The Maine Show

The Maine Show Podcast was launched in August 2015. The goal of the show is to share the stories behind the people, events, and ideas driving the state of Maine forward. For hundreds of years Mainers have come together around campfires, fishing holes, wood stoves, and kitchen tables to tell stories. At its purest form, that is what The Maine Show is all about. New episodes are launched each Tuesday morning at 7:00 am EST.
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Dec 19, 2017

Fresh off of winning the 2017 Run Millinocket half marathon, Hampden Maine's Erik Knickerbocker shares his story.  A UPS driver by day, Erik talks about balancing work and running including his 90+ mile weeks.   

Dec 12, 2017

The podcast returns from a short hiatus! Traci Kennedy and Devin Robinson of the Maine Veterans Home in Bangor are the guests today to talk about a recent award they received as well as the ongoing work and innovative programming that is taking place at the Maine Veterans Homes across the state.  We also discuss the changing needs of veterans and the challenges of serving a broad population especially in a state like Maine.  

To find out more about the Maine Veterans Home visit! 

Oct 3, 2017

St. Agatha native, former UMaine Women's Basketball Player, and standout Maine runner Tracy Guerrette stops by the studio.  In this conversation, Tracy talks about her background as an athlete as well as her Catholic faith including a period of time she explored joining a convent.  She also talks about plans for running the Maine Marathon, which was run after this recording but before the posting of this podcast.  So stay tuned to the podcast conclusion to hear the results of Tracy's effort in this race!

Photo credit: Bangor Daily News


Sep 26, 2017

Eric Kingsley of Innovative Natural Resources Solutions stops by the studio to talk about the state of the Maine forest products industry, potential in the biofuels market, and the challenges and opportunities ahead.  This episode is a good overview of the recent history of the Maine forests with some insight from Eric on what might happen next.  

Sep 19, 2017

Maine's Secretary of State Matt Dunlap talks about what it is that a Secretary of State does, the uniqueness of how the Maine Secretary of State is chosen, and how he got interested in politics.  He also shares some of his thoughts on the current mood of the country as it pertains to elections and election integrity, as well as some stories about his own work and experience as a former Maine state legislator.  


Sep 12, 2017

Retired Lieutenant Paul Edwards of the Bangor Police Department talks about growing up in Bangor, the early years of his police career, and how he thinks the job has changed over time.  He also shares what he is up to these days and some further perspective on a life in police work.  

Photo credit: Bangor Daily News

Sep 5, 2017

The first ever Superintendent of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, Tim Hudson, talks about his 50 years of experience in the National Parks Service and what his goals are for this new monument. He also talks about his experience heading up Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts and more.  

To find out more about Katahdin Woods and Waters, visit:

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Aug 29, 2017

In this episode, Michael Crowley talks about his recent job change: after many years leading philanthropy efforts for Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, this Millinocket native is returning home to become the first Executive Director of Our Katahdin, which is a community and economic development organization.  Michael shares his story of growing up in Millinocket and what has drawn him back.  

Photo credit: EMHS

Aug 22, 2017

Maine runner Rob Gomez made national headlines this summer after helping a fellow runner across the finish line at the famous Beach to Beacon Road Race in Cape Elizabeth.  In this podcast, Rob talks about that day, his own background as a runner, and more.  

Photo credit: Heidi Kim Photography and Maine Magazine

Aug 15, 2017

With new episodes starting again next week, we are rebroadcasting one of our most popular episodes: a conversation with Orono's Brian Butterfield, who happens to be the Third Base Coach for the A.L. East leading Boston Red Sox.  

Check out for our full back catalogue of episodes.  We'll be back next Tuesday with a new one.  

Jul 25, 2017

In this episode, Maulian Dana Smith shares her story of growing up as a member of the Penobscot Nation Native American Tribe, attending John Bapst Memorial High School and the University of Maine, and moving back to Indian Island to raise her family.  She also talks about her work on the "Not Your Mascot" cause and about recently testifying in Washington D.C. about issues that are important to the tribe.  

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Jul 18, 2017

Dr. Austin Smith, Economics Professor at Miami University of Ohio, talks about his work studying poker players, the impact of Daylight Savings Time on drivers, and more.  Austin is a Bangor High School graduate.  In this podcast, he also discusses his experience playing in the World Series of Poker. 

This episode is brought to you by the Maine Science Festival and Tiller & Rye.  Find all back episodes of the Maine Show Podcast at and connect with host Ben Sprague on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.  

