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Granite Geek
5:27 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Granite Geek: The Software That Tries To Improve Our Road Designs

Life is a highway, and I want to use GIS-based software to design it all night long...
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The idea of building a road is pretty straightforward – you build a path and let vehicles go on the path.

The reality is, of course, is way more complicated. How many lanes does the road need, and in which directions? Which signs are necessary – and which are distracting? Does the road make it too hard for vehicles to get through – or can it actually be too easy?

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All Things Considered
12:25 pm
Sat March 7, 2015

Carsey School Research Shows Economy's Effect On Dads Sharing Child Care

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Big changes in the economy are often followed by social changes. One such change is in how married couples manage the work of caring for their children.

Kristin Smith is a family demographer at the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire. She joined All Things Considered to talk about her recently published research on the number of married fathers providing child care.

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All Things Considered
2:00 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Granite Geek: A Simple Way To Stop Winter Car Rust

This might not be the best example of winter car care. Regular washings can keep your car from rusting like this one.
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For people, winter has pros and cons - but for cars, this kind of weather is not ideal.

David Brooks writes the weekly Granite Geek science column for the Nashua Telegraph and GraniteGeek.org. He spoke with All Things Considered about the effects of road salt on cars in winter - and the simple and not-so-simple ways we might stop those effects before they start.

 

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Granite Geek
3:57 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Granite Geek: No Two Snowflakes Are Alike, And Here's The Math To Prove It

The beautiful building block that makes up those baffling behemoths known as snow piles.
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After spending weeks and weeks surrounded by snow piles that are several feet high, it’s easy to forget that those huge piles are made of tiny snowflakes. And no two snowflakes are alike – or at least that’s what we’ve all heard.

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All Things Considered
5:50 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

On Debut Album, Seacoast Band Black Agnes Explores The Meaning Of Home

The cover of the Black Agnes album "Mason Jar of Home"
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The debut album by Seacoast-based Black Agnes is called "Mason Jar of Home." Each song explores a different perspective of what home means - where you're born, where your ancestors lived, or even a moment in time.

Frontman Mike Dunbar joined All Things Considered to talk about the band, the concepts at work on the album, and the questions they might explore in a follow-up project.

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All Things Considered
3:55 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Perceptions Of New Hampshire Poverty Reveal Uncertainty, But Also Common Ground

From the Investing in Communities Initiative report on the perceptions of poverty in New Hampshire.
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There’s lots of discussion these days among public policy leaders and government officials about poverty – what causes it, and what can be done about it.

A new study aims to answer a different question – what are our perceptions of poverty, and what do those tell us about how to deal with the issue? Melissa Bernardin is director of the new Investing in Communities Initiative, which commissioned the research. She joined All Things Considered with more on the research.

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Foodstuffs
5:46 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Foodstuffs: Award-Winning Syrup Maker Keeps Old-Fashioned Spirit Alive

Jim Fadden looks at syrup samples at his sugarhouse in North Woodstock, New Hampshire.
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Each year the New Hampshire Maple Producers Association honors the state’s best maple producer with the Lawrence A. Carlisle Memorial Trophy.

This year’s winner is the Fadden family, which has been making syrup for some 200 years, and has been producing on its current location in North Woodstock since the 1930’s.

Jim Fadden joined All Things Considered to talk about the award and the sweet old world of maple.

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All Things Considered
5:54 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

North Country Moose Study Aided By Research 'Muggers'

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How's this for a typical day at the office: get into a helicopter, fly just above treetops in parts of northern New Hampshire, and find moose to tag, track and monitor. It's part of the work New Hampshire Fish and Game is doing to study the effect of winter tick and other parasites on the state's moose population.

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All Things Considered
5:38 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

There's A Rock Paper Scissors Tournament In New Hampshire

Rock, paper or scissors: which will you choose?
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The Super Bowl is still some time away, but there's plenty of competition taking place in New Hampshire - most notably the Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament at the Derryfield School on Sunday, January 25th.

To get a preview, All Things Considered talked with Ben Dougherty, Head of Upper School at Derryfield, and Jack Miron, a Derryfield sophomore who's organizing the tournament.

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Foodstuffs
5:40 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Foodstuffs: Sprinkling Seaweed Into The New Hampshire Food System

Sarah Redmond of Maine Sea Grant says sea vegetables like knotted rockweed are nutritious and could be part of a sustainable seaweed industry on the coast of New England.
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If seaweed isn't part of your share of New Hampshire food, it may soon be. At least that's the goal of the “exploration of seaweed” event taking place at Stages at One Washington in Dover.

