We sit down with George Bald, outgoing Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development. Bald announced he’ll retire in November after serving nearly thirteen years as chief advocate for the state’s economy, promoting business development and overseeing travel and tourism, including the state park system. We’ll talk with him about his tenure.
Three women with vastly different jobs each take microphone and recorders in hand to chronicle their daily work. A pastor from a Chicago church, a seasonal farm worker, and a longtime judge all tell their own stories and reflect on what their work means to them.
In a new book, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores how we reach different moral judgments about the same issue. Haidt says we join groups to reinforce these judgments, and this "groupishness" contributed to the survival of our species, but it has also been cause for fierce divisiveness. Haidt says there’s another option: mutual understanding and respect.
The presence of the Granite State has already been felt in Tampa - an address from U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, a speech from Hudson business owner Jack Gilchrist, and the endorsement of our First in the Nation primary status. We’ll talk with New Hampshire Republicans attending the convention about their take on major speeches, Mitt Romney’s candidacy, and the GOP platform.
Beverly Bruce, State Finance Chair of the Mitt Romney for President campaign in New Hampshire.
One goal of our schools is to prepare young people to become informed and engaged citizens. Yet there is growing concern that students are not being prepared to participate in democracy, to learn from the historical actions of American government, or – critically - to understand the U.S. Constitution. We’ll take a look at efforts to address this here in New Hampshire.
New Hampshire's Department of Health and Human Services has faced huge challenges in recent years – deep budget cuts, lawsuits, and, most recently, a crisis involving Exeter Hospital and patients infected with Hepatitis C. Now, its Commissioner NickToumpas must take the scalpel again to his budget, even as need for his agency’s services remains strong. We'll talk to him about that and other challenges in his department.
Nick Toumpas - Commissioner for the NH Department of Health and Human Services
Today we sit down with iconic food writer and activist Frances Moore Lappé. In the 1970's, Lappé pioneered the idea of conscientious eating with her book “Diet for a Small Planet”. Now forty years later, she says much has changed. There's more awareness of the connections between food, health, and the environment, yet there's also growing world hunger requiring she says a complete global re-think.
In late August of 2011, New England prepared as the storm barreled up the east coast. Though downgraded to a tropical storm, Irene was still daunting -- and deadly. To the surprise of many, Vermont was the hardest hit, with roads, bridges, and farmland badly damaged and lives lost. But parts of New Hampshire were hit hard as well. We’ll talk about how we’re recovering from this storm and what we’ve learned.
Our coverage of the New Hampshire Gubernatorial primary continues with Democrat Jackie Cilley. A former State Representative, Senator and UNH Business Professor, Cilley has been vocal about not taking the traditional anti-tax pledge. We’ll talk with her about that, and other issues in this primary campaign, including why she thinks she's the best choice for Democrats this fall.
Jackie Cilley - Former State Representative, Senator, UNH Business Professor and current Democratic Candidate for Governor
We continue our coverage of the New Hampshire gubernatorial primary, with Republican Kevin Smith. A former State Representative and lobbyist, Smith is a social and fiscal conservative, emphasizing in this race his plans to improve the state’s business climate. We’ll get his stance on that and other issues including why he thinks he’s the best choice for Republicans this fall.
Kevin Smith - Former State Representative, Lobbyist and Republican Gubernatorial Candidate.
It’s been an uneasy relationship, with cyclists saying cars rule the roads, and drivers saying cyclists flout the law. In recent years, these groups have made some headway when it comes to relations, with more bike lanes and more education on avoiding collisions. But conflicts still flare up and many say there’s still plenty of room for improvement.
We talk with Pulitzer Prize winning author Edward Humes about his new book, Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash. Americans are at the top of the heap for producing waste: over 100 tons per person in a lifetime.
Humes explores why we make so much garbage, the environmental and economic impact of trash…and why he believes this is a problem ordinary people can fix.
Today we talk with Associated Press reporter Stephen Ohlemacher, who has been examining the issues surrounding Social Security through a multi-part newspaper series. It's an often controversial topic that has been nearly untouched in recent political talk. Today we examine Social Security -- the challenges it faces and what some propose to do about it.
Stephen Olemacher - Reporter for The Associated Press.
More than three years after the recession was officially called “over”,the U.S. is still seeing sluggish growth in housing, business investment, and most importantly, employment. We’ll ask why the economy seems so hesitant to take off including how much global woes and domestic political uncertainty are playing a role.