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'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.


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New data shows New Hampshire’s housing market remained busy throughout the summer. 

The latest RE/MAX INTEGRA New England Housing Report shows the number of units sold in August 2015 was up 11 percent compared to the same period a year ago. 

Median home prices rose 2.3 percent. 

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  Manchester officials will take part in a forum this week aimed at encouraging businesses to help in the fight against heroin abuse.

The city’s public health director, Tim Soucy, will moderate a panel discussion Wednesday morning. He says a coordinated approach to addressing heroin use in the city has to include local business owners and workers.

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  Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine will use a $5 million dollar federal grant for a health study on human motivation.

Officials say the grant, from the National Institutes of Health’s Common Fund, will fund an investigation into the psychological and biological factors that motivate individuals to improve their health.

The state Department of Transportation is planning work tonight in Newington.

Officials say crews will put up a new overhead sign structure on the Spaulding Turnpike between Exit 4 and the Little Bay Bridge.

Work on the project is expected to take a single night. Crews will begin at about 9 pm, with temporary lane closures and rolling roadblocks in both directions possible until about 4 am Tuesday.

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Democrat Carol Shea-Porter says she’ll run for Congress again in 2016.

For months Shea-Porter has been leaning toward another run for the 1st District seat she held for three terms.

At this weekend’s state Democratic Party convention in Manchester, she threw her hat into the ring, once again called for economic aid to those she calls “the rest of us.”

“We have to continue to grow the economy,” Shea-Porter said. “We need more jobs. And we need wage fairness.”

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New Hampshire Democrats gathered Saturday in Manchester for their state party convention. With five of the party’s six presidential hopefuls as featured speakers, Democrats are far from settled on who their nominee will be. But the party faithful appear happy with how their nominating process is playing out.

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  This week officials at Memorial Hospital in North Conway announced they would establish a prenatal care program for opioid-dependent patients – mothers and babies affected by the opioid crisis. This program is set to open in early 2016, and it’s similar to a program that’s underway at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

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Flu season has begun in New Hampshire.

The Department of Health and Human Services says three adults tested positive for influenza, one each in Carroll, Grafton and Hillsborough counties.

It’s the fourth year in a row the state has found flu cases before the season’s traditional start date of October.

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Rich Ashooh worked for six years on the staff of former New Hampshire Senator Warren Rudman.

Now the longtime executive for defense contractor BAE Systems will lead the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy, the center at UNH Law named in honor of his former boss.

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To say that Republican Chris Christie held a town hall in New Hampshire is not news, in and of itself. But Sunday night's town hall in Dover was different.

While the New Jersey governor has made town hall-style events the focus of his presidential campaign, this event at Newick's Restaurant also featured Maine Governor Paul LePage, Christie’s most prominent – and outspoken – supporter.

Christie opened the event with a story about a trip he made to Maine for LePage's reelection effort.

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It was a history making day - at least for Seacoast Republican Women President Jo Horvath. "For the first time in the history of the Chili Fest," she told the crowd, "we have run out of chili."

Horvath and other GOP supporters were hopeful this was a sign of enthusiasm for the party's large field of presidential hopefuls, some of whom took part in the annual fundraiser at the Stratham farm of Doug and Stella Scamman.

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Ohio Governor John Kasich says his recent comments about the federal Base Realignment and Closure process weren't meant as a criticism of workers at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

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Here’s an unusual question to ask during presidential primary season: What does Daniel Craig, the actor who plays James Bond, have to do with Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders?


  The state Department of Health and Human Services is relocating its Manchester office to temporary offices.

Officials say they were unable to agree on a new lease with the owner of the Manchester office space.

Associate Commissioner Mary Ann Cooney says about 30 employees will work out of a building at the Sununu Youth Services Center in Manchester.

The rest will make short-term moves to other cities.

“Some will be at the southern district office in the Nashua area,” Cooney said. “Others will be in the Concord area.”

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Republican Scott Walker is traveling through New Hampshire by motorcycle. As it turns out, touring the state in an unusual way can lead a candidate in some unusual directions.

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We’re in for another long, cold, snowy winter in New Hampshire this year – at least according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac and publications like it.

But what do scientists make of these kinds of predictions?

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New Hampshire tourism officials are expecting a significant increase in the number of visitors over Labor Day weekend.

The official state forecast produced by the Institute for New Hampshire Studies projects close to 590,000 people coming through the state over the three day weekend.

Those visitors are expected to spend $84 million dollars. Both figures would represent increases of 5 percent over 2014 numbers.

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At first glance, Summer Freeze, in the Concord village of Penacook, looks like every ice cream stand you’ve ever seen, with a walk-up counter offering cones, sundaes, banana splits. But look closely at the menu and you’ll find some surprises.

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In June, the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority reported 181 foreclosures, the highest monthly total of 2015. Analysts thought it would be a one-time blip, but new figures from the NHHFA show July’s number was even higher – 188 foreclosures.

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Republican Ted Cruz is back in New Hampshire for a two-day campaign visit. It’s the first time in months the Texas Senator has brought his presidential campaign back to the state. But Cruz is confident voters here will like what they see. 

  Ted Cruz continues campaigning in New Hampshire today.

The Texas US Senator is on the second day of his latest visit to the state. He'll hold a town hall event this morning in Milford, followed by a lunchtime business roundtable in Concord and the opening of his state campaign office in Manchester in the afternoon.

New Hampshire’s U.S. Senators are holding a field hearing today on the state’s small business workforce.

Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte will host a roundtable discussion with a group of business and educational leaders this morning at Manchester Community College.

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New Hampshire officials say they want to work more closely with the medical community to stop the growth in heroin abuse.

The state has awarded three companies job training grants aimed at helping 56 workers obtain new skills.

Sig Sauer Inc. of Newington will use a grant of nearly $70,000 to train 24 employees in production technology.

Axenics Inc. of Nashua and C&M Machine Products of Hudson are using grants of more than $3,000 each for worker training.

The latest round of state job training grants totals over $76 thousand dollars, with companies contributing the same amount in matching funds

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Officials in Manchester are calling for new efforts and better coordination against heroin abuse.

The city held a “Stop the Circle Rally” Saturday in Veterans Memorial Park.

Mayor Ted Gatsas told the crowd that he and other city officials met with the heads of area hospitals to find ways to work together against drug abuse.

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Wisconsin Governor and Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker likes to tell voters this is the strongest GOP field in decades. But he also likes to draw a distinction about that field.

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Bernie Sanders brought an estimated 1,000 people to the Woodbury School in Salem for a campaign rally Sunday evening. The Vermont U.S. Senator, who has drawn attention for large crowds at some of his campaign events, noted that supporters filled not only the school gymnasium but an overflow room as well.

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Republican Carly Fiorina has just concluded a five-day campaign trip through New Hampshire.

The former Hewlett-Packard CEO held a house party Sunday in Concord, where she took questions on climate change, education and foreign policy.

On health care, Fiorina said consumers would see more choice and lower costs once the Affordable Care Act was repealed. While she said she favored a free-market approach to health care, Fiorina said she would impose one mandate on the industry:

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Republican Scott Walker is in the middle of a three day campaign visit to New Hampshire.

The Wisconsin governor held an event in Barrington billed as a town hall meeting about his newly-released health care plan - though before outlining that proposal, the Wisconsin governor criticized Democrat Hillary Clinton on health care, and then went after Republican leaders on Capitol Hill.

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Throughout the 2016 presidential season, NHPR is bringing you profiles of the people and places behind the scenes of the New Hampshire Primary. In our latest installment, we catch up with Jim Cole, the Associated Press photographer who has covered every New Hampshire presidential primary since 1980.