State of The State, State of The City, State of The Union; Conversation w/ Chris Cousins

Over the past two weeks, President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address and Portland Mayor Michael Brennan issued his State of the City speech. On Tuesday, Maine Gov. Paul LePage will take the stage for his State of the State. On this episode of the Ink & Pine podcast, Bangor Daily News State House Bureau Chief Christopher Cousins talks about the politics behind these milestone speeches at the federal, state and local levels, as well as renewed debate about whether to raise the minimum wage, as both Brennan and Obama called for in their addresses. Chris talks with Maine Digital Press President Dan Bodoff and BDN Portland Bureau Chief Seth Koenig about what to expect from LePage’s upcoming address and what Mainers should take away from Obama’s comments.

A Conversation with Donald Tuski

Across a wide range of professions, people are realizing that artists can do more than paint or draw. They think creatively, bounce back quickly from setbacks, solve problems and are often natural leaders. Those qualities are needed in the boardrooms as much as they are in studio spaces and galleries, and this week on the Ink & Pine podcast, Maine College of Art President Donald Tuski explains how art schools have become hot spots for corporate and nonprofit recruiters. Here in Portland, MECA has expanded in recent years in terms of its offerings, its physical footprint and its student population. Tuski tells interviewers Dylan Martin, of The Forecaster, and Bangor Daily News Portland Bureau Chief Seth Koenig about his recent visit to Walt Disney Studios in California to visit with one high-profile alumnus. He also explains how MECA has grown, what it looks for in prospective students, and how art schools can better teach those students to embrace success in the business world without sacrificing their artistic integrity.

Conversation with Chris Shorr

Chris Shorr, author of the newest Bangor Daily News blog “Fighting the Tides,” is a Portland lobsterman who has become an outspoken advocate for the homeless and disenfranchised in Maine’s largest city. Shorr, who ran for a seat on the City Council as a relative political unknown in the fall, surprised pundits with a strong showing in the three-way race, even though he ultimately did not win. Now, through his blog, Shorr is working to humanize individuals who might otherwise be dismissed as vagrants, bums or drunks, and is speaking out against politicians and government policies he feels are unfair to the neediest Mainers. In that vein, his latest post is critical of the governor and is titled “LePage the Con Man.” On this week’s post-holiday edition of Ink & Pine, Shorr discusses his outspoken — yet narrative — writing style. He also shares some experiences, which range from the heartwarming to the dangerous, that helped shape his perspective.

Dogs in Scarborough // A conversation with David Harry

Dogs on beaches — should they be allowed? If so, how? On a leash? Under voice command? These are questions that have proven emotional and complicated for some Greater Portland communities, where the desires of dog owners can conflict with those of tourists or environmental advocates. Perhaps nowhere has this conundrum been so controversial as Scarborough, which enacted an ordinance prohibiting dogs from being off-leash on any public property after one dog under voice command killed an endangered beach bird in July. The ordinance attracted an angry response from dog owners, who launched a successful effort to repeal it. David Harry of The Forecaster joins Ink & Pine hosts Dan Bodoff, Dylan Martin and Seth Koenig once again to talk about the details of the Scarborough case, the town’s complex relationship with federal regulators and the larger subject of dogs on beaches.

Wind Power & Wildlife // A conversation with Susan Gallo, Maine Audubon

This week, Maine Audubon released a report in which the organization overlaid maps of Maine’s wildlife resources with maps of the state’s commercially viable wind strength to produce a guide for where it believes wind power development can occur without serious impacts on birds and animals. Maine’s goal is to have 3,000 megawatts of wind power capacity by 2030. Is there enough room in Maine to add the 600 new windmills necessary to meet that goal without causing too much harm to the state’s wildlife? Susan Gallo, a wildlife biologist with Maine Audubon and the author of the organization’s report, joins Dylan Martin of The Forecaster, Maine Digital Press President Dan Bodoff and Bangor Daily News Portland Bureau Chief Seth Koenig to discuss the study.

