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This week on The Ten....

... There’s an excellent field of stories to highlight, starting with a monthslong investigation by Maine Public reporter Charlie Eichacker. Charlie spent weeks poring though data to better understand why truckloads of out-of-state waste are being deposited in a state-owned landfill that was supposed to only handle refuse from Maine. Read about it below. The story, edited with assistance from WBUR, touches on a measure currently moving through the Legislature trying to close a loophole that has allowed this process to happen.

I also enjoyed a piece from member station WUFT in Gainesville about a journey to explore Black marching band culture in a central Florida town. The story explores what was gained and lost when changes were made decades ago, and how it’s trying to come back. Another that captured my attention was an interview with the first Black architect to win the coveted Pritzker Prize. 

We’ll wrap with a Massachusetts whaling ship found in the Gulf of Mexico, the soul of Ukraine, and jokes that have endured for thousands of years.


Till next time,


Mark Simpson, News Director

Maine Public: Maine's landfill is meant for in-state waste. Here's how Mass. and NH are filling it up

Environmental activists, neighbors of the landfill including the Penobscot Nation and a growing group of lawmakers have decried the unique set of circumstances that allow private companies to dump so much material from Massachusetts into the state facility, despite laws that were once meant to prevent that.

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WUFT: How a Black marching band style was erased from Gainesville’s fields, and why it matters decades later

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Maine Public: The pandemic has already fueled growth in Greenville. Some are hoping for more 

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BBC: The jokes that have made people laugh for thousands of years

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Here & Now: Pritzker winner Diébédo Francis Kéré wants to 'create beauty for the most underserved populations'

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WBUR: Wreck of a 190-year-old Mass. whaling ship discovered in Gulf of Mexico

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NPR: GOP questions for Jackson in her hearings were about midterm messaging

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Maine Public: Maine legal groups say bias and a 'culture of suspicion' at Boston Asylum Office hurt their clients

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NPR: Madeleine Albright kept up her trailblazing work long after being secretary of state

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BBC: The stories from centuries ago that reveal the soul of Ukraine

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Our inaugural A Walk in the Park Spring Vehicle Drive is about to start!

The first 100 people who donate an unneeded car or truck to our vehicle donation program this April and May will score a one-day complimentary day pass to any Maine State Park. A full day of picnicking, hiking, and exploring in exchange for that old jalopy!

Call our vehicle donation service at 877-672-6644 or visit to get started. 

A special thanks to She Summits Co. for sponsoring this campaign. 


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