New England en The Hand Of The Small Town Builder <p>We spoke with <strong>W. Tad Pfeffer</strong> about his book <em>The Hand of the Small-Town Builder: Summer Houses in Northern New England, 1876-1930</em>. Here are some images from the houses he researched, and his captions give a deeper look into the history of our favorite summer tradition, the summer house.</p><p>To listen to the full interview with <strong>W. Tad Pfeffer</strong>, <a href="">click here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 18:41:44 +0000 Word of Mouth 49747 at The Hand Of The Small Town Builder 6.05.14: Amazon's Drug Trade, Worldwide Webcams, And The History Of New England's Summer Homes <p> is one-stop shopping for Kindle downloads, on demand movies, and illegal prescription drugs? Today on Word of Mouth: steroids, painkillers, and antibiotics delivered right to your door. Then, if you’re bored by life in your cubicle, why not watch someone else’s…in Russia? A look at Opentopia, a curiously popular website that provides access to webcams across the world. Plus, we get the history behind a beloved New England trademark: the summer home.</p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more</strong> for individual segments.</p><p><strong> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 18:40:35 +0000 Word of Mouth 49742 at 2.10.14: Trains, The Beatles & New England's Ski History <p></p><p>The Winter Olympics are in full swing, and among those going for gold at Sochi are eight New Hampshire residents. Today on Word of Mouth, we’ll go back to the days before lifts and lodges to find out why a tiny state with icy mountains has produced so many champs. Also, last night marked the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles’&nbsp; first performance on the Ed Sullivan Show, an event that drew the largest audience for any program in the history of television up to that time, and has remained burned into America’s collective memory. We’ll take a deeper look into the start of Beatle-mania.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 17:42:35 +0000 Word of Mouth 43116 at 2.10.14: Trains, The Beatles & New England's Ski History Pond Hockey : The Tradition Continues <p>Pond hockey has been a favorite winter activity for many hearty New Englanders since 1883, when the first hockey game ever played in the United States happened on the ponds at St. Paul’s school right in Concord. This weekend the pond hockey tradition continued at the 4th annual <a href="" target="_blank">Black Ice Pond Hockey Championship</a> at White Park in Concord.</p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 18:33:19 +0000 Zach Nugent 42499 at Pond Hockey : The Tradition Continues A Lackluster Forecast For N.H.'s Economic Recovery <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Although New Hampshire's economy is recovering, the outlook for the next several years is lackluster.&nbsp;&nbsp; That’s according to a <a href="" target="_blank">new economic forecast</a> released Wednesday by the <a href="" target="_blank">New England Economic Partnership</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 20:10:36 +0000 Amanda Loder 38464 at The Real Salem Witches <p>Visitors to Salem, Massachusetts, have a <a href="">surfeit of choices</a> in Halloween season. They can take a “Tales and Tombstones Trolley Tour,” attend the Zombie Prom, Voodoo Ball, or a performance of “Dracula’s Guest.”</p><p>The <em>real </em>terror that coursed through the Massachusetts Bay colony from 1692 to ’93 was not the stuff of a night out with the family. More than two hundred people were accused of witchcraft by their neighbors. Nineteen were hanged. Another was pressed to death. Five women died in prison. &nbsp;Historian <strong>Marilynne<strong> </strong>Roach </strong>examines the lives of individuals swept up in the trials through surviving documents, invoices, and objects. Her new book is called S<em>ix Women of Salem: The Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials.</em> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 13:35:59 +0000 Virginia Prescott 37722 at The Real Salem Witches Leaves Of Three, Let It Be...Right? <p>“Leaves of three, let it be”…even kids and city slickers know the rhyme for identifying poison ivy… how about poison sumac…or oak?