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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Maine Calling
1:45 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Sleep Research

Credit Jacopo Romei

The latest information about sleep  - how much we need and how to get it.


Dr. George Bokinsky, Medical Director, Maine Sleep Institute at Maine Medical Center

Dr. Christopher Murry, Otolaryngologist and Certified Sleep Specialist

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Maine Calling
1:21 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Protecting Maine's Wildlife

Piping plover.
Credit Don Freiday/USFWS

  Maine is home to a wide array of creatures, and some face challenges from outside pressures that threaten their very survival. Today we speak with two conservationists and about the latest on efforts to protecting nongame wildlife in Maine.

Keith Shortall speaks with:

  • Laura Minich Zitske, Wildlife Ecologist at Maine Audubon, and Director of Maine Audubon’s Piping Plover and Least Tern Recovery Project
  • Charlie Todd, Endangered Species Coordinator for Maine’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
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Maine Calling
1:05 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

A Your Vote 2014 Campaign Preview

Mike Cuzzi (from left), Ron Schmidt and Susan Dench.
Credit Mark Vogelzang / MPBN

  Live from The Cumberland Club, a Your Vote 2014 November Election Preview of the races for Governor, US Senate and CD 1 & 2.

GuestsRon Schmidt, Political Science Professor at USM.  

Mike Cuzzi, former campaign aide to President Obama, Sec. of State John Kerry and former U.S. Rep. Tom Allen. He manages the Portland office of VOX Global.

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Maine Calling
2:20 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Invasive Aquatic Plants in Maine


What's being done to combat invasive aquatic plants in Maine? Hear about steps individuals can - and have - taken to keep track of these species. And  learn about the Maine Milfoil Initiative.

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3:00 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Getting Old Without Getting Hurt


Falls cost Americans more than thirty billion dollars a year and are the leading cause of unintentional hospitalization and death among older Mainers.

Guests:  Dr. Robert Anderson works at Maine Medical Center as both an emergency physician and an internist with a focus on the care of older adults. Through the hospital's Outpatient Geriatric Center, he started a house call program which specifically targets older adults treated in the ER for a fall.

Patricia League, RN, Maine Health program director of A Matter of Balance

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11:14 am
Sun July 20, 2014

The Computer Guys

An old analog computer.

Do you have a computer? A tablet? A smartphone?  Then there is little doubt you have questions about how they work, or don't work.  Our favorite Mac and PC experts join us to get answers to you computer questions.

Guests:  Jarrod Maxfield, Owner of Necessary Technology

Andrew Rosenstein, Owner of Techport

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1:04 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Keeping The Kids Entertained, Engaged & Educated This Summer


Looking for ideas to keep the kids from just watching TV, playing video games or complaining about not having anything to do?  You're in luck!  We'll hear from guests who have great ideas on fun, active (and dare we say sometimes educational) things to do in Maine this summer.

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Maine Calling
1:45 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Jamie Wyeth

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The first comprehensive retrospective of artist Jamie Wyeth's work opens this week at The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  Jennifer Rooks speaks with Jamie about his long and varied career - and what it was like to be asked by the Kennedy family to paint a portrait of JFK. 

Guest:  Jamie Wyeth

Click here to visit the Museum of Fine Art website

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1:25 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Jamie & John Talk Cars


Our favorite car experts join us to talk all things automotive.  Learn the latest about all of the recalls in the news.  And find out which new car may be right for you - or how to keep the old roadster running strong.

Guests:  Jamie Page Deaton, Auto Editor for US News & World Report

John Paul, public affairs manager for AAA Southern New England, certified mechanic and a columnist for

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10:32 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Maine's Tourism Economy

Credit Maine Office of Tourism

Anyone who knows Maine knows tourism is a huge part of state's economy.  Join host Irwin Gratz for a discussion about how the tourist industry is faring so far this summer season.

Guests: Vaughn Stinson, CEO of the Maine Tourism Association

Amanda Rector, state economist at the Governor’s Office of Policy and Management

Matthew Arrants, director with Pinnacle Advisory Group, a national hotel consulting firm that works with hotel owners, developers, and investors around the country

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