Maine Calling

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Every weekday, our Maine Calling program digs into topics and issues with listeners across the state in a statewide conversation. In 2020, the Maine Calling team will bring to the fore a series of bicentennial-focused topics that are certain to be thought-provoking and meaningful. We hope you will have a chance to join those conversations as the year unfolds. Special thanks to The University of Maine at Augusta, Dead River Company, and Modern Pest Services for their support of this special bicentennial programming.


Decade in Review: The Top News in Maine from 2010 to 2020

11 hours ago
Bangor Daily News

Our panel of editorial page editors returns to discuss the top Maine news stories of the past decade, from the election of Govs. Paul LePage and Janet Mills and Sen. Susan Collins' growing national profile to legalization of gay marriage and marijuana, the decline of Maine's fisheries, the rise in tourism and more.

Maine playwrights who’ve seen national success discuss what it takes, and what it means, to write for the contemporary stage. This discussion will air as Portland Stage Company stages John Cariani’s “Almost Maine,” which has become among the most-produced plays in America.

Maj. Gen. Douglas A. Farnham has served as Commissioner for the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management since 2016, and was re-appointed by Gov. Janet Mills in 2019.

Farnham also serves as the adjutant general, Maine National Guard.

Farnham will discuss his priorities, from the National Guard to veterans issues to how to deal with weather emergencies and other crises facing Maine.

The term “adulting” refers to learning how to behave as a responsible adult. While it’s often used in a joking way, it’s no joke that many young people today must learn basic daily skills, from writing checks to cooking to dealing with a flat tire. We talk with someone from one of the country’s first “adulting schools,” and we’ll hear about what young people today lack in functional skills—and what societal trends have led to this phenomenon.

This show is part of Maine Calling focus on topics relating to young people.

Maine Historical Society

In 1820, the U.S. passed an act that made participation on the slave trade an act of piracy. Yet, dozens of Maine vessels engaged in the slave trade illegally during this period. Thousands of enslaved people were transported and traded, leading to huge profits for slave traders--some of whom were Maine sea captains who are remembered as leading citizens of the day. Much of the millions of dollars from the slave trade funded the growth of New England's economy. We will learn about this troubling period in Maine's history, which has not often been mentioned or understood.

This show is part of Maine Calling's coverage of topics relating to Maine's Bicentennial.

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

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.

There’s a new lab focused on parenting at the University of Maine: the Parenting Relationships Research Lab. One of the areas of focus there is on understanding the different forms of co-parenting, which can include everything from divorced couples sharing parenting duties, to grandparents raising their grandchildren, to other blended family situations. We will learn about what makes these kinds of parenting relationships work or not work well, and their effects on children.

Maine’s legislature will consider three bills this session aimed at improving Maine’s system for representing criminal defendants who can’t afford to pay for a lawyer. The system is currently under investigation by the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability, after allegations of fraud, waste and lack of responsible oversight. Maine is the only state without any public defender system. Instead, defendants who can't afford a lawyer get one appointed from a pool of 420 private lawyers who have volunteered for the task through the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services.

It's the time of year when many of us try to clean house and get rid of clutter. Yet we tend to forget about the digital clutter that leads to disorganization and loss of productivity, as well as increased security risk. From emails that never get deleted to photos that take up valuable storage space, our panelists discuss ways to tackle digital decluttering, and why it matters.

A new study by the New England Journal of Medicine finds that half of America will be considered obese within this decade. We’ll discuss the prevalence of obesity in Maine among adults and children, as well as how it’s defined and what treatments and support services are available to those dealing with obesity.

Best-selling author Peggy Orenstein joins us to discuss her new book that explores issues surrounding boys and sexuality. She interviewed boys and young men from all over the U.S. to learn about their attitudes and behaviors regarding male identity, consent, and intimacy. 


With the killing of Iran's top general and threats of U.S. troops being asked to leave Iraq, our panel discusses what has happened and what may be next for the volatile region.

This year marks the bicentennial of Maine as a state. We preview some of the upcoming events during the state’s yearlong celebration of this 200th birthday and learn how Maine became a state.

From right whale protection and lobster regulations to aquaculture, seaweed, and elver fishig, we'll discuss the top marine resource issues facing Commissioner Pat Keliher in the year 2020.

Gov. Janet Mills’ task force recently released its new 10-year Strategic Economic Development Plan for the state of Maine. It focuses on revitalizing the state through growth in rural communities; fostering job creation and workforce development; attracting new young families to our state; and focusing on quality of life here. We’ll discuss the plans’ major initiatives and the economic outlook for Maine in 2020 and beyond.