Maine news

Two experts join us to discuss the latest medical news about COVID-19: new information about transmission of the virus; evidence of chronic symptoms; effects on children; new treatments and therapies; testing for the virus and its antibodies; the prospects for a vaccine and how that will impact the pandemic.

SURRY, Maine - State Police say a small plane flying from Vermont to Maine crashed off shore before reaching its destination.

Last year, Maine's lobster fishery brought in almost $500 million to the state, and even more when you count the economic benefits to dealers, processors and restaurants. Now, with the pandemic hindering the market for lobsters locally and around the world, this signature industry has been impacted severely. We will talk about how the industry is facing challenges, and what efforts are underway to find new ways to market lobsters and connect with consumers.

The House of Representatives will meet in an unusual Saturday session to address problems at the U.S. Postal Service, which U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine says involve more than just finances.

The solvency of social security is certain to be a major topic in the upcoming election.  We’ll discuss how and why social security was implemented 85 years ago (When FDR signed legislation enacting Social Security, on 8/14/1935, he said, “We have tried to frame a law which will give some measure of protection to the average citizen and to his family against the loss of a job and against poverty-ridden old age.”) We’ll learn how the social welfare program is funded, and how the recession/unemployment/the pandemic is impacting current (and future) beneficiaries of the program.

Maine State Museum

Maine's fraught relations with its Indian tribes dates all the way back to the beginning of statehood 200 years ago this year. In our latest Bicentennial conversation, historian Herb Adams describes the talks that led to the signing of the first treaty between the young Maine and the Penobscot Nation, on Aug. 17, 1820. Adams says the talks began in Portland in July of that year.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

While most schools in Maine are still putting the finishing touches on reopening plans for September, a few communities in northern Maine that have to schedule a break for the potato harvest have already reopened this week.

Kurt Andersen is an author, editor, commentator, and was host and co-creator of the public radio program Studio 360. He joins us to discuss his new book (published 8/11), Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America - A Recent History. The book examines how the American economy has gone from the rise of the middle class earlier in the 20th century, to a troubling turn where big business and the wealthy began to undo the earlier progress, leading to what remains an unfair economic and social system today.

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public File

In order to limit the spread of COVID-19, the University of Maine System is setting up an online database to show COVID-19 testing results for staff and students. New travel restrictions and revisions to the academic calendar are also being adopted.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

In the wake of protests over racial injustice, many are left wondering: What's next? We'll discuss what ways people can continue to engage with the ongoing fight against systemic racism, and what actions lead to more meaningful outcomes in the long run.

Lisa Dulac

With about a month until the school year begins in most of Maine, districts across the state are planning to reopen their classrooms, at least partially. But with COVID-19 still spreading, many parents are opting to keep their kids home or to withdraw them from public schools entirely.

Teachers and parents in Auburn are holding a “stand- in” at the city school committee meeting Wednesday at 5:30 to oppose the district's reopening plan.

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Governor Janet Mills addresses the pressing issues facing the state during the pandemic. We'll discuss the controversies over how to continue to reopen the economy, how to start the school year, and how to enforce Covid-19 safety guidelines statewide. We will also find out what financial support the state is offering those suffering from the pandemic, and how Maine is paying for these funds.

Maine CDC director Nirav Shah also join us for a few minutes for an update on the ongoing work to stem the spread of Covid-19.

The American Civil Liberties Union affiliates in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the use of border patrol checkpoints they say occur frequently on I-93 and elsewhere in northern New England.

In recent years, Maine has attracted a gradual influx of people from other states, mostly moving here for the quality of life. For the sake of the state's economic health, there have been concerted efforts to attract more people--especially younger people--to live and work here. Now, with the Covid pandemic forcing people to work from home, many have discovered the appeal of living in Maine and working remotely. We'll hear about the benefits and the challenges posed by this trend, and talk to some who are making it work.