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MPBN News & Public Affairs Director Keith Shortall along with producer Jonathan Smith are producing a new series of interactive interview programs that air occasionally on weekdays from 12:15 pm until 1:00 pm on MPBN Radio.More from Maine Calling »

Most Recent Episodes

Children's Books

Maine has long been fertile ground for children's book authors – several nationally-recognized authors and illustrators live in Maine. We'll hear from them about what it's like to write for a younger audience and what it takes to craft a successful book for the younger set. Guests: Sharon Creech, American writer of children's novels. She was the first American winner of the Carnegie Medal for British children's books and the first person to win both the American Newbery Medal and the British Carnegie. Her new book is MOO - An uplifting novel about one family's momentous move to Maine and an unexpected bond that develops between twelve year old Reena and one very ornery cow named Zora. Vicky Smith, Children's & Teen Editor at Kirkus Reviews Chris Van Dusen, children's book author and illustrator. Some of his titles include: The Circus Ship and If I Built a House. He illustrated Kate DiCamillo's story Are You Going, Baby Lincoln?

Raising Backyard Chickens

Chances are, you or someone you know has some chickens in the backyard. Raising chickens has become a trend, whether you have a farmhouse or live right in the city. We'll learn about the ins and outs of raising backyard chickens. Guests: Lisa Steele, chicken keeper in Dixmont and author of books on raising poultry and the website Fresh Eggs Daily Donna Coffin, Extension Professor, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Racism Today

How do we define racism today? On one hand we have a new surge of exclusionary attitudes and racial conflicts, while we also have increased awareness and extreme sensitivity over racial issues. We'll look at the history of racism, andhow it is playing out in today's society — especially here in Maine. Guests: Prof. Brian Purnell, Associate Professor, Africana Studies and History, Bowdoin College Dr. Kenneth Lewis, pastor of Green Memorial AME Zion Church Susan Howe, community organizer, social worker and interfaith chaplain; she interned with the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission

End-of-Summer Things to Do

What are some of the hidden hideaways or exciting events that are worth exploring in these waning days of summer? We'll get end-of-summer ideas for travel, adventure and quiet enjoyment in and around Maine.Guests:Tony Cameron, Director of Marketing & Communications, Maine Tourism AssociationSharon Nickerson, travel agent, AAA Northern New EnglandBrian Kevin, Managing Editor, Down East Magazine

Surviving the First Year of College

College freshmen are about to leave home for their first year of college or university. We'll get advice on how to help freshman navigate their first year of college. Guests: Dr. Sarah Cunningham, Chief Student Success Officer, Unity College Corey Pelletier, Director of Alumni and Career Services, Thomas College Malcolm Gauld, President of Hyde School. Author of "College Success Guaranteed: 5 Rules to Make it Happen" and "College Success Guaranteed 2.0: 5 Rules for Parents."

"A Good Man with a Dog" by Roger Guay with Kate Clark Flora

A look at the life of a long-serving Maine Game Warden and the issues currently facing game wardens. Guests: Roger Guay served with the Maine Warden Service from 1986 to 2010. Kate Clark Flora, in addition to being the co-author of 'A Good Man with a Dog,' is an award-winning author of fifteen mystery and true crime books, including And Grant You Peace, winner of the 2015 Maine Literary Award for Crime Fiction and the nonfiction Death Dealer, about a Canadian murder where Maine game wardens were instrumental in finding the victim's hidden body. She is a former Maine assistant attorney general and describes herself as a recovering attorney.

Innovative Funding

A discussion of some of the new ways businesses are finding to finance a startup or expansion – from Kick Starter and Go Fund Me and more. Guests: Greg Fryer, attorney with Verrill Dana. Kate Curran, Training and Outreach Coordinator with Coastal Enterprises, Inc. Kate is a member of the Maine Start-up & Create Week Executive Committee. Don Gooding - Founder of Gooding Growth LLC. In the customer discovery phase, Gooding Growth will have both entrepreneurial financing and Great American Songbook performing in its future. Former Executive Director Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development, both a hub and a catalyst for entrepreneurship and innovation in Maine.

Proficiency Based Education

Maine's schools have been adopting the Proficiency-Based Education model and are at varying stages with implementing this new system of teaching and grading based on meeting standards. How is it going? What are the pros and cons? Guests: Betsy Webb, superintendent, Bangor School Department [from Bangor studio] Tina Meserve, superintendent, RSU 16 (Poland) Erika Stump, research associate, Center for Education Policy, Applied Research and Evaluation at the University of Southern Maine

Veterinary Care

What's new in the world of pet care? We'll get advice on caring for your pet during the hot summer days. Guests: Virginia Gill, DVM, DACVIM (Oncology), Maine Veterinary Medical Center, Scarborough, ME Dr. Ginger Johnson, Veterinary and Rehabilitation Center of Cape Elizabeth

Eye Health

From dry eye to macular degeneration to state-of-the-art glasses, we discuss the issues and new developments in eye health today.Guests: Dr. Linda Schumacher Feero, ophthalmologist and President of the Maine Society of Eye Physicians and SurgeonsDr. Mark Balles, ophthalmologist and founder of the Retina Center of MaineDr. Ian Jones, with the Maine Optometric Association and an optometrist in private practice in Newport

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