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Word of Mouth
2:34 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Word Of Mouth's Official Condiment Questionnaire

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UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who submitted answers to our questionnaire. We'll leave it up in case some of you haven't had a chance to submit. Here's a link to the answers we've received so far: Questionnaire Results.

Overview of Results: These don't include the results of our panel.

Ketchup: Heinz or Hunts?

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Business and Economy
12:19 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Unemployment Tax Rate Cut By 1 Percent

New Hampshire’s unemployment tax rate will go down by 1 percent in the first quarter of this year, state officials said Tuesday.

The new rate of 3.4 percent is expected to save employers more than $37 million over the next three months.

The lower rate is triggered when the state’s unemployment compensation trust fund maintains a balance of $275 million or more during the previous quarter.

This comes after the rate was lowered in the final quarter of 2014 by point-five percent.

Morning Edition
7:55 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Portsmouth Filmmaker's Documentary To Chronicle Market Basket Saga

A screenshot from "Food Fight - Inside the Battle for Market Basket."
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A documentary is in the works that chronicles the Market Basket saga that unfolded last summer.

“Food Fight – Inside the Battle for Market Basket” is a project directed by Portsmouth filmmaker Jay Childs.

You can learn more about the film on the project's Kickstarter page.

He was there with his camera to capture the story as workers protested and customers boycotted the firing of CEO Arthur T. Demoulas.

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North Country
6:49 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Berlin OKs Police Department's Application For $275K BearCat

Officials in Berlin voted Monday night to approve the police department’s application to purchase a $275,000 BearCat armored vehicle.

The vote by the city council came with some provisions, such as ensuring the vehicle won’t have gun ports or the ability to shoot tear gas.

City officials also created a five-person advisory council to establish regulations on how the vehicle should be used and reporting requirements on when it’s used in the field.

The purchase of such armored vehicles has been a controversial issue in several New Hampshire communities.

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NH News
4:25 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

2014 Manchester Drug Arrests Up 85 Percent

Manchester police made more drug arrests in 2014 than in the previous year.

Manchester police recorded 155 drug-related arrests for the year. That’s up from 83 the previous year, an increase of about 85%. Major dragnets like those in March and November netted close to 60 alleged low level dealers.

Brian Leveille, the head of Manchester’s Special Investigations Unit, says the amount of heroin and oxycodone seized more than doubled from 2013.

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NH News
3:53 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Kibby Waives Arraignments, Pleads Not Guilty

Nathaniel Kibby after his arrest
Credit NH Attorney General

The man accused of kidnapping, imprisoning and raping a northern New Hampshire girl over nine months has waived two preliminary hearings.

Nathaniel Kibby, a 34-year-old from Gorham, was charged in December with more than 200 counts and was due to be arraigned Thursday in Coos County and Friday in Carroll County. His public defender, Jesse Friedman, has waived the arraignments and entered not guilty pleas on Kibby's behalf.

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NH News
3:10 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Franconia Ski Racer Killed By Avalanche In Austria

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  A member of the US Alpine Ski Team from New Hampshire has been killed in an avalanche in Austria.

Ronnie Berlack of Franconia was one of two skiers who perished in the accident. Twenty-year-old Berlack was one of seven skiers named to the US ski team’s development squad last spring. He had finished in the top twenty in two events in last year’s US championships in Squaw Valley.

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Health
2:57 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

N.H. Health Officials Launch Drug Addiction Resources Web Site

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As the number of heroin-related deaths and hospital visits rise in New Hampshire, health officials have started a website directory for locating drug treatment services in the state.

The site, www.nhtreatment.org, was developed to help people in need of alcohol and drug abuse treatment find available service providers.

Joe Harding, director of the Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services, said the site also will enable providers who provide treatment to easily register to list their services.

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Word of Mouth
1:29 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

1.5.15: The Internet's Last Refuge, The Brain As Fountain Of Youth, & Secret Sidekicks

Chat: Then and Now
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In the early days of the internet, millions flocked to chat rooms to connect with like minds – and bodies -- the world over. But the group chat was soon replaced by Facebook and Twitter…or was it? On today’s show, the group chat makes a comeback.

Then, western history is dominated by stories of great men and women, but we rarely hear about those who helped them along the way. We’ll unearth history’s secret sidekicks: from the man who encouraged Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. to embrace pacifism, to Julia Warhol, who set her son Andy on a path to the art world.

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Politics
10:38 am
Mon January 5, 2015

On The Political Front: Hassan Faces New Political Landcape, N.H. House Remains Unsettled

Governor Hassan on election night, 2014. Members of the N.H. House on Organization Day, 2014.
Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Each Monday, NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers joins me on Morning Edition for On The Political Front, a conversation about the week ahead in politics.

Listen to the segment below, or scroll down to read the interview.

