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 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.
Today is the first day of Sail Portsmouth, a four day festival of tall ships on New Hampshire’s Seacoast.
One of the featured ships in this year’s festival is called The Pride of Baltimore II. It’s a recreation of a topsail schooner that served as a privateer in the War of 1812 - ships that shaped the course of the war between the United States and Britain two hundred years ago.
The Department of Veteran Affairs expects to spend $57 billion in 2013. A significant part of that budget pays for nursing home care for elderly vets. This month, Washington Monthly magazine is exploring American wealth. Editor John Gravois wrote about the V.A. program that follows the foster care model.
This Green River Festival in Greenfield Massachusetts has a packed line-up this weekend with a celebration of Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday, Los Lobos, the Rebirth Brass Band and a few Word of Mouth veterans, including the Winterpills, Chris Smither, and the eclectic Brooklyn ensemble, Rubblebucket. In September, six of Rubblebucket’s eight members stopped by to play live at NHPR’s studios.
Imagine you’re confronted with the question: what do you take from your burning house? Money, photographs, your laptop, or your favorite pair of old shoes? What is so important in your life that you cannot live without? That is exactly what our guest Foster Huntington set out to discover when he started the Burning House Tumblr project – a collection of submitted photographs and drawings that reveals what we value most.
New Hampshire-ites are called a lot of things…flinty, self-reliant, and fiercely independent. But what about skeptical? Producer Adam McCune recently infiltrated a group dedicated to spreading the word of fact, not faith—the Granite State Skeptics.
Bastille Day is this Saturday and what better way to show your zest for French history than attenting Orphans of the Storm, a dramatic silent film about two sisters separated during the French revolution, and their struggle to reunite. The film was directed by legendary filmmaker D.W. Griffith.
Silent film musician Jeff Rapsis created a score for Orphans of the Storm, and will be accompanying the film, live, July fourteenth in the screening room of the red river theatres in Concord at 7 pm.
New Hampshire’s Commissioner of employment security has resigned amid allegations that she hired her daughter for a part time job and then had her fired so she could collect unemployment benefits.
Commissioner Tara Reardon’s resignation letter to the Governor says she is “stepping down to pursue other opportunities.” In a separate statement to the press, she claims disgruntled employees “distorted the truth and fabricated a story.” Governor Lynch, for his part says the allegations facing Reardon are serious ones and that he is disappointed.
This week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service granted more than $950 thousand to 30 states with bats affected by a fungal disease called ‘white-nose syndrome.’ New Hampshire received more than $14 thousand.
State Fish and Game wildlife biologist Emily Brunkhurst says white-nose has severely impacted local bats.
In a couple of species we are seeing 99 percent declines.
State Fish and Game officials will use the grant to monitor bat populations and raise public support.
Wednesday, a House vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act has passed 244 to 185.
Both New Hampshire Congressmen voted to repeal the nation’s healthcare law.
Many have called this vote symbolic. Charlie Bass says this new vote was triggered by the Supreme Court decision to uphold the law. But, he says, he considers it a kickoff to congressional races for re-election.
New Hampshire's Executive Council has approved hiring a consultant to assist the state in reviewing proposals from several companies to run its prisons. The council approved a contract Wednesday of $171,347 to hire consultant MGT of America of Tallahassee, Florida
Governor John Lynch says it’s a lot of money, but necessary to figure out which proposal is really the best deal.