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Word of Mouth
10:18 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Indigenous and Incredulous

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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.

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The Sound of Bastille Day
10:07 am
Thu July 12, 2012

The Score to Bastille Day

A scene from Orphans of the Storm

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.

North Country
6:06 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Coos Hospitals Form Cost-Cutting Alliance

Faced with tighter budgets three hospitals in the North Country are forming an alliance to do something about it.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

With cuts in funding - and facing an increasing demand for services -  three hospitals in Coos County have agreed to work together to see how they can save money.

Without such cooperation there’s trouble ahead, says Scott Howe, the CEO of the Weeks Medical Center in Lancaster.

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NH News
5:40 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Reardon Resigns Amid Allegations

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.

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NH News
5:33 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

New Hampshire Bats Receive Support

Little brown bat with white-nose syndrome
Marvin Moriarty USFWS

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.

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North Country
5:00 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

A Musical Postcard from the North Country's Grand (Mostly Gone) Hotels

Courtesy White Mountain History.Org

Almost all of the grand hotels that once brought the North Country fame, fortune and tourists are gone.

But now some of the music that was composed specifically for each hotel has been played and recorded, possibly for the first time in 100 years.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen sends this audio postcard.

Rick Russack runs a web site on  White Mountain history.

Not long ago he was going through some material.

“Stereo views, photographs, postcards and prints, graphic things.”

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NH News
4:54 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Another ACA Repeal Passes the House

C-SPAN coverage of the roll call

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.

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NH News
4:35 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Executive Council Approves Study of Private Prison Proposals

Flikr Creative Commons / Lorenzo Blangiardi

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.

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NH News
3:44 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

New Hampshire Rental Rates On The Rise

The New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority has released its annual ‘Residential Rental Cost Survey.’ The survey shows increased rental costs coupled with decreased vacancies across the state. 

The median monthly rent for a two bedroom unit including utilities has risen 3 percent in the past year to $1085 per month. The highest rent increases were evident in Grafton, Carroll and Belknap counties, as well as the cities of Manchester and Nashua.

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North Country
11:03 am
Wed July 11, 2012

A Meeting To Help Fill 255 Jobs At Berlin's Federal Prison

The new federal prison in Berlin still has plenty of jobs to fill and there’s a chance next Tuesday to learn more about them.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

With 255 jobs at the new federal prison still available a job fair is planned next Tuesday in Berlin.

Officials from the Bureau of Prisons will be answering questions,  says Diana Nelson, with New Hampshire Employment Security.

“We’ve had a lot of questions come up about what were the hours be, when will my days off be, is it shift work. These people will be able to answer those questions for them.”

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Word of Mouth
10:31 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Steve Jobs Reincarnated?

Photo Credit Michael Kappel, Via Flickr Creative Commons

But we begin with news from the world of computing…the cult of Steve Jobs is a buzz over remarks made by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak last week at the Entel Technology Conference in Chile.

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Word of Mouth
9:05 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Dan Huiting. Check it Out.

Produced with Emma Ruddock

As a music video director Dan Huiting has worked with many prominent musicians such as Bon Iver and Andrew Bird. In addition to directing music videos Huiting is the senior producer of the "City of Music" series on Pitchfork.TV, photography director and editor at MN Original on TPT, and a filmmaker.  

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Arts & Culture
7:35 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Inspired Lives: Eric Aho

Eric Aho, Second Approach to the Mountain, 2012, Oil on linen, 90 x 80 inches. Courtesy of the artist and DC Moore Gallery, New York.
  • Eric Aho discusses his inspiration for his ice cut paintings. (broadcast on NHPR)
  • A ~6 minute excerpt of Eric Aho discussing his ice cut paintings.
  • Listen to the full interview with Eric Aho.

Eric Aho grew up in Hudson, New Hampshire and now lives just across the border in Saxtons River, Vermont. In the tradition of English painters like John Constable and the French Impressionists, Aho began sketching and painting out of doors using New England’s mountain vistas and rural valleys as his subjects. His early paintings capture dramatic effects of weather and sunlight in a muted pallet, while his more recent paintings are monumental in scale and employ bold colors.

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North Country
7:06 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Federal Prison In Berlin Hiring, Expecting First Prisoners

After several delays the new federal prison in Berlin is getting closer to opening and hiring is underway.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen has an update.

The first prisoners – about 50 minimum security inmates - could arrive at the federal correctional institute in Berlin as early as the end of August, says Judith Nichols, the prison’s spokeswoman.

But that could be pushed back because there is still plenty of hiring to do.

“We are looking to fill 341 positions. We currently have 86 staff that have been hired.”

All Things Considered
6:45 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

The Life and Career of Manchester's "Sweater Queen"

May Gruber in 2007, when she took part in the StoryCorps in New Hampshire project.

Longtime residents of Manchester may remember a large, stylized sign in the mill district, for Pandora sweaters, one of the area's biggest operations. A recent documentary tells the story of Pandora and of its longtime owner, May Gruber. It’s called “Sweater Queen.”

Nancy Beach is producer of the film, which is screening later this week in Manchester. She tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about May Gruber's life and career.

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