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This is THE WEEK! 

...Aroostook week, “The County”!  We’re there in our “Climate Driven” coverage all this week, so that means you’re there too…I mean, unless you live there. In which case, you’re already there (Nice, BTW)!

Super spuds, while drinking suds, in fine duds? OK, maybe not quite suds and duds, but Robbie Feinberg is looking at new potato variants that might better handle a warming climate.

We’re also looking back the history of wind power and what happened in Mars Hill went the turbines went in… (also the location of one of Maine Public's many transmitters). We also find out about tribal efforts to restore salmon in a northern Maine River from climate reporter Murray Carpenter.

Across The Ten, we also learn about the cooling power of lattice, cooling plans in Boston, and revisit the first season of “Serial” to catch up on the most recent developments in the case that has garnered so much attention.

I’ll leave on this programming note: Monday night at 8 p.m. on Maine Public Radio and Television, catch our conversation with second Congressional District candidate, Independent Tiffany Bond. We invited Congressman Golden and challenger Bruce Poliquin, but they declined to appear. Find more election coverage on our “Your Vote” page.


Until next time,


Mark Simpson, News Director

Maine Public: Maine farmers hope that breeding a better potato can help the industry deal with a warming climate

Aroostook County potato farmers are dealing with a new challenge: climate change, which has brought warmer and drier temperatures to northern Maine in recent years.

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Maine Public: A tribe is restoring a northern Maine river so that it'll be cooler and more hospitable to salmon

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Maine Public: LePage’s education plan: public funding for private schools, anti-"woke agenda"

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BBC Future: How India's lattice buildings cool without air conditioning

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Maine Public: 15 years ago, a small Aroostook town went first on wind power, and hit turbulence 

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WBUR: Boston's Mayor Wu announces investment in trees for cooling, flood reduction and beauty

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NPR: How the investigation of Adnan Syed became a podcast phenomenon

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Maine Public: The wind energy field is growing, but Maine training program struggles to recruit

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NPR: Senate panel considers bill to expand Katahdin Woods and Waters monument

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NPR: 'British Vogue' editor-in-chief wants his magazine to reflect the world he sees

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The 2022 Common Ground Fair is on (!) and in-person September 23 through 25 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.

Maine Public is very pleased to once again be a media sponsor of the Fair and we will be there in full force as well! Please plan on stopping at Maine Public's booth at the Fair to meet our staff who will be sharing some of the stories and experiences from our Climate Driven series.  



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