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May 1, 2012

  A discussion was held about what it takes to run a farm, the success rate for those new to the business, and why some are looking for a connection with the land and rural life.

Host Keith Shortall discussed family farming with:

Caragh Fitzgerald, Assistant Extension Professor, University of Maine Cooperative Extension,(she teaches a course to new farmers)

John Piotti, Executive Director, Maine Farmland Trust,

  The University of New England recently hosted NY Times contributing writer Diana B. Henriques, author of the best-selling The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust. This lecture was a part of the Paul D. Merrill Business Ethics Lecture Series.

  Helping small businesses in Maine get off the ground and thrive. We spoke with leaders from the Maine Technology Institute and SCOREMaine about their organizations and what they offer new and emerging businesses in Maine. We also heard from two individuals who have worked with MTI and SCOREMaine and can offer firsthand accounts of how they were helped.

Host Keith Shortall spoke with:

  The hefty cost of college—how can families pay for today’s rising tuition rates? It’s the season for that big decision about which college to attend, and financial aid plays a major part in that decision. How should families decipher the aid packages, and what other options make college costs more manageable? How to pay for college?

  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.