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 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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What are the real origins of Thanksgiving - from the Pilgrims to the food they ate?  Ken Davis, the author of the bestselling Don't Know Much About History series of books, returns to answer questions.

Guest: Ken Davis, author of the bestselling Don't Know Much About series. Davis appears frequently in the media, has written for the New York Times and Newsday, among other publications and has contributed to NPR's All Things Considered.

What is Artificial Intelligence?

Nov 24, 2015

Just what is AI and what applications does it have in our everyday lives? It's not just science fiction anymore, as Toyota invests $1 billion in an
Artificial Intelligence center in California and researchers - including here in Maine - work on AI applications that might change the way we live our lives.

The latest news from the world of personal computing, mobile communication devices, and handheld digital organizers and e-readers.  We'll also get tips on the best Black Friday deals to look for (and which apps can help you find them).

Guests:  Jarrod Maxfield, Owner of Necessary Technology  
  Andrew Rosenstein, Founder of TechPort  
  Janet McKenney, Director of Library Development, Maine State Library

The Maine Lottery

Nov 19, 2015

A look at the Maine state lottery and a brief history of the origin of the lottery in the US.  This program ties in with a recent report by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting examines the effect of Maine's lottery on people who play it.

Would you know what to do if you lost power for a week or more?  What if a natural disaster strikes - do you have a plan to keep your family safe? We'll learn what the experts recommend for you and your family - what supplies to stock up on, how to best communicate, how to make a plan... and why it's so important to emergency planners that individuals think about this ahead of time.