Jonathan P. Smith

Executive Producer - Maine Calling

Jonathan was born in Monsey, New York. A field trip to Washington, DC when he was in 7th grade started him on his circuitous path to a career in public radio. The trip inspired a love of politics and led to his desire to one day call DC home. After graduating from Grinnell College, he worked on a couple of campaigns in Iowa (presidential and congressional) and moved to Washington, DC.

After failing to find work as the president's chief of staff or as a highly paid lobbyist, he took a job parking cars next to Ford's Theatre. (To this day it remains one of his favorite jobs). From parking cars he moved on to doing energy/regulatory work at a few law firms. However, once he realized he wouldn't be promoted to lawyer, he decided to pursue a career in public radio.

Thanks to the kindness of a staffer on The Diane Rehm Show, he began as a volunteer with that nationally-syndicated NPR program and worked his way up to full-time producer. After nine years with The Diane Rehm Show, he moved to New Hampshire to be the Executive Producer of New Hampshire Public Radio's Word of Mouth. In the Fall of 2010, he joined the Maine Public Broadcasting Network to help launch it's new, interactive radio program Maine Calling.

When not producing radio programs, Jonathan spends his time with his wonderful wife and their two young sons. He also likes to play golf, and tries his best not to injure himself while playing pickup football and basketball games with much younger players.

Ways to Connect

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The funeral industry in the 21st century - How advocacy groups have fought to educate consumers about their rights and their options when it comes to funeral planning, why Maine has one of the highest cremation rates in the nation and what options are available today that were not only ten or twenty years ago.  (This program orginally aired on 11/4/15).

Guests: Josh Slocum, Executive Director, Funeral Consumers Alliance
 Jim Fernald of Brookings Smith Funeral Home in Bangor  (Fifth-generation funeral director)

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Understanding the provisions of the CARE Act and what it means for caregivers and their families.

Guests: Rep. Drew Gattine (D-Westbrook)

Shelly Shibles, RN, BSN, CPHQ, Hospital discharge planner, Vice President for Quality and Safety, Stephens Memorial Hospital

Lori Parham, AARP Maine state director

Sen. Amy Volk (R-District 30)

The Modern Family

Jun 18, 2015
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What are the challenges to the modern family?  Learn where to turn for help when blending families, facing divorce or trying to co-parent. 

Guests: Terri DeCoster, MS, CPP, Board Chair, KidsFirst
Bette J. Freedson, clinical social worker and author of “Soul Mothers’ Wisdom: Seven Insights For The Single Mother.”
Ray Amidon, LCPC, LMFT, clinician who continues to work on a daily basis with parents, children and families.

Click here to visit Terri's website.

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A Your Vote 2014 conversation about political advertising during this year's election cycle.

Guests: Sam Surprise, President, Surprise Advertising
  Bob Cott, Partner and Account Director, CD & M Communications

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In nineteen ninety-four President Clinton swore in the first group of AmeriCorps Volunteers.  Today, tens of thousands of Americorps volunteers work throughout the US.  More than fifty-five hundred Mainers have served more than seven and a half million hours in AmeriCorps, working here and across the country to tackle some of our country's most pressing problems. We'll discuss the work of AmeriCorps Volunteers on today's show and what the future may hold for the organization.

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