The Southern Maine Report
The Southern Maine Report is a conversation style podcast hosted by Cameron Autry featuring writers, creative types, business owners, advocates, and more of Southern Maine's finest. New episodes release every other Monday.
info_outline #23 - James Harder | Float Harder Relaxation Center 01/20/2020
#23 - James Harder | Float Harder Relaxation Center James Harder is a float tank enthusiast and a board member of the Float Tank Association. James, along with his wife Amy, own and operate Float Harder Relaxation Center, a float tank center located on 500 Washington Avenue. James and I talk at length about the history, benefits, and common experiences of floating. If you're not familiar with floating, it's a way of blocking all external stimuli by floating in an enclosed tank filled with epsom salt. This is typically in a dark, soundless setting, and is used to achieve mental clarity, to practice mindfulness, to recover from physical stress or trauma, and various other reasons. James also talks about what is was like to start and grow a business, his experiences hitch-hiking, and human optimization. Follow The Southern Maine Report Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesouthernmainereport/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesouthernmainereport/ Follow Float Harder Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/floatharder/?hl=en Website: https://www.floatharder.com/
info_outline #22 - James Fereira | The Portland Palate 01/06/2020
#22 - James Fereira | The Portland Palate James Fereira is a local food writer with the West End News and man about Portland. James has a background in exploring ancient ruins, quilting, and making Easter eggs. In his spare time, he enjoys walking in the rain and questioning authority. In this episode of the Southern Maine Report, James and I talk about his experiences living in Maine, the Portland food and beverage scene, and more Maine and Southern Maine related happenings. Follow The Southern Maine Report Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesouthernmainereport/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesouthernmainereport/ Learn more about James Fereira: https://thewestendnews.com/author/jamesfereira/
info_outline #21 - Tony Zeli | The Maine Cannabis Quagmire 12/16/2019
#21 - Tony Zeli | The Maine Cannabis Quagmire Tony Zeli is the editor of the West End News and sits on the board of Portland Buy Local. In this episode of The Southern Maine Report, Tony comes back for the threepeat to talk about the role he played as an advocate who successfully fought to decriminalize marijuana in Portland. Despite this success, as Tony warns, there is still a long road ahead to a fully legal, federally approved adult recreational marijuana industry. We talk about marijuana legalization in Maine, Maine's cultural uniqueness, and touched on climate change and artificial intelligence as well. Follow The Southern Maine Report Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesouthernmainereport/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesouthernmainereport/ Read the West End News https://thewestendnews.com/
info_outline #20 - Dave Patterson | Novels, Beer, New England 12/02/2019
#20 - Dave Patterson | Novels, Beer, New England Dave Patterson is a local novelist, musician, and the former beer columnist for the Portland Press Herald. His first book, Soon the Light Will Be Perfect, which takes place in Vermont and depicts the struggles of a family at its breaking point, is available at local bookstores throughout Southern Maine. In this episode of The Southern Maine Report, Dave talks about his experiences growing up in rural Vermont, his writing process, the cultural oddities that make Portland so unique, and about the Maine craft beer industry. Follow The Southern Maine Report Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesouthernmainereport/?hl=en Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesouthernmainereport/ Learn more about Dave Patterson Personal website: https://davidrpatterson.me/
info_outline #19 - Tanner Campbell | The Portland Pod 11/18/2019
#19 - Tanner Campbell | The Portland Pod Tanner Campbell is a podcaster and the proprietor of the Portland Pod, the first podcasting studio in Maine. In this episode of The Southern Maine Report, Tanner expands on how he came up with the idea to start a podcast studio and the journey he went through to open his business. It wasn’t easy, but with a tremendous amount of effort - and a ton of hours - Tanner pulled off turning a passion into a career. The conversation also dived into philosophy for a brief moment, and took some more random turns here and there in typical Southern Maine Report fashion. Follow The Southern Maine Report: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesouthernmainereport/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesouthernmainereport/ Website: https://www.thesouthernmainereport.com/ Learn more about the Portland Pod: https://portlandpod.com/
info_outline #18 - Dan Nuemann | Recounts of a Reporter in Africa 11/04/2019
#18 - Dan Nuemann | Recounts of a Reporter in Africa Dan Nuemann is a reporter with the Maine Beacon, the news arm of the Maine People's Alliance, a progressive advocacy organization. Prior, he served as a Peace Corp Volunteer in Gambia before working as a freelance reporter throughout East Africa. In this episode of The Southern Maine Report, Dan recounts his experiences in Africa, sifts through some of the causes of poverty and conflict in the continent, and ponders a few solutions along the way. Follow The Southern Maine Report Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesouthernmainereport/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesouthernmainereport/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/maine_report Follow Dan Nuemann here: Maine Beacon: https://mainebeacon.com/author/dan-neumann/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/DanNeumann35
