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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue February 21, 2012

America, Beyond Our Means

We talk to the author of a new book who says that Americans spend too much, save too little and borrow excessively and that we might look to countries in Europe and East Asia, where governments encourage thrift and saving rates are much higher.  We’ll examine the financial habits of people on three continents over two centuries and what we might learn from it. 

Guests

  • Sheldon Garon - Professor of History at Princeton University and author of “Beyond Our Means: Why America Spends While the World Saves”
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The Exchange
10:00 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Author Colin Woodard and his new book "American Nations" (REBROADCAST)

According to our guest today, Colin Woodard, America's political divisions aren't between red states and blue states, right and left, Republicans and Democrats but between 11 distinct North American cultural regions.  They are regions the he names "Yankeedom", "Greater Appalachia", "The Deep South" and "The Far West" and they have been created by centuries of Americans who settled there, each with their own unique cultures, religions, political traditions and ethnographic characteristics.  Woodard suggests that only by truly understanding these regions can we begin to see beyond these deep 

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North Country
3:28 pm
Sat February 18, 2012

Fatal Snow Machine Crash In North Country

Jason Montambeault's snow machine and body were found Saturday about 9 a.m.
New Hampshire Fish and Game

A snow-machine crash has claimed the life of a Sunapee man. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

 

A 36-year-old Sunapee man died Saturday morning in a snow machine crash near Stewartstown.

Fish and Game said the victim was Jason Montambeault who had been riding about 1:30 in the morning with two friends near Piper Hill.

The friends last saw him crossing a field near his camp.

When he didn’t arrive a few hours later they thought he had gone to visit friends.

But shortly after dawn they were worried and a search began.

Word of Mouth
1:00 am
Sat February 18, 2012

Word of Mouth 02.18.2012

(Photo by chrisinplymouth via Flickr Creative Commons)

 

Parts 1 and 2:

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NH News
6:32 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

State Broadens Case against LGC

DAN GORENSTEIN: State regulators charge the Local Government Center for failing to return tens of millions of dollars in surplus to New Hampshire cities and towns.

That charge is part of a new and expanded set of allegations against LGC.

Last summer, state regulators charged LGC with violating multiple state laws, and argued the group owes municipalities upwards of $100 million dollars.

Part of the argument has consistently been that LGC – which provides insurance to cities and towns – has held too much surplus in its bank accounts.

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Politics
4:46 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

NH Delegation Votes For Payroll Tax Extension

In a rare bipartisan vote every member of the New Hampshire Congressional delegation voted to extend a payroll tax holiday for millions of average workers.

The payroll bill wasn’t released publicly until last night and many members studied it until late in the evening. 

The bill puts around one thousand dollars into the pockets of average workers.

Many Republicans didn’t like that the tax cut wasn’t paid for and comes from money that’s intended for the Social Security Trust Fund.

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NH News
3:18 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Home Made Foods Bill Stirs Cheese Makers

 

 The New Hampshire House of Representatives has passed a bill that would make it easier for the smallest farmers to break even. If it becomes law it would allow residents to sell some home-made baked-goods, preserves, and cheese at home or at farmers’ markets.  

When the homemade foods bill came out of a House committee, it had unanimous support.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri February 17, 2012

An Amendment on Education Funding

In his state-of-the-state speech, Governor Lynch made it clear that he’d like to see a change to the Constitution,  setting out how New Hampshire pays for public schools. Similar efforts have failed before, sometimes over the meaning of a single word or phrase.   We’ll look at this latest attempt, the arguments around it, and whether this year is the year an amendment is approved. 

Guests

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Arts and Culture
5:12 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Slam Free or Die

photo: Brady Carlson, NHPR

Slam poetry is all about finding a voice – combining the written word with a spoken performance to create new forms.

A group of New Hampshire slam poets have found a voice and a home in Manchester.

NHPR’s Brady Carlson talked with some of the members of Slam Free or Die.

Slam poets say they typically get just three minutes to perform – so they have to make the words count.

(Sam clip)

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NH News
5:00 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

O'Brien Pushing Back On Contraception Mandates

The New Hampshire House will likely vote next week to ask the federal government to rescind a rule forcing insurers to provide contraceptives to employees of religious organizations. House Speaker William O'Brien says he'll also work to undo a similar state law. 

O’Brien told the house state and federal relations committee it's unconstitutional for governments, federal or state, to tell insurers to offer contraception to workers at religious organizations.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:50 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Daughter...Yeah, There's an App for That

With developers pumping out an estimated 2,000 applications daily for use on smart-phones and tablets, reviewers and web-critics are keeping busy sorting out what’s worth downloading, and what’s worth squat. 

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:31 am
Thu February 16, 2012

The Post-Modern Mall

Photo by pix.plz via Flickr Creative Commons

When you’ve got a few extra bucks burning a hole in that wallet, what better place to spend it than your local mall? These cavernous halls of commerce give us The Gaps, J-Crews, and Sunglass Huts we love so dearly. Ahhh, can you smell the Cinnabon?

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Is “Right to Work" Right for New Hampshire?

The state legislature is once again looking at whether the Granite State should join twenty-three others in adopting so-called “right to work legislation” which governs unionization.   But this effort narrowly failed last  year, and this year, opposition remains strong.  We’ll talk with two national experts about  the economics and politics of “right to work”.   

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NH News
8:49 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Lawmakers Seek Final Say on Collective Bargaining Deals

The New Hampshire House has passed a bill giving lawmakers final say on collective bargaining agreements with the State. The legislation is just the latest effort by Republicans in Concord to rein in the costs of public employee contracts.

"This gives the legislature the ability to look at an entire contract and say whether it is fair, and whether we should fund it," says Republican Neil Kurk of Weare.

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NH News
6:27 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Bragdon, O'Brien Differ On Tax and Spending Caps

 

Top house and senate republicans are at odds over constitutional amendments designed to keep government small. 

The state senate's proposed constitutional change would require a 60 percent vote by lawmakers to increase state spending beyond the rate of inflation. As passed by the house, the proposal would have required that same super-majority to borrow money or raise taxes.

According to Senate President Peter Bragdon the senate version amounts to common sense -- low taxes, he says, result from low spending.

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