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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  Which issues will dominate the legislative landscape in 2012? Host Keith Shortall was joined by a panel of political watchers as they previewed the year ahead in Maine Politics.

Guests included:

Mal Leary of Capitol News Service

MPBN State House Bureau Chief A. J. Higgins

University of Southern Maine Political Science Professor Ronald Schmidt

  A look ahead to the economic challenges and opportunities for Maine in 2012. Host Keith Shortall was joined by a panel of experts who discussed the state of the Maine economy and its fiscal future.

  Philanthropist and avid sailor David Rockefeller, Jr. discussed his efforts to protect and preserve the world's oceans and the "One Island, One Ocean" project. Rockefeller completed the first circumnavigation by sail of the Americas to raise awareness about the state of our oceans.

Noted philanthropist and sailor David Rockefeller, Jr. joined host Jonathan Smith for a talk about why he helped sponsor the project, his experience aboard the steel-hulled ship, and what he and the crew of scientists and educators learned about the health of our oceans.

  Host Jonathan Smith and two movie critics discuss the best and the worst Hollywood had to offer this year. It's a roundup of the box office hits, misses, and surprises of the past year.

Mary Pols, film critic for time.com and author joined host Jonathan Smith in the studio along with Garen Daly, film critic, festival organizer, and blogger.

 

Mary Pols' website

The Boston Sci-Fi blog

  An examination of why humans demean, enslave, and exterminate each other and what, if anything, we can do to prevent more genocides. Host Keith Shortall and University of New England Philosophy Professor David Livingstone Smith discuss why history is filled with examples of humans inflicting horrific acts upon each other.

 

Visit David Livingstone Smith's website

  The story of a man who turned a hunting trip that resulted in wet and sore feet into a huge, iconic company. Hear a conversation with Jim Witherell the author of a new biography of Leon Leonwood "L. L." Bean on the cusp of the 100th anniversary of the sale of the first Maine Hunting Shoe.

This call-in program was hosted by Keith Shortall, who, along with the listening public, directed questions to Jim Witherell about his book, L.L. Bean: The Man and His Company.

 

The Year in Books

Dec 13, 2011

  Hear a conversation about the best, and the overlooked, books of 2011. Host Keith Shortall leads a discussion about the books that should go to the top of your 'must read' list. Guests include author Brock Clarke, and bookstore proprietors Chris Bowe, Marc Berlin and Jacob Fricke.

  Car Talk, MPBN-style. Host Jonathan Smith and Automotive Editor for US News & World Report Jamie Page Deaton discuss the latest news from the world of automobiles and answer listener questions about which car to buy and how to get the best deal.

This call-in program was hosted by Jonathan Smith, who, along with the listening public, directed questions to Ms. Deaton about the automotive industry.

  Architect and businessman Chuck Durrett and journalist Deirdre Fulton discuss Cohousing, which is a type of collaborative housing wher residents actively participate in the design and operation of their own neighborhoods. Cohousing residents are consciously committed to living as a community. The physical design encourages both social contact and individual space.

This call-in program was hosted by Keith Shortall, who, along with the listening public, directed questions to Chuck Durrett and journalist Dierdre Fulton about the concept of cohousing.

  Colin Woodard of Portland is the author of "American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America."" During this call-in program he discussed the 11 distinct nations of North America outlined in his book. According to Woodard, each has its own cultural and ideological DNA that still defines them today.

This call-in program was hosted by Keith Shortall, who, along with the listening public, directed questions to Mr. Woodard about the concept underlying the thesis of his book.

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