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.

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New Hampshire’s tourism industry is preparing for a busy Memorial Day weekend.

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Years ago, the members of the community at Canterbury Shaker Village grew their own food, and sold some of the surplus to residents in the area. There hasn’t been farming on the site for a number of years. That’s why farm manager Stacey Cooper was pleasantly surprised to find the soil in such good shape.

"I was a bit surprised that the nutrient analysis was as balanced as it was," Cooper said, as she looked over the roughly 3/4ths of an acre that make up her farmland. "It didn't need much at all - a testament to how well they took care of their land."

New Hampshire’s unemployment rate ticked down in April to 3.8 percent, after seeing no change the month before. 

The unemployment rate can go down when fewer people are looking for work. But in April New Hampshire’s total labor force increased. 

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Voters in Northwood, Nottingham, Deerfield and Candia go to the polls Tuesday for a special State House election. 

  The special election this Tuesday is between Republican Yvonne Dean-Bailey of Northwood and Democrat Maureen Mann of Deerfield.

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Finding great day care can be hard. Sometimes finding any day care can be hard. Just ask Meghan Hoye of Merrimack, who tried everything to find a place for her three kids.

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Several high-profile presidential hopefuls are headed to New Hampshire this week, including Republican Chris Christie. The New Jersey Governor is giving a foreign policy speech in Portsmouth at noon Monday and is set to hold a town hall meeting in Hudson later in the afternoon.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will be back in the state Wednesday and Thursday for a house party in Bedford and several business-themed events.

On Friday, it’s Democrat Hillary Clinton, who will make her first New Hampshire visit since holding roundtable discussions in Keene and Concord in April.

  Republican Mitt Romney is encouraging new graduates of Saint Anselm College to live quote-“large lives.”

The former Massachusetts governor and 2012 GOP presidential nominee spoke at Sunday’s commencement ceremonies. And he noted his many appearances at Saint Anselm during his two runs for the White House.

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 A union representing FairPoint Communications workers in New Hampshire says it will meet with the company this week over plans to cut 260 positions.

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Federal officials say they issued a higher number of citations and fines than usual to New Hampshire employers for exposing workers to fall hazards this winter.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducted inspections between January 29 and March 4 and found a number of employees removing snow from rooftops who were not adequately protected from the risk of falling.

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This week Portsmouth holds a series of public events ahead of next weekend’s formal dedication of the Portsmouth African Burying Ground.

The public park is the city’s way to mark the final resting places of enslaved individuals as well as free African-Americans who were buried centuries ago but only fully rediscovered more recently.

FairPoint Communications says it will cut about 260 positions, including many in northern New England, as part of a restructuring. 

In its statement, FairPoint did not specify the number of job cuts in the region, but the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Communications Workers of America, which represent many FairPoint workers, say there will be 219 layoffs in the region, which they say would comprise about 10 percent of the workforce. 

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  Kentucky US Senator Rand Paul is back in New Hampshire to hold a town hall event in Londonderry. 

Paul is one of a number of Republican presidential hopefuls headed through New Hampshire this week.

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The selectboard in Salem is urging the developer of the proposed Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline to consider alternate routes through town. 

Chair Jim Keller says the board believes the path of the preliminary route may be more economical for developer Kinder Morgan, but is untenable for residents.

“There’s a school nearby, a rehab hospital nearby their path, a protected water body nearby, “ Keller says. “So we had asked them to seek out alternative routes.”

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Update 5/16 11:19 am: In a statement this week, the cooperative society's director of communications, Allan Reetz, told NHPR that the organization has "and will continue to follow the mandates of the National Labor Relations Act.  While we will continue to treat employees of the Co-op with courtesy and respect, we are hopeful that union organizers will, as well." 

The original story follows: 

A national labor union is taking a dispute with a group of New Hampshire food cooperatives to a federal agency.

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State officials say the latest phone scam to target New Hampshire residents includes fraudulent threats to shut off utility service. 

The Public Utilities Commission and the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office say a number of consumers have received calls in which individuals claim to represent a utility. They claim the resident must immediately pay off a past due balance on his or her account or service will be disconnected. 