&nbsp; Even experienced hikers can have a tough time separating poisonous plants from harmless vegetation when deep in the woods…<strong>Tara Johnson</strong> is a field biologist and founder of the e-learning company <a href="">Naturedigger</a>.&nbsp; Their new app <a href=";ign-mpt=uo%3D4">“Rash Plants”</a> provides a comprehensive pocket guide to identifying and dealing with outdoor irritants.</p><p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 14:26:45 +0000 Virginia Prescott 31935 at Leaves Of Three, Let It Be...Right? The Cheshire Murders: The Crime That Rocked A Small Town <p>In July of 2007, the sleepy suburban town of Cheshire, Connecticut woke up to a house set ablaze, three fatalities, one survivor, and two suspects caught fleeing the scene.&nbsp; What had started as a home invasion and robbery had ended in rape, arson, and a triple homicide.&nbsp; A new full-length documentary <a href="">debuting on Monday, July 22<sup>nd</sup> on HBO </a>explores how the Cheshire murders scarred the town, terrorized the survivors, and sparked public debate in a state poised to abolish capital punishment.&nbsp; <strong>Kate Davis and David Heilbroner</strong>, who together produced and directed <em>The Cheshire Murders</em>, joined us to discuss their film.</p><p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 13:18:56 +0000 Virginia Prescott 31469 at The Cheshire Murders: The Crime That Rocked A Small Town Pinball Wizard <p>In February of 2011, Jon Lynch visited the newly opened <a href="">Pinball Wizard Arcade</a> in Pelham, New Hampshire, where more than&nbsp;200 impeccably restored&nbsp;pinball and vintage 80's video games are still luring gamers looking for big-time nostalgia.</p><p> Tue, 28 May 2013 14:46:20 +0000 Jonathan Lynch 28317 at Pinball Wizard Casinos In New England - Interactive Map <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="418" src=";lock_to_path=0&amp;autoplay=0&amp;autohide_ctrls=0&amp;features=undefined&amp;disabled_features=undefined" width="575"></iframe></p> Mon, 20 May 2013 13:03:59 +0000 Sara Plourde 27799 at The Great New England Vampire Panic <div><p>New England's gruesome brush with supernatural hysteria did not end with the Salem witch trials in the 17<sup>th</sup> century.&nbsp; Almost two centuries later came the great New England vampire panic.&nbsp; Wait… what?&nbsp;<strong>&nbsp;Abigail Tucker</strong> is a staff writer for Smithosonian magazine – <a href="">she wrote about historians who are documenting cases</a> when rural residents set aside their Yankee piety and feverishly exhumed graves and mutilated the corpses of suspe Wed, 10 Oct 2012 14:18:17 +0000 Virginia Prescott 14494 at The Great New England Vampire Panic New Englanders To Compete In 2012 Summer Games <p>Today is the kick-off of the 2012 Olympic Summer Games. Below is a list of New Englanders competing in London, as provided by the U.S. Olympic Team.</p><p><strong>Connecticut</strong></p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 15:30:06 +0000 Associated Press 9615 at New Englanders To Compete In 2012 Summer Games The Amazing Outhouse Race <p>The Bristol Great Outhouse Race is an eccentric village tradition that has been held for the last 34 years.</p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 14:45:17 +0000 Sarah P. Reynolds 9089 at The Amazing Outhouse Race An Expected Newcomer <p>There's a newcomer in New Hampshire, a bird that's wild and prehistoric in looks and sound. The bugling of sandhill cranes is common in Wisconsin and Michigan where their numbers have rebounded from near eradication some 70 years ago. That rebound—from the low hundreds to over 50,000 today—has likely&nbsp;led to a range expansion eastward to New England. There's 11 known pairs breeding in Maine, and a few in Massachusetts, Vermont and New York. Surely New Hampshire is next.</p> Fri, 13 Jul 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Chris Martin & Francie Von Mertens 8224 at An Expected Newcomer Hundred Dollar Valentine <p>Chris Smither is with us from WFCR in Amherst, Massachsetts to talk about his new album Hundred Doller Valentine.</p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 13:22:43 +0000 Virginia Prescott 8543 at Hundred Dollar Valentine