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Colin Woodard: Understanding America's Divisions

1 hour ago
Greta Rybus

Colin Woodard joins us to discuss his recent New York Times piece that explains that the key differences among American voters can be tied to regional cultures tracing back to the nation’s colonization.

Guest:  Colin Woodard, award-winning author and journalist. He is State and National Affairs Writer for the Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram. He is the author of American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America; The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and theStruggle for a Forgotten Frontier; Ocean's End: Travels Through Endangered Seas;  The Republic of Pirates: Being The True And Surprising Story Of The Caribbean Pirates And The Man Who Brought Them Down; and American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good.


Gardening: Tips for Your Late-Summer Garden

Aug 13, 2018

Our gardening experts return to answer your weeding, pruning and picking questions.

Food for Thought: Maine's Role as a Food Center

Aug 10, 2018

Our culinary experts return to talk about seasonal ingredients, fermenting and pickling, the accolades coming in for Maine's food scene—and answer your food and cooking questions.

There are interesting spots all across the state to visit and learn about history. We’ll learn about these historic sites and destinations, what you can learn — and why they matter.

Maine's lobster fishery is vital to our economy. We’ll learn about the status of the lobster population, effects of climate change, potential impacts of tariffs, the role of the lobsterman, and the outlook for the future of the industry.

What happens when a family gets evicted from its home? What recourse is possible? And what rights do landlords have when tenants don’t pay the rent?

The mounting environmental crises American faces, including droughts, floods, hurricanes and coastal erosion, are profoundly connected and are affecting the lives of citizens in every corner of the country. We’ll learn the latest on the multitude of environmental issues facing the nation and hear about some practical solutions.

Entomophagy: The Case For Eating Insects

Aug 3, 2018

This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (June 13th); no calls will be taken.

The practice of eating bugs is quite common around the world, but still elicits skepticism — or disgust — here in our country. Yet most of us eat insects without realizing it. We’ll learn about why adding insects to our diet could be good for our health, and the health of our planet.

Maine Calling is not live today; no calls will be taken.

It's Super Thursday! We will listen back to excerpts from a few of our recent favorite Maine Calling episodes.

Gus Ruelas / AP Photo

The popularity of yoga continues to grow, and some tout the health benefits—for young and old—that can come from this physical, mental and spiritual practice.

The Month in Review: Analysis of July News in Maine

Jul 31, 2018

Our panel of Maine editorial page editors returns to discuss the news that made headlines in July.

Rabies in Maine: Prevention & Treatment

Jul 30, 2018
Anson Eaglin / USDA-APHIS/Flickr

There have been many reports of rabid animals in Maine recently. We’ll learn just what rabies is, whether it’s on the rise and what can be done to keep family — especially the four-legged variety — safe when outdoors.

Interest in the young adult literature genre is growing, appealing not only to young people ages 12-18, but adults as well. We’ll hear about some of the YA books out there, talk to Maine authors and learn about what makes this genre appealing to readers.

Veterinary Care & Advice

Jul 26, 2018

Summertime brings its share of safety and health issues for our pets, from hot weather to water dangers to vacation separation—not to mention ticks and other pests. We'll hear from our veterinarians about seasonal concerns and get answers to your pet questions.

From Portland to Rockland to Augusta, new murals have been popping up over the past few years on buildings and walls in public places. Some are the work of individual artists, others are community projects with lots of participants. Some promote social justice issues, others are just fun. We’ll look at the history and significance of murals, including the controversial mural moved from Maine’s Department of Labor in 2013. Also, we are encouraging listeners to email us photos of murals. So, if there’s one near your house, or if you encounter one while you are out and about, snap a photo of it and send it to