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12:20 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

ExxonMobil Begins Its Defense In MTBE Case

Lawyers for ExxonMobil begin presenting their defense against the state of New Hampshire's claims that the oil giant should pay hundreds of millions of dollars to clean up groundwater contamination from the gasoline additive MTBE.

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Inside NHPR
10:44 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Top Stories: Seacoast Firm Stores Energy With Air; Video Game Industry Could Keep NH Tech-Savvy

Credit Courtesy Photo / SustainX

1. Environment: Who Needs Batteries? Seacoast Firm Stores Energy With Air

Solar and wind power are intermittent, and if enough of them are powering the grid, some kind of storage will be necessary. And storage means batteries, right? Not necessarily. In Seabrook New Hampshire, a start-up is doing it with compressed air.

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Politics
8:48 am
Mon March 4, 2013

On The Political Front For March 4

Votes are expected in the House this week on whether the state will allow the building of one casino, as outlined in Governor Hassan's budget, and the proposed raise to the gas tax; The House Finance Committee gets to work on the budget.

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Word of Mouth
6:00 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Sequestration...In Space!

Credit NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center via Flickr Creative Commons

Sequestration cuts to the NASA budget will likely result in hundreds of millions of dollars lost to the Russian government. Joining us to discuss this "self-defeating cash transfusion to Moscow" is John Matson. John is an associate editor who writes about space, physics and mathematics for Scientific American.

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Best of Public Radio
12:00 pm
Sun March 3, 2013

Generation Putin

It's been over 20 years since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Young people in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Georgia are facing unemployment, democratic pressure, and the legacy of repression, while being influenced by the West, punk music, and the Pussy Riot trials. PRX sent a reporting team from the Seattle Globalist to explore the tensions in these countries, described by The Atlantic as 'uneasily suspended' between two political eras. Join host Brooke Gladstone for Generation Putin, an in-depth look at the millennial generation in the post-Soviet states.

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NH News
8:36 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Students Compete For Top Honors At Spelling Bee

37 Spelling Bee finalists compete to represent NH in Washington DC
Jonathan Lynch NHPR

37 New Hampshire students made it to the oral round of the 60th New Hampshire Spelling Bee.

The finalists appeared onstage at the Capitol Center for the Arts in front of their friends and families.

12-year-old Emma Bradley of Bow said the road to finals was difficult:

“It was pretty tough. There was a written round in the morning where you had to spell 50 words. They weren’t easy.”

Emma aced the written test but was knocked out in a later round.

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NH News
5:45 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Manchester Hosts FIRST Robotics Regional Competition

Robot controller at the helm
Ryan Lessard NHPR

The eleventh annual FIRST Robotics competition kicked off regional qualifying matches Friday.


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North Country
5:24 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

New York Man Dies In Avalanche

A 24-year-old New York man was killed in an avalanche Friday in the Huntington Ravine, according to a news release from the White Mountain National Forest.

The victim was identifed as James Watts, 24.  No hometown was given.

Officials said he was ice climbing alone and was apparently caught by an avalanche and swept about 1,000 feet down the mountain.

A hiker found the body about 3:00 pm.

Giving Matters
12:33 am
Sat March 2, 2013

Homeless Single Moms Have A Place To Stay In Strafford

The Homeless Center for Strafford County provides seasonal overnight shelter to single women and families. Almost half the people staying in the shelter are children – nearly all under five years old. Susan Ford directs the shelter and understands her clients’ first-hand. 

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Word of Mouth
8:00 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Word of Mouth 03.02.2013

Credit Leo Reynolds via Flickr Creative Commons

Our favorite content from the program, delivered in one sound-errific package.

This week, why robot interrogators might beat humans at getting to the truth. Mass shooter Amy Bishop's first victim...her brother, back in 1986. Why jury duty matters. The diverse cast of a New Hampshire production of "To Kill A Mockingbird." And the active social media lives of long-dead celebrities.

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Granite Seen
4:45 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Photos: Week Of March 1st

The main hall of the Museum of the White Mountains
Credit Sean Hurley for NHPR
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NH News
2:34 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Hassan Pushes Casino (And Pushes Back On Report)

Governor Maggie Hassan's latest pitch for a single casino along the Massachusetts border is that it's the logical next step in New Hampshire’s long history of state-sanctioned gambling.

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NH News
1:46 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

N.H. Delegates Weigh In On Sequestration

Senator Jeanne Shaheen
Ryan Lessard NHPR

New Hampshire Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte both say they hope a bipartisan deal can still be reached to avoid many of the worst effects of sequestration. Both Senators helped kick off the FIRST Robotics competition in Manchester Friday morning.

Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen says she’s worried about how the sequester will affect the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and BAE Systems. And, she hopes it’s not too late to prevent the cuts.

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NH News
1:38 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

If Bumpy Roads Make You Grumpy, Click Here

South St. in Concord is on the state's list of roads in "poor" condition.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

 We want you to send us pictures of the worst roads you have to drive on

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Environment
10:52 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Who Needs Batteries? Seacoast Firm Stores Energy With Air

SustainX’s compressor is built from the lower half of a MAN Diesel Turbo engine. SustainX’s Richard Brody says this type of engine powers 80% of the world’s marine fleet, and is known for reliability.
Credit Courtesy Photo / SustainX

Solar and wind power are intermittent, and if enough of them are powering the grid, some kind of storage will be necessary. And storage means batteries, right?

Not necessarily. In Seabrook New Hampshire, a start-up is doing it with compressed air.

It’s pretty easy to see how energy stored as compressed air works: When you let go of a full balloon, it flies all around the room because of the energy stored inside. So if you use electricity to run an air compressor, you basically just need to find a way to run that compressor backwards to get electricity again.

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