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.

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We’ll discuss fire hazards and safety measures to be aware of this season, including dealing with Fourth of July fireworks. We’ll also talk about how people’s behavior during the pandemic has contributed to a rise in wildfires, as well as the impacts of the abnormally dry season that Maine has been experiencing.

Maine’s Agriculture Commissioner Amanda Beal joins our panel to discuss how the pandemic has affected Maine’s agriculture industry, and what is being done to help farms across the state get through the crisis. We’ll also hear from a number of farmers on how they have adapted to the challenges, and what the future outlook is for agriculture in Maine.

A newly published cookbook commemorates Maine's bicentennial by compiling recipes from Mainers all around the state. We'll talk about Maine's food heritage -- and also get creative ideas for cooking during the pandemic.

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In response to civil unrest in Maine and across the country, Governor Mills recently pledged to root out racism in Maine's criminal justice system.  The Governor has tasked Public Safety Commissioner Mike Sauschuck to review Maine’s law enforcement statutes and provide recommendations. We talk with Sauschuck, Corrections Commissioner Randy Liberty and other leaders in Maine about what can and will be done to reform criminal justice in Maine, from police to prisons to the court system.

Part of Maine's brand is that it is a desirable place to hold events, from summer festivals to scenic weddings to races to major conferences. These contribute substantially to Maine's economy, drawing locals and out-of-staters—and serving as catalysts for other industries, such as restaurants and tourism. How are these events taking place in light of the Covid-19 pandemic? We'll learn how many organizations are finding ways to hold events, either in a virtual format or other creative solutions.

Gov. Janet Mills recently announced a change to the controversial rule requiring a 14-day quarantine for out-of-state visitors to Maine. We'll discuss the new guidelines, which call for visitors from certain states with higher rates of infection to test negative for COVID-19. The new rule hinges on increased COVID-19 testing capacity in Maine. We'll discuss what the guidelines mean, how they will be enforced and how they are being received by Maine's tourism industry.

Are you one of the many who have turned to gardening during the pandemic as a source of comfort, food or outdoor activity? Our gardening experts return to answer questions about planting, pruning, pest-control and more.

We continue our celebration of Maine’s 200th statehood anniversary by examining Maine from the time of the Civil War to the end of the Great War. This is part of our year-long bicentennial series of shows covering Maine history.

While we have all gained some measure of expertise on COVID-19, a steady stream of new research and information about the disease continues to raise more questions. What are the different ways this disease can affect the body? Do we know more about the ways it is transmitted, or about immunity? We’ll find out how scientific and medical research informs decisions regarding what makes sense regarding quarantines and re-opening.

For many people who have come to Maine recently from other countries, the pandemic has created additional challenges to their already difficult time living and working here. We’ll find out how these communities are coping during the COVID-19 crisis. How are they getting information about health and safety guidelines? Have there been a disproportionate number of COVID-19 cases among these communities? Has the crisis impeded the legal processes for them to get settled here? We'll also talk about how the additional turmoil of the racial justice protests are affecting new Mainers.

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The death of George Floyd and other similar cases of racial injustice and police brutality have prompted outrage and protests across the country and in Maine. We talk with community leaders, protesters, law enforcement and others about what the core issues are, and whether there are ways to seek meaningful change.

A defining element of the coronavirus pandemic is grief—not only for the loss of loved ones who have died of COVID-19, but for loss of: livelihood, relationships, milestones, security. Now, added to the pandemic, are the feelings of grief and pain over the deaths due to racial injustice that are propelling protests nationwide. We will discuss how grief affects people, ways to handle grief—and ways to support others who are grieving.

historic lithograph exhibited at Bowdoin College Museum of Art

This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (original air date Feb 21, 2020); no calls will be taken. This show is part of Maine Calling's ongoing coverage of topics relating to Maine's bicentennial.

In this segment, our panel of historians explains how Maine evolved in the pivotal years between becoming a state in 1820 through Maine's involvement in the Civil War. We'll learn about the pivotal figures of the day, and how Maine's cultural, economic and political landscape evolved during the 19th century.

Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, joins us to discuss the latest in the state's efforts to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

We'll discuss new federal funding, increased testing, outbreaks, use of protective equipment and masks, antibody tests, medications and research, and we'll take your questions.

A major contributor to Maine's image and economy are the hundreds of summer camps that draw young participants from all over the U.S.—and the world. These outdoorsy experiences bring in some $200 million to the state each summer. This year, many camp directors doubt they can open as usual, if at all—while other, community-based day camps are planning to find a way to provide their service. What will that look like? Are there alternative ways to keep the camps going? What are the repercussions for the economy?