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This week, we're out at sea...


...We started off with the news that a retired Navy Captain, who had sued for documents related to the sinking of the USS Thresher in 1963, concluded there was no coverup by the U.S. government. The story has been a mystery for submariners for decades, and the Thresher left on what would become her eternal patrol from Kittery. Only one other modern U.S. Navy sub has ever been lost-- the USS Scorpion -- and the reasons for that incident have also been swathed in mystery for decades.

Surfacing from the depths, to the shore, we dig into the debate over a proposed eel farm in Waldoboro, look at efforts to save sea stars in the Pacific Northwest, and how the FIRE movement to save boatloads of money early and retire young is playing out with millennials.

Rounding out our water theme, details on a push from the Penobscot nation over its water fight, how clean water is handled in the new federal infrastructure bill.

That’s it for now. Don’t forget you can give during our Dirigo radio drive at




Mark Simpson, News Director

Maine Public: Waldoboro Eel Farm Aims To Raise At Least 2 Million Eels Annually For American Tables

While mostly seen on Asian menus these days, eels have a long culinary and cultural history in Maine as well.

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Maine Public: Hundreds Rally In Bangor As Penobscot Nation Pushes Ahead With Water Fight

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PBS NewsHour: How The Infrastructure Bill Delivers On Clean Water — And How It Falls Short

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BBC Travel: The Women Porters Making History On Peru's Inca Trail

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Maine Public: Skipper: Docs Show No Coverup In Sinking Of Maine-Built Submarine USS Thresher

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Maine Public: Annual Workers’ Welcome Fair Ushers In Downeast Blueberry Season

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VPR: New Musical From Nek Filmmaker Offers Glimpse Into Vermont Teen Life

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The World: The Olympic Trampoline Tradition: Remembering The Man Who Taught The World To Bounce

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NPR: To Save A Huge, 24-Armed Sea Creature, Scientists Become Loving Foster Parents 

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BBC: Playing With Fire: The Millennial Movement To Quit Work

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Our next All Books Considered Book Club must read:  "Landslide" by author Susan Conley.    

Pick up a copy of our August and September book selection at a Sherman’s Coast Book Shops location, BookStacks in Bucksport, Print in Portland, Left Bank Books in Belfast, DDG Booksellers in Farmington, and any Bull Moose location. Not a book club member? It’s fun and totally free!

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