Maine Calling

11 a.m.-noon 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.

Maine Calling’s Your Vote 2020 coverage is brought to you by AARP of Maine, The Law Offices of Joe Bornstein and MEMIC.

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Our panel of editorial page editors returns to discuss the news making Maine headlines in March.  We’ll discuss ongoing efforts to re-open the state, the latest on the budget, the continued vaccination roll-out, the impact of the American Rescue Plan on Mainers, and more.

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Our panel of editorial page editors returns to discuss the news making Maine headlines in March. We’ll discuss plans to reopen the state, the latest on the budget, vaccination distribution, the impact of the American Rescue Plan on Mainers and more. 

Panelists:  Susan Young, editorial page editor, Bangor Daily News

Ben Bragdon, editorial page editor, Kennebec Journal/Morning Sentinel

Greg Kesich, editorial page editor, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram

Prosperity Maine

Those who are moving to Maine include people and families from a multitude of different countries. We discuss their experiences and challenges upon coming here, what resources are available to them, and how they contribute to the state’s economy and cultural diversity.

Reza Jalali, executive director, Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center

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Each year, 2.5 million Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury — from falls, accidents, strokes and other common causes. For many TBI patients, life is never the same, but there are major advances in TBI treatment and understanding of the brain.

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Historian Heather Cox Richardson has amassed hundreds of thousands of followers with her series of columns published on Substack called “Letters from an American.”

Richardson, who is from Maine and lives in the state part time, is a professor of history at Boston College, where she teaches courses on the American Civil War, the Reconstruction Era, the American West and the Plains Indians. She will discuss the current state of American government and politics, and where we go from here.

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The horror over the killing of several Asian women in Georgia has called attention to the anti-Asian violence and discrimination happening all over the country since the start of the pandemic — and from well before that. We discuss the ways in which Asians face prejudice and racism, what the situation is in Maine, and what it will take to address injustice and hate.

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From the early 20th century until the 1960s, Maine led the nation in paper production. University of Southern Maine economics professor Michael Hillard examines how national conglomerates began absorbing family-owned companies over time, which were subject to Wall Street demands for greater short-term profits after 1980. He tells the story of blue-collar workers and their families, and he analyzes how paper workers formulated a “folk” version of capitalism’s history in their industry. Ultimately, Hillard offers a telling example of the demise of big industry in the United States.

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The pandemic has exacerbated the challenges that women face in the workforce, from balancing childcare and job duties, to career advancement and more. We talk with women leaders who are finding ways to reduce inequities and promote opportunities for women in Maine.

Maine Public

Maine’s CDC director returns to discuss the latest on vaccinations, infection rates, and state efforts to continue to bend the curve.

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This show is part of our ongoing exploration of the use of language, and how it reflects our changing world.

How we use punctuation is surprisingly polarizing—and it’s evolving with the times. We’ll discuss the hot-button issues in the world of punctuation, and how it can even serve to cause generational misunderstanding.

We’ll also talk about how social media and texting has further caused the use of punctuation to change and take on new meanings.

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One year into the pandemic, we take stock of the effects this global crisis has had on individuals and society. We talk with an anthropologist and a sociologist about the changes that may alter the way we live in the future. And we ask listeners to offer their input and anecdotes about what they will remember most — and what they have learned during these unforgettable times.

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The American Rescue Act provides $17 billion for rural broadband improvements and expansion, and to address the digital divide for students. Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King of Maine sponsored this portion of the $1.9 trillion package. It’s estimated that Maine will get at least $100 million for broadband improvements.

We’ll spend the first half of our program with Sen. King and two broadband leaders, then devote the second half hour to other issues before the U.S. Senate.

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Cancer care throughout the state has been affected by the pandemic. We’ll discuss the prevalence of different kinds of cancer, guidance for prevention and screening, how treatment has been handled in the past year, and the Maine Cancer Plan. Also, March is colorectal cancer awareness month — we will learn more about this disease and its prevalence in Maine.

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Maine’s governor returns to discuss the latest on COVID-19 vaccination distribution, the state’s financial outlook, and the supplemental budget passage.


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Maine is the most heavily forested state in the nation, with trees growing on about 90% of the land here. We’ll discuss the trees themselves, from white pine to mountain ash, and learn interesting facts about different species of trees in Maine. We will also learn about the threats that invasive species pose to Maine trees and forests as well as the effects of climate change.


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