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This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (original air date May 26, 2020); no calls will be taken. 

We continue our celebration of Maine’s 200th statehood anniversary by examining Maine from the time of the Civil War to the end of the Great War. This is part of our year-long bicentennial series of shows covering Maine history.


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As more companies recognize Juneteenth and offer it as a company holiday, we discuss the historical roots of Juneteenth and its context during today’s Black Lives Matter protests and movement for civil rights. Juneteenth commemorates the effective end of slavery in the United States. How has America grappled with the legacy of slavery, and how has it led to today’s struggles over systemic racism?


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We talk with author and journalist Colin Woodard about his new book, "Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood." "Union" is a historical study of how a myth of national unity was created and fought over in the 19th century. This included the idea that the United States' national identity was an Anglo-Saxon one, which laid the foundation for the white nationalist movement we see today.

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We continue our celebration of Maine’s 200th statehood anniversary by examining Maine from the time of the Civil War to the end of the Great War. This is part of our year-long bicentennial series of shows covering Maine history.


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This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (original air date Feb 21, 2020); no calls will be taken. This show is part of Maine Calling's ongoing coverage of topics relating to Maine's bicentennial.

In this segment, our panel of historians explains how Maine evolved in the pivotal years between becoming a state in 1820 through Maine's involvement in the Civil War. We'll learn about the pivotal figures of the day, and how Maine's cultural, economic and political landscape evolved during the 19th century. 


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Maine’s proximity to Massachusetts, along with the ports of Bath and Portland, were catalysts in the Spanish Flu’s spread across Maine in 1918.  We’ll discuss the similarities and differences of that deadly pandemic to today’s, how it affected Maine, and any lessons that can be learned from it.


historic lithograph exhibited at Bowdoin College Museum of Art

We continue our bicentennial coverage of Maine history, spanning the road to statehood to the current day.

In this segment, our panel of historians explains how Maine evolved in the pivotal years between becoming a state in 1820 through Maine's involvement in the Civil War. We'll learn about the pivotal figures of the day, and how Maine's cultural, economic and political landscape evolved during the 19th century. 


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This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (original air date January 9, 2020); no calls will be taken.


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This year marks the bicentennial of Maine as a state. We preview some of the upcoming events during the state’s yearlong celebration of this 200th birthday and learn how Maine became a state.


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As the process to impeach President Trump continues to develop, we discuss the origins of impeachment in U.S. history, what has transpired during past impeachment inquiries, as well as how Constitutional law applies to various aspects of the current impeachment proceedings.


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In marking Maine's bicentennial, Maine Calling will look more closely at different aspects of our state's history in the coming year. One such aspect is the history of black people living here in Maine, even from before the state's founding.

We'll learn how African Americans in Maine helped create settlements and lay the foundations for the future of the state in various ways, from social to economic to cultural.

We'll also hear about the struggles that black residents have faced along the way, as well as the roles that particular individuals played in shaping their communities.


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Thomas Jefferson Foundation Chair in American History at the University of Virginia and two-time Pulitzer prize winning historian Alan Taylor will be back home in Maine (he attended Bonney Eagle High School and Colby College and was born in Portland) to give two lectures in connection with the state’s bicentennial. 

We’ll discuss the Maine Bicentennial, pre-revolutionary Maine, the US/Canada frontier, and more, including his research in early North American history.  Taylor is the author of nine books, including Liberty Men and Great Proprietors: the Revolutionary Settlement on the Maine Frontier 1760-1820.


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New York Times best-selling author Sam Kean joins us to discuss his latest book, which explains how, with every breath you take, you literally inhale the history of the world.

Kean will discuss the wilds of our atmosphere, as well as the most astounding patients in neuroscience history, the hidden stories buried in our genes and DNA, the wonders of the periodic table, and life as a writer who attempts to popularize science.

Kean is taking part in the University of New England’s “Connections Lecture Series.”  Click here for more information.


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Historian, author and Maine Calling favorite Ken Davis joins us to talk about his latest book.

Kenneth C. Davis is an American historian and author, best known for his “Don’t Know Much About” series of history books.

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Nov. 11, 2018, marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. That date was declared Armistice Day and, under President Eisenhower, the name of the holiday was later changed to Veterans Day.

On this Veterans Day, we remember “the war to end all wars” and its impact in Maine.

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