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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Human Limb Regeneration

30 minutes ago

Though it sounds like science fiction, limb regeneration in humans is entirely within the realm of possibility. It can also help in wound healing and in the development of highly sophisticated prosthetic devices that are much more sensitive and effective than those that are currently in use.

Guests:  Dr. Voot P. Yin, assistant professor at MDI Biological Laboratory

Dr. Benjamin L. King, senior staff scientist at MDI Biological Laboratory

Seaweed as a commercial product is on the rise in Maine. We'll discuss the different kinds of seaweed, its role in the environment, sustainable harvesting, commercial markets--from cuisine to fertilizer--and the challenges and opportunities of this significant Maine resource.

Guests:  Shep Erhart, President, Maine Seaweed Council and owner of Maine Coast Sea Vegetables

George Seaver, Ocean Organics, and Vice President of the Maine Seaweed Council

In a time when police are in the headlines over race relations and shootings, what are the challenges for law enforcement? We'll discuss the role of police in the community, as well as training and education, workload, drug enforcement and other issues. Guests:  Michael Sauschuck, Portland Police Chief  Joel Merry, Sheriff of Sagadahoc County and president of Maine Sheriff's Association  Colonel Robert Williams with Maine State Police

We listen back to one of our most popular programs.  Learn which books should make your summer reading list.


Josh Bodwell, executive director of the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance

The latest on the Race for the White House and news from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Guests: Abby Bennett, Chair of the College Republican Federal of Maine and a rising junior at UMaine Orono.

Michael Cianchette, former counsel to Governor LePage

Jeanne Cummings, political reporter, Wall Street Journal

James Libby, Professor of Business Administration, Thomas College

China 2016

Jul 20, 2016

Marketplace China correspondent Rob Schmitz discusses his new book “Street of Eternal Happiness: Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road.”  Joining Rob will be Bowdoin College Assistant Professor Christopher Heurlin and Connie Zhu, a Chinese language teacher, translator and radio host who grew up in Shanghai.

Guests:  Rob Schmitz, author of "Street of Eternal Happiness."  He's also China correspondent for MarketPlace; he will soon be the new Shanghai correspondent for NPR.

Christopher Heurlin, Assistant Professor of Asian Studies and Government, Bowdoin College

Overtime Rules

Jul 19, 2016

New federal rules regarding overtime pay go into effect later this year. We’ll discuss what they will mean for businesses small and large, how individuals can make sure they are being paid appropriately and what recourse they have if they believe they are not.


Doug Currier, attorney at Verrill Dana

Pamela Megathlin, Director of the Bureau of Labor Standards, Maine Department of Labor

Adrianna Bellerose, Adrianna Bellerose & Associates, Coaching and Consulting

Maine's paper mills have been closing one by one as the demand for paper products declines worldwide. How is this trend affecting Maine's economy and local communities? And what is the outlook for Maine paper industry?

Guests: Donna Cassese, Managing Director, Wood Resource Strategy, Sappi North America
  Dana Doran, Executive Director, Professional Logging Contractors of Maine

Citizen Science

Jul 15, 2016

Throughout Maine, volunteers contribute legwork and observations for citizen science projects. These citizen scientists gather valuable data on wildlife, water quality, climate change and more.


Karen Wilson, Associate Research Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, University of Southern Maine

Susan Gallo, Maine Audubon wildlife biologist

Esperanza Stancioff, Extension Educator, University of Maine Cooperative Extension & Maine Sea Grant


Jul 14, 2016

Sweetbitter is one of the most talked about, highly reviewed novels to come out this year. We’ll hear from the author about her life as a waitress at an upscale restaurant in NYC, how much of the book is based on her own experiences, and we’ll be joined by a Maine restaurateur and by a Maine writer to get their take on food, restaurants and writing.


Stephanie Danler, author of Sweetbitter

Kate Christensen, Maine-based author of several novels and two food-centric memoirs: Blue Plate Special and How to Cook a Moose.

Small Farming in Maine

Jul 13, 2016

Maine is bucking a national trend – as farms and farmland shrink in other states, the number of new farms in Maine has been on the rise for more than a decade. What does it take to be a small farmer in Maine?  Where can new farmers turn to get help? We’ll learn what it takes to till the land and make a living as a farmer in Maine.

Guests:  Tori Lee Jackson, Extension Educator, Associate Professor of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Androscoggin and Sagadahoc Counties Office

All About Money

Jul 12, 2016

A former correspondent for The Economist and current public policy and economics professor at Dartmouth College explains why a $20 bill is actually worth twenty dollars. He'll talk about how currency and our banking system work.


Charlie Wheelan, senior lecturer and policy fellow at the Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College, a former correspondent for The Economist, and the author of assorted books that attempt to make serious topics more accessible (and even fun).

From the Juno spacecraft mission to Jupiter, to the second discovery of gravitational waves, to the completion of the largest telescope on earth, we explore the latest from news from inside our galaxy and beyond.

Guests:  Edward Gleason, Astronomer and Manager of the Southworth Planetarium at USM

  Elizabeth McGrath, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Colby College

  Shawn Laatsch, Director, Emera Astronomy Center & Jordan Planetarium, University of Maine


Jamie Wyeth

Jul 8, 2016

A conversation with Jamie Wyeth about his illustrious career and his exhibit at the Ogunquit.  (Live from the Ogunquit Museum of American Art).

Guest:  Jamie Wyeth - contemporary American realist painter.  He’s the son of Andrew Wyeth, among the country's most popular painters, and the grandson of Newell Convers Wyeth, famous for his distinctive illustrations for the classic novels by Stevenson, Cooper, and Scott.

State Fire Marshal

Jul 7, 2016

The number of house fires has been steadily declining over the years, but it’s still a huge problem.  In 2014, there were 1,298,000 fires reported in the United States. These fires caused 3,275 civilian deaths.  Maine State Fire Marshal Joseph E. Thomas joins us to answer questions about protecting yourself and your family in from fire, and about specific fire dangers in the summertime.

Guest: Joseph Thomas is the Maine State Fire Marshal