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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Maple Syrup Production

Mar 16, 2017

What is the status of Maine's maple syrup industry? How is the quality and volume of syrup from our state, and are changes in climate affecting the outlook for the future? How are producers adjusting their techniques and plans? And how is Maine's maple syrup viewed by the rest of the world?

Guests:  Kathryn Hopkins, Extension Professor, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Lyle Merrifield, maple syrup producer and the president of the Maine Maple Producers

Tax Preparation

Mar 15, 2017

Tax Day is a month away.  We get advice from tax professionals on recent changes to the tax code, legal concerns, and answers to your tax preparation questions. They'll also offer advice on financial planning for the future.

Guests:  Rebecca Carrier, tax attorney and principal with CCS Professionals, a tax and accounting firm based in Portland

Sean P. Riley, Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., based in Falmouth

Science Literacy

Mar 14, 2017

There has been a growing emphasis in encouraging young people to pursue STEM fields, yet both students and adults often have only a passing understanding and interest in science—from social sciences to physics to medicine.  How can we build “science literacy” and passion throughout our society?

Guests:  Kate Dickerson, Maine Science Festival director

Krista Tippett: "Becoming Wise"

Mar 13, 2017

Krista Tippett, the Peabody Award-winning journalist and host of ‘On Being,’ joins us to discuss her best-selling book which is an “inquiry into the mystery and art of living.” (via ISDN) 

Women in Maine's Beer Industry

Mar 10, 2017

We all know that Maine is a hotbed for craft brewing, but you may not realize the growing role women play in the Maine beer scene, from brewing to business to spreading the word about Maine’s breweries.  We’ll hear from women on the front lines of the burgeoning beer brewing bonanza in Maine. 

Guests:  Kate Cone, freelance writer and author of “What’s Brewing in New England: A Guide to Brewpubs and Microbreweries.”

Lisa Kellindorfer, assistant brewer at Austin Street Brewing in Portland.

"How Emotions Are Made"

Mar 9, 2017

Scientists used to believe that emotions were hard-wired into the brain.  Barrett offers a new theory on how the brain constructs emotions and explains how a new understanding of emotions could "revolutionize psychology, health care, law enforcement, and our understanding of the human mind.” 

Tech News & Advice

Mar 8, 2017

The latest news from the world of high-tech: Apple is rumored to have a VR phone in the works. They have also announced their first foray into original content programming. We’ll also discuss home assistants, tablets and laptop replacement options. 

Guests:  Jared Maxfield, owner of Necessary Technology

Andrew Rosenstein, owner of Techport

Janet McKenney, Director of Library Development, Maine State Library

North Pond Hermit

Mar 7, 2017

The Stranger in the Woods, by Michael Finkel, is the story of the North Pond hermit, as told by the only journalist to speak with the man who went almost three decades living in the woods of northern Maine and who subsisted on food and supplies he’d steal from nearby residents.

Guest: Michael Finkel is the author of True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa, which was adapted into a 2015 major motion picture.  He has written for National Geographic, GQ, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Vanity Fair, the Atlantic and The New York Times.  

Legislative Update

Mar 6, 2017

Maine's legislative leaders join us to discuss the latest news from Augusta.

Guests:  Rep. Erin Herbig --she’s a Democrat from Belfast and represents District 97 of the Maine House of Representatives and is House majority leader.

Sen. Garrett Mason, Senate Majority Leader, is currently serving his third term in the Maine State Senate. He represents the people of Senate District 22


Mar 3, 2017

We’ll discuss the current and future state of Cuban-American relations in the wake of Fidel Castro’s death, and examine how daily life has changed in the island nation.  We'll also talk about the culture, politics and role of Cuba in the world today. Raul Castro has stated he wishes for the thaw in relations with the United States to continue, but how will that look under the Trump administration?

Guests: Allen Wells, Roger Howell, Jr. Professor of History, Director of Latin American Studies Program at Bowdoin College

Maine State Fire Marshal

Mar 2, 2017

With Maine’s population getting older and many seniors choosing to “age in place,” Maine’s fire marshal is worried about recent statistics concerning burn injuries and death.  He’ll discuss new efforts to protect senior citizens from fire hazards, and what everybody needs to know to keep their family safe.

Guest: Joseph Thomas is the Maine State Fire Marshal

James Hamblin: "If Our Bodies Could Talk"

Mar 1, 2017

Atlantic Monthly writer and video blogger James Hamblin, M.D.,  joins us (via ISDN) to talk about his new book, which is “a mix of trivia and long form journalism, based on real questions from readers about anatomy, physiology, and social determinants of health.”

Month in Review: News Analysis

Feb 28, 2017

From the Governor’s State of the State address and his request to President Trump to reverse President Obama’s executive order creating the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, to the votes cast by Maine’s U.S. Senators on the President’s cabinet nominees, we’ll discuss the major headlines from February  – including the shocker at the Oscars and a win for the ages from the New England Patriots, several of whom now say they will not go to the White House event.

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

Maine's Infrastructure

Feb 27, 2017

A recent report card from the Maine chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers found that the overall condition of Maine’s infrastructure has not improved in the past four years – and in some cases, is getting worse.  This includes roads and bridges, schools, airports, water systems and public transportation.  We’ll look at the most critical areas and prospects for improving Maine’s infrastructure.

Oscar Preview

Feb 24, 2017

Our panel previews the movies likely to make a splash at the Academy Awards – and predicts which winners will make the most politically-charged acceptance speech.

Guests:  Mary Pols, feature writer at Portland Press Herald.  She’s a not-entirely-reformed movie/book critic and author of ‘Accidently on Purpose.’ 

Clare Kramer, award-winning actress, producer and founder of entertainment site