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I’m focusing this week ...

... on a series of incredible firsthand accounts from health workers on the frontlines of the pandemic. Reporter Patty Wight’s series of “Covid Diaries” has rightly captured the attention of people who are having “driveway moments” as they hear firsthand the struggle and the hope these workers experience. Give them a listen!

Some additional fascinating reads include: why you feel it physically during a breakup, the groundhog rivalry, why previous pandemics might have a link to Parkinson’s disease, and discovering your mom was Vietnamese rock star! I hope you’ll find them engaging.

While your at it, please remember to make your contribution to our Warm Up Winter Drive at




Mark Simpson, News Director

Maine Public: COVID diary: Brunswick ICU nurse details her experience with burnout amid recent surge

"The way that I typically feel driving to work in the morning is that I'm a firefighter running into the fire and everybody else is running away."

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The World: How a St. Louis woman discovered her mother’s secret past life — as a Vietnamese rock star

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Maine Public: Maine official warns community solar projects might not be as 'clean' as they suggest

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BBC Future: How past pandemics may have caused Parkinson's

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Maine Public: COVID diary: Farmington doctor describes feeling hopeless during latest pandemic surge

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NPR: These two groundhogs have conflicting weather predictions for the remaining winter — so take your pick

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NPR: This song sparrow might be nature's best DJ...take a listen

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Fresh Air: Are you heartbroken? There is a scientific reason why breaking up feels so rotten... it starts in the brain

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VPR: In this how-to guide, learn which trees and shrubs you can prune now for more fruits and flowers this spring

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Maine Public: Bill would extend predawn lobstering hours into September

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We are celebrating 60 years of Maine Public telling Maine’s stories and we want to hear from YOU! Do you have a segment you heard on Maine Public Radio, or a piece played on Maine Public Classical that has proven to be especially meaningful to you? Not sure?

Take a listen HERE to a My Maine Public Story submitted by our own Robbie Feinberg.

Feel inspired? Send us your “My Maine Public Story” to us at [email protected] 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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