The Rochester Opera House is a historic theater located in the Rochester city hall. It has been a center of community and community entertainment for more than a century. Now it is leased and operated as a non-profit, bringing a variety of shows and performance opportunities to the community. Shay Willard started acting there as a sixth grader; he is now a graduate student in film production and is directing a play at the opera house.
About 40 percent of New Hampshire residents get their drinking water from private wells. The Department of Environmental Services is encouraging well owners to test their water for arsenic, but unlike municipal water supplies, testing isn’t mandatory. And colorless, odorless contaminants abound in the Granite State.
The State Library in Concord has completed renovations in its second floor Map Room and, this summer the public will find an exhibit there called “Shaping our Heritage: Celebrating Traditional Arts Apprenticeships in New Hampshire.”
The first thing you notice when you walk into the State Library’s map room is the natural light. It pours in from the white laminate skylights of the arched coffered ceiling. Every item on display, lining the perimeter walls and the center installations, is accompanied by photographs of the artists always in pairs.
Next week on the Exchange, we bring you some of our very favorite past programs. We’ll begin with a new definition of poverty, and why it’s creating some political waves. Then we look at the controversial but growing practice of fracking as a source for natural gas. We talk to Harvard Professor, Lawrence Lessig who asks why 'fundamentally good people, with good intentions, allowed our democracy to be co-opted by outside interests?" Later, Dartmouth doctor Ira Byock talks about end-of-life care, and his book “the best care possible”. And we end the week with an environmental author…on h
Threats to forest health from three exotic insect pests including Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, Asian Longhorn Beetle and Emerald Ash Borer loom large over the vast forests of NH. The veritable insect rogues gallery is at our doorstep after killing trees in nearby states.
Gov. John Lynch has made no secret of his opposition to medical marijuana in the state. He says Senate Bill 409 poses health dangers to patients, lacks oversight and could lead to more pot in the hands of minors.
In January, a listener clued us into the fabulous arts blog, Gwarlingo . We invited its curator, Michelle Aldredge, to join us on the show and quickly figured out why Gwarlingo is such a delightful, beautifully-executed site. Back then it was Michelle’s side venture – since then, Michelle has quit her job and taken Gwarlingo full-time, so she’s back to tell us how it’s going.
Roger King is the author of four novels, and has worked extensively on development projects in Africa and Asia. He’s suffered from chronic fatigue since 1991 and joins us to talk about his new autobiographical novel Love and Fatigue in America.