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Hey Everybody, Happy 4th... advance! This week, another hot batch of great stories after baking in Maine's heatwave for several days.

Out of the gates, our Report for America reporter Ari Snider takes an interesting look at the growing talent pool across Maine of folks that come from other countries, and the obstacles they face when trying to transfer professional credentials.

Patty Wight heard how UFO observers reacted to the Congressional report on mysterious sightings….also the BBC looks at a new flying car (not a UFO).

Plus, Covid-era habits that might not go away, the predecessor to modern sushi, and falafel on Wall Street.

Enjoy these readings, musings, and more.





Mark Simpson, News Director

Maine Public: ‘It’s So Frustrating’: Foreign-Trained Professionals Face Career Barriers In Maine

It’s a story of countless personal challenges, but has consequences for the whole state — even as Maine struggles to retain skilled workers, many foreign-trained professionals are stuck in entry-level jobs. Now, a new law aims to bridge that gap.

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PBS NewsHour: 4 COVID-Era Habits That People Aren’t Ready To Lose

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The World: 'Wrong Number? Let’s Chat:’ East African Maasai Herders Use Misdials To Connect

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BBC: Flying Car Completes Test Flight Between Airports

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Maine Public: 'It's A Big Step': Maine UFO Enthusiasts React To Congressional Report

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Maine Public: Maine's Plastic Bag And Polystyrene Bans Finally Taking Effect On Thursday

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NPR: Can TikTok Cancel Your Hospital Bills?

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NPR: Wall Street Wants Their Workers Back. That's Good For The King Of Falafel

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BBC: Authentic Funazushi: The Fermented Predecessor Of Modern-Day Sushi

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PBS NewsHour: U.S. To Add ‘X’ Gender Marker On Passports

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Are you ready to explore Maine this Summer?

If you are, Maine Public has a bit of fun in store for you this July and August. Introducing our Summer Breeze Selfie Challenge. Go around the state to select locations, take a selfie in front of a Summer Breeze sign, post it to social media using the hashtag #SummerBreezeME, and you are entered into a drawing to win some very cool Summer prizes! 

Go to for all the details or stop by a Service Plaza on the Maine Turnpike and pick up a Summer Breeze Location Finder. 



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