Personal finance expert Michelle Singletary answers listener questions about money management and financial issues during the Covid-19 pandemic. Topics include the pros and cons of accessing an early withdrawal from your 401k as permitted by the CARES Act, how to work with lenders if you are unable to pay loans because of a layoff or furlough, whether to refinance your home and more.

Jean Chatzky, financial editor of NBC’s TODAY show and AARP’s personal finance ambassador, joins us to discuss "Age Proof: Living Longer Without Running Out of Money or Breaking a Hip," as well as other matters related to financial literacy and health, especially among older Americans.

Tax season is upon us. We’ll get answers to your tax questions as well as discuss strategies for retirement saving, credit card debt and other personal finance matters.

  Lawrence Lessig is the author of Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress and a Plan to Stop It and the founder of Rootstrikers, an organization dedicated to changing the influence of money in elections. He serves as the director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. He was recently listed by Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute as one of the Top 100 Global Thought Leaders and is a regularly featured TED Talk presenter.

Debating Raising the Minimum Wage Edit | Remove

  What the arguments both for and against raising the minimum wage in Maine and nationally?

Host Jennifer Rooks speaks with:

Steve Robinson from the Maine Heritage Policy Center

Garrett Martin from the MECEP

Mike Brennan, Mayor of Portland

  What steps should be taken now to get ready for retirement and to ensure financial security later in life.

Host Jennifer Rooks will be joined by 

Matthew R. Dubois, Esq., Vogel & Dubois

Janet E. Cobb, MBA | Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. 

Kerry Peabody, CSA, CLTC, Long Term Care, Life & Disability Insurance Agent 


Nov 5, 2013

  As the holiday season fast approaches, a guide to good giving and teaching the young to give wisely.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by 

Laura Young, Vice President, Philanthropy at the Maine Community Foundation 

Barbara Edmond, Maine Philanthropy Center 

Lori Roming, Research & Program Officer at Unity Foundation

Manufacturing, Education and High Paying Jobs

Oct 3, 2013

  Getting the right education for high tech, high paying jobs in Maine. What skills are needed to fill the gap in our state's manufacuturing sector. Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by: 

Lisa G. Martin, Executive Director, The Manufacturers Association of Maine 

Nicholas D'Antonio, Program Manager, Dream It. Do It., The Manufacturing Institute 

Frank Sherburne/Superintendent, Bonny Eagle Schools, MSAD #6 sector.

  What's the difference between a bank and a credit union and which is better for your hard-earned money?

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by: 

John Murphy, President of the Maine Credit Union League 

Chris Pinkham, President of the Maine Bankers Association

Personal Finance

Nov 13, 2012

  How can you manage your money in these challenging financial times. How can you save it, invest it and hopefully keep more of it in your pocket.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Sarah Morehead, She directs the Household Financial Education Program at the University of Maine and is the author of "I Hate Money"

Marion Syversen, MBA, Owner of Norumbega Financial, author of "Real Deal: Making Big Changes with Small Change"

and Professor Robert Strong, Univ. of Maine

  The hefty cost of college—how can families pay for today’s rising tuition rates? It’s the season for that big decision about which college to attend, and financial aid plays a major part in that decision. How should families decipher the aid packages, and what other options make college costs more manageable? How to pay for college?

  Knowing how to "Give Smart" leads to results, according to author Thomas Tierney. He was the keynote speaker at the Inspiring Philanthropy conference held in Portland recently.

Thomas Tierney is the author of Give Smart: Philanthropy That Gets Results and the co-founder and chairman of the nonprofit advisory organization the Bridgespan Group, spoke at the University of Southern Maine's Abromson Center in Portland.