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Mark is away … 

… so in his stead, a few brief notes on the story picks, curated by digital news reporter Esta Pratt-Kielley. She’s the producer behind the curtain most weeks — your reading tastemaker. Thanks, Esta!

Speaking of taste, do you know what a pawpaw tastes like? I do not. One of my college classmates once attempted to make fruit leather out of them to bring to market. That was a mistake. He learned (and reported, comically) that dehydrated pawpaw brings gastrointestinal distress.

Perhaps he could have tried seaweed as a potential remedy? At least, his methane emissions may have been reduced. That’s the theory scientists are testing as they try feeding different types of seaweed to cows.

Last but not least, what happened fifty years ago in this state? Why are those events still relevant today? Down East magazine’s editor in chief joined us on Maine Calling to discuss why 1972 was a pivotal year for Maine.



Andrew Catalina

Manager of Digital News


Maine Calling: Why the year 1972 was pivotal in shaping the state of Maine

Learn about what happened in Maine 50 years ago, from shifts in power dynamics to old industries making way for new economic opportunities — all while trying to preserve the state’s natural and historic heritage.

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Maine Public: Bar Harbor lab will provide temporary housing for Ukrainian scientists

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Disrupted: Brittney Griner's detention in Russia, and the enduring legacy of sports activism

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The World: At the mouth of the Black Sea, a ship spotter watches for clues amid Ukraine war

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BBC Travel: The revival of a forgotten American fruit that once fed mastodons

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WBUR: Cow burps drive global warming. Scientists think feeding them seaweed could help

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Maine Public: Relief payments coming to Maine small businesses struggling with high electric bills

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VPR: Natural burial and cremation in Vermont‘s first forest cemetery

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Maine Public: Bill provides $2 million in funding to expand climate education in Maine schools

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NHPR: How one regional non-profit is pushing to make racial equity in food systems a habit

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Our All Books Considered Book Club event with Phuc Tran is right around the corner! Maine Calling’s Cindy Han will chat with Phuc about his memoir Sigh, Gone and field audience questions on Monday, May 16th at 7:00 p.m.

It’s a wonderful opportunity to connect with the author – albeit virtually! Not a book club member yet? Sign up today!  





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