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 The state Department of Transportation is set to conduct bridge repairs this week on Interstate 89 in Sutton.

The bridge runs northbound over New Hampshire Route 114, just south of exit 11.

Doug Gosling of the Bridge Maintenance Bureau says the work is routine but necessary. “The bridge has a back wall that is rotten down a ways," he says. "We have to basically close the road down to one lane as we repair one half of the back wall, and then switch traffic over to the other half of the road so we can repair the other half.”

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The return of rainy weather to New Hampshire may start to reduce the risk of brush fires.

Unusually dry conditions last week led to brush fires in more than a half-dozen towns and cities in southern New Hampshire.

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Republican Ben Carson returned to New Hampshire Sunday for his first campaign trip since announcing his presidential bid last week.

Carson is a retired neurosurgeon who has never held elective office, and like many other so-called outsider candidates, he told a crowd at Manchester Community College his lack of political experience was just what the country needed. The top figures in both major parties, Carson said, were often too focused on the next election to address the country’s problems, including the national debt. 

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  Even in the coldest parts of the year there are Granite Staters out on hiking trails and in the woods, but now that we have warmer weather, even the most casual outdoorsmen and women among us may choose to head out of doors.

Last week the Manchester Mayor of Board and Aldermen voted to require that drivers for the ride-booking service Uber comply with the city’s taxi ordinances or stop operating.

  Governor Maggie Hassan is offering congratulations to new graduates of Keene State College – and encouraging them to stay in the state after college.  

Keene State held commencement ceremonies Saturday on the Fiske Quad. In her address, Hassan told the graduates they had a lot to offer the state where they’d studied – and the state had much to offer them.

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Work hard, give back and be grateful. Those are some of the suggestions Republican presidential Carly Fiorina has given new college graduates at the conclusion of her latest campaign trip through New Hampshire.

The former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and 2010 Republican candidate for US Senate in California spoke at commencement ceremonies for Southern New Hampshire University on Saturday.

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May is when many farmers markets get underway or move from indoor markets to outdoor locations.

Jane Lang is president of the New Hampshire Farmers Market Association. She says it’s still early in the growing season, but over time consumers will see more options.

“A lot of them bring a lot of their seeds and things like that to the market," Lang says. "But you’re going to start seeing the vegetables coming probably in the next few weeks.”

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  New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan and Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina are among the speakers at college commencement ceremonies across New Hampshire this weekend.

Hassan is set to speak at Keene State College’s ceremony at Fiske Quad Saturday afternoon.

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The warm, sunny Mother’s Day weekend we’re set to have in the Northeast gave gardening guy Henry Homeyer an idea: plants as Mother’s Day gifts.

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Governor Maggie Hassan has signed into law a measure banning employers, in most cases, from paying workers with disabilities at a rate lower than the minimum wage.

Decades ago sub-minimum wages were considered a way to help individuals with disabilities find work. But advocates say those wages have been used to exploit workers instead.

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There's a cliché around college life, that students are up at all hours of the night, and not merely for studying. Of course, when junior Tyler Kelting is up at 4 in the morning, it’s not because of partying. He’s got work to do.

"We milk at 4 am and 3 pm," he says during an open house at the Fairchild Dairy Teaching and Research Center, on the northwestern side of the Durham campus. And about 70 of the roughly 170 cows here need milking, so there's plenty to do. 

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New Hampshire saw a slight uptick in the number of residential foreclosures in March, but the market as a whole continues to stabilize. 

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  Researchers and environmental groups are trying to collect water samples across New Hampshire’s largest lake in a single day.

Today’s sampling is aimed at assessing the amount of phosphorus in Lake Winnipesaukee. Increased phosphorus levels can lead to higher amounts of algae and lake vegetation, which can affect overall lake health.

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 Officials at the University of New Hampshire and the Durham Police Department say they’re ready if any end-of-semester parties get out of hand this week.

Tuesday is the reading day, a campus-wide study day ahead of the start of final exams Wednesday. It’s also Cinco de Mayo, and there’s warm weather in the forecast. Those factors have all served as catalysts in years past for heavy drinking parties that have brought riot police to downtown Durham.

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