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.


Ways to Connect

Crowd That Lifts a Car to Rescue Guy Is Basically Like Voltron, Minus the Colorful ArmorBy Brady Carlson on Friday, September 16, 2011  

Remember Voltron, where these anime characters would merge their robots together into one super-powered "defender of the universe"? Faced with a man trapped under a car - one that happens to be right next to a burning motorcycle - this crowd in Utah lifts in sync and saves a motorcyclist's life.

Are cats supposed to go outside again? If so, the SureFlap smart pet door might come in handy - everytime a feline heads over to your door, SureFlap tries to read its microchip ID. If it's your cat, the door opens up; if not, you'll probably be up all night listening to a strange cat howling on your front porch.

In the smartphone video era, making a 90 second YouTube video can take as little as 90 seconds.

Or it can take about a zillion hours, as the folks who made this exhaustively detailed and clever stop-motion video probably had to do.

Excuse me, I need to go rest my brain now.

<a href="">Waxy Dan</a> via Flickr/Creative Commons

Don't let the site's name fool you - The Emotional Breakdown is not a blog about someone's life falling apart, but a site that analyzes the emotional mood of photos on a given website (the default is the Guardian's "24 hours in pictures" site, but you can choose others). It gives a percentage breakdown of the moods found in those photos, from angry to happy to sad to surprised, giving us another way to take the temperature of each day's news

This woman is surprisingly cheerful about the fact that the nearby 40,000 watts of Phat Bass are frying her ears and everything in between them.

I do like how the bass reanimates her hair, though.


<a href="">Andreas H. Lunde</a> via Flickr/Creative Commons

Date rape drugs like Rohypnol and GHB have no odor or taste, they dissolve quickly in liquids and they don't linger in your system - in other words, they're very hard to trace. Which makes the new date rape drug sensor from researchers at Tel Aviv University such an interesting development.

Sick of Snooki? Can't keep up with the Kardashians? Don't know what the heck Lindsay Lohan is up to? Don't want to know what the heck Charlie Sheen is up to? Matt Richardson's  "Enough Already" device lets you program words you don't want to hear on TV anymore, and mutes the sound before "Violent Torpedo of Truth" ends up going through your speakers yet again

<a href="">JohnConnell</a> via Flickr/Creative Commons

Part of my job at NHPR is to moderate web comments. We get quite a few, so it takes time, but it's not too tough to spot spam, seeing as how real posters rarely post 701 times in a row about essay writing services.

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Google Plus - first impressions, where it can make an impact, what comes next.

<a href="">flow_br</a> via Flickr/Creative Commons

Psychic bikes? Not quite (though Psychic Bikes would be a great name for a Robert Pollard side project). But the concept bike here is brainwave-powered. If you need to shift to a different gear, you think it and the neuro-sensing helmet sends a signal to the gear mechanism. The bike changes gears - no levers required.

<a href="">The Itsy Bitsy Spider</a> via Flickr/Creative Commons

Ok, you don't get to wear a cape, and you don't get a butler named Alfred, but you can have a Batphone of your own and become a superhero - to endangered bat populations, anyway.

<a href="">steotch</a> via Flickr/Creative Commons

A website has not made me laugh this hard in a long, long time. STEOTCH collects "fine New England Needleart" that is a little off the beaten path - a lot of viral web references, a lot of rap lyrics ("Bless This Hizzy, Fo Shizzle"), and the uncategorizable, as seen above in the Judge Judy pattern

Stitch on, friends.

The accessible mosh pit proves that aggressive can also be accessible. Rock on, you guys.


Now it's your turn. Head over to the comments field and slam into us with an awesome link or two

Now this is an airport run. Two guys with two minutes to make their gate - only the gate is a half-mile away So they break out the wheeled shoes and make the boarding line like they'd been there the whole time.

Then, apparently fueled by endorphins, they sort of flake out and start screaming at the camera and burning things. We'll just leave it at that.

A while back we mentioned a blog that found headlines from The Onion that people didn't realize were satire. A new blog goes in the opposite direction - Onion-like Headlines in Real Life.

On BallDroppings, there's a big black screen and a falling white dot, and you draw lines with your mouse to make the dot bounce in different ways.

That's pretty much it - but it's a lot of fun, maybe because in drawing the line on the screen. Dude, you're saying across this line, you DO NOT...

[ via The Presurfer]


As always, we invite you to fold up an awesome link and make it sail to us through the air and into the comments.

The Onion's satire is sometimes as sharp as a ninja's throwing star - but in a time where huge numbers of people are getting their news from (half-) reading Facebook posts and forwarded emails... and sometimes not everybody quite catches the joke.


As always, we invite you to speed over to the comments and share an awesome link of your own.

<a href="">CCAC North Library</a> via Flickr/Creative Commons

One of my favorite sites these days is Letters of Note, a blog about really interesting or unusual correspondence from years gone by. The story of the Troy, Michigan Public Library is a great example of what the site does:



As always, we invite you to hop over to the comments and share an awesome link of your own.

<a href="">Lazurite</a> via Flickr/Creative Commons

Does that "low battery" message from your cellphone just make you want to scream? You can put that to use now, because researchers in South Korea say they've figured out how to charge batteries through voice waves. Cause the problem with cell phones was that people didn't talk loudly enough on them.

Meet Smugopedia, the online encyclopedia that knows more than you do and isn't afraid to tell you so. Actually, Smugopedia is a fun and funny spoof of hipsters along the lines of The Rock Snob's Dictionary by David Kamp and Steven Daly. Which is hopefully an obscure enough reference to make me a hipster at long last.  [via Nag on the Lake]

Yet another thing robots can do better than humans: play Operation without lighting up the patient's infamous red nose I bet the Da Vinci surgery robot can probably sink our battleships, roll a Yahtzee and not break the ice, too. [The Awesomer]

As always, we invite you, or your robot proxy, to share an awesome link in the comments.

This Haight-Ashbury house is either perfectly equipped to fight crime or dealing with limited parking space in a novel way - the ground floor is actually a four car garage in disguise! [Gizmodo]

As always, we invite you to dance with the devil by the pale moonlight, or at least to share an awesome link in the comments.

<a href="">somegeekintn</a> via Flickr/Creative Commons

British researchers say they have a new way for people who've lost their voice boxes to surgery or illness to regain speech - a headset that detects mouth shapes and turns them into speech.

Here's how it works: the system goes on a person's head, and little magnets placed in the mouth and on the tongue do a sort of motion-capture as the person mouths a word The system then translates the mouthed words into speech.

Smartphones: they're GPS, still camera, telephone, web browser and viral video sharer all in one Maybe now we should add lifesaver to that list.

Here's What's Awesome

Apr 18, 2011

Over time the Obama Administration has been building out government webspace for transparency projects – making the vast amount of public government data not only available, but usable for people who want to make graphs or maps or other mashups.