All Things Considered

All Things Considered
5:47 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Allergies Not Just A Spring Issue Anymore

Peanuts are one of the biggest concerns in discussions of food allergies.
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Today’s weather is yet another reminder that spring is still a ways away, but Nashua is playing host this week to a Science Café discussion about something we often associate with spring: allergies.

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NH News
5:30 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Lucky Us: Winter Storm 'Redeveloped' Before Hitting N.H.

A view of the snow outside NHPR's studios.
Credit Brady Carlson, NHPR

Snow has been falling across New Hampshire again, the latest winter storm in a season that’s been full of them.

There’s a winter storm warning in effect for southern and eastern parts of the state, and a winter weather advisory for the rest of the state.

Many schools canceled classes again today; others planned early dismissals.

The heaviest snow has been falling Tuesday afternoon, ahead of the commute home. State Police said drivers should travel no faster than 45 miles per hour.

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All Things Considered
5:39 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

The Winter Storm Is On The Move In New Hampshire

Meteorologist Gary Best of Hometown Forecast Service tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson the winter storm system is moving north through New Hampshire Thursday evening, with snow expected to wrap up during the day Friday.

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New England Snapshot
5:40 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Humble Startup Or 'Monsanto Of Herbalism'? Pittsfield Company Comes Under Fire

A trademark issued to a tiny business in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, for its vinegar-based health tonic is causing a firestorm of criticism. The makers of "Fire Cider" are finding themselves portrayed as corporate usurpers.

Read and hear Jeremy Goodwin's story at the New England Public Radio website.

New England Snapshot
5:37 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Can Climate Change Hurt Vermont's Winter Sports Industry?

Winter sports are capturing the attention of Olympics spectators, but climate change is making some environmentalists worry about the future of sports like skiing and snowboarding. Last week, Vermont Law School hosted a panel discussion about how climate change continues to jeopardize the winter sports industry both nationally and in New England.

Listen to Annie Russell's report at Vermont Public Radio's website.

All Things Considered
5:26 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Teaching Teachers To Teach Civility And Empathy

A professor at the University of New Hampshire who studies school violence says teaching our students civility and empathy can help make schools safer for kids.

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All Things Considered
5:15 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Why Snow Melts Right Above The Septic Tank

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We have a lot of snow on the ground these days in New Hampshire. And judging by this week’s weather forecast, the snow piles aren’t likely to get any smaller in the immediate future.

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All Things Considered
6:03 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Remembering Bob McQuillen, An "Old-Fashioned Contra Dance Piano Player"

Bob McQuillen at home in Peterborough
Susanna Bolle Flickr Creative Commons

Earlier this week New Hampshire’s contra dance community said goodbye to one of its most celebrated musicians and writers.

Bob McQuillen died Tuesday following a stroke. He was 90 years old.

McQuillen - sometimes called “Mac” or “Mr. Mack” – Among those contribitions: writing thousands of tunes. And as he noted on NHPR in 2002, many of them were written for – and named for - individuals:

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NH News
6:20 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

N.H. Senate Deal Opens The Door For Medicaid Expansion

Governor Maggie Hassan's first State of the State Address touched on a wide range of issues, including energy, infrastructure, and  education.

But the biggest news of the speech was a deal to expand the state’s Medicaid program, announced by Senate President Chuck Morse and Senate Democratic Leader Sylvia Larsen shortly before the governor's address. 

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Foodstuffs
6:08 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Maple Syrup: Before The Sap Comes Out, New Labels And New Questions

New Hampshire sugar houses will soon be busy boiling down sap into mapley goodness.
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It’ll likely be several more weeks before most of New Hampshire's syrup producers boiling their sap into maple goodness, but there are big ideas and changes in the air these days around syrup production, from new grading standards for syrup-producing states and Canadian provinces, to research on sap that suggests syrup could be produced in a way that's something akin to a row crop. 

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All Things Considered
5:53 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

At Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Actors Fake Dementia To Train Caregivers

About 90 percent of Americans who need long term care get it from unpaid family members. That puts a strain on a lot of relatives who have neither enough time nor the training to care for loved ones with brain disorders such as dementia.

So Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., gives classes to family caregivers, and recruits actors to play the patients.

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New England Snapshot
4:47 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

A Coast Guard Cutter On The Connecticut River

Residents of Connecticut who have looked out on the Connecticut River this winter may have seen something a bit unexpected - a Coast Guard cutter.  A ship called the Bollard has been on the river for weeks -- dutifully breaking up ice.

Visit WNPR's website to read or hear Patrick Skahill's report.

New England Snapshot
4:43 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Maine Considers A State-Run Virtual School

Lawmakers in Maine have been looking recently at virtual learning. For-profit charter school operators have proposed two virtual learning charters.

But a bill this year would create a state-run online school first, before allowing for-profit charters to set up shop.

Visit MPBN's website to read or hear Jay Field's report.

All Things Considered
5:43 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

When Drone Aircraft Video Met Nashua's Branding Campaign

David Brooks says the cost of attaching a camera to a quadrocopter and creating a video-friendly drone aircraft is often under a thousand dollars.
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Nashua is in the midst of a downtown branding campaign, with the slogan “Dare To Begin” and an eye-catching video showing some of the district’s most prominent features from above, courtesy of a camera mounted on an unmanned aerial vehicles, or a drone.

The catch is, the system used to make the video does not appear to have had license from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly.

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All Things Considered
5:23 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Sorry, N.H., This Winter Storm Not Likely To Veer Away From Us

The last winter storm we followed closely decided not to come through New Hampshire, and instead dropped heavy snow in Massachusetts and other parts of the Northeast.

But Gary Best of Hometown Forecast Services says we're not going to miss this one. "This is going to be a definite snow event," he says. "The heaviest snow will across central and especially into southern New Hampshire."

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