Parents are dealing with a bevy of challenges during the pandemic, from juggling the demands of work and home life, especially with kids doing remote schooling, to helping everyone in the family cope with anxiety, isolation and health concerns. We'll discuss the range of pandemic-related problems, and get some advice on ways to handle them.

The newly inaugurated President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris begin leading the nation in the face of great challenges. We’ll discuss how the executive and legislative branches will approach the many crises we face, from the pandemic to the economy to partisan strife.

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As Maine struggles to recover from the devastation of the pandemic, the year ahead will be critical for our state’s economic stability. Our panel discusses the economic outlook for Maine in 2021.

Gov. Janet Mills returns to talk about the state’s pandemic response and economic impacts as she rolls out the new budget, and to discuss her legislative priorities in 2021. We’ll also address the news out of Washington, D.C.

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The COVID-19 crisis continues to wreak havoc on the performing arts throughout Maine. We’ll learn how artists and venues have found creative ways to continue to reach audiences, and hear about plans for 2021. We’ll also discuss what long-term effects the pandemic will have on arts and culture in Maine.

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Dr. Nirav Shah returns to answer questions about the continuing surge in COVID-19 cases, the start of vaccine distribution in Maine, and what to expect with the state's response to the pandemic in the new year.

This show is only airing at 7 pm—it's a rebroadcast of an earlier show (original air date October 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.

Our panel of editorial page editors returns for a look back at the year that was, if nothing else, historic. We’ll discuss the pandemic, the racial justice movement, the 2020 campaigns—and what to look forward to in the new year.

Ski season will be different for Maine’s ski resorts and lodges this season. We’ll learn about the steps that facilities are taking to ensure visitors and workers stay healthy. And we’ll talk about the reopening of Saddleback after a 5-year hiatus.

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Dr. Nirav Shah, director, Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention, joins us to discuss the arrival of the first doses of COVID-19 vaccine in Maine and how they will be administered, as well as the state’s response to the escalating pandemic. As always, Dr. Shah will answer listener questions about safety, face coverings, testing, contact tracing and more.

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.

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.

What's the best advice you've ever gotten? Or given? We pose these questions to well-known figures around Maine, as well as to anyone who wants to weigh in, and gain some wisdom about how to approach life.

Mindfulness has gained popularity in recent years for its role in helping people to improve their lives, from sleeping better to losing weight to reducing anxiety. It has become even more popular during the pandemic, and the other challenges of 2020, in giving people a way to manage these stressful times. We'll learn how and why mindfulness contributes to health and well-being.

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.