Jonathan P. Smith

Executive Producer - Maine Calling

Jonathan was born in Monsey, New York. A field trip to Washington, DC when he was in 7th grade started him on his circuitous path to a career in public radio. The trip inspired a love of politics and led to his desire to one day call DC home. After graduating from Grinnell College, he worked on a couple of campaigns in Iowa (presidential and congressional) and moved to Washington, DC.

After failing to find work as the president's chief of staff or as a highly paid lobbyist, he took a job parking cars next to Ford's Theatre. (To this day it remains one of his favorite jobs). From parking cars he moved on to doing energy/regulatory work at a few law firms. However, once he realized he wouldn't be promoted to lawyer, he decided to pursue a career in public radio.

Thanks to the kindness of a staffer on The Diane Rehm Show, he began as a volunteer with that nationally-syndicated NPR program and worked his way up to full-time producer. After nine years with The Diane Rehm Show, he moved to New Hampshire to be the Executive Producer of New Hampshire Public Radio's Word of Mouth. In the Fall of 2010, he joined the Maine Public Broadcasting Network to help launch it's new, interactive radio program Maine Calling.

When not producing radio programs, Jonathan spends his time with his wonderful wife and their two young sons. He also likes to play golf, and tries his best not to injure himself while playing pickup football and basketball games with much younger players.

Ways to Connect

Maine Public

Maine Calling addresses election issues as part of Maine Public's Your Vote 2018 coverage.

Our panelists discusses the issues surrounding Ballot Question 1 – “Citizen Initiative: Do you want to create the Universal Home Care Program to provide home-based assistance to people with disabilities and senior citizens, regardless of income, funded by a new 3.8% tax on individuals and families with Maine wage and adjusted gross income above the amount subject to Social Security taxes, which is $128,400 in 2018?”

Newell Augur, Home Care & Hospice Alliance, chair of No on Question 1

Mike Tipping, communications director, Mainers for Home Care, Yes on 1

Maine Public

Maine Calling speaks with the candidates as part of Maine Public’s Your Vote 2018 coverage.

1-1:30 p.m.: Alan Caron, independent candidate for governor

1:30-2 p.m.: Eric Brakey, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate

For more Your Vote 2018 resources, visit mainepublic.org/yourvote.

Maine Calling speaks with the candidates as part of Maine Public’s Your Vote 2018 coverage.

1-1:30 p.m.: Terry Hayes, independent candidate for governor

1:30-2 p.m.: Tiffany Bond, independent candidate for Maine’s 2nd Congressional District

For more Your Vote 2018 resources, visit mainepublic.org/yourvote.

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According to a 2016 CDC report, only 20 percent of Americans over 18 are meeting the guidelines for both aerobic and strength training. When respondents were divided by age and gender, the percentage of those exercising decreased with each increasing age group, and for every age group a smaller percentage of women were strength training than men. Strength training helps to maintain and build muscle mass as we age. We’ll learn about ways to incorporate strength training into our everyday lives.

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Bowdoin College biology professor emeritus Nathaniel T. Wheelwright shares his latest project — a series of videos filmed almost entirely in Wheelwright's backyard that are designed not so much to entertain and astonish, but to encourage mindfulness and curiosity among viewers; to educate and empower them to make their own discoveries about nature. Joining Nat will be Patty Jones, Bowdoin assistant professor of biology and director of the Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island.

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This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (original air date Juyl 24, 2018); no calls will be taken.

Why is it so difficult to admit when we are wrong? Our panel offers insights into why owning up to a mistake is so very hard for most people to do, and how this relates to conflict and divisiveness in today’s society.

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Part pop history and part whimsical memoir in the spirit of “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” “Don’t Make Me Pull Over!” is a nostalgic look at the golden age of family road trips — a halcyon era that culminated in the latter part of the twentieth century, before portable DVD players, iPods, and Google Maps.

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Join us for selections from past Maine Calling shows, as we highlight the Best of Maine Calling for Super Thursday.

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Why is it so difficult to admit when we are wrong? Our panel offers insights into why owning up to a mistake is so very hard for most people to do, and how this relates to conflict and divisiveness in today’s society.

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We discuss summer driving, autonomous driving, and other news from the world of cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs.

John Paul, AAA Northeast Car Doctor, joins us. He has more than 30 years of experience in the automobile industry and is an ASE-Certified Master Technician.

 

This show was recorded before a live audience in Iceland; no calls will be taken.

In many ways, Iceland is like Maine – beautiful, sparsely populated, and a tourist destination.  We’ll discuss the similarities and differences between Maine and Iceland. Jennifer Rooks hosts this special program from Iceland's RÚV Studios.

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Two top-ranking legislative leaders join us to discuss the work still left to be done and the prospects for compromise.

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We speak with acclaimed biographer Patricia O’Toole about her new book and why the life and times of Wilson are particularly relevant in today’s world. (O’Toole is a Maine author – she lives in Camden.)

Guest: Patricia O’Toole is the author of five books, including When Trumpets Call: Theodore Roosevelt after the White House, and The Five of Hearts: An Intimate Portrait of Henry Adams and His Friends, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. 

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Implicit bias has been in the news a lot lately. It can be defined as attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions and decisions in an unconscious manner. We'll learn how implicit bias manifests itself, and what we can do to better understand our own beliefs.

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Implicit bias has been in the news a lot lately. It can be defined as attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. We'll learn how implicit bias manifests itself--and what we can do to better understand our own beliefs.

Guests: Laura Ligouri, Executive Director & Founder of Mindbridge. Laura is also a lecturer in neuroscience at Bates CollegeSusan K. Gardner, Ph.D., Director of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies & The Rising Tide Center, University of MaineRegina Phillips, University of New England Social Work faculty member. She is also the Westbrook School Department's Grants and Community Engagement Coordinator. Prior to that she managed the City of Portland's Refugee Services program. 

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