Press Coverage

UNE and Make Shift Coffee House present ‘What About Guns?’ as part of President’s Forum series

Bangor Daily News, September 14, 2018

News article in advance of the Make Shift Coffee House at the the University of New England in Biddeford Maine.

Make Shift Coffee House to offer food, music and good old-fashioned civic conversation

Windham Eagle Newspaper, September 14, 2018

News article in advance of the Make Shift Coffee House at the Windham Veteran’s Center in Windham Maine.

Craig Freshley speaks with John McDonald on WGAN weekend radio show

Newsradio WGAN, August 11, 2018

John McDonald (native Mainer, President of Maine storytellers, and host of WGAN weekend morning show) speaks with Craig about the upcoming public talk “Can Civility Save Us?” at the Portland Public Library on August 14.

Variety of Opinions Heard in Campus Conversation on Guns

Bowdoin News, April 9, 2018

News article following the make Shift Coffee House focused on Guns at Bowdoin College on April 4, 2018.

Students, community share different perspectives on guns

The Bowdoin Orient, April 6, 2018

News article following the make Shift Coffee House focused on Guns at Bowdoin College on April 4, 2018.

Make Shift Coffee House in Kittery

Portsmouth Herald, January 2, 2018

News article in advance of the 12th Make Shift Coffee House at the Kittery Community Center in Kittery Maine.

Bridging The Political Divide

Maine Public Radio, November 8, 2017

Hosted by Jennifer Rooks, this hour-long talk show featured Craig Freshley, Founder of Make Shift Coffee House, and how he is seeking to bridge the political divide by bringing together people of different political views for polite, respectful conversations. Additional guests were Christopher Phillips founder of Democracy Cafe and  Pam Plumb co-chair of the Maine Revive Civility initiative and former mayor of Portland

Finding Common Ground

WBFY Radio, Belfast, ME, November 4, 2017

This radio talk show covers “Big Issues from a Small Town Perspective”. In this audio recording, Craig Freshley, Cathy Roberts, and Hannah Hatfield discuss the upcoming Make Shift Coffee House at the Belfast Library, interviewed by Jennifer Hill.

‘Morality in Politics’ Event Brings Together Students, Community Members

Bowdoin Community News, October 23, 2017

News article following the 8th Make Shift Coffee House at Bowdoin College as part of the “What Matters” series. The topic discussed was Morality in Politics.

Bowdoin College to host Make Shift Coffee House

The Times Record, October 12, 2017

News article in advance of the 8th Make Shift Coffee House at Bowdoin College as part of the “What Matters” series. The topic for discussion is set to be Morality in Politics.

Maine Currents – Bringing Community Members Together for Civil Discussions About Politics

WERU Radio, Blue Hill, ME, April 5, 2017

Here is an audio recording of Craig Freshley talking about an upcoming Make Shift Coffee House on the Maine Currents show of WERU Community Radio, interviewed by Amy Browne. Craig’s interview start at 31 minutes into the 1-hour show.

Make Shift Coffee House: Success of First Event Spawns Gathering in Bath

The Times Record, Brunswick, ME, March 14, 2017

Story following second Make Shift Coffee House event in Bath, Maine focusing on topic: How do I know what to believe?

A Path to Understanding at Make Shift Coffee House

The Coastal Journal, March 9, 2017

An newspaper article about upcoming Make Shift Coffee Houses in Bath, Maine.

Make Shift Coffee House series continues at Patten Free Library

The Times Record, Brunswick, ME, February 17, 2017

An newspaper article about upcoming Make Shift Coffee Houses in Bath, Maine.

Ken and Matt in the Morning

WGAN Radio, January 5, 2017

Craig was a guest of morning talk show hosts Ken Altshuler and Matt Gagnon where he was interviewed about an upcoming Make Shift Coffee House. There was even speculation about the need for emergency medical support on hand!

Seeking to Understand Over Coffee: People Air Opposing Views on Politics, Election

The Times Record, Brunswick, ME, January 16, 2017

Story following the very first Make Shift Coffee House event in Brunswick, ME focusing on topic: Questions for the Other Side

Maine Calling – Bridging the Political Divide

Maine Public, June 13, 2017

Hosted by Jennifer Rooks, this hour-long talk show featured Craig Freshley, Founder of Make Shift Coffee House, and how he is seeking to bridge the political divide by bringing together people of different political views for polite, respectful conversations. Additional guests were Dr. Demi Kouzounas, DMD, Chair, Maine Republican Party and Phillip Bartlett, Esq., Chair, Maine Democratic Party. Click on the link above to hear the show.