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Maybe it's because ... 

… I just got done reading the children’s book “The Gruffalo”…

But a headline from NPR about “beefalo” — which is a crossbred cow and buffalo — resonated with me this week. It also makes me think about a burger, but I digress.

Elsewhere in our story lineup, we try to better understand the perspective of immigrant families in Maine on recent gun violence around the country. We also have a look at right whale population numbers, inflation’s impact on loggers and an effort to turn algae into jet fuel.

I’ve also read some additional stories of interest this week on the phenomena of postpregnancy depression in men, and an uplifting story on the growing influence of women scuba divers in Oman and Jordan.

Read on and jump in!

Mark Simpson, News Director

Maine Public: Mass shootings rattle immigrant families in Maine, who came to the US seeking safety and stability

Both for recent arrivals and those who have been in the country for decades, the growing list of mass shootings is eroding a sense of security they hoped to find in America.

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NPR Shots: Beefalo, a bison-cattle hybrid, is being touted as the healthy meat of the future

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BBC Family Tree: Male postnatal depression: Why men struggle in silence

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Maine Public: DA candidates agree on closing Long Creek

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Maine Public: Endangered whale numbers may be stabilizing after some bad years

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WBUR: On second thought, scientist want to make this unit of time more precise

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PRI's The World: This Turkish lab is turning algae into jet fuel

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VPR: This Pittsford teen creates sculptures with cardboard, scissors and LOTS of hot glue

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Maine Public: Inflation is squeezing loggers, leading to some tough decisions

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BBC Travel:
The rise of female scuba divers in Jordan

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We are celebrating 60 years of Maine Public telling Maine’s stories and we’ve put together 60 cool factoids about Maine Public and the content we have shared with our audience over the years. Here is factoid #50:

Poems from Here launched on Maine Public Classical and Maine Public Radio in the fall of 2016. The weekly audio series featured poems about Maine and New England by poets from Maine and elsewhere. The inaugural host of the series was Stuart Kestenbaum, the Maine Poet Laureate at the time. Click HERE to access this series. #mainepublic60

Maine Public’s celebration of our 60th anniversary of telling Maine’s story is made possible by all of you and through the support of Birchbrook and Maine Credit Unions.     


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