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Maine Calling is an interactive radio program hosted by MPBN News Director Keith Shortall and Public Affairs Host Jennifer Rooks and produced by Jonathan Smith. Airing live Monday through Thursday from 12:00 to 1:00 pm and anytime online, the show brings interesting conversations on a wide variety of topics to the people of Maine.  MPBN listeners are strongly encouraged to participate in the program. Email talk@mpbn.net, tweet @mainecalling, post a message on Facebook www.Facebook.com/MaineCalling or call when the show is live:

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Archived Call-In Programs
Ocean Acidification
June 12, 2014

A new Maine law established a commission to study and address the negative effects of ocean acidification on the ecosystem and major inshore shellfisheries. We'll hear from commission members.

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Primary Results
June 11, 2014

The implications of yesterday's election results and a look ahead to the general election. What do both Poliquin and Cain have to do to win the support of independents? How much will money matter this fall? And what does the primary election tell us, if anything, about the races for governor and U.S. Senate?

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Entrepreneurship in Maine
June 10, 2014

Helping new, existing and would be entreprenues make the right connections to prosper, this week's 'start up and create week' is a series of events celebrating our state's robust startup culture. Learn where to turn for help if you're thinking of starting a business, and get tips on promoting your products and services.

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Ticks and Lyme Disease
June 9, 2014

Last year, Maine set a record no one really wanted — we had more confirmed cases of Lyme disease than ever before. Eleven-hundred people were diagnosed with Lyme. Well, tick season is upon us yet again, and with the warm weather finally here, a lot of people are headed outdoors. And now, there's not just Lyme disease to be aware of, but other tick-borne diseases as well — including the Powassen virus, which claimed the life of a well-known artist in Maine last year. Find out the latest information about the spread of infected deer ticks in Maine — how to best protect yourself from becoming infected and how Lyme can be diagnosed and treated.

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Alternative Medicine
Alternative Medicine
June 5, 2014

Just what is "alternative medicine" and what is its relationship to traditional medicine? There are numerous health care practices, products and therapies, which fall outside what is taught at established medical schools or used in conventional medicine. Examples of alternative medicine include homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic, energy medicine and acupuncture.

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In Vitro Fertilization
In Vitro Fertilization
June 4, 2014

In vitro fertilisation (IVF) is a process by which an egg is fertilized by sperm outside the body: in vitro. IVF is a major treatment for infertility when other methods of assisted reproductive technology have failed. What, if any, are the risks? What is the latest news on helping those who struggle to get pregnant?

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Advances in Hearing Technology
Hearing Aid Diagram
June 3, 2014

The latest research on helping people to hear or hear better. Learn the latest on our understanding of why we lose our hearing, what we can be done to prevent hearing loss, and how new technologies, including cochlear implants and smart phones, are helping the hearing impaired.

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Why China Matters
The flag of China
June 2, 2014

What's the latest in China and how does it affect us here. Learn about the latest economic, educational and cultural issues in China and what impact they have here in our state.

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"Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men book jacket
May 29, 2014

John Steinbeck's debut novel Of Mice and Men won praise from critics as a well-written, well-paced mystery with well-developed characters. The main characters, Lennie and George, have become cultural archetypes.

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Sex Ed
Sex Education on the blackboard
May 28, 2014

It's the conversation many parents, and their children, dread having: reproduction and sexual education. Learn ways to broach the topic of sex and talk about it.

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Stroke Prevention and Detection
Stroke Warning Signs Graphic
May 27, 2014

What you need to know about detecting, preventing and treating a stroke. People who have experienced a stroke and receive emergency medical treatment within three hours of the event have less disability after three months than those whose care was delayed. But what are the warning signs? At what age should we really start to pay attention? And can we take steps to prevent a stroke from happening in the first place?

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Safe Driving
Safe driving images from maine.gov.
May 22, 2014

With the Memorial Day weekend approaching, experts discuss how to be a better driver, and ask our listeners questions about the rules of the road. Learn about the most dangerous things people do on Maine roads, the rules most people ignore, and ways to drive more safely as we age.

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Maine's Salmon Aquaculture
Atlantic Salmon
May 21, 2014

Ten years ago, it was in rough shape but now, it has rebounded. What's different? Hear a discussion of the latest research into salmon aquaculture, find out what consumers should know about farmed salmon and we'll address concerns about sea lice and the impact of aquaculture on the wild salmon population.

