data http://nhpr.org en NAFTA's Impact On New Hampshire http://nhpr.org/post/naftas-impact-new-hampshire <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jon </span>Bresler<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was an early supporter of the North American Free Trade Agreement. As owner of </span>Suncook<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Woven Labels, a textile company whose customers included Ralph Lauren, The Gap and J.C. Penney, </span>Bresler<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> figured anything that would break down trade barriers between the United States, Mexico and Canada would be good for business.</span></p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 23:07:44 +0000 Brian Wallstin 39133 at http://nhpr.org NAFTA's Impact On New Hampshire Mapping The Arsenic Seeping Into Our Diet http://nhpr.org/post/mapping-arsenic-seeping-our-diet <p>While many Americans struggle to trim sugar and fat from their diets, a far more dangerous ingredient may be seeping in&hellip;from the ground. Arsenic is an odorless, tasteless poison that exists in the earth&rsquo;s crust. Last winter, the U.S. Geological Survey found that low levels of arsenic were present in forty percent of New Hampshire&rsquo;s groundwater, for example, &nbsp;with one in five wells measuring above ten parts-per-billion.</p><p>Independent researchers have also identified excessive levels of arsenic in water-intensive crops, including rice grown in the U.S. and abroad. <strong>Deborah Blum&nbsp;</strong>is a Pulitzer Prize-winning <a href="http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/author/dblum/">science journalist</a>, columnist and blogger for <a href="http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/09/fda-arsenic-and-rice/"><em>Wired </em></a>and <em>The New York&nbsp;Times</em>. She was given access to a <a href="http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/09/arsenic-nation/">U.S.G.S. map showing arsenic concentration</a> across the U.S. ahead of its release to the public, and is joining us to share some of the findings.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 15:42:17 +0000 Virginia Prescott 36041 at http://nhpr.org Mapping The Arsenic Seeping Into Our Diet As Burglaries Spike, Manchester Police Turn To Mapping, Database For Clues http://nhpr.org/post/burglaries-spike-manchester-police-turn-mapping-database-clues <p>Burglaries tend to increase in the warmer weather, but Manchester saw its numbers spike significantly in the recent summer months.</p><p>From Memorial Day to Labor Day, there were 338 burglaries in the city, a 23 percent increase over the same period last year.</p><p></p><p>The man who showed up at her front door one day in July seemed like a Godsend to 94-year-old Lorraine Fitzgerald.</p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 19:29:41 +0000 Michael Brindley 34428 at http://nhpr.org As Burglaries Spike, Manchester Police Turn To Mapping, Database For Clues The Hard Science Behind A Hit Screenplay http://nhpr.org/post/hard-science-behind-hit-screenplay <p>Nate Silver opened the public’s eyes to the power of predictive statistics… now, having already conquered politics, marketing, and social media, data-crunchers are taking on their next big challenge: Hollywood. <strong>Brooks Barnes</strong> is a media reporter for the New York Times – he recently <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/06/business/media/solving-equation-of-a-hit-film-script-with-data.html?pagewanted=1&amp;_r=0&amp;adxnnl=1&amp;adxnnlx=1367935387-HyvBlxfnfLhNF96MmgDKOg" target="_blank">wrote about</a> Vinny Bruzzese, a statistician and former professor who’s using big data to slice and dice Hollywood screenplays</p><p> Tue, 07 May 2013 14:33:15 +0000 Virginia Prescott 27004 at http://nhpr.org The Hard Science Behind A Hit Screenplay Getting Smarter About Statistics http://nhpr.org/post/getting-smarter-about-statistics <p>Math has had a good run. Its virtues were extolled during the presidential debates and in endless news stories calculated fiscal scenarios.&nbsp; New York Times <a href="http://www.salon.com/2013/01/06/help_us_nate_silver/" target="_blank">blogger Nate Silver </a>was pilloried by math, then vindicated. Still, mathematics and the data-driven statistics that guide decisions&nbsp;from Wall Street to the dugout to your insurance rates are woefully misunderstood. Wed, 16 Jan 2013 15:54:55 +0000 Virginia Prescott 20255 at http://nhpr.org Getting Smarter About Statistics Emergence of the Modern Infographic http://nhpr.org/post/emergence-modern-infographic <p>From apps for avoiding heavy traffic to the latest polling data in the presidential race &nbsp;-- infographics are visual shorthand for data in the post-newspaper<a href="http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/55-interesting-social-media-infographics/"> slash social media </a>slash sound byte age.&nbsp; Several sources credit the digital age for giving birth to infographics and others cite&nbsp;the publication of <em>USA Today’s </em>“Snapshots” beginning in 1982.&nbsp; Susan Schulten&nbsp;begs to differ. Mon, 01 Oct 2012 21:06:47 +0000 Virginia Prescott 13948 at http://nhpr.org Emergence of the Modern Infographic Something To Look At: Raw Data Transformed http://nhpr.org/post/something-look-raw-data-transformed <p>Last week,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wnyc.org">WNYC</a>'s John Keefe visited NHPR. He heads that station’s new <a href="http://datanews.tumblr.com/">Datanews</a> group, and demonstrated some truly illuminating interactive data maps for us. One map of New York reveals that&nbsp;the blocks where the highest number of stop and frisk gun searches are conducted by the NYPD, are not the places where stopping and frisking actually results in seizing a gun. So, using graphics to illustrate raw data can add value to news stories, or become the story itself. Mon, 01 Oct 2012 20:39:11 +0000 Virginia Prescott 13942 at http://nhpr.org Something To Look At: Raw Data Transformed Unemployment Numbers for May Hold Steady http://nhpr.org/post/unemployment-numbers-may-hold-steady <p>Twenty-three hundred jobs were added to New Hampshire payrolls between April and May, but the seasonally adjusted <a href="http://www.nhes.nh.gov/elmi/statistics/documents/laus-current.pdf">unemployment rate</a> remains stuck at 5%.</p><p>There was good news for Coos County: the North Country&rsquo;s rate dipped below 8% for the first time this year.</p><p>Grafton County has the State&rsquo;s lowest unemployment at&nbsp;4.1%.</p><p>All in all, the data met expectations, says Bob Cote, a researcher with <a href="http://www.nhes.nh.gov/index.htm">NH Employment Security</a>.</p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 15:38:20 +0000 Todd Bookman 7321 at http://nhpr.org Unemployment Numbers for May Hold Steady Here's What's Awesome http://nhpr.org/post/heres-whats-awesome-4 <p>Awesomator Brady Carlson shares this week's rundown of online awesomeness.</p> Wed, 04 Apr 2012 14:47:23 +0000 Brady Carlson 2924 at http://nhpr.org Here's What's Awesome On Fouls and Free Throws: New Basketball Research Hits the Court http://nhpr.org/post/fouls-and-free-throws-new-basketball-research-hits-court <p>A wave of new basketball data digs into why players 'choke' under pressure, how they perform in front of new fans, and whether or not the 'urban phenom' is a myth.</p> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 14:50:40 +0000 Virginia Prescott 2434 at http://nhpr.org On Fouls and Free Throws: New Basketball Research Hits the Court