Norumbega News

On Thu from 7:30 pm EST to 8:00 pm EST

Duke PicThe middle leg of WMPG’s Thursday night talk block, the Norumbega News features conversations with “the movers, the shakers, the apple pie bakers — the politicians making headlines, the regular folk just trying to get by, and anyone and everyone in between working to move the event horizon on this crazy, 196-year-old experiment we call the State of Maine.”

In other words, you never know who’s going to show up to have their say on the news of the day.

The Norumbega News is hosted by WMPG News Director Duke Harrington. The show originally aired on Tuesdays, making its debut on Feb. 9, 2016. It moved to its current Thursday night slot with its ninth episode, on April 7, 2016.

Do you have an idea for a compelling guest or topic? If so, email Duke at, or tweet him @NorumbegaNews.

May 19 — State Rep. Justin Chenette (D-Saco) (Topic: The most recent legislative session and the Democratic Primary race for State Senate District 31, representing Hollis, Limington, Old Orchard Beach, Saco, and part of Buxton) [Show No. 15]
May 26 — Ben Chipman, Charles Radis and State Rep. Diane Russell (D-Portland), candidates for State Senate District 28 –all tentative– (Topic: Democratic Party primary debate — tentative–) [Show No. 16]
June 2 — State Rep. Barry Hobbins (D-Saco) –tentative– (Topic: The most recent legislative session and the Democratic Primary race for State Senate District 31, representing Hollis, Limington, Old Orchard Beach, Saco, and part of Buxton) [Show No. 17]
June 9 — TBA (TOPIC: Round-up of regional ballot issues and competitive primary races) [Show No. 18]


May 12 — Bella Rossborough and Tucker Kennedy, Grade 5 students at Kennebunks’ Sea Road Elementary School, their teacher Jan Gibson, Bella’s mother Edie Rossborough, and Sharon Staz of the Kennebunk Energy Efficiency Committee. (TOPIC: A June 14 ballot initiative in Kennebunk to ban the use of plastic shopping bags at retail stores.)
May 5 — Maj. David Cote, founder of The Summit Project (TOPIC: Honoring Maine’s fallen heroes) [Show No. 13]
April 28 — David Boyer, Maine political director of the Marijuana Policy Project and State Rep. Diane Russell (D-Portland) (TOPIC: A statewide ballot measure to de-criminaize recreational use of marijuana.) [Show No. 12]
April 21 — Chris Busby, editor and publisher of The Bollard. (TOPIC: “The Strimling Affair” and why Busby says it’s not just salacious gossip, that it should matter to every Portland taxpayer.) [Show No. 11]
April 14 — Paul Drinan, executive director of the Friends of Fort Gorges (TOPIC: The drive to repair, restore and revitalize the historic stone fort, located in Casco Bay.) [Show No. 10]
April 7, 2016 — Isaac Misiuk, chairman of South Portland’s new Affordable Housing Committee and committee member Richard Berman (TOPIC: The disappearance of and need for affordable housing in South Portland, and what the new committee hopes to do about it.) [Show No. 9]
March 29, 2016 — Heather Retberg, owner of Quill’s End Farm (TOPIC: A proposed amendment to the Maine Constitution guaranteeing “food sovereignty.”) [Show No. 8]
March 22 — Landis Hudson, executive director of Maine Rivers (TOPIC: Relicensing and removal – or not – of the three Mousam River dams in Kennebunk) [Show No. 7]
March 15 — State Senator Justin Alfond and Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling (TOPIC: The drive to change Maine from a caucus to a primary state for presidential elections) [Show No. 6]
March 8 — Color of Community (TOPIC: Bridging the racial divide through personal interactions) [Show No. 5]
March 1 — South Portland City Councilor Eben Rose (TOPIC: His recent and controversial work on the city council) [Show No. 4]
February 23 — Rosemarie De Angelis (TOPIC: Controversy over her appointment to South Portland’s Civil Service Commission) [Show No. 3]
February 16 — State Rep. Heather Sirocki (TOPIC: Ranked-choice voting ballot initiative) [Show No. 2]
February 9, 2016 — Tammy Walter and Mark Mayone (TOPIC: Cape Elizabeth rulings against the Spurwink Rod & Gun Club) [Show No. 1]