Nature http://nhpr.org en Archeological Treasures In Southern New Hampshire: America's Stonehenge http://nhpr.org/post/archeological-treasures-southern-new-hampshire-americas-stonehenge <p>One of New Hampshire’s long-time treasures is <a href="http://stonehengeusa.com/">America’s Stonehenge,</a> an archeological site in North Salem. Opened under the name Mystery Hill Caves in 1958, the site received its current name in the 1980s to distinguish it from more geological sites. Whatever you call it, it’s a New Hampshire classic. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:59:28 +0000 Molly Donahue 52756 at http://nhpr.org Archeological Treasures In Southern New Hampshire: America's Stonehenge 7.23.14: N.H.'s Hidden Treasures, Casual Dining Wars, And Gross America http://nhpr.org/post/72314-nhs-hidden-treasures-casual-dining-wars-and-gross-america <p>New Hampshire bills itself as having a terrain for all seasons – the mountains offer climbing and skiing, the forests shelter innumerable hiking trails, and the lakes and rivers draw people in summer and winter alike. We speak with <strong>Lucie Bryar </strong>about some the state’s best spots for exploring. And, casual dining chains have been experimenting in extreme discounts. We take a look at the logic behind it and speak with one reporter who put these policies to the test. Then, in case you’ve run out of vacation ideas, we have a list of America’s ickiest attractions.</p><p>Listen to the full show and&nbsp;<strong>Read more</strong>&nbsp;for individual segments.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:25:07 +0000 Word of Mouth 52430 at http://nhpr.org 7.23.14: N.H.'s Hidden Treasures, Casual Dining Wars, And Gross America A Salute To Bobolinks & Henry David Thoreau http://nhpr.org/post/salute-bobolinks-henry-david-thoreau <p>A tumbling jumble of bird song from across the field announces the presence of <a href="http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/bobolink/id" target="_blank">bobolinks</a>. In his journals, <a href="http://www.walden.org/Thoreau" target="_blank">Henry David Thoreau</a> quoted a Cape Cod child who asked:</p><p>"What makes he sing so sweet, Mother? Do he eat flowers?"</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:00:27 +0000 Chris Martin & Francie Von Mertens 50984 at http://nhpr.org A Salute To Bobolinks & Henry David Thoreau 6.28.14: Summer Is Here, Get Outside! http://nhpr.org/post/62814-summer-here-get-outside <p>So long spring, hello summer! Today on Word of Mouth, we head to the great outdoors, starting with the American playground, and how it’s evolved from a place of physical challenges to ultra-safe environment with short slides, and all soft surfaces. Then we’ll hit a different kind of playground for New Hampshire scavengers: the transfer station, or as it known in less polite circles, the dump.</p><p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Word of Mouth 50371 at http://nhpr.org 6.28.14: Summer Is Here, Get Outside! 6.19.14: Bonobos, Granite State Music Festival, And Found Footage http://nhpr.org/post/61914-bonobos-granite-state-music-festival-and-found-footage <p>There’s a film festival coming to New Hampshire, but it’s not what you might expect. Instead of featuring independent films by aspiring artists, this festival will screen videos that have been stuffed into storage bins and garbage cans. Today we have a conversation with the curators of the Found Footage Festival. But first, biologist Frans de Waal on altruism, empathy, kindness and ethics among bonobo chimps. Plus, we catch you up with the Granite State Music Festival, coming to Concord this weekend.</p><p>Listen to the whole show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:18:29 +0000 Word of Mouth 50494 at http://nhpr.org 6.19.14: Bonobos, Granite State Music Festival, And Found Footage The 'Dirt' On Soil http://nhpr.org/post/dirt-soil <p>This time of year finds a lot of people working in their gardens.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Good gardeners pay attention to their soil.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Just like above ground, there’s a diverse world of wildlife below ground competing for space, nutrients, and performing roles that support life on Earth.</span></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 04:41:00 +0000 Chris Martin 45737 at http://nhpr.org The 'Dirt' On Soil Water In The Trees http://nhpr.org/post/water-trees <p>The patter of rain. Fingers of wind comb the canopy of tender leaves. These are exotic sounds of the new tree canopy in late May. New Hampshire forests are adapted to withstand rigors of wind and weather. Leaf structures reflect inner tree plumbing we rarely consider.</p><p></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 13:28:47 +0000 Dave Anderson 45736 at http://nhpr.org Water In The Trees Favorite Phoebe Nest http://nhpr.org/post/favorite-phoebe-nest <p>A little phoebe nest is tucked beneath the rafters in my backyard woodshed like a miniature wreath. It’s a curious little relic to behold during those long, cold snowy weeks of hauling winter cordwood. By May, it once more cradles eggs and tiny nestlings.