Amanda Loder

Weekend Host/Business Reporter

Amanda Loder reports on business and the economy in NHPR's newsroom, and hosts Weekend Edition. Amanda  joined New Hampshire Public Radio following four years of reporting and hosting at Spokane Public Radio in Washington State. At Spokane Public Radio, she was recognized with regional Edward R. Murrow and SPJ awards for her feature and series reporting. During four years at SPR, she worked her way up from general assignment reporter to featurist, and was ultimately tapped to host All Things Considered. Amanda, a native Iowan, received her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Religious Studies from Lawrence University, and a Master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University.

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NH News
1:56 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

BIA Releases Strategic Economic Plan For N.H.

  The Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire has released its first economic plan for the state

The plan includes more than 100 policy recommendations covering nine areas believed to be essential to the state’s economy.  The recommendations include some classic BIA issues, like streamlining access to the Research and Development tax credit and increasing STEM education.  But there’s also a recommendation to emphasize arts, culture and history in schools. 

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NH News
7:00 am
Mon November 18, 2013

With A Little Help, N.H. Hopes Unemployed Can Create Their Own Jobs

Holly Morin wants to call her pet store The Fuzzy Dog in honor of her Keeshond Anika.
Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

  After citing the latest unemployment statistics, many media reports add a note about the number not including “discouraged workers.”  Those are people who gave up after months of unemployment.  But there is another, much smaller group of people who have decided to make their own jobs, by starting a business.

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NH News
3:10 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

A Lackluster Forecast For N.H.'s Economic Recovery

Although New Hampshire's economy is recovering, the outlook for the next several years is lackluster.   That’s according to a new economic forecast released Wednesday by the New England Economic Partnership.   

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NH News
7:00 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Granite State Communities Observe Veterans Day

Credit Brandi Korte / Flickr Creative Commons

On this Veterans Day, communities across New Hampshire are holding ceremonies, banquets, and parades honoring those who have served in the military.   

Many events will start at or around 11:00 this morning, in honor of the holiday’s roots.  Originally, Veterans Day was called “Armistice Day,” honoring the end of World War I on November 11th at 11:00, in 1918. 

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NH News
12:12 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

Sen. Shaheen, Rep. Kuster To Speak At Veterans Day Ceremony

Two members of the state's congressional delegation have announced their plans for Veteran's Day. Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Representative Ann McLane Kuster will deliver remarks at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetary in Boscawen at 11:00 a.m.   They will join a number of state officials and members of the National Guard, New Hampshire Disabled Veterans, and other groups at the observance ceremony.  

NH News
7:00 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Sen. Ayotte Calls For "Time Out" On Obamacare

As the Obama Administration scrambles to fix the healthcare.gov website, New Hampshire Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte is weighing in on the issue.  

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NH News
7:00 am
Sun November 3, 2013

Dean of UNH-Manchester Resigns

Ali Rafieymehr
Credit University of Massachusetts - Lowell

The dean of UNH-Manchester has resigned just 15 months into his appointment

Provost Lisa MacFarlane announced Dean Ali Rafieymehr’s departure in an email to faculty and staff late Friday afternoon.  She noted the resignation was effective that day.  Spokesperson Erika Mantz said she couldn’t comment on personnel matters.  Like MacFarlane’s email, she highlighted his work in so-called “STEM” fields.

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Arts & Culture
7:00 am
Sun November 3, 2013

Jackson Historical Society Celebrates The Quirky Landscapes Of Frank Shapleigh

Old Kitchen in Bartlett, NH 1886
Frank Shapleigh Jackson Historical Society

While the White Mountains have always been associated with outdoorsy activities, for much of the 19th century, they played a particularly important role in the arts.  The new country was looking for an artistic identity that was distinctly "American," and the untamed wilderness of northern New Hampshire inspired scores of painters.

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NH News
7:00 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Sen. Shaheen Leads Push To Extend Insurance Enrollment Deadline

New Hampshire Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen is asking the Obama Administration to extend the deadline for enrollment in the new Obamacare health exchanges.  This move follows the rocky rollout of the insurance registration website.  

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Arts & Culture
7:00 am
Sun October 27, 2013

The Challenges And Rewards Of Saving N.H.'s Old Grange Halls

Meriden Grange in Plainfield is one of two such halls highlighted on this year's "Seven to Save" list.
N.H. Preservation Alliance

When you hear the phrase "historic preservation," images of Victorian mansions, federalist homes, and gothic revival churches might come to mind.  And those styles are all important parts of the state's architectural landscape.  But in rural areas, a smaller, simpler type of building is just as important to preservation advocates: grange halls.  

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Foodstuffs
7:00 am
Sat October 26, 2013

How To Turn Your Jack-O-Lantern Into Tasty Pumpkin Goodness

Credit Jason Dean / Flickr Creative Commons

With pumpkin season in full swing, many Granite Staters are enjoying baked goods, snacks, and beverages flavored with this signature fall fruit.  And then, of course, there's the annual rite of pumpkin carving. Weekend Edition host Amanda Loder talked with The Heart of New England e-magazine's Marcia Passos Duffy about how to wring pumpkin flavor out of post-Halloween jack-o-lantern remains.

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NH News
7:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

DHHS Offers Free Lead Testing Today

The state’s Department of Health and Human Services is kicking off a series of events this week targeted at preventing childhood lead poisoning.  

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Arts & Culture
8:30 am
Sun October 20, 2013

Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh: Currier Museum Explains Impressionism In Three Paintings

"Route aux confins de Paris" (1887)
Vincent van Gogh Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, N.H.
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NH News
7:00 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Senator Ayotte Sounds Off on Budget, Debt Ceiling Crisis

New Hampshire Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte expressed frustration with the budget stalemate and debt ceiling crisis on “Face The Nation” Sunday morning.  Host Bob Schieffer began by asking her where she thinks negotiations are since House Republicans' failed bid to defund Obamacare.

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NH News
7:00 am
Sun October 13, 2013

Hollis Town Hall Unsuspecting Home For Huge Beehive

Credit Justus Thane / Flickr Creative Commons

Contractors renovating the old Hollis Town Hall met with a surprise recently—a huge beehive inside one of the walls.  Board of Selectmen Vice Chair Mark Le Doux says the bees were long gone.  But they got a pretty clear tip-off before they even saw the hive.

“We were told that there is honey that’s seeping out of the wall.  And rather incredulously, we went up and took a look, and sure enough, there were pools of honey on the floor up against the wall,” Le Doux says.

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