Maine Calling

Monday - Friday, 1 - 2 pm

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 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.

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So many issues in the news today center on the question of what age counts as an “adult,” from purchasing a gun to smoking to voting. We explore what factors lead to determining that a young person is an “adult,” including brain development, legal precedents and social mores.

Beth J. Harpaz / Associated Press

It’s the tenth anniversary of Maine Restaurant Week. We’ll learn about different culinary centers in the state, emerging food trends, and what makes Maine such a center of foodie culture.

Live from the Mt. Washington Weather Discovery Center in North Conway:

We travel to the Mt. Washington Weather Discovery Center to discuss the natural systems that create New England’s weather and climate.  We’ll learn about the research and innovative science education programs that take place each day at the Mount Washington observatory--and what it’s like to endure some of the most extreme weather on Earth. This show will tie in with a new short video shot, produced and edited by Brian Bechard.

Guests:  Sharon Schilling, President of the Mt. Washington Observatory

Tom Padham, Meteorologist, Education Specialist at the Mt. Washington Observatory and Night Observer

Eric Kelsey, Director of Research, Mt. Washington Observatory

Legislative Update

Mar 5, 2018


A top Republican and top Democratic lawmaker join us to share the latest news from Augusta.  

Guests:  Sen. Amy Volk, R-Scarborough, Assistant Senate Majority Leader

Sen. Nate Libby, D-Lewiston, Assistant Senate Minority Leader

Movies: Oscar Preview

Mar 2, 2018

Which film will win best picture? Which actress or actor will make the best acceptance speech? We’ll preview the Academy Awards and get listener feedback on movies worth watching.

Guests:  Mary Pols, features writer for the Portland Press Herald; former film critic for Time.

Sam Mercer, general manager for Nickelodeon Cinemas in Portland

Occupational Therapy

Mar 1, 2018

The role of occupational therapy has grown a great deal over the past couple decades. Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities participate fully in school, helping people recovering from injury regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.

Guests:  Diane Sauter-Davis, MA, OTR/L FAOTA, Program Director, Kennebec Valley Community College

Kathy Adams, OTR/L, ATP/Director at Maine CITE Coordinating Center

Jessica Bolduc, President, Maine Occupational Therapy Association

Month in Review

Feb 28, 2018

Our panel of editorial page editors discusses the top Maine stories from February.

Guests:  Susan Young, editorial page editor for the Bangor Daily News

Greg Kesich, editorial page editor for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram

Ben Bragdon, editorial page editor for the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel

Palliative Care

Feb 27, 2018


Palliative care aims to provide patients with serious illnesses relief and comfort—but it’s not the same as hospice care. Surveys suggest that tens of thousands of Americans would benefit from this medical specialty.  Learn more about what palliative care does for patients and their families.

Guests: Robin Hirsh-Wright, MSW, LCSW, Director of Palliative Care Service Line , VNA Home Health Hospice in South Portland

Vanessa Little, palliative care specialist, Mount Desert Island Hospital

Isabella Stumpf, Division Director of Palliative Medicine at Maine Medical Center

Wilderness Safety

Feb 26, 2018

If you like to spend time exploring the wild areas of Maine, what do you need to know to keep yourself safe?  If you were lost, could you survive?  Join us to discover some important basics from two wilderness safety instructors and a Maine game warden.

Guests: Adam Williams, M.S., NREMT Assistant Director of the Outdoor Adventure Center, Unity College

Laurie Gullion, Associate Clinical Professor Outdoor Education/UNH, Dept. of Kinesiology

 Sgt. Tim Spahr, Maine game warden


Our panel discusses how the arts have a direct impact on Maine's economy – from jobs to tourism to the creative economy. We'll also learn about the new Maine Arts Awards.

Guests: Julie A. Richard, Executive Director, Maine Arts Commission


Saskia Reinholt, Reinholt Consulting LLC


Larry Rubinstein, president of ArtsEngageME

Black History in Maine

Feb 22, 2018
Frederick Thompson

Maine is known for having a predominantly white population, but there is also a rich history of African American residents of our state. As part of Black History Month, we'll learn about the role that African Americans have had in shaping Maine, and how efforts continue to educate people about that history.

Guests:  Kate McBrien, Director of Public Engagement / Chief Curator, Maine Historical Society

Pam Cummings, President of the Board of Directors and Director of Education, Abyssinian Meeting House

Leroy Rowe, Assistant Professor of African American History and Politics, University of Southern Maine

Intertidal Zones

Feb 21, 2018



We explore who owns the intertidal zone in Maine. There are currently two cases before the Maine Supreme Court asking this question. Law professor Orlando Delogu has written a book arguing that recent Maine Supreme Court decisions on this matter are wrong. He joins us as well as an attorney who has represented many property owners in this matter.

Guests: Orlando Delogu, Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Maine School of Law; author of Maine's Beaches Are Public Property: The Bell Cases Must Be Reexamined


Pete Thaxter, attorney, has represented landowners in seminal cases regarding the intertidal zone


Stephen Rappaport, reporter with the The Ellsworth American, has long covered waterfront and fishing issues Downeast, including current debate over rockweed harvesting

Space News

Feb 20, 2018

The latest news from out of this world.  We’ll preview the NASA launch schedule for 2018 and discuss the role commercial space flight might play in satellite launches and human exploration of space. 

Guests:  Dr. Julie Ziffer, Physics Professor at the University of Southern Maine.  She was part of an international research team that was the first to discover water-ice on an asteroid surface.  The International Astronomical Union recognized her contributions to planetary science by naming asteroid 7909 Ziffer in her honor.


Shawn Laatsch, Director of the Emera Astronomy Center & Jordan Planetarium at the University of Maine. He's also the president of the International Planetarium Society, Inc.


Jason Crusan, Division Director for NASA's Advanced Exploration Systems.

Our favorite ‘don’t know much about history’ guest, Kenneth Davis, joins us to talk about some Presidential history we may not have been taught in school.

Guest: Kenneth C. Davis is the bestselling author of Don’t Know Much About History and other books in the Don’t Know Much About® series. 


The Importance of Sleep

Feb 16, 2018

We’ll learn about the importance of all the stages of sleep to your overall well-being. As more research is done on the role of sleep, we learn that not getting enough sleep seems to affect your health in many ways, from mental health to weight gain to a host of medical issues. Studies have also shown a correlation between exposure to light and quality of sleep. 

Guests:  Dr. Robyn Ostrander, Interim Chief, Department of Psychiatry, Maine Medical Center; Medical Director, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Maine Medical Center Chair; Glickman Family Center for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Spring Harbor Hospital; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Tufts University School of Medicine 

Dr. George Bokinsky, pulmonologist specializing in sleep medicine; he practices in South Portland and is affiliated with Maine Medical Center


Dr. Kyra Chadbourne, general dentist with Falmouth Dentistry and Maine Sleep Dentistry