Molly Donahue http://nhpr.org en Historical New Hampshire: Cultural Highlights In The Southern Counties http://nhpr.org/post/historical-new-hampshire-cultural-highlights-southern-counties <p>New Hampshire is often advertised as a state filled with natural attractions, famous for our mountains (Mt. Washington and Mt. Monadnock are both known world-wide), lakes, and rivers. But the state is filled with historical landmarks as well, which Lucie Bryar covers in her book <a href="http://www.powells.com/biblio/61-9781626194236-0"><em>Exploring Southern New Hampshire: History and Nature on Back Roads and Quiet Waters</em></a>. Here are some of the cultural attractions in southern NH you may not have heard about, but that you’ll definitely want to check out.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:38:46 +0000 Molly Donahue 52444 at http://nhpr.org Historical New Hampshire: Cultural Highlights In The Southern Counties Sex In The Wild: The Cliffnotes http://nhpr.org/post/sex-wild-cliffnotes <p>Dr. Joy Reidenberg<a href="http://nhpr.org/post/72214-sex-wild-chuck-klosterman-tackles-villainy-and-first-fireworks"> caught us up</a> on the new PBS series she hosts, <a href="http://www.pbs.org/program/sex-wild/"><em>Sex in the Wild</em></a>. She brought some crazy stories and fun facts with her, the best of which we’ve compiled here. We’ll add a quick warning: Dr. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:02:17 +0000 Molly Donahue 52366 at http://nhpr.org Sex In The Wild: The Cliffnotes Beethoven To Beyonce: Can Music Really Make Babies Smarter? http://nhpr.org/post/beethoven-beyonce-can-music-really-make-babies-smarter <p>For years, the fact that classical music helps little brains grow and develop has been common knowledge. It appears in books about raising kids, comes from other parents, and spurs sales of CDs with names like “Bach For Babies.” But is it actually solid advice? We spoke with Jayson Greene who wrote the article <a href="http://pitchfork.com/features/overtones/9450-mozart-makes-you-smarter-and-other-dubious-musical-theories/">“Mozart Makes You Smarter…And Other Dubious Musical Theories." </a>He says no, it isn’t.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:14:49 +0000 Molly Donahue 52302 at http://nhpr.org Beethoven To Beyonce: Can Music Really Make Babies Smarter? Yoyos: Coming Back Around http://nhpr.org/post/yoyos-coming-back-around <p>Back in 2013, downtown Concord, NH welcomed a new, unusual, addition. Yoyo Heaven is owned and operated by the father and son team Andy and Dan McBride, and it’s exactly what you could expect from the name. They sell assorted ‘skill toys,’ anything that engages people physically and can help build coordination, but the focus is on yoyos. They sell a wide range of yoyos and prices range from $5 to more than $200, and are more than willing to explain the different attributes of all of them.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:16:54 +0000 Molly Donahue 52113 at http://nhpr.org Yoyos: Coming Back Around Let's Show Some Love For The Lakes (And Rivers) http://nhpr.org/post/lets-show-some-love-lakes-and-rivers <p>We spoke with National Geographic Traveler Magazine editor-in-chief Keith Bellows about <a href="http://nhpr.org/post/71014-seinfeld-anti-hero-new-summer-grilling-ideas-and-green-river-festival">what makes a great beach town,</a> and he gave us some idea locations all across the country. This inspired us to make a list of New Hampshire summer spots, with particular attention to one of the state’s specialties – lakes. &nbsp;We’ve also squeezed a couple rivers in here as well. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:42:49 +0000 Molly Donahue 51680 at http://nhpr.org Let's Show Some Love For The Lakes (And Rivers) A Kingly Confusion: How One Author Is 'Spending The Stephen King Money' http://nhpr.org/post/kingly-confusion-how-one-author-spending-stephen-king-money <p>There is an increasing number of books that share titles, a fact that might not confuse a person in a bookstore but can pose problems for online search algorithms. Word of Mouth intern Molly Donahue spoke with author <strong>Emily Schultz</strong> about a strange phenomenon she experienced this year. So what happens when two authors release two different books with the same title?