Brady Carlson

Reporter and Host, Weekend Edition

Brady Carlson’s latest role at NHPR is actually two roles: reporting for NHPR’s news team, while also hosting Weekend Edition on Saturdays and Sundays.

It’s the latest stop on an NHPR career that has included a little bit of everything since he joined the station in 2005. As NHPR’s webmaster, he led NHPR.org's expansion into an Edward R. Murrow award-winning platform for online discussions and multimedia content, and he launched many of NHPR’s Facebook pages and Twitter feeds, as well as the station's Public Insight Network.

While serving as All Things Considered host for four years, he interviewed presidential hopefuls, authors, state lawmakers and other notable Granite Staters, while helping to add weekly segments such as Foodstuffs, Granite Geek and New England Snapshot. He’s guest hosted The Exchange, served as a frequent guest on Word of Mouth and helped to anchor NHPR’s election and primary night coverage.

In addition to his NHPR work, Brady is finishing up his first book, a tour of the gravesites of the U.S. presidents, which is set for publication in 2016.

Brady holds a Master’s Degree in Visual and Media Arts from Emerson College in Boston and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Science from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. He and his wife, Sonya, live in Concord with their sons Owen and Wyatt.

Contact

Ways To Connect

Flickr/Diana Parkhouse

  New data shows New Hampshire’s housing market picked up momentum in May.

The latest RE/MAX INTEGRA New England Housing Report shows the number of units sold in May 2015 was up 8.3 percent compared to the same period a year ago. Median home prices are up 4.5 percent, and overall housing inventory is up as well.

New Hampshire’s year-to-year sales growth in May was the strongest of any New England state. 

Brady Carlson / NHPR

  When organizers planned Portsmouth’s first Pride festival, they expected a few hundred participants. In the wake of the Supreme Court's decision on marriage, they got thousands. At times those on hand in Market Square seemed to surprise themselves with their numbers and their enthusiasm. Some of the speakers, like Jake Sandlin and Nicki Sinclair, could hardly find the words to describe the moment: 

NHPR / Brady Carlson

Small Plates is a roundup of New Hampshire food news.

Nicole Tung/freejamesfoley.org via AP

The parents of slain journalist James Foley say they’re grateful for a recent White House review of U.S. hostage policies.

In a statement last week, John and Diane Foley of Rochester said the review helped to shine “a spotlight on the silent crisis of American citizens kidnapped abroad.”

New Hampshire gas prices appear to be stabilizing after climbing in recent weeks. 

  Dan Goodman of Triple A Northern New England says the onset of summer often leads to a rise in gas prices. This month U.S. consumers saw the highest gas prices of the year, reaching an average of $2.80 per gallon.

But he says U.S. production has increased, as has production overseas.

“The world leaders in crude exports – Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations – are increasing oil production to record levels,” he says.

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

The Fourth of July holiday often brings presidential candidates to New Hampshire. This year, the state will see 2016 hopefuls throughout the week leading up to Independence Day. 

Courtesy Laconia Police Department

Update 9:29 am:  Unitil now says fewer than of its 200 customers are without power. 

New Hampshire power companies say they’re working to restore electricity during Sunday's heavy rain.

Eversource Energy, the state’s largest utility, reported more than 3,000 homes and businesses lost power during the morning, and that crews had begun working to restore electricity.

Shane Adams via Flickr/CC - http://ow.ly/OJ5Pe

The median cost to rent a two bedroom apartment, plus utilities, in New Hampshire these days? $1,157 a month, according to this year’s Residential Rental Cost Survey from the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority.

Small Plates is a roundup of New Hampshire food news.

Here is the most dramatic, exciting news I could find about Market Basket in June 2015: the grocery chain is going to open a new store in Rochester next spring.

NHPR Staff

House and Senate leaders say they’re crafting a bill that would fund state government beyond July 1, when the current budget expires.

Michael Brindley/NHPR

The annual event known as "PorcFest" is getting underway in northern New Hampshire.

The week-long Porcupine Freedom Festival aims to bring together supporters of the Free State Project, which aims to convince 20,000 people to move New Hampshire to push for smaller government and more libertarian policies.

Lead producer Kristin Weitzel says this year’s gathering will include discussions of government surveillance programs and medical marijuana, among many other topics.

New Hampshire maple syrup producers saw higher yields last winter compared to the previous year.

Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture found New Hampshire produced 154,000 gallons of syrup this year, compared to 112,000 in 2014.

Cold weather shortened the maple syrup season by several days in 2015, but yield per tap rose in New Hampshire over the winter.

Syrup production in the northeast totaled 2.96 million gallons, up 7 percent from 2014.

  When he was young, George H.W. Bush, got some advice from his mother, first about life, and then about tennis: Don’t brag and bend your knees when you volley.

Bush’s White House Chief of Staff, former New Hampshire Governor John H. Sununu, says Bush’s reluctance to talk about himself has meant his presidency has been overlooked. Sununu’s new book is an effort to change that – it’s called The Quiet Man, and he joined Weekend Edition to talk about it. 

