Maine Calling

Monday - Friday, 1 - 2 pm

Maine Calling brings you interesting conversations with interesting people on just about any and all subjects.

Mark your calendar! You are invited to join Maine Public at the North Light Gallery Annex in Millinocket on Thursday, July 18th for two Maine Public Radio events: A LIVE Maine Calling On The Road with Jennifer Rooks followed immediately by a Tell ME More Tour Stop. Maine Calling on the Road starts at 1:00 as host Jennifer Rooks and a guest panel check in on how things are progressing with the Katahdin Woods and Waters Monument.

When Maine Calling concludes, there will be a short Q&A session with Jennifer and the Maine Calling team hosted by Maine Public's Senior News Editor Keith Shortall. The event then will launch into one of Maine Public's Tell Me More Tour events. We have started travelling around the state to hear from community members about what is going on in your community, what are some developments worthy of celebrating, and what types of news stories and coverage are important to you. We want to hear from you!

Check your calendar and hopefully you are free to join us!


Maine offers not only a variety of indoor rock climbing gyms, but an abundance of outdoor destinations for coastal rock climbing, bouldering, and even ice climbing. We’ll learn more about what goes into the varieties of rock climbing, the benefits and dangers involved, and why people come to Maine to pursue this popular and demanding sport.

Guests: Kayla Lee, Director of the Adaptive Outdoor Education Center

Trish Cloutier, General Manager of Salt Pump Climbing Company

Mike Morin, Northeast Regional Director of Access Fund

Maine Calling broadcasts from the North Light Gallery in Millinocket for an update on the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. New trails are currently under construction, road signs are ready and expected to be installed any day now, and the National Parks Service just wrapped up a series of public meetings seeking feedback. Following Maine Calling will be another public discussion as part of Maine Public’s “Tell Me More” Tour.

This is part of Maine Calling’s yearlong focus on rural issues in Maine.

The 30th Annual Open Farm Day takes place on July 28, and more than 130 farms are participating. Our panel discusses statewide farming and agricultural community trends and news.

This is part of Maine Calling’s yearlong focus on statewide rural issues.

Many businesses in Maine are having a difficult time finding workers—particularly during the busy summer season. We’ll hear from the state economist, the Maine Commissioner of Labor, and the President and CEO of Hospitality Maine about how big of a worker shortage there is and what, if anything, can be done to address it.

The waters in the Gulf of Maine are warming at a rate that is 99 percent faster than the rest of the ocean. What are the reasons for this alarming rate, and what are the far-reaching effects of these rapidly warming waters? We'll learn about the impacts of climate change in and around the Gulf of Maine, and how various stakeholders are addressing change and adapting to it.

This is part of Maine Calling's ongoing focus on issues relating to climate change.

July 20, 2019, marks the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Join us as we learn about the tremendous undertaking that were the Apollo missions, and hear listener memories of one of the most momentous days in human history.

Maine International Film Festival

Leading into the Maine International Film Festival, we discuss how it and other festivals – including the Camden International Film Festival and the Maine Jewish Film Festival - are contributing to Maine’s cultural life and economy, and how they’ve grown over the years. We’ll also learn about what’s happening with filmmaking in Maine.

Gov. Janet Mills recently signed into law The Act to Protect the Privacy of Online Consumer Information.  It is one of the nation’s strictest internet privacy protection bills. It requires Maine ISPs to get customers' approval before sharing or selling their personal data. The law prohibits ISPs from offering customers discounts in exchange for selling their data. We discuss the issues that arise over how best to protect private information.

Blueberries play a huge role in Maine’s identity. We’ll learn about wild and highbush blueberries, how farmers grow and market their crops, any new uses for this iconic Maine product, and what blueberries mean for Maine’s culture and economy.

This is part of Maine Calling’s yearlong focus on topics that reflect what is iconic in Maine.

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What is happening with the almost 300 asylum seekers who arrived in Portland in June? We will learn about their backgrounds, what is being done to accommodate them and facilitate the work-permitting process, and how people can help.

On the eve of the Fourth of July, we check in with the Maine State Fire Marshal Joseph Thomas to learn how to stay fire-safe this summer. We’ll discuss how high the fire danger is this summer, and how to handle fireworks safely. We’ll also get an update on the best smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and other home safety devices and measures.

Guest:  Joe Thomas joined the Fire Marshal’s Office in 2000 after a 28-year career with the Portland Fire Department, including eight as chief. He was appointed Maine State Fire Marshal in 2012. 

Rebecca Conley / Maine Public

Maine has an active roller derby scene, with mostly all-women teams competing throughout the state. We’ll learn more about this fast-paced, strategic sport, and why it has become so popular for both skaters and spectators.

Colby College political science professor Anthony Corrado shares his take on who did well and who didn’t after the first debates among the leading Democratic candidates for president. We’ll also hear about their predictions for how the race will take shape in the months to come.

Kevin Bennett for Maine Public

This show is part of Maine Public's Deep Dive Special Series on child care in Maine.

We wrap up Maine Public's special child care series with a conversation about challenges and priorities for child care in Maine. What are some potential solutions or paths forward? What is being done elsewhere that is a model for our state? And are there policies or programs that show promise for alleviating the child care crisis?

Mark your calendar! Join the Maine Public news department for a community discussion around Maine Public's Deep Dive on child care in Maine on 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, July 8, at the Portland Public Library Rines Auditorium at 5 Monument Square. Hosted by Patty Wight, Maine Public's reporters will meet to discuss what was learned and next steps surrounding the issues that were touched on in the series. They will also be there to hear from you and listen to your comments and field your questions.

Linda Holmes is the pop culture correspondent for NPR and the host of Pop Culture Happy Hour. Her first novel, "Evvie Drake Starts Over," which is about love and sad things and baseball and the state of Maine, comes out on June 25. Maine Public’s All Things Considered host Nora Flaherty will interview Holmes on Thursday evening (June 27) at the Portland Public Library.