All Things Considered with Nora Flaherty

4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Monday - Friday

Weekdays at 4 p.m. join host Nora Flaherty and hear Maine’s only daily statewide radio news program. Maine Public Radio's award-winning news staff brings you the latest news from across Maine and the region, as well as in-depth reports on the most important issues.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

More students in Maine are graduating from high school than ever before — nearly 87 percent last year. And most enroll in college. Yet for many students, particularly those from small, rural schools, staying in college can be a challenge. A new program in Aroostook County is looking into why some rural students may struggle in college and trying to find ways to keep them in school.

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Talks are underway in Augusta about a possible special session of the legislature in the coming weeks. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills and members of her cabinet are hoping to get multiple bond proposals to the voters in November, and they are negotiating with legislative leaders over how to make that happen.

Imagine it's 11:30 p.m., you're winding down for bed or already under the covers, and it's silent except for the sound of waves lapping in the nearby harbor. Then you hear an ear-splitting roar — the sound of a plane flying over South Portland, where some residents are pressuring the Federal Aviation Administration to change flight paths due to noise.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

Officials in Portland say they will meet the Thursday deadline to vacate the Expo Center, which has served as a makeshift emergency shelter for the nearly 450 asylum seekers who have arrived in the city since the beginning of June.

Nick Godfrey / Maine Public

In prepared remarks following two deadly mass shootings last weekend in Texas and Ohio, President Donald Trump vowed to give federal authorities the tools they need to investigate and stop domestic terror attacks. But news reports indicate that since taking office, the president's administration has diverted resources away from the monitoring and disruption of these kinds of attacks. 

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In the immediate aftermath of two mass shootings in Ohio and Texas that left at least 31 dead, Maine's four members of Congress were quick to condemn the hatred and bigotry that appears to have motivated the alleged gunmen.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

Last year Maine's harvest of soft-shell clams was one of the worst in many decades, down to around 7 million pounds. That's due in part to closures of polluted flats, and predation by the invasive green crab.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

Students and staff at Deering High in Portland are pushing back against a public perception that the school has safety issues. Earlier this week, the Portland Press Herald reported that Deering is seeing a dramatic drop in enrollment for the incoming 9th grade class, driven in part by concerns among some in the community that the climate there is unsafe. But more than 120 Deering students have signed a letter defending their school.

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Climate change is triggering more and more surprise variations in temperatures in the world’s oceans, including off Maine, and those spikes are changing ecosystems in ways that looking at the past wouldn’t predict.

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For the past several years, including this one, endangered North Atlantic right whales appear to have been bypassing traditional feeding grounds off Maine’s coast, congregating instead off Canada in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, where some are dying.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

Nearly 130 years ago, an anthropologist visited Calais and recorded songs, words and stories from members of the Passamaquoddy tribe. For years, these field recordings, some of the oldest in the world, were largely hidden from public view.

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Maine Democrats and health advocates are praising an announcement Wednesday from the Trump administration that it will explore ways to import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

For many, the great American road trip would not be complete without camping and hiking in some of the most beautiful spots on earth. According to the Department of the Interior, more than 330 million people will visit a national park this year — and a lot of them will be driving.

But as visitors rush to get away from it all, they're bringing with them some problems from the big city. And at Maine’s own Acadia National Park, gridlock is becoming a regular problem.

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Federal regulators are scheduling a series of public hearings on proposed new fishing-gear rules that aim to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale from potentially deadly entanglements.

Brian Bechard / Maine Public

Every summer, a handful of interns and research assistants are selected from hundreds of applicants to camp in primitive conditions on a tiny, treeless island several miles off midcoast Maine. Their job description calls for “a sense of humor” and love of “adventure, the outdoors and birds.”


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