Maine Calling

Monday - Friday, 1 - 2 pm

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


Best & Overlooked Books: Recommended Reads of 2019

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Our panelists discuss the books that got people reading this year, those that should have received more attention, and the classics they chose to revisit. And we'll hear from listeners and local authors about books that they enjoyed the most in the past year.

When former President Barack Obama called out "woke" "cancel culture" in a speech last month, social media exploded. Reaction was also swift and passionate in newspaper editorials and on television talk shows — many thanked him for encouraging more forgiveness in our society,while others were angry, saying his views were out of touch.

"Cancel culture" or the related "callout culture" — terms used on college campuses for some time — are now entering the mainstream lexicon. They refer to the phenomenon of someone being shunned or shamed for saying or doing something that is not considered appropriate or politically correct. It's applied when young people on social media shut out a peer who has offended others, or when a politician or celebrity does something unacceptable by today's standards and becomes "canceled," often losing their job or their following.

We'll discuss what political correctness means today and whether the idea of ideological purity has gone too far.

In October, Governor Mills designated Maine an age-friendly state, where all ages can stay active and connected and be able to maintain quality of life. With 69 municipalities enrolled in AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, we’ll learn what it means to be considered ‘age-friendly’ and about efforts that bring together community, state and age-friendly leaders to develop a statewide action plan.

One in every 24 Maine jobs is in the forest products industry, and it contributes about one in 20 GDP dollars in our state. We’ll examine what the Mills’ administration has planned to develop the forestry industry while also addressing climate change and sustainability issues. Experts will address matters pertaining to the future of forest products, what other nations are doing to develop their forestry industry, and the tension between existing industry and those wanting new investment.

This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (original air date Oct. 2, 2019); no calls will be taken.

It's prime apple-picking season! We’ll talk about growing apples, different varieties, the history of apple orchards in Maine, how much the apple harvest contributes to the economy, and where to go to pick apples. We’ll hear from a few Maine orchard owners, and also discuss John Bunker’s new book “Apples and the Art of Detection,” which explains how to track down, identify and preserve rare apples.

This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show; no calls will be taken.

In conjunction with the PBS airing at 8 p.m. Feb. 9, of the Mr. Rogers documentary "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" and as part of Maine Public’s statewide Good Neighbors initiative, we discuss the role that kindness plays in our world and share stories from our listeners about the power of goodness in their lives.

Our panel of culinary experts share ideas for common and less-obvious dishes to make for the holidays (Thanksgiving and beyond), with some recipes from our panelists and listeners—as well as advice on making traditional Thanksgiving dishes. We will hear from various communities about their food traditions and beloved dishes.

Mainers weigh in with their favorite made-in-Maine gifts. We’ll hear from craftspeople, artists, authors, small store owners and Etsy business operators about what they produce and where to find it. These products and services reflect the depth of innovation and entrepreneurship in Maine.

Our panel of technology experts returns to discuss the latest news regarding personal computers, smart phones and tablets, smart speakers, cord-cutting, and more. They’ll also discuss Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and CyberMonday deals to be on the lookout for.

This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (original air date September 10, 2019); no calls will be taken.

Former New York Times science writer Tatiana Schlossberg joins us to discuss her new book Inconspicuous Consumption: The Environmental Impact You Don’t Know You Have. The book is about how just about everything we use, buy, eat, wear, etc. has a connection to climate change, and how consumers can be more cognizant of the impacts of their lifestyle and purchasing choices.  Joining us for the conversation will be a climate change expert and anthropologist from the University of Maine.

Starting next Monday, Maine Public and more than 220 other news outlets around the world  will present a weeklong series of stories on climate change. The special series, "Covering Climate Now,”  comes in advance of the United Nations Climate Action Summit on Monday Sept. 23 in New York.

Through many federal mandates, our country has long relied on test scores to objectively define school success. But what does “success” mean for students, teachers and families? Maine schools are working to shift away from emphasizing assessments and standardized tests as isolated measures of success, instead making way for a more holistic approach to learning and gauging students’ readiness as global citizens of the future.

Courtesy Janet Mills' Office

We discuss the issues of the day that Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection oversees, including: chemical disposal, air and water quality, land use and waste management. As DEP Commissioner, Reid is also closely tied to the state’s concerted efforts to address climate change through greater focus on sustainable practices.

The Portland Museum of Art is featuring a major retrospective exhibit of N.C. Wyeth’s life and art. As the patriarch of a three-generation dynasty of renowned artists, N.C. Wyeth is considered one of America’s foremost painters and illustrators. His work often showcases Maine landscapes and is inexorably tied to the aura of our region. We discuss how Maine shaped Wyeth’s sensibility, and learn some of the lesser-known aspects of his life—and we’ll talk about his impact and legacy as an artist. His grandson, Jamie Wyeth—a renowned artist himself—will join the discussion.

This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (original air date May 14, 2019); no calls will be taken.  

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

Leading into Veterans Day, we speak with longtime NPR war correspondents Neal Conan and Anne Garrels, who are in Maine as part of the East Coast tour of “Between War & Here.” The performance combines music, poetry and memoir to explore the themes of honor, courage, loss and hope. The journalists have teamed up with the chamber group Ensemble Galilei for this project, and will share their stories from their reporting careers as well as their involvement with this artistic collaboration. Ensemble Galilei’s founder Carolyn Surrick joins the discussion as well.