Governor Hassan will be inaugurated for her second term Thursday. The legislature holds its first session day Wednesday. Let’s start with the governor. She faces a different political landscape than when she first won office in 2010.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon January 5, 2015

N.H. Legislative Roundup: A Look Ahead To 2015

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We sit down with New Hampshire House and Senate leaders to talk about what might be in store this new session. 2015 is a budget year, so expect state spending and revenues to take center stage.  And beyond that, we'll talk about a few of the 800 bill requests have been filed so far, on topics ranging from voter registration to restrictions on drones. 

GUESTS:

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NH News
7:51 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Ceremony Marks Construction Start At Sarah Long Bridge

The Sarah Mildred Long Bridge
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A ceremony is scheduled to mark the start of construction at an aging bridge that connects New Hampshire and Maine.

The 70-year-old Sarah Mildred Long Bridge connects Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Kittery, Maine. It is rated structurally deficient.

On Monday at 10 a.m., dignitaries from both states are gathering at the Kittery Community Center at Frisbee Common to mark the official start of the project. Members of the public will have a chance to sign a commemorative construction trestle that will be installed on the project later in the week.

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NH News
7:48 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Lebanon Airport Receives Federal Money For Improvements

The Lebanon Municipal Airport has received $1 million in federal funding for improvements after surpassing a goal of 10,000 departing passengers for 2014.

The airline Cape Air has worked with the airport to achieve that goal.

Airport Manager Ric Dyment says Cape Air's successful White Plains to Midtown service is one example, as well as its 74 domestic nonstop connections and 42 international connections through Boston.

NH News
5:00 am
Mon January 5, 2015

Pipeline Eminent Domain At Center Of Statehouse Bill Proposals

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The power of natural gas pipeline developers to take private property using eminent domain will come under the scrutiny of state lawmakers this legislative session.

Federal law dictates that any interstate gas pipeline which has won approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee (FERC) is granted the power to take land it needs for the project, so long as it pays fair market price.

Jim Belanger, a Republican from Hollis, has sponsored two bills at the request of a constituent in his town. "They weren't my idea," he says.

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Folk Show
9:09 pm
Sun January 4, 2015

NHPR Folk Show Playlist 1.4.15

Title/ Artist/ Album/ Label

Eliza Jane/ Eliza Gilkyson/ The Nocturne Diaries/ Red House Records

New New Year Year/ Lou And Peter Berryman/ Christine Lavin Presents Just One Angel V2.0/ Yellow Tail Records

Another New Year/ Pat Humphries/ Hands/ Appleseed Records

You Can Tell The World / Peter, Paul & Mary/ Discovered: Live In Concert/ Rhino Records

The L&N Don't Stop Here Anymore/ Robin & Linda Williams With John Jennings/ Dear Jean: Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie/ Compass Records

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Folk Show
7:29 pm
Sun January 4, 2015

NHPR Folk Show Calendar 1.4.15

Friday, January 9

>>>Dana & Susan Robinson at the Tillotson Center ~ Colebrook, NH ~ 7pm ~ 603-246-8998, www.gnwca.org

Saturday, January 10

>>>Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen at the Linden Tree Coffeehouse ~ Wakefield, MA ~ 8pm ~ 781-246-2836, www.lindentreecoffeehouse.org

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Folk Show
5:52 pm
Sun January 4, 2015

NHPR Folk Show Playlist 12.28.14

Song/ Artist/ Album/ Label

Binnie Charlie/ Alan Reid and Rob van Sante/ The Rise and Fall o' Charlie/ Red Sands Music

The Fortunate Ones/ Amy Speace/ How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat /1-2-3-4-GO!

Clementine/ Pete Seeger/ American Favorite Ballads, Vol. 1/  Smithsonian/Folkways

Play Me a Song I Can Cry To/ Alice Gerrard/ Bittersweet/ Spruce and Maple Music

Evangeline/Steep Canyon Rangers/ One Dime At A Time/ Rebel Records/

Down to the River to Pray/ Alison Krauss/   O Brother, Where Art Thou/Lost Highway

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Giving Matters
1:05 pm
Sat January 3, 2015

Giving Matters: Giving Kids The Gift Of Opera

The Colonial Theatre's Opera-tunity program.

Melanie Everard, was an opera-skeptic. “I was much more than a skeptic, I disliked opera intensely.” A surprising sentiment from a music teacher, and it made her an unlikely candidate to participate in an educator’s workshop conducted by the Metropolitan Opera. 

 

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NH News
5:38 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Fairpoint, Unions Will Head Back To Negotiating Table

FairPoint Communication and unions representing more than 1,700 striking workers are headed back to the bargaining table.  

Top leaders from both negotiating teams are to gather in Washington, D.C., at the request of Allison Beck, acting director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.  The unions said the meeting is Sunday.  

The last session convened by a federal mediator in Boston on Nov. 18 ended with no progress.  

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NH News
4:55 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Fired Rockingham Whistleblower Joins Exeter Defense Firm

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  Former Rockingham County prosecutor Jerome Blanchard begins work Monday as a criminal defense attorney with Russman Law in Exeter.

