Maine news

Our panel of experts discusses what qualifies as worthy of historic preservation in Maine; some prime examples of homes, building and other projects of historic significance; and what individuals can do to best preserve the historic value of their property. Maine’s focus on the Bicentennial includes community grants that are being made available to individuals and groups who have relevant historic preservation projects to pursue.

Julie Pike / Maine Public

With a deadline approaching to move recently arrived asylum seekers out of the Portland Expo, support organizations are seeking more host families to provide temporary housing.

Winter ticks have killed thousands of moose in New England . Maine’s moose population is estimated to have fallen from 76,000 five years ago to between 60,000 and 70,000 today. New Hampshire’s numbers have reduced nearly 50 percent, to about 5,000 moose. We learn about the fate of Maine’s moose population and what wildlife managers plan to do to protect this charismatic animal.  We’ll also discuss the popularity of moose watching tours and best places to spot a moose in Maine.

This is part of Maine Calling’s yearlong focus on topics that reflect what is iconic in Maine.

Some Maine residents say when it comes to mass shootings, they want more action from elected officials. Others say there’s little to be done to control the violence.

The superintendent of Portland Public Schools says he’s working to address a drop in enrollment at Deering High School and a corresponding spike across town at Portland High School.

Commissioner Heather Johnson joins us to discuss the economic challenges and opportunities facing Maine, and how she hopes to foster growth and revitalization throughout the state.. We'll talk about topics ranging from: tax relief to community block grants; re-energizing rural communities; the role of tourism in Maine; challenges in housing, wages, and strengthening the workforce; broadband, infrastructure, and more.

Flea markets are a huge draw in Maine, for tourists and locals alike -- especially during the summertime.

Maine is known as a flea market destination — a place to find items that have been hiding in attics and old barns for generations. A wide variety of flea markets statewide offer antiques, collectibles and just plain junk, and sometimes harbor treasures of significant value for the savvy shopper. We explore the range of flea markets in Maine, what they sell, who frequents them, what items of value can be found and how these markets are integral to the state's image and economy.

This show is part of Maine Calling’s ongoing focus on iconic slices of Maine life.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's former public advocate is set to join a Federal Communications Commission working group aimed at broadband deployment in low-income areas.

Renowned Middle East expert and CNN analyst Aaron David Miller joins us to discuss U.S.-global relations, from nuclear policy to trade wars to dealing with authoritarian leaders worldwide—and prospects for peace in the Middle East. Miller, who is a Maine summer resident, joins us from the Portland studio.

Maine Marks 200th Birthday Since It Split From Massachusetts

Jul 31, 2019
Julie Pike / Maine Public

Celebrations for Maine’s bicentennial began Tuesday, as Gov. Janet Mills raised the bicentennial flag in Presque Isle, Bangor, Portland and Augusta, marking the 200 anniversary of the vote to separate the District of Maine from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Department of Corrections Commissioner Liberty joins us to discuss the pressing issues facing Maine's prison system. As Commissioner, he has stated that recidivism is one of his top priorities, as is prisoner re-entry into society. We will also discuss juvenile justice, women prisoners, solitary confinement, and how he plans to address mental health and substance use issues among prisoners and staff.

Guest: Commissioner Randy Liberty has more than 36 years of leadership experience in the fields of corrections and law enforcement, having served as the Warden of the  Maine State Prison since 2015. Prior to that, he served more than 26 years in the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office, nine as the elected sheriff, during which time he focused on drug enforcement, drug abuse education and treatment of addiction.

BATH, Maine - The Navy is hoping for a permit to dredge some of the Kennebec River to allow the passage of destroyers built at Bath Iron Works.

JACKMAN, Maine - The federal government is providing a total of more than $2.5 million to help several municipal and regional airports make safety upgrades.

More than 2,600 Maine children were abused in 2018, according to a report published this month by the state’s Child Protective Services. That’s a nearly 25 percent increase from the year before, but officials say the higher number is not surprising.

Elena Seibert

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Maine resident Richard Russo joins us for a wide-ranging conversation about his approach to writing, how his success as a novelist – whose books have been made into television series and films – affects his work, Maine’s literary community and how it inspires him… and his latest book, "Chances Are…," about the complex power of friendship. Russo's eagerly awaited novel comes out the day that he joins us on Maine Calling.