Jul 11, 2017

Heather Retberg shares her story of moving to Maine, bringing neglected farmland back to life, and working to promote local agriculture both in practice and policy.  Raising her children on a farm in Penobscot, Maine, Heather shares her  unique perspective as a farmer, parent, and advocate.  

Jun 27, 2017

A rebroadcast of a 2015 conversation with Maine travel writer and sportsman George Smith.

To access the full back catalogue of Maine Show Podcast episodes, visit    

Jun 20, 2017

A rebroadcast of one of our most popular episodes ever, a roundtable discussion of how to climb Mt. Katahdin!  

The Maine Show Podcast is on a brief hiatus while we collect and record more stories to bring you. Check for past and future episodes as well as iTunes.  You can connect with host Ben Sprague on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  

Jun 13, 2017

Twenty-eight-year old Portland City Councilor Spencer Thibodeau talks about running for office, representing his hometown, his goals for the City of Portland, and more.  

Follow Spencer on Twitter at @spencer4council

Find past episodes of the Maine Show Podcast on iTunes or at  Connect with host Ben Sprague on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Jun 6, 2017

The podcast travels to the University of Maine to sit in on a journalism class taught by Professor Josh Roiland that is made up entirely of senior citizens.  

To find out more about Penobscot Valley Senior College, click here.

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May 23, 2017

Gil Corey and Nichi Farnham share the story of the Maine Troop Greeters, who have welcomed over 1.5 million military members through the doors at Bangor International Airport.  They also talk about plans for a museum that will commemorate the efforts of the Troop Greeters and preserve the memorabilia that has been collected and donated over time while honoring the members of the United States military who have come through Bangor, Maine.  

To learn more about the Maine Troop Greeters Museum or to donate, please visit:



May 16, 2017

Matt Damon and Paul Shepherd from Penobscot Home Performance in Bucksport share some of their best tips for how to make your home as energy efficient as possible while taking advantage of rebates through Efficiency Maine.  

Find more about Penobscot Home Performance at and learn more about Efficiency Maine at  

May 9, 2017

Jason Brochu, Co-President of Pleasant River Lumber, which has locations across the state, talks about the state of the Maine timber industry, his own family's history in the business, and more in this episode of the Maine Show Podcast.  This episode was recorded at Pleasant River Lumber in Dover Foxcroft. 

To find out more about Pleasant River Lumber, find them on the web at  

May 2, 2017

Maine's youngest member of the state legislature talks about growing up in Aroostook County, his decision to get involved with politics, running a successful campaign, and what it is like to serve in Augusta.

Follow Rep. Trey Stewart (R-Presque Isle) on Twitter or find him on Facebook.

Connect with the Maine Show Podcast on Twitter or find host Ben Sprague on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Apr 25, 2017

Mike DeVito, a nine year veteran of the NFL where he played for the Jets and Chiefs, talks about growing up with the game of football, coming to play at the University of Maine, and the challenges and joys of a career playing professional football.  This is an honest, insightful, thoughtful conversation with someone who made it to the peak of his profession and then decided to take a step back to be with his family and settle down in Hampden, Maine.  

Follow Mike DeVito on Twitter at @MikeDeVito70.

Find past episodes of the Maine Show Podcast at and connect with host Ben Sprague on Twitter @bensprague.

Special thanks to Purple Planet Music for contributing music to this week's episode.  

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Apr 18, 2017

Jonathan and MaryAnn Bench, an active and enthusiastic couple and natives of Wisconsin and Utah respectively, share their journey and love story of how they ended up in Maine raising four kids.  

Apr 11, 2017

Connor Archer talks about growing up with autism and the work he is doing through a non-profit he created called Courageous Steps to raise funds and awareness for those with autism.  A graduate of Old Town High School and a student at Husson University, Connor has been recognized statewide and nationally for his work.  

To find out more about Connor and Courageous Steps, visit or


Apr 4, 2017

The former Chair of the Maine Democratic Party and veteran campaigner Ben Grant talks about his experiences on state house races, referendums, the 2014 Maine governor's race, and more. Ben talks about his Maine roots, moving back to Maine, and what he believes the Democratic Party needs to do to regain its footing. This podcast conversation is in depth and honest look at Maine politics from an experienced insider's perspective and should be compelling to politically minded people and casual observers alike.

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