Tuesday Night Talk Radio Club

WMPG volunteer producers Chris White and Gail Wartell curate conversations each week with interesting guests. Other frequent hosts include Richard Rudolph and Andres Verzosa. TNTRC explores a wide range of topics including sustainability, agriculture, the arts, localism, and USM-related topics of interest to the wider community.

[Disclaimer: All opinions expressed onTNTRC are those of the speakers voicing them; they do not necessarily represent those of WMPG, its staff or management, or USM.]

10/28/14 Chris is joined by Daniel Kany, art critic for the Portland Press Herald, and Jeffrey Ackerman, painter/sculptor, for a discussion about various biennials in Maine and how painting is viewed in that context.

10/21/14 Richard talks with USM Economics Professor Michael Hillard, currently on sabbatical and writing a book, about Maine's economy.

10/14/14 Chris and his guest, Sean Alonzo Harris, converse about the difference between taking an image and making a photograph.

10/07/14 Richard talks with Joel Johnson, who worked in the Maine State Planning Office and is currently with Maine Center for Economic Policy about aspects of the minimum wage, a living wage, and Maine's economy.

09/30/14 Chris sits down with Andy Graham, first President of the Creative Portland Corporation, to explore some of the differences between how the Chamber of Commerce views the local economy and the alternate vision exemplified by the Portland Buy Local group.

09/16/14 Chris and guest Jay York palaver about various issues in the Bayside neighborhood including the needle exchange program and Franklin Street redevelopment project.

09/09/14 Chris is joined by Andy Verzosa, local photographer Joanne Arnold, and fellow WMPG volunteer( & well-regarded photographer) Dave Wade for a free ranging conversation kicked-off by Chris wondering why viewers praise photographs for 'looking like paintings' and vice versa. The quartet explores photography as it enters the digital & social networking age.

09/02/14 Richard explores with BJ McCollister, Program Director for Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, what that organization is doing to improve Maine's Clean Election legislation. They also discuss the proposed 28th Amendment to the US Constitution, currently being considered by the US Senate, which would address issues raised by the Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case. Chris engineers & participates.

08/26/14 Gail takes lead with musician Amos Libby as he discusses his recent trip to the West Bankas part of a humanitarian effort to bring in medical supplies.

08/19/14 Richard discusses the Restorative School Practices program with Saco Middle School counselor Mark Murray and Patrick Phillips, former Supertendent of RSU 23, now retired.

08/12/14 A rebroadcast of Gail Wartell's interview with the Yares Brothers, Jewish musicians who perform and do workshops with the campers at Seeds of Peace camp in Otisfield, Maine.

08/05/14 Andy Verzosa speaks with Richard Blanco, the poet who read at Pres. Obama's second inauguration, who reads a poem about that experience and discusses a number of topics related to growing up in the US as Cuban and gay.

07/29/14 Andres Verzosa & Chris have a phone conversation with acclaimed author and seasonal Maine resident Jonathan Lethem. He is the author of numerous books, both fiction and non-fiction, short stories, and screenplays. His most recent novel is 'Dissident Gardens'.

07/22/14 Richard talks with Doug Born, President of the Southern Maine Labor Council, about the role of unions in Maine.

07/15/14 Gail catches up with Brian & Kara about activities going on at, or inspired by, the Meg Perry Center.

07/08/14 Andy Verzosa's guest, Colin Woodard, talks about 'Unsettled', the writer's series published by the Portland Press Herald & Maine Today Media exploring the difficult relationship between Maine's Passamaquoddy tribe, the State of Maine, various other government agencies, and the non-native community.

07/01/14 Chris and Andy Verzosa continue their discussion about social media and the arts.

06/17/14 Richard Rudolph chats with Tony Donavan from the Maine Rail Transit Coalition about the future of passanger rail service in Maine.

06/10/14 Gail hosts Harlan Baker, who is directing a staged reading of Clifford Odet's 'Waiting For Lefty'. The event supports the programs of the Southern Maine Workers' Center. Drew Joy, a leader for SMWC also joins the conversation.

06/03/14 Chris converses with Andres Verzosa, owner/Director of Aucocisco Gallery, and Rob Gould, blog writer for Maine Today Media, about social media usage and impact on the creative community.

05/27/14 Richard Rudolph speaks with Sue Roche, Executive Director for the Immigrant Legal Assistance Program about ILAP's activities and services in Cumberland County.

05/20/14 Gail & Chris speaks with Jeremy Bloom, Chair of the Urban Agriculture Committee for the Portland Mayor's Healthy Sustainable Food Systems Initiative.

05/13/14 Chris chats with Wil Etheridge & Amanda Clark, producers of the multi-media performance series, "Past, Present, and Future."

04/29/14 Chris and Richard Rudolph in conversation with Andy Curran, director and owner of the Saccarappa Art Collective in Westbrook.

04/15/14 Chris with Jocelyn Egan: USM nursing student chat about her role as USM's Community Garden Coordinator.

04/01/14 Chris with Fred Greenhalgh: Solar electricity and CMP's proposed new rate plan that would levy a charge for customers who generate their own power.

03/18/14 Gail with Emily Eschner and Tyler Kidder, USM Assistant Director of Sustainable Programs: Bikes and alternative transportation.

03/11/14 Chris and Richard Rudolph with Stowell Watters, a young Maine farmer.

03/04/14 Chris with Andy Verzosa and Daniel Kany: The Maine Art Scene.

02/11/14 Chris with Larry Hayden, artist: upcoming exhibition at Aucocisco Galleries.

02/04/14 Chris with Bruce Brown, Hilary Bassett, and Susan Danly: Portland Landmarks' 50th anniversary photo exhibition at the Portland Public Library.

01/28/14 Richard Rudolph with Jack Sutton: Rail Service in Maine.

