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 21, 2017
Episode 070 - Amy Vachon

A standout basketball player at both Cony High School and the University of Maine, Amy Vachon is now an assistant coach and interim head coach for the Black Bear Women's basketball team.  In this podcast, she talks about the legacy of high school basketball in Maine, Tournament Time, her college career, what she did after college, how the road brought her back to Maine, and what she believes has made her successful.    

Follow Amy on Twitter at @coachamyvachon.  Follow the University of Maine Women's Basketball team on Twitter at @blackbearsWBB.  

Connect with Ben Sprague on Twitter @bensprague or on Facebook at  

Photo credit: Bangor Daily News


Feb 14, 2017
Rebroadcast: Bob Talbot

A rebroadcast of one of our most popular episodes ever, this is a conversation with Bob Talbot about his life in Maine and being a black man in an overwhelmingly white state.  Insightful, moving, and interesting, Mr. Talbot's story surprises and inspires.  

Find the full catalogue of previous Maine Show Podcast episodes at  Connect with host Ben Sprague on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  

Feb 7, 2017
Episode 069 - Charlie Longo

Former Bangor City Councilor Charlie Longo reflects on his three years of service: the highs, the lows, what he learned, what he regrets, what he is proud of, and more.  Charlie also discusses his own background and upbringing, including the five years he spent living on a boat and then growing up in rural Maine.  

Jan 31, 2017
Episode 068 - Bev Uhlenhake, Brewer City Councilor

Bev Uhlenhake, a Brewer City Councilor and former mayor, talks about her background, interest in politics, and how she got elected.  She also discusses her work on the marriage equality campaigns in Maine, as well as how as an Ohio native she ended up in Brewer.  

Jan 30, 2017
Bonus Episode - Super Bowl LI preview (Live from Hero's)

Brian Sullivan of WABI TV 5, Aaron Jackson of The Drive on 92.9, and Johnny Mehler of WLBZ 2 & WCSH 6 preview Super Bowl LI between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons. From winners and losers to the prop bets about the National Anthem and more, this panel covers it all in a live recording at Hero's in Downtown Bangor.

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Jan 24, 2017
Episode 067 - Tim Szal

Tim Szal, a designer by trade with three patents to his name including for products associated with the Babiators company, talks about growing up in Maine, going away, and coming back.   

Learn more about Tim and his work at


Jan 17, 2017
Episode 066 - Sarah Nichols

Bangor City Councilor Sarah Nichols stops by the studio to talk about her background, running for office, the Emerge Maine program, and more! 

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Jan 10, 2017
Episode 065 - Running Tips with Peter Lodge

Peter Lodge, Track Coach for the Sub5 Track Club, shares some of his running tips.  Whether you are an experienced runner shooting for a marathon or a newbie just getting started, this episode is for you.  Peter also shares some stories of his own background as a runner including his 22 marathons and being in Boston for the Boston Marathon in 2013.  

To find more about the Sub5 Track Club, visit or find them on Facebook.  

Jan 3, 2017
Episode 064: Thomas Kittredge

Thomas Kittredge, Economic Development Director for the City of Belfast, talks about the Belfast buzz and his own background growing up in Brewer, attending Yale, studying Egyptology and archeology, and what brought him back to Maine.  

Dec 27, 2016
Episode 063 - Dr. James Haddix

Rev. Dr. James Haddix of All Souls Congregational Church in Bangor reflects on his nearly 50 years in the ministry, how he and his family came to Maine, and how we can build relationships and a sense of understanding among the different faiths of the world.  Just prior to his retirement, Dr. Haddix delivered his final sermon at All Souls on December 25, 2016.  

Photo credit: Susan Hall

Dec 20, 2016
REBROADCAST: Holiday Stories

A rebroadcast of "Holiday Stories," a series of vignettes from Mainers sharing their favorite, meaningful, or nostalgic holiday memories.  This episode was and remains one of the most popular episodes ever of the Maine Show Podcast.  

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from the staff of the Maine Show Podcast! 

Dec 13, 2016
Episode 062 - Kristen Wells

Kristen Wells, Director of the Aroostook Aspirations Initiative, joins the show to talk about supporting students in the County as well as why she and her husband and four daughters decided to move back to Aroostook County after she grew up there as a child.  

Find the Aroostook Aspirations Initiative on Facebook at  


Dec 6, 2016
Episode 061 - Tony Sohns of Rock & Art Shop

Tony Sohns (aka "The Bug Guy") drops by the studio to talk about his work as a Natural History Educator and to share the story of how Rock & Art Shop, with locations in Ellsworth, Bar Harbor, and Bangor, came to be.  

This episode is brought to you by Tiller & Rye and the Maine Science Festival.  

Please visit for all past episodes of the show.  

Nov 29, 2016
Episode 060 - Rich Livingston

Rich Livingston of AARP Maine drops by the studio to talk about Maine's aging population and what cities and towns are doing in positive ways to adapt to the ten Mainers each day who turn 65 and the hundreds of thousands of current Maine seniors who want to be actively involved in their communities.  

