In this episode Ben sits down with Lisa Liberatore, owner of Lisa's Legit Burritos in Gardiner and Augusta as well as a key leader of Scratchpad Accelerator and Top Gun, two programs that are helping to grow small businesses in Maine. Lisa is also a past member of the Gardiner City Council and in this episode shares her game plan for winning local office.
Lisa has a great buy-local, buy-Maine message and is actively working to make this state a better, stronger place. To find Lisa's Legit Burritos visit www.lisalegitburritos.com or find them on Facebook.
In this candid conversation, Dennis Marble takes us on a fascinating, meandering trip that ends up with him becoming Director of the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter, a job he did not want to take but then stayed at for twenty years. From watching Sputnik overhead to seeing images of the Vietnam War to partying in Waterville with Janis Joplin, Dennis takes us back in time to share his perspective on growing up, the ways we treat each other, and finally how society interacts with its homeless members and how we can do better.
In this episode, Zeth and Betsy Lundy share their story of growing up in Maine, moving to Boston, Los Angeles, and then back to Boston again before coming home to raise a family and start Central Street Farmhouse. This is an honest, refreshing, and at times surprising story of two bright young Maine entrepreneurs who are living their values and sharing them with others.
To learn more about Central Street Farmhouse or the Lundy's recently acquired Maine Cloth Diaper Company, visit www.centralstreetfarmhouse.com or www.maineclothdiaper.com and find them on Facebook and Twitter.
Tellis Coolong shares his story about writing 85,000 words in one month, publishing, and overcoming challenges including mental illness. This an honest, earnest talk from one of Maine's diamonds in the rough.
To find out more about Tellis and his books visit www.tellyproductions.net or find him on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Walczyk-Tellis-K-Coolong/dp/1484838483/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1451345810&sr=1-1.
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In this special edition of The Maine Show, Mainers with many different backgrounds share their memories, perspective, and lessons from holidays past.
This episode features music by Maine pianist Bill Trowell. To listen to more of Bill's music, visit www.billtrowellmusic.com.
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Josh Alves is an illustrator of comic strips, children's books, and much more. Hear this graphic designer's story from working at a local newspaper to winning international awards, all from his home right here in Maine and about how he got his first contract through Twitter.
In this episode, Ben sits down with Luke Livingston, President and Founder of Baxter Brewing Company. The company is about to celebrate its five year anniversary and has already set records, seen significant revenue growth, and had its founder, Luke, end up on Forbes 30 under 30 list. They have done all this while staying true to their Maine roots and eco-friendly principles.
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Special thanks to the Maine Science Festival for sponsoring this episode. Check them out at www.mainesciencefestival.org.
Waterfront Concerts has pumped over $50 million into the Bangor economy since the concerts began in 2010. In this episode, hear the backstory of how Alex Gray and a group of friends started the company and what advice Alex has for young entrepreneurs today.
Follow Waterfront Concerts on Twitter @wfconcerts. Subscribe to the Maine Show on iTunes, find past and future episodes at www.maineshowpodcast.com, and follow host Ben Sprague on Twitter @bensprague or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/benspraguebangor.
In this episode, Chris Rudolph and Ethan Tremblay tell the story of Bangor Greendrinks, an organization that has given over $7,500 to Bangor-area non-profits for environmentally friendly and sustainable improvement projects. How do they raise the money? By bringing people together around Maine craft beer.
Follow Chris Rudolph Twitter at @notchrisrudolph and Ethan Tremblay @ethanjtremblay.
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If you love Maine and the Maine outdoors, you will enjoy listening to George Smith. George has spent a lifetime advocating for our state. In this episode he talks about his career and what he is doing in "retirement" after 18 years as Executive Director of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine.
George also gives his perspective on a range of topics including the Lands for Maine's Future program and plans for a national park in the Katahdin Region. He pulls no punches in giving his perspective on what Maine needs to do to grow its recreational opportunities and rural economy.
To follow George online visit www.georgesmithmaine.com. You can also find George as a regular contributor to the Bangor Daily News, Waterville Sentinel, and Kennebec Journal.
To listen to past episodes of The Maine Show, visit www.maineshowpodcast.com or find us on iTunes. You can follow Ben Sprague on Twitter @bensprague or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/benspraguebangor.
The vault inside the Alamo Theater in Bucksport is home to over 10 million feet of historic film, most of which was recorded in northern New England. In this episode, we sit down with Brook Ewing Minner, Executive Director of Northeast Historic Film, which, among other things, owns and operates the 99-year-old Alamo Theater on Main Street in Bucksport, Maine.
This is a story of a theater, but it is also the story of a community with a rich past that is looking to the future.
To learn more about Northeast Historic Film and the Alamo Theater, visit www.oldfilm.org.
You can find the Alamo Theater on Facebook at www.facebook.com/alamotheatre.
Find past episodes of The Maine Show at www.maineshowpodcast.com or find us on iTunes. Thanks for listening! You can follow The Maine Show on Twitter @maineshow and @bensprague.
