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, rebroadcast at midnight, 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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Dead Presidents

Apr 27, 2016

NHPR host and reporter Brady Carlson examines the final resting places of our country’s presidents. “Dead Presidents” shows that the ways we memorialize our presidents reveal as much about us as it does about the men themselves.

Guest:  Brady Carlson is a reporter and on-air host for New Hampshire Public Radio.

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Who should consider long-term care insurance?  What are the pros and cons of taking out a long-term care insurance policy?  What are other options?  And what are some of the concerns about some long-term care policies?

Guests:   Eric A. Cioppa, Superintendent of the Maine Bureau of Insurance

  Kerry Peabody, CSA, CLTC, Long Term Care, Life & Disability Insurance Agent Clark Insurance

  Karen Milliken, Vice-President and Portfolio Mananger, RM Davis

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Medical professionals say there’s an alarming shortage of psychiatric care in Maine.  What’s being done – and isn’t being done – to address this?


DR. GIRARD ROBINSON, Chief of Psychiatry at Maine Medical Center and Senior Vice President for Medical and Clinical Affairs at Maine Behavioral Healthcare

MARY JEAN MORK, Vice President for Integrated Programming for Maine Behavioral Healthcare

The latest on our understanding of autism and the perspective of two parents of adult children with autism.


Matthew Siegel, M.D., Director, Developmental Disorders Program, Maine Behavioral Healthcare; Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Pediatrics, Tufts University School of Medicine; Clinical Scientist - Maine Medical Center Research Institute; Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders

Derek Volk, President, VOLK PACKAGING CORPORATION, author of Chasing the Rabbit

The Importance of Storytelling for Young, Old and those in between.  – Why do humans have a need to tell stories? How does storytelling help young people learn? What are ways we all can all chronicle stories that are important to us or that we want to share?

The Latest Science on the Importance of Sleep. - A leading expert discusses the latest research on sleep, especially for teens.  

Guest:  Mary A. Carskadon, Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University

How big of a problem is food waste in Maine and in the US?  We’ll learn about the dimensions of the problem and get tips on wasting less and putting what we don’t eat to good use.

Guests:  Brett Richardson, General Manager of We Compost It!

Christine Beling, Project Engineer, Assistance and Pollution Prevention Unit for the EPA.  She’ll discuss the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge. 

Jennifer deHart, Chief Sustainability Officer with Unity College

The Youth Vote

Apr 18, 2016

Which issues getting young people involved and engaged this election cycle?  We’ll hear from young voters about what matters to them and what they think of the tone and tenor of the race for the White House.


Guests:  Kara Ellsmore, Junior at Gorham High School

  Abigail Bennett, University of Maine, Class of 2018, Chairman of the Maine Federation of College Republicans

 Brian Duff, Political Science Professor at UNE

Witty and engaging Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo discusses his new novel, “Everybody's Fool,” a sequel to his 1993 novel, “Nobody's Fool.”  We’ll also ask him about his approach to writing and Maine’s literary community.

Guests: Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize winning author of “Empire Falls” and numerous other books.

We discuss the role of the independent – both the independent voter and the potential for an independent presidential candidate – in the race for the White House with Colby College Political Science Professor Sandy Maisel and the Wall Street Journal's Dante Chinni.  We’ll also discuss how a contested convention might work, and what the possibilities are of the Congress determining who is elected president.

Getting comfortable talking about about alcohol.  Learn about a new program designed to break down barriers to talking about alcohol use.  We'll discuss how to have what can be a difficult - but important - conversation... and steps to take to get health care professionals, caregivers, family and friends - comfortable with the subject of alcohol use.

The number of midwives in Maine is growing, with at least 29 nurse-midwife practices in operation.  The U.S. Department of Labor predicts even more of a demand in the next decade.  Meantime, the Maine legislature is considering a bill to license midwives.  We’ll learn more about what midwives do (and it’s not just home births) and what roles they serve during pregnancy, birth and post-partum.  


Guests:  Ellie Daniels, Certified Professional Midwife

Teaching in Maine

Apr 7, 2016

A look at what it means to be a teacher in Maine in 2016, and what the future may hold as a huge number of Maine teachers are set to retire in the next decade. 

Guests:  Tayla Edlund/2016 Maine Teacher of the Year, 3rd Grade Teacher, Pond Cove School, Cape Elizabeth

Dr. Kathy Yardley/Provost, Dean of Education, University of Maine/Farmington

Lois Kilby-Chesley/President, MEA

What's next for the solar power industry in Maine?

Guests:  Patrick Woodcock, Director of the Maine State Energy Office

Tux Turkel, Staff Writer with the Portland Press Herald

Fortunat Mueller, P.E., Partner at ReVision Energy LLC

Tim Schneider, Maine Public Advocate

Egypt Today

Apr 5, 2016

Since the Arab spring, Egyptians have seen two presidents forced out of office.  Today, the military is in charge and there are few  signs of a democratic future. The latest on current events in Egypt.


Guests:  Ali Ahmida, Professor of Political Science at the University of New England. He is the author of Forgotten Voices: Power and Agency in Colonial and Postcolonial Libya and the editor of Beyond Colonialism and Nationalism in the Maghrib: History, Culture, and Politics.