Nora Flaherty

All Things Considered/Maine Things Considered producer/host

Nora is originally from the Boston area but has lived in Chicago, Michigan, New York City and at the northern tip of New York state. Nora began working in public radio at Michigan Radio in Ann Arbor and has been an on-air host, a reporter, a digital editor, a producer, and, when they let her, played records.

She holds a BA in Latin American Studies from the University of Chicago and an MA in Anthropology from the University of Michigan. She’s received Associated Press, Public Radio News Directors, Inc., Association of Women in Radio and Television, and Edward R. Murrow Awards for her work.

Nora lives in Portland with her husband, their daughter and their two dogs.

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Unless you’re a hermit yourself, there’s a good chance you know about Chris Knight, better known as the North Pond Hermit. Knight lived alone in the woods in the Belgrade Lakes area for 27 years, stealing the necessities of life from camps before he was discovered and arrested in 2013.

PORTLAND, Maine - If you're a user of one of more than 219 libraries across Maine, you may have an easier time using your e-reader to get books.

Maine InfoNet works with public, academic, and school libraries on resource sharing. Executive Director James Jackson Sanborn says the new, app-based "Cloud Library" system should improve things for readers who've found the old program clunky.

BELFAST, Maine - Dozens of people in Belfast say they had money stolen from their bank accounts after using the ATM at the Down East Credit Union branch on Saturday.

Police in Belfast say someone apparently installed a so-called skimming device in that ATM, and that they haven't found any others in the area.

The credit union says the breach didn't happen internally and it believes fewer than 100 members were affected. Most of the withdrawals were made in New York.

PORTLAND, Maine - New numbers from the online short-term rental marketplace Airbnb show that about 174,000 people used the service in Maine 2016.  The company says that's a 100 percent increase from the year before. "Hosts," as they're called, in Maine, earned more than $26 million last year.

The majority of those rentals were in Portland, where about 51,000 people rented Airbnb's -- earning owners about $7 million.

The other top markets were Bar Harbor, South Portland, Ellsworth and Old Orchard Beach.

After a police officer shot and killed a man in Portland this weekend, advocacy groups are calling for the city to speed up its timeline on buying and using police body cameras.

Steven Biel with Progressive Portland, a group joined by the ACLU of Maine in calling for the change, says the City Council has budgeted $400,000 for body cameras starting in fiscal year 2019. But he says the shooting of 22-year-old Chance David Baker by Sgt. Nicholas Goodman illustrates why police need body cameras sooner.

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The new film “Best and Most Beautiful Things” tells the story of Michelle Smith, a young woman who is legally blind and on the autism spectrum. It’s a story about the obstacles Michelle faces because of her disability, but it’s not a story about her disability. Instead, it’s a look at a woman searching for independence and finding it, to a great extent, online.

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Parts of Portland’s Munjoy Hill are under a boil-water order after a water main break left a car-size hole in Portland’s Preble Street, one of three breaks the Portland Water District was handling Friday.

People on the portion of Munjoy Hill northeast of Sheridan Street are being told to boil their water for a minute before drinking, making ice cubes, washing food or brushing their teeth.

PORTLAND, Maine - The CEO of Freeport-based L.L. Bean told staff that the company stands with any employee affected by President Donald Trump's travel ban, and offered to support them in any way possible.

The publication Politico reports that, in an internal memo, Stephen Smith said the company supports diversity, and believes in an inclusive, welcoming work environment.

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Much of downtown Augusta is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Among other things, that means owners of one of the 51 buildings now on the register, who want to renovate, have access to some big tax credits.

The Water Street Historic District includes most of the buildings on both sides of Water Street. Kirk Mohney, director of the state Historic Preservation Commission, says most of the district was built after a fire in the 1860s that destroyed most of the buildings in the area.

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The Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville is getting a very big gift — a donation from Peter and Paula Lunder worth more than $100 million.

There has been a huge bump in donations to the American Civil Liberties Union after President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration late last week, and it’s also being felt in Maine.

Nationally, the ACLU has received more than $24 million in donations since Saturday, the first full day of Trump’s order that barred millions of refugees, and citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, from entering the United States.

Rachel Healy of the ACLU of Maine hasn’t gotten to that level, but it’s hearing from a lot of people.

PORTLAND, Maine - A man who police say drove his car around a line of waiting cars at a train crossing and collided with a moving Amtrak Downeaster train this morning in Portland is in the hospital being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Derso Mekonen had two children who weren't his own in the back of his car when he hit the train. The collision crushed the front of the car, but left the five- and nine-year-olds uninjured. They've since been returned to their mother.

People who advocate for refugees and immigrants in Maine, say the community is shaken by President Donald Trump's actions this week on immigration.

"There is a lot of fear around the community, and they feel targeted and victimized," says Mohamed Ali Ibrahim, an organizer in Lewiston with the Maine People's alliance.

Trump this week signed directives on a border wall, and the cutting of federal funds for sanctuary cities.

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In case you were out of town and didn’t hear the news or check your Facebook feed over the weekend, thousands of women and men in Maine joined millions around the world Saturday to show their support for shared values of respect, kindness and protection for the LGBT community, for abortion rights and for immigrants.

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One day after the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump, thousands of women and men turned out across Maine Saturday to raise their voices, show solidarity and pledge to stand up for women's and immigrants' rights, for the LGBT community and for the environment. 

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