Maine Calling

Monday - Friday, 1 - 2 pm

Maine Calling is an interactive radio program hosted by Jennifer Rooks and Keith Shortall. Maine Calling is produced by Jonathan Smith, Cindy Han and Jennifer Rooks.

Airing live Monday through Friday from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., rebroadcast at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. on Fridays), and anytime online, the show brings interesting conversations on a wide variety of topics to the people of Maine.

Maine Public listeners are strongly encouraged to participate in the program.

Maine Calling's calendar of upcoming shows appears below. If you do not see the calendar, please refresh your page or click here.

THANK YOU to all of the musicians, performers and composers out there who submitted some exceptional music! We received over 350 entries and had a very difficult time narrowing down the field to a final selection. Any number of the entries would have represented Maine Calling very well and have given the show an exciting and updated feel.

We are very pleased to announce that we have selected a musical piece submitted by Mike Jandreau.

Mike grew up in Aroostook County, attended the University of Maine, and currently resides in Bangor with his wife, young son, and a cat. He is a graphic designer and web developer currently working at Colby College.

Maine Calling theme song winner Mike Jandreau.

In his spare time, Mike draws, writes music, studies astronomy, and builds a variety of items including guitars and furniture. AND he writes the winning Maine Calling theme song! Congrats to Mike and we hope to debut the new Maine Calling theme song starting this June.

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Water Safety: What To Watch For in Maine

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According to the American Safety Council, drowning is the second leading cause of death for people ages 5-24. Many people in Maine — even those who live by the ocean, lakes and ponds — don’t know how to swim. We’ll get tips on water safety, from learning to swim to best boating practices to the dangers unique to the ocean, lakes or rivers.

Tech Talk: Latest Technology News & Advice

Jul 18, 2018
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Our favorite tech experts return after a long hiatus to share the latest news from the world of high-tech gadgets. They’ll also answer listener questions about smartphones, tablets, home networking and smart speakers.

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
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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. 

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We discuss summer driving, autonomous driving, and other news from the world of cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs.

John Paul, AAA Northeast Car Doctor, joins us. He has more than 30 years of experience in the automobile industry and is an ASE-Certified Master Technician.

 

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A Bangor Daily News reporter spent the past few months researching the work of sober houses in Maine. These are residential homes aimed at helping people in recovery from an addiction stay sober. We’ll learn how sober houses aim to provide a safe environment, who their clients tend to be, feedback from communities in which they appear, and what regulations, if any, they are subject to.

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We’ll learn about Registered Maine Guides – the history of this program, what it takes to become a guide, and what it’s like to lead people on guided trips, whether it’s hunting, fishing or simply exploring Maine’s many wild places.

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We know a great deal about famous people, great historical architecture and important past events, but we are also surrounded by common, everyday places that represent history. But these ordinary things are in danger of becoming forgotten. Learn about common clues to the past that are all around us, how to read them and what we find in our own backyards.  

Exercise and Mental Health: How Do They Correlate?

Jul 9, 2018
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For years scientists and researchers have been extolling the benefits of exercise to our physical well being. Now they are discovering the positive impacts physical activity has on mental health.  We’ll discuss ways to get more exercise into your life and how it can help you feel better—both physically and psychologically.

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This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (June 1st); no calls will be taken.

One of our most popular programs—what to read this summer! Our all-star cast shares the books they’ve read recently and are looking forward to reading this summer.  

Guests:  Richard Russo, author of eight novels, including Empire Falls, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2002. His new book is The Destiny Thief—Essays on Writing, Writers and Life.Josh Bodwell, Executive Director of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. He’s the series editor of a three-volume relaunch of the collected short stories and novellas of Andre Dubus. The first two volumes were released on June 20. Richard Russo wrote the introduction to Volume 2.Kate Christensen, author of seven novels, including The Great Man, which won the 2008 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction, and soon to be released The Last Cruise. She’s the author of two food-centric memoirs, Blue Plate Special and How to Cook a Moose, which won the 2016 Maine Literary Award for Memoir.Terri-Lynne DeFino, author of The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers (And Their Muses). [VIP caller]Emily Connelly, editorial assistant with AudioFile Magazine

