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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
<em>The Poacher's Son</em> by Paul Doiron
Poacher's Son book jacket
April 24, 2014

Paul Doiron's debut novel The Poacher's Son won praise from critics as a well-written, well-paced mystery with well-developed characters. The main character is Mike Bowditch, a Maine game warden who learns that his father, a hard-living northwoods rogue, has been accused of killing two men, including a deputy sheriff. But the other prominent character is the setting. The book paints vivid pictures of Maine, the sights sounds and smells of the wilderness, and of the characters that call this home.

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Fair Housing in Maine
A house for rent
April 23, 2014

What do renters and landlords need to know? Learn about fair housing laws, your rights as a renter, and what reasonable accommodations landlords are sometimes required to make. Learn about fair housing issues affecting veterans and people with disabilities.

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Small Farming in Maine
Sheep at Rambler's Way Farm in Kennebunk, Maine
April 22, 2014

What does it take to be a successful small farmer in Maine? Hear a discussion about the challenges of owning and operating a family farm in Maine. Learn about a surprising rise in the number of young farmers in Maine, and how agriculture here is changing.

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Legislative Session Wrap-up
Maine Statehouse in Augusta
April 21, 2014

Budget battles, medicaid expansion, solar energy subsidies and Narcan use were just some of the headline grabbing issues out of Augusta this legislative session. MPBN state house bureau chief AJ Higgins and leaders from both political parties discuss what the legislature accomplished, what the governor veteod, and what's still left to be done.

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Crash Barry, author of "Marijuana Valley"
Marijuana Valley Book Jacket
April 17, 2014

The true story of a free-loving (and smoking) fringe community growing Maine’s most valuable crop. Author Crash Barry explores Maine's secretive marijuana subculture. Crash tells tales, based on hundreds of hours of research, of growing, harvesting and testing the product. We're talking about pot in Maine, and how legalized medical marijuana changed everything.

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Parkinson's Disease
Parkinson's Disease
April 16, 2014

It can show up as just a tremor, or it can cause severe symptoms that make daily life a challenge. Doctors and experts about Parkinson’s disease discussed how to recognize it, what new drugs and treatments are available, and where to find support if you or a loved one has the disease.

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Mindfulness
Mindfulness
April 15, 2014

Explore why the art of being mindful is now embraced as a means to improve job performance, personal relationships as well as physical and mental health. If you think of practicing mindfulness and/or meditation as something only Zen Buddhists do you're wrong. Although these practices do have ancient roots, modern research is showing they have multiple benefits, including stress reduction, lowering the heart rate, improving memory, reducing emotional responses and, some say, making practitioners more effective at work.

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ACA and Health Care Providers
Understanding the ACA
April 14, 2014

There's been a lot of attention paid to the consumer side of the Affordable Care Act. But the ACA is a sweeping piece of legislation, and it does a lot more than provide coverage for the uninsured. In short, the ACA seeks to reform the way health care is delivered in America. The goal is healthier patients AND lower costs, a tall order. How is Maine's health care system changing under the ACA?

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Spring Home Shape-up
Spring Cleaning
April 10, 2014

Winter is finally on the way out and it's time to assess what the long, cold weather did to our homes and property. What should be at the top of our to-do lists regarding getting your house ready for the warmer months ahead. Is now the time to paint, plant and purge? Tips and ideas for working around the home.

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Childbirth Issues and Advances
Child birth
April 9, 2014

Home births, c-sections and an update on our understanding of childbirth. Learn about different options for mother and baby during pregnancy and childbirth. Learn about issues that arise during a delivery, whether at home or in the hospital, and what new moms and dads can do to make such a momentous day as safe and comfortable as possible.

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Maine Crime Writers
Crime scene image
April 8, 2014

What is it about our state that attracts so many top notch authors who specialize in stories of murder, mystery and mayhem? Learn about the craft of writing a good suspense or crime novel and try to solve the mystery of writing a good who-done-it.

