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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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

Movies: Oscar Preview

Mar 2, 2018

Which film will win best picture? Which actress or actor will make the best acceptance speech? We’ll preview the Academy Awards and get listener feedback on movies worth watching.

Guests:  Mary Pols, features writer for the Portland Press Herald; former film critic for Time.

Sam Mercer, general manager for Nickelodeon Cinemas in Portland

Occupational Therapy

Mar 1, 2018

The role of occupational therapy has grown a great deal over the past couple decades. Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities participate fully in school, helping people recovering from injury regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.

Guests:  Diane Sauter-Davis, MA, OTR/L FAOTA, Program Director, Kennebec Valley Community College

Kathy Adams, OTR/L, ATP/Director at Maine CITE Coordinating Center

Jessica Bolduc, President, Maine Occupational Therapy Association

Month in Review

Feb 28, 2018

Our panel of editorial page editors discusses the top Maine stories from February.

Guests:  Susan Young, editorial page editor for the Bangor Daily News

Greg Kesich, editorial page editor for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram

Ben Bragdon, editorial page editor for the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel

Palliative Care

Feb 27, 2018


Palliative care aims to provide patients with serious illnesses relief and comfort—but it’s not the same as hospice care. Surveys suggest that tens of thousands of Americans would benefit from this medical specialty.  Learn more about what palliative care does for patients and their families.

Guests: Robin Hirsh-Wright, MSW, LCSW, Director of Palliative Care Service Line , VNA Home Health Hospice in South Portland

Vanessa Little, palliative care specialist, Mount Desert Island Hospital

Isabella Stumpf, Division Director of Palliative Medicine at Maine Medical Center

Wilderness Safety

Feb 26, 2018

If you like to spend time exploring the wild areas of Maine, what do you need to know to keep yourself safe?  If you were lost, could you survive?  Join us to discover some important basics from two wilderness safety instructors and a Maine game warden.

Guests: Adam Williams, M.S., NREMT Assistant Director of the Outdoor Adventure Center, Unity College

Laurie Gullion, Associate Clinical Professor Outdoor Education/UNH, Dept. of Kinesiology

 Sgt. Tim Spahr, Maine game warden