Rebecca Lavoie

Digital Director

As Digital Director, Rebecca oversees NHPR's website, digital content and social media strategy, digital-only projects and mobile applications. She works with reporters, program staff, and NHPR's State of Democracy unit to create quality journalism on the web. 

In 2010 Rebecca made the transition to radio from her career as a freelance writer and public relations consultant. The co-author of four nonfiction true crime books, she has written countless articles for local and national print and online publications including the Concord Monitor, New Hampshire Magazine, Around Concord, Newsweek, Playboy Magazine, and 

Rebecca was formerly the Senior Producer for NHPR's magazine program Word Of Mouth, for which she produced interviews, sound pieces, and blogs, sat in as host, and developed and managed the shows digital presence and social media feeds.

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Your dad made it look easy...maybe. But carving a turkey is a bit more complicated than you might think. It's a big bird, after all, and not every knife is created equal. (Nor is every bird, thanks to the "spatchcock" craze!)

But never fear, humble home-chef, there's somewhere to turn if you're confounded by the prospect of carving: YouTube. 

Listed below are some of the most informative and easy-to-follow turkey carving how-to videos on the site.

Pro Tip: Watch them in advance of the family arriving and you'll look like a turkey carving ninja come dinner time.

  Labor Day Weekend is the unofficial end of summer (boo!) It also traditionally serves, every four years, as the informal start of the high season for the New Hampshire presidential primary (yay?)

Candidates from both parties are flocking to the state over the next few days, hitting parades, picnics, conventions, town halls and house parties stretching from Salem to Pittsburg.

To help you navigate the busy campaign weekend, we've put together our Labor Day candidate map below. Click on each dot for details where and when to catch a candidate near  you.

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With the forecast calling for sunny skies, and millions of out-of-state visitors expected, this Labor Day weekend should be a busy one on New Hampshire's lakes.

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Getting ready to fire off some bottle rockets this Independence Day? You may want to check our map below first.

Independence Day means fireworks, BBQs, flags – and, in New Hampshire, presidential politics.

The three-day weekend has lured at least eight candidates for president to the Granite State. The candidates, Republican and Democratic, will appear up and down the state, Friday through Sunday. So, if you've always wanted to discuss foreign policy with the future leader of the Free World while holding a sparkler, now might be your chance.

The financial partnership between local governments and the state of New Hampshire has splintered since the recession. 

Two proposed changes to the the state's education funding formula have been passed by the two chambers of the New Hampshire Legislature. Both seek to increase or lift altogether the state's cap on growth in per-pupil spending. And both would pay for such it by reducing so-called "stabilization grants," created in 2011 to keep certain school districts from losing huge amounts of funding after the last round of changes to the base aid formula.

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The Anheuser-Busch plant in New Hampshire is planning for an addition to produce canned beer.

The Telegraph of Nashua reports the Merrimack Planning Board has approved construction of a 5,300-square-foot brewing facility and 50,000 square feet in warehouse and packaging buildings.

Canned beer is making a comeback, as new technologies such as polymer linings have allowed beer to be stored longer in cans without acquiring a metallic taste.

NHPR's website has transitioned to a new design that makes our content more accessible and easier to view no matter what kind of device you are using. The new design is "responsive," which means the amount of content you can see at once is based on your screen size, with more stories in view on your desktop PC or laptop, and fewer in view on your tablet or smartphone. 

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Gov. Maggie Hassan said Wednesday's nor'easter was worse than the state's utilities and officials had prepared for. 

"We know this was a unique storm, the snow is heavier and wetter than predicted, and that’s really had an impact. But the utilities have been getting extra crews here as fast as they can, and I think they were planning for a significant event, but our weather experts tell us this is heavier wetter and more snow than they thought it would be."

Via the USGS

  The U.S. Geological Survey reports there's been a small earthquake near Concord, New Hampshire.

The 1.7 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 9:42 p.m. Thursday about a mile northeast of Concord.

No injuries were reported.

The earthquake was the topic of chatter on social media when it struck, with area residents reporting the sound of a loud bang and minor tremor.


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Franklin Pierce University has set up a tuition discount and credit transfer package for students at Lebanon College, which recently canceled its classes for the fall semester.

Based in Rindge, Franklin Pierce University also has a location in Lebanon, where interested students can attend an open house Tuesday afternoon and evening.

Franklin Pierce officials say their online and hybrid undergraduate programs can provide ready alternatives to displaced students.

Osprey Live Cam

Aug 28, 2014

Here is the live video from Osprey Cam via UStream:

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

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Spring in New Hampshire is, well, not always the most satisfying season. This week alone, we've had weather ranging from frigid rain to warm-enough-to-use-the-sunroof.

What gets a lot of us through the season is looking forward to the weekends, when we can, now that the snow has melted, begin to play around in the dirt, maybe even plant something.

I'd love to brag about my own gardening skills, or even offer some handy tips. But I'm a certified Brown Thumb, and have little to offer other than knowing what I don't know about plants, dirt, even mulch.

