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This week, Maine Calling looks at Maine's evolving economy, focusing on the shifts in Maine's economy due to the pandemic. Today — How does Maine’s growing gig economy reflect national trends, and what opportunities and challenges face those who are turning to independent contracting and other gig work?

Nicholas Christakis: Sociologist's Book Analyzes The Pandemic's Historical Context & Future Impacts


In his latest book, physician and sociologist Nicholas Christakis describes how the pandemic came to be, and what its impact on society might look like well into the future. He analyzes past pandemics, and makes projections as to how we will recover and rebound in the years to come.


Nicholas Christakis, author, sociologist, physician; he conducts research in the areas of social networks and biosocial science; he directs Yale University's Human Nature Lab.


Jennifer walked into her college radio station as a 17-year-old freshman and never looked back. Even though she was terrified of the microphone back then — and spoke into it as little as possible — she loved the studio, the atmosphere and, most of all, the people who work in broadcasting. She was hooked. Decades later, she’s back behind the radio microphone hosting Maine Public Radio’s flagship talk program, Maine Calling. She’s not afraid of the mic anymore, but still loves the bright, eclectic people she gets to work with every day.