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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The New Tax Law

Feb 15, 2018

Learn how the new tax law will impact individual tax returns, charitable giving and estate planning.

Guests: Daniel P. Doiron, CPA, CVA | Principal, Albin, Randall & Bennett, CPAs

Jessamyn Norton, Chief Investment Officer, Executive Vice President, Principal with Spinnaker Trust

Robert F. Bukaty / Maine Public

Hosted by Mal Leary, our panel shares its analysis of Governor LePage's final State of the State address (which he delivered on the evening of February 13).

Guests: Senate President Michael Thibodeau R- Winterport

House Speaker Sara Gideon D-Freeport

World Radio Day

Feb 13, 2018

February 13 is UNESCO’s World Radio Day. We’ll examine the past, present and future of radio – from changing listening habits to the impact of podcasts and smart speakers.

Guests:  Michael Socolow, Associate Professor in the Communications and Journalism Department at the University of Maine Paul Jacobs, Vice President and General Manager of Jacobs Media Strategies 

Whales in Maine

Feb 12, 2018

Several species of whales can be seen off of Maine's coast, from humpback to minke to right whales. But some of these whale populations have suffered an unusually high number of deaths recently--often due to human activities, such as fishing or shipping. We learn about what kinds of whales we have near Maine and how they are faring--as well as what is being done to protect them.

Guests:  Erin Summers, Director, Division of Biological Monitoring, Maine Department of Marine Resources
  Dominique Walk, Assistant Stranding Coordinator, Marine Mammals of Maine
  Nan Hauser, President and Director of the Center for Cetacean Research and Conservation [taped interview via Skype from the South Pacific]

If you want to volunteer with Nan, click here to visit her website.

Bivalves in Maine

Feb 9, 2018

Of the iconic shellfish harvested in Maine, lobsters get the most attention, but bivalves--mussels, clams and oysters--also play a significant role in our state's economy. From climate change to pollutants, what are the primary challenges that affect these industries? What new approaches are bringing opportunities for healthy bivalve harvests?

Guests:   Kohl Kanwit, Public Health Bureau director, shellfish sanitation and management, with the Maine Department of Marine Resources

Bridie McGreavy, Assistant Professor, Communication & Journalism at the University of Maine; Faculty Fellow, Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions


Best of Maine Calling

Feb 8, 2018

A Super Thursday special program

We listen back to selected excerpts of some favorite Maine Calling shows from recent months.

The World of Sports

Feb 7, 2018

On the eve of the Winter Olympics, we discuss the latest news from the world of sports.  Topics to be discussed may include the Nassar sentencing, the Super Bowl outcome, the baseball Hall of Fame nominees, why pickleball may be the sport of the future, and whether checkers is a sport. 

Guests:  Glenn Jordan, staff writer for the Portland Press Herald

Karen Given, senior producer for “Only A Game” 

Korea & Global Relations

Feb 6, 2018

As the Winter Olympics open this week in Pyeong Chang, we discuss the latest news out of South and North Korea. How are relations between the two, and with the U.S.? How real is the nuclear threat?

Guests:  Bradley Babson, distinguished lecturer in the Department of Government and Legal Affairs at Bowdoin College, and consultant on Asian affairs

Rebecca Gibbons, visiting assistant professor of government at Bowdoin College


Historic Preservation

Feb 5, 2018

All over Maine, old buildings have found new uses thanks to concerted historic preservation efforts. We'll learn about some of the successful projects, from renovated mills to rehabilitated old schools, and how historic preservation contributes to Maine's economy--and the well-being of communities.

Guests:  Julie Larry, Director of Advocacy for Greater Portland Landmarks; she's also an architectural historian

Kirk Mohney, Director of the Maine State Historic Preservation Commission


Classical Music Today

Feb 2, 2018

How does classical music stay relevant in today's world? And will it continue to find new audiences, especially for contemporary compositions? We'll hear from a current American composer, a singer and a music educator about the resonance of classical music today. Maine Public's own Robin Rilette will also add her perspective to the conversation.

Guests: Robert Kyr, composer, whose work "The Cloud of Unknowing" will be performed by the Oratorio Chorale in Maine this weekend

Estelí Gomez, Grammy-winning soprano will be featured in the performance; she tours with the contemporary octet Roomful of Teeth.

Emily Isaacson, artistic director, Oratorio Chorale; she’s a conductor, singer and music educator

Click HERE for information about the performances in Portland and Brunswick.

Real Estate in Maine

Feb 1, 2018

Real estate is Maine's number two driver of GDP (behind only healthcare). Maine has one of the highest home ownership rates in the nation. But many of those homes are energy-inefficient, very old, and expensive to maintain. Plus, there is still a shortage of real estate agents in our area. What does this mean about Maine's transformation in the next 10 or 20 years?

Guests:  Paul Peck, board president of MEREDA, real estate developer, attorney

Erin Cooperrider, Development Director with Community Housing of Maine and Principal with The New Height Group

Brit Vitalius, president and designated broker for the Vitalius Real Estate group and president of the Southern Maine Landlord Association

The Month in Review

Jan 31, 2018

Our panel of editorial page editors discuss which stories made the Maine headlines in January and why.

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

Governor Paul LePage

Jan 30, 2018

Governor LePage joins us to discuss his legislative priorities for his final year in office. 

Guest: Paul LePage is serving his final year as governor of Maine.

Kidney Disease

Jan 29, 2018

More than 40 million Americans have kidney disease. In Maine, more than 180,000 people have the disease.  We’ll discuss the different types of kidney disease, treatment options and their cost, and what’s on the horizon for helping those with the disease.  

Guests:Dr. James Wasserman, Medical Director of Southern Maine Dialysis Facility Genevieve Morgan, author and editor who is dealing with kidney disease.Paul Conway, President of the American Association of Kidney Patients 


Obesity in Maine

Jan 26, 2018

In this month of New Year's resolutions, many of which have to do with weight loss, we learn more about obesity in Maine: how prevalent it is, what the latest research tell us about the nature of obesity, and what can be done to manage or reduce it--in individuals and in communities.

Guests: Dr. Peter Amann, Family Practice physician and Site Leader for Maine Medical Partners—Scarborough Family MedicineErin Guay, Executive Director of Healthy AndroscogginDr. Dervilla McCann, Chief of Population Health for Central Maine Healthcare