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Public radio has a long history of pranking listeners on April 1st. Like the time listeners complained in droves to NPR about a story on farming whales in huge pools in Bellesville Illinois. And that time Weekend ATC reported the exciting discovery of Beethoven's lost 10th Symphony. 

Courtesy Pam Brooks Crowley

While looking for a photo to illustrate a Word of Mouth story on the history of skiing in N.H., I happened upon this gem on Flickr. The photo is of photographer Pam Brooks Crowley's father and his cross country teammates taken in Lisbon, New Hampshire in 1936. 

We are currently testing a new stream encoder here at the station. If you have issues with your stream please contact me at

This test will continue until some time Friday afternoon, December 6th.

Thank you for your patience as we work to serve you better!

- Rebecca Lavoie, Digital Director

According to this map posted on, John Irving's Hotel New Hampshire is the most famous book set in New Hampshire. 

But what about Peyton Place? A Separate Peace? Or Irving's other classic, A Prayer For Owen Meany?

We'd love to know what you think should hold the title...leave us a note on Facebook with your pick.


Investigators say the last call made on a missing New Hampshire girl's cellphone was at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, about four hours after she was last seen.

Fifteen-year-old Abigail Hernandez of North Conway was last seen leaving Kennett High School on Wednesday afternoon. Police say she made it home but was gone when her mother arrived later.

WMUR-TV reports that police said Sunday they have not located the girl's phone, but have determined that the last call was made at 6:30 p.m. It's not clear where the call was made.

Boyan Moskov

Ask and you shall receive. 

We asked our listeners and contributors to send us favorite foliage shots from around the state. We're around peak right now, and this is how it looks. 

Have more photos to contribute? Send them to us by email, or post them on our Facebook page. 


This week, NHPR's Amanda Loder is reporting a series of stories on New Hampshire's emerging app development economy. (What's that, you ask? Check out our app explainer here.)

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10:14 Earthquake monitored in real time at 9:07 PM from the Weston Observatory. Link is here. 

10:05 Map posted on the Weston Observatory site indicates epicenter located 5 Km northwest of Contoocook, with a magnitude of 2.5.

9:55 Seismographic data from the Weston Observatory shows activity at approximately 9:08 PM.

After a lockdown earlier today, Brian Blake, the Superintendent of Schools for the Sanborn Regional School district, posted this message on the Sanborn Regional High School's Facebook page:

Here are the stories that got the most attention on last week. Did you miss them? Click below to read or listen!

1. USDA Airdrops Vanilla Flavored Rabies Vaccines Over Eastern Forests

2. Across The River, Vermont Puts Its Money On Local Food

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The new season of Writers On A New England Stage includes events with Margaret Atwood, Bill Bryson, Woodrow Wilson biographer A. Scott Berg, and crime novelist Patricia Cornwell.

The authors will read from and discuss their latest works, and then sit down with Word Of Mouth host Virginia Prescott for a discussion and to answer audience questions.

You can see the full lineup and purchase tickets by clicking here.

After my interview with Joyce Maynard about her new novel, After Her, I asked her about the super-secret book and documentary on J.D. Salinger being released this fall. Was she interviewed for the film? She was. Here she is talking about it, and about Salinger's brief appearance in her life taking up so much space in the portrait of how she's perceived.

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The Saturday show bring you a spectacular mix of the best of Word of Mouth. On this week's show:

  • Joyce Maynard stops by the studio to talk about her new novel After Her, and why the last thing she feels is shame when it comes to her decision to discuss her relationship with J.D. Salinger.
  • Eating Trader Joe's Trash. New Hampshire native and documentary filmmaker Alex Mannis' film Spoils gives a fly on the dumpster account of Brooklynites who forage in the urban jungle of grocery store cast offs.


Say the name "Joyce Maynard" and you’re likely to get some pretty visceral reactions…from those who’ve admired her career since her time as a reporter for the New York Times and her later syndicated column “Domestic Affairs,” and from her detractors…those who are critical of her relentless self-examination and her revelations about her relationship with J.D. Salinger. Salinger was living as a recluse in Cornish, New Hampshire when he began exchanging letters with Maynard after reading an article she wrote as a freshman at Yale. She dropped out of college and moved in with Salinger. She was eighteen…Salinger was 53.

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Our weekly round-up of radio-tastic content...all in one jam packed hour. This week, This week, a suspicious case of fake comments on Amazon points to pro-telecom lobbyists, a bookseller explains why he'll no longer complain about Amazon, an editor for Slate proclaims Instagram "depressing," a teeny anthropologist infiltrates the gangs of Los Angeles, the real-life "Walter White," space weather forecasting, and writer and Found Magazine editor Davy Rothbart talks about his book, My Heart Is An Idiot.

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Tom Holbrook is the co-owner and manager of the independent RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth and one of our partners for the writers on a New England Stage series.  Tom recently sent out an email saying “why I’m not going to complain about Amazon anymore” to the more than 2500 members of RiverRun’s e-mail list. Word of Mouth Senior Producer Rebecca Lavoie tracked Tom down to find out what was behind it. We have a copy of Tom's email posted on our Facebook page, Word of Mouth Radio.