01/21/14 Gail & Chris with Eben Rose & Brian Leonard: Tar sands and 350 Maine.

01/14/14 Gail with Courtney Kennedy from the Good Shepherd Food Bank.

01/07/14 Chris with Jay York, Larry Hayden, and Joanne Arnold: The intersection of photography and social media.

12/10/13 Chris with Richard Rudolph and Arthur Harvey: Organic blueberry farming, "war" tax resisting, and living off the grid.

12/03/13 Barb Truex with Simon Skold (former USM student), Freeport High School Drama Program.

11/26/13 Chris and Gail with Jan Piribeck, USM Art Professor, and Paul Gebhardt, MECA: "King Tide" art/ecology project, the first USM/MECA collaboration to focus on Portland's elevating sea levels.

11/19/13 Gail and Chris with panel of USM Philosophy professors and students: World Philosophy Day.

11/12/13 Chris with Daniel Kany, the Portland Museum of Art's Biennial.

11/05/13 Chris with artist Lauren Fensterstock.

10/29/13 Chris with Joe Duley, call in from New York City.

10/22/13 Dale Robin with Chris Moore of Rust Farm, 317 Main Yarmouth.

10/15/13 Gail and Chris with Cecilia Smith, USM student active in water safety: "Take Back the Tap."

10/08/13 Gail and Chris with Rachel Lyn Rumson, Transition Towns: Portland Permaculture.

10/01/13 Chris with Daniel Noel, Actor: Film in Maine.

09/10/13 Chris with Cat Smith, WMPG Work Study and Board Secretary: Discussing WMPG and USM students.

09/03/13 Chris with Shaun Carland, USM Student, Founder and President of Students for Environmental Awareness and Sustainability (SEAS).

08/27/13 Chris with Bruce Brown, CMCA curator of Portland Landmarks show: Photography show at Art House, Pho-Pa gallery.

08/20/13 Chris with Jon Hinck, Democrat, Portland City Council.

08/13/13 Gail and Chris with Meghan LaSalle and Drew, Southern Maine Worker's Center: Healthcare as a human right.

08/06/13 Gail and Chris with Andy Lindberg, Burdock Gathering 2013.

07/30/13 Chris with Jim Rivoli, artist.

07/09/13 Chris with Hugh Magbie, the Maine Democratic Party activist who runs "Light of the North Star," a progressive political website: African-Americans with ties to Canada, Maine, and the Virgin Islands.

07/02/13 Gail and Chris with Julie Fisher, author of "Importing Democracy," a book about NGOs and democratization.

06/25/13 Gail and Chris with Barbara Kelly, USM Bookstore Manager: 2013 Summer Reading Review.

06/18/13 Gail with John Brooking, Bikes.

06/11/13 Chris with Richard Rudolph, on Social Economy.

05/28/13 Chris and Gail with Tyler Kidder and Jeff Edelstein, Sustainability mini-conference.

05/21/13 Chris with travel writer Dave Norman.

04/30/13 Chris with Jay York discuss city politics and art.

04 /23/13 Gail and Chris with Jeremiah Conway, USM Professor of Philosophy, discuss Mr. Conway's new book "The Alchemy of Teaching."

04/03/13 Chris with Chriss Sutherland from Students for Environmental Awareness and Sustainability (SEAS).

03/26/13 Gail and Chris with Jan Morrill from the Natural Resource Council of Maine: Mining in Maine and El Salvador.

03/19/13 Gail with Sarah Schindler, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Maine School of Law: Urban Green Spaces.

03/12/13 Chris with Will Ethridge and Amanda Clark, "Rosie Rimjob's Saturday Night Burlesque Affair" at the oak + the ax.

02 /26/13 Chris with Frank Turek, organizer of the Friends of Congress Square Park.

02 /19/13 Gail with Theodora J. Kalikow, University of Southern Maine (USM) President.

02 /12/13 Gail with Robin Farrin, coordinator of the "One Billion Rising" event at the Woodbury Center on the Portland campus of the University of Southern Maine. "One Billion Rising" is a feminist event that is a call to action based on the United Nations statistic that one in three women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime.

02/05/13 Chris with Martin Connelly and Sally Li of the Chinese & American Friendship Association of Maine discuss the Lunar/Chinese New Year event.

01/29/13 Chris with USM Gallery Director Carolyn Eyler and Artist-in-Residence Astrid Bowlby discss Astrid's "Everything" exhibition, a drawing installation at the University of Southern Maine art galleries in Gorham.

01/15/13 Chris discusses the "Prints: Breaking Boundaries" exhibition at the Portland Public Library's Lewis Gallery with Bruce Brown, CMCA curator; Elizabeth Jabar, MECA Printmaking faculty; and Damir Porobic, USM Printmaking and Digital Arts faculty.

01/08/13 Chris with James Rivoli: FFAW and new street art task force.

12/18/12 Gail and Chris with William Hessian of Occupy Maine discuss Occupy Sandy and Occupy Foreclosure.

12/04/12 Gail and Chris with Barbara Kelly, USM Bookstore Manager: 2012 holiday book reviews.

11/27/12 Chris with Heather Chandler, publisher of "The Sunrise Guide: /The Best of What's Healthy, Local & Green in Maine."

11/20/12 Chris with Susan Greenwood and Karen Malone from the Cromwell /Center.

11/13/12 Gail with Hannah Dobbz, author of "Nine Tenths of the Law: /Property & Resistance in the United States."

10/23/12 Chris with Jay : Barridoff preview.

09/25/12 Gail with David Jacobs and Christine Louise Marshall from the /Mad Horse Theatre Company discuss the 2012-2013 season.

09/11/12 Gail with three Occupy Maine activists discuss the 1st /anniversary of the Occupy Movement.

