Maine Calling

Monday-Friday, 1 - 2 p.m.

Maine Calling is an interactive radio program hosted by Maine Public Radio News Director Keith Shortall and Public Affairs Host Jennifer Rooks and produced by Jonathan Smith and Cindy Han.

Airing live Monday through Friday from 1:00 to 2:00 pm, rebroadcast at 8 pm (7 pm 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.

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International Affairs

Jul 21, 2017

A panel of diplomats and scholars joins us to discuss the Trump Doctrine and the latest events from around the world.


Larry Pope, former U.S. Ambassador to Chad and U.S. Charge d'Affaires to Libya

Barbara Elias Klenner, Bowdoin College, Assistant Professor of Government

Diane Rehm

Jul 20, 2017

The former NPR talk show host catches us up on her podcast, her new book, and what she thinks of the state of politics and journalism.


Diane Rehm was host of the award-winning "Diane Rehm Show" for more than 30 years.

The Maine Camp Tradition

Jul 19, 2017

All jokes aside, it's truly a Maine thing to go "upta camp." How did the tradition start? And what does it look like today? We'll learn the history and the future of the Maine camp tradition.

Guests: Bernard Fishman, director, Maine State Museum

Tom Landry, real estate agent based in Portland

Governor LePage has vetoed the solar energy bill that passed by a wide margin in the legislature.  The bill would keep “net metering” incentives in place, gradually reducing them over time, and it would lift the cap on the number of people involved in community solar farms   The legislature will likely vote on whether to override the Governor’s veto on Thursday.

Guests:  John Carroll/ Director of Communications for Iberdrola USA/CMP

Fortunat Mueller/ Co-Founder and Managing Partner of ReVision Energy

Food Sovereignty

Jul 17, 2017

Maine has a new law that allows towns to regulate local food production without requiring state and federal rules.  We’ll learn what this means for Mainers and how it ties into the national food sovereignty movement.  (Augusta studio)

Guests:  Richard King, co-owner of Goat Spirit Farm in Liberty.

Heather Retberg, co-owner of Quill's End Farm in Penobscot.

Rep. Craig Hickman, (D) Winthrop

Calling in: Jessie Dowling, President, Maine Cheese Guild

Veterinary Care

Jul 14, 2017

Pet care is big business.  We’ll hear from two veterinarians about how best to care for Fido or Fifi and get answers to your questions about keeping the furry family favorite happy and healthy -- especially in the summertime.

Guests:  Dr. Ezra Steinberg, Surgeon, Maine Veterinary Medical Center

Dr. Ginger Browne Johnson, Owner of the Veterinary and Rehabilitation Center of Cape Elizabeth


Jul 13, 2017

Our experts answers your questions about how best to make your garden grow.

Guests:  Barbara Murphy – Coordinator for Gardeners for Growing Healthy Communities

William Cullina – Executive Director of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Tech Talk

Jul 12, 2017

Our tech experts return to answer your personal computing questions. They will also explain what a Virtual Private Network is, why you might want to set one up in your home, and how to do it.

Guests: Jared Maxfield, Owner of Necessary Technology

Janet McKenney, Director of Library Development, Maine State Library

Andrew Rosenstein, Owner of Techport

Automotive News

Jul 11, 2017

Summer driving season is underway.  We'll get safe driving tips and learn about the latest hybrid and electric cars. 

Guests: Jamie Page Deaton, automotive editor for U.S. News & World Report

John Paul, AAA's Car Doctor and Senior Manager of Public Affairs for AAA Northeast

News from Space

Jul 10, 2017

From the upcoming total solar eclipse to the latest news from private space launches, we’ll check in with our amateur and professional astronomers for what to look for up in the sky in the coming weeks.

Guests:  Edward Gleason, University of Southern Maine Planetarium Manager

Shawn Laatsch, Director, Emera Astronomy Center & Jordon Planetarium, UMaine

Bernie Reim, author of the monthly astronomy column in the Portland Press Herald and an astronomy lab instructor at the University of Southern Maine

Summer Movies

Jul 7, 2017

If it’s summertime, it’s time for big-budget Hollywood blockbusters.  Our experts weigh in on which summer movies are worth the price of admission, and which are better seen on the small screen.

Guests:  Clare Kramer, American actress and co-founder of GeekNation.  She hosts the podcast "Take Five with Clare Kramer."

Garen Daly, award-winning film critic, programmer & consultant. Founder of the Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival and @FrugalYankee.  Creative Consultant for the Eveningstar Cinema, Brunswick ME

Personality Disorders

Jul 6, 2017

Two psychiatric experts discuss the range of personality disorders that affect young people to adults, including how to recognize and treat them, and how to differentiate between personality and temperament.

Guests: Dr. Robyn Ostrander, Interim Chief of Psychiatry, Maine Medical Center

Dr. Dan Price, Director, General Psychiatry Residency, Maine Medical Center

Maine Budget Update

Jul 5, 2017

Now that the state has ended the government shutdown, we’ll discuss the ins and outs of the budget compromise and what's in store for the future.

Guests:  Mal Leary, Maine Public Political Correspondent

Sarah Gideon, Speaker of the House (D-Freeport)

Mike Thibodeau, Senate President (R-Waldo)

Retiring to the Farm

Jul 4, 2017

This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show; no calls will be taken.

A retired professor lives off the grid at a self-sufficient farm and helps preserve wildlife habitat. Why did he choose to live such a remote and back-to-the-land lifestyle, and how does he pull it off? He addresses everything from white-tailed deer habitat to canning and preserving to solar energy.

Guest:  Prof. John Twomey, retired University of Massachusetts professor, living in Montville

American History with Kenneth Davis

Jul 3, 2017

One of our favorite guests joins us to talk about unknown and overlooked parts of American history. He'll explain why we came close to celebrating July 2 as the founding of the country, and enlighten us about other highly partisan times in our nation's past.  

Guest:  Kenneth C. Davis is the bestselling author of Don’t Know Much About History and other books in the Don’t Know Much About series.