Maine Calling

Monday-Friday, 1 - 2 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 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.

MPBN listeners are strongly encouraged to participate in the program.

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Current Events

1 hour ago

We discuss current political and economic news in Maine, including Brexit's impact on our economy and international trade, as well as Trump's visit to our state.


Ron Schmidt, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Southern Maine

Kristin Vekasi, Assistant Professor-Political Science and School of Policy & International Affairs

Janine Bisaillon-Cary, President and State Director of International Trade, Maine International Trade Center

One in five women in the U.S. will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.  We’ll discuss what are we learning about why this is, what is being done to address this shocking statistic, and how other cultures deal with issues of consent, assault and sexuality. We’ll also explore what is meant by the phrase “rape culture” and how it might be changed.


Guests:  Shana Natelson, Speak About It - Executive Director

  Doris Santoro, Associate Professor of Education, Bowdoin College

Contemporary Art

Jun 27, 2016

As the Center for Maine Contemporary Art opens its brand new building in Rockland, we discuss the role of contemporary art in Maine today.


Suzette McAvoy, Director, Center for Maine Contemporary Art

Lauren Fensterstock, artist, writer, curator, critic, and educator

Dan Mills, Bates College. Mills directs the museum and is an active and successful studio artist.

Acadia National Park

Jun 24, 2016

Acadia National Park celebrates its centennial this year. Maine Calling is live from the Schoodic Institute to talk about the park's centennial plans--and its history and future outlook.

Guests: Kevin Schneider, Acadia National Park Superintendent
 Mark Berry, President and CEO, Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park
 David MacDonald, President and CEO of Friends of Acadia

PBS President Paula Kerger

Jun 23, 2016

PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger joins us to talk about public broadcasting -- the challenges and successes she has faced leading PBS and its 350 member stations since 2006.

Paula Kreger, president and CEO of PBS

Tech News

Jun 22, 2016

The latest news from the world of computers, smart phones, tablets and more. Also, news from the recent MacOS developers conference.

Guests:  Andrew Rosenstein, owner of TechPort

Jarrod Maxfield, owner of Necessary Technology

Janet McKenney, Director of Library Development, Maine State Library

Summer Gardening in Maine

Jun 21, 2016

We turn to our esteemed gardening experts for tips on how to combat this season’s most common insects and diseases, manage your garden during this prolonged dry spell, and generally, best  make your garden grow.

Guests:  William Cullina, Executive Director of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Barbara Murphy, a gardening expert with over twenty years of experience teaching the master gardener course.

Click here to go to the Garden Club Federation of Maine 

The personal-finance website NerdWallet has ranked Maine as the 11th “most entrepreneurial” state.  What are the right ingredients to encourage entrepreneurs and to help them succeed?  On the first day of the Maine ‘Start Up and Create’ week, we discuss entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation in the state.


Maine's Agricultural Fairs

Jun 17, 2016

The history, scope and future of Maine's agricultural fairs

Guests:  Gerald Gilpatrick, President of the Maine Association of Agricultural Fairs

April Boucher, Fair Director of the Common Ground Country Fair

Roy Andrew, President of the Fryeburg Fair

Last month, researchers discovered bacteria in a U.S. patient that is resistant to last-resort antibiotics, giving greater urgency to concerns about antibiotic resistance.  What are the causes and what is the latest research telling us?

Guests:  Dr. August Valenti, infectious disease specialist with Intermed and hospital epidemiologist with Maine Medical Center

Dr. Meghan May, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases with the
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Maine Restaurant Industry

Jun 15, 2016

We discuss the growing movement to pay restaurant workers a higher wage and provide them with benefits such as sick leave.  We’ll also look at the state of Maine’s restaurant industry.


Greg Dugal, president Maine Restaurant Association

Saru Jayaraman is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley and author of Forked: A New Standard for American Dining

Science Skepticism

Jun 14, 2016

Why does the public often view science with doubt and distrust? From issues like climate change to vaccinations to GMOs, people question the validity of scientific evidence. What explains this phenomenon, and how does it affect societal attitudes today?


Prof. David Hecht, assistant professor of history at Bowdoin College

Prof. Ivan Fernandez, professor of soil science at University of Maine

Dr. Laura Blaisdell, pediatrician with InterMed and clinical study coordinator for the National Children's Study

Anne Garrels

Jun 13, 2016

The former NPR foreign correspondent examines life in Russia outside of Moscow.

Guest:  Anne Garrels was senior foreign correspondent for NPR for almost 25 years. She was assigned to Baghdad during the 2003 U.S. invasion and covered Iraq for six years. Prior to joining NPR in 1986, she was chief correspondent in Moscow and Central America for ABC and the State Department correspondent for NBC. This is her second book.  Her first is “Naked in Baghdad: The Iraq War and the Aftermath as Seen by NPR’s Correspondent.”

A listen back to our earlier show about why Maine is home to so many great craft breweries -- and the science behind making a great IPA.  (This is a rebroadcast: no calls will be taken during the June 10th show.)

Guests:  Sean Sullivan, executive director, Maine Brewers’ Guild

Heather Sanborn, president, Maine Brewers’ Guild \ co-owner, Rising Tide Brewery

Lucille Benedict, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry, University of Southern Maine

Video: 1st Congressional District Candidate Ande Smith

Jun 9, 2016

A Your Vote 2016 interview with First Congressional District Candidate Ande Smith

Guest: Ande Smith is a Navy veteran, lawyer, businessman and native of Maine who lives with his family in North Yarmouth.