Maine Calling

Monday - Friday, 1 - 2 pm

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 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.

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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.

The Brain-Stomach Connection

Mar 22, 2018


Why do we sometimes eat the entire bag of potato chips instead of just a serving (or two)? Why is it so hard to stick to a diet? We'll hear from two experts on why we eat the way we do, how to eat healthier, and the latest news from the world of good nutrition.

Police Shortage in Maine

Mar 21, 2018

Police departments throughout Maine—and the nation—don't have enough applicants to fill their ranks, putting a lot of stress on existing officers. What are the reasons for the police shortage and what can be done about it?

Inventors in Maine

Mar 20, 2018

What goes into being an inventor? How does someone go from an idea to a real, marketable product? We learn about the step-by-step process of bringing inventions to life, and how the entrepreneurial spirit propels so many Mainers to create novel and useful inventions.

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

The Irish in Maine

Mar 16, 2018

On the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, we discuss the Irish in Maine. Irish immigrants came here at a time of economic and social change in the United States, working as longshoremen, factory workers, brewers and more. By the end of the 19th century, the Irish were an integral part of the Maine social fabric. Our guests include the executive director of the Irish Heritage Center and a well-known historian of the Irish diaspora in Maine.

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.

School Security in Maine

Mar 14, 2018
Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

In the wake of the Parkland school shootings, Maine has seen several school security scares. What kind of safety measures are in place in schools across Maine, and how have administrators, teachers, students and parents reacted to the heightened call for more security?

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.

What are the different kinds of boundaries that affect us as a society? We explore the topic of boundaries, inspired by a current exhibit at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. “Boundaries” is a recent collaborative project between poet Richard Blanco and contemporary landscape photographer Jacob Bond Hessler. Blanco’s poems and Hessler’s photographs together investigate the visible and invisible boundaries of race, gender, class and ethnicity, among others.

Consumer Fraud

Mar 9, 2018

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.

So many issues in the news today center on the question of what age counts as an “adult,” from purchasing a gun to smoking to voting. We explore what factors lead to determining that a young person is an “adult,” including brain development, legal precedents and social mores.

Beth J. Harpaz / Associated Press

It’s the tenth anniversary of Maine Restaurant Week. We’ll learn about different culinary centers in the state, emerging food trends, and what makes Maine such a center of foodie culture.

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

Legislative Update

Mar 5, 2018


A top Republican and top Democratic lawmaker join us to share the latest news from Augusta.  

Guests:  Sen. Amy Volk, R-Scarborough, Assistant Senate Majority Leader

Sen. Nate Libby, D-Lewiston, Assistant Senate Minority Leader