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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Relying on hundreds of exclusive interviews with family members and maritime experts, as well as the words of the crew members themselves — whose conversations were captured by the ship’s data recorder — journalist Rachel Slade unravels the mystery of the 2015 sinking of El Faro in her new book “Into The Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm And The Sinking Of El Faro.”

Global Conflict: What is America's Role?

May 2, 2018

Ambassador and global conflict leader Rick Barton uses a mix of stories, history and analysis for a transformative approach to foreign affairs and offers concrete and attainable solutions for the future.

Spring is here — it’s time to get out the trowel and spade and get ready to plant. We’ll get expert advice on how best to make your garden grow.

Month in Review: News Headlines of April 2018

Apr 30, 2018

Our panel discusses the news that made Maine headlines in April, from the latest on ranked-choice voting to the hunt for the killer of a sheriff’s deputy and the latest developments from the State House as the Legislature tries to wrap up the session.

The inaugural Abbe Museum Indian Market takes place in Bar Harbor May 18-20. The market will support Wabanaki artists and the local community. We’ll discuss the art of the Wabanaki, its effect on the local economy and learn about events taking place to celebrate the inaugural event.

Mark Vogelzang / Maine Public

We speak with Joshua Freeman, the author of "Behemoth — A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World." Freeman describes how significant the role of factories have been in shaping our society. We’ll also hear about the role of factories in Maine’s history.

Surfing: What To Know And Where To Go In Maine

Apr 25, 2018

Surfing in Maine? Yes, people surf in Maine. We’ll learn about the best places to surf and where to start if you’ve never paddled out to catch a ride on a big wave.

What is the forecast for ticks and Lyme disease this year? Has the extended cold pushed their arrival later—or are they out there already? Are there other vector-borne diseases that are of particular concern?

Why learn Latin or ancient Greek? We’ll hear from two teachers about the value of learning a language that hasn’t been spoken in millennia.

Vaping: The rapid rise in use of e-cigarettes

Apr 20, 2018

Vaping—the common name for use of an e-cigarette or similar device—is widespread in Maine. High school students in particular are vaping at increasing rates across the state. What are the health effects of vaping, and what misconceptions do people have about the potential harms?

We talk with people who are various stages of recovery from opioid addiction. They share their experiences and offer their advice to those who are suffering from addiction – and they'll discuss ideas for dealing with the current opioid crisis in Maine.

Ever since DNA testing has enabled companies such as to help people run a genealogical search and learn about their genetic roots, there has been a sharp surge in interest in genealogy. How does someone go about searching for their ancestors, and what can they expect to turn up? What records are held in Maine?

There is an abundance of wild plants, mushrooms and other natural treasures in Maine that can be foraged for food, medicinal use and other purposes. We learn about what you can find, how to differentiate the safe from the toxic, and different ways to use what you forage.

Amazon was supposed to be the death of independent bookstores, but many in Maine are thriving. We’ll hear from a few independent bookstore owners to learn what their strategy is, and which books they are excited about.

Author and theoretical physicist Alan Lightman offers a collection of essays that explore the connections between religion, science, truth and meaning — all with references to his island home in Maine.