Maine Calling

Monday-Thursday, Noon-1 p.m.

Maine Calling is an interactive radio program hosted by MPBN News Director Keith Shortall and Public Affairs Host Jennifer Rooks and produced by Jonathan Smith.

Airing live Monday through Thursday from 12:00 to 1:00 pm and anytime online, the show brings interesting conversations on a wide variety of topics to the people of Maine.

MPBN listeners are strongly encouraged to participate in the program.

Email, tweet @mainecalling, post a message on Facebook or call when the show is live: 1-800-399-3566

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3:06 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Understanding Islam


A conversation about understanding Islam.  Get answers to your questions about one of the world's oldest, most popular, and perhaps most misunderstood religions.

Guests:   Omar Conteh, Outreach coordinator at the Islamic Center in Orono.
  Ali Ahmida, professor and chair in the Department of Political Science at UNE.
  Reza Jalali, Coordinator, Multicultural Student Affairs, USM.
  John Michaud, Director and Assistant Professor of the School of Legal Studies, Hu

sson University.

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3:12 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Medical Missions


A look at Mainers who travel abroad for medical / humanitarian missions.

Guests:  Gail Gutradt, author of "In a Rocket Made of Ice."
Dr. Suzanne Hoekstra from Mercy Hospital.  She's a Board-Certified general surgeon with special training in breast surgery.
Bill Dunn, President & Executive Consultant, Sunset Point, LLC.  He is a Yarmouth Rotarian who has been on numerous Rotoplast trips.

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9:38 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Ebola & Other Infectious Diseases


Answers to your questions about Ebola and other infectious diseases.  

Guests:  Dr. Sheila Pinette, Director, Maine Centers for Disease Control

Dr. Christopher Pezzullo, Pediatrician and Medical Director for Maine CDC’s  Division of Population Health  Dr. August Valenti, Infectious Disease specialist at Maine Medical Center 

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9:07 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Jamie & John Talk Cars


Our favorite automotive experts join us to talk about the latest news from the world of cars. 

Guests:  Jaime Page Deaton, auto editor for U.S. News & World Report
  John Paul, public affairs manager for AAA Southern New England, certified mechanic and a columnist for

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3:09 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Books that Divide Us


You love'em, you hate'em, you don't know why you didn't read'em (or finish'em). Books lovers discuss books they wanted to love but didn't, classics they despised, and other books that didn't fall into the expected love/hate category.

Guests:  Linda Lord, Maine State Librarian
  Joshua Bodwell, Executive Director of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance
  Monica Wood, author of numerous books, including the best-seller "When We Were The Kennedys."

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