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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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.

Mar 28, 2017

Danielle Dorrie talks about moving from Florida to Maine, what she finds special about the state, how the State of Maine could attract more young people, and her blogging and travel adventures via  Whether you are interested in the Maine outdoors or just want to hear the perspective of a young professional making it work here in Maine, you'll enjoy this upbeat conversation.  

Follow #LoveMaineAdventures on Instagram at and look for them on Facebook and more.  



Mar 21, 2017

University of Maine Men's Basketball Coach Bob Walsh talks about how the game of basketball has impacted his life, why he came to Maine, and what his plans are for building a successful program.  

After nine quality years coaching at Rhode Island College, Coach Walsh came to Maine to take over a program that had just one winning season in its last ten.  This wide ranging podcast conversation touches on recruitment strategies, how successful teams operate, how to create a winning culture, and more.  

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Photo credit: Bangor Daily News

Mar 14, 2017

Kate Dickerson, Founder and Director of the Maine Science Festival, talks about how the event came to fruition, the importance of the sciences to Maine, what it takes to put on such a large event, and more.  

Find out more about the Maine Science Festival at or find them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram

Find past episodes of the Maine Show Podcast at and follow host Ben Sprague on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram


Mar 7, 2017

Maine children's book author Canaan York talks about growing up in Medway, moving away and coming back, his inspirations for writing, and working at his family's hot dog stand (Barney's Franks).  

Find out more about Canaan and his books at


Feb 28, 2017

Media historian and UMaine Communications & Journalism Professor Michael Socolow talks about the state of journalism, takes a deep dive with host Ben Sprague into the world of social media algorithms, and talks Maine politics including the rise of LePage and the troubles of the Maine Dems.  

To learn more about Michael Socolow or to read his work, visit: or  Find him on Twitter @michaelsocolow.

Connect with host Ben Sprague on Facebook or Twitter.

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


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