Maine news

More schools in Maine are moving to remote learning, at least temporarily, as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in the state.

We talk with two celebrated Maine chefs about cooking at home during the pandemic. Chefs Cara Stadler and Ilma Lopez join us to offer advice on how to use simple ingredients in creative ways, comfort foods to make—including those from different cultures—and how to approach some of the popular pandemic dishes, like home-baked bread and fermented or preserved foods.

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The rapid surge in COVID-19 cases in Maine mirrors what's happening elsewhere, but is alarming for a state that has maintained some of the lowest rates in the country. 

Nirav Shah, director, Maine CDC, joins us to discuss the strategy and outlook for containing the virus as well as administering the vaccine to Mainers, and answers listener questions.

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The number of people in Portland’s city shelters has increased dramatically, with the city reporting 539 people in shelter as of a week ago. City officials say they’re doing all they can to accommodate those in need, and are working to get new shelter beds opened up and renting hotel rooms.

Enrollment for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act began on Nov. 1. We’ll hear from experts on changes to the ACA, the recent case the Supreme Court heard on Obamacare, and get answers to listener questions about health insurance.

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Jessica Meir, NASA astronaut, marine biologist and native of Caribou, Maine, made history one year ago when she and colleague Christina Koch made the first all-female spacewalk while on the International Space Station.

We'll talk with Meir about her six months spent in space, her experience since returning to Earth — and to the pandemic — in April, and her plans for the future.

Greater Portland Metro

Drivers will now have to have to yield to some public transit buses around the Portland area.

Veterans Day observances were held around the state Wednesday, although new restrictions to prevent COVID-19 meant a change of plans for some.

Calais Regional Hospital says it has reached a tentative agreement with the Maine State Nurses Union, averting a strike that was promised later this month if the hospital didn’t shift from its stance on two issues.

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With the state's concerning rise in COVID-19 cases, and continuing calls to bolster Maine's economy as we head into the winter, Gov. Janet Mills is facing a a renewed set of challenges due to the pandemic. We find out her plans for balancing public health and the economy, and we discuss her legislative priorities. We'll also hear her reaction on results of the contentious election, and what it will mean for Maine.

To commemorate Veterans Day, we discuss military history in Maine, and we speak with veterans across the state about their service and their experiences. We will hear from family and friends who have stories and memories to share as well.

At the beginning of this program, we will talk briefly with Maine CDC director Nirav Shah about the surging caes of Covid-19 in Maine.

Since the start of the pandemic, non-Covid medical care has had to shift gears—not only in how care is delivered to patients, but in how providers and patients have prioritized their health care. We talk about the repercussions of putting off routine or preventive care, how telemedicine is working, and how the pandemic is affecting those with chronic diseases and other serious health concerns.

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.