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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Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) is being used successfully to treat those who are addicted to opiates. How and why does it work better than other methods, and who is administering this treatment in Maine?


Dr. Mark Publicker, addiction treatment specialist in private practice and past president of the Northern New England Society of Addiction Medicine

Amanda, a mother recovering from opiate addiction

Dr. Jennifer Smith, DO, North Bridgton Family Practice (part of Bridgton Hospital)

Auto News

May 24, 2016

The latest on the massive Takata airbag recall, electric vehicle sales, and why the sales of mini-vans are on the rise.


Jamie Page Deaton, Automotive Editor for U.S. News & World Reports

John Paul, AAA Northeast Public Affairs spokesperson and master mechanic

Governor Paul LePage

May 23, 2016
Mal Leary / MPBN

We’ll ask the governor about the recently completed legislative session, his priorities for next session, which cabinet position he’d like if Donald Trump is elected president and appoints the term-limited governor to a post and, failing that, his possible plans to challenge Senator King in the 2018 campaign.

Guest: Paul LePage is in his second term as governor of Maine.  He has mentioned wanting to serve in a Trump administration or running for Senate against Angus King.

Why are there so few women in engineering, science and tech field?  We'll discuss the root of the problem - and possible solutions - in advance of a AAUW state conference on the issue to be held at Maine Maritime Academy, Castine.


Dr. Kerry Whittaker, Bates College as well as at the Coastal Studies for Girls in Freeport  

Dr.  Dot McLane, AAUW, national office, American Association of University Women

Dr. Elizabeth True, VP of Student Affairs, Maine Maritime Academy

Cidny Bullens

May 19, 2016

Singer-songwriter Cidny Bullens is a two-time Grammy nominee whose musical career has included the widely acclaimed CD "Somewhere Between Heaven and Earth," as well as numerous collaborations with artists ranging from Bonnie Raitt to Elton John.

With the difficult decision over transitioning from female to male in 2011, Cindy Bullens became Cidny Bullens and is writing and performing again, including a one wo/man show called "Somewhere Between."

Birding in Maine

May 18, 2016

Look, up in the sky, it’s a bird.  But what kind of bird?  And where are the best places to bird-watch?  We’ll discuss the spring bird migration and also share tales of birding in Maine with highly esteemed birding experts. 

The 14th Amendment

May 17, 2016

Passed by Congress 150 years ago (thanks in large part to Maine’s own William Pitt Fessenden), learn about its history and why it is cited in more litigation than any other amendment.

Guests: Kenneth W. Mack, Lawrence D. Biele Professor of Law and Affiliate Professor of History, Harvard University

Patrick Rael, Professor of History, Bowdoin College.

Local Summer Travel

May 16, 2016

Tourists flock to Maine in the summer for the big attractions here. But what lesser-known places do local experts suggest for summer travel in our region? We talk about places to go and things do this season--and all year round.


George Smith and his wife Linda are the authors of a soon-to-be published book on travel in Maine. George is an award-winning writer and past executive director of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine.

Linda Smith is a retired first-grade teacher and writes a blog about travel in Maine.

Medical Error

May 13, 2016

A recent study named medical error as the nation's third leading cause of death, behind heart disease and cancer. What does "medical error" include? It can include giving someone the wrong medicine to diagnosing symptoms incorrectly. How can our medical systems try to avoid mistakes and improve outcomes for patients?


Steven Michaud, President, Maine Hospital Association

Dora Anne Mills, MD, MPH, FAAP, Vice President for Clinical Affairs, Director Center for Excellence in Health Innovation, University of New England (UNE)

Disrupt Aging

May 12, 2016

Internationally acclaimed longevity expert Dr. Bill Thomas and Lori Parham explain how what our culture tells us about aging – that it will change us against our will, and for the worse - is wrong and what we can do about it.  

Guests:  Dr. Bill Thomas, author, entrepreneur, musician, teacher, farmer and physician whose wide-ranging work explores the terrain of human aging. Best known for his health care system innovations, he is the founder of a global non-profit (The Eden Alternative) which works to improve the care provided to older people.

Ticks & Lyme Disease

May 11, 2016

  Did the combination of a mild winter and a cool spring have any effect on the ticks in our region this year? We'll talk about whether it's time to beware of ticks, what to do if you get a tick bite, and what the latest developments are with Lyme disease in Maine.


Dr. Rob Smith, infectious disease expert at Intermed

Dr. Tom Mather, better known as ‘The Tick Guy,’ of the University of Rhode Island (via ISDN)

Chuck Lubelczyk, BS, MPH, Field Biologist, MMC Lyme & Vector-Borne Disease Laboratory

How will our workplaces evolve in the coming years? We'll learn about how changes to work styles, expectations of younger workers, and advances in technology are changing our ideas of a conventional office set up.

Diane Rehm

May 9, 2016

Diane Rehm, award-winning host of The Diane Rehm Show, joins host Jennifer Rooks to talk about her longtime radio career, her plans after she ends her hosting duties this year, and her recent book, On My Own, about the loss of her husband.

What you need to know about changes coming to your public radio station.  Join our classical morning host Robin Rilette, and Charles Beck, our Vice President for Content and Programming, to learn about all the changes that start this Monday.

Guests:  Robin Rilette, Director of Music and Creative Performance, MPBN

Charles Beck, Vice President for Content and Programming

Just ahead of Mother's Day, we talk with the author of "Maine's Remarkable Women: Daughters, Wives, Sisters and Mothers Who Shaped History" about astonishing Maine women in history - some of whom you've likely never heard of.  Sure, you know about Sarah Orne Jewett and Margaret Chase Smith, but what about Toy Len Goon of Portland, named "America's Mother of the Year" in 1952?  Or Cornelia "Fly Rod" Crosby of Rangeley, famous promoter of nature tourism in Maine?