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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Childsplay Fiddlers

Nov 14, 2017

Childsplay is the creation of luthier Bob Childs, a fiddler who has been making violins for more than 35 years.  Childs has a long history in Maine. He got his first job here as a furniture maker up on the airline highway in Amherst, Maine. It was there that he took his violin to get fixed by Ivie Mann in Orrington. Bob also toured and probably performed in almost every town and city in Maine for years (performing for dances and concerts playing music that he learned from local fiddlers).

Age-Friendly Communities

Nov 13, 2017

With an aging population nationwide, more cities and communities are looking to better accommodate older adults—and to provide housing, activities and facilities that keeps them comfortable and engaged. What does an age-friendly community look like and who can it help?

Guests: Anne Schroth, Health Peninsula Program Coordinator

René Colson Hudson, director of the Healthy Island Project - Deer Isle & Stonington

Veterans Day 2017

Nov 10, 2017

We continue our tradition of hosting a program on Veterans Day where veterans and their families can share stories and reflections of serving in the military. 

Guests: Debbie J. Kelly, State Director – Maine, USERRA Investigator, Veterans’ Employment & Training Service (VETS), U.S. Department of Labor

Peter Ogden, former director of the Maine Bureau of Veterans Services

Best of Maine Calling

Nov 9, 2017

For this Super Thursday, we listen back to portions of our favorite Maine Callings, including elderberries, Maine accents, David McCullough, and The Mallet Brothers Band.

This is a pre-recorded program; no calls will be taken.

Our panelists discuss how they are attempting to bring people from different political outlooks together for conversations about moving forward without the heated rhetoric that is often found in today's political climate.

Guests:  Craig Freshly, Head Helper with Good Decisions, Inc. He's a professional speaker, author, and meeting facilitator. He's the creator of Make Shift Coffee House, which is where people with differing political views can meet and learn from each other. 

"The Long Haul" by Finn Murphy

Nov 7, 2017

More than 30 years ago, Finn Murphy dropped out of Colby College to become a long-haul trucker. Since then he’s covered more than a million miles packing, loading, and hauling people’s belongings all over America. Known by his trucker handle as "U-Turn," he spends his days (and many of his nights) in a 53-foot eighteen-wheeler he calls Cassidy. 

Guest:  Finn Murphy is the author of "Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road”

Medicare enrollment is currently underway and ends on December 7th. This is the only time of year when more than 290,000 Medicare recipients in Maine can review and make changes to their Medicare coverage. Two experts join us to offer answers to your Medicare Open Enrollment questions--and information on where to get free help.

Guests:  Jim Baker, volunteer with Southern Maine Area Agency on Aging and a Medicare Open Enrollment expert.Jane Sung from AARP Public Policy Institute

Marijuana Regulation

Nov 3, 2017

Two legislators from the Joint Select Committee on Marijuana Legalization Implementation describe what they learned about other states’ marijuana regulation and how they formulated Maine’s new rules.

Guests:  Rep. Teresa Pierce (D-Falmouth)

Sen. Mark Dion (D-District 28)

After the Storm

Nov 2, 2017

In the aftermath of the storm that left half of Maine without power, several experts join us to offer advice and caution about what to do to recover. From warnings about hidden dangers to tips on home repairs to answers to insurance questions, we'll try to address your storm recovery needs--and we'll share your stories.

Guests: Susan Faloon, public information officer with the Maine Emergency Management Agency

East Asian Relations

Nov 1, 2017

We discuss top issues in North Korea, South Korea, China and Japan, leading up to President Trump's upcoming trip to Asia. From nuclear threats to sanctions to trade, U.S.-Asia relations present challenges and opportunities.

Month in Review

Oct 31, 2017

Our panel of editorial page editors reviews the news that made Maine headlines in October. Some of the stories we’ll discuss  include:  Susan Collin’s decision not to run for governor, Governor LePage and his off-again, on-again judicial nominations, and proposed fee hikes at national parks.

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

Corey Flintoff

Oct 27, 2017

The longtime NPR correspondent joins us to talk about the latest international news, especially the relationship between the United States and Russia.

Guests:  Corey Flintoff is National Public Radio's former bureau chief in Moscow.

Cuba Today

Oct 26, 2017

Our panel discusses the changing US-Cuba relationship.  We’ll also discuss journalism under an authoritarian regime and how the Trump administration is changing the US policy toward its southern neighbor.

Guests: Cristina Escobar, journalist and anchorwoman for Cuba’s state television network.

Richard Blanco, poet, public speaker, author and civil engineer and Cuban American. (via ISDN)

Allen Wells, Roger Howell, Jr., Professor of History at Bowdoin College, specializing in Latin American studies.

Affordable Care Act: Sign Up

Oct 25, 2017

Experts give answers to listener questions about signing up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

Guests:  Julie Rovner, Chief Washington Correspondent. Kaiser Health News


Kate Ende, Consumer Assistance Program Manager with Mainers for Affordable Health Care


Ashley McCarthy, Health Navigator Program Coordinator, Western Maine Community Action


LISTEN: Maine Calling On The York County Casino Referendum

Oct 24, 2017
Andrew Catalina / Maine Public

Ballot Issue 1 on the November ballot reads: “An Act To Allow Slot Machines or a Casino in York County. Do you want to allow a certain company to operate table games and/or slot machines in York County, subject to state and local approval, with part of the profits going to the specific programs described in the initiative?” Our panelists debate the pros and cons of the ballot measure.