09/04/12 Chris with Duane Paluska, owner of Icon Contemporary Art in Brunswick, Maine, talk about Duane's paintings and sculpture currently on view at the gallery.

08/21/12 Interview with Emmy Raviv, a talented young woman who /performs a one-woman show at the Freeport Factory Stage August 24-26. Emmy's play, Stranger Closer, is based on her 4 months in Israel/Palestine and examines the personal and the political within countries and her family. Stranger Closer is Emmy's senior project at College of the Atlantic, where she graduated in June. The play includes stories, poetry, crafted cardboard installations and multi-media.

08/07/12 Gail with Andy Lindberg, Burdock Gathering 2012.

07/24/12 Chris with Stephanie Aquilina, Project Manager at Cultivating Community.

07/10/12 Chris with Will Etheridge: Portland's Downtown District Alive /at Five FREE Concert Series.

07/03/12 Guests are Nisha Swinton from Food and Water Watch and /Gretchen Voight and David Homa from Post-Carbon Designs. We talk about protecting Maine's precious water resources, permaculture at Seeds of Peace and many related things. Sustainablility is more than a buzz-word. These folks are walking the walk.

06/26/12 Chris with Nancy 3. Hoffman, The Umbrella Cover Museum (Peaks /Island, Maine).

06/19/12 Chris with Nate Speckman, Portland Fringe Festival and Fenix /Theatre.

06/12/12 Chris with Kara Larson, Portland Performing Arts Festival and Portland Fringe Festival.

06/05/12 Gail with Jonathan Brooking, "Train Your Bike."

05/29/12 Chris with Hugh Magbie, Founder at The Light of the North /Star. Progressive Politics.

05/15/12 Gail with Suzy Ryan.

05/01/12 Chris with Jay York, artists and unions for May Day.

04/24/12 Gail and Chris with Occupy USM and Occupy Maine.

04/17/12 Chris with Duane Paluska, owner of ICON Contemporary Art /gallery, Brunswick, Maine.

04/10/12 Gail and Chris with Barbara Kelly, USM Bookstore Manager: /Summer reading suggestions.

04/03/12 Gail and Chris, Food and Water.

03/27/12 Chris with Richard Rudolph, Chair of the Rail Users' Network.

03/20/12 Gail and Chris with Heather Chandler, President & Founder of /The SunriseGuide.

03/06/12 Chris with chef Kate Squibb.

02/21/12 Chris with Bruce Brown, Curator for the "Artifacts and /Particles" photography exhibition at the Addison Woolley Gallery, featuring thw work of photogrpahers Caleb Charland and Peter Gruner Shellenberger.

02/14/12 Gail and Chris with Brian and Heather from Occupy Maine. /

02/07/12 Gail talks to Dr. Valerie Lamont, USM School of Business, /about events associated with National Entrepreneurship Week.

01/31/12 Chris talks art with Ken Greenleaf.

01/24/12 Gail with Ali Vander Zanden, Political Drector at Equality /Maine.

01/17/12 Local documentary filmmaker Gary Robinov discusses his latest project: "Canvas Man: The Robbie Ellis Story."

01/03/12 Chris with Bruce Brown, Tom Birtwistle, Corliss Chastine, and /Jim Marshall.

12/27/11 Chris with Michael Lane Troutman, Mime/Clown: Phyzgig 2011. /

12/20/11 Gail with Michelle Smith, Portland Fod Co-op.

12/13/11 Barbara Kelly, USM Bookstore Manager: Annual Holiday Book /Reviews.

12/06/11 Stephanie Aquilina, Cultivating Community: SNAP program at /Portland Farmers' Market.

11/15/11 Chris and Gail with Occupy Maine.

09/27/11 Chris White with Jennifer Hutchins, Executive Director, The /Creative Portland Corporation and the Portland Arts and Cultural Alliance (PACA). Creative Portland has invited representatives from Artspace--a nonprofit based in Minneapolis, Minn. that specializes in the development of artist live/work spaces--for a two-day visit to help assess the conditions for such development in Portland.

09/13/11 Gail with Susan Feiner, Professor of Economics/Professor of /Women's and Gender Studies, USM. Economic effects of state budget cuts on women.

09/06/11 Chris with Elizabeth Peavey.

08/28/11 Chris with Meaghan LaSala, Program Coordinator, 2011 Maine /Grassroots Media Conference.

08/02/11 Laura Burden, 2 Degrees Portland.

07/26/11 Gail with Jeremy and Neisa, The Internet Farmer.

07/19/11 David Marshall, Portland Mayoral candidate.

07/12/11 Steve Rypka, President of GreenDream Enterprises, holistic /energy and efficiency.

07/05/11 Barbara Kelly, USM Bookstore Manager, summer reading list. /

06/28/11 Gail with Emma Holder, Tango Project.

05/31/11 Neal Allen, Campaign to Promote Food Security in Cumberland /County.

05/17/11 Jay York.

05/10/11 Gail with The Bicycle Coalition of Maine.

05/03/11 Jokan Zenshin and Thomas "Tim" Buckley, Buddha's Birthday. /

04/26/11 Gail with Peter Bass and Elizabeth Trice: Peloton Labs, /Creative Coworking Community in Portland, Maine.

04/12/11 Chris with Barb Truex.

04/05/11 Gail with Esther Lee-Samia, Maine Deaf Film Festival. /

03/29/11 Steve Luttrell, founding editor of the Cafe Review, National /Poetry Month.

03/15/11 Chris with Dale Robin Goodman, WMPG's Power UP! Campaign. /

03/08/11 Chris with Joe and Charly Duley, Maine Restaurant Week. /

03/01/11 Gail with Susan Ryan, President of the Gulf of Maine Marine /Education Association. Gulf of Maine Census.

