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7:27 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Worth Preserving? 'Ugly' Concord Building At Center Of Debate Over Mid-Century Design

The former Department of Employment Security Building, located on South Main Street in Concord
Credit Courtesy photo

Located at 32-34 South Main Street, the former office of New Hampshire Employment Security has been called “the ugliest building in Concord.”

It is empty and blighted. It also melds two distinctly different styles; a 1927 home made of brick juts from the back of a 1958, Mad Men-era office building framed with turquoise panels of porcelain-enameled steel. 

Those turquoise panels, in particular, look dated to many people. Mid-20th century architecture is not in vogue in New Hampshire, although it is in many cities outside of New England.

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Arts & Culture
6:52 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Inside The Retro World Of The Café Racer

From Walt Siegl's Leggero series
waltsiegl.com

When Walt Siegl was growing up in Austria, utilitarian motorcycles were a common fixture on the roads. These workaday machines moved passengers from town to town, sharing pavement with cars and bicycles.

Then, he’s 7 or 8 years old and a neighbor—a chimney sweep—rips through the village on something new.

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Arts & Culture
1:00 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Making Music In The Streets of Plymouth

Jacob Stern, fiddler for the Crunchy Western Boys.
Sean Hurley

Last Saturday Plymouth joined 800 cities around the world to celebrate Make Music Day. The general idea - music performed by anyone, anywhere they like.  

Bob King has a day job but he hosts open mics at Tony's Restaurant on Thursdays. Today, he's standing in front of Thomas Roberts Hair Salon playing some of his favorite songs.

"It must be beautiful for people to walk around town and hear a different song every ten feet."

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Arts & Culture
10:39 am
Fri June 20, 2014

NH This Weekend: Strawberries & Ice Cream

The strawberries are in! Hippo Editor Amy Diaz knows where to find them, and where to get some good local eats this weekend. She tells us about the Hollis Strawberry Festival and NH Dairy Day at the New Hampshire Farm Museum.

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Arts & Culture
1:00 am
Fri June 20, 2014

The Tiny Sailboat Regatta

Bill Hagerup (left) and Cliff Martin
Sean Hurley

New Hampshire’s two model sailboat clubs got together in Wolfeboro for a regatta known as the Sasquatch Footy.

Bob Rice sits on a bench overlooking the wind scratched surface of Wolfeboro's Back Bay Harbor.  He watches the remote control sailboats tack back and forth and pivot around the floating white marks.  

Oh I think it's dandy.  You get boats of this size and more people can play with them.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

NH This Weekend: Outside Art

Credit Andres Institute of Art

See how the environment affects art at three events this weekend in New Hampshire. Hippo Editor Amy Diaz details the Andres Institute of Art, the Nashua Sculpture Symposium, and Art in Nature 2014: Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at The Fells.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

N.H. This Weekend: Spring At The Farmers Market

Credit Concord Farmers Market

It seems as if everything was running behind schedule this spring; Maple syrup producers were worried about a slow start, and gardeners may have put off planting a bit later. What does it mean for our local farmers markets? Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has been talking with organizers and tells us what to expect- and has suggestions for eating out this weekend.

Find a list of Famer's Markets here.

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Arts & Culture
9:53 am
Fri May 9, 2014

NH This Weekend: Knights, Sheep & Legos

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz offers a list of fairs in New Hampshire this weekend- with plenty of variety.  There's Ye New Hampshire Renaissance Faire, the Art Fest: Community Creations at the Currier Museum, something known as Brick Fair New England (featuring intricate and big creations made from Legos), and something for the sheep lovers- the New Hampshire Sheep

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri May 2, 2014

NH This Weekend: Get This Comic Free

Credit freecomicbookday.com

The first Saturday in May is known as Free Comic Book Day. Amy Diaz, Editor for The Hippo, tells us how its celebrated in New Hampshire.  Get the details here. 

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri April 25, 2014

I Think I Knew When I Stole The Book - The Poetry Of Deborah Brown

Deborah Brown at Frost Farm
Sean Hurley

As part of National Poetry month, NHPR's Sean Hurley has been introducing us to a New Hampshire poet every Friday. Today, in our final part of the series, we hear from Deborah Brown who lives in Warner. Brown published her latest volume of poetry, Walking the Dog's Shadow, in 2011.  

Deborah Brown recalls the moment she knew she'd become a poet.

I remember really falling in love with poetry as a kid.  Certainly by middle school years.  But I think I knew it when I stole the book.

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Arts & Culture
4:00 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

A World Record For A Tiny Car

The Slot Car Corner Team
Christian Gingras

For the fourth year in a row, a local slot car enthusiast has helped his team capture the world record for distance traveled in 24 hours by a car the size of an iPhone.  NHPR's Sean Hurley visited Dickie Pearson, owner of Slot Car Corner in Penacook, fresh off his world record race at the Michigan 24.

Claudio Serrano is late to the race. He sets his briefcase down.  Planted safely in the foam molding, he introduces me to his four favorite cars. 

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10:31 am
Fri April 18, 2014

NH This Weekend: Back To Nature

Credit wildnh.com

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has the details on Discover Wild NH Day and The New England Reptile Expo.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Blame The Typewriter - The Poetry Of Rodger Martin

Poet Rodger Martin at Frost Place
Sean Hurley

As part of National Poetry month, NHPR's Sean Hurley has been introducing us to a New Hampshire poet every Friday.  Today we hear from Rodger Martin who lives in Hancock. Martin published his latest volume of poetry, The Battlefield Guide, in 2010.  

Rodger Martin loved writing stories as a boy, but he blames the typewriter for turning him into a poet.

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Arts & Culture
6:15 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Saying The Unsayable - The Poetry Of Jennifer Militello

Jennifer Militello
Joanne Smith

In honor of National Poetry month, NHPR's Sean Hurley is introducing us to a New Hampshire poet every Friday.  Today we hear from Jennifer Militello.  The Goffstown native has recently published her second book of poetry - "Body Thesaurus."

While her relatives gathered for coffee in her grandmother's kitchen, 9 year old Jennifer Militello would sneak off into a back room to read aloud from the two books she found there.  A heavy collection of Edgar Allen Poe and a slimmer volume of Emily Dickinson.

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Arts & Culture
4:00 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

What The Psychics Said

Dante the Wandmaker casts a spell.
Sean Hurley

A 2013 Harris Poll survey on belief shows that Americans believe a bit less in angels - down 6 percent since the original survey in 2005 - and a little more in ghosts  - up 1%.  Less in Heaven - down 6, more in reincarnation - up 3.  While our faith in astrology remains level at 29%, our belief in witches has fallen off 5 per cent.  NHPR's Sean Hurley isn't quite sure what he believes when it comes to mediums, witches, and astrology - and to find out more, he recently visited two psychic fairs in New Hampshire.  A quiet gathering of 6 mediums in Londonderry and a larger fair with vendors at

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