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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Direct Primary Care

May 21, 2015

Direct Primary Care is as an alternative to fee-for-service health care.  It requires a monthly flat fee and promises better patient/doctor interaction. 

Guests:   Dr. Catherine Krouse, Lotus Family Practice

Dr. Michael Ciampi, Ciampi Family Practice

Dr. Jack Forbush, Osteopathic Center for Family Medicine

Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News

Click here to listen to MPBN's Patty Wight's report on Direct Primary Care.

Stuart Kestenbaum, the long-time director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, joins us to talk about the world renowned school and what's next for him as he steps down as director later this month.

Guest: Stuart Kestenbaum grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey, and received a B.A. degree from Hamilton College. He has lived in Maine for many years and since 1988 has been the director of the Haystack Mountain School of Art and Crafts in Deer Isle.  He is also a poet.  His latest book of poetry is titled "Only Now."

The unemployment rate for people with disabilities is twice that of those not disabled.  Learn why employing people with disabilities is a win - win for the employee - and the employer. 

Guests:  Jesus Larualez, director  of Work Opportunities Unlimited in Portland, Augusta and Brunswick.
Betsy Hopkins, Director, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Maine's Department of Labor
Lisa Sturtevant, Employment Services Specialist with DHHS's Office of Aging and Disability Services

How bad will the ticks be this season and what can you do to prevent being bitten?

Guests:  Chuck Lubelczyk, Field Biologist, Maine Medical Center Research Institute

Dr. Robert Smith, Principal Investigator, Maine Medical Center Research Institute

Jim Dill, Pest Management Specialist, UMaine

Senator George Mitchell has a new book out - "The Negotiator"  - a memoir in which he reflects on his life, from Maine to U.S. Senate Majority Leader... to the Baseball Commission... the Northern Ireland Peace Talks and peace efforts in the Middle East. Joins us for a conversation with Senator George Mitchell.

Guest:  George Mitchell served as a United States Senator from Maine from 1980 to 1995 and as Senate Majority Leader from 1989 to 1995.