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.

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Organ Donation

Apr 16, 2015

Learn learn about advances in the science of organ donation - for both living donors and those who are deceased, and how the system works. 

Guests:  Dr. Juan Palma: General Surgeon and Transplant Surgeon, Maine Medical Center
Laura Huckestein: Donation Coordinator, New England Organ Bank 
Stanley Galvin of Pemaquid, kidney donor 

Click here to learn more about organ donation.

The role of poetry in our lives.

Guests:  Richard Blanco, historic inaugural poet, public speaker, teacher and memoirist. His latest books is 'The Prince of los Cocuyos.'

Tony Hoagland, poet and writer. His poetry collection, What Narcissism Means to Me, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Other honors include two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2000 Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry.

Reducing our use of plastic bags.  On April 15, an ordinance in Portland goes into effect that requires retailers to charge a nickel for each plastic bag they provide to consumers.  We'll learn why plastic bags present a problem to the environment, they process of how they are recycled, and what other communities in Maine are doing about this issue.

The benefits of volunteering to the community, to corporations, and, to the volunteer.

Guests:  Maryalice Crofton, Executive Director, Maine Commission for Community Service
  Dan Coyne, Senior Vice President for Community Impact, United Way of Greater Portland
  Emily Hopkins, UNUM volunteer
  Larry Wold, Maine President at TD Bank
  Bette Novick, Hub Furniture & community volunteer

What will a changing arctic mean for Maine?

Guests:  Patrick Arnold, Director of Operations and Business Development, Maine Port Authority

Paty Matrai, Senior Research Scientist, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences Dana Eidsness, Director, Maine North Atlantic Development Office