Jennifer Mitchell

Jennifer Mitchell studied Music, English and Anthropology at Oberlin College and Conservatory in Ohio. She has worked as News Director for Peninsula Public Radio in Homer, Alaska, and served as news producer in Bangor for Maine Public Radio in 2004. Most recently, she spent four years working in South Africa as a producer, as well as classical music presenter in Cape Town.

Jennifer is a fan of open source computing, and music of all types, including old Victrola tunes, Jazz, Folk, World, Goth and Metal. When not on the air, she can be found researching 19th century social history. Her idea of a good time is several hours in a dank basement looking at old patent applications, newspaper archives, and original recipes for intriguing Victorian delights such as sheep's head soup and shadow potatoes.

It’s been more than a year since a new potato variety known as the Caribou Russet was unveiled. But so far, it’s been rather hard to find — getting a new potato onto store shelves isn’t as simple as it may seem.

LEWISTON, Maine _  Health insurance co-op, Community Health Options, which provides Affordable Care Act coverage to Mainers,  can proceed with its attempt to recover some payments which it says it's owed under the Affordable Care Act's "risk corridors" program.

BANGOR, Maine - Maine has more low-wage earners than any other state in the Northeast. That's according to a study by the nonprofit poverty-relief group Oxfam.

"'So 32 percent of Maine workers are currently paid less than $12 an hour," says Mike Tipping, of the Maine People's Alliance, a progressive advocacy group.

WATERVILLE, Maine _ Colby College commencement speaker Arianna Huffington, who recently released a book about sleep, chose to speak on a topic with which many college students are already familiar:  sleep deprivation and the attitudes that make it so prevalent.

A Maine conservation organization, Friends of Merrymeeting Bay, is joining a coalition of plaintiffs in suing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration over its approval of a genetically engineered salmon.

The salmon, developed by Massachusetts based AquaBounty, is an Atlantic salmon that features genetic alterations from Arctic eelpout and Pacific king salmon.

This summer, we're taking a road tour, looking at some of the museums, attractions, and hidden gems around the state.  Today we travel to Ellsworth, where an historic house stands virtually untouched since its last occupant passed away in the 1920s. 

George Nixon Black left no descendants, but he worked all his life to preserve his family's Woodlawn Estate - the gardens, the home and its top-notch furnishings. Here, you can see a nearly 200-year-old home frozen in time through three generations of an Ellsworth lumber family.