Maine Calling

Monday - Friday, 1 - 2 pm

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


Tourism attracts millions of visitors to Maine each summer, but for those of us who live here, there are still abundant opportunities to travel and explore in and around the state throughout the season. We’ll learn about places to visit, from popular attractions to hidden gems, as well as lodging options, festivals, events, quirky spots and more.

Maine’s lakes are renowned, and they are critical to our economy, drawing outdoor recreation enthusiasts and tourists throughout the year. We will discuss how lakes across Maine are faring — from water quality to invasive species and pollution — especially in the face of climate change. We’ll also hear from conservation groups on what is being done to keep Maine’s lakes healthy and vital.

A perennial favorite. Our panel of Maine booksellers joins us to share which books are must-reads this summer, and listeners share their questions and suggestions for fiction and non-fiction favorites as well.

Fifteen states currently have a Red Flag law, which permits police or family members to petition a court to order the temporary removal of guns from any person who may present a danger to themselves or others. A public hearing about a proposed Red Flag law for Maine was held in April and a work session on the bill took place in early May. We'll learn about the bill's status and the arguments for and against such a law.

As industries try to move away from petroleum-based products, the bio economy will play a huge role in the transition. The bio economy is described as the use of renewable biological resources to produce food, energy and industrial goods. It involves climate change, renewable resources and issues of sustainability. Marine or forest resources—such as seaweed or wood—can be used to create energy as well as value-added products or food. Our panel will discuss what Maine is doing to promote the bio economy. 

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Our panel examines the ins and outs of the publishing industry, including: honing writing skills, finding an agent, getting published, and the business of bookselling. We’ll also hear about how bookstores determine which books to feature, and why.

In this fast-paced world, many are going back to basics and learning to live self-sufficiently as Mainers have done for generations. We will learn about homesteading and survival skills that are coming back into practice today, from foraging for food and medicine to creating tools and shelter out of nature’s materials.

NASA recently announced that astronaut Jessica Meir will take her first space flight this fall.  She takes a moment away from her busy training to talk about her upcoming mission to the International Space Station and to share an inside look at the life of an astronaut.

We discuss the challenges facing veterans and military families, and the support services available, in a state with no active military bases.

This program is available as a video with ASL interpretation and closed captioning (see below). Thank you to Maura Nolin and Grace Cooney from Pine Tree Society Interpreting Services for donating their interpretation services for this show.

We operate in a world that expects us to hear normally, but hearing loss and hearing impairment are extremely common. This is especially relevant in Maine, the oldest state in the nation. One in three people in the United States between the ages of 65 and 74 has hearing loss, and nearly half of those older than 75 have difficulty hearing. There are some groundbreaking programs for the deaf community. We examine hearing loss and the latest advances in technology to help those with hearing problems.

Five Maine women have written Compassionate Journey: Honoring Our Mothers' Stories, a collection of stories that delve into what it means to be a mother, a daughter, and how we can understand the complicated love that binds generations.

Leading into Mother's Day weekend, we hear from these women, discuss the unique role that mothers hold in our society and hear stories from our listeners.

Our gardening experts return to offer springtime advice on how to prepare and nurture your flowers, vegetables, lawn and other plants.

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NPR host Scott Simon is in Maine as the keynote speaker for the Hospice Thresholds Conference. He joins us to discuss his recent books (on topics ranging from the passing of his mother to his love of the Chicago Cubs) and what goes into putting together his highly rated weekend program.

As part of Maine Public's Grow Together Spring Membership Drive, we are rebroadcasting excerpts of some of our favorite recent shows. No calls will be taken.

We’ll discuss some of the significant legislation making its way through the legislative process, including paid leave, sports betting, budget negotiations and other bills in the news.