Maine Calling

Monday-Friday, 1 - 2 p.m.

Maine Calling On The Road goes next to Bates College in Lewiston on Wednesday, Jan. 17, for a show on Purposeful Work, the college's program to align students' interests and talents with the work they will ultimately pursue after graduation. Click here for details and to reserve a free seat.

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 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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Golden Age of Television

Dec 26, 2017

 This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (Aug 16); no calls will be taken.

Whether it’s "The Simpsons," "The Wire," "Breaking Bad," "M*A*S*H," "Cheers" or "Downton Abby," we all have a favorite TV series. Which do you think was number one? The authors of TV-The Book, join us to discuss their rankings of the greatest televisions shows of all time. We’ll also discuss the current crop of programs on cable and streaming platforms.

Guests:  Matt Zoller Seitz is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Wes Anderson Collection.  He has been a journalist, critic, and filmmaker for nearly 25 years, and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism.  He is the TV critic for New York Magazine and  He is also editor-in-chief and lead film critic of

Alan Sepinwall has been writing about television for close to 20 years. Formerly a TV critic for Newark’s Star-Ledger, he currently writes the popular blog “What’s Alan Watching” on He’s the author of The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever.

Board Games

Dec 21, 2017

We discuss why, in an age of smart phones, tablets, and virtual reality, board games remain so popular.  We will hear from two store owners who sell board games of all kinds for all ages, and from a Mainer who created a board game that is selling out everywhere. 

Guests:  Sarah Baldwin, owner of Bella Luna Toys in Rockland.

Tom Deschenes, creator of Quest for the Antidote

Laura Keith, General Manager, Diversions Puzzles & Games in Portsmouth, NH and South Portland, ME

Maine Public Music: New Discoveries

Dec 20, 2017
Jennifer Rooks

Our own Sara Willis joins us to share some of her favorite music discoveries of the year.  We’ll also hear from Rich Tozier about some of his favorite jazz ‘re-discoveries’ of the year. 

Guest:  Sara Willis is the host of Maine Public’s “In Tune.”

Rich Tozier is the host of Maine Public's "Jazz Tonight."

Ski Update

Dec 19, 2017

We get a preview of what’s in store for Maine skiers and ski resorts this season—and beyond.

Guests:  Greg Sweetser, Executive Director, Ski Maine Association 

Darcy Lambert, Director of Communications, Sunday River Resort

Matt Polstein, owner of New England Outdoor Center on Millinocket Lake

Organ Donation

Dec 18, 2017

Organ donation may seem like a somewhat mysterious process, yet can be a significant help to those in need of vital organs or tissue--and can save lives. We demystify the steps to organ and tissue donation. What happens after you check off the "organ donor" box when getting your driver's license? 

Guests:  Dr. Juan Palma, transplant surgeon and director of the living kidney donation program, Maine Medical CenterAlexandra K. Glazier, President and Chief Executive Officer, New England Donor Service 


Vets & Pets

Dec 15, 2017

We speak with veterinarians about the latest treatments and health options for our four-legged furry friends.

Guests: Dr. Oonagh Wack, veterinarian with Falmouth Veterinary Hospital

Dr. Ginger Browne Johnson, veterinarian with Veterinary and Rehabilitation Center of Cape Elizabeth

Dr. Dawn Davis, Cape Veterinary Clinic in South Portland

Net Neutrality

Dec 14, 2017

With the Federal Communications Commission set to vote on a measure that would change how the internet is regulated (or not regulated), our panel discusses just what is ‘net neutrality’ and why changes to the current open-access Internet platform could change the way you access your favorite websites.

Guests:  Mohammad T. Irfan, Assistant Professor of Digital and Computational Studies and Computer Science at Bowdoin College

Michael Socolow, Associate Professor in Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Maine, where he’s also the Graduate Coordinator

Senator Angus King, United States Senator for Maine (Independent) - calling in for part of the show

The Maker Movement

Dec 13, 2017

A look at the maker movement in Maine:  New maker spaces are gaining in popularity, more people are finding satisfaction - and profit - in creating things with their hands, and young people are learning about how think like a 'maker,’ which includes independent inventors, designers and tinkerers.

Guests: Megan Frazer Blakemore, author, maker, educator, school librarian

Jake Ryan, founder and director of the Open Bench Project in Portland

Devon Kelley-Yurdin, outreach and education director for Engine, a maker space in Biddeford

The Role of the State Department

Dec 12, 2017

With news of cuts to the State Department and diplomatic posts going unfilled, we speak with former diplomats about the role of the State Department in the world today and what reforms may – and may not – be necessary.

Guests:  Larry Pope, former Ambassador to Chad, Political Advisor to General Anthony Zinni in Central Command, and Charge d’Affaires in Tripoli, Libya, in the aftermath of the Benghazi attack. He retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2000 after 31 years of service.


Pamela White, former ambassador to Haiti and The Gambia. White, a native of Auburn, graduated from the University of Maine in 1971 with a degree in journalism and began a decades-long career in public service across the globe.

"Broke and Patriotic"

Dec 11, 2017

We speak with Bates College sociology professor Francesco Duina about his new book, Broke and Patriotic, and why the poor don’t rise up and demand more from their government.

Guest:  Francesco Duina is professor of sociology at Bates College.  He is the author of several books, including Winning: Reflections on an American Obsession.


The Best & Overlooked Books of 2017

Dec 8, 2017

It's one of our listeners’ favorite shows: a review of books that made (or should have made) the best-seller lists of 2017. 

Guests: Joshua Bodwell, Executive Director of the Maine Writers & Publishers AllianceElizabeth Pohl, Director of the Lithgow Public LibraryAri Gersen, owner of Longfellow Books

Maine Calling "Made in Maine" Gift Guide

Dec 7, 2017

This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (original air date November 19th); no calls will be taken.

The return of one of our most popular programs.  Learn about the awesome gifts made right here in Maine that you might want to consider giving – or receiving – this holiday season.

Guests:  Alex Steed, partner, producer and wrangler with Knack Factory, a creative and commercial content company

Mary Alice Scott, Executive Director, Portland Buy Local

Sexual Harassment

Dec 6, 2017

While sexual harassment continues to make headlines, with allegations of misconduct bringing down dozens of men in power in the past few months, the problems are neither new, nor will they go away. Why does sexual harassment happen, and what can be done on an individual basis or as a culture?

Guests: Rebecca Webber, attorney with Skelton, Taintor & Abbott, based in Auburn

Pat Peard, chair of Bernstein Shur’s Education Practice Group; she's a former history teacher and she practices in all areas of employment and labor law.

"Shots Fired"

Dec 5, 2017

We learn about police shootings in a conversation with the authors of the new book Shots Fired: The Misunderstandings, Misconceptions, and Myths about Police Shootings.

Guests:  Joseph K. Loughlin is a former assistant chief of police for the City of Portland, Maine, and also served as the commander of the Special Reaction Team and was a team member for more than twenty years. Loughlin is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Command training in Quantico, Virginia. He currently consults for 3SI International Security Systems and functions as a regional coordinator of police trainings and special projects.

Kate Clark Flora writes true crime, strong women, and police procedurals. A Good Man with a Dog is a memoir she co-wrote with a retired Maine game warden. Her fascination with people’ bad behavior began in the Maine attorney general’s office, where she chased deadbeat dads and protected battered children.

Loughlin and Flora previously collaborated on the true crime story Finding Amy, which was nominated for an Edgar Award.

Tax Policy

Dec 4, 2017

We discuss the tax overhaul bill and what it could mean for Mainers and the rest of the country.

Guests:  Dick Woodbury, economist and former State Senator.