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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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

Veterinary Care

Feb 23, 2017

We’ll hear from veterinarians on new trends in pet care, treatment of diseases, and get answers to common pet care issues.

Guests:  Dr. Ezra Steinberg, Maine Veterinary Medical Center

Dr. Deirdre Frey, veterinarian and owner, Vet At Your Door, P.C.

Click here to vist Dr. Frey's website.

Click here to visit Dr. Steinberg's website.

U.S. Senator Susan Collins

Feb 22, 2017
Nick Woodward

Senator Susan Collins joins us during the Senate’s February break.  Topics are likely to include: her influential role in the new Congress, her votes on President Trump’s cabinet nominees, her views on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, and Senator Collins’ health care proposal, designed as an alternative to the ACA.

Guest: Susan Collins was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996.  She serves on the Special Committee on Aging; the Committee on Appropriations; the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, and, the Select Committee on Intelligence.

The Status of Maine Fisheries

Feb 21, 2017

Maine's Department of Marine Resources Commissioner will discuss the health of Maine’s fisheries – from scallops to herring, shrimp to lobster - and measures to protect them.

National Political Update

Feb 20, 2017

The Trump administration turns one month old on February 20th. We’ll hear from The Wall Street Journal’s political editor, and from a former White House insider, on how the Trump administration transition is going, and the reaction from Capitol Hill to the new President.

Guests:  Jeanne Cummings, National Political Editor for The Wall Street Journal

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