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Ukraine is the top story of the week again.

This week our newsletter highlights Mainers who are trying to help Ukrainians flee the fighting.

I’m also going to highlight three stories that are not about Ukraine this week.

One is a collaboration between fashion house Ralph Lauren and historically black colleges and universities to celebrate black fashion with a modern/midcentury twist.

There’s also a BBC profile of a particular episode of the Star Trek series, Deep Space Nine. This episode presents an analogy about the black experience during the U.S. Civil Rights era touching on arts and culture, reform, and the limits of what was perceived as tolerable by society. The performance also finds signature cast members acting without their Starfleet costumes or character makeup. It a must for Trek fans and a powerful performance from actor Avery Brooks.

In a similar pop culture vein we’re also highlighting The Godfather, as that landmark film marks 50 years.

Read on!

Mark Simpson, News Director

Maine Public: Mainers with ties to Ukraine are helping relatives flee, and educating locals about the war

One Ukrainian man from Bath is heading to Poland to help deliver his family to safety.

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Maine Public: The restoration of a historic African American church in Portland gets 'game-changing' federal funding boost

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NPR News: How 'The Godfather' used Italian culture to reinvent the mafia story 

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WBUR: A Russian living in Mass. is trying to get his grandmother home to the U.S.

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NPR News: New Ralph Lauren collection explores collegiate style on historically Black campuses

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BBC Culture: The most remarkable Star Trek episode ever made 

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PBS: Burning through gas money? Here are some ways to help you save on fuel

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Maine Public: Lawmakers consider $100 million fund for Maine farms affected by PFAS. But is it enough?

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NPR: A videographer reimagines Hollywood blockbusters as cat videos 

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NPR: James Webb Space Telescope is working how astronomers dreamed

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The Maine Science Festival is on NOW!

Go HERE to explore all the free activities taking place this weekend. If you are thinking of attending the Headliner Event (the world premiere of The Warming Sea performed by the Bangor Symphony Orchestra), Maine Public members receive a special discount.

Go to for all the details.  


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