The owner of Rock Maple Sugarhouse in Sandy Bay, Maine (which is on the western border near Jackman) talks about what it is like to produce maple syrup on a large scale with 35,000 taps. From seasonality and concerns about the weather to financials and worries about global trade, there is a lot more to sap production than meets the eye. Jack Decker shares his story and the story of Rock Maple Sugarhouse in this episode of the Maine Show Podcast.
Faced with heart issues and stress-related issues two and a half years ago, Bradford Eslin started taking medication and exercising. Soon after he ditched the medication and just stuck to running. Now this plumber from Bucksport is getting ready to run in the Boston Marathon, regularly logs 60-70 miles a week, and his health has never been better. This is a story of discipline, life choices, goal setting, and physical fitness from an everyday Mainer who has developed an extraordinary talent and is now inspiring others.
In this episode, Nancy Smith, Executive Director for GrowSmart Maine, talks about ways her organization is supporting economic development throughout the State of Maine as well as some of the challenges Maine faces right now and where there are pockets of optimism and success. Nancy also discusses her past career as a Maine legislator and what brought her to Maine originally (working in the Maine woods!).
To find out more about GrowSmart Maine, visit www.growsmartmaine.org.
Paul Huston of Brick Oven Bangor Rye Bakery talks about his mid-career move along with his brother to acquire and manage this long-time Bangor business, lessons learned, and how they get all that bread out to all those customers each day.
To learn more about Brick Oven Bangor Rye Bakery, find them on Facebook or at www.brickovenbangorrye.com, or just stop by their location on Hancock Street.
Photo credit: Marlee Huston
Fresh off a Boys Class C State Championship in Maine high school basketball, Max and Caden Mattson of George Stevens Academy and their dad, Assistant Coach Matt Mattson, sit down to talk about experiencing basketball as a family and more in this episode of the Maine Show Podcast.
In a special edition of the Maine Show Podcast, we are sharing an episode of You're the Expert from the 2017 Maine Science Festival in its entirety. You're the Expert is a show that brings comedians and scientists together to decipher the sometimes weighty and complicated work that scientists do. In this live recording, three comedians interview University of Maine Professor Dr. Kristy Townsend about "the Mysteries of Fat!"
Special thanks to Chris Duffy, Pretty Good Friends, and everyone with You're the Expert as well as our friends at the Maine Science Festival for sharing their work with us and letting us broadcast this special episode on the Maine Show Podcast!
To learn more about You're the Expert or to listen to other episodes, visit theexpertshow.com or find them on Facebook and Twitter!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Find all past episodes of the Maine Show Podcast at www.maineshowpodcast.com.
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.
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.
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 www.mainevets.org!
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
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.
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.
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
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: https://www.nps.gov/kaww/index.htm
To find out more about what is happening in the Katahdin Region, visit: www.ourkatahdin.com
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
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
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 www.maineshowpodcast.com for our full back catalogue of episodes. We'll be back next Tuesday with a new one.
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.
Find all back episodes of the Maine Show Podcast at www.maineshowpodcast.com.
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 www.maineshowpodcast.com and connect with host Ben Sprague on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
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.