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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This week's pre-Thanksgiving snowfall isn't just expected to be inconvenient for travelers - it could also be unseasonably heavy. Maine is forecast to get between 3 and 12 inches of snow from tomorrow morning until about 10 Thursday morning, says meteorologist Tom Hawley of the National Weather Service in Gray.

KOSSUTH, Maine - Police say a passer-by helped save a baby girl in the Washington County town of Kossuth when he crawled into a car that was upside-down in water, used a knife to cut the straps off the baby's seat and pulled her out. The accident happened on Monday when Stephen McGouldrick lost control of his SUV on an icy road and rolled it down an embankment into 2 1/2 feet of water. Leo Moody, a woodcutter from Kingman, initially didn't come forward and say what he'd done, but he says his family gave him a hard time about it until he did.

Often, Maine’s two U.S. senators, Republican Susan Collins and independent Angus King, are on the same side of issues. But on the Keystone Pipeline authorization vote, they are on opposing sides.  Mal Leary joins MPBN's Nora Flaherty to talk about the senators' differing positions.

PORTLAND, Maine - The Portland-based Council on International Educational Exchange is pledging $20 million to help make study abroad possible and affordable for American students.

CIEE President and CEO Jim Pellow says that study abroad dramatically improves college graduates' chances in the job market, but very few students actually do it.

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PORTLAND, Maine - The Portland Museum of Art is now home to a new sculpture - an eight-foot-high number "7", which sits just outside the museum's entrance. The piece, by internationally known pop artist Robert Indiana, is called - appropriately enough - "seven." The sculpture is being officially presented Friday evening during Portland's First Friday art walk.


The candidates for governor have filed their last comprehensive spending reports for this election - and they reveal that spending has already broken the record set four years ago, even with far fewer candidates. Nora Flaherty talks with Mal Leary, who's been in MPBN's State House bureau crunching the numbers.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Election Day is still a week and a half away, but many Mainers have already cast their votes. Absentee balloting has been open since Oct. 5 - earlier for voters living overseas.

Maine's "no excuse" absentee balloting has been in place since 1999. Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap says the state's voting policies have a very positive impact on turnout.

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PORTLAND, Maine - After a one-year exile in Lewiston, team officials, Mayor Michael Brennan and various members of the city's business community today formally welcomed the Portland Pirates back to city for this hockey season. At a press conference this morning at Portland City Hall, the team's Chief Operating Officer -- and Pirates Hall-of-Famer -- Brad Church, talked about what the city means to him.

Photo by Isaac Simpson
Courtesy Sumner McKane

A new film that explores the lives of turn-of-the-20th century Mainers through photography airs tonight and Saturday on MPBN Television. In "The Maine Frontier: Through the Lens of Isaac Simpson," filmmaker and musician Sumner McKane tells the story of Isaac Walton Simpson.

PORTLAND, Maine — Researchers from around the world will present their findings on sea lice next week in Portland at the International Sea Lice Conference at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. The conference will focus on sustainable solutions to the sea lice problem around the world.

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Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler is proposing major changes to Maine's electoral laws.

At a press conference at his Portland headquarters today, Cutler said when he's governor, he'll ask the Legislature to change the law so independents don't have to collect twice as many signatures as party candidates.

He said he'd also propose changing the voting process to either a ranked choice or single open primary followed by a runoff. And he said he'd work to clean up contributions.

Camp cooks will come together the weekend of Sept. 13 at Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal for the park's first ever Cast Iron Cookoff.

Participants can compete in entree, bread or dessert categories, and park manager Fritz Appleby says, otherwise, the rules aren't complicated.

"The big parameters are that you have to be a registered camper, you have to use cast iron to cook and prepare your dish, and you have to include at least one Maine-produced ingredient," Appleby says.

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PORTLAND, Maine - Protestors marched again today against the planned move of the Department of Health and Human Services offices from its current location in Portland, to a new site in South Portland. They've been demonstrating against the move every month since December.

The LePage administration says the move will save the state money and provide better access to services for many Cumberland County residents. But Portland Mayor Michael Brennan, who spoke at the demonstration, says neither.

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PORTLAND, Maine - The Natural Resources Council of Maine today called for support of a proposed Environmental Protection Agency rule to lower the amount of CO2 America's power plants can release into the atmosphere.

At a press conference in Portland, NRCM Outreach Director Todd Martin said climate change caused, in part, by CO2 emissions is creating friendly conditions for "pest" organisms like poison ivy, jellyfish, mosquitoes, and especially ticks.