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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Feb 13, 2018

Mainer Frances Loring recounts a month spent recently helping refugees in Greece.  She also discusses a lifetime in healthcare including work at what is now Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center and Eastern Maine Medical Center.  

This is a story of compassion, hard work, and caring on the ground amidst one of the great challenges of our time.  

Feb 6, 2018

Nathaniel Seekins, a native of Searsport, shares his story of growing up in Maine, attending school in Connecticut to learn about technical lighting for stage productions, and then ending up in Europe working on, among other things, the Harry Potter stage show.  Nathaniel then ended up working on super yachts in Germany before returning to Maine with his wife and son. They now live in Bangor.  

Jan 30, 2018

For our 100th Episode, Ben sits down with Brewer Mayor Jerry Goss to talk about cooperative efforts between Bangor and Brewer, Jerry's 33 years in education, and why he ran for City Council after he retired from being principal at Brewer High School.  

Jan 23, 2018

Simon Thompson, a native of Portland, graduate of Harvard, and former Maine Field Director for the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign, joins the podcast to share his story.  Among other things, Simon discusses his decision to move back to Maine, how the transition has been, and what the state should do to draw back more young professionals.  

Jan 16, 2018

Outdoor writer, blogger, and video blogger Aislinn Sarnacki talks about her background as a writer, what inspired her love of the outdoors, and how she has made a career out of.  Plus she talks about the success of her first book ("Family Friendly Hikes in Maine") and the excitement about her second book, which is coming out this spring.  

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Jan 9, 2018

A member of the RSU 34 School Committee, Old Town's Lee Jackson was one of the youngest elected officials in the country when first elected.  He has since been a part of numerous political campaigns and causes throughout Maine and beyond.  In this interview, Lee shares his story and also discusses, among other things, the 2016 Presidential election and the Republican Party's current relationship with young people and people of color.  

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.  

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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.

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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  

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