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

Camden Conference 2019

In conjunction with the Camden Conference, we discuss China’s role in the world today, and tomorrow.

We talk with legislative leaders about their priorities as the legislative session moves into full swing.  Already several hot button issues are emerging, including a proposal idea to create a statewide power authority, greater firearms regulations and a plan to legalize sports betting.  We’ll discuss these issues and more.

Maine Public

There are a number of new, space-focused businesses operating in Maine. We’ll learn about what makes Maine an attractive place for these types of businesses. We’ll also discuss the latest news from the world of space exploration.

Associated Press

Which issues will dominate the Legislature in 2019? Our panel discusses changes we are likely to see under a Mills administration and which issues will be at the forefront of Maine politics in the year ahead.


Which are the five albums you’d choose if you could only listen to 5? Which 5 records or artists had the greatest impact on you musically? Get ready for the great debate of the albums that matter most.

With Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday fast approaching, our tech team returns to share tips on the gadgets worth grabbing when the sales start springing up, as well as ways to support local businesses and charitable organizations this holiday season.

One of our audience’s favorite programs: It’s the return of the Maine Calling “Made in Maine” Gift Guide!

Maine Public

Maine Public Classical host Robin Rilette and Maine Calling host Jennifer Rooks offer a behind-the-scenes look at the work they do. This will be broadcast on both the Maine Public channel and the Maine Public Classical channel, as part of our Grow Together membership drive.

Join us for a "Best Of Maine Calling" show during our Grow Together Membership Drive.

Historian, author and Maine Calling favorite Ken Davis joins us to talk about his latest book.

Kenneth C. Davis is an American historian and author, best known for his “Don’t Know Much About” series of history books.

Our panelists discuss the way the funeral industry is changing and the latest options in today’s funerals. We’ll also discuss green funerals, natural burial options and green cemeteries.

Month in Review

Oct 31, 2018

Our panel of editorial page editors returns to discuss Susan Collins’ Kavanaugh vote, the upcoming election, and the other headlines of the past month.

Please note: Today's show will repeat at 9 pm, rather than the usual 8 pm rebroadcast.

This month marks the 60th anniversary of the creation of NASA. Our panelists discuss what may be next for NASA, and the latest news from out of this world, including the search for Planet X, the aborted mission to the International Space Station, and the Hubble and Chandra glitches.

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