Jonathan P. Smith

Executive Producer - Maine Calling

Jonathan was born in Monsey, New York. A field trip to Washington, DC when he was in 7th grade started him on his circuitous path to a career in public radio. The trip inspired a love of politics and led to his desire to one day call DC home. After graduating from Grinnell College, he worked on a couple of campaigns in Iowa (presidential and congressional) and moved to Washington, DC.

After failing to find work as the president's chief of staff or as a highly paid lobbyist, he took a job parking cars next to Ford's Theatre. (To this day it remains one of his favorite jobs). From parking cars he moved on to doing energy/regulatory work at a few law firms. However, once he realized he wouldn't be promoted to lawyer, he decided to pursue a career in public radio.

Thanks to the kindness of a staffer on The Diane Rehm Show, he began as a volunteer with that nationally-syndicated NPR program and worked his way up to full-time producer. After nine years with The Diane Rehm Show, he moved to New Hampshire to be the Executive Producer of New Hampshire Public Radio's Word of Mouth. In the Fall of 2010, he joined the Maine Public Broadcasting Network to help launch it's new, interactive radio program Maine Calling.

When not producing radio programs, Jonathan spends his time with his wonderful wife and their two young sons. He also likes to play golf, and tries his best not to injure himself while playing pickup football and basketball games with much younger players.

Ways to Connect

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What’s the best way to keep your pet tick and flea free? Is pet health insurance worth the cost? We learn about the latest news and advice on caring for our four-legged (or two-legged, or no-legged) family members.

Podcasting

Apr 10, 2018
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There are more than 500,000 active podcasts, and 44 percent of Americans have listened to a podcast. We’ll hear from podcasts about starting a podcast, the best ways to listen to a podcast, and what it takes to start a podcast.

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Toys R Us is closing, Amazon is reporting an astonishing 30 percent increase in net revenue for the most recent quarter and many malls — including the Bangor Mall — face an uncertain future. We’ll hear from an expert on the retail sector about what the changing retail landscape may mean for employment trends and community vitality.

Birding in Maine

Apr 6, 2018
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Broadcast live from the Schoodic Institute.

This year has been declared the “Year of the Bird” to celebrate the passage of the Migratory Bird Treaty. We’ll hear from expert birders about the importance of the Migratory Bird Treaty and why Maine is an ideal spot for birders.

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Have you ever found a skunk in the kitchen? Bats in your attic? As spring approaches and the weather turns warmer, we hear from two experts on creatures big and small about how best to deal with wildlife that may come a little too close for comfort.

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Mariam Jalabi, the representative of the Syrian Opposition Coalition to the United Nations, and University of Maine at Farmington professor Scott Erb join us to discuss the dire situation in Syria and the outlook for the 11 million refugees displaced by the war.

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Our tech experts return to talk about the latest tech news and answer listener questions about smart phones, tablets, smart speakers, online security and more.

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Our favorite car experts return to share the latest news on cars, trucks, SUVs, hybrids and more.

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A new book, “Rise, Decline and Renewal: The Democratic Party in Maine” by Douglas Rooks, explores the story of the Democratic Party in Maine — how it suddenly rose from irrelevance in 1954 with the election of Gov. Ed Muskie and successfully challenged the ruling Republican Party over the next two decades.

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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.

Consumer Fraud

Mar 9, 2018
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It’s Consumer Protection Week. Join us to learn about the latest scams, ways to protect yourself when going online, and where to turn for help if you’re the victim of a scam.

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Live from the Mt. Washington Weather Discovery Center in North Conway:

We travel to the Mt. Washington Weather Discovery Center to discuss the natural systems that create New England’s weather and climate.  We’ll learn about the research and innovative science education programs that take place each day at the Mount Washington observatory--and what it’s like to endure some of the most extreme weather on Earth. This show will tie in with a new short video shot, produced and edited by Brian Bechard.

Guests:  Sharon Schilling, President of the Mt. Washington Observatory

Tom Padham, Meteorologist, Education Specialist at the Mt. Washington Observatory and Night Observer

Eric Kelsey, Director of Research, Mt. Washington Observatory

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Our panel discusses how the arts have a direct impact on Maine's economy – from jobs to tourism to the creative economy. We'll also learn about the new Maine Arts Awards.

Guests: Julie A. Richard, Executive Director, Maine Arts Commission

 

Saskia Reinholt, Reinholt Consulting LLC

 

Larry Rubinstein, president of ArtsEngageME

Intertidal Zones

Feb 21, 2018
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We explore who owns the intertidal zone in Maine. There are currently two cases before the Maine Supreme Court asking this question. Law professor Orlando Delogu has written a book arguing that recent Maine Supreme Court decisions on this matter are wrong. He joins us as well as an attorney who has represented many property owners in this matter.

Guests: Orlando Delogu, Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Maine School of Law; author of Maine's Beaches Are Public Property: The Bell Cases Must Be Reexamined

 

Pete Thaxter, attorney, has represented landowners in seminal cases regarding the intertidal zone

 

Stephen Rappaport, reporter with the The Ellsworth American, has long covered waterfront and fishing issues Downeast, including current debate over rockweed harvesting

Space News

Feb 20, 2018
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The latest news from out of this world.  We’ll preview the NASA launch schedule for 2018 and discuss the role commercial space flight might play in satellite launches and human exploration of space. 

Guests:  Dr. Julie Ziffer, Physics Professor at the University of Southern Maine.  She was part of an international research team that was the first to discover water-ice on an asteroid surface.  The International Astronomical Union recognized her contributions to planetary science by naming asteroid 7909 Ziffer in her honor.

 

Shawn Laatsch, Director of the Emera Astronomy Center & Jordan Planetarium at the University of Maine. He's also the president of the International Planetarium Society, Inc.

 

Jason Crusan, Division Director for NASA's Advanced Exploration Systems.


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