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Hometown Maine: The Push & Pull of Living in Maine and Why & How People Come Back

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It’s a story many Mainers are familiar with: When they're young they can’t wait to leave their hometown, but after venturing away, something calls them back. We’ll speak with the author of a book about five young women from Downeast Maine, as well as a representative from Live +Work in Maine, about the reasons Mainers sometimes leave home, but often find their way back.

Panelists:
Gigi Georges, author of Downeast: Five Maine Girls and the Unseen Story of Rural America
Katie Shorey, director of engagement, Live + Work in Maine

VIP Callers:
Eliza Rudalevige, student at Columbia University; she wrote an article about returning to her Maine hometown
Nick Rimsa, owner & product designer, Tortoise Labs
Dustin Ward, racial equity & reconciliation advocate, former pastor, It Is Time
Chace Joe Jackson, external affairs manager, Summit Utilities

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Jonathan was born in Monsey, New York. A field trip to Washington, DC when he was in 7th grade started him on his circuitous path to a career in public radio. The trip inspired a love of politics and led to his desire to one day call DC home. After graduating from Grinnell College, he worked on a couple of campaigns in Iowa (presidential and congressional) and moved to Washington, DC.