Folk Show
9:47 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Folk Show Playlist 6.16.13

Song/ Artist/ Album/ Label

Don't Go Back to Asheville/ Steve Martin and Edie Brickell/ Love Has Come For You/ Rounder

Stick Brick and Mortar/ Smithfield Fair/ Stick, Brick and Mortar/ Stevenson Productions

Unwed Fathers/ Jeffrey Foucault/ Shoot The Moon Right Between The Eyes: Jeffrey Foucault Sings The Songs Of John Prine/ Signature Sounds

Three Little Birds/ Alice DiMicele/ If I Were An Otter: Songs For Kids Of All Ages/ Alice Dimicele

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Folk Show
8:57 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Folk Calendar

Wednesday, June 19

>>> Kathleen Gorey-McSorley at the Skye Theater~ South Carthage, ME ~ 7pm ~ 207-562-4445,

Thursday, June 20

>>> Bill Staines,  at The Public Library Writer's Night ~ Effingham, NH; 7 p.m.

Friday, June 21

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Best of Public Radio
12:00 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Playing On The Air: Out There

James Lescene
Credit via PRX

Playing on the Air is a new program featuring 10-20 minute short plays with the highest caliber talent including Oscar, Tony and Emmy award winners. Each short short play is followed by a personal interview with its artists. These bite-sized pieces are authored by America's best including Pulitzer and Tony award winners.

This week’s plays…

There You Are, with Olympia Dukakis and Maria Tucci, is about two women who meet again at an outdoor concert and pursue the relationship they didn't dare to in their youth.

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North Country
6:00 am
Sun June 16, 2013

Ride The Wilds: Citizen-Powered Economic Development

Governor Hassan and Harry Brown, a Stewartstown resident and major force between the Ride The Wilds economic development. Hassan drove an ATV to the lookout.
Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

A new economic development effort got underway Saturday in the North Country.

It is called Ride the Wilds and it is a linking of ATV trails designed to attract ATV-riding tourists from the Northeast and Canada.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

For decades the North Country has had hundreds of miles of trails on which ATVs could rumble along.

Sound of ATVs…

But they were not linked. So, riders had to stop and put their ATVs on a trailer to get from place to place.

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat June 15, 2013

For Struggling Youth, The Webster House A Second Home

Credit Courtesy of The Webster House

The Webster House is a children's home in Manchester that has been in operation since 1884, caring for youth who are unable to live at home.

Gabrielle Dante came to The Webster House when she was in her mid-teens. She had been experiencing problems at home and at school, and was struggling to overcome an eating disorder.

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NH News
4:46 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Sen. Shaheen Calls For Action To Prevent Student Loan Rate Hike

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen is calling for congressional action to prevent federal student rates from doubling next month.

If Congress does nothing, interest rates on subsidized Stafford Loans will increase from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent on July 1.

At a roundtable discussion at Granite State College on Friday, Shaheen said Congress has a responsibility to prevent that from happening, especially at a time when Americans owe more on student loans than credit cards.

NH News
4:42 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

State Budget Negotiatons Begin Quietly

The talks kicked off with small agreements, like the House agreeing with the Senate’s desire to drain $16m from a renewable energy fund,  and also to pay for local water projects starting in 2014 rather than 2015.

But while top budget writers stressed their common goals, big disagreements loom, on taxes and Medicaid expansion.

"Monday we’ll start the hard work of really talking about the issue where we may have some disagreement."

Democrat Mary Jane Wallner is House Finance Committee Chairman; Republican Chuck Morse leads the Senate’s finance panel.

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3:22 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

A Taste of Bike Week

Jean Kugler, of Milwaukee, enjoyed a hot dog, soft drink and sunshine at the Loudon Race Track on Friday afternoon during the 90th Motorcyle Week.
Abby Kessler NHPR

The 90th annual Laconia Motorcycle Week has a distinct sound that revs and rattles throughout the Granite State during the nine day rally, but over the years “bike week” has also become known for its unique taste.