02/22/11 Orion Breen and Lesley James, Hour Exchange Portland. /

02/15/11 Jean Maginnis, Founder and Executive Director at the Maine /Center for Creativity.

02/08/11 Gail with Val Lamont, Entrepreneurship Week.

02/01/11 Charles Bragdon, Portland mayoral candidate.

01/25/11 Chris and Gail, Joycott at the Portland Public Market House. /

01/18/11 Edgar Allen Beem, Forecaster columnist.

01/04/11 Chris with Jen Hutchins, Executive Director at The Creative /Portland Corporation (CPC) and The Portland Arts and Cultural Alliance (PACA).

12/28/10 Jay York. Mayoral.

12/14/10 Gail with Barbara Kelly of the USM Bookstore. Annual Best /Book Show.

11/30/10 Chris with Barb Truey. Mad Horse Christmas Fundraiser. /

11/23/10 Gail with Harlan Baker.

11/16/10 Joe Cerny and Laura Stevens. Friends of Rails-to-Trails and toxicaction.org.

11/09/10 Chris and Joe Duley with some post-election kvetching. /

10/19/10 Gail with USM professor: organizing a conference at Pineland /Farms on Research, Scholarship, and Creativity.

10/05/10 Chris with Val Walker, author of the about to be released /book "The Art of Comforting."

09/28/10 Joe Duley talks with Chris about the importance of the /creative community/economy in the upcoming election.

09/21/10 Gail and Chris with Professor David Carey of USM's History /Dept. Updates on Cuba and relations with US.

09/14/10 Gail and Chris with guest Laurie Grant on Compassionate Diet, /and the Walk for Farm Animals she is helping to organize for, Oct. 2. Includes music! "Why oh why must we eat the animals?"

09/07/10 Gail and Chris host Mihku Paul, local poet whose show at the Glickman library opens Sept. 10. Contemporary Native American perspective paired with vintage photos.

08/31/10 Guests Sage Lewis, Portland Museum of Art Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, and Karen Gelardi, artist from South Portland, talk about the Block Party scheduled for Sept. 11. The event is a collaboration that will include a variety of organizations and businesses throughout the ARts District offering public demonstrations and activities that day. Karen Gelardi will be in front of the PMA with The Group Formerly Known As Smockshop.

08/17/10 Gail with organizer, activist and musician Peter Hazen on the /annual Burdock Gathering in Starks. Sustainable living and skill sharing.

08/10/10 Gail hosts Lesbian Feminist playwright Carolyn Gage on /healing. Her latest work--A Woman's Book of Healing--"adapts the Christian Science textbook by Mary Baker Eddy, 'with an emphasis on right relation and connection with the natural world, where a higher power is metaphorically referenced as female.'"

08/03/10 Gail hosts USM student researcher Jill Davenport of the Wise Laboratory, Maine Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health. USM students do research in the toxic Gulf on a sailing ship outfitted with a laboratory.

07/27/10 Jay York talks about various Portland political issues especially the Franklin Arterial redesign.

06/29/10 Joe Duley, Barb Truex, and Chris fill a half hour with entertaining nonsense.

06/22/10 Orion talks with Ed King of West End News and Ben Bragdon of the Current about running a local newspaper.

06/15/10 Orion talks about what it takes to run a local newspaper with Chris Busby of the Bollard and Jim Duran of Neighbors newspaper that serves the 04103 and Tracy Scheckel of the Gray New Gloucester Gazette who has an online only newspaper.

06/08/10 Gail and Chris host Julie Goell, local musician, actress and all around performer and performance instructor along with Mandy Houtari of Celebration Barn Theater. A lot of culture and fun going on in South Paris, Maine.

06/01/10 Orion with Abby Laplante of Hour Exchange Portland talking about the First Friday Art Walk.

05/25/10 Chris with Richard Rudolph talking about Rippling Waters Farm and their Farm to School program.

05/18/10 Orion talks David Clough of the National Federation of Independent Businesses about the repeal of LD 1495 on the ballot, which lowers the income tax while raising the sales tax.

05/11/10 Orion with Christina Feller of the immigrant nonprofit organization Living With Peace and USM Muskie Grad. Student Maxwell Chikuta talks about his experiences coming from the Congo to Portland.

05/04/10 Orion with Heidi Record of USM School of Sociology Assoc. on their social inequality multimedia exhibit at the Time Gallery and Amy Regan from Preble Street Resource Center.

04/20/10 Norman Patry and Anna Korsen from the Maine Bicycle Coalition talk with Chris about the upcoming Great Portland Bike Swap and other efforts to encourage bicycle usage in Maine.

04/13/10 Gail & Chris talk about the Maine Deaf Film Festival with Ester Lee-Samia.

04/06/10 Guest Andy Graham talks with Chris about his involvement with the arts in Portland. Graham is a photographer, owner of Portland Color, President of the newly formed Creative Portland Corporation, and serves on the Board of SPACE Gallery ... among other things.

03/30/10 Meaghan LaSala speaking about a prison reform bill with Emily & Ray.

03/23/10 Michael talks with Ruth Elkin and Gary Higgenbottom about the Maine effort to Bring Our War Dollars Home, a grassroots group of peace activists illuminating the cost of continued US military operations on Maine's economy.

03/16/10 Gail with Emily Grant from the Portland Food Co-op about that organizations activities.

03/09/10 Orion talks about connecting to local food with Randy Lautz of ME foodtrader.org and Alida Payson of Cultivating Community.

03/02/10 Gail speaking with Monique Laroque Dean of USM's Out Reach program.

02/16/10 Orion Talks with former Governor Angus King about the jobs of /the future, windpower, education, and marriage equality.

