Sean Hurley

North Country Reporter

Sean Hurley lives in Thornton with his wife Lois and his son Sam.  An award-winning playwright and radio journalist, his fictional “Atoms, Motion & the Void” podcast has aired nationally on NPR and Sirius & XM Satellite radio.  When he isn't writing stories or performing on stage, he likes to run in the White Mountains.

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Word of Mouth
12:00 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Sugaring: The Sweetest Science

Maggie & Nate Brox in front of their Sugar House
Sean Hurley

Maple Weekend begins Saturday in New Hampshire, and that means Sugar Houses in the state are open to the public with boiling sap and sweet syrup to sample.  And syrup producers around the state say they are hoping for a strong season this year.

Paul Weeks would rather be in his sugar orchard checking sap lines for leaks or adjusting the boil on his evaporator.  But today’s bitter chill has given him an unwanted break.  

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Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

To Kill A Mockingbird: Rochester Opera House

Tim Plaisted and Sandi Clark
Sean Hurley

This weekend, the stage version of “To Kill a Mockingbird” premieres at the Rochester Opera House. Reporter Sean Hurley introduces some of the cast and crew members to us in an audio version of a playbill.  In this case, their stories go a little deeper than the blurb in an average program.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Museum Of The White Mountains Opens

Thomas Cole's "Morning Mist Rising" on display at the Musuem of the White Mountains
Sean Hurley for NHPR

The Museum of the White Mountains had its Grand Opening this past weekend in Plymouth. Correspondent Sean Hurley spoke with Director Catherine Amidon and sends us this story.

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NH News
12:00 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Mt. Chocorua Makes Debut On Quarter

Credit Sean Hurley

Turn over a quarter in your pocket and you may now see a scene out of the White Mountains.  New Hampshire's Mount Chocorua is the latest addition to the U.S. Mint's America the Beautiful Quarters Program.

It's the sixteenth coin in the series and was unveiled Thursday in Plymouth. The Quarters program runs over twelve years and honors 56 national parks, forests and other notable sites.

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Arts & Culture
9:30 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Nordic Skating On The Connecticut River

Jamie Hess & Sean Hurley

This is the time of year many of us love to head out on the ice to do some fishing or play a pick-up game of hockey with the kids. NHPR's Sean Hurley decided to try something a little different - he went Nordic.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 pm
Sun February 10, 2013

A Walk In The Woods

Trail beside Smarts Brook
Sean Hurley for NHPR

Sometimes, to make a surprising discovery, all you've got to do is strap on your snowshoes and step outside. That was the case when correspondent Sean Hurley ventured out to some familiar trails this past week:

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NH News
10:30 am
Sat February 9, 2013

Outdoors Enthusiasts Out In The Storm

Gerri Schiffman and her daughter went out snowshoeing and skiing Friday night
Credit Sean Hurley for NHPR

It’s dark and the winds are really starting to bluster in Waterville Valley when Jess Chabot snowshoes out of the woods near Town Square.

I lived in NH for a long time.  Growing up my parents didn’t ski or anything.  I hated the snow. They hated the snow.  I hated the snow. But then like in my mid-20’s I was like Why do I hate the snow so much I’m stuck with it.  So, you just gotta get a hobby. Snowshoeing you don’t have to be good at at all.  You just put em on your feet.  If you can walk you can snow shoe.

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Word of Mouth
12:30 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Snowshoe Racing: Winter's Leisure Sport Speeds Up

The starting line at The Sidehiller
Sean Hurley for NHPR

The Sidehiller snowshoe race in Center Sandwich is the oldest snowshoe race in New Hampshire…a remarkable distinction for an event that began in 2005. We sent correspondent Sean Hurley on a radio field trip to learn  more about the fast-growing winter sport.

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Arts & Culture
7:00 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Running Through Time On The Sandwich Notch Rd.

Credit Sean Hurley

There aren’t many roads that have books written about them, but we have one in New Hampshire.  In 1973, writer Elizabeth Yates published “The Road Through Sandwich Notch”, which more than anything else helped secure the road’s preservation status as a part of the White Mountain National Forest.  Sean Hurley has been running down and learning about the road for some time now and sends this reflection.

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Word of Mouth
12:45 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Monster Trucks Crush In New Hampshire

Backdraft gets some air
Sean Hurley for NHPR

They’re twelve feet tall, twelve feet wide and crush metal into scrap for fun.  They have names like Maximum Destruction, Eradicator and Thrasher. If you’re envisioning a new breed of comic book villains, think again. They’re some of the gigantic debutantes of a new season of Monster Truck Madness. The touring circuit known as Monster Jam 2013 landed in New Hampshire last week. Sean Hurley put in some earplugs and visited the spectacle for this radio field trip.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Mon December 24, 2012

A Public Story About A Private Gift (Rebroadcast)

Credit Sean Hurley, NHPR

When reporter Sean Hurley heard that one of his neighbors was giving away Christmas trees, he wanted to find out more about this local charity. And what he found was that this man's very public act, letting people wander over his property to pick out and cut down one of the Christmas Trees, was also very private. This story won Second Place in the 2007 Best Feature category from the New Hampshire Associated Press Broadcasters Association.

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Arts & Culture
4:00 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Storyteller Rebecca Rule Turns A Scary Sled Ride Into A Children's Book

Rebecca Rule reads from her children's book at The Bookmonger in Waterville Valley
Credit Sean Hurley

Publisher Bennet Cerf once bet Dr. Seuss that he couldn’t write a book using only 50 words.

The words were:

…a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green, ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam, say, see, so, thank, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will, with, would, you.

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Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

The New Secessionist Sentiments

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In the aftermath of the election, talk of secession is stirring in every State in the Union. The first petition came out of Louisiana the day after the election. A few months earlier, the secessionist sentiments of the Old South were stirring right here in the Great North.

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Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Once Upon A Midnight Dreary...

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Here is Sean Hurley's unabridged reading of "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe. Enjoy!

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Word of Mouth
12:00 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

The World Cup of Sandwich, NH

Credit Leo Greene

If you’ve spent any time in the town of Sandwich, New Hampshire, you may have picked up on its eclectic mix of preserved antiquity and progressiveness, with old clean-walled farmhouses occupied by inventors, artists, even a locally-grown internet service provider. Sandwich may be yesterday on the outside, but it’s tomorrow on the in.  As Sean Hurley reports, this dichotomy finds an unusual expression on the town soccer field a few days before the annual Sandwich Fair. And while many towns see carnies as an invading force, to residents of this town, they’re welcome competitors.

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