“We do a lot of eating at bike week,” Jennifer Anderson, director of the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association, said laughing.

During the event, vendors set up temporary stands along the Loudon racetrack, selling chicken tenders, soft pretzels, fried dough, sizzling pizza and seafood to patrons who watch sports bikes orbit the track.  

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North Country
6:40 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Be Glad! Littleton's 100 Year Old Secret

Honorary Pollyanna Maggie Hadlock
Sean Hurley

The people of Littleton New Hampshire celebrated Pollyanna Glad Day this past Saturday. The June 8th event also marked the publishing Centennial of the bestselling children’s classic about the little girl who always looks on the bright side. While a dubious meaning shadows the character name in popular culture, Sean Hurley reports that the residents of Littleton believe they know the real Pollyanna.  A hundred people opened and closed their umbrellas in the rain and shine that came and went throughout Pollyanna Glad Day.

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Something Wild
12:00 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Ladies First: Role Reversals Of Spotted Sandpipers

Credit Kenneth Cole Schneider / Flickr/Creative Commons

From shores of wild waterways to not-so-wild urban ponds, a small bird startles up and flies low over the water with quick, stiff wingbeats.

It's a spotted sandpiper, a small shorebird often encountered along freshwater shorelines.

Shorebirds come in all sizes, and spotted sandpipers are in the short, stocky category. Despite coloring that blends well with sand and rocks, there's a movement that often gives spotted sandpipers away: they bob up and down as though seized by intense hiccups. When stalking prey, however, their teetering stops.

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Business and Economy
5:31 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

PSNH Asks Regulators For Lower Rate

Public Service of New Hampshire is asking regulators if it can lower its rates by nearly 10 percent, or .92 (point-nine-two) cents per kilowatt hour. The rate reduction comes as the state’s largest utility is increasingly under scrutiny for its high rates.

If regulators approve the reduction, PSNH customers will pay 8.62 cents per kilowatt hour. That rate is still more than PSNH’s biggest competitors, two of which offer six month fixed contracts at under 8 cents a kilowatt hour. However, the more competitive price could take some pressure off the utility.

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5:03 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Federal Government Confirms State Could Drop Medicaid Expansion At Any Time

New Hampshire can withdraw from an expanded Medicaid program at any time, according to a letter received Thursday from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS.

The letter comes as legislative negotiators are poised to meet to finalize the state’s budget.

A point of impasse between the Democratically-held house and Republican-controlled Senate has been an expansion of the state’s Medicaid program.

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North Country
3:57 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Motorcyclist Killed In Franconia Notch Crash Identified

The motorcyclist killed Thursday morning in the Franconia Notch has been identified as Robin Staines, 47, of Pembroke, Massachusetts, according to state police.

Staines was traveling north on the two-lane section of I-93, failed to make the turn at the entrance of the former parking area for the Old Man of the Mountain.

He was thrown from his Harley-Davidson and was not wearing a helmet.

Passersby gave him CPR until an ambulance arrived but he died of his injuries at Littleton Regional Hospital.

3:35 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

What To Do With Rhubarb When You've Already Made A Pie

Mmm, rhubarb.
Credit harald walker via Flickr/Creative Commons

Last week we looked at what to do with rhubarb beyond the traditional (yet incredibly delicious) pie, and we asked for your favorite rhubarb recipes. And did you ever send us some good ones!

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NH News
3:14 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Manchester Chamber of Commerce To Focus On Veteran's Park

In response to increased crime in Manchester’s Veteran’s Park, the Manchester Chamber of Commerce is launching a new initiative to improve its condition.

Manchester Alderman Patrick Long says that in the past few years, Veteran’s Park has garnered a reputation for more theft, public drinking, and fights.

“I’ve gotten complaints from the elders that live around here that tell me they’re afraid to walk through the park, never mind sit and enjoy it.”

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