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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. Loading...

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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. Loading...

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By Kaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate285 - Oct 09 2019
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I’m originally from Maine and I still listen to Maine Calling from afar to keep up on what’s happening. It is such a pleasure to listen to Jennifer Rooks, she is so eloquent and asks really great questions. Keep the great content coming folks, Maine Calling is a treasure!

Great Maine content!

By Hgsyibdtijgd - Jul 22 2019
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I am always thirsty for more Maine themed content. I was so happy to find this show! The team behind it is professional and always creates quality content.

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42 Ratings
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35
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1

Thoughtful and hosting and topics

By Kaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate285 - Oct 09 2019
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I’m originally from Maine and I still listen to Maine Calling from afar to keep up on what’s happening. It is such a pleasure to listen to Jennifer Rooks, she is so eloquent and asks really great questions. Keep the great content coming folks, Maine Calling is a treasure!

Great Maine content!

By Hgsyibdtijgd - Jul 22 2019
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I am always thirsty for more Maine themed content. I was so happy to find this show! The team behind it is professional and always creates quality content.
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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. 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. Loading...

The Month in Review: We Discuss the Top July News Stories in Maine

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We discuss the top stories and issues in Maine from the month of July, including: the fatal shark attack; protests over racial justice; the primary election; and tthe state's ongoing struggle to balance public health and economic health in the face of the pandemic. Also, Senator Angus King joins us for an update on national news, including stimulus aid.

Jul 31 2020

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Maine History: How Did Maine Change From World War I Through World War II

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This show is part of our ongoing coverage of topics relating to Maine's bicentennial, and is the fourth in our series on the history of Maine. The years from World War I through World War II led to lasting changes in Maine. We'll learn about how the efforts of those on the homefront altered Maine's landscape and industries. We'll also talk about notable Maine leaders of that era, and what impacts the wars and those who fought in them had on Maine's future.

Jul 29 2020

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Nicholson Baker's New Book, 'Baseless,' Describes His Search for Truth About Government Misdeeds

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In his latest nonfiction book, " Baseless: My Search for Secrets in the Ruins of the Freedom of Information Act," Maine-based author and journalist Nicholson Baker examines the use and failings of the Freedom of Information Act and describes decades of hidden government misdeeds. Baker shares shocking stories of biological and chemical warfare, international deception, heroic journalists and lawyers who fought to uncover the truth. Because the book is written in memoir form, Baker also adds details about life in Maine along the way.

Jul 28 2020

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Matthew Dunlap: Maine Secretary of State Discusses Voting, Census, CMP, Motor Vehicles and More

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Secretary of State Matt Dunlap discusses the recent primary election, including how absentee ballots and ranked-choice voting worked out. We'll find out what is in store for the November election, including the debate over a CMP corridor ballot referendum. He'll also offer up dates on how well the U.S. Census response has been among Mainers, and he'll answer your motor vehicle questions.

Jul 27 2020

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Nature During the Pandemic: Observing the Natural World & Understanding Wildlife Interactions

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Being at home during the pandemic, many of us have paid more time and attention to what's happening in the natural world around us. In fact, it seems that wildlife is more plentiful and animals are venturing into places that are usually busy with human activity. We will learn how to observe and appreciate natural phenomena during this time, and what to do about wildlife interactions. We’ll also hear about some fun ways—for the young, the old and everyone in between —to appreciate nature, while staying safe.

Jul 24 2020

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Reopening Colleges & Universities: How Are Maine's Higher Education Institutions Planning to Return?

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According to a June 2020 state report, Maine’s 38 colleges and universities educate more than 72,600 students and employ more than 20,000 regular and student employees, generating $2.2 billion in annual revenue. The pandemic is forcing schools to alter their normal schedules and modes of instruction, as well as housing and use of campus space. We'll talk with leaders, educators and students from a range of Maine colleges and universities about what school will look like, how institutions will balance public health with financial health, and how people are reacting to the planned change. And we'll discuss the impact of college decisions on the Maine communities that surround them.

Jul 23 2020

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Reopening Schools: Maine Considers Complex Factors in How to Resume K-12 Schooling in the Fall

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Whether or not to re-open K-12 schools for in-person instruction in the fall has become a heated national debate. We’ll examine what factors are being considered in Maine, from public health concerns to the role schools play in providing instruction and support to families. We will hear from state leadership, educators, a health professional, students and parents to explore the complex dilemma of how to keep kids learning during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jul 22 2020

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Performing Arts During The Pandemic: How Has COVID-19 Affected Music, Dance & Theater In Maine?

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From the start of the pandemic, with people staying home, those who work in the performing arts have lost their audiences and, most often, their sources of income. From musicians to actors to dancers to theater staff, it has been a particularly trying time for this creative segment in Maine. We discuss how they are faring, and what ways some have found to pivot.

Jul 21 2020

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The Path to a Vaccine: Understanding the Research, Efficacy & Timetable for a COVID-19 Vaccine

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All discussions about the end of the Covid-19 pandemic hinge on having a viable vaccine. We examine what it will take for this coveted vaccine to reach the stage where it can be widely administered, and can offer the necessary protection that will enable people worldwide to begin to return to normal life. We'll learn how research is progressing, how safety and efficacy will be tested, what it will take for the vaccine to be administered en masse, and how long it takes to be effective. And the big question: When can we expect all of this to happen?

