NHPR Staff

...Alice Passer of Greenland, NH

Thank you Alice, and thanks to all who have contributed to NHPR's March Fund Drive.

Your support makes NHPR possible!

Chris Jensen for NHPR

A roundup of the top-ten most-read stories on nhpr.org and StateImpact - NH website.

1) North Country: Celina Cass Stepfather Questioned Before Grand Jury  A Coos County Grand jury met Monday in Lancaster as the investigation into the death of 11-year-old Celina Cass continues.

You did it!

Mar 19, 2012

Thank you for your support! NHPR has raised its March Fund Drive goal of $450,000 and will receive an additional $20,000 grant from the Byrne Foundation, allowing us to continue to provide the programming and news you value.

We couldn't have made this goal without your support!





The Moth Radio Hour 301

Mar 17, 2012

Hosted by comic, author and Moth regular, Mike Birbiglia.

  • Josh Axelrad - A blackjack player faces his demons
  • Daisy Rosario - A young woman meets her brother for the first time at their father's funeral
  • Colin Quinn - Is hired to do comedy at Robert Deniro's birthday party...and bombs

Visit online: http://themoth.org/

Sheryl Rich-Kern

A roundup of the top-ten most-read stories on nhpr.org and StateImpact - NH  website.


Josh Rogers, NHPR

First Lady Michelle Obama brought her "Let's Move!'' health and fitness initiative to New Hampshire on Friday.

Mrs. Obama visited the Penacook Community Center, a neighborhood nonprofit group in Concord.

It has a child care center that helps children exercise before and after school and teaches them about healthy eating through the use of a garden.     

Mrs. Obama was joined by New Hampshire First Lady Susan Lynch, a pediatrician who has worked to increase awareness about childhood obesity.

We'll bring you live NPR coverage today of President Obama's news conference during which he is expected to discuss the situation in Syria, concerns over Iran's nuclear program and the U.S. economy.

Listen on nhpr and nhpr.org at 1 p.m.

Hikers on Franconia Ridge
Jeff Pang / Flickr

A roundup of the top-ten most-read stories on nhpr.org and StateImpact - NH  website.

1) North Country: Two Credited with Saving Lives of Four Massachusetts Hikers A Fish and Game official says four ill-equipped hikers from Massachusetts probably would have died Sunday on the Franconia Ridge had two Connecticut men not happened along.

Credit: NPR

NHPR will broadcast a two-hour Super Tuesday special from 8 - 10 p.m. on March 6 reporting on the ten states holding Republican contests.

This NPR special will be hosted by Audie Cornish and Melissa Block.  A live-blog of results and commentary from the field will be posted on nhpr.org.

Listen on nhpr and nhpr.org to hear this special coverage beginning at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

Josh Rogers

 President Barack Obama was in New Hampshire today talking about energy. As New Hampshire Public Radio’s Josh Rogers reports, the president said the country needs to increase oil production while also investing in newer sources of energy.

Billed an official visit, at times the President’s stop had the feel of campaign rally. Mr. Obama told the crowd he knew NH’s "political bull detector" was sharp, and urged voters to be wary of election year promises.

Truthout.org / Flickr

A roundup of the top-ten most-read stories on nhpr.org and the StateImpact - NH website. For the second concurrent week,  Word of Mouth's segment on the tiny, bare-bones computer, Raspberry Pi, remains at the top of the list of most-read stories on nhpr.org.

Credit: NPR

NHPR will broadcast a one-hour NPR special of the Arizona and Michigan primaries on Tuesday, February 28 from 9 - 10 p.m.

This special will feature candidate speeches, interviews, and expert analysis from NPR contributors E.J. Dionne (The Washington Post) and Matthew Continetti (The Weekly Standard). We'll also hear from NPR's Mara Liasson and Ron Elving, and check in with Ari Shapiro at the Mitt Romney camp and Don Gonyea at the Rick Santorum camp.

ClassicalNH Launched!

Feb 20, 2012

New Hampshire Public Radio has teamed up with Highland Community Broadcasting to make classical music more readily available to the Granite State and beyond.

This collaboration allows an expansion of services in the Capital Region and enables both organizations to take advantage of new technologies now available on HD Radio and online.

NHPR and the New Hampshire Union Leader are proud to sponsor The 59th Annual New Hampshire State Spelling Bee scheduled for  March 3, in Concord.   The best spellers from around the Granite State will gather to compete.

The top speller will go on to represent New Hampshire at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC.  

