Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
6:30 am
Fri September 7, 2012

NH this Weekend: Festivals

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz tells us about two major festivals featuring food and music (and lots of both). Read more about the Manchester Music Festival here, and the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival here.   

Inspired Lives
12:03 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Inspired Lives: Poet Maxine Kumin

Poet Maxine Kumin on the Exchange with Laura Knoy.

Maxine Kumin’s career has spanned over half a century. She's the recipient of  awards such as the Pulitzer Prize, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, and an American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award. Kumin was the poetry consultant for the Library of Congress in 1981-1982, and has taught at many of the country’s most prestigious universities, including MIT, Princeton, and Columbia. Despite traveling away from home to lecture at schools and universities around the United States, Kumin has retained close ties with her farmhouse in rural New Hampshire.

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Arts & Culture
4:00 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Varmints! Hostility Grows In The Garden

BenSpark Flickr

Summer may be winding down, but for many gardeners in New Hampshire, the season’s not quite over.  There are still tomatoes and beans to be gathered.  And rich fall squashes are just emerging.  This summer’s gardening season has been a challenging one.  Mainly because of a few creatures that have enjoyed her plants.

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: “I have no hostility to nature, but a child’s love to it. I expand and live in the warm day like corn and melons.”

I suspect that deer were not eating Mr. Emerson’s corn, or melons.

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Arts & Culture
9:55 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Farmers Markets: Ripe for the Picking

This is a great time to hit your local farmer's market; Hippo Editor Amy Diaz tells us about some surprising finds. Read more from The Hippo, and find a market near you.

Inspired Lives
7:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Victor Kumin: A "Soldier Scientist" At Work On The Atomic Bomb

Victor Kumin.
Victor Kumin

Victor Kumin, Harvard graduate with a degree in Chemistry, helped create the Atomic Bomb under direction of J. Robert Oppenheimer. He lives in Warner, New Hampshire with his wife, the former U.S. Poet Laureate, Maxine Kumin. The two exchanged 575 letters back and forth during their courtship. These letters will be the subject of an article, written by Maxine, in the September 2012 issue of the American Scholar.

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Inspired Lives
7:00 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Inspired Lives: Jerry Carr

NASA-Astronaut Gerald Paul Carr

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Destination Art
4:13 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

North Adams, Mass.: A Manufacturing Town For Art

MASS MoCA is a complex of 26 renovated 19th-century factory buildings. The site was formerly the home of Arnold Print Works (1860-1942) and Sprague Electric Company (1942-1985).

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 3:06 pm

If you ever decide to visit one of the largest museums of contemporary art in the world, prepare yourself: It's a little intimidating. First, you have to drive to upper Massachusetts, just south of the Vermont border, where you'll behold 26 hulking brick buildings: We're talking 600,000 square feet of raw, sunlit space, roughly equivalent to a mid-sized airport.

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Inspired Lives
7:00 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Inspired Lives: Michael Heaney

Michael Heaney
Michael Heaney

Michael Heaney, former platoon leader, returned to the spot where 46 years ago 10 of his men under his command were killed in an ambush by North Vietnamese soldiers. He returned to the land he calls "my valley of death" to reclaim a piece of his soul. He was the only member of his unit to survive an ambush by North Vietnamese soldiers in May 1966.

Heaney spent a great deal of time coming to realization that he had survived Operation Crazy Horse, the combat operation so fierce it is discussed in history books.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Fri August 10, 2012

NH this Weekend: Antiques & Fine Craft

Get your New Hampshire- made craft or antique fix this weekend. Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has information on the 79th Annual League of NH Craftsmen Fair and the New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association Show.

Arts & Culture
7:00 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Inspired Lives: Dana Dakin

Dana Dakin, founder of WomenTrust, Inc.
courtesy of Dana Dakin

Dana Dakin is the founder of WomenTrust Inc., a community-based microlending program in the village of Pokuase outside of Ghana’s capital city in West Africa. Dakin launched WomensTrust to help stimulate entrepreneurship and economic development. She fostered relationships with women clients to address the root cause of poverty in the area. The company started a scholarship program to keep girls in school. Dakin also sought to improve the maternal mortality rate in the region by integrating volunteer nurses into healthcare clinics.

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Inspired Lives
7:00 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Inspired Lives: David Carroll

Turtle Nesting in Moonlight
David Carroll, courtesy of the artist

Naturalist-artist David M. Carroll is the author of three acclaimed natural histories.  Swampwalker's Journal, for which he received the John Burroughs medal for distinguished nature writing, The Year of the Turtle, and Trout Reflections. David graduated from the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University, and received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of New Hampshire and an Honorary Masters in Environmental Science from New England College. In 2006 he was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri July 27, 2012

NH this Weekend: Music & Art

The weekend is made for music and art. Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has the details on two events that offer both. She talked with Morning Edition’s Rick Ganley about the Lowell Folk Festival and the Outdoor Juried Sculpture Exhibit at Mill Brook Garden.

Inspired Lives
9:08 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Inspired Lives: Artist Wolf Kahn

Wolf Kahn
Courtesy of the artist.

Wolf Kahn was born in Stuttgart, Germany  in 1927 and came to the United States when he was 12-years-old. He later served in the Navy during WWII, and in 1946, under the GI Bill, Kahn attended the Hans Hofmann School, studying under and becoming a studio assistant for Hans Hofmann. Later, Kahn graduated from the University of Chicago. His work in oil paint and pastel mediums share his signature vibrant style. He spends his time in both New York City and West Brattleboro, Vermont. Kahn's wife Emily Mason is also an artist.


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Arts & Culture
7:15 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Inspired Lives: Wesley McNair

Malcom Cochran
  • Wesley McNair tells us how he drew inspiration for his first poetry from his father's abandonment and family hardships. (broadcast on NHPR)
  • ~13 minute excerpt of the interview with Wesley McNair
  • Full interview

Award-winning poet and New Hampshire native Wesley McNair was born in Newport, grew up in the Connecticut River Valley, and has lived for many years in Mercer, Maine, the state for which he has been named Poet Laureate. Drawing from his personal experiences, McNair's poetry is emblematic of both family and economic hardships, and New England living.

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Monadnock Summer Lyceum
12:00 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

July 14: Christie Hager - A New Era of Health Reform: The New England Experience

Mercy Health, via Flickr

This presentation was given at the Unitarian Universalist church in Peterborough, N.H. on July 8. The presentation will air on NHPR at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

From the Monadnock Summer Lyceum:

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