Jul 20 2020

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Summer Reads: Statewide READ ME Program Highlights Maine Authors; Summer Book Recommendations

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As part of the annual READ ME program, we discuss books and hear from different authors about their recommendations for good summer reads. READ ME is a statewide community reading program in which one well-known Maine author recommends two books by other Maine authors. This year, author Lily King ("Writers and Lovers," "Euphoria") has chosen "Roughhouse Friday" by Jaed Coffin and "The Vigilance of Stars" by Patricia O’Donnell.

Jul 17 2020

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Domestic Violence: The Pandemic Makes Abuse More Likely and Help More Difficult to Access

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Since the pandemic began, instances of domestic abuse have been on the rise, as those who are vulnerable face additional challenges. Not only are people confined at home more, increasing the likelihood of abuse, but shelters and support systems are harder to access due to COVID-19. We’ll talk with local experts about who is being affected and how they can access help. We’ll also hear about a new campaign in Maine to call attention to the prevalence of domestic violence.

Jul 16 2020

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Frances Perkins: The Life and Legacy of FDR's Secretary of Labor & The Relevance of Her Work Today

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Frances Perkins, whose roots were in Maine, is remembered as “the woman behind the New Deal.” As FDR’s Secretary of Labor and the first woman to serve as a cabinet secretary, Perkins was the driving force behind the policies that pulled the nation out of The Great Depression of the 1930s. We discuss how her pioneering work on behalf of the rights of workers and the middle class is relevant today, as we face a similarly dire economic crisis due to the pandemic. This show is part of our ongoing covering of topics relating to Maine’s bicentennial.

Jul 15 2020

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Face Coverings: How Has Mask-Wearing Become Polarizing & What Are Mainers' Attitudes Toward Masks?

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The use of face coverings has become a polarizing issue in Maine and nationwide. Now, Gov. Mills has issued stricter guidelines for wearing masks in public places. We discuss the many charged issues involving mask-wearing: medical reasons, state guidelines and enforcement, political symbolism, psychological effects, reasons some cannot wear masks and more.

Jul 14 2020

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Coronavirus-Related Anxiety: Ways To Cope As More People Experience Anxiety & Depression

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By some estimates, nearly half of all Americans say that COVID-19 pandemic has affected their mental health. The prevalence of anxiety has even given rise to the term “Covid Stress Syndrome.” Among the many reasons people are experiencing anxiety and depression: fears of getting the disease, social isolation, financial stress, uncertainty about the future and more. We’ll discuss the reasons adults and children are suffering from greater anxiety, and ways to cope with increased stress.

Jul 13 2020

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Foraging: The Pandemic Prompts Interest in Finding Edible Plants & Other Wild Foods

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The pandemic has had many interesting by products, one of which is an increased interest in foraging as a means of being self-sufficient and less dependent on groceries or other food sources. We’ll learn about all of the edible plants and other wild foods—from seaweed to mushrooms to clams—that Mainers can find all around them. And we’ll hear about some interesting ways to eat and prepare these items—safely.

Jul 10 2020

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School Resource Officers: Calls For Police Reform Focus on Removing SROs; Schools Debate SRO Role

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As part of the response to nationwide calls for police reform and racial justice, communities across Maine are reevaluating the use of school resources officers. Portland Schools have made the move to remove SROs, in line with those who say that other social service professionals would be more relevant and that police officers put students of color more at risk. Others in Maine support the use of SROs, especially after frequent school shooting prompted a call for greater security in schools.

Jul 09 2020

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Climate Action Plan: Maine's Climate Council Drafts Strategies to Address Climate Change

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Maine state leaders have developed a four-year action plan for addressing climate change, and they're now seeking public input on it. We’ll learn how the plan aims to address: greenhouse gas reduction; renewable energy goals; fostering innovation and new industries; and building community resilient in the face of a changing climate. We'll also discuss the pandemic's impacts on these elements.

Jul 08 2020

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Transportation Bond: What Work Is Needed for Maine's Transportation Infrastructure

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What’s been the impact of the pandemic on Maine's transportation system? While Covid-19 has created challenges for Maine's department of transportation, it has also meant some projects could be done more readily, with less traffic on the road. We'll discuss funding for road, bridges, ferries and more—with the bond on the July 14th primary ballot seeking to authorize $105 million toward statewide infrastructure projects—and the outlook for Maine's transportation system in the future.

Jul 07 2020

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Unemployment Update: Jobless Rate; Benefits Extension: Claims Processing; Fraud Cases; Getting Help

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The latest information about unemployment issues in Maine. We'll discuss the effects of job losses due to the pandemic and whether people are getting back to work. We'll also learn about the latest extension of unemployment benefits, how claims processing is going, and what's happening with the large numbers of fraudulent cases.

Jul 06 2020

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iTunes Ratings

42 Ratings
Average Ratings
35
4
0
2
1

Thoughtful and hosting and topics

By Kaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaate285 - Oct 09 2019
Read more
I’m originally from Maine and I still listen to Maine Calling from afar to keep up on what’s happening. It is such a pleasure to listen to Jennifer Rooks, she is so eloquent and asks really great questions. Keep the great content coming folks, Maine Calling is a treasure!

Great Maine content!

By Hgsyibdtijgd - Jul 22 2019
Read more
I am always thirsty for more Maine themed content. I was so happy to find this show! The team behind it is professional and always creates quality content.