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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Aug 23, 2016
Episode 051 - President Laurie Lachance

In this episode, the president of Thomas College, the former president of the Maine Community Foundation, the former State of Maine Economist, and Dover Foxcroft native Laurie Lachance sits down to talk about education in Maine, the state's demographic challenges, and growing up in rural Maine.  

Aug 16, 2016
Episode 050 - Travis Carey on addiction, arrest, and recovery

Two years ago, Travis Carey was sitting in the Penobscot County Jail after being arrested for theft at the local Walmart.  This was the final punctuation on an uneven journey over the course of a decade in and out of addiction.  In this podcast episode, Travis shares his story of journeying across the country, having to be revived by Narcan at one point, a military discharge, and more.  Now Travis is living substance free and he shares his thoughts on redemption and recovery.  

Aug 9, 2016
Episode 049 - Ben Sprague on the Grow Maine Show

Today we are featuring guest podcaster Marty Grohman, who recently interviewed Maine Show Podcast host Ben Sprague on the Grow Maine Show about living in Maine, work on the Bangor City Council, and a shared loved of podcasting  That interview is presented here in its entirety. 

Follow Marty Grohman and the Grow Maine Show on Facebook and find them on Twitter at @mgrohman and @growmaine. Subscribe to the Grow Maine Show on iTunes.  

Aug 3, 2016
Bonus Episode - BDN Reporter Michael Shepherd on Trump's Chances in Maine

In this bonus podcast episode, Bangor Daily News Reporter Michael Shepherd drops by the studio to talk about Donald Trump's chances in Maine, why Trump is coming to the state for the third time during this campaign, and Trump's impact on down ballot races across Maine.  He also comments about what it is like to be a reporter during this particular campaign cycle and what prominent Maine Republicans are doing and saying with regard to one Donald J. Trump.

Follow Michael Shepherd on Twitter @mikeshepherdME and Ben Sprague @bensprague.  

Aug 2, 2016
Episode 048 - Marty Grohman: entrepreneur, podcaster, and State Rep.

In this episode, Marty Grohman talks about his career as an entrepreneur and now a State Representative representing Biddeford.  Marty is also the host of the Grow Maine Podcast, which asks the question, "If Maine is such a horrible place to do business, why are so many entrepreneurs successful here?"  

Find the Grow Maine Show at Find Marty on Twitter at @mgrohman and the Grow Maine Show @GrowMaine.  



Jul 26, 2016
Episode 047 - Tristan Noyes: farmer, father, Director of Maine Grain Alliance

In this episode, Tristan Noyes, Executive Director of the Maine Grain Alliance, takes a break from his many responsibilities to stop into the studio to talk about farming in Maine and the revival of the state's long-dormant grains industry.  This is a fascinating look at growing ancient grains in Maine, supporting local farmers, and connecting different parts of the state in the local food economy.  

Find more about the Maine Grain Alliance on Facebook about more about Tristan's farm at  


Jul 19, 2016
Episode 046 - Brett Danforth

Brett Danforth of Danforth's Down Home Supermarket in Hermon talks about what goes into running a local independent grocery store and how he came to be doing it after working at Bangor Hydro and attending school and working in Pennsylvania.  It's a story about buying local, but also one's love for Maine and treating people with respect and care.

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Follow the show on Twitter @maineshow and connect with host Ben Sprague @bensprague.  

Jul 12, 2016
Episode 045 - Eric and Christine Mihan

Eric and Christine Mihan are busy people.  In addition to owning and operating Bangor Wine and Cheese and Crossroads Beverage Company, Eric is a singer and Christine teaches yoga in Downtown Bangor.  This is a story about entrepreneurism, but also about getting involved in your community.  Eric and Christine also talk about the lessons of being partners in life and in business and why they are so happy to have moved back to Maine.  

Find Bangor Wine and Cheese on Facebook and on Twitter @bangorwine.  Connect with host Ben Sprague @bensprague.  Find all past episodes of The Maine Show Podcast at  



Jul 5, 2016
Episode 044 - Colin Powell of Code for Maine

In this episode, Colin Powell from Code for Maine stops into the studio to talk about the role of technology and data in government and shares some stories of improvements being made by volunteers around the country.  This is a conversation about technology and IT, but it is also about getting involved, being proactive, and thinking about how to improve things in optimistic, forward-thinking, and non-partisan ways.  