02/02/10 Guests are Susan Rooker and Beth Montgomery, local authors of /The Practical Vegan How we can save the earth and nourish ourselves. Recipes and politics, not to mention ethics.

01/26/10 Kristen Smith of Portland Buy Local chats with Chris and Gail /about the organization and the upcoming membership drive. TNTRC says Listen Local, and buy local!

01/19/10 Orion talks sustainability with Lisa Fernandes of Portland Permaculture.

01/12/10 Guests Alicia Sampson and David Cimato are inspiring young /Americorp volunteers working from USMs Office of Community and Civic Engagement. They organize USM students for special projects including an unusual MLK Day event.

01/05/10 Orion talks with young Portland entrepreneurs Jeremy /Litchfield of Atayne, Karen Farrell of Top Line Marketing, Emilie Sommer of emilie inc., and Johann Sabbath of Entreverge who gave them an award for entrepreneurship.

12/29/09 Orion talks with Wendy Pollock and Sarah Kotzur of Turn the /Tide Health Collaborative on alternative care and pay-it-forward with Ana from Hour Exchange Portland.

12/22/09 Chris talks with local artist Ken Greenleaf. Greenleaf talks /about his paintings and drawings that are currently on view at Aucocisco and Greenhut Galleries. Greenleaf is also an arts writer for the Portland Phoenix--giving him a unique perspective about the Maine art scene.

12/15/09 Barbara Kelly, Tradebook Manager of the USM Portland /Bookstore shares her (many) favorite new titles, and picks for the holidays. Hosts Gail Wartell and Chris White are dazzled, and you will be, too. Buy local this holiday season! Kids' books, cookbooks and more...

12/01/09 Gails guests are Rene Johnson and Meredith Lindsay, USM students who are into theater and being real. Rene is a dynamic young woman tells what it is like to be Black and Lesbian in Maine. Meredith talks about directing the 2010 production of The Vagina Monologues.

11/24/09 Meaghan LaSala talked with Angel Putney, Meg Gilmartin and Hillary Lister of the Native Forest Network about the international day for Climate Justice on November 30th. Topics of discussion include "Greenwashing" and some street theater taking place in Portland.

11/10/09 Andrew Campbell, an area veteran, talks with Chris White about "Operation Free", a veteran's group that seeks to raise awareness of energy as a national secuirty issue.

11/03/09 Kennedy Barteaux stops by to talk about the Hour Weatherization Cooperative.

10/13/09 Guest Ted Regan, visionary of the Kindle in Maine Conference, shares details about events in downtown Portland- Friday and Saturday October 15 and 16, 2009. Michael Pollen and Andrew Weil beam in from California, and local poets and activists meet scientists and farmers. Not to be missed!

10/06/09 Professor Matt Edny, Cartographer, joins Chris White and Gail Wartell to share the excitement about the grand opening of the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education (October 16-18, 2009). What makes maps so fascinating? Learn how technology has impacted the wonderful world of maps.

09/29/09 Talking with the Portland Music Foundation.

09/15/09 Justine Nagan, director of the Kartemquin Films release TYPEFACE, a documentary about the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, calls in from Chicago. The film will be shown at SPACE Gallery in Portland on September 17th.

09/08/09 Michael Levine, Producing Director of Acorn Productions talks with Chris about Acorn's soon-to-open studio theater in Westbrook. ALSO: Naked Shakespeare's events at the Wine Bar run afoul of city ordinances .

09/01/09 Prof. Ed Collam, Chair, USM Sociology Department and Orion Breen from the Hour Exchange in Portland talk with hosts Chris and Gail about time banks and local currencies.

08/25/09 Chris talking with members of Excuse Me! Circus!

08/18/09 Gail chatting with Professor Barbara Oakley a systems engineer who deals with psychological issues such as why 'good' people do 'bad' things.

08/11/09 Chris and Gail chat with Peter Hazen and Gretchen Voight about the upcoming annual Burdock Gathering in Starks, Local Sprouts and related subjects as they occur to us.

08/04/09 Richard Rudolph expounds on the role of rail, past and future, as a means of transportation in Maine.

07/28/09 Chris & Gail with Michael 'tap dance' without a guest.

07/21/09 Jay York and Chris White recap the series of TNTRC programs that have discussed the impact of the current difficult economic situation on Greater Portland's creative and cultural community.

07/14/09 Alida Payson talks with TNTRC about Cultivating Community, planting and harvesting both edible produce and better community relations, especially among the young people of Portland.

07/07/09 City Council member David A. Marshall talks about Portland's first in the nation TIF district with funds dedicated to the arts and the newly formed Creative Portland Corporation, the quasi-governmental agency that will administer the funds generated by the arts district TIF.

06/30/09 Meaghan Lasala joins the TNTRC and we welcome her as new member.

06/23/09 Travis P. Wagner from the USM Department of Environmental Science chats with the TNTRC team about the 10th Biennial Conference on Communication and the Environment, being held this year from June 27-30, 2009 on USM's Portland Campus.

06/16/09 Andrew Dawson, Zeke Callanan, and Chelsea Fournier from Maine Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts discuss the legal services those in the arts, especially artists, need and how MVLA seeks to serve those needs.

06/09/09 Sarah Cushman from Portland Green Streets talks to Gail and Chris about efforts to promote transportation alternatives to the private automobile.

06/02/09 Steve Hirshon explains to Gail and Chris what's going on with the Portland Charter Commission election.

05/26/09 John Seyemore, whose many local connections to the local creative economy community include being a principal in Wasted Minds Media, offers another perspective on how the economic outlook and how it is affecting the local creative community.

05/19/09 Peter Alexander from Gulf of Maine Restoration discusses the state of our coastal waters.

