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Face Coverings: How Has Mask-Wearing Become Polarizing & What Are Mainers' Attitudes Toward Masks?

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This show is a rebroadcast of an earlier program (original air date July 14, 2020); no calls will be taken.

The use of face coverings has become a polarizing issue in Maine and nationwide. Now, Gov. Mills has issued stricter guidelines for wearing masks in public places. We discuss the many charged issues involving mask-wearing: medical reasons, state guidelines and enforcement, political symbolism, psychological effects, reasons some cannot wear masks and more.


  • Dr. Nirav Shah, director, Maine Center for Disease Control
  • Stephanie Kelley-Romano, associate professor, chair, rhetoric, film and screen studies, Bates College
  • Cory King, executive director, Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber of Commerce 
  • Ellen Kajewski, CEO, Eastport Health Care
  • Atlee Reilly, managing attorney, Disability Rights Maine


Cindy helps produce Maine Public's live call-in show Maine Calling, and sometimes hosts the show—as well as the All Books Considered Book Club. Her 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 to a food trends magazine.