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...At least the weather in Maine this week is. You might be thinking about climate change given the U.N.’s latest climate report this week, and the newsroom at Maine Public jumped to hear reactions across the state. We also looked at the psychological toll of climate anxiety, and the small steps you can take now if you’re wondering what you can do. You could also be thinking about the giant infrastructure bill that moved through the U.S. Senate this week. Even though that feels like a few news cycles ago by now...but that did happen on Monday!

I could not stop reading the BBC’s analysis of a tablet found on the battlefield in Libya and is believed to have belonged to a secret off-the-books Russian mercenary force called Wagner. It is an incredible read.

Lastly, I was saddened by the news of long-time "Talk of the Nation" host Neal Conan's passing. I had the chance to see Neal while he was on the air at the old NPR headquarters and get a wave from the studio years ago while on a tour. I then had the chance to help "Talk of the Nation" book a show when they visited a station I was working at. I always thought Neal was one of the most thoughtful voices on NPR and a great example of an engaged talk show host. Read more about his legacy below.


Stay chill,


Mark Simpson, News Director

Maine Public: Feeling Anxious About The Climate Emergency? Experts Say Small Steps Can Help

Such landmark publications may feed the sense of helplessness and dread that some Mainers are already feeling about the hotter, stormier days ahead. But experts who study the mental and social effects of climate change say that individuals can do some basic things to make a difference and, by doing so, help themselves feel less powerless.

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Maine Public: 'No Doubt This Is Driven By Human Activity': Maine Groups React To UN Climate Change Report

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NPR Planet Money: How 'The Pet Revolution' Unleashed A New Top Dog

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BBC News: Clues From The Lost Tablet And The Secret Documents

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NPR: You May Live In A Fire-Prone Area But Not Know It. Wildfire Risk Is Growing Everywhere In The U.S.

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Maine Public: Collins, King Celebrate Passage Of $1.2T Infrastructure Bill

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WBUR: Camp Atwater, The Oldest Summer Camp For Black Kids, Turns 100

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PBS NewsHour: Houses Are Getting Scooped Up Before They’re Listed. It’s Shutting People Out Of Homeownership

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NPR News: Neal Conan, Longtime Host Of NPR's 'Talk Of The Nation,' Dies At 71

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BBC Future: The Animals That Changed By Proximity To Humans

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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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