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Are you interested in getting the inside scoop on upcoming Maine Calling programs? Would you like to hear which shows resonated with listeners and hosts? Sign up for the weekly Maine Calling Newsletter to hear about that week’s shows and what’s coming up on the program, and you'll have a chance to win a Maine Calling Mystery Book Bundle! That’s right!

Beginning on March 4, 2024, and continuing through June 2024, subscribers to the Maine Calling newsletter will be entered into a weekly drawing to win a Mystery Book Bundle, courtesy of your friends at Maine Calling. Each week one lucky winner will have mailed to their home a bundle of books that have crossed the desks of the Maine Calling staff. As you can imagine, these books are as varied as the topics covered each day on Maine Calling. Some are titles and authors you’ve likely heard of (maybe even on the show), and others, well, maybe not so much. But free books! And we guarantee you’ll get some interesting books to add to your reading list or nightstand!

We’ll let you know if you win and when you do, you’ll receive the Maine Calling Mystery Book Bundle delivered to your doorstep faster than you can say “Today on Maine Calling…”

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This Week on Maine Calling -

Mon May 27 – RICK STEVES (Memorial Day rebroadcast)

For Memorial Day, we listen back to our early conversation with travel guru Rick Steves. Steves joined us to discuss his latest adventures, including a recent guide-training tour in Rome. He suggested off-the-beaten path places to visit, and as always, answered listener questions about where to go and what to know about European destinations. (Original broadcast date 4/20/24)

Tue May 28 – UPTA CAMP

The phrase “upta camp” sums up a longtime Maine tradition that dates back to when people would retreat to sporting and leisure camps, but has evolved to include remote cottage getaways and sprawling weekend homes. We’ll learn about how “going up to camp” came about, and the range of camps that can be found today all over the state.

Wed May 29 “HOW TO READ A BOOK: A NOVEL,” by Monica Wood (rebroadcast)

Author and playwright Monica Wood discusses her new novel How to Read a Book, which tells the story of intertwined lives in Maine, as well as the power of books to change us. She’ll talk about the role that Maine has played in much of her work, and what she is working on next. (Original broadcast date 5/6/24)


Read ME is the Maine Humanities Council’s annual statewide community reading program, offered in partnership with Maine State Library and Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. The program encourages people to read two books selected by a well-known Maine author. This year, the recommending author is Jaed Coffin and the books he selected are The Road to Dalton and Moon in Full. We’ll talk with the three authors—and we’ll hear their recommendations for books to read. And, as always, we invite our listeners to offer their book suggestions as well.


Sure, many people hike or run, but walking tops those activities in popularity—90 percent of American adults say they walk for leisure or pleasure. We’ll learn about the benefits of walking, such as: improving physical and mental health; exploring new places; and connecting with others. And we’ll discuss new thinking on the 10,000-step a day goal.” Where are some good places to go for a walk in Maine? And what does “volkswalking” mean?


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