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Word of Mouth - Segment
2:04 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Too Bad to be True

Anyone who’s ever said reality is stranger than fiction… hasn’t seen too many movies about football. In football movies, losing your star quarterback doesn’t ruin your team’s season, it just means the backup guy pulls off last-second trick plays… and in the movies, your team’s chances of victory are less tied to players or strategy than to the coach’s inspiring locker room speech. Take Al Pacino’s half time talk, in the movie Any Given Sunday:

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Word of Mouth - Segment
1:37 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

50 Yard Line Seats, for the Homeless?

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If you don’t like the thought of taxpayer money financing sports stadiums, you’ll like this story out of Florida. An obscure law passed 23-years ago says that professional sports facilities built with the help of government funds must serve as homeless shelters on the nights when no events are taking place. Florida lawmakers are now attempting to use this statute to recoup huge sums of money. Is this a Hail Mary?  

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:34 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

NFL Trends, Tweets, and Tributes

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Football fans, say it along with me: “This telecast is copyrighted by the NFL for the private use of our audience. Any other use of this telecast or of any pictures, descriptions of the game without the NFL’s consent is prohibited.”

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:16 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

#Superbowl ads for those other screens

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Here’s something else you’re bound to hear somebody say before kickoff on Sunday,“I don’t really watch football, but I like the ads and maybe the halftime show.” With bazillions of viewers watching "sans Tevo,” advertisers pull out all the stops for the big game, rolling out their most creative, edgy, and, hopefully, memorable campaigns.  This year though, Superbowl advertisers are adding a new offensive move to their playbooks – digital integration.  Here to tell us more is Sean Owen, CEO of the marketing and ad agency Wedu.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu February 2, 2012

The Super Influence of Super-PACs

The Republican presidential campaign has provided the first test of the Supreme Court’s “Citizens’ United” decision which allowed outside groups to spend millions on campaigns. While some decry their power, others say they represent free-and-democratic speech.  We’ll look at this issue and new information on who’s providing Super-Pac dollars.  

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Morning Edition
6:00 am
Thu February 2, 2012

New Planting Map Reflects Warmer Winters

NH Plant Hardiness Map
USDA

The USDA recently released a new growing zone map for the entire country. The Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the guide gardeners use to determine what plants and flowers will most likely thrive in their location. This is the first significant update in more than 20 years. The new online interactive map takes advantage of much more detailed data analysis, and it’s making news because it shows that warmer winters are sustaining plants that previously would have died off in colder climates.

NH News
8:04 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Court Shoots Down Key Pension Provision

Public employees say they were awarded a significant victory yesterday in Superior Court.

A judge has ruled that it’s unconstitutional to ask certain workers to pay more for their retirement.

Last year, lawmakers overhauled the state’s public pension system for firefighters, police, teachers and others.

One key provision called for all workers to kick in more money towards their retirement.

But yesterday in Superior Court, a judge ruled that it’s unconstitutional to raise so-called contribution rates on anyone who has more than 10 years on the job.

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Politics
5:45 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

New Ed Funding Amendment Caps Full Day For Lawmakers

A busy day at the statehouse today - House lawmakers voted to send money to the  "rainy day fund," and on a raft of other bills. The State Senate, meanwhile, passed a redistricting map and unveiled what Senate President Peter Bragdon called a bipartisan education funding constitutional amendment.

NHPR's Josh Rogers joins All Things Considered host Brady Carlson to discuss the day's action.

NH News
4:35 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

State Senate Adopts Redistricting Plan

 

The State Senate has passed a new redistricting plan on a partisan vote.

The new map is expected to give Republicans an advantage over the next decade.

New Districts  |  Old Districts

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All Things Considered
4:00 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Prescription Drug Abuse Plan Calls for Monitoring, Awareness - and Funding

State officials are announcing their strategy to address the growing problem of prescription drug abuse. That strategy calls for increased public awareness, more funding for treatment programs, and, again, a statewide prescription monitoring system.

That piece has been blocked by lawmakers several times. State Senators will take it up again at a hearing tomorrow.

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All Things Considered
4:00 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Prescription Drug Abuse Plan Calls for Monitoring, Awareness - and Funding

State officials are announcing their strategy to address the growing problem of prescription drug abuse. That strategy calls for increased public awareness, more funding for treatment programs, and, again, a statewide prescription monitoring system.

That piece has been blocked by lawmakers several times. State Senators will take it up again at a hearing tomorrow.

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NH News
3:01 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

House Votes to Take Away Emergency Powers

American Red Cross

 

The New Hampshire house voted today to repeal the Emergency Powers Act, which allows the government to take private property during a declared state of emergency.

The bill’s supporters call the Emergency Powers Act a government overreach.

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NH News
1:57 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

House Bill Would Outlaw GPS Tracking

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The state House of Representatives has passed a bill that would ban the use of GPS devices to secretly track people. The bill would make such tracking illegal someone without a court order.

This was a bill that seemed destined to disappear: in committee it was voted 14 – 0 to refer it for more study. With an election coming up, that would almost certainly mean that the bill would never be seen again.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:11 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Open Secret: a Search for Identity

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Every family has its secrets. Few compare to the Lickteigs. Steve Lickteig was adopted by a devout, Roman Catholic family. Growing up in a small house on a Kansas farm, Steve was adored by his eight older siblings, but sheltered from a painful secret about his identity. And everyone in their small town knew the truth before he did. Steve is a producer for NPR and now filmmaker.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
10:40 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Power to the People

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In the President’s 2010 State of the Union speech, Obama touched on a Supreme Court decision that has come to define the heated debate surrounding the financing of campaign 2012.  The GOP defends Citizens United on the basis of free speech – while democrats decry the vast sums of anonymous cash as allowing unlimited corporate influence in elections. Notably, however, neither party is arguing against the power of money in politics, with major candidates reaping the benefits of the ads well-funded super PACs can afford to buy.

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