Maine Calling

1-2 pm 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.

While the coronavirus crisis is at its height, host Jennifer Rooks will lead conversations about how the spread of COVID-19 is affecting people throughout our region. Upcoming topics will include: answers to medical questions; how businesses are impacted by the crisis; childcare issues; how to deal with anxiety and uncertainty; what Maine towns are doing to cope; how faith leaders are addressing this emergency; what Maine's Congressional delegation is doing to help; and how colleges, professors and students are reacting to changes caused by the pandemic.

Special thanks to The University of Maine at Augusta, Dead River Company, and Modern Pest Services for their support.

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How are people in Maine of different faiths adapting to the changes brough on by COVID-19? Major religious holidays are being marked in new ways during the current crisis. We talk with faith leaders about how their communities are coping during this time--from altered ways to worship to spiritual guidance on how to find solace and resilience.


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Maine Calling returns to its one-hour format, airing from 1-2 pm and rebroadcast at 7 pm. 

Along with the barrage of information that we get daily about the coronavirus pandemic, there is also a flood of misinformation. We speak with an infectious disease specialist about what's known and unknown about COVID-19--as well as the downright falsehoods that are circulating. We'll also learn about caring for someone with the disease. 

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This is the second segment of a special two-hour Maine Calling, as we cover the issues that affect Mainers during the COVID-19 crisis. For the first segment, click here.

What are some ways to keep informed, educated and entertained while following stay-at-home orders? We learn about some resources to keep you engaged, from websites to videos to books. And we’ll find out how different organizations have found ways to repackage what they do so that you can access them from home.


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This is the first segment of a special two-hour Maine Calling, as we continue to cover the impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the people of Maine. For the second segment, click here.


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  This is the second segment (2-3 pm) of a special two-hour Maine Calling, as part of our coverage of the impacts that COVID-19 is having on Maine's people.

With Gov. Mills issuing her latest stay-at-home order to combat the spread of coronavirus, and many parks and beaches in Maine closing, how can people still get some fresh air and exercise in Maine's great outdoors? We get some tips of where to go and what to do--and how to be sure you are maintaining safe practicies.


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  This is the first segment of a special two-hour Maine Calling, as we continue to cover the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The global shutdown of travel and other human activity has been the first, massive reduction of resources and emissions to happen on this scale. It's an inadvertent experiment on how climate change could be slowed if everyone in the world curtailed their actions that harm the environment. We discuss what short-term changes have already been measured, and what may happen in terms of long-term changes due to shifts in behavior and global collaboration – or whether these changes are fleeting.


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This is the second segment of a special two-hour Maine Calling, as we continue to cover the fallout of the COVID-19 emergency in Maine. For the first segment, click here.

Our editorial page editors return to discuss how their papers are covering the coronavirus crisis and what issues matters most to Mainers.


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  This is the first segment (1-2 pm) of a special two-hour Maine Calling, as part of our coverage of the pressing issues brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this time of crisis, what can people do in the face of loss of income, a plunging stock market, uncertainly in long-term planning, mortgages and other debt?

Guest: Michelle Singletary writes the nationally syndicated personal finance column "The Color of Money," which appears in The Washington Post on Wednesdays and Sunays. Her award-winning column is syndicated by The Washington Post Writers Group and is carried in dozens of newspapers nationwide. She has written three personal finance books, including her latest, The 21-Day Financial Fast: Your Path to Financial Peace and Freedom.

 


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This is the second segment of a two-hour Maine Calling show, as part of our ongoing coverage of the pressing issues facing Maine during the COVID-19 crisis. For the first segment, click here.

Dr. Edison Liu, president & CEO, The Jackson Laboratory; physician who previously led the scientific response for the country of Singapore for the SARS crisis in 2003. Liu has also had leading positions at the Human Genome Organization and the National Cancer Institute.

Liu joins Maine Calling to talk about his experience leading the response to the SARS epidemic in Singapore, what is needed in the national COVID-19 strategy, how Jackson Lab scientists are helping to combat the pandemic and more. He will answer listener questions about the spread of the virus and safe behavior.

Congressman Jared Golden: Federal Response to COVID-19

Mar 31, 2020
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This is the first segment of a two-hour Maine Calling, as part of our ongoing coverage of how the COVID-19 crisis is affecting the people of Maine. For the second segment, click here.

Rep. Jared Golden represents Maine's 2nd Congressional District. He serves on the Small Business Committee and the Armed Services Committee.

Golden joins Maine Calling to discuss the federal stimulus package and its impact on Mainers, as well as other work that's being done to help those in need due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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This is the second segment of a two-hour Maine Calling, as we continue to cover the pressing issues brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. For the first segment, click here.

For many, the current restrictions on day to day life imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic have reached a point where it feels like wartime: limited supplies, staying sheltered, loss of income and ability to carry on with normal behavior. We talk with our state leaders about how public safety and emergency management are addressing this crisis situation in Maine.

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This is the first segment of an extended two-hour Maine Calling, as we continue to cover the pressing issues brought on by the COVID-19 emergency. For the second segment, click here.

The federal aid package for American affected by the coronavirus crisis, now signed by President Trump, is the largest aid package in the nation's history. We learn about the specifics of the stimulus bill and how Mainers can get the help they need during this time of need.

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This is an extended two-hour Maine Calling show, as we continue to cover the ways that the COVID-19 crisis is impacting the people of Maine.

All over Maine, people are in need of help — and, at the same time, people are finding ways to help. Today we explore the many creative and generous examples of support and aid that individuals and businesses are offering in this difficult time. We also learn how to best volunteer your services — and how to do so safely.

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This is the second segment of Thursday's 2-hour Maine Calling extended show. For the first segment, click here.

The impacts of the coronavirus pandemic are exacerbated for people who are older, many of whom have added health problems and are more vulnerable to anxiety, isolation, inability to communicate and more. We will talk about what aid and support is available for these older Mainers, and how others can help them.

  This program has been edited for rebroadcast.

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This is the first segment of Thursday's 2-hour Maine Calling extended show. For the second segment, click here.

A federal stimulus package will help Americans who have been devastated by repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic. We'll learn what aid is likely to help Mainers, many of whom have lost their jobs or their businesses recently due to the public health crisis.

This program has been edited for rebroadcast.

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