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Talking the Two Maines, Maine-2, and the 2020 election with CBC-New Brunswick

Not surprisingly, the outside world is paying a great deal of attention to our pending election. An additional data point: I did interviews back-to-back Monday with journalists in Denmark and… Read more »

How New Brunswick stopped Covid-19 in its tracks

The Canadian province of New Brunswick has weathered the pandemic with zero deaths and no long term care outbreaks and is currently down to just two active cases and no… Read more »

Colony, Chapter 3: Massachusetts’ conquest of Maine

Maine is celebrating the bicentennial of its statehood this year, but the story of our beginnings lies in the millennia and centuries that preceded March 15th, 1820, the day we… Read more »

The Maine nurse saving lives in the Mediterranean

In this week’s Maine Sunday Telegram I profile Tim Harrison, a veteran Medecins sans Frontiers nurse from Union, Maine who has spent decades saving lives in some of the most… Read more »

Six years after lawmakers reverse ban, alewives have banner run in St. Croix River

For seven years now, I’ve reported on the strange saga of the alewives of the St. Croix River, which forms the border between the US and Canada in eastern Maine… Read more »

Rep. Pingree tours child detention sites in Texas, Rep. Poliquin speaks out against practice

I’ve been covering the Maine delegation’s stance and reaction to the Trump administration’s separation of migrant children from their families and the effort to reunify them for the Portland Press… Read more »

It not only can happen here, it’s already started

My congressional representative here in Maine is heading to southmost Texas tomorrow to join a score of her colleagues touring federal detention centers where migrant children taken from their parents… Read more »

Talking Maine’s 1820 split from Mass. with KQED’s California Report

This November, Californians will be asked if they want to split their state into three, a measure spearheaded by venture capitalist Tim Draper. I wrote about some of the problems… Read more »

Bad borders: what US secessionists’ proposals miss

The sixth installment of my “Balkanized America” series is up over at Medium, looking at how contemporary US secessionists and state-splitters — from Ted Draper’s “Six Californias” and CAL3 plans to… Read more »

American Nations, now in Korean

The Korean language edition of American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America arrived recently in my mail. Turns out Donald Trump made the cover,… Read more »