Zach Nugent

Producer, Arts & Culture

Zach graduated from the University of Maine, Orono, with a B.A. in New Media/Communications.  Since graduation, he has kept very busy with a number of different work experiences, mostly working in the outdoors in conservation projects.  Included in his experience are crew member and leader with the California Conservation Corps and the Northwest Youth Corps, respectively, and Assistant Hut Master with Maine Huts and Trails.  He also spent several months in France with Wwoof, World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms.   Zach lives in Concord, New Hampshire.


Word of Mouth
11:33 am
Thu March 14, 2013

And The Dartmouth Idol Is...

Credit Photo courtesy Dartmouth's Facebook page

Last week, we spoke to two contestants and the producer of Dartmouth's annual singing competition, Dartmouth Idol. One of our guests, Nathaniel Graves, was victorious, so we tracked him down on his spring break to see how it feels to be this year's champion.

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Arts & Culture
2:20 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

This Weekend's Arts Scene

Violin virtuoso Joshua Bell performs at The Music Hall in Portsmouth Friday night, accompanied by pianist Sam Haywood

If you’re feeling Shakespearean, the Keene State College Theatre Department performs The Tempest this weekend at the Redfern Arts Center

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre perform at the Hopkins Center in Dartmouth through the weekend; the San Francisco Chronicle referred to a company production as “spectacular dancing that thrills you to your marrow”.  The program includes Ailey’s signature work, “Revelations.”

And right here in Concord…jazz pianist and composer Pamela Hines will be playing at the Purple Pit.

Word of Mouth
1:40 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

New Hampshire Native Skates With Disney

Disney on Ice's Kaitlyn DeRoy
Greta Rybus

Earlier this month, “Disney on Ice” glided into  Manchester’s Verizon Wireless Arena with a parade of princesses, Peter Pans,  and talking mice on skates.  We sent Word of Mouth producer Zach Nugent to meet a cast member with New Hampshire roots.  Zach arrived a few hours before the show and managed to get in a little bit of ice time.

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Arts & Culture
8:00 am
Sun February 3, 2013

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino Warms Up New Hampshire

Zach talked with bandleader Mauro Durante via Skype from Italy about Pizzica music, the band's American tour, and if they are bringing enough warm clothes.

It’s not often you get to hear authentic world music in New Hampshire, especially in the dead of winter. But on February 6th at the Spaulding Auditorium in Hanover, the southern Italian band Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino will be bringing their high energy pizzica tarantata music and dance.  Leading a new wave of young Italian artists reinventing and invigorating traditional Italian music, CGS includes six singers/musicians and a dancer.

I think it would be impossible not to have fun at a show like this:

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Arts & Culture
4:15 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

This Week's New Hampshire Arts Scene

Opening this weekend is the exhibition Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor. It features the work of over 30 different master craftsmen from as far back as the 1200s.

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Arts & Culture
5:17 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

This Weekend's Arts Scene

We start off the weekend with a critically acclaimed documentary that has no dialogue, narrative, or text. The film is Samsara, filmed over five years in twenty five different countries; it’s a combination of music and imagery full of life and culture from all over the world.  The film will be playing Friday, January 25 at Dartmouth’s Spaulding Theater.

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Word of Mouth
5:01 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

The Audio Orchard Podcast for January

Credit Kr. B. via Flickr Creative Commons

If you want an email notification ONCE A MONTH when a new podcast is out you can sign up here, and  you'll never miss it! Thanks!

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Word of Mouth
10:36 am
Wed December 19, 2012

The Case of the Missing Santa Claus

It’s a sad sign of holiday desperation that in many towns, burglaries and thefts spike around the holidays. Two years ago a landmark seasonal statue was stolen from a small New Hampshire town…now a gallery in Massachusetts is trying to find it through the power of art.

Word of Mouth
11:55 am
Thu December 6, 2012

3 Gift Ideas for the Adrenaline Junkie


Today's segment about experiential gifts got me wondering what I'd get for someone with more thrill-fueled interests...

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Word of Mouth
2:02 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

The Audio Orchard for December

Credit Kr. B. via Flickr Creative Commons

The Audio Orchard explores music being made right here in New England, and introduces you to artists that find their way here while on tour. Each month, we hand pick a variety of songs to sample. Click HERE to listen and download on Soundcloud, or click the "Podcast" link on the right of this page for iTunes. Happy Listening!

UPDATE: I'm not a big fan of email subscriptions because they usually end up spamming your inbox, but if you want me to email you ONCE A MONTH when my new podcast is out you can sign up here, and that way you'll never miss it! Thanks!

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Word of Mouth
10:01 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Poe Was Totally Steampunk

Zach is so steampunk right now
Rebecca Lavoie

One of the events that took place earlier this week at the Bosacwen Public Library was the Edgar Allan Poe Steampunk Workshop which linked Poe’s artistry to the “steam-punk” subculture that is quickly growing  among fans of fantasy fiction and Japanese animation. 

Word of Mouth
11:14 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Unicorns, Nessie, Big Foot...Oh My!

The Fur Bearing Trout
VeniceVandal via Flickr Creative Commons

A replica of Bigfoot, a display case dedicated to lake monsters, and the “mystery cat corner” are a few of the sights to see at Portland, Maine’s International Cryptozoology Museum. A little bit oddity, a little bit kitsch, it’s the type of place you might find by walking down a random alley... lucky for us, our adventurous producer Zach Nugent took that walk, and brings us this audio field trip.

The famous Patterson-Gimlin film:

Word of Mouth
10:59 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Doing Whatever It Takes...

Sara Hallie Richardson by Robbie Kanner

The unsteady path of an artist is never an easy one. Especially in today’s ambiguous economy, the choice to reject a  steady paycheck or conventional job is all the more difficult to justify. One Portland, Maine-based songwriter has made that conundrum into a source of inspiration. Zach Nugent takes us on a radio field trip to meet Sara Hallie Richardson.

Word of Mouth
2:45 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Whatever Floats Your Flag

NHPR Intern Zach Nugent poses with carrot flag
Photo by Emma Ruddock

In most downtowns across America, there are a handful of staple successful businesses: the pizza place, the hardware store, the movie theater.  

Then there are the niche stores that never seem to last long, the kind that make you wonder, can someone make a living selling just that?

In downtown Concord, N.H., that store might be Flagworks Over America.  And as its name implies, it sells only flags.

Patrick: “That’s a 48-star cotton flag that belonged to my wife’s grandfather, and it use to fly over in the Chicago area out in front of their house…”

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