05/12/09 Jean Maginnis, Director of the Maine Center for Creativity, visits TNTRC and talks with host Chris White about the recently unveiled model of the "Art All Around" project that will see the Sprague oil tank farm transformed into the world's largest public art painting. MCC is dedicated to fostering awareness and assisting the growth of Maine's creative sector.

05/05/09 Guest Peter Brown is on the Board for Maine Businesses for Social Responsibility, and is the first student in USM's Sustainable Business degree program. He talks with TNTRC's co-hosts Gail Wartell and Chris White about MEBSR and his experiences at USM including plans for MEBSR annual conference taking place on the USM Portland campus. The conference is titled 'People, Profit and Planet in the New Economy.'

04/28/09 Stacy Mitchell, author of "The Big Box Swindle" and a Senior Researcher for the Institute for Local Self-Reliance visits TNTRC host Chris White to talk about the Portland Buy Local campaign. Among the specifics discussed are a recent "Why Buy Local?" op-ed in The Bollard and the PBL 2009 balloting for the second annualĀ  Indie Biz Awards.

04/21/09 TNTRC host Gail Wartell chats with Fred Robie about all things bicycle. The upcoming Bike Swap to be held at USM is discussed along with sharing the road, group cycling, and the functionality of Spandex.

04/14/09 The Arts District and the Old Port, PACA and PMA, a wide ranging visit with Andres A. Verzosa, owner/director of Aucocisco Gallery. TNTRC host Chris White and his guest remember the early days of First Friday Art Walk and discuss the impending move of Aucocisco Gallery from Congress Street to Exchange Street.

04/07/09 More on Portland's creative economy and cultural community with Pat May, President of the Portland Music Foundation. May and TNTRC host Chris White talk about the vibrant music scene, new venues and what PMF is doing to help area musicians.

03/31/09 Guest Esther Lee Samia from USM's Linguistics Dept. tells about the student-run Maine Deaf Film Festival. This is the 7th annual fest, Saturday, April 4. Find out how USM came to host this noteworthy event (one of only 24 Deaf film fests world-wide!), what you can expect if you go, and generally how cool learning ASL is.

03/24/09 Bob Keyes, arts writer for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram joins host Chris White. This installment in the series exploring the nexus between economics and art focuses on the recent shake-up in Portland's gallery scene.

03/17/09 Begathon edition of TNTRC Chris White talks with Mad Horse Theatre Company's Board of Trustees President El Carlson. They are joined by WMPG programmer Barb Truex (appearing in her capacity as the Managing Director of Mad Horse) and continue to explore how Portland's cultural community is impacted by the current economy.

03/10/09 Second installment in the TNTRC series exploring the impact of the economic downturn on Greater Portland's cultural community and creative economy. This is a special hour long segment has Chris White conversing with Portland City Council member and visual artist David A. Marshall. Among the points covered are the new Arts District TIF which is intended to fund support for the City's cultural community.

02/24/09 Guest Kate Arno chats with hosts Chris White and Gail Wartell about entrepreneurship and assistance to start up businesses. Kate is Director of Training and Communications for the Small Business Development Centers. Portland's SBDC is housed at USM. Topics covered include the third annual Entrepreneurship Week USA events as well as information on how new businesses can get the help they need to be successful.

02/11/09 Part 2 Guest are AmeriCorps*VISTA member Alicia Sampson and AmeriCorps VISTA Service Leader (and USM student) Rachel Church who work out of USM's Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement doing the Community Arts Innitiative. Joining them is Priscilla Dreyman from Spiral Arts, a program that benefits from their efforts. Get inspired by what they are doing!

02/11/09 Part 1 Guest Dr. Valarie Lamont (USM's Associate Dean of Innovation and Entrepreneurship) shares upcoming events for the third annual National Entrepreneurship Week, which takes place Feb. 21-27, 2009. Many local events are on the USM Portland and Gorham campuses. She also comments on the state of entrepreneurship, including the opportunities and dangers. For events, go to www.eweekmaine.com.

01/27/09 Michael Trautman visits Tuesday Night Talk Radio Club to share some stories and information about being a clown/juggler/New Vaudevillian. Trautman hosts THE BIG TIME VAUDEVILLE SHOW - a monthly, family friendly, performance series at the Breakwater School.

01/06/09 Gail Wartell and Chris White talk to Barb Truex of Maine Squeeze.

12/23/08 Mad Horse Theatre Company member Craig Bowden is the guest. Host Chris White talks with Craig about the current Mad Horse season and some of the new programs MHT has embarked upon this year. Mad Horse's new "Dark Night Series" of one acts and readings performed with minimal productions is one of the topics discussed.

12/16/08 Richard Rudolph is the guest. He and Chris White talk about transportation issues in New England with a special focus on expanding rail service. The impact of our transportation choices on the environment and local economies is a focus of the conversation.

12/09/08 Gail Wartell, one of the hosts of Tuesday Night Talk Radio Club, in conversation with Andrea Thompson McCall, USM Interfaith Chaplain. They discuss the diverse faiths represented in the community and some of the programs and events of the chaplaincy, including the Celebration of Life.

11/18/08 A pair of MOOSE visit TNTRC to chat with host Chris White. The Maine Organization of Storytelling Entertainers (MOOSE) have for the past eight years presented an event featuring Maine storytelling as part of a coordinated national effort under the banner TELLABRATION! Lynne Cullen and Chris Newcomb discuss the event, the other activities of MOOSE and tell a few stories.

11/11/08 Guest Heather Chandler of the Sunrise Guide shares highlights of the new, improved 2009 edition. Educational, definitive source for sustainable living, and coupons to help save money- what could be better? Heather also updates us USM related activities including the Green Expo, life in the Incubator and being studied by School of Business students.