Find Colin Powell on Twitter @colinpwll.  Connect with host Ben Sprague on Twitter @bensprague.   

Jun 28, 2016
Episode 043 - How to Climb Mt. Katahdin

In this episode, Ben sits down with friends Bob Williams, Jason Bird, and Tom Lasko to talk about how to climb Maine's tallest mountain.  This is a pure amateur's perspective on hiking Mt. Katahdin: how much water should you bring, what's the bathroom situation, what are the best trails to use, etc.  Even if you have no desire to climb Mt. Katahdin this is a lively conversation about one of Maine's proudest spots that should interest people of differing skill sets and interest levels. 

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

Jun 21, 2016
Episode 042 - Video game designer Chuck Carter

Chuck Carter, Owner of Eagre Games Inc., talks about his design work on Myst, doing work for NASA, and about his latest project: Zed.  He also talks about growing the video game industry in Maine and what is needed to keep young people here and to help companies like his be successful.  

Find Chuck and Eagre Games on Twitter and Facebook and on the web at  

Find host Ben Sprague on Twitter @bensprague and connect about story ideas and to offer feedback.  

Jun 14, 2016
Episode 041 - Jamie McDonough on completing an Ironman, Explore Bangor

In this episode, Jamie McDonough tells the story of completing an Ironman (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run), moving with her family to Maine, and opening Explore Bangor, a shop that specializes in bike, kayak, and paddle board tours in the greater Bangor area.

Find Explore Bangor on Facebook and Instagram and at  For past and future episodes of the Maine Show visit and follow host Ben Sprague on Twitter @bensprague.  

Jun 9, 2016
Bonus Episode: Talking Bangor with Prof. Rob Glover & Christopher Burns

In this Bonus Episode of the Maine Show Podcast, Christopher Burns and Professor Robert Glover sit down with host Ben Sprague to talk about the characteristics that make a city successful and whether Bangor fits the bill.  

This podcast is based on an Atlantic Monthly piece by James Fallows and an article that Christopher wrote for the Bangor Daily News, which can be read at:

Connect with Rob Glover on Twitter @robglover2009 and Christopher Burns at @cburnsbdn.  Connect with host Ben Sprague @bensprague.  Find past episodes of the Maine Show Podcast at  


Jun 7, 2016
Episode 040 - Staci Creech on discipline, competitiveness, and golf

The top women's golfer in Maine, Staci Creech, stops into the studio to talk about discipline, competitiveness, and the game of golf.  We also dig into why Staci and her husband, Karlton, moved to the state of Maine two years ago and about the excitement of following University of Maine sports teams around the country.  

Follow Staci on Twitter @stacicreech.  Follow podcast host Ben Sprague on Twitter @bensprague.  Be sure to check back each Tuesday for a new episode!  

May 31, 2016
Episode 039 - Terry Stackhouse on TV journalism; life in Maine

Terry Stackhouse of WABI TV 5 drops by the studio to talk about the challenges and joys of local TV journalism, his thoughts on the media landscape in general, life in Maine, and some big changes ahead.  

Follow Terry on Twitter @terrystackhouse.  Connect with MSP host Ben Sprague on Twitter @bensprague and find all past episodes of the MSP at  

Photo courtesy of WABI TV 5.  

May 24, 2016
Episode 038 - Gretchen Heldmann

Forester, planner, GIS expert, bartender: these are just some of the titles that apply to Gretchen Heldmann.  In today's podcast, we talk with this University of Maine graduate about her work on the Town of Eddington Planning Board, her interest and expertise in the Maine woods, and how to get involved with local government.  

Follow Gretchen on Twitter @gheldmann.  Follow host Ben Sprague on Twitter @bensprague.  Download past episodes of The Maine Show on iTunes or at  

May 17, 2016
Episode 037 - The County Co-Op & Farm Store featuring Jane Torres

Jane Torres sits down with us to talk about the County Co-Op & Farm Store, located on Main Street in Houlton, and why more and more people are choosing to buy local food.  This is also a conversation about local economy, health, living deliberately, and young people moving back to Maine and The County specifically.  