  • “Natural Causes: An Epidemic of Wellness, the Certainty of Dying, and Killing Ourselves to Live Longer,” by Barbara Ehrenreich
  • “House of Broken Angels,” by Luis Alberto Urea
  • “The Last Cruise,” by Kate Christensen
  • "Sunburn," by Laura Lippman
  • "The Devil's Highway," by Luis Alberto Urrea
  • "Trajectory," by Richard Russo
  • “Moby Dick,” by Herman Melville
  • “Kudos,” by Rachel Cusk, the final book in her "Outline" trilogy.
  • “Sick,” by Porochista Khakpour
  • “My Ex-Life,” by Stephen McCauley
  • In Honor Of Father’s Day, June 17: “When I First Held You: 22 Critically Acclaimed Writers Talk About the Triumphs, Challenges, and Transformative Experience of Fatherhood,” edited by Brian Gresko
  • The. Best. (So Far In 2018): “Anything Is Possible,” by Elizabeth Strout
  • Must-Reads For Writers: “Draft No. 4,” by John McPhee and “The Destiny Thief: Essays on Writing, Writers, and Life,” by Richard Russo
  • Must-Read For Readers: “The Book: An Homage,” by Burkhard Spinnen
  • Read Before You See The Movie This Summer: “The Bookshop,” by Penelope Fitzgerald, “Wildlife,” by Richard Ford and “Lean on Pete,” by Willy Vlautin
  • In Celebration Of National Short Story Month, May: “Varieties of Exile” and “Paris Stories,” both by Mavis Gallant and “So Long: Stories 1987-1992” and “Where I Live Now: Stories 1993-1998,” both by Lucia Berlin
  • To-Be-Read This Summer: “The Last Cruise,” by Kate Christensen, “The Fact of a Body,” by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, “The Burning Girl,” by Claire Messud and “Little Fires Everywhere,” by Celeste Ng
  • "All the Ever Afters," by Danielle Teller
  • "This Dark Road to Mercy" and "The Last Ballad," both by Wiley Cash
     
  • AudioFile Sync summer audiobook program
  • "Lincoln in the Bardo," by George Saunders
  • "Children of Blood and Bone," by Tomi Adeyemi
  • "Give Me Some Truth," by Eric Gansworth
  • "The Hate You Give," by Angie Thomas
  • "Born a Crime," by Trevor Noah
  • "The Dublin Murder Squad Mysteries," by Tana French
  • "Circe," by Madeline Miller
  • Island Readers and Writers lists
  • Rockport Public Library book sale
  • George Guidall event at the Patten Free Library in Bath
  • "Florida," Lauren Groff
  • "Turtles All The Way Down," John Green
  • "Jabari Jumps," by Gaia Cornwall
  • "A Gentleman in Moscow," by Amor Towles
  • "Lost Empress," by Sergio De La Pava
  • "The Overstory," by Richard Powers
  • "The Fun Mover Chronicles," by Tim Fahey
  • "The Stand," by Stephen King
  • "Vacationland," by John Hodgman
  • "Stranded: A Story of Frontier Survival," by Matthew Mayo
  • "White Pine: American History and the Tree that Made a Nation," by Andrew Vietze
  • "Trap the Devil," by Ben Coes
  • "Voting Down the Rose: Florence Brooks Whitehouse and Maine's Fight for Woman Suffrage," by Anne B. Gass
  • "Beyond the Road," by Jt Curran
  • "The Believing Brain," by Michael Shermer
  • "Calypso," by David Sedaris
  • "The Swan Thieves," by Elizabeth Kostova
  • "Camulod Chronicles Series," by Jack Whyte
  • "Call Me American," by Abdi Nor Iftin
  • "When We Were the Kennedys," by Monica Wood
  • "Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro," by Rachel Slade
  • "Waking Lions," by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
  • Jen Blood's K-9 series

 

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What does it take to raise backyard chickens? We’ll learn about the steps and equipment involved, health and safety issues, and what benefits and challenges arise from having chickens. Fresh eggs anyone? 

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This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (May 29th original air date); no calls will be taken.

The Travis Mills Foundation and Retreat is a nonprofit organization, formed to benefit and assist wounded and injured veterans and their families. We’ll speak with Mills and program director Kelly McGaughey about the work the foundation and retreat does to inspire wounded servicemen, women and their families. They’ll discuss how they help wounded veterans realize they can overcome their physical obstacles and emotional challenges and find purpose by staying the course through their recovery and beyond. We’ll also hear about the 6th annual Miles for Mills 5K.

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Maine offers a wide variety of biking opportunities: From wilderness trails to island rides to easy family paths. We'll learn about where to go, rules of the road, safety considerations, equipment and more.

Fire Safety: Preventing Summer Fire Hazards

Jul 2, 2018
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With Fourth of July two days away, we check in with the Maine State Fire Marshal and a Forest Ranger Specialist to learn how to stay fire-safe this summer. We’ll discuss how high the fire danger is this summer, and how to handle fireworks safely. We’ll also get an update on the best smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and other home safety devices and measures.

Month in Review: Maine News Headlines from the Month of June

Jun 29, 2018
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Our panel of editorial page editors returns to discuss what made Maine headlines in June. What was – and wasn’t – accomplished at the special session? What’s the reaction to ranked choice voting and the primary elections? 

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