</p><p></p> Fri, 09 May 2014 09:57:00 +0000 Dave Anderson 45731 at http://nhpr.org Favorite Phoebe Nest Human Behavior In Bonobos http://nhpr.org/post/human-behavior-bonobos <p></p><p></p> Wed, 07 May 2014 17:44:48 +0000 Word of Mouth 48081 at http://nhpr.org Human Behavior In Bonobos Slideshow: Ansel Adams' Wilderness, Transfer Station Gold & Playgrounds http://nhpr.org/post/slideshow-ansel-adams-wilderness-transfer-station-gold-playgrounds <p>The outdoors have provided wonder and fascination for millennia. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Ansel-Adams-Wilderness-Peter-Essick/dp/1426213298/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1381944155&amp;sr=1-2&amp;keywords=peter+essick">Ansel Adams</a> captured this in his photographs. Playgrounds have inspired this in children the world over. Even transfer stations, what many people mistakenly think are the last stop for the worn out, run down and used, are full of treasures. You just have to know how to look. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 18:49:12 +0000 Word of Mouth 47583 at http://nhpr.org Slideshow: Ansel Adams' Wilderness, Transfer Station Gold & Playgrounds 4.29.14: The Great Outdoors http://nhpr.org/post/42914-great-outdoors <p><em>"Look deep, deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." - Albert Einstein, 1951</em></p><p>Ah, the great outdoors. A place for life, death, and seemingly infinite inspiration. Today's <strong>Word of Mouth&nbsp;</strong>is all about the outdoors: capturing its beauty through photography, creating its beauty through manipulation, and rediscovering its beauty in the most unlikely places. Join us for a walk through the wild then share your thoughts on our <strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/wordofmouthradio" target="_blank">Facebook </a></strong>and <strong><a href="https://twitter.com/wordofmouth">Twitter</a></strong>.</p><p>To see a slideshow inspired by today's show, click <strong>here</strong>.&nbsp;</p><p>Listen to the full show and click <strong>Read more </strong>for individual segments.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 18:08:31 +0000 Word of Mouth 47525 at http://nhpr.org 4.29.14: The Great Outdoors In Appreciation Of Winter http://nhpr.org/post/appreciation-winter <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wait! Don't wish this winter away...not yet.</span></p><p>Before dirty, old snow banks rot and melt onto sun-warmed pavement; before sweet steam of maple sugaring or green thoughts at St. Patrick's Day; remember one perfect day, when winter took your breath away.</p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Dave Anderson 44074 at http://nhpr.org In Appreciation Of Winter NH Has Got Stones! http://nhpr.org/post/nh-has-got-stones <p>Winter's transparent landscape offers a great opportunity for boulder appreciation. And&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Hampshire has a lot of big ones, d</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">eposited by glacier action over 10,000 years ago. As the ice sheet advanced south, at it's glacial pace, it fractured and plucked many large boulders rights off mountain tops.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When the glacier eventually receded, it left behind billions of these "glacial boulders."&nbsp;</span></p><p></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 05:26:00 +0000 Chris Martin, Francie Von Mertens & Andrew Parrella 41478 at http://nhpr.org NH Has Got Stones! State Fern Nominee? http://nhpr.org/post/state-fern-nominee <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>New Hampshire's a state insect, the ladybug was nominated by persuasive Concord fifth graders;&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">the pumpkin is&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">our state fruit courtesy of some persuasive </span>Harrisville<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> third and fourth graders.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I'd like to plant a seed—or perhaps a spore—for nomination of rock </span>polypody<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> as our state fern. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 05:46:00 +0000 Chris Martin, Francie Von Mertens & Andrew Parrella 40651 at http://nhpr.org State Fern Nominee? Move Over Superman: These Animals Are Real-Life Superheroes http://nhpr.org/post/move-over-superman-these-animals-are-real-life-superheroes <p>As the curtain falls on another season of superhero blockbusters, Hollywood is already hard at work re-booting&nbsp; "Batman," "Captain America," and the "Fantastic Four" franchises.&nbsp; More than sixty high-profile superhero films have been released since the surprise success of "X-Men" in the year 2000.</p><p><strong>Joe Hanson </strong>points us to a more enduring source of awe-inspiring acts: nature. Hanson is a biologist who writes and hosts the PBS. video series <a href="http://video.pbs.org/program/its-okay-be-smart/">“It’s Okay to Be Smart.” </a> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 15:59:24 +0000 Virginia Prescott 35202 at http://nhpr.org Move Over Superman: These Animals Are Real-Life Superheroes