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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Appalachian Trail

15 hours ago

At more than 2,000 miles, hiking the Appalachian trail is a daunting undertaking.  The Appalachian Trail Conservancy reports that only one in four who set off on the journey actually complete it.  What's it take to hike the A.T? We'll hear from the two hikers selected by Maine Public to hike the A.T. this summer (and test out the Maine Public App).  We'll also hear from experts with the Maine Appalachian Trail club to learn about its history, its upkeep, and what casual hikers should know about the trail.

World War I

Mar 29, 2017

The Centennial of World War I: April 6 marks the centennial of the United States' entry into The Great War.  The parallels between then and now, in terms of political issues, rhetoric and dialogue, are striking.  We’ll hear from historians about the War to End All Wars and why this poorly understood war has great relevance to today’s world.

Social Media

Mar 28, 2017

From Facebook and Twitter to Instagram and Snapchat, there are a myriad of social media platforms that can help businesses and individuals communicate.  But which platforms are right for you?  Experts weigh in on how to measure social media engagement and answer questions about the value – and pitfalls – of today’s social media.

Guests:  Clare Kramer, CEO of, a collaboration of several Hollywood actors, writers, producers and directors to provide quality content.

Later School Start Time

Mar 27, 2017

Two bills before the Maine legislature would mandate a later start time for high school students throughout the state.  A handful of other states are considering similar laws.  There is building evidence that later school start times improve student’s health and ability to learn. But some rural districts–with long bus routes -  are concerned that a statewide mandate would be too restrictive.  We’ll discuss the pros and cons of adjusting high school hours.

Guests: Dick Durost, executive director, Maine Principals' Association

Automotive News

Mar 24, 2017

Elon Musk looks to raise a few hundred million more to get his ‘electric car for the masses’ on the road.  The Administration vows to roll back MPG standards.  We’ll discuss the latest developments from the world of cars, trucks and SUVs, including the best way to defog your car windows.

Guests: Jamie Page Deaton, Automotive Editor for U.S. News & World Report

John Paul, Master Mechanic and Senior Manager, Public Affairs, AAA Northeast

Refugee Resettlement in Maine

Mar 23, 2017

Catholic Charities Maine Refugee and Immigrant Services has resettled more than 12,000 refugees in the past 30 years. With refugees continuing to arrive in our state from countries like Sudan, Iran and Syria, what is the process of bringing them into Maine, and how do they get started with their new lives here? Maine’s leaders in refugee resettlement will address the many steps involved, from the vetting process to learning English to finding employment and schooling.

Eating Disorders

Mar 17, 2017

According to the National Eating Disorders Association – NEDA - National surveys estimate that 20 million women and 10 million men in America will have an eating disorder at some point in their lives.  Bulimia, anorexia nervosa and binge eating are among the many eating disorders that can seriously affect sufferers – who are often young women, but also men.  What are the symptoms, risks and treatments for these disorders?

Guests: Patrice Lockhart, Medical Director of the New England Eating Disorders Program at Sweetser

Maple Syrup Production

Mar 16, 2017

What is the status of Maine's maple syrup industry? How is the quality and volume of syrup from our state, and are changes in climate affecting the outlook for the future? How are producers adjusting their techniques and plans? And how is Maine's maple syrup viewed by the rest of the world?

Guests:  Kathryn Hopkins, Extension Professor, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Lyle Merrifield, maple syrup producer and the president of the Maine Maple Producers

Tax Preparation

Mar 15, 2017

Tax Day is a month away.  We get advice from tax professionals on recent changes to the tax code, legal concerns, and answers to your tax preparation questions. They'll also offer advice on financial planning for the future.

Guests:  Rebecca Carrier, tax attorney and principal with CCS Professionals, a tax and accounting firm based in Portland

Sean P. Riley, Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., based in Falmouth

Science Literacy

Mar 14, 2017

There has been a growing emphasis in encouraging young people to pursue STEM fields, yet both students and adults often have only a passing understanding and interest in science—from social sciences to physics to medicine.  How can we build “science literacy” and passion throughout our society?

Guests:  Kate Dickerson, Maine Science Festival director

Krista Tippett: "Becoming Wise"

Mar 13, 2017

Krista Tippett, the Peabody Award-winning journalist and host of ‘On Being,’ joins us to discuss her best-selling book which is an “inquiry into the mystery and art of living.” (via ISDN) 

Women in Maine's Beer Industry

Mar 10, 2017

We all know that Maine is a hotbed for craft brewing, but you may not realize the growing role women play in the Maine beer scene, from brewing to business to spreading the word about Maine’s breweries.  We’ll hear from women on the front lines of the burgeoning beer brewing bonanza in Maine. 

Guests:  Kate Cone, freelance writer and author of “What’s Brewing in New England: A Guide to Brewpubs and Microbreweries.”

Lisa Kellindorfer, assistant brewer at Austin Street Brewing in Portland.

"How Emotions Are Made"

Mar 9, 2017

Scientists used to believe that emotions were hard-wired into the brain.  Barrett offers a new theory on how the brain constructs emotions and explains how a new understanding of emotions could "revolutionize psychology, health care, law enforcement, and our understanding of the human mind.” 

Tech News & Advice

Mar 8, 2017

The latest news from the world of high-tech: Apple is rumored to have a VR phone in the works. They have also announced their first foray into original content programming. We’ll also discuss home assistants, tablets and laptop replacement options. 

Guests:  Jared Maxfield, owner of Necessary Technology

Andrew Rosenstein, owner of Techport

Janet McKenney, Director of Library Development, Maine State Library

North Pond Hermit

Mar 7, 2017

The Stranger in the Woods, by Michael Finkel, is the story of the North Pond hermit, as told by the only journalist to speak with the man who went almost three decades living in the woods of northern Maine and who subsisted on food and supplies he’d steal from nearby residents.

Guest: Michael Finkel is the author of True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa, which was adapted into a 2015 major motion picture.  He has written for National Geographic, GQ, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Vanity Fair, the Atlantic and The New York Times.