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Professor Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is best known for writing “well behaved women seldom make history,” as well as the landmark book A Midwife's Tale, which won a Pulitzer Prize and remains a seminal text on women’s labor history. The eminent scholar, Harvard professor, historian and author joins us to discuss her research into early American history and the history of women.

Thomas Jefferson Foundation Chair in American History at the University of Virginia and two-time Pulitzer prize winning historian Alan Taylor will be back home in Maine (he attended Bonney Eagle High School and Colby College and was born in Portland) to give two lectures in connection with the state’s bicentennial. 

We’ll discuss the Maine Bicentennial, pre-revolutionary Maine, the US/Canada frontier, and more, including his research in early North American history.  Taylor is the author of nine books, including Liberty Men and Great Proprietors: the Revolutionary Settlement on the Maine Frontier 1760-1820.

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Plastics harm the environment in many different ways, on land and in the ocean. They entangle wildlife, create massive floating islands of trash in the oceans, break down into microplastics which are ingested in the food stream they get ingested, and they are often not recyclable. Different kinds of plastics are problems: plastic bags, microbeads, balloons, bottles. We will learn more about the problems with plastics and what we can do to reduce their impact.


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It is time again to look at politics in the Pine Tree State.

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Fifteen states currently have a Red Flag law, which permits police or family members to petition a court to order the temporary removal of guns from any person who may present a danger to themselves or others. A public hearing about a proposed Red Flag law for Maine was held in April and a work session on the bill took place in early May. We'll learn about the bill's status and the arguments for and against such a law.

As industries try to move away from petroleum-based products, the bio economy will play a huge role in the transition. The bio economy is described as the use of renewable biological resources to produce food, energy and industrial goods. It involves climate change, renewable resources and issues of sustainability. Marine or forest resources—such as seaweed or wood—can be used to create energy as well as value-added products or food. Our panel will discuss what Maine is doing to promote the bio economy.