Maine Calling

11 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday; Rebroadcast 7 pm M-F

Every weekday, our Maine Calling program digs into topics and issues with listeners across the state in a statewide conversation.

Maine Calling’s Your Vote 2020 coverage is brought to you by AARP of Maine, The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein and MEMIC.

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Since legal sales of recreational marijuana began last October, pot has brought in millions in revenue to the state.

As demand outstrips supply, we will discuss the status of the market for recreational and medical marijuana in Maine, and what the state policies and regulations are.

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As Maine moves closer to establishing an experimental offshore wind farm, we examine ocean wind power technology and its potential. The wind farm under consideration would utilize floating wind platforms developed at the University of Maine and would be the first of its kind in the Unites States. We discuss the timeline for the Maine project, its potential energy production and environmental impact. We’ll also learn about offshore wind projects around the world, and we’ll discuss concerns about offshore wind farms from Maine’s fishing community.

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Parents are dealing with a bevy of challenges during the pandemic, from juggling the demands of work and home life, especially with kids doing remote schooling, to helping everyone in the family cope with anxiety, isolation and health concerns. We'll discuss the range of pandemic-related problems, and get some advice on ways to handle them.

  

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The newly inaugurated President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris begin leading the nation in the face of great challenges. We’ll discuss how the executive and legislative branches will approach the many crises we face, from the pandemic to the economy to partisan strife.


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This program, airing at 7 pm, is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (original air date December 9, 2020); no calls will be taken.  

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Thomas E. Ricks discusses his new book about the founding fathers and their devotion to the ancient Greek and Roman classics. He wrote First Principles while a visiting fellow in history at Bowdoin College.


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As the numbers of COVID-19 cases continue to surge and vaccines are gradually being administered, our medical experts update us on the status of the pandemic in Maine.

They’ll answer questions about the vaccine, testing, treatment, spread of the disease and how health care facilities are handling high numbers of patients.

Dr. Dora Mills, chief health improvement officer, MaineHealth

Dr. Michael Schmitz, specialist in emergency medicine and internal medicine, Southern Maine Health Care

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This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (original air date January 11, 2021); no calls will be taken.

President-elect Joe Biden has asked Americans to come together and "stop treating opponents as enemies." Is it possible?  We'll examine the historic and sociological roots of the growing polarization that we see all around us--and how it is tied not only to politics, but to people's deeper sense of identity. We'll  discuss what it might take to "heal" the nation.

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As Maine struggles to recover from the devastation of the pandemic, the year ahead will be critical for our state’s economic stability. Our panel discusses the economic outlook for Maine in 2021.

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As the House votes for a second impeachment of President Trump in the wake of the insurrection at the Capitol, the nation is watching to see what the last days of the Trump Administration will bring. We discuss repercussions of the siege in D.C., and what to expect of our government leaders and citizenry as Inauguration Day approaches.


Kerri Arsenault

We speak with Maine author Kerri Arsenault about her new book, “Mill Town.” Part personal story and part investigative reporting, Arsenault documents how her childhood in a typical Maine mill town illustrates the plight of the working class, and the hazards brought on by the very entities that support these working-class families. The book examines the mixed feelings people have for places they call home.


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President-elect Joe Biden has asked Americans to come together and "stop treating opponents as enemies." Is it possible?  We'll examine the historic and sociological roots of the growing polarization that we see all around us--and how it is tied not only to politics, but to people's deeper sense of identity. We'll  discuss what it might take to "heal" the nation.

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The siege on the Capitol has further muddied the last days of President Trump's time in office. Our political analysts discuss: electoral college votes; movement toward impeachment or invoking the 25th Amendment; the implications of the Georgia election; and how major developments on the national front might affect Maine.


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Gov. Janet Mills returns to talk about the state’s pandemic response and economic impacts as she rolls out the new budget, and to discuss her legislative priorities in 2021. We’ll also address the news out of Washington, D.C.


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The 7 pm rebroadcast of this program will be pre-empted due to special NPR coverage of protests at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., over certification of the Presidential election.

With the challenges of 2020 behind us, we look at how different people set goals for the year ahead. We’ll hear from our listeners and some well-known Mainers about their 2021 resolutions. We’ll also talk about why people make or break resolutions, and the role of hope and aspirations, especially during difficult times.


Eastport Arts Center

The COVID-19 crisis continues to wreak havoc on the performing arts throughout Maine. We’ll learn how artists and venues have found creative ways to continue to reach audiences, and hear about plans for 2021. We’ll also discuss what long-term effects the pandemic will have on arts and culture in Maine.

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