Maine Calling

Monday-Friday, 1 - 2 p.m.

Maine Calling is an interactive radio program hosted by Jennifer Rooks and News Director 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 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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Suicide Prevention

14 hours ago

Suicide was the second leading cause of death in Maine and the United States among adolescents aged 10-24 and adults aged 25-34 from 2012-2014. Suicide was the fourth leading cause of death among adults in Maine and the United States aged 35-54 from 2012-2014. Our panel discusses ways to increase awareness about suicide prevention, improve access to preventive and intervention services, and how to reduce suicide in Maine.

Guests:  Jenna Mehnert, MSW, Executive Director of National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Preventing Falls

Sep 21, 2017

September 22nd is the first day of fall--and it's Fall Prevention Awareness Day.  According to the National Council on Aging, falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls result in more than 2.8 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 800,000 hospitalizations and more than 27,000 deaths.  But, experts say, falling is not an inevitable result of aging.  We’ll discuss practical and evidence-based fall prevention, and look at resources available in Maine.

Opioid Crisis in Maine

Sep 20, 2017

Despite expanded treatment options and greater availability of Narcan, Maine's opioid death rate remains shockingly high - with an average of one overdose death per day in the state.  We examine why and what can--and needs--to be done.

Guests:  Dr. Jonathan Fellers, Assistant Clinical Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine; Medical Director, Integrated Medication-Assisted Treatment, Maine Medical Center / Maine Medical Partners / Maine Behavioral Health

Michael Sauschuck, Portland Police Chief

Emergency Preparedness

Sep 19, 2017

The recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida remind us about the importance of being prepared for a disaster.  With winter approaching, we turn to experts to get tips on how best to prepare for an emergency.

Guests:  Susan Faloon, Special Projects Coordinator/Public Information Officer, Maine Emergency Management Agency

Gail N. Rice, Lead Analyst, Corporate Communications, AvanGrid (Central Maine Power)

Larry French, Disaster Program Manager, Maine Red Cross

It’s not just the West Coast that should be worried about the potential devastation of an earthquake.  Acclaimed science journalist Kathryn Miles explains how humans have been making enormous changes to subterranean America, and why these could induce an earthquake in places we have

n’t imagined or expected.

Guest: Kathryn Miles, is the author of Superstorm: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy.

The Vietnam War

Sep 15, 2017

Ret. Gen. Libby and Philip Caputo, author of A Rumor of War, join us to discuss how the Vietnam War changes us--as a nation and as individuals--and how it changes the U.S. military.  We will also discuss the highly anticipated Ken Burns PBS Vietnam documentary--which begins airing this weekend.

Second Acts for Boomers

Sep 14, 2017

Many Baby Boomers are transitioning from "primary" careers to a different path. We’ll discuss ways to start a second career and what Boomers taking on second acts could mean for Maine’s aging workforce.

Guests: Barbara Babkirk, Master Career Counselor and founder of Heart At Work Associates; founder of The Boomer Institute, which aims to bring together Maine’s for-profit and non-profit employers and experienced workers for mutual benefit

Jane Margesson, Director of Communications and Media Relations, AARP Maine

Substitute Teaching

Sep 13, 2017

Award-winning author Nicholson Baker spent parts of a semester as a substitute teacher in Maine. He chronicles his experiences in his bestselling book, which is just out in paperback.  This is from the NY Times review of Substitute: “Baker’s book may be the most revealing depiction of the contemporary American classroom that we have to date.”

Equifax and Personal Credit & Finance

Sep 12, 2017

As news of the massive Equifax cyberattack continues to reverberate, we have the author of the new book, “Creditworthy” join us  to discuss the hack, the history of credit and why it is so important in today’s world.  Two personal finance experts will also join our conversation to answer listener questions about personal credit and finance.

Services for Immigrants & Refugees in Maine

Sep 11, 2017

What services are in place to empower immigrants and refugees once they come to Maine? Many of these newer arrivals thrive once they are connected to job skills, health care services, language instruction and basic cultural guidance.

Guests: Holly Lasagna, Health Promotion Manager at Healthy Androscoggin Alain J Nahimana, Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center (GPIWC), Interim Executive DirectorJulia Trujillo Luengo, director, Office of Economic Opportunity, City of Portland 

Sports Medicine

Sep 8, 2017

Participating in sports has many benefits for kids – from physical fitness, to learning life lessons of teamwork and perseverance.  But there’s increasing pressure for kids to specialize in sports at younger and younger ages – as many parents hope for college scholarships. New evidence shows that early specialization increases the risk of injury, and now a number of leading pediatric medical groups are advising against it (with some exceptions). We’ll discuss this trend in youth sports, plus new information about concussions and kids.

The Role of Higher Education

Sep 7, 2017

Is a bachelor’s degree worth the money?  What role should humanities play in higher education?  And do colleges and universities actually contribute to the common good? We discuss the book For the Common Good: A New History of Higher Education in America, by Charles Dorn.

Technology News

Sep 6, 2017

Our computer experts return to talk the latest news on whether you really need to change your password every 30 days, offer tips on back-to-school tech needs, and to preview the upcoming release of the new iPhones.

Guests:  Jared Maxfield, owner of Necessary Technology

Andrew Rosenstein, owner of TechPort

Janet McKenney, Director of Library Development, Maine State Library

National Political Update

Sep 5, 2017

The latest news out of our nation’s capital. We’ll discuss the response to Hurricane Harvey, the president’s suggestion that he might cause a government shut-down, and the latest on tax reform and Obamacare repeal.

Guests:  Dante Chinni, Director of the American Communities Project at George Washington University; he writes the Politics Counts blog for The Wall Street Journal

"Tides: The Science & Spirit of the Ocean"

Sep 4, 2017

This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (June 21); no calls will be taken.