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  February 18 marks the 22nd edition of Maine's premier event for Maine homeowners and renters to learn about products and services for home updates, improvements and remodeling. More than 180 exhibitors will showcase the latest home improvement products and services for budgets large and small. Hear from the organizers and some exhibitors.

Host Keith Shortall speaks with:

Josh Wojcik, the founder and owner of Upright Frameworks.

Dewitt Kimball of Complete Home Evaluation.

  You may know it best as a place to drop off old clothes and no longer needed household items, but Goodwill is much more than a thrift store. The new CEO of Goodwill Industries of Northern New England discussed the challenges facing her organization, and the community support services it provides to tens of thousands of individuals.

Host Jonathan P. Smith speaks with:

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, Chief Executive Officer, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England

  Learn which make and model of automobile works best for families among other automotive nuggets.

Host Jonathan P. Smith speaks with:

Jamie Page Deaton, Automotive Editor for US News & World Report

 Jamie Page Deaton's "Best Cars" blog on the US News & World Report website

  Knowing how to "Give Smart" leads to results, according to author Thomas Tierney. He was the keynote speaker at the Inspiring Philanthropy conference held in Portland recently.

Thomas Tierney is the author of Give Smart: Philanthropy That Gets Results and the co-founder and chairman of the nonprofit advisory organization the Bridgespan Group, spoke at the University of Southern Maine's Abromson Center in Portland.

  A look ahead to the economic challenges and opportunities for Maine in 2012. Host Keith Shortall was joined by a panel of experts who discussed the state of the Maine economy and its fiscal future.

  Car Talk, MPBN-style. Host Jonathan Smith and Automotive Editor for US News & World Report Jamie Page Deaton discuss the latest news from the world of automobiles and answer listener questions about which car to buy and how to get the best deal.

This call-in program was hosted by Jonathan Smith, who, along with the listening public, directed questions to Ms. Deaton about the automotive industry.

  Bates College hosted a Civic Forum Series with four of the nation’s leading social entrepreneurs, Peter Murray of Progressive Leadership; Bethany Robertson of the I Do Foundation; and Elizabeth Stefanski of Business Innovation Factory. The discussion centered around innovative solutions to society's most pressing social and environmental problems.

More on the social entrepreneurs on the panel:

  Chiefs from three of the four federally recognized Native American peoples in Maine participated in a roundtable discussion focused on economic conditions among Native American communities. The discussion was moderated by MPBN's Jennifer Rooks. The panel included: Clayton Cleaves of the Passamaquoddy Tribe; Kirk Francis of the Penobscot Indian Nation; Rick Getchell of the Aroostook Band of Micmacs; and Joseph Sockabasin of the Passamaquoddy Tribe.

  "Is There Anything New About Innovation? A Cherished Philanthropic Buzzword" is the subject of the talk delivered by Gara LaMarche, President and CEO of The Atlantic Philanthropies. LaMarche delivered this address at the 2011 Maine Philanthropy Center's Annual Meeting.

  Brendan Walsh is economics professor emeritus at University College Dublin. He spoke about Ireland's economic crash, reviewing the country's varied economic fortunes over the period 1990-2011.

The strengths and weaknesses of this performance are discussed and the increasing vulnerability of the economy highlighted.

  Jason Oxman, Sr. VP of industry affairs for the Consumer Electronics Association, discusses his role among the 2,200 member businesses whose products can be found in practically every room in every American home, as well as our cars, trucks, buses, planes and trains.

  World renowned economist Stewart Wallis of the New Economics Foundation spoke in Portland about retooling local and global economies that produce good jobs for everyone, improves human wellbeing, and decreases social inequality - all within our planetary limits.

  Author and globalization expert Ted Fishman is also visiting faculty at Dartmouth College, a contributor to both the New York Times and NPR. His latest book is Shock of Gray: The Aging of the World's Population and How it Pits Young Against Old, Child Against Parent, Worker Against Boss, Company Against Rival, and Nation Against Nation.

The audio for this talk is not available due to copyright restrictions

  Dr. James Marks, Senior Vice President and Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Health Care Group spoke before Maine Development Foundation’s Policy Leaders Academy. His talk looks at how preserving and improving health requires much more than health insurance reform.

This talk was recorded February 4, 2011 at the Augusta Civic Center.

  USM Muskie School of Public Service Professor of Public Policy & Management Charles Colgan will give his economic forecast for 2011. Colgan’s economic predictions are based on his analysis of employment trends, income, retail sales, and a range of other indicators.

Access the slides referenced in Dr. Colgan's Talk