Maine Calling

Monday - Friday, 1 - 2 pm

Maine Calling is an interactive radio program hosted by Jennifer Rooks and 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 p.m., rebroadcast at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. 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.

THANK YOU to all of the musicians, performers and composers out there who submitted some exceptional music! We received over 350 entries and had a very difficult time narrowing down the field to a final selection. Any number of the entries would have represented Maine Calling very well and have given the show an exciting and updated feel.

We are very pleased to announce that we have selected a musical piece submitted by Mike Jandreau.

Mike grew up in Aroostook County, attended the University of Maine, and currently resides in Bangor with his wife, young son, and a cat. He is a graphic designer and web developer currently working at Colby College.

Maine Calling theme song winner Mike Jandreau.

In his spare time, Mike draws, writes music, studies astronomy, and builds a variety of items including guitars and furniture. AND he writes the winning Maine Calling theme song! Congrats to Mike and we hope to debut the new Maine Calling theme song starting this June.

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Month in Review: Maine's News Headlines in May

May 31, 2018

Which stories mattered most to Mainers in May? Topics up for discussion include the Republican lawsuit over ranked choice voting, the death of Robert Indiana and the questions about whether he was exploited in the final years of his life, Maine’s unemployment rate hitting a record low, and the Republican and Democratic state conventions.

We’ll hear from experts and entrepreneurs about ways to bring high-speed internet to all of Maine. This is in advance of the statewide 2018 Maine Broadband Coalition Conference, in which Maine communities and national experts will share lessons learned to date, look at new ways for solving shared challenges, and identify what’s next for broadband funding and policy in Maine.

Travis Mills: Assisting Wounded and Injured Veterans

May 29, 2018
Elise Amendola / Associated Press

The Travis Mills Foundation and Retreat is a nonprofit organization, formed to benefit and assist wounded and injured veterans and their families. We’ll speak with Mills and program director Kelly McGaughey about the work the foundation and retreat does to inspire wounded servicemen, women and their families. They’ll discuss how they help wounded veterans realize they can overcome their physical obstacles and emotional challenges and find purpose by staying the course through their recovery and beyond. We’ll also get an update on the 6th annual Miles for Mills 5K on Memorial Day.

Vegan & Plant-Based Living

May 25, 2018

More people are turning to vegan diets for their health and for philosophical reasons. By the same token, others are embracing more plant-based eating, which may not qualify as vegan or vegetarian but might minimize meat as part of each meal. We'll learn how to be vegan or to shift to plant-based living.

Narcissism: Understanding Narcissistic Personality Disorder

May 24, 2018

Narcissism is usually characterized as Narcissistic Personality Disorder (or NPD); this is when someone has an overblown perception of their own worth—their intelligence, their attractiveness, their abilities and their achievements—that defies reality and can often cause them to behave in ways inconsistent with normal social function. We'll hear from experts on how to deal with the narcissist in your life—and learn whether narcissists can change.

It's almost summer, and the dangers of sun exposure are upon us. Melanoma, a serious form of skin cancer, is tied to exposure to UV radiation. We'll learn about melanoma risk factors, prevention and treatment.

University of Maine experts discuss the relationship between humans and forests, including environmental attitudes and behaviors. We will also discuss how the forests have changed in the past few decades.

What happens when you find yourself unable to work due to an injury, illness or other cause? We’ll learn about the various disability insurance options, as well as how to plan for emergencies and periods where you can’t earn a paycheck.

Improv in Maine: The Art of Spontaneous Performance

May 18, 2018

For decades, improv groups all over Maine have been pushing boundaries with their audiences and, of course, making people laugh. What’s the secret to a successful improv act? We go inside the world of improvisation, from how it’s used in corporate and educational settings to the history of improv in Maine and how improv can be an art form.

One hundred years ago, the Spanish flu pandemic infected 500 million people worldwide — about one-third of the planet’s population — and killed an estimated 20 million-50 million victims, including some 675,000 Americans. Author Ken Davis join us to talk about the history and repercussions of this pandemic, as captured in his newest book.

Two former ambassadors join us to discuss the war in Afghanistan and other current events in the Middle East and around the world.

The host of NPR and WBUR's "Only A Game" since the program began in 1993, Bill joins us to talk about the latest news from the world of sports and the intersection of sports and storytelling.

Maine has long been known for its outstanding boating opportunities – both coastal and inland. Recreational boaters from Maine and far beyond are drawn to Maine’s salt and fresh waters each year, following living traditions set by the Abenaki paddling rivers and Maine’s coast.

Maine Calling is not live today; no calls will be taken.

It's Super Thursday! We listen back to excerpts from a few of our recent favorite Maine Calling episodes.