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This week... 

... we are thinking about the aftermath of so many shootings in the U.S. Maine Public’s Robbie Feinberg spoke with Bates criminologist Michael Rocque about firearms in the state as we try to learn more about the gun landscape here.

Susan Sharon had an interesting look at some Memorial Day activity including an event in New Gloucester that included confederate re-enactors.

Of course, this is also the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, reflections from poet Amanda Gorman on a tough week in the U.S., and an indigenous tribe in Australia that few people know, plus architect Maya Lin helps to tell the story of Asian Americans.

We’re in June, but still waiting for that summer weather! What do you want to do this summer?


Until next time,


Mark Simpson, News Director

Maine Public: Without stronger gun laws, a researcher says Maine is ‘lucky’ it’s had no major shootings

Maine is abnormal when it comes to guns. Roughly half of its households have them, according to research, but unlike many states with such a large supply, it sees relatively few fatal shootings each year. Maine Public asked a gun violence expert what truly sets the state apart. The answer: not much.


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NPR: Should Robb Elementary School be rebuilt? Here's what other school shooting sites did

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PBS: Architect Maya Lin helps a museum tell the larger story of Asian Americans

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BBC Travel: The indigenous Australians few know

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Maine Public: Dozens protest Civil War reenactors carrying a Confederate flag in a Maine parade

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NPR: Poet Amanda Gorman reflects on a tough week for America

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BBC News: Platinum Jubilee: An unspoken transition has begun

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NHPR: New England psychiatrists, pediatricians say more kids are experiencing climate change anxiety

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NHPR: Police investigating vandalism at NHPR journalists' homes

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BBC Future: The animals with an eye for art

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Did you have a chance to attend our All Books Considered Book Club meeting with author Phuc Tran discussing his novel Sigh, Gone last month? If not, you can view it HERE.

Next up is Land of Cockaigne by Jeffrey Lewis. That book club event will be hosted by Jennifer Rooks and will take place in late July.

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