History

For this President's Day, we listen back to our earlier conversation on 12/9/20 with author and jouranlist Tom Ricks about his book First Principles: What America's Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country.

Maine Memory Network

This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (original air date November 30, 2020); no calls will be taken.

The four Wabanaki tribes in Maine—Micmac, Maliseet, Penobscot and Passamaquoddy—have been here since long before Europeans arrived and Maine became a state.

We will discuss tribal history in Maine, and learn about the significant challenges and advances among Native Americans in Maine over the years. This is part of our ongoing series of bicentennial shows about Maine's history.

Bangor Daily News

This show is part of our coverage of topics relating to Maine's bicentennial. It is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (original air date November 2, 2020); no calls will be taken.

One of the most renowned leaders to hail from Maine, Margaret Chase Smith was the first woman to win election to both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate. She made her mark with her independent stances, including legislation on behalf of women in the armed services, and her famous "Declaration of Conscience" speech, criticizing Sen. Joseph McCarthy's red-baiting tactics. We discuss her remarkable life and career, and the relevance of her actions to today's political climate.

October 28 marked the anniversary of Mussolini’s March on Rome, an act of political theater that took place nearly 100 years ago. It led to handing the future dictator the reins of power. Hitler watched Mussolini and learned. "Don’t Know Much About History" author Kenneth C. Davis discusses his new book and what these five dictators had in common, how they seized power, and what their stories teach us today.

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On Nov. 9-10, 1938, attacks against Jewish communities living in Germany came to be known as Kristallnacht, or The Night of Broken Glass. The ensuing years of the Holocaust led to the mass murder by Germans of millions of European Jews.

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Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., January 28 at 10:00 pm
Sat., January 30 at 2:00 pm

An illustration of the rural Northeast in an era unlike any other in American history. Seen through the photography of Eastern Illustrated & Publishing Company.

For more viewing options and information about the production visit Sumner McKane Film & Music.

Oakfield HIstorical Society

This show is a rebroadcast of an earlier program (original air date October 2, 2020); no calls will be taken. It is part of our coverage of topics relating to Maine's bicentennial.

Our 11 a.m. broadcast is being pre-empted by special coverage of the Supreme Court hearings. 

In this last installment of our series on Maine history, we examine Maine's evolution in the latter half of the 20th century through September 11, 2001. How did Maine influence national politics, with leaders such as Margaret Chase Smith, Ed Muskie and George Mitchell? How did Maine’s economy and demographics change?


Oakfield HIstorical Society

This show is part of our coverage of topics relating to Maine's bicentennial.

In this last installment of our series on Maine history, we examine Maine's evolution in the latter half of the 20th century through September 11, 2001. How did Maine influence national politics, with leaders such as Margaret Chase Smith, Ed Muskie and George Mitchell? How did Maine’s economy and demographics change?


Portland Museum of Art

This show is part of Maine Calling's ongoing coverage of topics relating to Maine's bicentennial.

Marking the September 25th opening of a major exhibit on artists Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington at the Portland Museum of Art, we examine the significance of Homer's work and his time in Maine. The seminal period in Homer's career spent living and painting on Maine's rocky coast have produced some of the paintings that are considered masterpieces in American art--and defining images of Maine.


Maine Historical Society

As part of our ongoing coverage of topics related to Maine’s bicentennial, we explore the history of women in Maine. Our state has had a wealth of notable female leaders in diverse fields, from politics to the arts. We discuss some of these women and their legacies, and we look at how movements, such as suffrage, played out in Maine. 


mainememory.net

This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (original air date July 29, 2020); no calls will be taken.  

This show is part of our ongoing coverage of topics relating to Maine's bicentennial, and is the fourth in our series on the history of Maine.

The years from World War I through World War II led to lasting changes in Maine. We'll learn about how the efforts of those on the homefront altered Maine's landscape and industries. We'll also talk about notable Maine leaders of that era, and what impacts the wars and those who fought in them had on Maine's future.


American Folklife Center

This show is part of our ongoing coverage of topics relating to Maine's bicentennial.

A Maine music historian joins us to look back at the remarkable music that’s been made in Maine over the past 200 years. This includes music from: the Wabanaki and Passamaquoddy tribes; a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, Walter Piston of Rockland; the country’s first superstar teen idol, Rudy Vallee; country music stars Donald Doane, Sr., and the Katahdin Mountaineers; folk music pioneers such as Mellie Dunham; Hermann Kotzschmar and the Merrill Auditorium organ named in honor of him; and many more.

Guest: Aaron Robinson, award–winning American composer, conductor, musicologist and best-selling author

mainememory.net

This show is part of our ongoing coverage of topics relating to Maine's bicentennial, and is the fourth in our series on the history of Maine.

The years from World War I through World War II led to lasting changes in Maine. We'll learn about how the efforts of those on the homefront altered Maine's landscape and industries. We'll also talk about notable Maine leaders of that era, and what impacts the wars and those who fought in them had on Maine's future.


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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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