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Granite Geek
3:15 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Granite Geek: How Well Would Geothermal Heat Work In New Hampshire?

No volcanoes in this geothermal system, but maybe some heat and energy savings.
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This is a time of year when heating bills usually go up, and some residents consider alternative energy sources for their heating.

Proponents of geothermal heat say their systems ought to be a bigger part of New Hampshire's energy landscape.

The prospects for geothermal - that's the topic of this month's Science Café discussion, which takes place Wednesday, January 21st, at Killarney's Pub in Nashua.

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Foodstuffs
4:09 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Foodstuffs: The Mac And Cheese Bake-Off Is Coming

I feel warmer just looking at a bowl full of mac and cheese, don't you?
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In cold weather we turn to comfort food, and there are few foods more comforting than mac and cheese.

This winter favorite is becoming increasingly versatile, as is evident from the many entries in the New Hampshire’s Own Macaroni and Cheese Bake Off, which takes place Saturday, January 17th, in Concord.

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Granite Geek
4:08 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Granite Geek: Think Waiting For Test Results Takes A Long Time? Try Running A Medical Study

Run for it, polyps! Screening tests are coming for you!
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Medical professionals have a hard time getting people to come in and get screened for various cancers and diseases.

What can be even harder, though, is finding the right screening test.

A large-scale, nearly decade-long study of two screening methods for colorectal cancer is underway. It’s  known by the acronym CONFIRM.

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New England Snapshot
2:33 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Raimondo Says She's Ready to Take on Rhode Island's Problems

Raimondo's first official act as governor was signing an executive order calling for high ethical standards in her administration.

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 8:36 am

Gina Raimondo’s long path to the top job in Rhode Island politics culminated when she was sworn in Tuesday as the state’s first female governor. Raimondo has cautioned that making change won’t be easy in a state plagued by persistently high unemployment.

Raimondo’s inaugural on the south portico of the Statehouse was steeped in tradition, from the singing of the National Anthem to the firing of a 19-gun salute.

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New England Snapshot
2:27 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

In Vermont, Amendment Would Allow Gubernatorial Candidate To Win Without Majority

Under the Vermont Constitution, Gov. Peter Shumlin, shown here in January 2014, didn't earn enough votes for reelection, despite getting more than challenger Scott Milne. A proposed Constitutional amendment would allow a candidate to win with 40 percent.
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Longtime Washington County Sen. Bill Doyle says he'll propose a constitutional amendment to make it less likely that lawmakers will be asked to elect a governor in the future. Doyle says the results of this year's election show why his amendment is needed.  

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Granite Geek
5:08 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Granite Geek: Will The Mastodon Become New Hampshire's Official State Fossil?

Granite Staters found a mastodon tooth - not a whole skeleton, like this one in Japan - but it might be enough to make the American mastodon the state's official fossil.
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New Hampshire has plenty of state symbols. The state rock is – no surprise - granite; the state fish is the brook trout. Our state tree is the white birch; our state insect, the ladybug; our state gem, smoky quartz, and so on.

Unlike many other states, New Hampshire does not have a state fossil – at least not yet.

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All Things Considered
4:53 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Granite Geek: Should Motorcycles Get A Green Light To Move Through Some Red Lights?

Some stoplights sense cars and trucks and change signals when they show up. Motorcycles, not so much.
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These days many stoplights will start changing to green when the intersection detects a car or truck. But some of these intersections don't detect motorcycles, at least not regularly. And a bill before New Hampshire's legislature would let those otherwise stuck bikers ride on through red lights.

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Granite Geek
4:46 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Granite Geek: Want To Know Santa's Carbon Footprint? We Have The Numbers

If Santa used gasoline to make his rounds for Christmas, he would kick climate change into high gear in days. Fortunately that's not the case.
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We all have our holiday traditions – family dinners, decorating, songs, presents... or, in one particular case, doing calculations about some of the most famous parts of the holidays.

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All Things Considered
2:44 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Vermont Yankee Closing Could Bring 'Considerable' Economic Changes To Southwestern N.H.

In just over a week Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant is set to close. It means the end of a long-running debate over the plant and nuclear energy in the Green Mountain State, but it could also mean the start of some economic challenges for the area surrounding the plant, including parts of New Hampshire's Monadnock Region.

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All Things Considered
5:16 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Cost, Tax Concerns Prompt Vermont To Hold Off On Single-Payer Health Plan

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, at an event in 2012.
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Vermont's big experiment in creating a single-payer health care system is over, at least for now.