Anthony Ronzio, the Bangor Daily News Director of News and Audience, gives an unprecedented look behind the curtain as to how the BDN is navigating an increasingly paperless world amidst changing demand for news content. Hear Tony's story about how he got interested in journalism and how a boy from Rhode Island ended up in Maine at one of the state's premier news organizations.
Follow Tony on Twitter @Ronzio.
Imagine a program that buys fresh produce directly from Maine farmers and gives it to hungry Mainers in need. The program strengthens rural economies, helps keep Mainers healthy, and helps Maine students do better in school. In reality, this program already exists and it's managed by Good Shepherd Food Bank. In this episode, the organization's president, shares the story of what Good Shepherd is doing to tackle the overwhelming, heartbreaking, and growing problem of hunger in Maine with programs like "Mainers Feeding Mainers," mobile food fans, and "Cooking Matters" classes.
To learn more about Good Shepherd Food Bank, visit www.gsfb.org or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/feedingmaine or on Twitter @feedingmaine
This episode is sponsored by The Maine Science Festival, coming to Bangor in March. Visit www.mainesciencefestival.org for more information!
In this episode, Brian Butterfield shares his story of growing up on campus at the University of Maine where his father, Jack, was the baseball coach. We recorded this conversation deep in the gallows of Fenway Park and in it we talk about Brian's minor league career as a player and then his coaching career with the Yankees, Diamondbacks, Blue Jays, and now the Red Sox. We talk about everything from Derek Jeter to the odd angles around the wall at Fenway Park to the advice Brian has for young players today if they want to be successful. Brian brings great insight and a unique perspective as a Mainer who has reached the pinnacle of his profession yet is as humble as they come.
This episode is sponsored by the Maine Science Festival, coming to Bangor in March. Please visit www.mainesciencefestival.org for more information.
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Tom Shafer shares his story of being laid off from a Wall Street job and then returning to Millinocket, a place where he had childhood roots, to start Maine Heritage Timber, a company that sells wood that has been salvaged from a Katahdin area lake and sold as flooring, siding, and furniture. Some of the wood dates back as far as 1824. Tom's is a story of rebirth and redemption: the perfect metaphor for Millinocket as the region looks to the future.
From being the backup Blue Ox mascot for Bangor's independent league baseball team, to an opportunity with Imus in the morning, to a statewide weekly variety show, Dan Cashman shares his story.
Follow Dan on Twitter at @mainedan and @theniteshowME and see more at www.theniteshowmaine.com
Featuring music by Bill Trowell
Lucas St. Clair of Elliotsville Plantation talks about the plans for a new national park in the Katahdin Region.
For more information about Katahdin Woods & Waters, visit www.katahdinwoods.org.
This episode features music by Maine-born artist Slaid Cleaves.
Jamie Miller is a senior staff member of SXSW, which is a major arts, music, film, and technology festival that takes place each year in Austin, Texas. What is so special about Jamie's story? She and her husband live in Corinth, Maine. In this episode, Jamie talks telecommuting, rural internet, and injecting some more creativity and an artistic mindset into Maine.
Follow Jamie on Twitter and Instagram at @jamiefriggin.
This episode features music by Maine-based artist Bill Trowell. Find his recordings at www.billtrowellmusic.com
Ryan Gavin, on-air personalty at Q97.9 and creator of Maine Memes, shares his story. From overcoming stuttering to generating millions of pageviews per month on the funniest internet site in Maine, Ryan gives his thoughts on what it takes to be successful and how to build a following in an ever-changing social media landscape. Spoiler: don't count on Facebook.
This episode features music by Maine-based artist Adam Hosack. Find his music at adamhosack.bandcamp.com
Jim Tselikis, co-founder of Cousins Maine Lobster, shares the story of how of two cousins from Maine ended up selling Maine lobster out of trucks in California and closed a deal with Barbara Corcoran on ABC's Shark Tank to help them expand nationwide.
Find Cousins Maine Lobster and order fresh Maine lobster at: www.cousinsmainelobster.com
Find Cousins Maine Lobster on Facebook: www.facebook.com/CousinsLobster
Find Cousins Maine Lobster on Twitter and Instagram: @CMLobster
Featuring music by Viva & The Reinforcements
Registered Maine Guide Steve Vose, aka the Rabid Outdoorsman, talks about his winter ascents of Mt. Katahdin, climbing Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina, his new found love of photography, why he fell in love with the Maine outdoors, and how he is passing that on to the next generation.
Follow Steve at www.themaineoutdoorsman.com, on Twitter at @rabidoutdoors, and on Instagram via rabidoutdoorsman.
Featuring music by Adam Hosack
We know what the Folk Festival has become, but how did it get started? Past Chair John Rohman and current Executive Director Heather McCarthy give us the back story about how Bangor convinced the Folk Festival to come to Maine and what the early years were like.
For more information on the current Folk Festival, visit their website here:
Featuring music by:
Diunna Greenleaf and Blue Mercy
The Hot Club of Cowtown
Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac
Aubrey and Lori Ghent