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New Year's Resolutions: Making Them, Keeping Them & Having Hopes and Goals in Difficult Times


The 7 pm rebroadcast of this program will be pre-empted due to special NPR coverage of protests at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., over certification of the Presidential election.

With the challenges of 2020 behind us, we look at how different people set goals for the year ahead. We’ll hear from our listeners and some well-known Mainers about their 2021 resolutions. We’ll also talk about why people make or break resolutions, and the role of hope and aspirations, especially during difficult times.

<strong>Guests </strong>

Richard Blanco, poet, author, speaker, civil engineer, Inaugural Poet for President Barack Obama’s second inauguration

Dory Hacker, social worker, clinical manager, Department of Clinical Innovation, Maine Behavioral Healthcare

Amy Wood, psychologist, author, executive coach

Leslie A. Ouellette-Todd, registered dietitian, owner, Nourished Lifestyles in Kennebunk

Hilary Sheinbaum, author, “The Dry Challenge: How to Lose the Booze for Dry January, Sober October, and Any Other Alcohol-Free Month”

Matt Dunlap, former Maine Secretary of State


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.