Don’t Wreck Your Health and Fitness Goals This Holiday Season

With the holiday season upon us, Portlanders, like people across the country and in many parts of the world, will begin celebrating with feasts and parties. But all that eating makes it difficult to keep up with fitness and weight management goals. A common solution is to just give up, eat up and try again next year. According to Bangor Daily News Health Editor Jackie Farwell, the holiday season doesn’t have to completely wreck your weight loss plan. On this timely edition of the Ink & Pine podcast, Jackie passes along what Maine dietitians and nutritionists recommend. The good news is you don’t have to cut off your holiday treats, ahem, cold turkey.

Portland and Nova Scotia Ferry Service

Next May, for the first time in nearly five years, ferry service between Portland and Nova Scotia is scheduled to return. The Nova Scotia government has pledged to spend $21 million to help a Maine company breathe new life into the service. On this episode of the Ink & Pine podcast, Bangor Daily News Business Editor Whit Richardson joins Maine Digital Press President Dan Bodoff, BDN Portland Bureau Chief SethKoenig and Dylan Martin of The Forecaster to discuss what led to the demise of ferry service after more than three decades in 2009, what the newly restored service is expected to do for Portland and what passengers can expect aboard the soon-to-be-christened Nova Star

Vinland, serving only local food // A conversation with David Levi

David Levi has worked in some of the most decorated and influential kitchens on Earth, and with his new Portland restaurant, Vinland, he plans to serve only local food. This week on the Ink & Pine podcast, Levi joins Maine Digital Press President Dan Bodoff, Bangor Daily News Portland Bureau Chief Seth Koenig and Dylan Martin of The Forecaster to discuss the complex subject of food sustainability and the restaurant industry. Listen in to hear how top chefs in Italy and Denmark influenced Levi’s decisions about Vinland, how to fill a Maine kitchen with exclusively Maine foods, why lard has a bad rap and much more. Here, David Levi will discuss everything from a future Portland culinary school to foraging for edible mushrooms in New York City’s Central Park to the gourmet preparation of reindeer lichen. What food staples could be locally grown in Maine, but aren’t? Find out in this week’s podcast.

Boston Sports + Portland Sports // A Conversation with Chris Sedenka

The Boston Red Sox won the 2013 World Series — the team’s third title in the last decade — and the majority of the roster consisted of former Portland Sea Dogs players. Because of a renewed focus on promoting from within and investing in prospects, the Sea Dogs, which are the Red Sox’ Double A minor league affiliate, are perhaps a more direct part of Boston’s success than ever before. On this episode of the Ink and Pine podcast, Chris Sedenka, host of the “P.M. Jab” on sports radio 96.3 FM in Greater Portland, talks with Bangor Daily News Portland Bureau Chief Seth Koenig and Maine Digital Press Founder Dan Bodoff about which former Sea Dogs played the biggest roles in this season’s World Series run, which Portland players are most likely to make it to Fenway Park in the next few years, and how Portland fans can see future stars in other major sports as well.

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Sea Level Rise in Portland // A conversation with Alan Kuniholm

This month, the Portland Society for Architecture will hold a symposium titled “Waterfront Visions: 2050,” at which the group hopes to play a central role in a conversation about sea level rise on the coast of Maine’s largest city. According to a report released by the society in October, properties on Portland’s high-traffic and high-visibility Commercial Street are due to incur $33 million in damage as a result of sea level rise by 2050 — $111 million by 2100. This week on the Ink & Pine podcast, incoming Portland Society for Architecture President Alan Kuniholm joins Maine Digital Press President Dan Bodoff, Bangor Daily News Portland Bureau Chief Seth Koenig and Dylan Martin of The Forecaster to discuss his organization’s report, the upcoming symposium, where they got their sea level expectations, what Portlanders in low-lying areas should start thinking about even today and the hard conversations on the horizon for owners of historic waterfront buildings.