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Conversations With Maine

Conversations With Maine, hosted by MPBN’s Frank Ferrel, returns for its fourth season with new episodes featuring illuminating chats with fascinating people offering their unique perspectives on various aspects of Maine life.

Donna Galluzzo
Donna Galuzzo, Salt Institute
December 22, 2011

A big part of Donna Galluzzo's job as Executive Director of the Salt Institute in Portland, Maine is helping students learn to tell compelling stories on radio, in print and through photography. A few years following a semester spent studying documentary photography at Salt, she was asked to return as part of the staff, and in 2003 was appointed Executive Director.

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Dave Leitao
Dave Leitao, new head coach of the Maine Red Claws
December 15, 2011

A conversation with Dave Leitao, the new head coach of Maine's only semi-pro basketball team, the Maine Red Claws. He was former head men's basketball coach of the University of Virginia. Previously, he was head coach at Northeastern University and DePaul University.

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Bob Childs
Bob Childs, artistic director of the musical group
November 24, 2011

A conversation with Bob Childs, Harvard-trained psychologist who later became a violin maker and artistic director of the musical group Childsplay, whose members range from folk fiddlers to symphony players, all playing instruments crafted by Childs.

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George Smith
George Smith, President, Institute for Doctoral St
November 17, 2011

The Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts is an international school headquartered in Portland, Maine. George Smith founded the school in 2006 and continues as its president where artists study art theory, aesthetics and a range of discourses in pursuit of a Ph.D. in the visual arts.

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Scott MacMillan
Scott MacMillan
November 10, 2011

Canadian musician and composer Scott MacMillan enjoys a reputation in Nova Scotia and abroad for his unusual versatility working in the genres of classical, pop, jazz, blues and celtic music. He is equally at home on the podium as conductor and music director of Symphony Nova Scotia, or in the studio or behind a guitar.

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Charles Altschul
Charles Altschul
November 3, 2011

Charles Altschul is the President of Maine Media Workshops + College in Rockport, Maine. He moved to Camden in 1991 to become Director of Education at the then newly-formed, but now defunct, Eastman Kodak Center for Creative Imaging. He shared his ideas about both traditional and digital approaches to photography and film.

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Zoe Weil
Zoe Weil
March 31, 2011

Author, Activist, And Founder of The Institute For Humane Education, In Surry Maine, Zoe Weil holds Master’s Degrees In Theology From Harvard Divinity School, And English Literature From The University Of Pennsylvania.

She Has Written Books For Educators, Parents And Children Including, The Power And Promise Of Humane Education; Above All, Be Kind; And Most Good Least Harm.

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Robert Elowitch
Robbie Ellis/Elowitch
March 24, 2011

Co-owner of the prestigious Barridoff Galleries in Portland, Robert Elowitch is also known by his ringname Robbie Ellis. Now in his mid-60’s, He’s still active as a professional wrestler who has competed in New England and Mid-Atlanic independent circuit as well as international promotions in Europe.

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Mark Griffin
Mark Griffin
February 17, 2011

Local author, Mark Griffin has had a passion for Hollywood musicals since his childhood, especially those directed by the legendary, Vincente Minelli. Griffin’s first book, “A Hundred or more Hidden Things,” looks at Minelli’s life from the perspective of those who knew him well, including personal interviews with such luminaries as Lauren Bacall, Kirk Douglas, and Tony Curtis. Griffin’s book was featured as a book of the month on the Turner Network, and featured as part of the Museum of Modern Art’s film series in New York.

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“Altitude" Lou McNally
Altitude Lou McNally
February 10, 2011

A familiar face on MPBN television for well over 20 years, Lou McNally was host of one of our longest running programs, "Made in Maine." He’s also a familiar voice to early morning radio listeners, delivering the weather reports weekdays on MPBN radio’s "Morning Edition." He shares his passions for broadcasting, teaching, and weather with us, along with the story of how he got his nickname, “Altitude Lou.”

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Rushworth Kidder
Rush Kidder
February 3, 2011

Dr. Rushworth M. Kidder, is president & founder of the Institute for Global Ethics in Rockland, Maine. An award-winning journalist and author, Dr. Kidder's books include such titles as, "Moral Courage," "How Good People Make Tough Choices," "Shared Values for a Troubled World," "Reinventing the Future," "Global Goals for the 21st Century," and his most recent book, "Good Kids Tough Choices."

