Sean Hurley

As construction in downtown Concord continues, a group of local filmmakers is making use of the transition from old to new in their fictional film, "Granite Orpheus," an updated and largely improvised take on the story of Orpheus, the musician and poet who tries and fails to retrieve the love of his life from the underworld. 

In the dusty, barely lit basement of Zoe & Company Professional Bra Fitters, Rick Broussard is getting ready for the third day of shooting, which takes places in the streets, alleys, squares, basements and rooftops of the capital city. 

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Interstate 93 northbound in Concord is expected to be closed for several hours due to a sinkhole.

Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Boynton says the report came in just after noon, and no injuries were reported.

"The hole is about 20 feet deep, 12 feet long, and 14 feet wide, so a major hole in hole road there that has shutdown northbound traffic," Boynton said.   

He says the DOT and private construction companies are working to address the problem.

Sean Hurley

As construction in downtown Concord continues, a group of local filmmakers is making use of the transition from old to new in their fictional film, "Granite Orpheus", an updated and improvised take on the Greek Myth set in the streets, alleys, squares, basements and rooftops of the capital city.  NHPR's Sean Hurley spent a night on the town with the film's cast and crew and sends us this.

"Let's power up the cameras. We ready to shoot the rehearsals?"

8.04.15: Tattoos & Lists of Note

Aug 4, 2015
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Grocery lists, to-do lists, guest lists – human beings are compelled to put things into manageable order…and sometimes the result is anything but mundane. Today we look at some of the most memorable lists ever written – from Walt Disney’s un-used dwarf names, to a day in the life of country legend Johnny Cash. Plus, we’ll talk about tattoos in the workplace, and how gender stereotypes play into how people perceive ink.

Josh Rogers

A water main break near New Hampshire's State House has flooded Main Street, where construction crews have been working on renovations.

The street had been partially closed off Tuesday morning as construction workers continued digging for the Concord Main Street Project.

It wasn't immediately known what caused the water main break.

A groundbreaking ceremony to mark the project is scheduled for Monday, April 20.

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The U.S. Marshals Service says residents in the Concord, New Hampshire, area have been getting calls in a scam about having to pay hundreds of dollars for failing to appear for federal jury duty.

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New Hampshire officials are issuing a thin ice warning for area ponds after a Concord city worker rescued a man from a pond in a city park.

On Christmas Eve, Concord Parks and Recreation employee Tom Wright noticed a young man struggling in vain to get out of the icy waters of a pond in White Park.

Officials say the man went out on the icy to rescue his dog, which had fallen through about 30 feet from shore. He managed to get his dog back onto the ice but couldn't pull himself up or break a path through the ice.

Wright ran into the pond and pulled the man to safety.

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According to the latest study of the so-called Capital Rail Corridor released last night by the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority running commuter rail from Manchester to Boston would cost $246 million dollars, and attract at least 650,000 riders per year.

Many in a standing-room-only audience in Nashua were ready to forge ahead with expanding train service, but the study will likely face a chillier reception in other parts of the state.

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Governor Maggie Hassan has declared a state of emergency in the wake of more than 40 synthetic marijuana overdose cases since Monday.

Synthetic cannabinoids, also known as spice, has been linked to a jump in overdoses in Manchester and Concord. The powers of Governor Hassan’s executive order to seize the drug sold ostensibly as incense in corner stores, applies only to the bubblegum-flavored variety of a brand called ‘Smacked!.’ Health Commissioner Nick Toumpas says other brands called ‘Green Giant’ and ‘Crazy Monkey’ may also be dangerous.

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When all the construction is finally done, Interstate 93 will be wider. And that could be a growth opportunity for central New Hampshire, long viewed as a forgotten sliver of the state.

But how much growth is possible in central New Hampshire, and how much do those communities even want to grow?

On summer evenings, Tom Fredenburg spends time on his dock. He’s lived on Snow Pond in the northern tip of Concord since 1979. "This was the boondocks. It was a schlep to get into Concord," he says.

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A district court judge set deadline of 4 p.m. Friday for tenants to vacate a condemned building in downtown Concord.

The order gave tenants a few more hours to collect their belongings before city health officials clear the Vegas Block on North Main Street. (Scroll down to read the order, embedded below.)

New Hampshire Legal Assistance filed an emergency lawsuit on behalf of the tenants Friday morning, after they were told they had to vacate the building by noon that day.

Tenants in a building across the street from New Hampshire's State House have been told to move out because of numerous fire and safety code violations.

Fifteen to 20 people live in apartments in the Vegas Block on North Main Street in Concord. They were given about 24 hours' notice to leave by noon Friday.

Violations include holes in the walls, broken smoke detectors and locks, missing plumbing fixtures, cockroaches and bedbugs.

Concord Main Street Project Approved

Jul 31, 2014
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Construction on a $10 million revamp of Concord’s downtown will begin this fall, after the City Council voted 14-1 to approve the project at a meeting this week.

The rebuild and redesign of Concord’s downtown will affect nine blocks of Main Street, from Centre Street to Concord Street.

At-Large City Councilor Fred Keach says the goal is to keep disruption during construction to a minimum for downtown businesses.


The Concord City Council is meeting tonight to vote on whether to spend more than $10 million revitalizing its Main Street corridor.

For nearly two decades, Concord has debated the pros and cons of redesigning and rebuilding nine blocks of Main Street.

Pedestrian friendly and aesthetically pleasing plans to revamp downtown are up for a vote in the City Council. At-Large Councilman Mark Coen supports the project. And says Concord is the latest in a long list of communities to explore such changes.

