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https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/search/how-to-do-nothing?q=how%20to%20do%20nothing

Doing nothing is more than just lazing around. Artist and author Jenny Odell joins us to explain what she means by doing nothing — taking time out of one’s day to engage in an activity without considering whether it’s productive — and why it can be so difficult these days to do it. She’ll also explain how doing nothing can actually be a form of resistance to a world where our value is over determined by our ‘data productivity.’

https://samkean.com/

New York Times best-selling author Sam Kean joins us to discuss his latest book, which explains how, with every breath you take, you literally inhale the history of the world.

Kean will discuss the wilds of our atmosphere, as well as the most astounding patients in neuroscience history, the hidden stories buried in our genes and DNA, the wonders of the periodic table, and life as a writer who attempts to popularize science.

Kean is taking part in the University of New England’s “Connections Lecture Series.”  Click here for more information.


https://janebrox.com/silence/

In Silence: A Social History of One of the Least Understood Elements of Our Lives, award-winning,  Maine-based author Jane Brox examines the institution of silence from monastic communion with God to the punitive isolation of inmates. Brox explores the use of silence as both a threat and a tool over time, and our often-fraught relationship with communication and solitude as it has evolved in our digital lives.

Jane Brox, is the author of Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light; Clearing Land: Legacies of the American Farm; Five Thousand Days Like This One; and, Here and Nowhere Else

https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374282073

Underbug tells the fascinating story of the lowly termite–a bug that collectively outweighs human beings by 10 to 1 and consume $40 billion worth of valuable stuff each year.

Lisa Margonelli is an award-winning journalist and author of the national bestseller Oil on the Brain: Petroleum’s Long, Strange Trip to Your Tank. She is based in Maine.

dontknowmuch.com

Historian, author and Maine Calling favorite Ken Davis joins us to talk about his latest book.

Kenneth C. Davis is an American historian and author, best known for his “Don’t Know Much About” series of history books.

Penguin Random House

Novelist, nonfiction writer, speaker, political activist; Anne Lamott discusses her new book "Almost Everything: Notes on Hope," a book divided into short chapters that explore life’s essential truths and offers encouragement about the future.

The Soul of America: The Latest Book by Author Jon Meacham

Jul 17, 2018
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Best-selling author Jon Meacham joins us to explain that, despite our current tumultuous times, the country has been through periods of turmoil before, and how, by looking to examples in the nation’s past, we can better understand our current political climate.

Our Towns: A New Book by Deborah & James Fallows

Jul 16, 2018
https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/550194/our-towns-by-james-fallows-and-deborah-fallows/9781101871843/

Jim and Deb Fallows spent 5 years travelling in the small propeller plane to small towns across America, including Eastport, Maine.  In their new book, they share stories of civic and economic reinvention taking place in parts of the country we often don’t hear much about. 

http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Moralist/Patricia-OToole/9780743298094

We speak with acclaimed biographer Patricia O’Toole about her new book and why the life and times of Wilson are particularly relevant in today’s world. (O’Toole is a Maine author – she lives in Camden.)

Guest: Patricia O’Toole is the author of five books, including When Trumpets Call: Theodore Roosevelt after the White House, and The Five of Hearts: An Intimate Portrait of Henry Adams and His Friends, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. 

Caffeine

Mar 13, 2014

  Each day people consume a drug derived from a natural insecticide. That drug is caffeine and former MPBN News reporter Murray Carpenter has written a book on the subject titled Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts and Hooks Us.

Host Keith Shortall speaks with:

Murray Carpenter, author of Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts and Hooks Us.

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  The Maine Historical Society recently hosted an address by author, Richard Rubin.

Rubin, a Maine author, discussed his recent book The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten War.

This talk was recorded September 19, 2013 at the Maine Historical Society in Portland.

Richard Rubin

  What happens when the suburbs encroach on wildlife? Cars hitting deer and a whole lot more.

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by 

Jim Sterba, has been a foreign correspondent, war correspondent and national correspondent for more than four decades, first for The New York Times and then for The Wall Street Journal

  Aaron Robinson, Maine composer, conductor, recording artist and author, has written a new book about the power of music.

Host Suzanne Nance was joined by:

Aaron Robinson, author of Does God Sing

[ Aaron Robinson - "Does God Sing - A Musical Journey" originally aired on Maine Calling January 22, 2013.]

  The Telling Room, a non-profit organization devoted to reading and storytelling, hosted a talk by Paul Tough called How Children Succeed.

Paul Tough is a Canadian-American broadcaster and writer, and mostly recently, the author of How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Power of Character.

This talk was recorded November 7, 2012 in Portland at USM’s Hannaford Hall.

The Telling Room

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