Billions of dollars are spent each year to prevent death. We invest in research and treatment of disease; in improving safety; and in educating people to live healthier, longer lives. Yet with all of technological and scientific capability, what do we know of what happens after death? John Martin Fischer is professor of philosophy at University of California at Riverside. He was awarded a 5 million dollar grant to study the afterlife. He’s launched “The Immortality Project." The money will go towards sponsoring conferences and scientific, philosophical, and theological research that advances understanding of immortality and belief in immortality.
New Hampshire Economist and Chancellor of the Community College System Ross Gitell is looking at the major demographic and economic differences between the rural and more urban parts of our state - a divide he says is growing. We’re talking about that, and his ideas on closing the gap.
Tuesday night state officials heard from New Hampshire residents concerned about how the state approves power plants and other transmission lines. The group was weighing in on a variety of proposed changes to the SEC – a quasi-judicial, 15-member body that decides whether energy projects should be built.
New Hampshire’s judicial system is going digital with a new system called eCourt. The system is launching pilot programs in parts of New Hampshire in 2014 - but don’t expect a big rollout like what the White House did for HealthCare.gov.
The Granite State Coalition Against Expanded Gambling and Casino Free NH will be led by Concord businessman Steve Duprey, former Chairman of the State Republican Party, and Harold Janeway, former Democratic State Senator from Webster.
Duprey and Janeway were both active in the effort to kill the casino legislation backed by Governor Maggie Hassan earlier this year. Janeway says their groups' new lobbying effort will focus on the N.H. House, which has never backed a casino bill. He added that there is no time to waste.
A developer based in Lewiston, Maine has plans to build a major new development that includes a Whole Foods in downtown Portsmouth.
Harborcorp LLC is planning the development with a community meeting space, an event center, 14 residential condos, and a small hotel in Portsmouth’s North End. That’s in addition to a Whole Foods store, and a 650 car parking garage. The project’s spokesman, Paul Young says he thinks the Whole Foods and parking facility will win public support.
NHPR and The Music Hall present Writers on a New England Stage with Patricia Cornwell. Her best-selling Kay Scarpetta crime fiction series introduced millions of readers to forensic pathology – and inspired popular TV shows from CSI to Dexter. After her 21st Scarpetta novel, Patricia Cornwell reflects on the process of turning grisly real-world crimes into absorbing fiction.
President Bill Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement in December 1993, eliminating all tariffs and trade restrictions among the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The treaty, though, has always been controversial in all three nations. Two decades later, we examine its impacts, and which predictions about it have come true.