Recent episodes

S2E15: Why do we toss 33% of food we produce when people are hungry?

Almost a billion people in the world are food insecure, and each year we throw away about one-third of the food we produce. Susanne Lee, executive-in-residence at the Maine Business School, and Peter O’Brien, a senior majoring in economics, examined the issue of food waste and have some possible solutions.

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S2E13: What impact is COVID-19 having on tourism, and the economy?

Maine, also called Vacationland, is a favorite destination for visitors. But what impact will the pandemic have on tourism, tax revenue and the overall economy? Those are topics on this week’s “The Maine Question” podcast.  Andrew Crawley, a University of Maine assistant professor of regional economic development, is developing forecasts to evaluate possible financial fallout, […]

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S2E12: What role does undergraduate research play?

Research conducted at the University of Maine is vital to the state’s economy and workforce. And mentoring undergraduate students to be effective researchers is a major focus. But how do students develop their research chops? Professor Ali Abedi explains in this episode of “The Maine Question.”

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S2E11: What’s the tick situation in Maine?

Tick-borne diseases, some of which are debilitating, are on the rise. Allison Gardner investigates environmental factors that could limit the geographic spread of blacklegged ticks. And Elissa Ballman coordinates a tick surveillance citizen scientist program to learn more about which tick species are where and what pathogens they carry.

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S2E9: What can we learn from this unfortunate experiment?

Beyond the devastating health threat caused by the coronavirus, the world’s economy has been slowed to a crawl for months now. That pause in economic output has brought about some profound changes, including significant reductions in soot, particles in the air and many other sources of pollution. In this episode of The Maine Question, Sean […]

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S2E8: What is bioengineering?

It’s one of the fastest growing and changing fields in the world of engineering. Bioengineering, or biomedical engineering, is changing the way we do everything from producing fuel and paper to unlocking new ways to improve animal and human health. It’s a growing field — particularly for young women aspiring to be engineers. Karissa Tilbury, an […]

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S2E7: Why do viruses go viral?

The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has led to a pandemic that swept the globe, halted economies and upended life as we know it. How and why infections like this occur is something that Melissa Maginnis, an assistant professor of microbiology at UMaine, thinks about every day. How do viruses work? How and why do […]

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