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Every weekday for more than three decades, NPR's Morning Edition has taken listeners around the country and the world with multi-faceted stories and commentaries that inform challenge and occasionally amuse. Morning Edition is the most listened-to news radio program in the country. Irwin Gratz and the Maine Public Radio News team bring you regional updates throughout the morning.

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South Portland Schools Superintendent Ken Kunin, like many educators, got an unexpected lesson last spring in remote teaching, "It's very different when you're standing in front of your class and you can help them navigate their way through a lesson, through material," he says.

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The Trump administration late Tuesday announced that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control will be imposing a moratorium on evictions for Americans who are in dire financial straits due to the coronavirus pandemic. Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz spoke with Mike Spaulding, an attorney at Pine Tree Legal Assistance who specializes in housing issues, about how the moratorium will work, and for whom.

Gratz: Sir, welcome.

Spaulding: Thank you.

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A number of public art works have sprung up in Portland that were created to celebrate Black life and honor those who have been killed by police officers in recent years. One of those works is Ashley Page’s “In Memory of Those Taken,” which incorporates a series of portraits. Willis Ryder Arnold spoke with Page about the role of public art in a time of cultural reckoning on the issues of race and police brutality.

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On Tuesday night, Maine state Rep. Craig Hickman cast Maine's delegate votes during the roll call at the Democratic National Convention. Rep. Hickman is African American, and - as he alluded to in his remarks - gay. And he's a small businessman, something he chose to highlight in his remarks. Rep. Hickman spoke with Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz.

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Sen. Kamala Harris, Joe Biden's picked for vice president, is an alum of Howard University, a school that turns out to have a tie to Maine. Here to tell us about it is Gordon Weil, a former state official and the author of "The Good Man: The Civil War's 'Christian General' and His Fight for Racial Equality." Weil spoke with Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz.

Maine State Museum

Maine's fraught relations with its Indian tribes dates all the way back to the beginning of statehood 200 years ago this year. In our latest Bicentennial conversation, historian Herb Adams describes the talks that led to the signing of the first treaty between the young Maine and the Penobscot Nation, on Aug. 17, 1820. Adams says the talks began in Portland in July of that year.

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Maine’s congressional delegation is demanding the U.S. Post Office stop delaying mail.

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There is growing concern about the Postal Service. Its financial condition is growing more dire as the country prepares for an election that will rely on a record number of mailed-in ballots.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

For Mainers looking to get away - safely - for part of this pandemic summer, camping has been the answer.  Popular state campgrounds, like Sebago Lake in southern Maine and Lamoine near Acadia National Park, are pretty full.  But there's plenty of weekday availability at several other state campgrounds in locations you might not expect.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

Portland city officials struggled Monday night to devise a strategy to help protesters lacking shelter to leave an encampment at City Hall plaza - an effort some said has gained urgency with a tropical storm heading towards Maine.

Charles Krupa / Associated Press

Maine is ready to enforce its new internet privacy law.  There's an outstanding legal challenge, but a federal judge ruled the law could take effect July 1. Attorney General Aaron Frey, citing the pandemic, agreed to delay enforcement until Aug. 1. State Sen. Shenna Bellows introduced the measure. She told Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz that it will prohibit internet providers from selling or sharing customers' information without their permission.

Nick Woodward / Maine Public

A new poll from Colby College shows that while President Trump has received mixed grades for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, Maine Gov. Janet Mills’ policies have garnered support.

Penguin Press

In a new book, Maine author Nicholson Baker describes a nearly decade-long quest to learn about secret CIA activities in the years after World War II. The book's title is "Baseless: My Search for Secrets in the Ruins of the Freedom of Information Act." Baker, who will be a guest on Tuesday's Maine Calling program spoke with Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz.

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The coast of Maine is home to a number of whales. Humpback, minkee and pilot whales are a familiar sight. Less common, however, is the beaked whale. Yet, just in the last few weeks, two beaked whales - a Blainville's beaked whale, which had never been seen here before, and a Sowerby's beaked whale - stranded and died on beaches in York and Phippsburg. Maine Public's Jennifer Mitchell spoke with Linda Doughty, director of Marine Mammals of Maine, about what's known about the unusual strandings at this point.

Rebecca Conley / Maine Public

Well, the "pandemic primary" is over, and the stage set for this fall's election in Maine. Joining Maine Public's Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz to run through the results is Maine Public's State House Bureau Chief and Chief Political Correspondent Steve Mistler.