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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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.

Nice Jump, Lonnie

Apr 15, 2011

Doing a base jump out of a wheelchair? Yeah, that qualifies as extreme. And awesome.

There's more "extreme chairing" at, you guessed it, [SayOMG]

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You can take any category you want for any amount you want thanks to J! Archive, which catalogues every single answer-and-question pairing from every Trebek-era episode of Jeopardy. I took a look at the board for July 25, 2008, an episode I missed because I was launching this blog.

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When I see a banana, I think "breakfast" or "snack" or "potassium" or even "don't slip on its peel".

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Actually, if you want free food you should have a baby - people have given us all sorts of delicious things. But if that approach is a little drastic, maybe Food-Bot would be more useful. This site, designed by a once-hungry college student looking to eat on a modest budget, scours campus event calendars for mentions of free edibles. You can even have the site send you e-mails when new events are posted

Owen Graham Carlson, born at 1:58 pm! Mother and baby are doing great. 

Since your internet sherpa will have his hands full with this little pumpkin, we're holding off on new awesomeness for a few weeks. See you soon!

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It's Frieeday every day! Thirteen year old Rebecca Black becomes the internet’s new punching bag!

 There are remixes everywhere, from Bob Dylan to death metal.

 Physorg: ‘Worst song ever’ tops 30 million YouTube views

Mashable: How Rebecca Black Became a YouTube Sensation


Science, Again!

Mar 7, 2011

Maybe it's scientists that have more fun. The blog Out of Context Science suggests that, anyway; they post one short phrase that, without any explanation, just sounds more interesting than what the rest of us are doing. [via Miss Cellania]

As always, we hope you'll share an awesome link or two in the comments. No context required.

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Charlie Sheen, Unemployed Winner – the internet loves a meltdown! And it loves remixing a meltdown.

Cats Quote Charlie Sheen -

The Charlie Sheen is Too Damn High Party -

Now That's a Sendoff

Feb 25, 2011

A memorial of 320,000 firecrackers might help a guy rest in peace,  but he sure won't be forgotten! [Bits and Pieces]

As always, we hope you'll share an awesome link or two in our comments.

A 7-10-310-489 Split

Feb 18, 2011

Ever see that scene in The Big Lebowski where The Dude is laying on the rug listening to the sounds of bowling pins? I think this is what he was seeing in his head [UniqueDaily]

As always, we hope you'll roll an awesome link or two into our comments.

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Surgeons want to avoid nicking a nerve while operating, for obvious reasons. (It gets on their nerves, you see. No pun intended.) They use a system called electromyography, which highlights most of the big nerves, but it sometimes misses smaller ones. Now there's a fluorescent goo that makes even the small nerves light up and show themselves in true psychedelic fashion

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For my money, the space object with the coolest name of all is the Whipple Bumper. It protects the International Space Station against squeezing the Charmin, and against damage from space debris.

Courtesy of <a href="">Sonya Carlson</a>

Cows and horses, you may finally have some relief from all those insects. A new report says a catnip oil-based repellant can keep 99 percent of bugs away... for three hours, at least. (The researchers are looking for a way to make the treatment last longer.)

In the Twitterverse it's not enough to find just the right word - with only 140 characters, you have to find just the right short word. As its name suggests, Thsrs is a site that'll help you swap out a word that's, um, protracted, with a shorter one.

And no, Thsrs doesn't give a three letter word for antidisestablishmentarianism, but I wouldn't hold that against it.  [Presurfer]

Groupon – Well that didn’t go well. Groupon’s ads were apparently intended to poke fun at celebrities taking on causes, or something, but they came off as convoluted bordering on offensive and there was a huge backlash on Twitter. The goal here was to introduce Groupon to the mainstream, and unfortunately it’s not the best first impression they could have made.

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If I've learned one thing in taking CPR classes, it's that time is everything in an emergency. The sooner you can start CPR or get help for someone, the better their chances of a happy ending.

It's a Ghost Ball!

Jan 28, 2011

This one in a million shot at the mini-putt course is pretty awesome. 

The running around and screaming after the shot? Not quite so much. [Have You Seen This?]

As always, we hope you'll sink a an awesome link or two into our comments


Ever seen a little bit of water sizzle around a hot pan? That's what's going on in this video, only at 3000 frames per second it looks more gorgeous than sizzly. Any slower and it would look like Rover, the nefarious weather balloon from TV's "The Prisoner."

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Man, what in the world is happening down in St. Cloud, Minnesota? I don't have a clue! Let's check it out! 

Lionel Richie references aside, what's happening in St. Cloud is a test of a system in which LED ceiling lights provide wireless web access. Most current wireless systems use radio waves, so light waves aren't much of a stretch - the system flickers at a rate that's too fast for the human eye to notice, and the transfer speeds are comparable to DSL

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If ever there was a reason for noise-canceling headphones, dental drills might be it. A prototype dental-noise-canceling device piggybacks onto your MP3 player and headphones, blocking out the high-pitched drill and dental noises while letting the dentist's voice through.

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Beanbag chairs on the moon? Not quite. But a group at McGill University is using the squishy seats as inspiration for a new kind of wheel for moon rovers

Not So Awesome!

Jan 12, 2011

Four trends to keep a nervous eye on in the new year.

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Not every office can go completely paperless - so why not make each piece of paper go a little farther? The Eco Printer works like any other printer, except it uses ink that "disappears" after being run under a UV erasing system. And then you can print on that same sheet of paper again And again. And again.

Today is a Good Day to FlyBy Brady Carlson on Friday, January 07, 2011

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A radio station in a box! This invention from two Canadians puts everything you need for a broadcast, from microphones to transmitting equipment, into one 40 pound container. And it broadcasts for over 18 miles, too, so it's got a bit more range than, say, Mister Microphone.

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You may or may not want to hear this innovative little piece, depending on how your investments did last year, but CNNMoney has set the ups and downs of last year's stock market to music.