All Things Considered

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.
Credit Brady Carlson, NHPR

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.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR

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?

Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

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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All Things Considered
5:46 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

The Courtroom Challenge To Mary Baker Eddy And Christian Science

Mary Baker Eddy.
Credit courtesy Library of Congress

A new book is shining a light on an unusual chapter in the life of the founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy.

In the second half of the 19th Century, the New Hampshire native was a wealthy and prominent public figure. But toward the end of her life, Eddy faced a legal challenge to her wealth and her fitness to manage her own affairs – and it came in part from inside her own family.

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New England Snapshot
3:34 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

In The NEK, Climate Change Education Gets Down To Earth

Kristi LaFleur and Katrina McCullough build an anemometer at a teacher training workshop held by the Northwoods Stewardship Center in East Charleston.
Charlotte Albright VPR

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 6:03 pm

New federal science education standards adopted in Vermont require that students learn about climate change. So teachers are starting to create lesson plans with hands-on activities about weather patterns.

Some are getting that training deep in the woods of the Northeast Kingdom.

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All Things Considered
3:47 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Granite Geek: New Hampshire Archaeology Up To And (Maybe) Including America’s Stonehenge

Whatever the history of America's Stonehenge may be, you have to admit this is the best sign you're going to see on the internet today.
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Ancient archaeology is the kind of thing that, with the right find, can quickly capture the public’s attention and fascination.

And yet a New Hampshire group that studies ancient stone structures is turning 50 this week – and few Granite Staters have heard of it.

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Foodstuffs
5:09 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Foodstuffs: Two 'Nerds' Catch, Eat Their Way Through New Hampshire's Freshwater Fish

Clay Groves (left) and Dave Kellam, aka The Fish Nerds, in a file photo from 2011.
Credit Amy Quinton, NHPR

For the past several years, two men calling themselves The Fish Nerds have been on a quest to catch and eat all the species of New Hampshire freshwater fish. Their quest is now complete.

Clay Groves and Dave Kellam talked with All Things Considered about what they learned while trying to “Catch-m-All and Eat-m-All.”

How did this all get started?

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All Things Considered
5:19 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

"Slingshot": Inside Dean Kamen's Quest To Bring Clean Water To The World

Dean Kamen at a 2011 event at FIRST Robotics headquarters in Manchester.
Credit Josh Rogers, NHPR

The New Hampshire Film Festival is getting underway this week in Portsmouth.

One film that’s getting a lot attention this year is called Slingshot. It’s named for a device that creates clean drinking water in areas where such water isn’t usually available. And it’s notable because it comes from New Hampshire inventor Dean Kamen. The film follows Kamen as he develops, tests and promotes the Slingshot, and reflects upon his career, his inventions, and why he does the work he does.

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All Things Considered
3:27 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Why Fuel Prices In Vermont Are Dropping So Low

Vermont gas prices are expected to continue to drop, at least in the short term.
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Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 12:07 pm

From gasoline to heating oil and propane, fuel prices in Vermont are lower than they were a year ago. The decline in prices will likely mean lower heating bills and less expensive fill-ups during the coming winter.

According to Chicago-based GasBuddy.com, a clearinghouse of real time information on gas prices across the country, on Tuesday the price for a gallon of regular unleaded varied in Vermont from a low of $3.18 in Rutland to a high of $3.69 in Derby.

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All Things Considered
4:22 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Granite Geek: Wearable, Flexible Tech The Next Big Electronic Frontier

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The next big digital frontier seems to be wearable technology. One example that comes to mind is the newly-announced Apple Watch, but what if the device in question wasn’t a device per se, but electronics built into what you’re already wearing?

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All Things Considered
4:11 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

"Driving Backwards": Telling Gilmanton's Story Beyond "Peyton Place"

Gilmanton, New Hampshire was once the most famous – or, if you prefer, notorious - small town in America, thanks to the 1950 Grace Metalious novel Peyton Place.

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