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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Why do some people suffer from these severe headaches, and what treatments are effective? We’ll also learn about the latest research on migraines.

What’s the best way to keep your pet tick and flea free? Is pet health insurance worth the cost? We learn about the latest news and advice on caring for our four-legged (or two-legged, or no-legged) family members.


Apr 10, 2018

There are more than 500,000 active podcasts, and 44 percent of Americans have listened to a podcast. We’ll hear from podcasts about starting a podcast, the best ways to listen to a podcast, and what it takes to start a podcast.

Toys R Us is closing, Amazon is reporting an astonishing 30 percent increase in net revenue for the most recent quarter and many malls — including the Bangor Mall — face an uncertain future. We’ll hear from an expert on the retail sector about what the changing retail landscape may mean for employment trends and community vitality.

Birding in Maine

Apr 6, 2018
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Broadcast live from the Schoodic Institute.

This year has been declared the “Year of the Bird” to celebrate the passage of the Migratory Bird Treaty. We’ll hear from expert birders about the importance of the Migratory Bird Treaty and why Maine is an ideal spot for birders.

Green Building

Apr 5, 2018

Maine has a tradition of using sustainable materials and energy-efficient measures in home construction and design. Now, more homeowners are looking for green design and more builders are incorporating environmentally conscious approaches.

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Apr 4, 2018

We have made progress as a society in understanding those with intellectual or developmental disabilities, or IDD. But many challenges still exist for those who with the mental or physical impairments that fall under the heading of IDD. Our panel will talk about how people who have IDD have been treated in Maine in the past, and what resources are available to them and to their families.

Maine Exports

Apr 3, 2018
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From lobsters to blueberries, candles to composite wood products, aircraft parts to craft beer, Maine companies are exporting their wares to every corner of the planet — not only finding new markets, but also defining the Maine “brand” around the world.

What are the opportunities for Maine companies in the near-term future and beyond? How can a niche company enter the international market successfully? This Maine Calling program ties-in with Maine Public reporter Jennifer Mitchell’s series “It Can Get There From Here.”

Legislative Update

Apr 2, 2018
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We hear from Maine legislative leaders about the work still left to be done this session. Among the major issues still pending include tax conformity and Medicaid expansion. We will also discuss the passage of tax breaks for Bath Iron Works and the creation of the new Maine Future Caucus.

The Month in Review

Mar 30, 2018

Our panel of editorial page editors discusses what made the headlines in Maine in March and why.

Have you ever found a skunk in the kitchen? Bats in your attic? As spring approaches and the weather turns warmer, we hear from two experts on creatures big and small about how best to deal with wildlife that may come a little too close for comfort.

Maine's Food Heritage

Mar 28, 2018

In conjunction with a new exhibit at the Maine Historical Society, we examine Maine’s food heritage, including what ingredients and dishes have come from the different cultures that have shaped our state.

Mariam Jalabi, the representative of the Syrian Opposition Coalition to the United Nations, and University of Maine at Farmington professor Scott Erb join us to discuss the dire situation in Syria and the outlook for the 11 million refugees displaced by the war.

Whales in Maine

Mar 26, 2018

This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (Feb 12, 2018); no calls will be taken.

With recent news that Maine's right whale population has had no calf births this season, concerns over the outlook for whales have intensified. 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.

Our tech experts return to talk about the latest tech news and answer listener questions about smart phones, tablets, smart speakers, online security and more.