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

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

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Maine’s own "holler folk" band, Ghost of Paul Revere, joins us to discuss their new album, life on the road, and making it onto the national music scene.  They made their national debut in January on "Conan."

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The situation in Augusta is tense as House Republicans and House Democrats fail to find common ground. We hope to have leaders from each side join us to discuss their differences and how the issues still to be decided might be resolved.

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The inaugural Abbe Museum Indian Market takes place in Bar Harbor May 18-20. The market will support Wabanaki artists and the local community. We’ll discuss the art of the Wabanaki, its effect on the local economy and learn about events taking place to celebrate the inaugural event.

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Why learn Latin or ancient Greek? We’ll hear from two teachers about the value of learning a language that hasn’t been spoken in millennia.

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What’s the best way to keep your pet tick and flea free? Is pet health insurance worth the cost? We learn about the latest news and advice on caring for our four-legged (or two-legged, or no-legged) family members.

Podcasting

Apr 10, 2018
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There are more than 500,000 active podcasts, and 44 percent of Americans have listened to a podcast. We’ll hear from podcasts about starting a podcast, the best ways to listen to a podcast, and what it takes to start a podcast.

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Toys R Us is closing, Amazon is reporting an astonishing 30 percent increase in net revenue for the most recent quarter and many malls — including the Bangor Mall — face an uncertain future. We’ll hear from an expert on the retail sector about what the changing retail landscape may mean for employment trends and community vitality.

Birding in Maine

Apr 6, 2018
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Broadcast live from the Schoodic Institute.

This year has been declared the “Year of the Bird” to celebrate the passage of the Migratory Bird Treaty. We’ll hear from expert birders about the importance of the Migratory Bird Treaty and why Maine is an ideal spot for birders.

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Have you ever found a skunk in the kitchen? Bats in your attic? As spring approaches and the weather turns warmer, we hear from two experts on creatures big and small about how best to deal with wildlife that may come a little too close for comfort.

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