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This week...

...There’s a lot to be thankful for. At the top of my list is the incredible news team at Maine Public. 

They always rise to the occasion and deliver the trusted, insightful, accurate -- and so many other descriptors of -- news and information across the state of Maine that you’ve come to expect. Thank you for that!

Cold temps are really moving into southern Maine this week and so a BBC story about sitting outside in Spain in the evenings and talking with your neighbors is sounding appealing. 

Locally we’re looking at how COVID is changing how students have to learn, the fight over homegrown efforts to procure local broadband internet, Harry Potter at 20 (wow!), and NASA efforts to practice moving an asteroid (in case they ever need to in the future).

We’re also gearing up for our next stop in “Climate Driven” to Oxford County later in December. Stay tuned!


Have a great holiday,


Mark Simpson, News Director

Maine Public: Broadband providers have failed to reach all Maine homes. Now they’re fighting towns trying to do it themselves

As the federal government continues to send millions of dollars to Maine and other states to expand high-speed internet service, a debate is emerging over how best to build out networks in rural communities.


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Maine Public: How a Midcoast school is keeping kids learning this year, even as more are going home with COVID

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BBC News: Harry Potter films at 20: What the cast did next

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PBS: Fearful of new laws, many teachers deterred from covering race-related topics

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Maine Public: In a first test of its planetary defense efforts, NASA is going to practice shoving an asteroid

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BBC Travel: Spain's social way to 'cool off' with neighbors

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BBC Culture: Lubaina Himid: The artist who skewers white privilege

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Maine Public: As affordable housing remains rare, Portland moves some asylum seekers to Old Orchard Beach

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BBC Reel: A mystery of Siberia's 2,500-year-old 'Ice Maiden'

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PBS: Journalist Andrea Elliott's Brief But Spectacular take on seeing the unseen

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