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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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


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

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