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The week looks to end ...

... on a whopper weatherwise. Big snow predicted to be coming to Maine, make sure you prep for that and stay safe.

Are your playing Wordle yet? I’ve seen a lot about it, but haven’t taken the plunge, but PBS Newshour dove into why our brains love these kinds of puzzles.

Keeping climate change front and center, BBC has a powerful piece exploring racism and climate change. This is important to think about as we work our way through a year of stories in Maine with our series, “Climate Driven.”

I’m also highlighting seasonal affected disorder, or SAD. If you’re feeling a bit of the winter blues, this write up from NPR’s Life Kit provides some tips to help... as a grey storm day comes.


Stay warm out there!


Mark Simpson, News Director

Maine Public: Iraqi, Somali entrepreneurs launch clothing and jewelry businesses, celebrating Muslim fashion in Maine 

Some Muslim women in Maine say its difficult, if not impossible, to find local stores that cater to their specific fashion needs. But that is starting to change, thanks to several Iraqi and Somali entrepreneurs in southern Maine. 

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PRI: Turkey's 'whirling dervishes' strive to keep the practice sacred amid tourist demand

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Maine Public: State lawmakers consider boost to climate change education

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BBC Travel: Driving Canada's toughest road

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Maine Public: Portland author retraces her grandmother's journey in the Holocaust

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NPR Life Kit: How to cope with SAD, or seasonal affective disorder, this winter

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Here & Now: The largest archive of Jewish history is online

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PBS NewsHour: Why do we all love puzzles like Wordle, and are they good for our brains?

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Maine Public: Report: Maine jails recorded confidential attorney-client phone calls

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BBC Future: The link between climate change and racism

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The 2022 Edition of Maine Public's All Books Considered Book Club is officially launching! Our first book for the new year is Enter the Aardvark by Jessica Anthony.   That book club event will be held on Thursday, March 24th at 7 p.m. and will be hosted by Jennifer Rooks. 

Pick up a copy at any Sherman’s Coast Book Shops location, BookStacks in Bucksport, Print in Portland, Left Bank Books in Belfast, DDG Booksellers in Farmington, Nonesuch Books & More in South Portland, and any Bull Moose location. Not a book club member YET? It’s fun and totally free! Sign up HERE.  

Shout out to Bull Moose for their ongoing support of the club!  


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