Maine Calling

Monday-Friday, 1 - 2 p.m.

Maine Calling On The Road goes next to Bates College in Lewiston on Wednesday, Jan. 17, for a show on Purposeful Work, the college's program to align students' interests and talents with the work they will ultimately pursue after graduation. Click here for details and to reserve a free seat.

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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"Shots Fired"

Dec 5, 2017

We learn about police shootings in a conversation with the authors of the new book Shots Fired: The Misunderstandings, Misconceptions, and Myths about Police Shootings.

Guests:  Joseph K. Loughlin is a former assistant chief of police for the City of Portland, Maine, and also served as the commander of the Special Reaction Team and was a team member for more than twenty years. Loughlin is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Command training in Quantico, Virginia. He currently consults for 3SI International Security Systems and functions as a regional coordinator of police trainings and special projects.

Kate Clark Flora writes true crime, strong women, and police procedurals. A Good Man with a Dog is a memoir she co-wrote with a retired Maine game warden. Her fascination with people’ bad behavior began in the Maine attorney general’s office, where she chased deadbeat dads and protected battered children.

Loughlin and Flora previously collaborated on the true crime story Finding Amy, which was nominated for an Edgar Award.

Tax Policy

Dec 4, 2017

We discuss the tax overhaul bill and what it could mean for Mainers and the rest of the country.

Guests:  Dick Woodbury, economist and former State Senator.

Blood Pressure Guidelines

Dec 1, 2017

The American Heart Association and other medical organizations have joined together to issue new blood pressure recommendations that are lower than in the past. What does blood pressure indicate in terms of your overall health? What do the new guidelines mean in terms of managing your health--and should we all be concerned?  

Guests:  Dr. Craig Brett, cardiologist with Mercy HospitalDr. Peter Amann, Site Leader for Maine Medical Partners - Scarborough Family Medicine

Month in Review

Nov 30, 2017

Our panel of editorial page editors discusses what made Maine news in November, including the election results, the storm and the latest on the ever-expanding field of gubernatorial candidates.

Guests:  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

Susan Young, editorial page editor for the Bangor Daily News

Winterizing Your Home

Nov 29, 2017

With winter fast approaching, our panelists offer advice on getting your home ready for the cold months ahead. 

Guests:  Tux Turkel writes primarily about energy issues affecting Maine for the Portland Press Herald.

Richard Burbank, President & CEO of Evergreen Home Performance

Mark Vogelzang

Nov 28, 2017

The President & CEO of Maine Public discusses the latest developments from the world of public media and answers listener questions about TV and radio programming, building out our classical music network, and more.

Guest:  Mark Vogelzang was named President & CEO of Maine Public in January 2012. He served as president of Vermont Public Radio from 1993 to 2009.

Nearly one in five American adults—43.8 million people—experienced some type of diagnosable mental illness in 2013. State and national news stories quite regularly feature people who are surprised by the acts of others they thought they knew. Sadly, there is a stigma that prevents many from getting the help they need. We’ll discuss attempts to overcome this stigma and the role of community mental health services.

The Naturalist's Notebook

Nov 24, 2017

This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show; no calls will be taken (original broadcast date: October 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.

Holiday Food Traditions

Nov 23, 2017

This is a rebroadcast; no calls will be taken. (The original air date was December 13, 2016) 

What makes your holiday special? Most likely food is involved. We discuss the many traditions that revolve around meals here in Maine, from tourtiere to ployes to bean soup--to whatever cultural delicacies people make for their loved ones.

Guests: Nancy Harmon Jenkins, cookbook author and historian

Sam Hayward, restaurant pioneer, chef, and owner of Fore Street in Portland

The Latest in Tech News

Nov 22, 2017

What are some of the hot tech gifts of the season? Palm-sized drones? Robotic vacuum cleaners? Or the latest smart phones? Our tech experts return to talk Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday tech deals. 

Guests:   Jared Maxfield, Owner of Necessary Technology

Janet McKenney, Director of Library Development, Maine State Library

Andrew Rosenstein, Owner of Techport

Why We Love the Beatles

Nov 21, 2017

On Sunday, November 26, PBS stations across the country will air Ron Howard's award-winning documentary "The Beatles: Eight Days a Week." We join the celebration of the Beatles by discussing why they remain beloved. Make sure to post your top 5 Beatles songs on our Facebook page.

Guests:  Herb Ivy is "The Captain" and Regional Operations Manager for WBLM.

Empowering Girls

Nov 20, 2017

Research shows girls’ confidence drops dramatically more than boys in between middle and high school.  We will discuss why this is happening and what can be done about it.

Guests:  Christina P. McAnuff, Executive Director, Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute

Dr. Su Langdon, Professor of Psychology at Bates College

Sheila Jepson, MEd, Principal, Portland High School

6th Annual "Made in Maine" Maine Calling Gift Guide

Nov 17, 2017

The return of one of our most popular programs.  Learn about the awesome gifts made right here in Maine that you might want to consider giving – or receiving – this holiday season.

Guests:  Alex Steed, partner, producer and wrangler with Knack Factory, a creative and commercial content company

Mary Alice Scott, Executive Director, Portland Buy Local

Maggie Bokor, jewelry maker, artist, coach and entrepreneur


Nov 16, 2017

Nationally, one in seven children between the ages of 10 and 18 will run away from home. We’ll learn about programs in Maine to help runaway children.

Guests: Chris Bicknell, Executive Director, New Beginnings

Kera Pingree, Youth and Community Engagement/Muskie School/USM

Gayle Erdheim, Truancy, Dropouts, Homeless, and Alternative Education Coordinator, Maine Department of Education

Help for Caregivers

Nov 15, 2017

The National Alliance for Caregiving estimates that 43.5 million Americans have provided unpaid care to an adult or child in the last 12 months, some of them facing serious challenges in doing so.  In Maine alone, there are 178,000 family caregivers. November is National Caregiver Month, and we'll discuss the existing challenges as well as some of the resources that are available to help family caregivers.

Guests:  Kathleen Fleury, editor of Down East magazine