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

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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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Secretary of State Matt Dunlap explains how ranked-choice voting will work in the upcoming elections and also discusses election integrity.

We’ll hear from experts and entrepreneurs about ways to bring high-speed internet to all of Maine. This is in advance of the statewide 2018 Maine Broadband Coalition Conference, in which Maine communities and national experts will share lessons learned to date, look at new ways for solving shared challenges, and identify what’s next for broadband funding and policy in Maine.

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University of Maine experts discuss the relationship between humans and forests, including environmental attitudes and behaviors. We will also discuss how the forests have changed in the past few decades.

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One hundred years ago, the Spanish flu pandemic infected 500 million people worldwide — about one-third of the planet’s population — and killed an estimated 20 million-50 million victims, including some 675,000 Americans. Author Ken Davis join us to talk about the history and repercussions of this pandemic, as captured in his newest book.

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Two former ambassadors join us to discuss the war in Afghanistan and other current events in the Middle East and around the world.

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The host of NPR and WBUR's "Only A Game" since the program began in 1993, Bill joins us to talk about the latest news from the world of sports and the intersection of sports and storytelling.

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