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... continuing to monitor the situation in Afghanistan, and you can find the latest updates at and

Top stories that have grabbed my attention this week, beyond the standard news cycle, vary from beer-making nuns to sailing around the world.

Locally we are still following COVID-19, and Jennifer Mitchell spoke with a researcher who thinks that the summer camp experience this year could provide lessons for schools as they reopen for in-person learning for the fall. 

I love the NPR feature on the last beer-brewing nun in Germany. This quote from that story made me feel like a cold one could be just the ticket after all our hot weather: "Sister Doris has strong opinions about her beer and when people should drink it. In short: Always, especially during the 40-day penance period leading up to Easter. 'During Lent, fasting is difficult for me,' she says. 'Eating one meal a day is tough. But beer is liquid — it doesn't count as food when you fast. A strong beer gives me strength!'"

If you need more bling, our story on Beyoncé wearing the iconic Tiffany diamond should serve up just enough.

And finally, a 10 bonus, on Charlie Watts. I’ve become a bigger Stones fan later in life and slightly obsessed with Keith Richards after his autobiography came out, but none of that would’ve been possible with out Charlie Watts’ drumming. I think Eric Deggans also came around more on Charlie Watts, as his write-up shows.

Keep rockin',


Mark Simpson, News Director

Maine Public: Could Schools Take A Few Lessons From Summer Camps On Preventing COVID-19 Spread This Year?

As a vaccine for young children is still not available, and the delta variant pushes case numbers upward again, the best way forward for schools is not entirely clear. But some lessons might be gleaned from the summer where thousands of those kids went to camps and summer programs.


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Maine Public: Rise In Kindergarten Vaccination Rates Just Before New State Law Goes Into Effect

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PRI: Southern Spain's Green-Belt Project Aims To Stave Off Impending Desertification

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NPR: Joy Oladokun's Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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NPR: BeyoncĂ© Just Became The First Black Woman To Wear The Iconic Tiffany Diamond

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BBC: 'El Maestro,' The Mexican Man Who Is Preserving Endangered, Indigenous Colors

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NPR: A Pilgrimage To Meet Germany's Last Beer-Brewing Nun

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PBS NewsHour: Lessons From Bill Pinkney’s Historic Solo Sailing Trip Around The World

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Maine Public: Water Ceremony Held Near Site Of Proposed Aquaculture Farm Discharge Pipe

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NPR's Short Wave: The 'Superfluid' States Of Matter

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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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