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Maine Watch with Jennifer Rooks

Maine Watch with Jennifer Rooks is Maine's only televised statewide public affairs program. It airs on MPBN Television Thursday evenings at 8:00 pm with rebroadcasts on Friday evenings at 9:00 pm and Sunday afternoons at 5:00 pm. An audio version of the program airs on MPBN Radio at 12:30 pm on Friday afternoons.

In order to access the video and Web extras, including links mentioned during each Maine Watch with Jennifer Rooks show, please click the blue title for the episode or the "Read More" button below the episode description. 


Archived Maine Watch Programs
Aging at Home
June 27, 2013

A midcoast doctor has developed a program that uses technology to enable people to live in their homes as long as possible. How do we balance safety with independence? Cost with care?

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Women in the Military
Maine NAtional Guard
June 20, 2013

Brigadier General James Campbell, Lt. Col. Diane Dunn, and Captain Paul Bosse discussed the Pentagon's decision to allow women to serve in all combat roles and how that affects the Maine National Guard.

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White-Nose Syndrome / Blueberry Rakers
brown bats
June 13, 2013

John Depue, and Susan Gallo will discuss White-Nose Syndrome in Bats. Documentary photographer David Brooks Stess will discuss his time with workers in Maine's blueberry fields.

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Lives in the Balance / Watchdog Site
Lives in the Balance
June 6, 2013

Dr. Ross Greene of Lives in the Balance and Dr. Joe Fitzpatrick discussed a program underway in a dozen schools in Maine emphasizing solving problems collaboratively with behaviorally challenging children. Also, Naomi Schalit talked about the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting's new website called "Be Your Own Watchdog."

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Bullying and Cyber-bullying School Policy / "Hardwater"
Stop Bullying
May 30, 2013

Stan Davis, Brandon Baldwin and Lexi Henkel will discuss the issue of bullying and the state's new guidelines for schools. Also, Ryan Brod will discuss his film Hardwater, about ice fishing in Maine.

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Franco-Americans in Maine
Fleur de Lis
May 23, 2013

Rep. Ken Fredette, who headed up the Franco American Task Force, Chelsea Ray of the Maine French Heritage Language Program and Susan Pinette, director of Franco-American studies at the University Maine, discussed Franco-Americans in Maine, and their concern for preservation of their French culture and language.

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Legal Representation / Old Grist Mill
Scales of justice
May 16, 2013

Maine Supreme Court Justice Jon Levy spoke about the shortage of legal representation in many civil cases in Maine, and Tony Grassi about an old grist mill in Freedom he is renovating to generate electricity.

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Local Food in Maine Schools
School lunch
May 9, 2013

Many Maine schools are trying to incorporate more locally grown produce into their offerings. At the same time they face new USDA regulations this year about what they must serve.

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Electronic Medical Records
Electronic Medical Records
May 2, 2013

Several Maine hospitals and health care providers have adopted electronic medical records, and many others aren't far behind. What does this mean for Maine patients and their doctors? The goal is better care and lower costs, but there are concerns about privacy, security and fraud.

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Genetically Modified Food / Fish Passages
April 25, 2013

Logan Perkins and Rep. Jeffrey Timberlake will discuss the labeling of genetically modified food. Also, Tom Rumpf of The Nature Conservancy, and Patrick Strauch of the Maine Forest Products Council discussed efforts to replace existing culverts with those more amenable to fish passage.

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Senator Angus King
Angus King
April 4, 2013

Senator Angus King joined Jennifer in a discussion of the latest developments in Washington and his legislative priorities.

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Maine's Elver Fishery
March 28, 2013

DMR Commissioner Pat Keliher and Mitchell Feigenbaum, owner of Delaware Valley Trading, the largest buyer of elvers, will discuss sustainability concerns, poaching and the future of Maine's elver fishery.

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Paying Maine Hospitals/The Cost of College
College Financial Aid
March 14, 2013

AJay Higgins will have an update on the State's plan to pay Maine's hospitals. Plus Tanna Clews of Educate Maine, and Mila Tappan of Fame will discuss the high cost of college.

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Gambling / Sequestration / The Swordfish Hunters
March 7, 2013

Christine Theriault with DHHS and Lesa Densmore will disuss problem gambling. Also conversations with Charlie Colgan about the impact of sequestration on Maine, and archaeologist Bruce Bourque about his new book, "The Swordfish Hunters."

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Senior Drivers
Senior Drivers
February 21, 2013

What are the dangers posed by elderly drivers? Should Maine's laws be changed? how should doctors and family members approach this issue and what resources are available? Lori Parham, of AARP; Dr. Daniel Onion, and reporter Bonnie Washuk will join in the discussion.

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Maine Care / Motorcycle Helmet Bill
State House with Caduceus logo
February 14, 2013

Andrew MacLean and Stefanie Nadeau will discuss Maine Care Changes that may be costing the state thousands. Marcia Cooper, and a representative of the United Bikers of Maine will discuss the motorcyle helmet bill currently before the legislature.

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State of the State / "Welcome to Lee Maine"
Gov. Paul LePage
February 7, 2013

Ron Schmidt from USM, Amy Fried of UMaine, and Mal Leary discussed the Governor's State of the State address. Also, an interview with the producer of Welcome to Lee Maine, this week's MPBN community Film.

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Legalization of Marijuana / Tar Sands Protest
January 31, 2013

State Rep. Diane Russell and Sheriff Randy Liberty discussed the bill to legalize marijuana, and Dylan Voorhees and Larry Wilson spoke about the Tar Sands Protest in Portland last weekend.

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Health Insurance Reform Law / Flu Season
Health Insurance reform
January 24, 2013

State Sen. Rod Whittemore and Rep. Sharon Treat discussed the Health Insurance Reform Law which will be revisited in the legislature this session. Also Dr. Stephen Sears will give an update on the flu season.

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Air Service in Maine / This Year's Flu Season
January 10, 2013

Paul Bradbury and Scott Wardwell discussed Air Service in Maine. Also, Stephen Sears, with the Maine CDC, spoke about this year's flu season, which is already much worse than last year.

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Maine's Birds
December 27, 2012

This week Stephanie Martin, of Friends of Maine's Seabird Islands, and Brad Allen, from the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife,  will discuss efforts to restore Maine's seabird population. Susan Sharon reports on efforts to monitor mercury contamination in the environment by studying loons in Western Maine, and an interview about newcomers to Maine with ornithologist Jeff Wells who has written a new book, "Maine's Favorite Birds."

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New Legislative Session
Maine Statehouse in Augusta
December 6, 2012

This week a conversation with the leadership of Maine's new legislature about the upcoming session.

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A Conversation with George Mitchell
A photo of Senator George Mitchell
November 29, 2012

A Conversation with former Senator George Mitchell. He discussed the election and Angus King, his new role as athletic integrity monitor at Penn State, the situation in Gaza, and a new BBC documentary featuring Mitchell and his son Andrew.

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Election Re-Cap
MPBN Your Vote logo
November 8, 2012

A discussion about Tuesday's election in Maine. What does it mean for the balance of power in the state legislature?  What role will our new US Senator play in Washington?  What is next for the winning and losing sides on the Same-Sex Marriage question? Jennifer was joined by Ron Schmidt, Emily Shaw, and MPBN State House Bureau chief AJay Higgins.

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Question One
MPBN Your Vote logo
October 11, 2012

Matt McTighe of Mainers United for Marriage and Carroll Conley of the Christian Civic League discussed Question One, the same-sex marriage initiative. What does it mean for Maine and Maine people?

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