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Dahlov Ipcar
Dalov Ipcar
June 24, 2010

Dahlov Ipcar's art hangs in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She is well known in Maine for her posters created for MPBN auctions and the Common Ground Fair.

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Molly Gawler
Molly Gawler
January 7, 2010

Conversations with Maine features a dancer with international credits, Molly Gawler. She began her dance training as a child in the Belgrade Grange Hall.

 

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Passamaquoddy-Maliseet Dictionary
The cover of "A Passamaquoddy-Maliseet Dictionary"
April 22, 2010

Conversations With Maine host Frank Ferrel learns about The Passamaquoddy-Maliseet Language Dictionary from authors David Francis, a Passamaquoddy elder at Sipayik (Pleasant Point), near Eastport and Robert Leavitt, the now retired Director of the Mi'kmaq-Maliseet Institute at the University of New Brunswick.

 

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Donna McNeil
Director of the Maine Arts Commission, Donna McNei
Thursday, April 8 at 8:30 pm

Conversations With Maine host Frank Ferrel sits down with Donna McNeil, Director of the Maine Arts Commission, and chief arts advocate for artists and arts organizations in Maine.

 

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Thomas Condon
Thomas J. Condon, a Member of the Order of Canada
April 1, 2010

Conversations With Maine host Frank Ferrel introduces us to Thomas J. Condon, he is an American who has dedicated himself to the culture of New Brunswick, Canada. His list of cultural and educational accomplishments is impressive.

 

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Ray Ivany
Ray Ivany president of Acadia University
May 6, 2010

Conversations With Maine host Frank Ferrel sits down with Ray Ivany is President of Acadia University in Wolfville Nova Scotia.

 

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The Honorable Graydon Nicholas
The Honorable Graydon Nicholas
Thursday, March 4 at 8:30 pm

Conversations With Maine host Frank Ferrel visits with the Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick, the Honorable Graydon Nicholas. A member of the Maliseet nation, Nicholas named the Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick in September.

 

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Jeff McKeen
Jeff McKeen
February 4, 2010

Conversations With Maine host Frank Ferrel sits down with oyster farmer, Jeff McKeen. He is a member of Old Grey Goose, which has served as a musical ambassador for the U.S. State Department.

 

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Molly Gawler
Thursday, January 7 at 8:30 pm

Conversations with Maine features a dancer with international credits, Molly Gawler. She began her dance training as a child in the Belgrade Grange Hall.

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Dr. Bernard Lown
Dr. Bernard Lown
October 9, 2008

One of the great intellects to ever to come out of Maine is Nobel laureate Dr. Bernard Lown.

 

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Tom Chappell
A photograph of Tom Chappell
September 25, 2008

Tom Chappell founded "Tom's of Maine" in Kennebunk back in 1970 and since he has become synonymous with environmentally-friendly healthcare products.

 

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Costas Christ
A photograph of Costas Christ
September 11, 2008

Ecotourism activist Costas Christ sees Maine as a state with huge but unrealized potential as one of the world’s premier ecotourism destinations. Christ says Rhode Island, Vermont and New Hampshire have made gains in attracting more ecologically friendly tourist dollars. He says that with a little effort, Maine could and should be the crown jewel of ecotourism in the Northeast.

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Shawn Graham
A photograph of Shawn Graham
April 3, 2008

The Premier of New Brunswick, Shawn Graham, is a surprisingly young politician who nonetheless at the age of 39 is the oldest of Maritime Canada’s Premiers.

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Ted Ames
A photograph of Ted Ames
February 28, 2008

Ted Ames is a Stonington fisherman and lobsterman who, in 2005, became the only resident Mainer in history and was one of only 25 people overall that year to be awarded a “genius grant” from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, in his case for his pioneering work studying groundfish populations along the coast.

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Roger Milliken Jr.

An image of Roger Milliaken Jr.Roger Milliken Jr. is a man of many hats. As owner of the Baskahegan Timber Company, he sees a tree as a harvestable product. As Chairman of the Board of the Nature Conservancy, one of the world’s largest conservation organizations, he also sees a tree as a conservationist, and as a practicing Buddhist, he sees a tree as a fellow living being.



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