Maine Things Considered

4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Monday - Friday

Weekdays at 4 p.m. hear Maine’s only daily statewide radio news program. MPBN's award-winning news staff brings you the latest news from across Maine and the region, as well as in-depth reports on the most important issues.

LEWISTON, Maine - Most people don't like to talk about hair removal. But in America, it's a big business, and a big preoccupation for women and men alike.

In her new book, "Plucked: A History of Hair Removal," Bates College Professor Rebecca Herzig explores how American's views on hair have changed over time - from the first bearded Europeans who arrived on the continent and met smooth-skinned native Americans, to the growth of the waxing industry.

Tom Porter / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine - Elected officials and homeless advocates held a news conference in Portland this morning to defend the city's administration of General Assistance funds.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The state Lottery Commission has plans to allow the lottery-style game "Keno" in as many as 150 locations around Maine.

PORTLAND, Maine - Gov. Paul LePage says Maine's Attorney General is interfering with his ability to hire outside attorneys in legal cases in which she declines to represent him, or disagrees with his position.

It's Thursday, and that means it's time for Across the Aisle, our weekly foray into Maine politics. This week, our roundtable includes Cynthia Dill, an attorney and former Democratic state senator, Mike Cianchette, former chief counsel to Gov. Paul LePage, and Dick Woodbury, an economist and former independent state senator. They spoke with Keith Shortall.

Across the Aisle is heard most Thursdays on MPBN Radio.