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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Foreign Diplomacy

Feb 17, 2017

The proposed “wall” on the Mexican border, the Trump administration’s recent reversal on the “one China” policy and the President’s tense conversation with Australia’s prime minister over refugee policy all illustrate the complicated changing dynamics in U.S. foreign policy. Our guests discuss the challenges and opportunities of conducting foreign diplomacy under the new Administration.

Guests:  Barbara Elias Klenner, Assistant Professor of Government, Bowdoin College; she teaches U.S. foreign policy and national security.

Senator Angus King

Feb 16, 2017

Maine’s junior senator joins us from Washington, DC.  Likely topics of discussion include:  King's votes on President Trump's cabinet nominees, his view of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, King’s efforts to boost broadband access in rural Maine, and the Senate intelligence committee’s probe of Russian intel activities (King serves on this committee.)

Guest:  Angus King is in his first term as U.S. Senator.

Mental Health Issues

Feb 15, 2017

Two leading psychiatrists address the current research and treatment for a range of psychiatric issues, from anxiety to seasonal disorders to dealing with grief--and they answer your mental health questions.  How much anxiety is normal during stressful societal times? What is narcissism, and how does it affects someone's relationships and behavior? Does the winter bring on seasonal affective disorder and sleep disorders? And we answer listener's questions about psychiatric issues.

Performing Arts in Maine

Feb 14, 2017

On this Valentine’s Day, we get expert advice on the performances in the weeks and months ahead that you won’t want to miss.


Robin Rilette joins us to share information about upcoming performing arts events you’ll want to add to your 2017 calendar. 

Emily Isaacson, Ph.D., Artistic Director of the Oratorio Chorale and Maine Chamber Ensemble.  She is Associate Artistic Director of the Portland Bach Festival and the Director of Choral Activities at Clark University. 


Feb 13, 2017

Cybersecurity has become a major concern, internationally and here in Maine. How can we protect our nation, our systems and our own personal information from the constant threats of hacking? The good news is: Concerted efforts are being put in place to increase cybersecurity measures, here and abroad.


Sari Greene, founder of Sage Data Security; leader and author in the field of information security

Edward Sihler, Technical Director, Maine Cyber Security Cluster at University of Maine

Food for Thought

Feb 10, 2017

Renowned Maine culinary experts (including two James Beard award winners) join us to talk about food and cooking, including—what to make for Valentine's Day, food trends and cold-weather comfort foods. And: Why ot's time to make orange marmalade!

Guests:  Nancy Harmon Jenkins, cookbook author and food writer

Peggy Grodinsky, food editor at Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram

Sam Hayward, chef and co-owner of Fore Street and Scales restaurants in Portland


Contacting Your Legislator

Feb 9, 2017

Maine’s U.S. Senators and Representatives are receiving thousands of phone calls, emails and letters from people seeking to influence their votes on the President’s nominees for his cabinet and for the Supreme Court.  Our panel will share the secrets of how to best get through to your Senator or U.S. Representative.  Plus, activism strategy - how one person can make a difference.

Guests:  Willy Ritch, longtime Press Secretary to Chellie Pingree; currently campaign manager for  Food Policy Action

State of the State Analysis

Feb 8, 2017

Our panel offers their perspective and analysis of Governor Paul LePage's State of the State address and budget priorities.


Michael Cianchette, former counsel to Gov. Paul LePage from 2012-2013 and deputy counsel from 2011-2012. He holds a BA in economics and political science from Boston College along with a JD and an MBA from Suffolk University. He works as in-house counsel and financial manager for a number of affiliated companies in southern Maine.

Cynthia Dill, civil rights lawyer and former State Senator.

Health Effects of Marijuana

Feb 7, 2017

What does using marijuana do and not do to your body—especially your brain? What are the physiological and cognitive effects of the drug on young people versus adults? We’ll hear about the status of medical research on cannibanoids and physician recommendations.

Guests:  Christian J. Teter, PharmD, BCPP, Associate Professor, Psychopharmacology, University of New England College of Pharmacy

Vijay Amarendran, MD, MS, Medical Director of Out-Patient Services, The Acadia Hospital

Maine Legislative Update

Feb 6, 2017

Maine’s Senate president and the Speaker of the House return to Maine Calling to discuss the latest news out of the legislature, including Thursday’s request for a “solemn occasion” on ranked-choice voting, Maine’s opiate crisis, and other legislative priorities.    

Guests: Maine Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-Waldo County)

House Speaker Sara Gideon (D-Freeport)

Short-Term Rentals

Feb 3, 2017

Many Maine cities and towns are grappling with the growth of the short-term rental market - think AirBNB and VRBO - and whether to create ordinances regulating it.


John Root, Code Enforcement Officer for Rockland

Steve Hewins with the Maine Innkeepers Association

Melba Gunnison with Cottage Connection; she has been doing short-term rentals since 1999

The Mallett Brothers Band

Feb 2, 2017

The popular Maine band joins us to discuss their new album, in which they've taken 10 historic songs from the 19th century lumber camps book of lyrics called “Minstrelsy of Maine” and put them in a modern musical context with their own arrangements and melodies.

Guests: Members of the Mallett Brothers band (with their guitars)

Real Estate

Feb 1, 2017

Data released this week shows that Maine set a record for home sales in 2016 –  the number of homes sold in the state went up nearly 12 percent in the past year.  We'll hear from experts in the real estate industry on what they expect to see happened to residential and commercial real estate prices in the coming year, and what it means for the broader economy.


Paul Peck is president of the Maine Real Estate and Development Association, an attorney with Drummond & Drummond, and a real estate developer.

Month in Review

Jan 31, 2017

Local journalists discuss the headlines from the past month – including the immigration ban, Governor LePage’s budget, Trump’s inauguration, the women’s march on Washington, hearings on the Hill and Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes speech.

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

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

Rob Caldwell, co-anchor of Channel 6’s News Center at 5:30 p.m. and host of 207

Income Inequality

Jan 30, 2017

The author of Born on Third Base—A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good joins us to discuss what to do about the growing problem of income inequality.


Chuck Collins, senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and directs IPS's Program on Inequality and the Common Good.  He’s the author of “Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home and Committing for the Common Good.