Maine news

  Meet the new Music Director at MPBN, Robin Rilette. She was the former morning classical host at Northwest Public Radio (NWPR), based in Pullman, Washington.

Host Jennifer Rooks spoke with:

MPBN's Music Director Robin Rilette

Reading Proficiency

Feb 4, 2014

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  A new report shows that only 1/3 of Maine 4th graders read proficiently. A panel of experts will discuss tips, techniques and book recommendations to foster a love of reading that lasts a lifetime.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by 

Claire Berkowitz, Executive Director, Maine Children’s Alliance

  The University of Maine is unveiling a program to get adults who didn't finish their college degree to get back to school.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

University of Maine chancellor James Page 

University of Maine at Augusta president Allyson Handley 

Student John Miller


Jan 23, 2014

  Who are the homeless in Maine and how are they being helped? How many people in our state does homelessness affect, and what practical steps can be taken to help?

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Tom McLaughlin, research professor at University of New England 

Mark R. Swann, MSPA, Executive Director, Preble Street 

Tom Ptacek with Homeless Voices for Justice 

Canadian Consul General Edit | Remove

  What's ahead for Maine - Canada relations in 2014? From lumber to tar sands, tourism to security... how what happens in Canada affects Maine, and vice versa.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Consul General Patrick Binns

  Life as a refugee or asylee in Maine. What are the challenges and opportunities to resettling from a foreign land to Maine?

Host Keith Shortall was joined by 

Regina Phillips, Program Coordinator for Refugee Services Program in Portland. 

Reza Jalali, Author and Educator from USM

Tarlan Ahmadov, Program Manager, Refugee and Immigration Services & Language Partners of Catholic Charities Maine 

2nd Annual Maine Calling 'Made in Maine Gift Guide' Edit | Remove

  Just in time for Christmas - the 2nd Annual Maine Calling Made in Maine Gift Guide, a survey of the most unusual and most Maine-inspired gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by:

Alex Steed, co-founder of Knack Factory and BDN blogger on Bourbon, Portland, Beer, Politics.

Party Planning

Nov 13, 2013

  As the holidays fast approach, tips and advice on planning a party, whether for two or two hundred guests!

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Fayth Preyer - Bar Manager for the State Theatre and Port City Music Hall 

Alicia Allen - Marketing and Web Manager at Abacus Gallery 

Sallie Tyler, The PaperWhite Room

Getting Your Home Ready for Winter Edit | Remove

  Winter weather is not too far away. Experts give some tips and suggestions for getting your home ready for winter-  from insulating to air seals.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by 

Claire Betze, Residential Energy Auditor and HERS Rater 

Helen C. Watts, PE, Helen Watts Engineering, PLLC

Ghost Stories

Oct 31, 2013

  Just in time for Halloween - ghost stories of Maine (and maybe one from New Hampshire)

Host Keith Shortall was joined by 

Tom Verde, author of Maine Ghosts and Legends

The Computer Guys

Oct 22, 2013

  Our Mac and PC experts answered your computer questions.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by 

Jared Maxfield, owner of Necessary Technology 

Andrew Rosenstein, founder of Techport

Broadband in Maine

Oct 2, 2013

  What are the options and obstacles regarding high speed internet in Maine? How do we get from dial up and DSL to internet speeds needed for today's high tech world.

Host Jennifer Rooks will be joined by 

Allyson Handley, President, University of Maine at Augusta (Maine Broadband Task Force member) 

Peter Mills, Executive Director, Maine Turnpike Authority (Maine Broadband Task Force member) 

Joshua Broder, President, Tilson Technology Management 

  The Maine Historical Society recently hosted an address by author, Richard Rubin.

Rubin, a Maine author, discussed his recent book The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten War.

This talk was recorded September 19, 2013 at the Maine Historical Society in Portland.

Richard Rubin

  Another in our What Does It Mean series. Today we discussed the challenges facing and the opportunities available to young people in Maine?

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Alex Steed, Co-founder of Knack Factory, a creative and commercial content company in Portland 

Emily Burnham, Arts and Lifestyle Columnist and blogger at Bangor Daily News

Chace Jackson, Finance Director at Troy Jackson for Congress 

Mark Vogelzang

Sep 23, 2013

  As Maine Calling begins its expanded schedule, MPBN's CEO Mark Vogelzang was here to answer your questions and take your comments about what lies ahead for public radio and TV in our state and beyond.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Mark Vogelzang, MPBN President and CEO