Find the County Co-Op & Farm Store on Facebook at  

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

May 10, 2016
Episode 036 - Caribou Office of the National Weather Service

Donald Dumont, a Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Caribou, talks about why the NWS has local offices around the country, how weather forecasting has changed over time, how the NWS is using social media to help the United States be a "weather ready nation," and how one Facebook post from the Caribou office got viewed by 53 million people.

Follow the NWS Caribou Office on Twitter at @NWSCaribou and on Facebook.  Access weather forecasts for eastern, central, and northern Maine at  

Connect with host Ben Sprague on Twitter at @bensprague or on Facebook.  Access other episodes of the Maine Show Podcast at or on iTunes.  



May 3, 2016
Episode 035 - Susan MacKay of Cerahelix

Dr. Susan MacKay, CEO of Cerahelix, talks about how a smallstart up company in Orono is using ceramics to tackle the globalchallenges of water purification.  She also discusses doingbusiness in the State of Maine, the challenges of being a start up,and how to develop an idea into a successful business venture.

Find more about Cerahelix at or find them onFacebook or Twitter @cerahelix.  Connect with host Ben Spragueon Twitter @bensprague and find all past episodes of the Maine Showat



Apr 26, 2016
Episode 034 - Maine author and columnist Sarah Smiley

Maine author and columnist Sarah Smiley reflects on her career, life as part of a military family, the joys of living in Maine, and why they have stayed here in the Pine Tree State.  

Connect with Sarah on Facebook at or on Twitter @sarahsmiley.  Connect with host Ben Sprague on Twitter @bensprague.  

View past podcast episodes at and check back each Tuesday for a new one!  


Apr 19, 2016
Episode 033 - Cathy Gordon on going viral, the Maine outdoors, and Gold Star families.

In this episode, Cathy Gordon, known to many as "the pink tree teacher," talks about what it was like to go viral, the lessons she and her students learned, and what she is doing now as one of the state's newest Registered Maine Guides with a special interest in the Gold Star Families.  

Find the Maine Show on Twitter @maineshow and connect with host Ben Sprague @bensprague.  Download all past and future episodes of The Maine Show podcast at  

Apr 12, 2016
Episode 032 - Renee Ordway on changes in journalism; state's cold-case squad

Former Bangor Daily News columnist Renee Ordway takes us behind the scenes of her 30 year journalism career and discusses the work she is doing now as part of the State of Maine's cold case squad.  

Visit for past and future episodes and follow the show on Twitter @maineshow.  Connect with host Ben Sprague on Twitter @bensprague and on Facebook at  

Photo credit: WFVX/WVII Bangor.  

Apr 5, 2016
Episode 031 - Robert Talbot

In this episode, long-time Bangor resident Robert Talbot shares his story from growing up on Carroll Street to joining the Army to intimately living the Civil Rights movement.  This is a personal tale with someone who is a great example of integrity and wisdom and has a living history to share.  

Be sure to check for all past and future episodes and connect with host Ben Sprague on Twitter @bensprague or on Facebook at  



Mar 29, 2016
Episode 030 - Diane Dickerson

What is the former Chair of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce doing in Bangor, Maine?  Answer: helping to turn around one of Bangor's most important institutions.  Diane Dickerson shares her story.  

Find the Maine Show on Twitter @maineshow.  A new episode comes out every Tuesday.  Follow host Ben Sprague on Twitter @bensprague and on Facebook at  

Mar 22, 2016
Special Edition - Nate Silver Live at the 2016 Maine Science Festival

In this Special Edition of the Maine Show Podcast, Nate Silver talks about his work analyzing politics, sports, and science and how he applies the scientific method and STEM skills to his journalistic pursuits.  Host Ben Sprague moderates this discussion with Nate as the keynote address of the 2016 Maine Science Festival.    

To follow Nate Silver's work, visit or follow him on Twitter @NateSilver538.  Nate's recent book, The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail, but Some Don't, is available for purchase now.  

Follow host Ben Sprague on Twitter @bensprague and listen to past episodes of the Maine Show at  

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