Cindy Han

Maine Calling Producer

Cindy’s first foray into journalism after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism was to intern with CNN in China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She then worked in print journalism over the decades, as a factchecker, writer and editor, with publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times Magazine to the magazine of the National Zoo—where she walked past the cheetahs on the way to work each morning—to a food trends magazine. 


Her broadcast work has included doing radio news in college and in Taiwan, as well as reporting for a TV public affairs program at WQED in Pittsburgh. Cindy began working as a volunteer with Maine Public Radio’s call-in show Maine Calling when it first went on the air and stuck around until she came on board as a full-time producer in 2018. She sometimes fills in to host the show. She is thrilled to be a part of a program that helps inform, engage and connect people across Maine—and beyond.


Before moving to Maine with her husband and three kids, Cindy lived in many different places, growing up in Ohio and Maryland, and later living in New York, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and Maryland again. She can’t neglect to mention her family’s dog, Otto, who is shaggy and funny.

Ways to Connect

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.

Sea-level rise due to global warming along the coast of Maine is increasing at a rapid pace, with some estimates predicting levels to rise by as much as two feet by 2050. We'll discuss what is causing the waters to rise more quickly, how it will impact coastal communities and structures, and what towns and individuals can do to prepare. We'll also find out how historic buildings can be protected from rising waters.

Companies and their employees are increasingly seeking ways to embrace socially responsible practices. This trend is growing as Millennials and younger generations have greater expectations for working at places that prioritize social justice and other values, rather than only looking at profit for stakeholders. One term for this is "conscious capitalism." We'll examine this trend and why it is taking hold, and we'll talk with some of the people in Maine whose businesses prioritize these values--some of whom have earned a "benefit corporation" designation for their work in this area.

Most small businesses in Maine have been struggling due to the pandemic. Governor Mills has announced a $200 million grant program offering financial relief to small businesses and nonprofits, with grant applications due Sept 9th. We'll learn about how small businesses are faring, especially during the summer tourist season, and how they can access relief funds and other aid during these difficult times.

Maine Historical Society

As part of our ongoing coverage of topics related to Maine’s bicentennial, we explore the history of women in Maine. Our state has had a wealth of notable female leaders in diverse fields, from politics to the arts. We discuss some of these women and their legacies, and we look at how movements, such as suffrage, played out in Maine.

Loons are a beloved symbol of Maine— Maine has more loons than any other state in the east. We’ll learn about the recent work done by local conservationists to bolster the loon population. They will also discuss ways in which individuals can help with efforts to protect—and appreciate—this iconic species. 

Robert F. Bukaty / AP

Nirav Shah, director, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, joins us for an update on the pandemic and the state’s response. He’ll answer questions about recent outbreaks, face coverings, testing, contact tracing, reopening and more.

We discuss how to handle the inevitable challenges that students and families will have to deal with as they return to school—whether it’s online or in-person. We’ll address the range of issues, from mental health and anxiety to the effects of mask-wearing and distancing—especially on younger kids and those with special needs.

David Spahr

This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (original air date July 10, 2020); no calls will be taken.

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.

This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (original air date July 29, 2020); no calls will be taken.  

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.

This show is a rebroadcast of an earlier program (original air date June 15, 2020); no calls will be taken.

We talk with author and journalist Colin Woodard about his new book, "Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood." "Union" is a historical study of how a myth of national unity was created and fought over in the 19th century. This included the idea that the United States' national identity was an Anglo-Saxon one, which laid the foundation for the white nationalist movement we see today.

Last year, Maine's lobster fishery brought in almost $500 million to the state, and even more when you count the economic benefits to dealers, processors and restaurants. Now, with the pandemic hindering the market for lobsters locally and around the world, this signature industry has been impacted severely. We will talk about how the industry is facing challenges, and what efforts are underway to find new ways to market lobsters and connect with consumers.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

In the wake of protests over racial injustice, many are left wondering: What's next? We'll discuss what ways people can continue to engage with the ongoing fight against systemic racism, and what actions lead to more meaningful outcomes in the long run.

In recent years, Maine has attracted a gradual influx of people from other states, mostly moving here for the quality of life. For the sake of the state's economic health, there have been concerted efforts to attract more people--especially younger people--to live and work here. Now, with the Covid pandemic forcing people to work from home, many have discovered the appeal of living in Maine and working remotely. We'll hear about the benefits and the challenges posed by this trend, and talk to some who are making it work.

This show is part of our ongoing coverage of topics relating to Maine's bicentennial.

What is the geologic makeup and history of Maine? We find out what geologists know--and how they learn--about Maine's bedrock formations and how periods of erosion, mountain-building,  metamorphism and other activity have led to what we have today. A combination of rock types distinguishes our state, from half a billion years ago until today. We will also hear about the new Mineral & Gem Museum—what they feature, and what gems and minerals are unique to Maine. 

  •  Bob Marvinney, Maine State Geologist
  • William “Skip” Simmons, Research Director Maine Mineral and Gem Museum; University of New Orleans Emeritus Professor of Mineralogy and University Research Professor