</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:48:23 +0000 Molly Donahue 51667 at http://nhpr.org A Kingly Confusion: How One Author Is 'Spending The Stephen King Money' 5 Plants To Mosquito-Proof Your Garden http://nhpr.org/post/5-plants-mosquito-proof-your-garden <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We spoke with </span>Kiera<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Butler about </span><a href="http://nhpr.org/post/70114-tv-openers-lost-histories-and-truth-about-bug-spray" style="line-height: 1.5;">the truth behind bug spray</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and came away with some interesting facts. For instance, those bug sprays professing scents like cedar wood or ‘silky vanilla’ are by no means guaranteed to actually do a good job of keeping away bugs. You know what is? </span>DEET<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>According to Butler, due to the increase of insect borne illnesses, DEET is a tested-and-true method for keeping the bugs away. Although studies have shown minimal health risks associated with DEET in commercial products, some people still prefer a more natural route. It’s important to note that these solutions have not been tested enough to prove to be good ways of warding off insects, though you’ll find many proponents of natural remedies who defend them. If you’d like to put nature to the test, we’ve made a list of some of the popular plant solutions to avoiding bug bites.</p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:11:40 +0000 Molly Donahue 51143 at http://nhpr.org 5 Plants To Mosquito-Proof Your Garden Saturday Brings 'The Great American Backyard Camp-Out' http://nhpr.org/post/saturday-brings-great-american-backyard-camp-out <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Few things are as nostalgic for many Americans as the idea of sitting around a campfire, roasting marshmallows, and looking for constellations or listening to scary stories. It’s these memories that the National Wildlife Federation hopes to rekindle with the </span><a href="http://www.nwf.org/Great-American-Backyard-Campout.aspx" style="line-height: 1.5;">Great American Backyard Camp-Out</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on Saturday, June 28.</span></p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 13:00:46 +0000 Molly Donahue 50972 at http://nhpr.org Saturday Brings 'The Great American Backyard Camp-Out' The Other Songs Of The Summer http://nhpr.org/post/other-songs-summer <p>There’s always debate about what will be the ‘song of the summer,’ a title usually determined by airtime and download statistics. But what about all the other songs that deserve a chance at becoming <em>your </em>summer anthem? Here is an alternative summer playlist, with songs from all across the board. Pick your favorite and listen until you get sick of it, hopefully sometime around September.</p><p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="380" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:user:mollersaurus:playlist:1LqfToj9G727PxSmYsKMiE" width="300"></iframe></p><p></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 18:57:06 +0000 Molly Donahue 50305 at http://nhpr.org The Other Songs Of The Summer The Debate: Should Adults Be Embarrassed To Read YA? http://nhpr.org/post/debate-should-adults-be-embarrassed-read-ya <p>When Ruth Graham published the Slate article “Against YA” there was an immediate push back. Here we’ve compiled some of our favorites for both sides of the debate.</p><p><strong>Nay to YA</strong></p><p>“<a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2014/06/against_ya_adults_should_be_embarrassed_to_read_children_s_books.html">Against YA</a>,” by Ruth Graham for Slate.</p><p>Here it is, the original article. It’s well-reasoned with a lot of good points, even if it’s getting billed with the uber-polarizing line, “you should be embarrassed to read YA.”&nbsp; Many criticisms seem to skip straight to the part where Graham says adults shouldn't be reading YA, but there's more in here, so take a look.