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.

  The two Maine judges who we had on 5/3/12 to talk divorce returned to answer more of your divorce questions and talk family law.

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.

 

  Just in time for Valentine's day, it's the true story of a chocolatier. Ten years ago Kate Shaffer left the West Coast and headed East for a simpler life. Today, she and her husband operate Black Dinah Chocolatiers on Isle au Haut. She'll share her favorite chocolate recipes and tales from life on the island.

  You may know it best as a place to drop off old clothes and no longer needed household items, but Goodwill is much more than a thrift store. The new CEO of Goodwill Industries of Northern New England discussed the challenges facing her organization, and the community support services it provides to tens of thousands of individuals.

Host Jonathan P. Smith speaks with:

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, Chief Executive Officer, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England

  Learn which make and model of automobile works best for families among other automotive nuggets.

Host Jonathan P. Smith speaks with:

Jamie Page Deaton, Automotive Editor for US News & World Report

 Jamie Page Deaton's "Best Cars" blog on the US News & World Report website

  Learn about the young, adventurous captains of two opposing sailing ships, that fought within eyesight of those on the coast of Pemaquid Point during the War of 1812.

Host Jonathan P. Smith speaks with:

Author David Hanna

Read a review of Knights of the Sea - The True Story of the Boxer and the Enterprise and the War of 1812 by The Bangor Daily News

Chinese in Maine

Jan 24, 2012

  It’s the Year of the Dragon and Maine Calling marked the start of Chinese New Year with a conversation about the Chinese community in Maine. Learn about the customs and traditions that mark this festive holiday, and find out about some of the history and trends of Chinese residents living in Maine.

Host Jonathan Smith speaks with:

  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

  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.