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New Hampshire is often advertised as a state filled with natural attractions, famous for our mountains (Mt. Washington and Mt. Monadnock are both known world-wide), lakes, and rivers. But the state is filled with historical landmarks as well, which Lucie Bryar covers in her book Exploring Southern New Hampshire: History and Nature on Back Roads and Quiet Waters. Here are some of the cultural attractions in southern NH you may not have heard about, but that you’ll definitely want to check out.

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The 40th annual Market Days is underway in Concord.

The event runs through Saturday and tents will line Main Street with sidewalk sales, food vendors, live music, and other activities.

Stephanie Green of Hopkinton comes every year, and says the three-day event creates a real sense of community.

“And it’s just nice to see people using the downtown. I’m always commenting about how the nice thing about Concord is that is really does have a thriving downtown, which so many communities no longer have.”

Yoyos: Coming Back Around

Jul 17, 2014
Molly Donahue

Back in 2013, downtown Concord, NH welcomed a new, unusual, addition. Yoyo Heaven is owned and operated by the father and son team Andy and Dan McBride, and it’s exactly what you could expect from the name. They sell assorted ‘skill toys,’ anything that engages people physically and can help build coordination, but the focus is on yoyos. They sell a wide range of yoyos and prices range from $5 to more than $200, and are more than willing to explain the different attributes of all of them.

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With their shaven heads, combat boots and bomber jackets, neo-Nazis used to be pretty easy to pick out of a crowd. Today, not so much. We explore why Europe’s young hyper-nationalists are opting for a more hipster look. Plus, common sense tells us that reading to children is good for them, but it’s more powerful than you might imagine. We’ll look into the practice of interactive reading and share tricks for bringing up book worms in the age of screens and digital devices. And, not all princesses are polite and demure. We remember some princesses for their bad behavior.

Listen to the full show and Read more for individual segments.

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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.

One of the most prominent voices in New Hampshire journalism will now lead the committee awarding one of the most prestigious awards in journalism. 

The new administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes, which also recognize  excellence in literature and the arts, is Mike Pride. He served as editor of the Concord Monitor for 25 years, and spent five years before that as managing editor. During that time, the paper won numerous national and regional awards, including a Pulitzer Prise for feature photography in 2008. Mike Pride joins me now to talk about his new job:

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Summer has finally arrived in the New Hampshire. And with it, college students like me, who look forward to heading outside with friends. Though Hampton Beach and Lake Winnipesaukee are appealing summer hangouts, there is a more hidden place I like to go. It’s a little bit isolated, a little bit dangerous and maybe, a little bit illegal. I’m talking about the Concord Quarries.

One of the largest rowing events in the world --The Head of the Charles Regatta – takes place in Boston this weekend. Public high schoolers from Concord and Bedford will be among the rowers.

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A Concord tattoo artist has been charged with criminal mischief Tuesday for the racist graffiti found on four Concord homes. Court documents reveal a detailed account of a Concord detective’s investigation into Raymond Stevens. Handwriting on a 2009 gun license application was the first piece of evidence.

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This past weekend Concord kicked-off its first ever Weekend on the Water festival at Kiwanis Riverfront Park, right along the Merrimack River. 

But the surprising thing about the festival is the way it came together.

In the past, the Concord Crew team has taken a weekend around this time of summer to hold a low-stakes regatta with other high school teams.  So how did it turn into a two-day event with a craft beer festival, live music, and touristy duck boat rides?  Concord Rotary Club President Chuck Willing says this year, the right people just found each other.

This week workers are renovating the Concord family home of Boston bombing victim Jeff Bauman Jr. They're making his father and step mother's home handicap accessible.

Before the Boston marathon bombings in April, Jeff Bauman Jr. visited the Concord home of his father, step mother and two half brothers frequently. But after Bauman lost both his legs during the marathon bombings, the space has become less accessible to maneuver around in a wheelchair.

Communities Take Fight For LGC Payout To Court

Aug 6, 2013

Ten communities have filed a lawsuit to stop the LGC from issuing refunds.  Under a hearing officer’s order, by September 1st, the Local Government Center has to return tens of millions of dollars to communities that for years paid inflated insurance premiums.  

Officers Promote Water Safety

Jul 16, 2013

Following a series of six New Hampshire drowning incidents in the month of July, safety officers gathered in Concord on Tuesday to raise awareness about the dangers of swollen water bodies.  

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Bus Route Connects Concord To Airport

Jul 1, 2013

Beginning Monday airline passengers can now catch a bus from Concord to the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport for $4 each way. 

The buses will run between Concord and the airport twelve times each day beginning at 3:55 a.m. and going through 12:45 a.m.  The five-day-a-week shuttle is part of a one-year trial that’s a joint effort between The Department of Transportation, the Manchester Airport and lawmakers.  It’s an effort to boost travel through the airport and to cut parking costs.

Concord Approves Downtown Overhaul

Jun 7, 2013

The Concord City Council has approved a dramatic Main Street overhaul.  Under the plan, Main Street will be converted from four lanes to a modified three-lane set-up.  New lighting, wider sidewalks, more benches, and bike racks are also part of the plan.  

A big concern for merchants is the loss of downtown parking.  Developer and advisory committee member Steve Duprey says in the end, the city is only losing five parking spaces.  And the benefits outweigh the risks. 

Recently the website BoingBoing recommended a novel called The Last Policeman. It's a murder mystery with a unique twist: it's set six months before a massive asteroid is set to collide with Earth and essentially cause the end of the world.