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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Benjamin Tice Smith

Family stories are complicated, as we all know. People don’t talk about things, and when they do, their perceptions of facts – actual facts – are wildly different.

Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Michael Chabon is a part-time Blue Hill resident. In his latest novel, “Moonglow,” the author explores this idea as he tells a story about his grandfather — or the grandfather of a fictionalized version of himself. Talking with him on his deathbed, Chabon finds out a lot about his grandparents he hadn’t known, much of it both surprising and incredibly dark.

Maine Warden Service

PORTLAND, Maine - In the wake of the death of a snowmobiler this weekend, the Maine Warden's service is again warning people to use good sense before going out on the ice.

Richard Dumont, 52, was killed when his snowmobile broke through the ice on Messalonskee Lake in Oakland. 

Gov. Paul LePage has to submit his proposed two-year state budget Friday.

He has given some hints about what will be in the proposal, but up until Thursday his staff was indicating the governor was still making decisions about what would be part of his budget plan.

Caroline Losneck / File

PORTLAND, Maine - The 17 people charged with obstructing a public way and other misdemeanors after a July 15 Black Lives Matter protest, have reached an agreement with the Cumberland County District Attorney's office.

Under the agreement, the DA will drop all charges if the defendants go through a restorative justice process with the Portland Police Department.

PORTLAND, Maine - The high school band from the small Aroostook County town of Madawaska will play at the presidential inauguration celebration.

According to a press release, Madawaska Middle-High School's "Pride of Madawaska" is one of only 12 ensembles across the country selected to perform at the welcome concert on Thursday, January 19.

School Principal Wayne Anderson says for the school of 224 students it's a big deal.

Susan Sharon / Maine Public

As 2016 draws to a close, we thought it seemed appropriate to focus on something positive, something universal that means so much: Hope. And so we asked some Mainers we crossed paths with recently to answer this question. What gives you hope? Here’s what they said:


Nora Flaherty / Maine Public

It's an important time of year for charitable donations, but Planned Parenthood of Northern New England may have had an even more important date: Nov. 8.

The Northeast U.S. bucked a national trend between 2003 and 2013 with a decline in melanoma cases and deaths.

But in Maine, both the incidence of the disease and the death rate from it, rose during that ten years.

The research published in “JAMA Dermatology” attributes much of the drop in the Northeast as a whole to programs that raise awareness of skin cancer and how to prevent it.

But Meghan Rothschild of the Melanoma Foundation of New England says there’s a flip side to that, in that many people aren’t aware of the disease and how to watch for it.

Adrian Cook

Even if you’re not familiar with Jonathan Lethem’s work, you might know his name, because he was, in 2005, a recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” grant.

Lethem’s work tends to range from pure science fiction to social realism — his latest is somewhere in between.

In “A Gambler’s Anatomy”, he tells the story of Alexander Bruno, an international backgammon hustler who finds himself pulled back to his childhood home of Berkeley, California, when a horrifying health condition threatens his life.

It’s a dark, and sometimes gory, story of identity, intimacy and place.

Screenshot, 'The Northeast by Eastern'

Wiscasset-based filmmaker Sumner McKane’s latest film, "The Northeast by Eastern," explores the story of a Belfast company that, in the early 20th century, documented small-town life in the Northeast through the medium of photo postcards.

PORTLAND, Maine - Federal figures indicate that Maine's economy grew just over half a percent between April and June of this year.

That's less than New England as a whole, and the U.S. as a whole, both of which grew between 1 and 2 percent.

PORTLAND, Maine - A new class-action lawsuit claims that an electric company deceived Maine consumers and shorted them of $35 million.

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Portland Nov. 18 claims that Electricity Maine used fraud and deception to enroll 200,000 Maine households and small businesses with the promise of substantial cost savings.

But attorney Benjamin Donahue says after a certain amount of time, consumers' rates went up to more than the standard offer, and they weren't given the advance written notice they were legally required to get.

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