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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  Host Jonathan Smith and two movie critics discuss the best and the worst Hollywood had to offer this year. It's a roundup of the box office hits, misses, and surprises of the past year.

Mary Pols, film critic for time.com and author joined host Jonathan Smith in the studio along with Garen Daly, film critic, festival organizer, and blogger.

 

Mary Pols' website

The Boston Sci-Fi blog

  An examination of why humans demean, enslave, and exterminate each other and what, if anything, we can do to prevent more genocides. Host Keith Shortall and University of New England Philosophy Professor David Livingstone Smith discuss why history is filled with examples of humans inflicting horrific acts upon each other.

 

Visit David Livingstone Smith's website

  The story of a man who turned a hunting trip that resulted in wet and sore feet into a huge, iconic company. Hear a conversation with Jim Witherell the author of a new biography of Leon Leonwood "L. L." Bean on the cusp of the 100th anniversary of the sale of the first Maine Hunting Shoe.

This call-in program was hosted by Keith Shortall, who, along with the listening public, directed questions to Jim Witherell about his book, L.L. Bean: The Man and His Company.

 

The Year in Books

Dec 13, 2011

  Hear a conversation about the best, and the overlooked, books of 2011. Host Keith Shortall leads a discussion about the books that should go to the top of your 'must read' list. Guests include author Brock Clarke, and bookstore proprietors Chris Bowe, Marc Berlin and Jacob Fricke.

  Car Talk, MPBN-style. Host Jonathan Smith and Automotive Editor for US News & World Report Jamie Page Deaton discuss the latest news from the world of automobiles and answer listener questions about which car to buy and how to get the best deal.

This call-in program was hosted by Jonathan Smith, who, along with the listening public, directed questions to Ms. Deaton about the automotive industry.

  Architect and businessman Chuck Durrett and journalist Deirdre Fulton discuss Cohousing, which is a type of collaborative housing wher residents actively participate in the design and operation of their own neighborhoods. Cohousing residents are consciously committed to living as a community. The physical design encourages both social contact and individual space.

This call-in program was hosted by Keith Shortall, who, along with the listening public, directed questions to Chuck Durrett and journalist Dierdre Fulton about the concept of cohousing.

  Colin Woodard of Portland is the author of "American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America."" During this call-in program he discussed the 11 distinct nations of North America outlined in his book. According to Woodard, each has its own cultural and ideological DNA that still defines them today.

This call-in program was hosted by Keith Shortall, who, along with the listening public, directed questions to Mr. Woodard about the concept underlying the thesis of his book.

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