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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Live & Work in Maine

16 minutes ago

With Maine’s unemployment rate falling – it’s now 3.2% - Maine companies are having a hard time finding qualified employees.  There’s now a concerted effort to recruit more young people to move to Maine and build their careers and lives here.  Last month, some companies event took to the road, taking a bus to Boston to recruit potential employees! 

Guests: Ed McKersie - Founder and President of Pro Search, Inc., Founder and President of LiveandWorkinMaine LLC, a state wide initiative launched in November 2015 to increase awareness of career opportunities here in Maine.

"Adulting" Skills

Apr 12, 2017

There is a growing effort to offer instruction in basic life skills – often to young people who have gaps in their knowledge of how to navigate the adult world, from managing personal finances to cooking & cleaning to writing letters. Sometimes those who are older need help with skills as well. “Adulting” schools and classes are surfacing to address these needs.
Guests: Rachel Weinstein, Co-founder of The Adulting School and psychotherapist in Portland
Stacy Stewart, Coordinator of Career Services at University of Southern Maine

Maine's First District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree joins us to discuss the latest news out of Washington.

Transgender Life

Apr 10, 2017

Transgender rights are very much in the news right now, but the challenges facing transgender people include much more than bathroom access.  We’ll talk with transgender adults about navigating life in Maine in 2017 – what has changed for them, and what has not.  One of our guests hosts a transgender issues program on Community Television and has just written a book about being a transgender man and a Christian, and another is a Maine business owner who identifies as neither a man or woman.

Summer Job Market

Apr 7, 2017

As summer approaches, many Maine businesses are on the hunt for part-time or temporary help.  But Maine’s low unemployment rate and the tightening of the H1B visa program are making it a challenge for businesses to find workers. We’ll hear from the Maine Department of Labor as well from leaders of the Maine Tourism and Restaurant and Innkeeper’s associations about the challenges – and opportunities – facing Maine Businesses.

Guests:  Julie Rabinowitz, Director of Policy, Operations and Communication, Maine Department of Labor

Shoemaking in Maine

Apr 6, 2017

From L.L. Bean and its iconic duck boots, to the relationship between New Balance and the U.S. military (not to mention Bass Weejuns and Dexter shoe), Maine shoemakers have a long and storied history. At its height, the Maine shoe sector employed 50,000 people. We’ll discuss the past, present and future of shoemaking in Maine.

Guests: Rachel Desgrosseiliers, executive director, Museum L-A, in Lewiston

Mike Rancourt, co-founder Rancourt & Co. in Lewiston

Jack Samson, LL Bean's VP of manufacturing and fulfillment

National Political Analysis

Apr 5, 2017

The investigations into Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election continues; the Neil Gorsuch supreme court nomination sets up a potential 'nuclear option;' and repealing and replacing Obamacare is dead - or is it? We'll discuss the latest news from the nation's capital.

Guests:  Ron Schmidt, professor of Political Science at University of Southern Maine

Jamie McKown, political science professor, College of the Atlantic

Stephen Engel, chair of Bates College politics department

Maine Women's History

Apr 4, 2017

We examine the role of Maine women in the fight for social change – from voting rights to issues in today’s headlines.  We’ll also discuss the experience of Franco-American women in the state and hear from an organizer trying to revive the Equal Rights Amendment. 

Guests: Rhea Cote Robbins, Director of the Franco-American Women's Institute

Eliza Townsend, Executive Director of the Maine Women's Lobby.

Maine Legislative Update

Apr 3, 2017

The latest news out of Augusta: We’ll speak to leaders from both sides of the aisle as the legislative session continues to address the budget, taxes, the opioid crisis, and more.

Guests: Sen. Andre Cushing, R-Newport, assistant Senate majority leader

Rep. Jared Golden, D- Lewiston, assistant House majority Leader

Maine Legislative Update

Apr 3, 2017

The latest news out of Augusta. We’ll speak to leaders from both sides of the aisle as the legislative session continues to address the budget, taxes, the opioid crisis, and more.


Sen. Andre Cushing, R-Newport, assistant Senate majority leader

Rep. Jared Golden, D- Lewiston, assistant House majority Leader

Month in Review

Mar 31, 2017

Our panel discusses the latest news out of Augusta, as well as the pressure Maine Senators Collins and King are under to push back against the Trump administration.  We will also discuss other state, national and international news of interest.

Guests: Kathleen Fleury, Editor-in-Chief, Down East Magazine

Greg Kesich, Editorial Page Editor, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram

Steve Mistler, Chief Political Correspondent, State House Bureau Chief, Maine Public

Appalachian Trail

Mar 30, 2017

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