Maine Calling

Monday-Thursday, Noon-1 p.m.

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, rebroadcast at midnight, 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.

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Fire Safety

Feb 4, 2016

Despite years of fire prevention and education efforts, Maine people (from every socioeconomic group) still die in house fires every winter.  There have already been two fatal fires in Maine this year.  We'll discuss fire safety and prevention.

Guests:  Joseph Thomas, Maine State Fire Marshall

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Nationally, one in three girls in the U.S. have experienced physical, emotional, or verbal abuse from a dating partner - far exceeding all other youth violence.  And yet only 19% of parents believe teen dating violence is an issue. Although 82% of parents feel confident they could recognize the signs if their child was experiencing dating abuse, only 42% could correctly identify the signs of abuse.

A look at Maine’s Fiber Arts industry, which has been growing in size and reputation over the past 15 years.  Thousands of people come from all over the country for Maine’s fiber arts tour and a chance to meet Maine artists.  Fiber arts – from knitting to spinning and weaving – are also increasingly popular hobbies.

Guests:  Linda Cortright, owner and editor of Wild Fibers Magazine.

Mim Bird , Owner of Over the Rainbow Yarn Shop and self-proclaimed knitting genius extraordinaire.

Brain Plasticity

Feb 1, 2016

A new book – written by a Stanford neurosurgeon – examines the impact of mindfulness on the heart and the brain.   He uses his personal story to illustrate how the brain can re-wire itself and the effect of meditation.  He and a local doctor discuss emerging research on the subject. Guests:  James Doty, MD, author of ‘Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart.’ (via ISDN)  Dr.

All week MPBN reporter Patty Wight has been reporting on the connection between poverty and childhood obesity.  We'll discuss her special series and hear from others helping to address this troubling connection.

Guests:  Dr. Tory Rogers, MD - Director of Let’s Go!

Courtney Kennedy - Good Shepherd Food Bank's Nutrition & Education Manager

MPBN Reporter Patty Wight