Maine Calling

Monday - Friday, 1 - 2 pm

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


We discuss the growing efforts to integrate nature into the classroom at all levels of a young person's education, and how this practice might benefit children's physical mental and emotional well being. Richard Louv, author of the landmark book "Last Child in the Woods" and national expert on kids and nature, joins us to talk about the importance of connecting kids with the environment through the curricula. He is in Maine for the Maine Conservation Voters' Evening for the Environment event at the University of New England in Portland on Oct. 22nd.

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Donna Loring has stepped into a position specifically created to better represent the needs and issues of Maine’s Native communities. The state and tribal governments have had difficult relations over issues including tribal sovereignty over land claims, gambling, fishing and hunting. Recent improvements in relations include the recognition of Indigenous Peoples Day and ban of mascots reflecting Native symbols and people. We’ll discuss the history and current status of relations between the state and Maine’s Native people, as well as what Loring’s goals are in her relatively new role.

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NPR’s Tom Gjelten joins us in studio to discuss his current beat - religion, faith, and belief. His reporting draws on his many years covering national and international news from posts in Washington and around the world.  We’ll also touch on his time as one of NPR's pioneer foreign correspondents, posted first in Latin America and then in Central Europe. And we’ll talk about his earlier connections to Maine, including as a public school teacher in North Haven.

Gjelten reports on religion, faith, and belief for NPR News, a beat that encompasses such areas as the changing religious landscape in America, the formation of personal identity, the role of religion in politics, and conflict arising from religious differences. He is the author of Sarajevo Daily: A City and Its Newspaper Under Siege; Professionalism in War Reporting: A Correspondent's View; and, Bacardi and the Long Fight for Cuba: The Biography of a Cause.  His latest book, A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story.

Stories of fake news continue to make headlines, get spread by political leaders, and raise questions about what and whom to believe. Advances in technology now make it easy to create fake images and videos, a trend that raises alarms as we enter election season. We’ll discuss what more we’ve learned about identifying and combatting fake news, and what are some practical ways to counterbalance its impact on society.

Lead is a toxic metal that can cause serious health problems if ingested, breathed in or absorbed. It can be found in water, paint, ammunition and other sources. These can be present in our homes, environment and workplaces. Among the new actions statewide to address lead contamination is a law that requires that 1- and 2-year-olds be tested for lead. We’ll learn about common lead problems in Maine, and what can be done to address them.

We will learn about the newly created Office of Policy Innovation & the Future, which Governor Mills chose Hannah Pingree to lead. Pingree’s role forges new territory beyond what was the scope of the state planning office, including future-oriented areas, such as climate change and children’s issues. Pingree will explain the challenges and goals of the office, and her hopes for what she can achieve in this uncharted role.

This is a special Indigenous People's Day rebroadcast of an earlier show (Nov 5, 2018); no calls will be taken.

The Emmy-winning documentary "Dawnland" is about cultural survival and stolen children. It offers an inside look at the first truth and reconciliation commission for Native Americans, which took place in Maine.

Among the news affecting pets and their owners today: A steep increase in cases of tick-borne diseases; booming interest in the benefits of CBD spills over into the pet world; food recalls and increasingly exotic pet food offerings; the rise in pet insurance and more.

Our veterinary experts discuss the latest news from the world of pet care and answer listener questions.

The Poor People’s Campaign, a movement originally organized by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1968, comes to Maine on Oct. 10, as part of a 20-state tour. The Poor People’s Campaign aims to change the national conversation and seriously address systemic racism, poverty, the war economy and ecological devastation.

Jennifer Mitchell / Maine Public

The explosive growth in demand for hemp is propelling this crop to new importance in the state.  We’ll hear from hemp farmers and learn about the potential of hemp to impact Maine’s economy.

According to the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men has experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. The problem affects every socioeconomic group. We examine stereotypes and myths about domestic violence, why it remains such a prevalent problem and offer resources where people can turn for help if they are in an abusive relationship.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

We learn about the status of asylum seekers who arrived in Portland in June. Many have moved into out of Portland, into host families’ homes or into shelters — with some finding other housing. Most are still dealing with legal delays and paperwork before they can seek asylum status or be able to work. We’ll learn about the logistic and cultural challenges facing asylum seekers, as well as what has gone well so far in their first months in Maine.

Calling attention to the vibrant dance scene that exists here in Maine, Portland Dance Month kicks off on October 4th, showcasing a series of performances featuring different dance forms. We’ll learn about the growing collaborations among dance communities in Maine—from ballet to modern to folk—and ways for people to watch, learn and appreciate dance throughout the state.

Long before the advent of the maker movement, Maine has been a center of fine craft. From textiles to distilling, boat building to furniture making, craft reaches every corner of the state. Our panel discusses some of the many different aspects of craft, the difference between art and craft, and the changes in selling trends, what people are making, and where and how they are selling it.

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.