</p><p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:37:49 +0000 Molly Donahue 49993 at http://nhpr.org The Debate: Should Adults Be Embarrassed To Read YA? Freakonomics' Stephen Dubner Takes On This Week's Headlines http://nhpr.org/post/freakonomics-stephen-dubner-takes-weeks-headlines <p><a href="http://nhpr.org/post/61014-exo-skeleton-kicking-world-cup-and-why-reading-ya-embarassing" style="line-height: 1.5;">We spoke with <em>Freakonomics </em>co-author Stephen Dubner</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> about three issues that have been dominating headlines lately. In case you’ve missed them and need to catch up quickly, we’ve compiled the highlights so you can be a champion of serious water-cooler discussions.</span></p><p>The major take-away? Dubner urges you to <a href="http://freakonomics.com/books/think-like-a-freak/">think like a freak</a>, and to listen to more public radio.</p><p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:31:11 +0000 Molly Donahue 49981 at http://nhpr.org Freakonomics' Stephen Dubner Takes On This Week's Headlines What Is "Twee"? http://nhpr.org/post/what-twee <p>We spoke with <strong>Marc Spitz</strong> about his new book <a href="http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062213044/twee"><em>Twee</em></a>, in which he tries to give a comprehensive and explanatory history of “the gentle revolution.”</p><p><em>(You can hear that conversation <a href="http://nhpr.org/post/6914-understanding-twee-michael-blum-and-comedian-todd-glass">here</a>.)</em></p><p>The tenants of Twee are varied but they come down to this: there is darkness in this world that can only be overcome by cultivating passions that foster beauty and evoke a sense of innocence, goodness, and childhood.</p><p>In other words, when the world gets scary, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XM3vWJmpfo">just put a bird on it</a>.</p><p>As with any cultural movement, the question of Twee can spark long debates (and trying to sort through “Twee vs. Not Twee” makes an awesome party game). To get you up to speed, here’s a handy list of things that are definitively Twee. As Twee defies categorization, we present this to you as a holistic experience, books mixing with music mixing with…hairstyles?</p><p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 17:45:00 +0000 Molly Donahue 49822 at http://nhpr.org What Is "Twee"? Abandoned New Hampshire http://nhpr.org/post/abandoned-new-hampshire <p></p><p>The forests of New Hampshire provide an excellent hiding place for those things that either wish to remain hidden, or have simply fallen into the past. Old logging towns, abandoned train tracks, and the leftovers of eccentrics funded by economic booms all litter the state and set the background for many a local legend. Here we’ve listed some of the loneliest, and often mysterious, spots in the state.&nbsp; Mon, 02 Jun 2014 17:36:08 +0000 Molly Donahue 49449 at http://nhpr.org Abandoned New Hampshire Memorable Moments From Movie Musicals http://nhpr.org/post/memorable-moments-movie-musicals <p>No matter your opinion on them, grand musical numbers are notorious earworms. Here we’ve compiled some of the most famous, beloved, and recognizable movie musicals. Go on, sing along, everyone else will too. &nbsp;</p><p><strong><em>Top Hat </em></strong><strong>(1935)</strong></p><p>This was the first screenplay that was written specifically for Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, though they would go on to do at least 6 more movie musicals together. The movie helped to save RKO from bankruptcy with $3 million in box office revenues and it was only beaten by <em>Mutiny on the Bounty</em>, which would go on to win the 1935 Best Picture. &nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 17:56:10 +0000 Molly Donahue 49382 at http://nhpr.org Memorable Moments From Movie Musicals Funeral Cookies: A Collection Of Recipes http://nhpr.org/post/funeral-cookies-collection-recipes <p><a href="http://nhpr.org/post/5-27-14-saving-social-science-funeral-food-and-food-20">We spoke with Meg Favreau</a> about the tasty treats that are funeral cookies and the various forms in which they come. There are the spongy cookies found in Wales, the chocolate cake-like confections of Belgium, and traditional molasses cookies from Colonial America, to list a few. &nbsp;Here we’ve listed some of our favorite funeral cookie recipes that we've found, from the historical to the very modern.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 18:18:22 +0000 Molly Donahue 49241 at http://nhpr.org Funeral Cookies: A Collection Of Recipes