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Charter Schools
Charter Schools image
April 7, 2014

The latest on the debate over charter schools in Maine. Leaders of the charter school movement, and the head of the teacher's union discuss the difference between virtual and physical charter schools and what new learning options should be offered to Maine students.

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Budget Cuts around the Univ. of Maine System
University of Maine System
April 3, 2014

The University of Maine system comes up with a controversial plan to cope with a $36-million budget gap. The proposals put forth by campus presidents to close the gap have stirred heated debate, particularly at at the university of southern Maine, which is trying to find savings of more than $13-million.

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The Future of Dairy Farming in Maine
Dairy farming in Maine
April 2, 2014

We've all witnessed the ongoing saga of the slow decline of Maine's dairy industry as measured by the number of family farms, and some processors. So where are we headed? One of the region's largest operations, Oakhurst dairy, has been sold to a national farmer-owned co-op. Maine Farmers who lost their contracts with processors decided to team up and create their own company called Moo Milk, that's putting Maine product on store shelves.

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Comedy 101
Comedy
April 1, 2014

It's a perennial question - studied by scholars through the ages. What makes us laugh? You can break down a joke into a formula, but mixing the ingredients back together isn't always so simple, and may or may not work. Learn the art of making people laugh, from a couple experts. Hear how they approach humor, both standup and improv.

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Quebec Elections
Quebec Elections
March 31, 2014

On April 7, people in Quebec will elect a new government, and for the first time in a while, the question of independence from Canada is part of the debate. It's been a raucous campaign, with polls shifting by the week. Learn what's going on and what's at stake as Quebec voters get ready to head for the polls.

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"When We Were the Kennedys" by Monica Wood
When We Were Kennedys book jacket
March 27, 2014

The second installment of the "Maine Calling Book Club" takes the reader back to Mexico, Maine in 1963, a mill town, full of immigrant families. Monica Wood's family was one of those, her father came to Maine from Prince Edward Island to work at the paper mill. Her family's story is much like many others in Maine, with one important exception. When Monica is in fourth grade, her father dies of a heart attack, and her memoir is about her family and her town in the aftermath of her father's death. When We Were the Kennedys has been described as a "marvel of storytelling."

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U.S. Senator Angus King
A photograph of Angus King
March 26, 2014

Maine's junior U.S. Senator discusses the situation in Ukraine, his reaction to the President's plan to end the National Security Agency's collection of Americans' phone data, his recent trip to the Arctic and more.

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Keeping Your Heart Healthy
Caduceus
March 26, 2014

The latest advances in cardiovascular science in the fight against heart disease. Why are symptoms of heart disease are different in women than for men, and why New Englanders are at greater risk for cardiology disease than the rest of the country.

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Remembering Ed Muskie
Edmund Muskie
March 24, 2014

A celebration of what would have been Edmund Muskie's 100th Birthday with a discussion of the Maine politician's career and legacy. From a modest childhood to state and national politics as Governor, US Senator and Presidential candidate.

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Maine Maple Syrup & Sugaring
Maine Maple Syrup sold here sign
March 20, 2014

Tree tapping and syrup making, it's a conversation about all things maple syrup. Learn why Maine is a leader in maple syrup production. And how this year's long, unusually cold winter is affecting the flow of sap. Learn how to tap your own trees and make your own syrup. Just in time for Maine Maple Sunday.

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Transgender in Maine
Gender Dysmorphia
March 19, 2014

A conversation about gender identity. Hear from people who are transgender or help those coming to terms with gender dysphoria, the feeling of intense disconnect between the gender assigned at birth and the gender one believes they actually are.

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Invasive Pests & The Climate
Invasive Pests
March 18, 2014

How might this year's harsh winter impact invasive pests? Might it help the problem or make it worse?

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Income Tax Filing Help
tax time
March 17, 2014

Three experts offer advice on filling out your 2013 tax forms as the IRS deadline for filing is less than one month away.

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Caffeine
Murray Carpenter
March 13, 2014

Each day people consume a drug derived from a natural insecticide. That drug is caffeine and former MPBN News reporter Murray Carpenter has written a book on the subject titled Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts and Hooks Us.

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