Maine Calling Maine Calling is an interactive radio program hosted by Jennifer Rooks and Keith Shortall airing live on Maine Public Radio M-F 1:00 to 2:00 pm, rebroadcast at 8 pm (7 pm on Fridays). The show brings interesting conversations on a wide variety of topics to the people of Maine.
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Maine Calling is an interactive radio program hosted by Jennifer Rooks and Keith Shortall airing live on Maine Public Radio M-F 1:00 to 2:00 pm, rebroadcast at 8 pm (7 pm on Fridays). The show brings interesting conversations on a wide variety of topics to the people of Maine.

Most Recent Episodes

Suicide Prevention: How to Help As More People Are At Risk for Suicide During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused most people more stress and anxiety — and sometimes the emotional and mental toll can be overwhelming. The Centers for Disease Control found that suicidal thoughts and behavior have risen sharply during the pandemic, especially among younger people, essential workers and racial minorities. September is Suicide Prevention Awareness month, and we discuss how to know when someone needs help, and how to connect them to that help.

Suicide Prevention: How to Help As More People Are At Risk for Suicide During the Pandemic

Dr. Nirav Shah: Maine CDC Director Addresses Spread of COVID-19 & Answers Your Questions

Although Maine is still doing well in terms of COVID-19 cases relative to other states, recent case numbers are on the upswing. We'll hear from Nirav Shah , director, Maine CDC, about the recent surge of cases in York County and how the state is dealing with the pandemic, including contact tracing, enforcement of guidelines, increased testing and more. We'll also discuss how Dr. Shah is planning to stem the spread of the virus through the months ahead. And, as always, he'll take listener

Dr. Nirav Shah: Maine CDC Director Addresses Spread of COVID-19 & Answers Your Questions

Winslow Homer: The Great American Artist's Life and Career & His Role in Shaping Maine's Image

This show is part of Maine Calling's ongoing coverage of topics relating to Maine's bicentennial. Marking the September 25th opening of a major exhibit on artists Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington at the Portland Museum of Art, we examine the significance of Homer's work and his time in Maine. The seminal period in Homer's career spent living and painting on Maine's rocky coast have produced some of the paintings that are considered masterpieces in American art--and defining images of Maine.

Winslow Homer: The Great American Artist's Life and Career & His Role in Shaping Maine's Image

COVID-Related Scams: During the Pandemic, and Increase in Scams Prey on the Climate of Uncertainty

Since the onset of the pandemic, the already prevalent problems of scams have gotten worse, often using some reference to COVID-19 to target people--particularly older people. Some pose as contact tracers to get private information; others claim to offer cures or tests--for a price--to prey on victims. We will learn about the nature of these scams, and what to do to spot them--or to deal with the aftermath if you've fallen for one.

COVID-Related Scams: During the Pandemic, and Increase in Scams Prey on the Climate of Uncertainty

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Her Life & Legacy—and the Future of the Supreme Court

Our panel discusses the legacy of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and looks ahead to the looming battle over her potential successor. What does the future hold for the Supreme Court?

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Her Life & Legacy—and the Future of the Supreme Court

Immigrants in Elected Office: Growing Influence Among Immigrants Elected to Office in Maine

Municipal governments have seen many firsts in recent years, as more people from other countries have stepped up and run for public office. We'll talk with some of the immigrants who hold elected office in Maine to learn about their backgrounds, why they chose to serve—whether on City Council or School Board—and hear their views on the growing role of immigrants in Maine. We'll also discuss how their perspectives have forwarded more efforts toward racial justice statewide.

Immigrants in Elected Office: Growing Influence Among Immigrants Elected to Office in Maine

School Update: How Are Students & School Districts in Maine Doing Since The Start of School?

We check in on how the start of school has been for districts across the state, whether students are attending in-person, remotely, or in some hybrid of the two. We'll talk to educators, parents, students—and Maine's DOE Commissioner about the challenges and successes of the first weeks of school, and we'll hear about some schools that have had to alter their game plans.

School Update: How Are Students & School Districts in Maine Doing Since The Start of School?

Outdoor Recreation: Spending Time—Safely—During the Pandemic In Maine's Great Outdoors

Getting outside while the weather is still good and making the most of Maine's abundant outdoor recreation opportunities is one way to get through the pandemic, and stay distanced from others. We discuss the top-notch outdoor recreation options that can be found in Maine and New England, including different forms of recreation and different places to go. We highlight better known attractions as well as hidden gems, and how to enjoy them safely.

Outdoor Recreation: Spending Time—Safely—During the Pandemic In Maine's Great Outdoors

Surge in Gun Ownership: Understanding the Rise in Gun Sales in Maine and Nationwide During Pandemic

Guns sales have been on the rise since the start of pandemic, most likely due the uncertainty caused by COVID-19 and also due to increased racial tensions nationwide and here in Maine. We'll learn about the demographic makeup of new gun owners, such as more women and minorities, and why societal conditions are causing people to purchase firearms. We'll also discuss the health and safety concerns associated with this surge in gun sales.

Surge in Gun Ownership: Understanding the Rise in Gun Sales in Maine and Nationwide During Pandemic

Tech Talk: Advice on Devices During the Pandemic for Those Working and Learning From Home

With many Mainers working from home through at least the rest of 2020, and with most students doing at least part of their learning remotely, tech issues can take on a whole new dimension. Our tech experts return to answer questions about plugging in, staying connected, and which high-tech device is right for your needs.

Tech Talk: Advice on Devices During the Pandemic for Those Working and Learning From Home

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