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Maine Food Strategy Report
Maine Food Strategy
May 20, 2014

A discussion about the just released Maine Food Strategy Report. It details the food choices and buying habits of Mainers, including where they shop, how they define "local" and what influences purchasing decisions. What is the potential for Maine's farmers and fishermen? What challenges do they face in achieving the objectives outlined in the report.

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Birding
Warbler
May 19, 2014

Where to birdwatch in Maine and which birds to look for. Birdwatching is one of the fastest-growing pastimes in America. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service estimates that 48 million of us are birders, the same report shows that Maine is second only to Montana in the percentage of people who are bird-watchers. And why not? By many measures, Mainers are living in bird-watching paradise. Especially right now, during the spring migration season, when songbirds arrive from South and Central America. And at the same time, many Arctic birds are still hanging out, getting ready for their journey north.

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Events in Africa
Africa
May 15, 2014

An update on some of the recent events in Africa. The latest news on the search for the abducted school girls in Nigeria, the civil war in South Sudan and the crisis in the Central African Republic.

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Troy Jackson, Democratic Candidate for Congress
Troy Jackson
May 14, 2014

Troy Jackson is a Democratic candidate running in Maine's second congressional district. He discusses why he's running, which issues he believes are most important to Mainers and what his priorities will be if elected.

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Kevin Raye, Republican Candidate for Congress
Kevin Raye, Candidate for U.S. Congress
May 13, 2014

Kevin Raye is a Republican candidate running in Maine's second congressional district. He discusses why he's running, which issues he believes are most important to Mainers and what his priorities will be if elected.

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Emily Cain, Democratic Candidate for Congress
Emily Cain
May 12, 2014

Emily Cain is a Democratic candidate running in Maine's second congressional district. She discusses why she's running, which issues she believes are most important to Mainers and what her priorities will be if elected.

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Gardening Advice and Tips from the Pros
Gardening
May 8, 2014

It's the time of year when we all are itching to plant in the garden. Maybe you are thinking of trying a new vegetable this year? Maybe you're thinking of putting in a hedge and want something hardy and beautiful? Or maybe you're wondering what kind of edibles do well in pots? Learn about annuals, perennials, vegetables, sun, soil, or pests.

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Bees
A bee on a flower
May 7, 2014

Spring is finally here and so are our friendly pollinating friends, the bee. There are more than 20,000 different species of bees. Some are good for beekeeping, others are not. Learn which is which, plus the role of the bee in pollination and farming.

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Computer Guys
Computer guys
May 6, 2014

Tech experts answer computer, tablet, home-networking, smartphone and not-so-smart phone questions. And find out what to do if you're running Windows XP now that Microsoft will no longer support it. Learn which operating system is right for you and the latest on cyber security. Sometimes, it seems like a foreign language, and it's enough to make your head spin, keeping up with a world in which you suddenly worry about the "heartbleed" security flaw or shopping at a department store, where you might soon have a biometric device on your body and where your purchases may be tracked by companies you've never heard of. Get help, right here, with the ever-changing world of computers, apps, smartphones, operating systems, and more.

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What to Do About Panhandling
A man named Dave panhandling in Portland
May 5, 2014

The city of Portland has been at the center of the storm over the issue of panhandling, but other Maine communities are also grappling with it and discussing whether to put limits on people soliciting money from passers-by. In Portland, a ban on panhandling from median strips was ruled unconstitutional earlier this year and now the city is appealing that ruling. In Augusta last week, the police chief made news by using a cardboard sign to stage his own anti-panhandling protest. And other communities are trying to decide how to best balance the rights of the panhandlers with public safety.

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Political Pundits Talk Politics
Maine Statehouse in Augusta
May 1, 2014

It's veto day in Augusta and political pundits participate in a discussion about the Maine legislature; an update on the primary races in Maine's Second Congressional District. Also, the latest political wranglings in Augusta could impact the race for governor.

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Suicide Prevention
Suicide prevention graphic
April 30, 2014

Suicide or thoughts of suicide, know no socio-economic, ethnic, age or geographic boundary. It can, and does impact all strata of society. How warning signs be spotted when someone may be thinking of harming himself? What resources are available for those contemplating suicide and those wanting to help? 16 years ago, the Maine Centers for Disease Control, along with many other agencies and organizations, founded the Maine Suicide Prevention Program. The aim, to take a comprehensive approach to stemming suicide in the state. Despite years of effort, Maine's overall suicide rate remains higher than the national average, there are 14 suicides here for every 100,000 people. The national average is 12.4. Every suicide is devastating for family and friends. And experts believe most, if not all, are preventable.

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