On Wednesday Governor Peter Shumlin announced he would effectively kill the plan to create a publicly-financed insurance system that was to be known as Green Mountain Health Care. "In my judgment," Shumlin said, "now is not the right time to ask our legislature to take the step of passing the financial plan for Green Mountain Health Care."

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All Things Considered
5:17 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Politicians Have To Claim Their Digital Real Estate Before Others Take It

House Speaker Shawn Jasper's Twitter profile. Not to be confused with the "SpeakerJasper" Twitter account, which Jasper says isn't him.

It was only days after Shawn Jasper won the race for State House Speaker that Twitter had a new user: @SpeakerJasper. There was only one catch: the Twitter user Speaker Jasper wasn’t the actual Speaker Jasper. (The official Twitter account used by the last few speakers, including Jasper, is @NHSpeaker.)

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All Things Considered
4:55 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

As Worker Strike Continues, Fairpoint Comes Under Scrutiny In Vermont

Fairpoint workers rally in Portsmouth, December 5, 2014.
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For nearly two months, more than 1,700 workers in northern New England have been off the job at Fairpoint Communications. The strike, they say, will continue until Fairpoint offers them a better contract. Fairpoint says the workers are the ones who need to compromise further.

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Foodstuffs
4:53 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Foodstuffs: Portsmouth Library Will Waive Your Fines For Food Pantry Donations

This is a time of year when food banks and aid groups are looking for ways to encourage people to donate food and money to help the hungry.

The Portsmouth Public Library is offering its patrons a deal: donate food to the Seacoast Family Food Pantry and they’ll forgive some overdue fines.

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All Things Considered
1:54 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Granite Geek: The Math That Made M.C. Escher-Mania Run Wild

How big of a deal is M.C. Escher? His work shows up on posters, calendars, comics and this dude's back.
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M.C. Escher has been all over Manchester lately (or, at least, his work has been). The Currier Museum of Art has been featuring Escher in an exhibit that runs through January 5th.

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All Things Considered
5:06 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Methadone Clinic In Keene Comes Under Scrutiny

One of the ways health officials have tried to stem the growing amount of heroin and prescription opioid abuse in New Hampshire is methadone treatment. Methadone is an opioid, but given in the proper dose, it can reduce cravings without getting users high.

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All Things Considered
5:39 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Granite Geek: The Science Behind Snowmaking

David Brooks says nearly all of New Hampshire ski areas use snowmaking machines, such as fan guns, to ensure the slopes are ready for skiers all winter long.
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Mother Nature looks ready to unleash some snow on New Hampshire ahead of Thanksgiving. That's not great news for travelers, but it would be good news for New Hampshire ski areas - though, of course, they already have the technology to make their own snow no matter what’s coming down from the sky.

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Foodstuffs
5:51 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Foodstuffs: Sweet French Pastries From A Registered Dietitian

French macarons are meringue cookies quite different from the very coconutty (but still awesome) American style macaroons.
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Yankee Magazine recently released the winners of its 2014 Editors Choice Food Awards. One of the New Hampshire honorees caught our attention: Moochie’s Macarons of Nashua.

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All Things Considered
5:42 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Study: People With Severe Mental Illness Find Community, Support On YouTube

Screenshot from a YouTube video narrative.

Users of the online video platform YouTube reportedly post some 100 hours of video content each minute.

Much of that content consists of very basic video narratives - people sharing their own experiences with the world. Researchers at Dartmouth have been looking at whether there are benefits when people with severe mental illness who post their narratives on YouTube.

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All Things Considered
4:57 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

'100' Film A Look Inside The Grueling World Of Ultra-Running

Image from the film "100: Head/Heart/Feet."
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A marathon, of course, is 26.2 miles long. Elite runners can complete these races in just over three hours. Ultra-running events can be one hundred miles long. And as grueling as that sounds, these events are growing in popularity.

The documentary “100: Head/Heart/Feet” follows an ultra-runner from New Hampshire, Zak Wieluns, as he takes on the Vermont 100 Endurance Race.

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All Things Considered
5:31 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Granite Geek: Should The 'Ballot Selfie' Stay Illegal In New Hampshire?

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If you check your Facebook feed on this Election Day, there’s a chance you may see a friend post a “ballot selfie” - a photo taken in the voting booth of a completed ballot.

If that friend lives in New Hampshire, posting that photo might not be such a great idea. Such photos are illegal in this state – at least for now.

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