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We talk with medical experts about what is causing the surge in Covid-19 cases, new recommendations on preventing transmission, advances in testing and treatments, and what the latest vaccine developments mean for Mainers.

Lee Academy in Lee will transition to remote learning through at least the end of December as COVID-19 case counts continue to climb and four Maine counties have been classified as “yellow” in the state’s latest color-coded risk assessment for schools.

With more people working from home and having more time on their hands, it was a banner year for readers. Our panel will share which books were their favorites of 2020.  And we’ll get some recommendations for some of the best audiobooks of the year.

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Heidi Carter, owner of Bogan Books in Fort Kent; former graphic designer/marketing consultant

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Use of Maine’s after-school meals program increased 89 percent between Oct. 2018 and Oct. 2019. That’s according to a new report from the Food Research and Action Center.

Maine’s percentage increase was the second-highest in the nation, after Wyoming.

Anna Korsen, with the child nutrition organization Full Plates, Full Potential, says one big reason for the increase is a new law that mandated communities start an afterschool meal program if 50 percent or more kids are eligible for free or reduced school meals.

The Coast Guard says a radio mayday that went out from the Spruce Head area Thursday morning is probably a hoax.

The workings of our democracy can be confusing to anyone, especially in today's political climate. Do young people get exposed to politics and government in school? We talk with educators to find out what Maine students learn about civics, and whether schools promote teaching about more controversial issues.

Climate challenges facing Maine range from extreme weather to sea-level rise to warming waters.

We'll discuss how climate science informs policy and real action, as we learn about the new state climate action plan.

It focuses on areas such as transportation, renewable energy and agriculture, and sets bold goals for greenhouse gas emissions.

Maine has seen a spike in people applying for social service benefits in the midst of the pandemic.

Just as pressing as the health concerns of the coronavirus pandemic are the economic concerns facing Maine. The Governor's Economic Recovery Committee has just rolled out its state action plan. We talk with the committee's leaders to find out what steps Maine will take, now and in the years to come, to create a healthy economy.

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In Dec. 2017, Oxford County Sheriff Wayne Gallant resigned after several well-documented allegations of sexual harassment against members of his staff and others — at least five people in total.

In this bicentennial year, Maine is recognizing the people who carved a new state out of the woods and set it on its path. But that history is complicated by the fact that some of those early Mainers displaced native peoples who had made the land their home for thousands of years.

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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.

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Winter is traditionally a busy time of year for Maine food banks. It’s a time when food insecurity increases because of seasonal employment, eating costs and other factors. And then this year, of course, we add in the pandemic.

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

Of the many side effects that COVID-19 has had on people's wellbeing, sleep often comes up in conversation as something that has been disrupted during the pandemic. We will talk with medical experts about how sleep is integrated with overall mental and physical health, what ways the pandemic is affecting people's sleep (and even their dreams), and approaches that can help foster healthy sleep patterns.

Maine-Made Finds: Our 9th Annual "Made in Maine' Gift Guide

Nov 26, 2020

We are re-airing this program at 7 pm on Thanksgiving, Nov. 26, 2020, (original air date Nov. 24); no calls will be taken.

With the economic distress that the pandemic has caused, supporting the local economy has become even more vital. Seeking out holiday gifts from Maine-based sources is one way to do that. We’ll hear from craftspeople, artists, authors, small store owners and Etsy business operators about what they produce and where to find it. These products and services reflect the depth of innovation and entrepreneurship in Maine.