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Public media is at its best…

... when it exposes you to something new or unexpected.

I had that experience this week when I heard Murray Carpenter’s story about bobolinks. I’d never heard the word, never mind as the name of a bird that lives in Maine grasslands. Then I heard their call, and it was one of those public radio moments. Give it a listen.

A profile of another potential rising political star from Maine’s Somali-American community also caught my attention this week. She's one of those candidates to watch as the political season heats up: a possible hint as to the direction of political winds.

Elsewhere across our news roundup: the largest pink diamond in 300 years comes out of an Angolan mine, Joni Mitchell’s surprise appearance at the Newport Folk Festival, a new dictionary of African American English, and how advances in allergy treatments could make the ailment a thing of the past.


Keep reading, keep cool, and let’s hope for some rain!


Mark Simpson, News Director

Maine Public: As climate change alters Maine farms, Ag Allies aims to protect bobolinks and other grassland birds

Birds that nest in grasslands are in decline nationwide, facing challenges including seasonal changes brought by climate change, including earlier harvests of hayfields.

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Maine Public: A Lewiston statehouse candidate could be Maine's first Somali-American legislator

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WBUR: Proposal to dump contaminated water in Cape Cod Bay meets opposition in Plymouth

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BBC Future: The habits that help prevent allergies

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Maine Public: Recent rental relief changes foreshadow bigger challenges for Maine, housing advocates say

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NPR: Here's why Joni Mitchell's performance at the Newport Folk Festival is so incredible

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NPR: New dictionary will document African American lexicon

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Maine Public: Maine police group’s endorsement of Golden could undercut key GOP attack

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NHPR: Peregrine falcons in New Hampshire could find an unlikely ally: rock climbers

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BBC: Largest pink diamond in 300 years found in Angola

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The 2022 Common Ground Fair is on (!) and in-person September 23 through the 25th in Unity Maine. Recognizing the ongoing reality of COVID, the events and layout of the Fair have been reworked to reduce congestion and long lines, but will still feature the incredible educational opportunities, food, and marketplace vendors that Fairgoers know and love. AND Maine Public is very pleased to once again be a media sponsor of the Fair. 

Tickets for the Fair are going on sale starting Monday, August 1. Visit the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s website –  to secure your tickets to this seminal event in Maine this fall. Please plan on stopping at Maine Public's booth at the Fair where we will be sharing some of the stories and experiences from our Climate Driven series.  


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