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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Two top-ranking legislative leaders join us to discuss the work still left to be done and the prospects for compromise.

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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. 

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Implicit bias has been in the news a lot lately. It can be defined as attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions and decisions in an unconscious manner. We'll learn how implicit bias manifests itself, and what we can do to better understand our own beliefs.

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Implicit bias has been in the news a lot lately. It can be defined as attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. We'll learn how implicit bias manifests itself--and what we can do to better understand our own beliefs.

Guests: Laura Ligouri, Executive Director & Founder of Mindbridge. Laura is also a lecturer in neuroscience at Bates CollegeSusan K. Gardner, Ph.D., Director of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies & The Rising Tide Center, University of MaineRegina Phillips, University of New England Social Work faculty member. She is also the Westbrook School Department's Grants and Community Engagement Coordinator. Prior to that she managed the City of Portland's Refugee Services program. 

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Secretary of State Matt Dunlap explains how ranked-choice voting will work in the upcoming elections and also discusses election integrity.

We’ll hear from experts and entrepreneurs about ways to bring high-speed internet to all of Maine. This is in advance of the statewide 2018 Maine Broadband Coalition Conference, in which Maine communities and national experts will share lessons learned to date, look at new ways for solving shared challenges, and identify what’s next for broadband funding and policy in Maine.

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University of Maine experts discuss the relationship between humans and forests, including environmental attitudes and behaviors. We will also discuss how the forests have changed in the past few decades.

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One hundred years ago, the Spanish flu pandemic infected 500 million people worldwide — about one-third of the planet’s population — and killed an estimated 20 million-50 million victims, including some 675,000 Americans. Author Ken Davis join us to talk about the history and repercussions of this pandemic, as captured in his newest book.

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Two former ambassadors join us to discuss the war in Afghanistan and other current events in the Middle East and around the world.

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The host of NPR and WBUR's "Only A Game" since the program began in 1993, Bill joins us to talk about the latest news from the world of sports and the intersection of sports and storytelling.

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Maine Calling is not live today; no calls will be taken.

It's Super Thursday! We listen back to excerpts from a few of our recent favorite Maine Calling episodes.

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Maine’s own "holler folk" band, Ghost of Paul Revere, joins us to discuss their new album, life on the road, and making it onto the national music scene.  They made their national debut in January on "Conan."

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The situation in Augusta is tense as House Republicans and House Democrats fail to find common ground. We hope to have leaders from each side join us to discuss their differences and how the issues still to be decided might be resolved.

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The inaugural Abbe Museum Indian Market takes place in Bar Harbor May 18-20. The market will support Wabanaki artists and the local community. We’ll discuss the art of the Wabanaki, its effect on the local economy and learn about events taking place to celebrate the inaugural event.

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