Maine Calling

Monday-Friday, 1 - 2 p.m.

Maine Calling is an interactive radio program hosted by Maine Public Radio 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.

Maine Public listeners are strongly encouraged to participate in the program.

Scroll down to access previous programs.

Presidential Debate Analysis

17 hours ago

Reaction and analysis after the first Presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, held at Hofstra University in New York.

Guests:  Jeanne Cummings, Wall Street Journal

Ronald J. Schmidt, Jr., Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Southern Maine

Karen Frink Wolf, partner and trial lawyer at Verrill Dana law firm; former Policy Debater and former high school debate coach; she helped guide the Falmouth High School debate team to 4 state championships and was named Maine Debate Coach of the Year in 2014.

Early Childhood Education

Sep 26, 2016

Building evidence shows that early childhood education is vital to laying a strong foundation for the next generation. How is Maine providing for ECE? We'll discuss lack of funding and access to childcare, new approaches in early childhood education, and the increased role that educators have to play in today's society.

Guests:  Ed Cervone, executive director, Educate Maine 

Rita Furlow, Senior Policy Analyst, Maine Children's Alliance (from Augusta studio)

Kate Brockett, teacher, RSU 1 in Bath

Community Health Centers

Sep 23, 2016

Community Health Centers across the state offer basic health care to people regardless of their income or insurance coverage. How are they able to provide these services, and can they continue to do so?

Guests:  Vanessa Santarelli, CEO of Maine Primary Care Association

Martin Sabol, HCH Coordinator, Nasson Health Care

Renee Fay-LeBlanc, Greater Portland Health Center

Legalizing Marijuana

Sep 22, 2016

“Do you want to allow the possession and use of marijuana under state law by persons who are at least 21 years of age, and allow the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products subject to state regulation, taxation and local ordinance?”

Both sides in the debate over Ballot Question 1 join us in our Lewiston studio for the first of 5 Ballot Question debates (to be taped for later showing on Maine Public Television).

Mark Vogelzang

Sep 21, 2016
Bryan Bechard/ MPBN

What's new at the Maine Public Broadcasting Network? Hear about the latest changes - including a surprise or two -  from President and CEO, Mark Vogelzang.


Maine Public President and CEO Mark Vogelzang

Getting Out the Vote

Sep 20, 2016

Mainers have a long history of being civically engaged.  We'll learn what's being done to keep voters going to the polls and look at voting trends in the state.  Guests will include Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap (from Augusta studio) and Jill Ward, President of the Maine League of Women Voters.

Guests:  Matt Dunlap, Maine Secretary of State

Jill Ward, President of the Maine League of Women Voters

James P. Melcher, Ph. D., Professor, Political Science and Pre-Law Adviser, University of Maine-Farmington

Call-in from Rich Livingston with AARP


Sep 19, 2016

What is the nature of memory? We talk to artist Amy Stacey Curtis - who is staging a large-scale interactive exhibit at the Bates Mill examining the concept of memory - and professor Jennifer Coane from the Memory and Language Lab at Colby College about how memory works (or doesn't work), how it affects our perception of the world, and the varying roles that memory plays in our lives.

The Science and Art of Political Polling

Sep 16, 2016

‘Tis the season for polls, polling and pollsters.  We’ll hear from leading pollsters about how they put polls together, why similar polls can come up with very different results, and what you, the consumer of polls, can do to be a wise (and weary) user of polls.



Daniel M. Shea, director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Colby College.


Restorative Justice

Sep 15, 2016

Restorative justice is gaining more and more followers and making the news across the country.  We discuss this system of criminal justice that focuses on the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims and the community at large and how it is playing out in Maine.



Seth Levy, trial attorney who has represented clients involved with restorative justice


Sarah Mattox, Program coordinator for Restorative Justice Project


Emergency Preparedness

Sep 14, 2016

With hurricane season approaching and the anniversary of 9/11 in the news, we discuss ways we can (and should) be ready for disasters


Gail Rice, Corporate Communications, Avangrid (formerly CMP)

Susan Faloon, APR, Special Projects Coordinator/Public Information Officer, Maine Emergency Management Agency

David Sheehan, Regional Disaster Program Officer for the American Red Cross in Maine

Technical Education

Sep 13, 2016

Maine has 27 career and technical centers (CTEs), training students in everything from auto mechanics to agriculture, public safety to computer-assisted design, yet many manufacturers, hospitals and other employer say they can't find enough well-trained employees for the jobs of today and for the future.  We'll look at how Maine's CTEs are working to address that shortage, how to attract more young people to the trades and what opportunities exist.


Peter Hallen, director, Mid-Maine Technical Center

Tech News

Sep 12, 2016

The new iPhones are out, as is a new Operating System from Google.  Samsung is recalling its latest and greatest smartphone over concerns it can explode.  Our computer experts weigh in on all things tech and answer listener questions about laptops, wifi hotspots and more.


Andrew Rosenstein, owner of TechPort

Jarrod Maxfield, owner of Necessary Technology


Sep 9, 2016

In conjunction with the launch of Maine Public’s new feature Poems from Here, we discuss the role of poetry in school and in life.

Poems from Here airs on Fridays right after Maine Calling, 1:55 pm, starting September 9th.


Stuart Kestenbaum, Maine Poet Laureate , Interim Director of the Maine College of Art, and former Director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

The History of the Pulitzer Prize

Sep 8, 2016

We’ll discuss the prize’s history, its role in journalism and the art, and how Pulitzer and his nemesis W.R. Hearst changed journalism in America.


James McGrath, author of Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print and Power

Roy Harris, author of Pulitzer's Gold: A Century of Public Service Journalism

Click here for information about today's event on this topic: "Bar Harbor: Birthplace of the Pulitzer Prize" (Sept 8, 7 pm).