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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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.

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.

Find more about Danforth's at  

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.  

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