Brady Carlson

Host, All Things Considered

Along with hosting All Things Considered each afternoon, Brady co-hosts NHPR’s presence on Twitter and Facebook, and maintains NHPR’s Public Insight Network, working with residents around New Hampshire to use their knowledge and insights to inform news coverage. Brady is a frequent guest on Word of Mouth, discussing internet culture, media and technology in the regular Here's What's Awesome segment.

In addition to his radio career, Brady has been a public librarian, an overnight stock clerk, a community theater director, a custodian, a schoolteacher, a warehouse laborer, an adjunct college professor, an office receptionist and a walking billboard at a plastics industry trade show.

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.


All Things Considered Program Page


All Things Considered
5:42 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

New Hampshire Catholic Schools Look To Boost Future Enrollment

This week is Catholic Schools Week. For students in New Hampshire Catholic schools, that means some unusual classroom activities, from food drives to snowman making festivals.

For faculty, though, it’s a chance to reflect on the state of the school district – and some of the challenges it faces, from enrollment issues to school safety to teaching Catholic positions on social issues that may no longer be held by the majority of Americans.

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All Things Considered
5:31 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Franklin Pierce Belongs To The Candy Ages - As A PEZ Dispenser

Franklin Pierce, 14th president of the United States and the only president to come from New Hampshire.

We started the week with a presidential inauguration, and on All Things Considered we looked at Franklin Pierce, the only president to hail from New Hampshire and one who added some unique touches to his inaugural ceremonies.

Well, we’re ending the week with another bit of Pierce lore – the 14th president has now made candy history by earning his own PEZ dispenser.

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All Things Considered
5:25 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Keep Watching The Skies: Exeter UFO Festival Saved From Cancellation

Hundreds of people visit Exeter each year for the UFO Festival. No word on whether this fellow will be among them.
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An unusual festival in Exeter, New Hampshire has avoided cancellation with help from a seemingly unusual benefactor.

It's the Exeter UFO Festival, and to explain more we turn to Jason Claffey, editor at Exeter Patch. He's been reporting on the UFO Festival and joins All Things Considered host Brady Carlson with an update.

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All Things Considered
5:46 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Channeling Granny D: North Carolina Actress Portrays New Hampshire Activist

A hat-shaped party favor at a Granny D Remembrance Day event at the State House, March 10, 2011.
Credit Josh Rogers, NHPR

This week marks what would have been the 103rd birthday of Doris Haddock, better known by the name Granny D.

She made national headlines in the late 1990’s for walking across the country, 3200 miles, to highlight the issue of campaign finance reform, just ahead of her 90th birthday.

Doris Haddock died in 2010 at age 100, but you might be able to hear her voice at a birthday party in her honor in Keene.

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All Things Considered
2:20 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Franklin Pierce's Inaugural Day: Unique Touches And Great Challenges

Engraving of Franklin Pierce taking the oath of office in 1853.
Credit Library of Congress

Every American president has taken the same oath of office that President Barack Obama took earlier today - every president except one.

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All Things Considered
5:27 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

State, Citgo Look To Settle Over MTBE

For nearly a decade, New Hampshire has been seeking hundreds of millions of dollars from oil companies over the chemical additive MTBE, which the state says caused contamination in the state’s groundwater. The legal proceedings originally involved 26 oil companies; as trial began this week, there were just two left, ExxonMobil and Citgo, and now there may be just one.

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All Things Considered
5:57 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Using Music To Teach Reading, Math And More

A New Hampshire schoolteacher is one of four finalists for National Teacher of the Year.

Heidi Welch is director of the music department at Hillsboro-Deering High School. She is one of just four nominees in the country for that award.

She talks with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about how she teaches literacy through music and how overcoming challenges growing up in Manchester helps her reach students who could benefit from joining band and chorus.

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All Things Considered
5:43 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

A (Limited) Look Inside New Hampshire's 'Laurie List'

In 1993, the New Hampshire Supreme Court overturned a murder conviction for a man named Carl Laurie, because prosecutors had not disclosed that one of the police detectives on the case had an issue in his personnel file that might have raised questions about his credibility.

Today the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office, and each New Hampshire county attorney, keeps what is called a “Laurie List," a record of law enforcement officers whose credibility could be called into question were they to testify in criminal trials.

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Public Insight Network
3:36 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Help inform NHPR's series on guns in the Granite State

In a few weeks NHPR's newsroom will look in detail at guns, gun laws and gun culture in the Granite State and you can help. Share your experiences through our Public Insight Network and this short, confidential questionnaire.

All Things Considered
6:53 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Remembering Rex Trailer, the Cowboy from Boston's "Boomtown"

Rex Trailer, at a 2008 parade in Wakefield, Massachusetts.
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Northern New England has lost its most famous cowboy. Rex Trailer died this week at his home in Florida. He was 84.

For decades Trailer hosted the children’s TV show “Boomtown” from Boston’s WBZ-TV. To look back at his life and career we turn to Boston filmmaker Michael Bavaro. He worked with Rex Trailer for a number of years and filmed a documentary about his career. He talks with NHPR's Brady Carlson about Trailer's life and career.

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5:29 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

To Expand (Medicaid) Or Not To Expand

Lawmakers will decide this spring whether to expand the state’s Medicaid program to include childless adults making less than roughly $15,000. To make sure they have all the information they need, the Department of Health and Human Services commissioned a study to look at the effects.

We poured over the 61-page report, and boiled it down to these 5 takeaways.

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Word of Mouth
10:57 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Haiti Three Years Later

Credit elycefeliz via Flickr Creative Commons

Today marks the three year anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, and the country is still struggling to rebuild in spite of the $7.5 billion dollars disbursed in official aid and contributions for post-disaster relief. Laurent Dubois is a professor at Duke University and author of the book, Haiti: The Aftershocks of History that talks about the country's complicated social, economic, and political history and how it can be rich again.

Word of Mouth
10:13 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Are We Obsessed with Obesity?

Credit Sidereal via Flickr Creative Commons

The slew of recent articles on obesity are nearly unanimous in agreement that there is a health crisis in the United States. Dr. Abigail Saguy, UCLA sociologist, takes a different perspective, saying there is no such medical consensus around the need to lose weight. In her latest book, she argues that our negative association with obesity is a deliberately framed viewpoint—and not necessarily a healthy one.

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Word of Mouth
10:09 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Why We Roam

Credit Wikimedia Commons [PD-1923]

The success of the human race in spreading across the globe, and striking out even into the blackness of space, owes itself in no small part to our desire, ambition, and need to push the frontiers of human exploration.  Not everybody has the will or means to become an astronaut, a sailor, or deep sea diver—but for those that do, a chronic sense of restlessness may live inside their genetic code.  David Dobbs is an author and freelance science writer who wrote about the biological roots of that roaming urge.

Word of Mouth
4:00 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

The Paperback Quest for Joy

If you’re in the mood for a little self-improvement at the start of the year, you’ll have no trouble finding guides; there are at least 45,000 self-help books currently in print. They run the gamut: the self-made man, mind-cures, chicken soup, subliminal messages and Zen meditation. They’re published in dozens of languages, but self-help books are predominately an American phenomenon.  To explain why, we turn to Laura Vanderkam, author of “The Paperback Quest for Joy”.

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