the Aisle: Why Maine Reps Voted Against ISIS Measure

Earlier this week, Maine's two U.S. representatives voted against a measure that would give President Barack Obama the authority for the U.S. military to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels in the fight against ISIS.

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Maine
2:43 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Encouraging Civil Political Discourse

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A conversation about bringing civility back into politics..  As election season heats up, we can expect plenty of negative ads, excited claims about an opponents moral standing or willingness to fight for Maine. We'll discuss how some define 'civil,' and what the Maine Council of Churches and others propose to promote civil discourse.  

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Across the Aisle
5:35 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Across the Aisle: Obama's ISIS Strategy, and the Fallout from a Secret Recording

It is Thursday - time once again for our weekly foray into Maine politics with 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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Jason Spooner Band
4:30 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Jason Spooner Band Ends Four-Year Gap with Release of 'Chemical'

The cover of the Jason Spooner Band's new CD, Chemical.
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CAMDEN, Maine - Four years after the release of its album "Sea Monster," The Jason Spooner Band has a new CD, recorded in a new studio in the Midcoast town of Camden. Keith Shortall spoke with front man Jason Spooner about the record, "Chemical," which he says refers to the process of making music, and the emotional response to hearing it.

The Jason Spooner Band's new CD, "Chemical," will be released Sept. 16. The band will headline Portland’s first Green Festival in Monument Square this Saturday.

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Maine
9:00 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Why Do We Keep 'Stuff?'

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Some things we throw away without a second thought.  Other 'stuff' we hang onto for years eventhough we may never use it.  Today we'll discuss why we keep the things we do.

Guests:  Bettina Blanchard - Professional Organizer for the past 12 years.  Founder and Chief Organizer of  'All in Place Organizing Services.'  She also writes the weekly ezine 'Life Simplified.' 

Julie Longua Peterson - Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of New England.

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Maine
2:40 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Birding

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Just in time for the fall migration, experts discuss where and what to look for as our fine feathered friends get ready for winter.

Guests:   Doug Hitchcox, Maine Audubon

Derek Lovitch, Freeport Wild Bird Supply.

Patrick Keenan, Outreach Director and Director of the bird migration station at River Point in Falmouth, Biodiversity Research Institute 

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Across the Aisle
3:19 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Across the Aisle: Political Attack Ads - Do They Work in Maine?

And now to our weekly edition of Across the Aisle, our Thursday roundtable discussion of Maine politics, with 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
2:30 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Addressing Sexual Assualt

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With college students now back on campus, we'll discuss what's being done to prevent sexual assaults.  College and university administrators from across the state will join us, as well as the executive director of 'Speak About It' - which offers performance-based presentations about consent, boundaries and healthy relationships.  Also joining us will be a Family Crisis Services Youth Educator.

Guests: Shana Natelson, Speak About It - Executive Director

Carlin Whitehouse, Prevention Program Educator for Family Crisis Services in Bridgton.

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Maine
5:30 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

What's in a Lobster Boat Name?

It's a tradition in Maine to name lobster boats after loved ones — particularly wives and daughters. But it's not the only naming convention. In fact, language journalist Michael Erard took a closer look at boat naming trends, and shares his findings in an article in this month's Down East Magazine. Erard spoke recently with Keith Shortall.

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Maine
1:50 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Financial Literacy

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The importance of being financially literate.  Take part in a conversation about the importance of understanding personal finances.  Credit scores, credit worthiness and having the right credit card can all have a huge impact on not just your financial well-being but also potential employment and housing opportunities. A panel of experts weighs in on how best to be financially literate.

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