Brady Carlson / NHPR

If a bakery does its work right, there will be something for every customer. Katie Johnson, the owner of From Scratch Baking Company in Wolfeboro, shows off her offerings: cases of peanut butter brownies, red velvet cupcakes, and salted chocolate cookies. 

Scott Coultas via Flickr CC

The New Hampshire ski industry says the 2014-2015 season was the fourth best on record.

Ski New Hampshire says its member resorts saw more than 2.5 million visits over the winter.

New Hampshire Employment Security

  New Hampshire’s unemployment rate remained at 3.8 percent in May, according to the latest monthly report from New Hampshire Employment Security. 

The state has seen solid job growth for most of this year, and May was no exception. But that doesn't necessarily show up in the latest overall jobs number, and economist Annette Nielsen of New Hampshire Employment Security says there’s a reason why. “It’s reflecting that more people were employed in May from April, about 1400 or 1500, but also approximately the same amount have joined the labor force," Nielsen says. 

 The state will release its latest monthly employment figures Tuesday, and New Hampshire economists are hoping for another strong report.

The trend lines for the state's labor market have largely been pointing in the right direction in 2015. The unemployment rate is down to 3.8 percent as of April, while the rate of labor participation has gone up.

Economist Dennis Delay of the New Hampshire Center For Public Policy Studies says New Hampshire is also seeing more job growth in higher-wage industries, like manufacturing, finance or health services.

  Small Plates is a roundup of New Hampshire food news.

www.seacoastsciencecenter.org

New Hampshire wildlife officials are reminding residents that picking up young creatures is both illegal and potentially harmful.

Ashley Stokes heads the Marine Mammal Rescue program for the Seacoast Science Center in Rye. She says only those with special permits can care for wildlife, because improper care can harm or kill wildlife. But some individuals who encounter young harbor seals alone on New Hampshire beaches try to help anyway.

NHPR Staff

New Hampshire House and Senate negotiators return to work this week on the next two year state budget.

The committee of five representatives and four senators are looking to bridge differences between the budgets passed by each chamber. The Senate plan spends about $150 million dollars more than the version passed by the House, and includes business tax cuts that aren’t in the House plan.

House Finance Chair Neal Kurk, a Weare Republican, says he’s concerned the Senate plan rolls $34 million dollars in expected surplus from the current budget into the next one.

Kate Harper / NHPR

Democrat Hillary Clinton has been a presidential candidate since April, but she held what was billed as a campaign kickoff rally this weekend in New York City. Now she’s holding launch parties in early voting states – she was in Iowa Sunday, and Monday she’s holding a forum on early childhood education in Rochester before rallying supporters at Carter Hill Orchard in Concord.

Brady Carlson / NHPR

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley outlined his stances on trade issues in his latest campaign trip through New Hampshire.

Courtesy Tiltfactor

  Some of the most thought-provoking research into how we think about health care is going on at Dartmouth College – and it’s coming out of a game design lab.

  Small Plates is a roundup of New Hampshire food news.

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Two Republican presidential hopefuls are headed back to New Hampshire this week. 

One of them, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, hasn’t formally announced his presidential plans. Speaking on CBS’s Face the Nation Sunday, Christie said he hoped to make up his mind in June, but said he was in no hurry. "We're still eight months away from anybody voting," Christie told host John Dickerson. "So let's everybody take a deep breath. We'll all be fine." 

Foreclosure sign
Jeff Turner via Flickr/CC 2.0 - http://ow.ly/LV7pt

New Hampshire saw the lowest single-month number of foreclosure deeds in nearly a decade last month.

The latest report from New Hampshire Housing shows 91 foreclosure deeds in the state for April 2015. The last time the number of foreclosures was under 100 was September 2006.

The number of foreclosure deeds in the first four months of 2015 is 38 percent below the number during the same period last year.

A wireless communications firm in Pembroke is one of seven companies receiving job training grants from the state.  Green Mountain Communications Incorporated has received a grant of about $15 thousand dollars to train 25 employees on project management, fiber optics, network analysis and other skills. Anheuser-Busch of Merrimack will use its roughly $12 thousand dollar grant to offer training courses to 81 employees.  And a grant of $8,400 for Dartmouth Printing of Hanover will be used to train 40 employees through courses at the New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership. Other com

Brady Carlson / NHPR

In his first visit to New Hampshire after formally launching his second presidential bid, Rick Perry described the 2016 campaign as a “show me, don't tell me” election. Speaking at a house party in Meredith, he says most of the contenders in the GOP field will agree on the issues, but not every candidate will be able to point to his or her record to underscore those positions.

 

Brady Carlson / NHPR

Rand Paul says his presidential campaign will bring new voters into the Republican Party.

The Kentucky US Senator is in the midst of a three-day campaign trip through New Hampshire. Speaking Saturday in Concord, Paul defended his attempt to block the reauthorization of the PATRIOT Act, saying he wants the government to access phone records of terrorism suspects without collecting Americans' phone data in bulk:

"All you have to do is what the Fourth Amendment demands: put a name on a warrant," Paul said at at event in Concord. "Warrants are not hard to get."

Pages