New England News
2:39 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

In Massachusetts, Casino Law Survival Means Cash For Municipalities

A rendering of the planned MGM resort and casino complex in Springfield, Mass.
Credit Via MGM's project website

Gambling money will begin flowing into local government coffers in earnest now that the state's casino law survived an Election Day repeal effort.

In the coming weeks, MGM says it will make more than $1 million in community payments to Springfield, where it is building an $800 million resort. The company will also pay over $1.5 million to eight surrounding municipalities by Dec. 6.

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Word of Mouth
1:05 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

The Star Wars Devotion Is Strong With This One

Bob as Darth Vader at home plate.
Courtesy of Bob Gouveia

When we spoke with Chris Taylor about his new book, How Star Wars Conquered The Universe, the discussion focused on the role fandom has played and continues to play in shaping the Star Wars franchise. Immediately following the first film's release, Star Wars super fans were born:

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Word of Mouth
1:05 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

10.20.14: The Star Wars Universe & What Your Browser History Says About You

Credit Tom Simpson via flickr Creative Commons

The first Star Wars film may have been released 37 years ago, but its hold on the popular imagination remains as strong as Darth Vader’s death-grip. On today’s show, a look at the role fandom has played in the success of the Star Wars franchise.

Plus, from data collection to the latest internet tracking technology, online advertisers go to great lengths to find out who we are and what we like. We’ll enter the world of intelligent marketing to find out just how much, or little, they really know about us.

Listen to the full show and click Read more for individual segments.

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NH News
11:45 am
Tue November 18, 2014

N.H. Unemployment Falls To 4.2%, Lowest Rate In Six Years

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The state’s unemployment rate ticked down to 4.2 percent last month, the lowest it’s been in six years.

Data released today by the state’s employment security office shows the October rate was a slight improvement from September rate, when unemployment was at 4.3 percent.

By comparison, last October’s unemployment rate was 5.2 percent.

Data shows roughly 2,000 more Granite Staters were employed last month compared to September, while the number of unemployed residents decreased by 1,300.

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Newscast
10:47 am
Tue November 18, 2014

FairPoint, Striking Workers Return To Negotiating Table

FairPoint Communications and representatives of more than 1,700 striking workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are going back to the negotiating table.

A federal mediator asked the telecommunications company and two unions to meet Tuesday in Boston to see if they can find any common ground that could end a strike by more than 1,700 workers.

It's the first meeting since FairPoint declared an impasse in late August.

Workers have now been on strike for a month.

The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Introducing: NPR CEO Jarl Mohn

Allegra Boverman NHPR

Mohn took the reins just a few months ago, after several years of leadership changes at the public radio network.  We’ll find out what his goals are for NPR in this era of information abundance and new challenges for traditional media.

GUESTS:

  • Jarl Mohn  - president and CEO of National Public Radio since July, 2014. Previously, he was a radio disc jockey, a media executive, and board member of Southern California Public Radio.
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NH News
4:30 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Fitch Lowers Manchester's Bond Credit Rating

City Hall in Manchester
Credit Bryan Marble via Flickr CC

One of the big three credit rating agencies has downgraded Manchester’s overall bond rating.

Fitch Ratings has lowered Manchester’s rating from AA+ to AA. The agency cites the city’s tax cap, rising pension costs and its deficit that caused the city to raise taxes beyond its cap.

Manchester owes $122 million in general bonds and about $59 million in school facilities revenue bonds. The school bond rating also dipped from AA to AA-. But Fitch kept its rating outlook at ‘stable.’

Last year, ratings agency Moody’s similarly downgraded Manchester’s credit rating.

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Word of Mouth
2:09 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Aasif Mandvi: No Land's Man

Aasif Mandvi talked to Virginia about his new collection of essays, No Land’s Man and about the time he got a call from The Daily Show to come in for an audition.

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Word of Mouth
2:09 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

11.17.14: Aasif Mandvi & No Plot? No Problem! Writing A Book In 30 Days

Aasif Mandvi at RISK! December 9th, 2010
Credit 92Y Tribeca via flickr Creative Commons

Since his debut on The Daily Show, Aasif Mandvi has held such titles as “Senior Muslim Correspondent”, “Senior Middle East Correspondent” and “Senior Foreign Looking correspondent”. On today’s show, Aasif Mandvi tells us why he almost didn't take the job.

Plus, between Thanksgiving, holiday preparation, and dealing with a general lack of sunlight, the month of November can be overwhelming, but one writer is making the case that it’s a great month to finally write that novel you’ve been talking about.

Listen to the full show and click Read more for individual segments.

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NHPR Events
11:39 am
Mon November 17, 2014

State Of The Newsroom 2014

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

Join us for our 5th annual State of the Newsroom. President & CEO, Betsy Gardella, will give an update on the state of NHPR. This is our opportunity for us to thank you, our most loyal donors, and for you to hear more about the station you depend on.

Special Keynote address and discussion with NPR President & CEO Jarl Mohn.

November 17, 2014
5:30 Reception
6:30 Program

Capitol Center for the Arts
44 S. Main Street
Concord, NH

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