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So many people are thinking about 9/11 this week ...

... I remember the day, trying to process what had happened. I remember flying shortly afterwards and how empty planes still were, and how wary people in the airports seemed. A dear friend told me these were going to be “strange times." Our newsroom is looking back on coverage from the following day, September 12, as we started to get a clearer picture of how events unfolded in Portland. It’s riveting coverage. You can hear parts of it this evening on All Things Considered, along with other remembrances we’ve collected from people affected by the events.

I’m mindful also, that this is still an emotionally raw event for many, and that these anniversaries can be draining. Too much and oversaturated coverage. In that vein, we’ve tried to have a mix of stories in this week’s newsletter, including first person accounts, and angles rippling out from there.

We’ve got a fascinating look at prison food in Maine and efforts to improve it, a profile of Maine’s new poet laureate, and reflections on ambition and what it means during this drawn out pandemic.

Plus, what would your world look like if everyone took psychedelic drugs? We’ve got a story for that.

My closeout thought is not from the public media sphere, but from the New York Times. It’s an excellent encapsulation of the artist Enya and what her work stands for, and why it has such a wide appeal. It might be the healthy tune out you need to get your “Orinoco Flow” going, or “Caribbean Blue” on.


Dig those synths!

Mark Simpson, News Director

Maine Public: Homesteader, Librarian, Maine’s New Poet Laureate: Julia Bouwsma Seeks To Foster Connection Through Poetry

“This has been a difficult time, and it's been a difficult time for a lot of Mainers. And I think that poetry is something you really need when times are difficult,” Bouwsma says. Here's what she hopes to do as Maine's next poet laureate.

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Maine Public: Cruel and Unusual? How Prison Food Is Improving At One Maine Facility

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NHPR: Portsmouth Artist Shines A Light On Women In Aerospace History

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BBC Future: The Psychedelic Drugs That Change Your Worldview Are Poised To Go Mainstream

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BBC Worklife: 
How Workers Are Re-Defining What Professional Ambition Means

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Maine Public: Some Maine Parents Still Want A Remote Option, But Few Exist

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Ideastream: Q&A: WCPN's Amy Eddings & WKSU's Andrew Meyer On Covering 9/11

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NCPR: 20 Years Later, Mohawk Ironworkers Reflect On Their Unique Connections To 9/11

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NPR: Meet Alexis Nikole Nelson, The Wildly Popular 'Black Forager'

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Maine Public: Maine Theaters Move Outside, Require Proof Of Vaccination To Salvage Seasons

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