Blanchard was a primary whistleblower in the state’s investigation into former Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams. Blanchard was later fired by Patricia Conway, a longtime prosecutor in Reams’ office who was elected County Attorney in November.

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Word of Mouth
3:00 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

1.4.15: To Friend Or Unfriend, The Excrement Experiment, & Who To Follow On Twitter

Snow guns in full force at Crotched Mountain in Bennington, NH.
Credit Logan Shannon / NHPR

The Ferguson decision, Eric Garner protests, immigration, all topics we avoid at the dinner table, but opinions run free on Facebook. On today’s show what to do when your Facebook friends make racist posts.

And, when it comes to Twitter followers, Katy Perry, Justin Beiber, and President Obama hold the top spots. We veer off social media’s beaten path to share some hidden gems in the twittersphere.

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Concord 250
12:30 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Concord Celebrates 250th Anniversary In 2015

A mosaic depicts a Concord Coach.
Credit Jack Rodolico

 In 2015, the City of Concord will honor its 250th anniversary. 

For centuries, the Merrimack River made Concord a prime location for Native Americans first, then European settlers later.

And in the 1800s, the city was famous for Concord Coaches – horse-drawn buggies that were manufactured to-order for customers around the world.

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NH News
10:53 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Weather Causes Pileup On I-93 Near Ashland

Interstate 93 has reopened following this morning's massive car pileups near Ashland.

Authorities had asked drivers to use the detour at Exit 22 northbound to avoid the area near exits 24 and 25, where state police say about 35 cars were involved in this morning’s accidents. At least one of the vehicles caught fire.  

State emergency management officials say there were no serious injuries.

North Country
6:46 am
Fri January 2, 2015

The Man Who Shut The Connecticut River Off

Murphy Dam Operator Alan Williams before the Boom Gate House on Lake Francis
Sean Hurley

There are 4,800 dams in New Hampshire but only two where a full time dam operator is required to live on site.  There's Moore Dam in Littleton and Murphy Dam in Pittsburg.  NHPR's Sean Hurley recently visited with Murphy Dam Operator Alan Williams to learn more about life on a dam. 

Near sunrise, nearly every morning, coffee in hand, Alan Williams leaves the dam house and walks up the dam road and heads out across the half mile bunker of piled earth that is the Murphy Dam.  

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NH News
6:00 am
Fri January 2, 2015

N.H. Preps For Hand-Held Cell Phone Ban Public Awareness Campaign

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A campaign is set to launch soon aimed at raising awareness of a new law taking effect later this year banning the use of hand-held cell phones while driving.

Come July, drivers in the Granite State will have to use a hands-free device if they want to talk on their cell phones.

Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Boynton says a group has been working on ways to make sure drivers aren’t caught off guard by the change.

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Something Wild
12:43 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Something Wild: Stonewalls As Landscape

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The ubiquitous stone walls of New Hampshire often seem to melt into the landscape, becoming transparent as we drive/bike/run/hike/ski through the terrain they once sought to divide.

Some estimates suggest that by 1871 there were more 250,000 miles of stonewalls throughout in New England and New York—enough to circle the earth ten times. Most of which were built between 1810 and 1840.

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NH News
1:27 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Record Year For Red-Bellied Woodpeckers During Christmas Bird Count

Counts of red-bellied Woodpeckers were unusually high this year.
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It was a record year for red-bellied woodpeckers in New Hampshire. That's the word from New Hampshire's birders as the international Christmas Bird Count tradition comes to a close.

Overall, bird enthusiasts from 21 regions across the state are reporting both high individual bird counts, and high species counts.  

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Election 2016
12:37 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

Lawsuit Alleging Law Shuts Out Third Party Candidates Passes Crucial Hurdle

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A lawsuit pitting the Libertarian Party against the State of New Hampshire passed a crucial test this week. 

The lawsuit seeks to overturn a law passed in 2014 that gives third party candidates less time to collect the necessary signatures to run for Senate or Governor. 

That time limit makes it nearly impossible for third party candidates to run for those offices, alleges the Libertarian Party, which is being represented in this case by the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union.

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Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

1.1.15: Happy New Year!

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It’s official: 2015 is here. And with the New Year comes an opportunity for a fresh start. On today’s show, we’ll start 2015 on the right foot. Philosopher and historian Roman Krzanric discovers lessons for living a richer, more satisfying modern life, by looking for examples in the past. Plus, an inside look at the 11-billion-dollar self-help industry. We’ll talk to a writer who attended workshops, conferences and visualized success – all to better understand America’s fixation with self-improvement.

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Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

A Walk Across The Country

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“Lying in bed right now, it's getting around 7, 7:15. I can tell by the sound of my voice I'm a little dazed...just hard to believe that I have 150 more nights. 150 more days of walking 20 miles or so...”

It was February 20th, 1992 and it was the first day of my walk across the country. Twenty snowy miles from Cambridge to Sudbury Massachusetts. I'd set my tent up in the woods beside Longfellow's famous Wayside Inn and sat in my sleeping bag with a handheld tape recorder and read what I'd just written in my journal.

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