Awards

NHPR has won four regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, including a prestigious win for Overall Excellence in reporting for the radio and online.

Stories by Environment Reporter Sam Evans-Brown won two awards for Feature and Investigative Reporting, and a story by Todd Bookman looking at unreported incidents of child restraint in N.H. schools won for best Hard News Reporting.

Here are the winning entries:

Investigative Reporting: Do People Know About The Arsenic In Their Water? - by Sam Evans-Brown

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We may not know who will bring home Oscars tonight, but two things are certain: a-list actresses will walk the red carpet, and they will be asked the standard question: “Who are you wearing?”

On today’s show, why some Hollywood actresses are bucking against the red carpet parade.

Then, Selma, Gone Girl, and Interstellar are among this year’s Oscar snubs. We’ll approach the academy’s cold-shoulder from a different angle, and reveal entire categories notably absent from the awards.

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2015 Wommie Winners

Feb 20, 2015
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Thank you to everyone who voted for the 1st Annual Wommie Awards! We'll see you next year on the red carpet.

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The Oscars are Hollywood’s top award for recognizing achievement in film – and of course, fashion. On today’s show: why some actresses are bucking against the red carpet parade.

Then, for most of us, the prospect of winning a million dollars is a daydream, but for Justin Peters, it was just two right answers away. He’ll explain how losing Who Wants to Be a Millionaire changed his life for the better.

Plus, a conversation with artist, writer and filmmaker Miranda July.

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Of course the Oscar ceremony is already too long, they even have a whole separate awards ceremony for the awards most people outside of the film industry don't understand, but we still think the Oscars are missing a few key awards. Enter the 1st Annual Wommie Awards! We asked Amy Diaz from The Hippo to help us create a ballot chock full of amazing talent that aren't getting the recognition we think they deserve. 

Check out the nominees below and then cast your vote by 

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Diamonds are forever. Or so we thought. Turns out that global sales of diamonds and fine jewelry have been sluggish since the global recession. On today’s show,  from iPhones to better production of costume bling, is technology killing the jewelry industry?

Then, Selma, Gone Girl, and Interstellar are among this year’s Oscar snubs. We’ll approach the academy’s cold-shoulder from a different angle, and reveal entire categories notably absent from the awards.

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Sleeper Films Of 2014

Jan 8, 2015
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The Golden Globes are coming up, the event that will spark moviegoers to re-watch their favorite – now award-winning – films of 2014. But what about the other films of 2014, the ones that didn’t make the cut? We spoke to Amy Diaz about her list of “sleeper” films – films that are not nominated, but that you should pay attention to anyway. From The Babadook to The Obvious Child, Amy gave us some great suggestions about what to watch on a snow day.

Guardians of the Galaxy

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Last month’s announcement that the U.S. and Cuba will restore diplomatic relations sparked waves of speculation about what the thaw means for diplomacy, trade, and tourism. On today’s show: what normalized relations mean for Cuba’s internet infrastructure.  

And we usher in awards season by going off the red carpet. We’ll celebrate some of the best films of 2014 that were not nominated for a Golden Globe.

Plus, we kick off a new series on offbeat college courses, The Uncommon Core. Today: Invented Languages: Klingon and Beyond.

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He says he may just give the $625,000 award to his wife.  

Yitang Zhang, a professor of analytic number theory at the University of New Hampshire, is one of 21 artists, scholars and professionals  to receive a prestigious MacArthur "genius" grant this year.  

Zhang rose to celebrity unexpectedly last year after discovering a finite bound on the gaps between prime numbers. The discovery is a major breakthrough on a subject that has bedeviled mathematicians since ancient times.

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Big congratulations to Word of Mouth's own Zach Nugent for his Murrow Award! Hear an encore of Zach's adorable story, plus so much more on today's show. We explore The Brain Sell, a new book about how our consumption decisions are influenced by retailers. Then, the safety pin is more than a mundane fastener - it's a staple in punk fashion and history. Sandra Bernhard joins us to talk about her show Sandyland. Finally, NHPR's Sam Evans-Brown takes into the world of New Hampshire's wolf dogs, blurring the line between domestic and wild.

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Last June the Prescott Arts Festival in Portsmouth staged the musical Annie, and held open auditions for the role of Sandy. Word of Mouth producer Zach Nugent attended the audition to get a closer look at the next big doggie sensation. And we are proud to announce that Zach was just awarded a regional Edward R.

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The 2014 Regional Edward R. Murrow awards winners have been announced, with NHPR capturing four in our region.

For Feature Reporting, Word of Mouth Producer Zach Nugent won for his story The Search For The Next Big Dog Star, which followed regular dogs as they auditioned for the role of Sandy in Prescott Park's production of Annie. 

NHPR's Health Reporter Todd Bookman was awarded second place in the 2013 Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism by the Association of Health Care Journalists. The organization recognized Todd's series Planning For The End: A Look At Advance Directives in the small market Consumer/Feature category.

New Hampshire Public Radio has been honored with a first place award from PRNDI, Public Radio News Directors Inc. These annual national public radio awards honor excellence in areas such as writing, commentary, documentary, multi-media, and continuing coverage.

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New Hampshire Public Radio was awarded 2013 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards (for Region 10, Small Market) in three categories: Writing, News Documentary, and Use of Sound/Video.

Best Writing: Todd Bookman - Traditional Pork Production Finds Home In N.H.

On Edward Epsen’s farm in Salisbury, New Hampshire, around 40 pigs are doing what lucky pigs get to do: forage for acorns and graze in pastures high with Timothy grass.

New Hampshire Public Radio and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation have a mutual interest in encouraging the growth of future community leaders and the next generation of individuals who will foster social capital and lead a strong New Hampshire into a global world. To promote the importance of this next generation of civic leadership NHPR and the NH Charitable Foundation have joined together to present the 2nd Annual Next Gen Civic Leadership Award. 

On Thursday Oct. 18, NHPR received accolades in sports feature and public affairs and special event program categories at the 2012 Granite Mike Awards sponsored by the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters. NHPR's daily call-in program, The Exchange, received an award for its show on the International Baccalaureate school curriculum, and one for its special event On The Road In Keene featuring award-winning filmmaker and writer Dayton Duncan.