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 Legislative Update

Feb 6, 2017

Maine’s Senate president and the Speaker of the House return to Maine Calling to discuss the latest news out of the legislature, including Thursday’s request for a “solemn occasion” on ranked-choice voting, Maine’s opiate crisis, and other legislative priorities.    

Guests: Maine Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-Waldo County)

House Speaker Sara Gideon (D-Freeport)

Short-Term Rentals

Feb 3, 2017

Many Maine cities and towns are grappling with the growth of the short-term rental market - think AirBNB and VRBO - and whether to create ordinances regulating it.


John Root, Code Enforcement Officer for Rockland

Steve Hewins with the Maine Innkeepers Association

Melba Gunnison with Cottage Connection; she has been doing short-term rentals since 1999

The Mallett Brothers Band

Feb 2, 2017

The popular Maine band joins us to discuss their new album, in which they've taken 10 historic songs from the 19th century lumber camps book of lyrics called “Minstrelsy of Maine” and put them in a modern musical context with their own arrangements and melodies.

Guests: Members of the Mallett Brothers band (with their guitars)

Real Estate

Feb 1, 2017

Data released this week shows that Maine set a record for home sales in 2016 –  the number of homes sold in the state went up nearly 12 percent in the past year.  We'll hear from experts in the real estate industry on what they expect to see happened to residential and commercial real estate prices in the coming year, and what it means for the broader economy.


Paul Peck is president of the Maine Real Estate and Development Association, an attorney with Drummond & Drummond, and a real estate developer.

Month in Review

Jan 31, 2017

Local journalists discuss the headlines from the past month – including the immigration ban, Governor LePage’s budget, Trump’s inauguration, the women’s march on Washington, hearings on the Hill and Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes speech.

Guests: Kathleen Fleury, Editor-in-Chief, Down East Magazine

Greg Kesich, Editorial Page Editor, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram

Rob Caldwell, co-anchor of Channel 6’s News Center at 5:30 p.m. and host of 207

Income Inequality

Jan 30, 2017

The author of Born on Third Base—A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good joins us to discuss what to do about the growing problem of income inequality.


Chuck Collins, senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and directs IPS's Program on Inequality and the Common Good.  He’s the author of “Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home and Committing for the Common Good.

Astronomy News

Jan 27, 2017

Astronomy experts join us to discuss which celestial events to be on the watch for in the coming year. What's up at the International Space Station? What are the Mars Rovers up to?


Nancy Atkinson, Contributing Editor for Universe Today. Author of Incredible Stories from Space: A Behind the Scenes Look at the Missions Changing Our Views of the Cosmos. (via ISDN)

Edward Gleason, astronomer and manager of the Southworth Planetarium at the University of Southern Maine

Lewis Black

Jan 26, 2017

The stand-up comedian, author, playwright, social critic, actor and voice actor brings his “Rant, White and Blue” tour to Maine.  


Maine Wildlife Action Plan

Jan 25, 2017

The state Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is in the process of rewriting Maine's large-game management plan, with lots of public input.  We'll discuss where DFIW is in the process and what some of the considerations are--auto collisions, Lyme disease, population control, etc.

Guests:  Nate Webb, biologist, Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

George Smith, author and blogger, former director of Sportsmen's Alliance of Maine

Tom Doak, executive director, Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine

Single Parenting

Jan 24, 2017

We continue the conversation started last year by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting’s series about the impact in the rise of single-parent families in Maine. The Center found that “the inability to lower the poverty rate for families with children in Maine is due in large part to a change in the makeup of the state’s families.”


Naomi Schalit, Senior Reporter and Co-founder, Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting

Personal Finance

Jan 23, 2017
Personal finance spelled out

Whether its deciding where to invest, which debt to pay down, or how best to save for retirement, personal finance is an issue that affects us all.  Experts joins to share tips on saving and spending, and to answer listener questions.


E.J. Dionne

Jan 19, 2017

Washington Post columnist, NPR regular, and Brookings Institution scholar E.J. Dionne shares his take on the Obama legacy, the incoming administration and what's next for the two major political parties.

There are organizations all across Maine that accept and distribute donated goods, from furniture to business clothing.  We'll learn where to donate specific items, where these items end up, and who they help.

Guests: Jenn McAdoo, Executive Director, Furniture Friends

Troy Pattison, downsizing expert, SimplySized Home

Trendy Stanchfield, Senior Director, Mission Investment & Communication, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England

Auto News

Jan 17, 2017

Our car experts, just back from the Detroit and Boston auto shows, return to talk all things automotive.  

Guests:  Jamie Page Deaton, auto editor for U.S. News & World Report

John Paul, Master Mechanic and Spokesperson for AAA Northeast

The Lives of Slaves in Early America

Jan 16, 2017

This is a rebroadcast of our earlier show (11/14/16); no calls will be taken.

Two authors join us to talk about the lives of slaves.  Freedom Over Me, by Ashley Bryan, brings to life eleven slaves Bryan first encountered in an 1828 slave document he bought at a local Maine auction over a decade ago.  In the Shadow of Liberty, by Kenneth C. Davis, is the story of five enslaved people who were “owned” by four of our greatest presidents