Nora Flaherty

All Things Considered producer/host

Nora is originally from the Boston area but has lived in Chicago, Michigan, New York City and at the northern tip of New York state. Nora began working in public radio at Michigan Radio in Ann Arbor and has been an on-air host, a reporter, a digital editor, a producer, and, when they let her, played records.

She holds a BA in Latin American Studies from the University of Chicago and an MA in Anthropology from the University of Michigan. She’s received Associated Press, Public Radio News Directors, Inc., Association of Women in Radio and Television, and Edward R. Murrow Awards for her work.

Nora lives in Portland with her husband, their daughter and their two dogs.

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The novel coronavirus has changed the way we think about a lot of issues; the economy is one example. Michael Hillard, a professor of economics at the University of Southern Maine, says wealth inequality has been laid bare by the pandemic and so has the fact that the government is ill-equipped to handle an economic challenge of this size.

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A new rule that will further curtail the ability of asylum seekers in the United States to work becomes official Friday.

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A group of Maine retailers is starting a new campaign asking shoppers to take it easy on retailers and behave responsibly during the pandemic.

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Unemployment benefits have been a lifeline for many people who have lost work because of the pandemic. But the huge federal expansion of the unemployment insurance program under the CARES Act has required states to handle massive increases in applications for both regular unemployment and for new benefits offered to workers who had never before qualified.

Maine immigrant advocates are praising the Supreme Court's ruling Thursday that rejected the Trump Administration's effort to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Electricity Maine has agreed to pay up to $14 million in damages to customers who claim the electricity supply company charged Maine ratepayers at least $35 million more than they would have paid if they had taken the ‘standard offer’ from Central Maine Power or Emera Maine.

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Back in the 1990s, Congress authorized the transfer of certain excess military equipment to law enforcement agencies around the U.S., including many local police departments. Under the federal 1033 program, a number of police departments in Maine have acquired equipment including rifle scopes, computers, night vision goggles and armored vehicles.

The U.S. Supreme Court today expanded anti-discrimination protections for gay, lesbian and transgender people, which is seen as a resounding victory for LGBTQ rights from a conservative court.

State and local police are preparing for protests — and counterprotests — at President Donald Trump’s visit Friday to Puritan Medical Products in the Piscataquis County town of Guilford.

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Starting on Monday, Mainers — and out-of-staters who’ve completed a 14-day quarantine in Maine — can stay at a hotel or other lodging establishment here.

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Several Maine libraries, including in Brunswick and Limerick, are opening the week of June 1 for curbside pickup, while others, including in Belfast, will open for limited services inside. The Portland Public Library has also announced it plans to open for curbside pickup on June 8.

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Included in the federal government's array of pandemic relief aid programs is an automatic pause – or forbearance – on federal student loans.

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Beaches in the towns of Scarborough and Old Orchard Beach will be open for recreation Wednesday. That is a change from a walking-only rule the towns had put into place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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As the 2020 Census count continues, Maine has one of the lowest response rates so far, at just over 50 percent.

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Much of the aid that Congress has provided to Americans in financial hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic has come in the form of vastly expanded unemployment insurance program.