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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Debate: Ballot Question 5

Oct 21, 2016

YOUR VOTE 2016 - BALLOT QUESTION 5 - We host a debate on Ballot Question 5 - An act to establish ranked-choice voting (live from our Lewiston studio)

Guests: Representing Yes on Question 5 - Kyle Bailey, Campaign Manager of the Committee for Ranked Choice Voting  

Representing No on Question 5 - Rep. Heather Sirocki of Scarborough  

This video from Minnesota Public Radio offers a clever explanation of how ranked choice voting works: Click here to view the video.

Debate: Ballot Question 4

Oct 20, 2016

YOUR VOTE 2016 - BALLOT QUESTION 4 - We host a debate on Ballot Question 4 - an act to raise the minimum wage (live from our Lewiston studio)


Representing No on Question 4 - Greg Dugal, Executive Director of Maine Restaurant Association & Maine Innkeepers

Representing Yes on Question 4 - Mike Tipping, communications director for Mainers for Fair Wages

Senator George Mitchell

Oct 19, 2016

Senator George Mitchell joins us to share his thoughts on the situation in Syria, the race for the White House and other national and world events.


George Mitchell, Former Senate majority leader; negotiator of Northern Ireland peace accord; author of Major League Baseball’s Mitchell report about performing enhancing substances; author of five books – the most recent is ‘The Negotiator: A Memoir.’

Debate: Ballot Question 3

Oct 18, 2016

YOUR VOTE 2016 - BALLOT QUESTION 3 - We host a debate on Ballot Question 3 - An act to require background checks for gun sales (live from our Lewiston studio).


Representing No on Question 3 - David Trahan, Executive Director of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine 

Representing Yes on Question 3 - Bobby Reynolds, Deputy Campaign Manager of Mainers for Responsible Gun Ownership

Debate: Ballot Question 2

Oct 17, 2016

YOUR VOTE 2016 - BALLOT QUESTION 2 - We host a debate on Ballot Question 2 - An act to establish the fund to advance public kindergarten to grade 12 education. (Live from our Lewiston studio)


Representing No on Question 2 - Ed Cervone, Executive Director of Educate Maine.

Representing Yes on Question 2 - John Kosinski, Campaign Manager for The Stand Up for Students Initiative

Home Winterization

Oct 14, 2016

Our experts discuss strategies for saving money on home energy costs this winter – and help listeners figure out what might be right for their home.  We’ll look at newer technologies, including heat pumps – which are becoming wildly popular in Maine - and simple low-cost solutions.

Guests: Dana Fischer, Efficiency Maine Residential Program Manager

Richard Riegel Burbank, President & CEO of Evergreen Home Performance, LLC

Tux Turkel, Staff Writer for the Portland Press Herald

The Future of Recycling

Oct 13, 2016

Ever-increasing demand for dealing with compost, plastic bags and other trash call for new methods and approaches to recycling across Maine.

Guests: Kevin Roche, CEO of Ecomaine

Shelby Wright, Maine Resource Recovery Association

Tyler Frank, founder of Garbage to Garden

Homelessness: Finding Solutions

Oct 12, 2016

Despite discouraging news headlines about homelessness, some innovative Maine organizations have had meaningful success in reducing homelessness and improving the lives of the homeless population.  We’ll learn about these solutions and what it would take to expand them.

Guests:  Mark Swann, executive director of Preble Street in Portland

Stephanie Primm, executive director of Hospitality House in Rockland

Breast Cancer

Oct 11, 2016

One in eight women in this country will develop invasive breast cancer over her lifetime. October is breast cancer awareness month.   We’ll discuss the most recent developments in treating the disease, the benefits and drawbacks of genetic testing, and the support services that exist in Maine.

Guests: Dr. Paige Teller, Co-director Breast Care Center, Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute

Karen Page, Cancer Resource Coordinator, Dempsey Center

2nd Presidential Debate: Analysis

Oct 10, 2016

We'll have post-debate commentary after the second Presidential Debate on October 9th in St. Louis.


-Jeanne Cummings, Political Editor for the Wall Street Journal
-Ronald J. Schmidt, Jr., Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Southern Maine
-Karen Frink Wolf, partner and trial lawyer at Verrill Dana law firm; former Policy Debater and former high school debate coach; she helped guide the Falmouth High School debate team to 4 state championships and was named Maine Debate Coach of the Year in 2014.

Maine Initiatives

Oct 7, 2016


Maine Initiatives is a community of more than 2,000 individual donors and activists supporting greater social, economic, and environmental justice in Maine through informed, intentional, and collective philanthropy. We’ll learn about their 2016 Grants for Change Awards which will provide three years of general operating support to a cohort of ten community-based nonprofit organizations advancing racial justice and racial equity in Maine.

Political Advertising

Oct 6, 2016

As part of our Your Vote series:

Live from Colby College, we discuss political advertising this election season

Guests: Sam Surprise, president of Surprise Advertising

Brenda Garrand, CEO of Garrand Partners

Tony Corrado, professor of government at Colby College

Food Waste

Oct 5, 2016

“Feeding the 5000” takes place on 10/7. “Feeding the 5000” is a global one-day-only food festival designed to educate the public on the problem of food waste and to raise awareness around food and sustainability policy.  We’ll learn how this program uses recovered food  as a means to address food insecurity in Maine. We’ll also discuss the rise in efforts to collect organics for composting at schools and businesses and how this points to a better end for leftover food than landfill/incinerator.

Oral Health

Oct 4, 2016

Oral health involves much more than clean teeth – it includes care and treatment of the entire area around the mouth, and can include throat cancer, jaw issues, cleft palate and a full range of dental diseases. Oral health is directly linked to each person’s overall health and well-being. How well are oral health needs being met in Maine, and what common diseases do people face?

Arctic Council

Oct 3, 2016

The Senior Arctic Officials Meeting of the Arctic Council takes plans on October 4-6 in Portland. We’ll learn what the council does and why an organization concerned with the Arctic is holding a high-level meeting in Maine.

Guests:  Rafe Pomerance, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and chairman of Arctic 21, a coalition of nongovernmental organizations concerned with climate change in the region

Dr. Adrianna Muir, the Deputy Senior Arctic Official at the U.S. Department of State for the U.S. chairmanship of the Arctic Council