info_outline #17 - Sarah Paton N.D. | The Naturopathic Approach 10/21/2019
#17 - Sarah Paton N.D. | The Naturopathic Approach Sarah Paton is a naturopathic doctor that practices out of a home office in the West End of Portland. Naturopathic doctors use conventional methods to diagnose diseases yet offer more natural treatments that are typically grounded in nutrition, promoting a healthier lifestyle, herbal remedies, and homeopathy among many others. Sarah talks about becoming a naturopathic doctor, how emotional stress can manifest itself with physical ailment, the microbiome, the unhealthy side effects of living in a workaholic, productivity centered culture, and homeopathy. Follow The Southern Maine Report Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesouthernmainereport/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesouthernmainereport/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/maine_report Learn more about Sarah Paton N.D. https://drsarahpaton.com/
info_outline #16 - Jackson McLeod | Atlantic Farms Gas n' Grass 10/07/2019
#16 - Jackson McLeod | Atlantic Farms Gas n' Grass 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. Follow The Southern Maine Report Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesouthernmainereport/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesouthernmainereport/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/maine_report Learn more about Atlantic Farms: https://theatlanticfarms.com/
info_outline #15 - Tony Zeli | The Portland Charter Crisis 09/23/2019
#15 - Tony Zeli | The Portland Charter Crisis 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. Follow The Southern Maine Report Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesouthernmainereport/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesouthernmainereport/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/maine_report Learn more about Tony Zeli and the West End News: https://thewestendnews.com/
info_outline #14 - Rich Brooks | Powering Maine Businesses 09/09/2019
#14 - Rich Brooks | Powering Maine Businesses 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. Follow The Southern Maine Report Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesouthernmainereport/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesouthernmainereport/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/maine_report Learn more about Rich Brooks and Flyte New Media https://www.takeflyte.com/ https://www.theagentsofchange.com/ https://fastforwardmaine.com/
info_outline #13 - Judson Merrill | Novelist, Thinker, Traveler 08/26/2019
#13 - Judson Merrill | Novelist, Thinker, Traveler Judson Merrill is a fiction writer and 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, and about the past and future of Portland and Maine.
info_outline #12 - Paul Kendrick | When the Truth Becomes Uncomfortable 08/12/2019
#12 - Paul Kendrick | When the Truth Becomes Uncomfortable 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.
info_outline #11 - Kate McCarty | Food, Booze, and Fun in Portland 07/29/2019
#11 - Kate McCarty | Food, Booze, and Fun in Portland 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.
info_outline #10 - Aram Mitchell | Workplace Burnout, Stress, and Retreat 07/15/2019
#10 - Aram Mitchell | Workplace Burnout, Stress, and Retreat 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.
info_outline #9 - Mary Alice Scott | Portland Buy Local 07/01/2019
#9 - Mary Alice Scott | Portland Buy Local 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 in the 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.
info_outline #8 - Chris Busby | The Bollard Becomes Mainer 06/17/2019
#8 - Chris Busby | The Bollard Becomes Mainer 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.
info_outline #7 - James Myall | On Health Care, Education, and Automation 06/03/2019
#7 - James Myall | On Health Care, Education, and Automation James Myall is a policy analyst at the Maine Center for Economic Policy. 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.
info_outline #6 - Kayleigh Calvert | An Overdose Prevention Site in Portland? 05/20/2019
#6 - Kayleigh Calvert | An Overdose Prevention Site in Portland? Kayleigh Calvert is a member of Portland Overdose Prevention Society (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.
info_outline #5 - Dan Dinsmore | Journalism in the Age of Polarity 05/06/2019
#5 - Dan Dinsmore | Journalism in the Age of Polarity 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.
info_outline #4 - Oren Gersten M.D. | Alternatives in Medicine 04/16/2019
#4 - Oren Gersten M.D. | Alternatives in Medicine 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 still contribute to overall health. Follow The Southern Maine Report Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesouthernmainereport Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesouthernmainereport Twitter: https://twitter.com/maine_report
info_outline #3 - Tom Handel |May Everyone Have a Voice 04/03/2019
#3 - Tom Handel |May Everyone Have a Voice Tom Handel is the executive director at the Portland Media Center and the president of the Maine Film Association. In this episode of The Southern Maine Report 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.
info_outline #2 - Brendan Evans | Strange Maine and Congress Street Life 03/17/2019
#2 - Brendan Evans | Strange Maine and Congress Street Life Brendan Evans is the proprietor of Strange Maine, a Portland record shop and Congress St. institution known for its unique character and quirky selection of vintage media. In this episode of The Southern Maine Report Brendan spoke 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.
info_outline #1 - Tony Zeli | West End News 02/26/2019
#1 - Tony Zeli | West End News Tony Zeli is the editor and publisher of The West End News, an independent monthly publication available throughout the greater Portland area. In the first episode of The Southern Maine Report podcast Tony and I talked 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.