Jackson McLeod is a cofounder and co-owner of Atlantic Farms, a medical marijuana store in Portland, Maine that also sells gas and snacks. Jackson talks about coming up the idea to sell marijuana and gas in the same business, the landscape of the medical and recreational marijuana markets in Maine, and about Jackson's experiences operating an aquaponics farm. Aquaponics is a sustainable method of growing vegetables and farming fish. The waste produced by the fish serves as nutrients for the plants, which then purify the water. Learn all about marijuana in Maine, Jackson McLeod, and sustainable farming techniques in this episode of The Southern Maine Report.
Tony Zeli is the editor of the West End News and the first return guest on The Southern Maine Report. Tony dives deep into why Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling, the city council, and City Manager John Jennings just can’t seem to get along. As Tony details, it has a lot to do with the ambiguous language of the Portland city charter. Tony and I also talk about the housing crisis and the Portland mayoral election, which will take place on November 5th.
Rich Brooks is a Portland based entrepreneur. His company, Flyte New Media, provides digital marketing services for other business, in particular Maine businesses. He is also a fellow Maine podcaster and hosts two podcasts: Agents of Change, a digital marketing themed podcast, and Fast Forward Maine, a podcast he cohosts with his partner Yury Nabokov that highlights effective business practices for Maine businesses. Rich talks about his journey as an early web designer in the 90s to becoming a business leader in the Portland, Maine area, the business climate in Maine, and trends in the Internet landscape.
Judson Merrill is a fiction writer that also teaches English courses at the University of Southern Maine. Merrill's work can be found in The Iowa Review, Chicago Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Southhampton Review, Unstuck, among other publications. Judson talks about his daily writing habits, his distaste of the Internet saturated world, his forthcoming novel featuring sex robots in the future, his recent travels through Lebanon, and about the past, present, and future of Portland and Maine.
Paul Kendrick is an advocate for child sex abuse victims. He tells his two decade long story of advocacy, starting with standing up for the victims of the Cheverus High School sexual abuse scandal of the late 1990s, to hounding local clergy implicit in abuse and coverups, to fighting for the restitution of victims in Haiti. He cofounded the Maine chapter of Voices of the Faithful, a support group for victims of clergy sexual abuse.
Kate McCarty is a food writer and author of two books, Portland Food: The Culinary Capitol of Maine and Distilled in Maine: A History of Libations, Temperance, and Craft Spirits. Kate's writings can be found on her blog, The Blueberry Files, as well as in Down East, Dispatch, Zest, and The Portland Phoenix. Kate and I talk about all things food and alcohol in Maine.
Aram Mitchell is the executive director of Renewal in the Wilderness, a Maine based non profit that harnesses the power of nature to combat burnout among care providing professionals, such as doctors, social workers, and faith leaders. We talked about nature in Maine, technological detox, burnout in the workplace, and other topics.
Mary Alice Scott is the executive director of Portland Buy Local, a nonprofit business development service geared towards helping small independent businesses. Prior, she played an instrumental role in helping the Portland Food Co-op gain membership and economic stability. We talk about the history of the Portland Food Co-op and Portland Buy Local, the benefits of buying from local independent businesses, and the cons of buying from Amazon and big box chains.
Chris Busby is the editor of Mainer (formerly The Bollard), an independent monthly publication and soon-to-be expanded online outlet that covers news, society, and art in Maine. Busby is known for writing in-depth, investigative stories that have exposed the corruption and wrongdoings of politicians, business people, and other bad actors in Maine. We talk about the transformation from The Bollard to Mainer, some of the most memorable stories broken by The Bollard, and ponder the future landscape of journalism in Maine and at large.
James Myall is a policy analyst at the Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP). His work focuses on education, health care, and labor policies within Maine. James is also a historian and author of the book The Franco-Americans of Lewiston-Auburn. James and I spoke about education policies in Maine, the advantages of state sponsored health care programs over the private insurance system, the benefits of increased minimum wage, and workplace automation.
Kayleigh Calvert is a member of Portland OPS, a nongovernmental organization that aims to open the first of a kind overdose prevention site in Maine. Overdose prevention sites have been established in several European countries as well as Canada, and their operations have correlated with noticeably lower overdose rates in each country. Kayleigh and I talk about the potential benefits of establishing such a site in Portland, the roots of the opioid crisis, and why criminalization of drug users is not the appropriate response for dealing with drug abuse.
Dan Dinsmore is the Executive Director of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, a nonprofit news agency that publishes under the name Pine Tree Watch. Dan and I talk about the current state of journalism in Maine, the polarization of politics and decline of civil discourse, and about the rise of nonprofit news agencies like Pine Tree Watch.
Oren Gersten M.D. is a primary care physician and owner of Portland Direct Primary Care. Instead of working with insurance companies, Portland Direct Primary Care offers primary care services covered by a low monthly fee. In this episode of The Southern Maine Report, Oren talks about the advantages of receiving care from Portland Direct Primary Care, ways in which the current health care system puts profit over people, and integrative medicine, a holistic approach to health care that considers nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress and other factors sometimes ignored by Western medicine that contribute to overall health.
Tom Handel is the executive director of the Portland Media Center, a non profit that provides television production classes and studio space to the public, and the president of the Maine Film Association. We spoke about public access television in Maine, filmmaking in Maine, the importance of independent media, and somehow ended up talking about the power of positive thinking.
Brendan Evans is the owner of Strange Maine, a Portland record shop and Congress Street institution known for its eclectic selection of vintage media. He also plays in a band called Video Nasties. Brendan talks about opening the store in 2003, the cultural landscape of Portland now compared to twenty years ago, and current local venues that are supporting the Portland music and arts scene.
Tony Zeli is the editor and publisher of the West End News, a monthly newspaper with a circulation throughout the Greater Portland area. Tony and I talk about the upcoming election for mayor of Portland, ideas about making Portland a car free city, the local housing crisis, and possible solutions to Maine’s workforce shortage.