Nov 22, 2016
Episode 059 - Stesha Cano

In this episode, singer and musician Stesha Cano stops by the Maine Show studio to talk about making a career of music in Maine, her influences and motivations, and details about her newest album.  This episode features bluesy, jazzy, lyrically complex music by Stesha herself throughout the conversation.  

To find out more about Stesha Cano and listen to her music, visit or find her on Facebook at  

To listen to more Maine Show Podcast episodes, visit or connect with Ben Sprague on Facebook at or on Twitter @bensprague

Nov 15, 2016
Episode 058 - Michael Westphal

Michael Westphal of Cranberry Island reflects on his running career after being diagnosed with Parkinson's and yet still qualifying for the Boston Marathon.  In the process he has raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Michael J. Fox Foundation and has served as an inspiration for countless people, runners and non-runners alike.

To learn more about Michael's efforts with the Michael J. Fox Foundation or to donate, visit:

To see a video about Michael's efforts, visit:


Nov 8, 2016
Election Day Edition: Nate Silver at the MSF (just the politics)

In this Election Day podcast edition, Nate Silver's political analysis from the Maine Sciences Festival is presented without interruption and stripped down from the other content during his live chat on stage with MSP host Ben Sprague.  This podcast episode was recorded in March 2016 when Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were not yet their parties's official nominees, but much of the analysis and prediction holds true to this day. 

Follow Nate Silver on Twitter @natesilver538 and Follow Ben Sprague on Twitter @bensprague.  

Nov 1, 2016
Episode 057 - Senator Roger Katz

In this episode, Maine State Senator Roger Katz (R-Augusta) shares his thoughts on the state of politics today including his perspective on Donald Trump and Paul LePage to the various referendum topics on this year's ballot to his own political future.  This is a can't miss conversation with one of Maine's brightest political leaders.  

Oct 11, 2016
Show Update: a short hiatus

Hey MSP listeners, the show is going on a brief hiatus while new episodes are recorded and produced.  Check back in a few weeks for more great episodes of the Maine Show Podcast hosted by Ben Sprague and listen for the show on WERU 89.9 in Blue Hill/99.9 Bangor and WRFR 93.3 in Rockland.  Visit to listen to all past episodes and don't forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes.  

Find the show on Twitter @maineshow and follow host Ben Sprague on Twitter @bensprague and find him on Facebook at  

Oct 4, 2016
Episode 056 - Brother Donald Paul

In this episode, Brother Donald Paul of the Franciscan Brothers of St. Elizabeth of Hungary talks about the Franciscan mission, baking bread, brewing beer, and operating a popular lunch spot in Downtown Bangor.  This is also a conversation about simplifying one's life and finding peace amid a hectic and fast paced world.  

To learn more about the Friars and the Friars Bakehouse, visit  

Photo credit: Bangor Daily News

Sep 27, 2016
Episode 055 - Katy Coffin

In this episode, Katy Coffin talks about the One More Day project, which raises funds and awareness for suicide prevention.  Using her own story as an example, Katy talks about the challenges many young people in particular face with cyber bullying.  This is also a conversation about the way we treat each other, how we connect, and more.

To find more about the One More Day project including a video Katy made that went viral in 2015, visit  


Sep 20, 2016
Special Edition: the story behind the Maine Show Podcast

In this episode, host Ben Sprague tells the story of how and why the Maine Show Podcast got started.  Discussing everything from the equipment and technology he uses to audience statistics to some of the fun and challenging moments behind the scenes, this is a wide ranging episode that will interest longtime listeners and newcomers alike.  If you are curious about what happens on a weekly basis to create a podcast episode or if you have ever thought about starting your own podcast, this special edition of the Maine Show is a must listen. 

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

Sep 13, 2016
Episode 054 - Behind the Scenes at the Cross Center with Joe Imbriaco

Joe Imbriaco, General Manager of the Cross Insurance Center, takes us behind the scenes to discuss how an act gets booked, what it is like backstage when a show is going on, and the financials of managing an arena.  

Follow the Cross Center on Twitter @CICBangor and find them on Facebook.  

Sep 6, 2016
Episode 053 - Alex Steed on culture, politics, growing up, life in Maine

In this episode, Alex Steed, managing partner at Knack Factory and blogger with the BDN, talks about growing up, life in Maine, and political and cultural forces at work throughout the state.  Covering a significant amount of ground in an honest and transparent way, Alex shares his backstory of moving to Portland while he was still in high school, some of the lessons he has learned over time, and his cultural and literary influences.  

Follow Alex Steed on Twitter @alexsteed and Knack Factory @knackfactory.  Find Knack Factory in the web at  

Photo courtesy of Knack Factory.  

Aug 30, 2016
Episode 052 - Chas Bruns on entertainment in Maine, Dirt Cheap

After graduating from Bangor High School, Chas Bruns lived in California and New York working on shows such as Ellen DeGeneres and Jimmy Kimmel. He has since moved back to Maine to produce on his very own YouTube show, "Dirt Cheap with Chas Bruns" with the hopes of growing his audience and someday making it to TV. In this podcast, Chas shares his thoughts on entertainment in Maine and life in the Pine Tree State.

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