Maine Calling

Monday-Friday, 1 - 2 p.m.

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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Cuba Today

Oct 26, 2017

Our panel discusses the changing US-Cuba relationship.  We’ll also discuss journalism under an authoritarian regime and how the Trump administration is changing the US policy toward its southern neighbor.

Guests: Cristina Escobar, journalist and anchorwoman for Cuba’s state television network.

Richard Blanco, poet, public speaker, author and civil engineer and Cuban American. (via ISDN)

Allen Wells, Roger Howell, Jr., Professor of History at Bowdoin College, specializing in Latin American studies.

Affordable Care Act: Sign Up

Oct 25, 2017

Experts give answers to listener questions about signing up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

Guests:  Julie Rovner, Chief Washington Correspondent. Kaiser Health News


Kate Ende, Consumer Assistance Program Manager with Mainers for Affordable Health Care


Ashley McCarthy, Health Navigator Program Coordinator, Western Maine Community Action


LISTEN: Maine Calling On The York County Casino Referendum

Oct 24, 2017
Andrew Catalina / Maine Public

Ballot Issue 1 on the November ballot reads: “An Act To Allow Slot Machines or a Casino in York County. Do you want to allow a certain company to operate table games and/or slot machines in York County, subject to state and local approval, with part of the profits going to the specific programs described in the initiative?” Our panelists debate the pros and cons of the ballot measure.

Question 2: Medicaid Expansion

Oct 23, 2017

Ballot Issue 2 on the November ballot reads: “An Act To Enhance Access to Affordable Health Care. Do you want Maine to expand Medicaid to provide healthcare coverage for qualified adults under age 65 with incomes at or below 138% of the federal poverty level, which in 2017 means $16,643 for a single person and $22,412 for a family of two?” Our panelists debate the pros and cons of the ballot measure.

Guests:  Garrett Martin, Executive Director of Maine Center for Economic Progress

The Co-Op Economy in Maine

Oct 20, 2017

For many people, when they hear the term 'co-op' they think of the local food store or maybe one of the lobster co-ops that dot the coast.  But Maine has co-ops of all sizes and types in the retail, agriculture, fisheries, manufacturing, housing, financial services and other sectors.  October is Co-op Month, so Maine Calling asks “What is a co-op?” and examines the role of co-ops in Maine

Guests: Rob Brown - Cooperative Development Institute, Director of Business Ownership Solutions program

Rural Economic Development

Oct 19, 2017

Broadcasting from Houlton High School:

What factors lead to the health or decline of rural towns in Maine? We learn about efforts to boost rural economies through education, greater access to services—from health care to broadband—and through smart use of the natural resources and assets that these communities already have.

Guests: Kristen Wells, former executive director, Aroostook Aspirations Initiative

The Future of Maine's Potato Industry

Oct 18, 2017

Broadcasting live from the University of Maine at Presque Isle:

We'll look at the importance of the potato industry to Aroostook County and to the state. Potato farming has declined in the past decades, but is still a significant crop and part of Maine’s culture. How can new products and technologies contribute to the future of the potato industry?

Guests: Timothy P. Hobbs, Director of Development/Grower Relations, Maine Potato Board

James Dwyer, Crops Specialist, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Maine's Forest Economy

Oct 17, 2017

Broadcasting live from the University of Maine at Presque Isle:

The forest economy in Maine has been a major force, especially in Northern Maine. How is forestry adapting to changes in the market and in the environment, and how are new workers being trained for a changing industry?


Guests: Doug Cyr, Human Resource Manager, Irving Woodlands, LLC & Irving Forest Products, Inc.

Maine-Canada Relations

Oct 16, 2017

Broadcasting live from University of Maine at Fort Kent's Nadeau Hall:

A discussion of relations between Maine and Canada. We'll learn about the historic connections along the Maine-Canada border, and about the economic, political, cultural and recreational relations between the two sides.

Guests:  Lise Pelletier, director of the Acadian Archives at UMaine Fort Kent

George Dumond, member of the Acadia of the Lands and Forests Core Leadership Team, and a retired financial advisor

Maine's Paper Industry

Oct 13, 2017

Paper has shaped Maine’s economy, molded individual and community identities, and affected Maine’s environment. The Executive Director of the Maine Historical Society discusses the Society’s exhibition “Making Paper, Making Maine,” which examines the historic transition taking place in Maine’s paper industry, and asks, "What’s next for Maine’s economy?"

Guests:  Steve Bromage, Executive Director, Maine Historical Society

Donna Cassese, Managing Director Wood Resource Strategy at Sappi North America

Automotive News

Oct 12, 2017

The latest from the world of cars, trucks and SUVs. We’ll discuss why (and how) Tesla was able increase the range of some of its cars as Hurricane Irma approached Florida.  We’ll also get answers to listener questions about car maintenance, leasing vs. buying and addressing distracted driving.

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

John Paul, Master Mechanic and Spokesperson for AAA Northeast

The Naturalist's Notebook

Oct 11, 2017

Esteemed naturalists and authors Nathaniel Wheelwright & Bernd Heinrich join forces for on a new project, and discuss how to create a personal 5-year record of your place on the planet, and create a stronger connection to the natural world.

Laura Smith/flickr creative commons

The growing dominance of social media in our lives, especially among young people, raises questions: When is it beneficial, and when is it harmful? What is it doing to our health and well-being?


Dr. Erin Belfort, Maine Medical Center Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Director

Dr. Christine Selby, Assoc. Professor of Psychology at Husson University's College of Science and Humanities

Immigrant & Refugee Services in Maine

Oct 9, 2017

This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show; no calls will be taken

What services are in place to empower immigrants and refugees once they come to Maine? Many of these newer arrivals thrive once they are connected to job skills, health care services, language instruction and basic cultural guidance.


Oct 6, 2017

In the last several years, a proliferation of books and articles about happiness reflect society’s focus on defining and achieving happiness. How do we define "happiness," and is it something that is measurable and achievable? And what does some of the current research tell us about the nature of happiness and well-being?

Guests:  Kelly Parker-Guilbert, visiting professor of psychology, Bowdoin College

Paul Schofield, visiting professor of philosophy, Bates College