Maine Calling

Monday-Friday, 1 - 2 p.m.

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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Civility in Politics

May 24, 2012

  An examination of whether the practice of politics today, both here in Maine and nationally, is more or less civil than in previous years.

Host Keith Shortall will be joined by :

Former U.S. Senator George Mitchell

Amy Fried, Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine and

Jeffery Selinger, Government professor at Bowdoin College

Theatre in Maine

May 17, 2012

  The theater scene in Maine. We took a look at the challenges of putting on live productions in Maine and got a preview of some upcoming plays you won't want to miss.

Host Keith Shortall will be joined by :

Anita Stewart, Executive & Artistic Director, Portland Stage

Linda Nelson, Executive Director, Opera House Arts at the Stonington Opera House

Steven Peterson, Executive Director, Maine State Music Theatre and  

Bari Newport, Artistic Director, Penobscot Theatre Company

  The last in our series of Your Vote 2012 interviews was with William Schneider, Maine's Attorney General and a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in the June Primary.

Host Keith Shortall asked him why he's running for office and which issues he believes are most important to the citizens of Maine.

 William Schneider's website

  What might future towns and cities throughout Maine and across the country look like? We got a preview of MEREDA's Spring Conference, New Urbanism: Creative Models for Innovation and Economic Growth.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by :

Drew Sigfridson, incoming president of MEREDA

Chris Leinberger, a Visiting Fellow with the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institute and president of LOCUS, a national transit-oriented development advocacy organization, and

  Our series of Your Vote 2012 interviews continued with Bruce Poliquin, Maine's State Treasurer and Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in the June Primary.

Host Keith Shortall asked him why he's running for office and which issues he believes are most important to the citizens of Maine.

Bruce Poliquin's website

  Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Russo and his daughter Kate discussed Richard's latest book Interventions, a novella collection with four long stories in a uniquely formatted book.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by Richard Russo and his artist daughter, Kate,who painted pictures to go along with the book.

Portland Phoenix article

  Our series of Your Vote 2012 interviews continued with Cynthia Dill, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in the June Primary.

Host Keith Shortall asked her why she's running for office and which issues she believes are most important to the citizens of Maine.

Cynthia Dill's website

  Three experts discussed the impact of aquaculture on the Maine economy and the environment. Just how much seafood in our grocery stores and restaurants comes from aquaculture?

Host Keith Shortall was joined by :

Matthew Moretti, Wild Ocean Aquaculture, LLC, Growers of Bangs Island Mussels

Sebastian Belle, Executive Director, Maine Aquaculture Association and

Dana Morse, Extension Associate, Maine Sea Grant

 

  Our series of Your Vote 2012 interviews continued with Rick Bennett, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in the June Primary.

Host Keith Shortall asked him why he's running for office and which issues he believes are most important to the citizens of Maine.

Rick Bennett's website

  Two Maine judges shared their family court experiences and tell how to do a divorce the right way.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Andrew 'Mark' Horton, who has been a judge since 1999, first on the Maine District Court and now on the Maine Superior Court, and

John David Kennedy, who was appointed as a Judge of the Maine District Court in 2002, and sits in the District Court in mid-coast Maine.

Together they have written a book, "Do Your Divorce Right."

  Our series of Your Vote 2012 interviews continued with Deb Plowman, Assistant Majority Leader of the Maine Senate and a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in the June Primary.

Host Keith Shortall will ask her why she's running for office and which issues she believes are most important to the citizens of Maine.

Deb Plowman's website

Family Farmers

May 1, 2012

  A discussion was held about what it takes to run a farm, the success rate for those new to the business, and why some are looking for a connection with the land and rural life.

Host Keith Shortall discussed family farming with:

Caragh Fitzgerald, Assistant Extension Professor, University of Maine Cooperative Extension,(she teaches a course to new farmers)

John Piotti, Executive Director, Maine Farmland Trust,

  Our series of Your Vote 2012 interviews continue with Blaine Richardson, a Republican candidate for Maine's Second Congressional District in the June Primary.

Host Keith Shortall asked the retired Navy veteran and business owner why he's running and which issues he believes are most important to the citizens of this state.

Blaine Richardson's website

  There was a recap of the Maine legislative session and a look ahead to the upcoming House and Senate primary contests.

Host Keith Shortall held a conversation about what was, and wasn't, accomplished in Augusta this session, with A Jay Higgins,MPBN State House Bureau Chief, and Emily Shaw, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Thomas College.

Thomas College

  Our series of Your Vote 2012 interviews continue with Matt Dunlap, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in the June Primary.

Host Keith Shortall asked him why he's running for office and which issues he believes are most important to the citizens of Maine.

Matt Dunlap's website

Matt Dunlap's Facebook page

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