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October Windstorm Took Down CMP’s $200 Million Smart Meter Network

When power went out to some half a million Mainers after the October windstorm, another system went down too — Central Maine Power’s $200 million smart-grid communications network that, among other things, was supposed to improve outage communications and storm recovery.

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The University of Maine system comes up with a controversial plan to cope with a $36-million budget gap. The proposals put forth by campus presidents to close the gap have stirred heated debate, particularly at at the university of southern Maine, which is trying to find savings of more than $13-million.

Host Keith Shortall discussed the tough decisions being made at several University of Maine campuses:

James Page, UMaine Chancellor

Rebecca Wyke, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration

Sam Collins, Chair, U-Maine Board of Trustees

 We've all witnessed the ongoing saga of the slow decline of Maine's dairy industry as measured by the number of family farms, and some processors. So where are we headed? One of the region's largest operations, Oakhurst dairy, has been sold to a national farmer-owned co-op. Maine Farmers who lost their contracts with processors decided to team up and create their own company called Moo Milk, that's putting Maine product on store shelves.

Host Keith Shortall discussed the future of dairy farming in Maine with:

Bill Eldridge, CEO of MOO Milk

A closer look at job growth and unemployment numbers paint a mixed picture of Maine's economic recovery from the great recession. 

That's according to a new report from the progressive Maine Center for Economic Policy, which indicates that, despite improvement in the statewide unemployment rate and growth in the number of Mainers with jobs, Maine's recovery is far from complete and is uneven based on age and geography. 

MECEP Executive Director Garrett Martin is one of the report's authors.

Maine law enforcement and local child abuse prevention councils will participate in a variety of events throughout April for Child Abuse Prevention month.

Events planned for the month are designed to bring attention to the need to prevent child abuse and neglect and to recognize the community partnerships that work on the issue.  

Speaking at a State House event, Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew said that prevention begins in the community.

Seven months ahead of Maine's gubernatorial elections, independent candidate Eliot Cutler has announced what he desribes as the first in a series of policy proposals: a 21-point transportation and communications infrastructure plan. Cutler, who has launched his second bid for the Blaine House, says more than half of the roads in the state system haven't been properly maintained since the 1950s and many of Maine's bridges have deterioriated to the danger point.

Comedy 101

Apr 1, 2014

It's a perennial question - studied by scholars through the ages. What makes us laugh? You can break down a joke into a formula, but mixing the ingredients back together isn't always so simple, and may or may not work. Learn the art of making people laugh, from a couple experts. Hear how they approach humor, both standup and improv.

Host Jennifer Rooks discussed comedy with:

Stand-up comedian Bob Marley

Rachel Flehinger, radio host, stand-up and improv comedian

Quebec Elections

Mar 31, 2014

 On April 7, people in Quebec will elect a new government, and for the first time in a while, the question of independence from Canada is part of the debate. It's been a raucous campaign, with polls shifting by the week. Learn what's going on and what's at stake as Quebec voters get ready to head for the polls.

Host Jennifer Rooks discusses Quebec's elections on April 7 with:

Tony Brinkley, Professor of English, Faculty Associate, Franco-American Centre

Louis Balthazar, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science of the University Laval

The second installment of the "Maine Calling Book Club" takes the reader back to Mexico, Maine in 1963, a mill town, full of immigrant families. Monica Wood's family was one of those, her father came to Maine from Prince Edward Island to work at the paper mill. Her family's story is much like many others in Maine, with one important exception. When Monica is in fourth grade, her father dies of a heart attack, and her memoir is about her family and her town in the aftermath of her father's death. When We Were the Kennedys has been described as a "marvel of storytelling."

Maine's junior U.S. Senator discusses the situation in Ukraine, his reaction to the President's plan to end the National Security Agency's collection of Americans' phone data, his recent trip to the Arctic and more.

Host Keith Shortall speaks with:

Maine's junior U.S Senator Angus King

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Democratic Senate candidate Shenna Bellows is joining a rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court that's sponsored by groups that support access to birth control.

The Supreme Court is hearing two cases dealing with access to birth control. Two companies want the right to decline to pay for birth control under their personal health insurance plans.

Bellows, who's challenging Republican Sen. Susan Collins, said birth control decisions should be made by a woman in consultation with her doctor, ``not the government and certainly not her boss.''

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Classical Music in Maine

Where to hear Maine Public Classical programming.

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The Best Books of 2017

Friday-What novels, children's books, non-fiction and other great reads topped the list this year? We'll also learn about some overlooked gems.