10/21/08 Guest Barbara Kelly, tradebook manager for USM's Portland Bookstore, dazzles us with literary finds and the heads up on authors coming to USM. Find out what makes our bookstore special, and get some ideas for your next good read.

10/14/08 Hosts Gail Wartell and Chris White chat for an entire hour with Jennifer Hutchins of USM's Muskie School. Jennifer is organizing Conversations at Muskie: Practical discussions about critical issues. The theme is energy. We also talk about the Kindle Conference, which Muskie is hosting. High powered Bioneers at USM: too much excitement! Jennifer also shares the insider view of life in the new Wishcamper Center, and how bringing people together in one location is a dynamic force for collaboration.

09/30/08 TNTRC host Chris White in conversation with Annie Finch. Finch is a member of the USM faculty and Director of the Stonecoast MFA program, a low residency advanced degree program in creative writing.

09/23/08 Guests were Nan Cumming from Portland Trails and Susan Olcutt from Ocean Conservancy talking about the upcoming Congressional Candidates Forum on Sustainability, taking place right here at USM on Sunday, September 28 from 3 to 5 pm at the Glickman Library. The forum will cover topics like global warming, alternative transportation, clean energy, supporting Maine agriculture and many other topics dear to our hearts. Over 20 organizations and institutions (including USM) are cosponsoring this event.

09/16/08 Michael speaks with Jay York about issues in Bayside.

09/09/08 TNTRC host Chris White and guest Jay York discuss public art, primarily focusing on the Maine Center for Creativity's competition for designs that would incorporate several Sprague Energy oil tanks as surfaces for what would become Maine's largest piece of artwork.

08/26/08 A conversation with Richard Rudolph, Executive Director of the not-for-profit organization Rippling Waters Farm and Backyard Organics. Rudoph and TNTRC host Chris White discuss sustainability, food security, education, CSA programs and more.

08/19/08 Independent candidate for the U.S. Senate Herbert Hoffman discusses with TNTRC hosts Chris White and Michael Cutting his platform as well as the legal battle to keep his name on the ballot in the wake of challenges to his ballot petition drive.

08/05/08 Host Chris White speaks with Professor John Wise and USM students Adam Courtemanche and John Wise II, about a biology experiment that a group of USM and UMO students with their advisors were able to conduct on one of the NASA microgravity flights.

07/29/08 Chris White interviews organizer Peter Hazen about the upcoming annual Burdock Gathering. This year's gathering in Starks, Maine will be August 17-26. "We're all in this together!" Find out about plans for food, workshops and music.

07/22/08 TNTRC hosts Gail Wartell and Chris White chat with slam poets Jake Wartell and Wil Gibson of Port Veritas (Port of Truth), the team based at Northstar Cafe. The group is celebrating publication of 'Safe Harbor,' their first anthology, and gearing up to go to the national slam competition in August in Madison, Wisconsin. The show includes performance of their work, and a phoned-in shout out from the crowd at the Northstar Cafe. Spoken word every Tuesday night at Northstar, with slam (competative poetry) the second Tuesday of the month.

07/15/08 Sustainable agriculture is becoming increasingly important - and you can be part of the paradigm shift to local real food. Guests Margot Fine and Jeff Burnap from Winter Cache Project and Craig Lapine from Cultivating Community share info about their programs. You can get involved sharing the work and the food for our community in southern Maine.

07/08/08 Danny Muller of Peace Action Maine updates us on the fight to ban cluster bombs - one of the most evil weapons ever invented. Also, info about other local peace activities, the Meg Perry Center and some astute observations about the contemporary U.S. political scene.

07/01/08 TNTRC host Chris White talks with David A. Marshall, Portland City Council member and plein aire painter. The conversation focuses more on art than politics, although we discuss the insights Marshall gains from observing and speaking to people while painting on the streets of Portland that influence his approach to issues facing the City.

06/17/08 This is the last of the season's series "Hey, I didn't know USM did that!" Guests from the Muskie School: Leslie Pohl and Mark Richards fill us in on their fascinating and socially useful program, Choices CEO, which helps employers hire people with disabilities. How cool is that?! Also- find out what other kinds of things take place at Muskie, veritable hotbed of research.

06/10/08 Susan Ryan interviews Dr. Joel Goldstein, visiting Research Professor in the spring 2008 semester at the Muskie School for Public Service and the University of Maine School of Law. Dr. Goldstein is a renowned presidential and constitutional scholar, and while in Maine he focused his research on the work of former Maine Governor, U.S. Senator and U.S. Secretary of State Edmund Muskie. As Dr. Goldstein explains, Senator Muskie forever changed the way the public and the media view the vice-presidency with his 1968 bid for the White House with Hubert Humphrey.

05/27/08 Chris White talks with U.S. Congressional candidate Tom Ledue.

05/20/08 Chris White talks with Justin Alfond, Democratic candidate for Portland's District 8 Maine Senate Seat.

05/13/08 Commute Another Way Week 2008. Join hosts Gail Wartell and Chris White in examining alternatives to car transportation. Guests are Carey Kish from GoMaine, Sarah Cushman from GreenStreets and John Brooking from the Bike Meetup (bike commuters' club). Get inspired and shrink your carbon footprint- there is support and advice for new and experienced cyclists; carpooling is easier than you think! Special 3/4 hour show.

04/01/08 Educator and administrator Tom Ledue talks with Chris White and Michael Cutting about his run for the U.S. Senate on the Democratic ticket in this segment of the Toosday Nite Talk Radio Club.

03/25/08 Gail Wartell and Chris White talk to USM Students Emily and AJ, organizers of the Change '08 Conference.

03/18/08 An interview and on air performance by Randy Judkins and Barney Miller of the maine Hysterical Society. Downeast humor of the finest kind.