Schedule of Events | March 3, 2012

9-10 a.m.                   Registration

May 23, 2012

7:30 pm | The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH

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Memories of the Movement

Feb 13, 2012
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The years of the Civil Rights Movement are counted among the most volatile, yet vibrant, in American history. In our Black History month special, Memories of the Movement, The Tavis Smiley Show celebrates the courage, conviction and commitment of the everyday people who made extraordinary contributions to American social progress. The program holds poignant, humorous, unheard or little known stories from a number of well-known civil rights icons including stories from Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, Danny Glover, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., Dr.

Heavenly Sight

Feb 13, 2012
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Since the time of Aristotle, blind seers have been regarded as bearers of special insight. Host David Marash brings us the stories, music and this insight from the blind gospel tradition that transformed American song and gave it soul.

Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/structures-nyc-photos/5243693787/">Structures:NYC</a> / Flickr/Creative Commons

BOB MARLEY - LIVE FOREVER is a free one-hour program with live music from and stories about his last concert.  Songs recorded live at Pittsburgh's Stanley Theater in Sep 1980 include "Exodus," "Could You Be Loved," "Redemption Song," "No Woman, No Cry," "Jamming" and more.  Rita, Damien and Rohan Marley are interviewed, as well as Marcia Griffiths, biographer Vivien Goldman, and Doug Gebhard - a former journalist who covered the 1980 Pittsburgh show and is now a priest. These interviews discuss the concert, Marley's philosophies and influential moments from his life. 

Photo: Jack Delano / Library of Congress

Langston Hughes, an enduring icon of the Harlem Renaissance, is best-known for his written work, which wedded his fierce dedication to social justice with his belief in the transformative power of the word. But he was a music lover, too, and some of the works he was most proud of were collaborations with composers and musicians.  Hosted by Terrance McKnight, WQXR host and former Morehouse professor of music, I, Too, Sing Americawill dive into the songs, cantatas, musicals and librettos that flowed from Hughes’ pen.

Announcing: An Evening with Dan Brown. A Benefit and Celebration of Writers on a New England Stage

May 18, 2012   (more events)

7:30pm | the Historic Theater

Author presentation followed by interview with New Hampshire Public Radio host Virginia Prescott

The evening closes with a special backstage book signing reception – full of surprises!– for benefit ticket buyers who purchase a voucher for an illustrated edition of The Da Vinci Code ($40).  Vouchers for books, which the author will sign and personalize, are available through The Music Hall box office and include entry to the backstage book signing reception.   

Zydeco Nation

Feb 9, 2012
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Zydeco Nation is an hour-long, music-rich documentary that tells the story about an epic chapter in modern American history. Starting during World War II, French-speaking Louisiana Creoles began moving across the country to Northern California in search of both jobs and freedom.

Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mplemmon/2744598759/"> mattlemmon </a> / Flickr / Creative Commons

Maya Angelou defines Black History, as it is embraced in our popular culture with an emphasis on the civil rights era and a poetic acknowledgement of late activist, Rosa Parks.

This one hour historical trek takes us from the 1950's thru the 1990's. Dr. Maya Angelou renders a poetic portrait of the day-to-day lives of African Americans during the civil rights era, when artists and activists, musicians and ministers joined hands with people from all walks of life to bring about a historic change in our culture. 

May 8, 2012

7:30 pm | The Music Hall, Portsmouth, NH

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The celebrated master of narrative nonfiction joins us with the just-released paperback edition of his New York Times bestseller In The Garden of Beasts, a remarkable portrayal of 1933 Berlin and Hitler’s rise to power.  Erik Larson joins NHPR's Virginia Prescott for Writers on a New England Stage.

photo credit: Carl Flatow

May 1, 2012   6:00pm
Strafford Room, Memorial Union Building

University of New Hampshire, Durham NH

Veteran NPR science correspondent and award-winning journalist Ira Flatow, host of Science Friday, is coming to Durham, NH. He’ll be interviewed on stage by NHPR’s All Things Considered host Brady Carlson and will take questions from the audience.

To be held  April 18, 2012     9:30-11:30 a.m.   


All meetings are located here unless otherwise specified:

Riverstone Conference Room
2 Pillsbury St, 6th Floor,
Concord, NH

Flood Watch

Jan 11, 2012

The national weather service reports a flood watch remains in effect until 6 p.m. this evening.


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A Carolina Christmas from Biltmore Estate, with Kathy Mattea is a festive celebration of holiday music -- from one of the most magnificent acoustic venues in the country! A Carolina Christmas features soloists and large ensembles performing a rich variety of songs, including sacred music of the season, African-American spirituals, Celtic jigs and folk favorites.