03/11/08 The series "Hey, I didn't know USM did that!" continues with guest Dudley Greely, USM's Environmental Sustainability Coordinator. He dazzled us with info about all the great things involved with the new Wishcamper Center, currently under construction on the Portland Campus. We also have info on the Sustainability conference on March 21, as well as the Truth about compact florescent light bulbs (they are good).

02/26/08 Gail Wartell interviewed Dr. Valarie Lamont, USM's Associate Dean for Entrepreneurship and Innovation about Entrepreneurship Week activities. Also includes updates on the Student Business Plan Competition, with over 30 teams statewide competing this year.

02/19/08 Jennifer Elowitch, the co-founder, the co-artistic director and the executive director of the Portland Chamber Music Festival speaks about the chamber music, their upcoming concerts (February 28t at the Abromson Performance Hall, February 29th at Johnson Hall in Gardiner, and March 1st at the Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield) and the next series of concerts coming in the summer of 2008.

02/12/08 Johah Fertig of the Adams School Community Building Collaborative shared a vision of utilizing a former Portland Public School building on Munjoy Hill as a community center based on intergenerational and multicultural concepts. This includes a sustainable building for cultural programs and affordable housing. Jonah updated listeners to where the project is at for city approval.

02/05/08 A special, one hour, edition of TNTRC with Gail & Chris speaking with Laurie Dobson, about her run as an Independent candidate for US Senate.

01/29/08 A conversation with Bruce Brown, Center for Maine Contremporary Art's curator emeritus, about Maine art and his approach to selecting art and artists. The interview took place just before two exhibitions curated by Brown opened in Portland; 'Painters Who Teach' at Greenhut Galleries and the CMCA exhibition 'Linear Perspectives' hosted by June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA.

01/22/08 Host Chris White has a too-short talk with activist Chris Miller. They talk about the state of the State, energy sustainability and the plans for utilizing the Brunswick Naval Air Station property. Chris Miller ran for Governor last time, drawing 20% of the votes in the Democratic primary, while advocating a sane energy policy for Maine. He says our problems aren't something we can grow our way out of.

01/08/08 Barb Truex and Jessica Porter discuss the benefits, joys, and variety of approaches to the simple food combination of rice and beans. While they begin their Portland quest for the best dishes, listeners will also get a food and nutrition lesson from Jessica, author of the Hip Chick's Guide to Macrobiotics.

12/25/07 The show on 12/25 included two (consecutive) interviews. First culture maven Rena Tobey shared details on the upcoming 2008 Spring Author Series from the Maine Women Writers Collection at the University of New England. Check out these exciting presentations and discussion which start in March. Then WMPG's very own Keith Hintz braved a blizzard to go to Boston for the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party and to rally for his hero, Ron Paul. Find out why Keith thinks his candidate is cool.

12/18/07 What do you know about Avian Flu? What would happen in Maine if there was an outbreak? How would you avoid catching it? Three USM students learned a whole lot during their epidemiology course, and they want to share some very important information with you. Hear what these bright young people, Ethan Woodard, Nikkilee Carleton and Kristia Dickson have to tell you.

12/11/07 Host Lorenzo Raffa speaks with members of ME PASA (The Maine Personal Assistance Services Association), an association that promotes professionalism and development for the direct care, direct support and personal assistance workforce to support the highest quality of life for elders and people with disabilities. The guests are ME PASA founder Elise Scala and Leadership Counsel member Joyce Gagnon.

11/27/07 Our guest was Terry Foster, an institution within the institution of USM. We talked about OLLI, the senior college, including how it started and how it grew, as well as how to take courses there. Terry also told us about the history of USM's Intown Learning Center at 68 High Street.

11/20/07 Joel Eckhouse dropped by to talk about the Leftover Variety Show that played at the St. Lawrence Arts and COmmunity Center on Friday after Thanksgiving. He also demonstrated his ukelele skills.

11/13/07 Kal Rogers of Maine Electric Cars discusses the vehicles that are used on private property, such as campuses or on islands. He also talks about the future when a 2-3 hour charge will take you several hundred miles, without spewing greenhouse gases from your tailpipe.

11/6/07 Members of the Portland Playback Theater came in to discuss their activities, specifically the Wednesday night 11/14 performance at the Abromson Center, "Holidays from Heaven and Hell." Host Chris White spoke with Portland Playback Theater members David Lagraffe, Gracie Cleaves and Meg Christie.

10/30/07 Jim Ward with a touching story of baseball dreams come true through the Make A Wish Foundation.

10/16/07 From Gail Wartell's series "Hey! I didn't know USM did that!" The Conference on Discovery and Creativity: Guests are Daniel Sonenberg, Deb Smith, Wendy Chapkis and Paul Christiansen. All kinds of fascinating research is happening at USM!

9/18/07 From Gail Wartell's series "Hey! I didn't know USM did that!" The Incubator: there is a business incubator on the Portland USM campus. Guests are John Ferland of the Maine Center on Enterprise Development (MCED) and Heather Chandler of the Sunrise Guide.

6/26/07 All the info about the Winter Cache project with Margo Fine and Julia Davis. Learn how you can grow yummy healthy food to share!

5/15/07 An interview about the Bicycle Coaltion of Maine with Jeff Miller and Nancy Grant.

3/27/07 A live interview with James Wilfong, defender of Maine's spring water against the evil corporations.

2/27/07 Entrepreneurship Week USA! This program includes a feature, in which Gail Wartell attended a meeting of SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) on campus at USM, and interviewed some members. The show continues with an interview with Dr. Valarie Lamont, USM's Associate Dean of Entrepreneurship.

1/9/07 Gail Wartell interviewed participants of the Knitting Circle that meets at the USM Bookstore (Portland) just before Christmas 2006. Stories include projects as well as fascinating stories about how knitting influenced women's lives.