Morning Edition
6:00 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Tradition Vs. Technology: The Debate Over Drones, Smart Rifles In Hunting

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At a hearing Thursday, officials from New Hampshire Fish & Game will propose new rules banning drones, smart rifles, and live-action game cameras in hunting.

Officials are trying to regulate these so-called emerging technologies, saying they’re not appropriate or ethical.

New Hampshire is not the first state to tackle this issue.

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Granite Geek
5:56 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Granite Geek: Here's Where You Can Fly Drones In New Hampshire's Great Outdoors

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Unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones, have been keeping government officials busy lately. They’re wrestling with a range of questions on whether any potential uses of drone technology may pose any problems. Recently the National Park Service has issued a ban on drones in national park areas.

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Word of Mouth
1:06 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

3.5.14: Drone Show!

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Today on Word of Mouth, we're all about drones!  From the word itself to its real world applications, we're exploring military, model, and musical drones.

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

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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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1:46 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Could Drones Help Protect Apple Orchards From Disease?

UNH doctoral student Matt Wallhead (left) and assistant professor of plant pathology Kirk Broders, with their unmanned aerial vehicle.
Credit Rachel Rohr / Courtesy UNH

One of the challenges apple growers face is a fungal disease known as apple scab. New research at the University of New Hampshire might yield a better approach to preventing its spread – an approach, by the way, that includes the use of special imaging cameras mounted on unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as UAV’s or drones.

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Word of Mouth
2:35 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

What It's Like Being A Drone War Veteran

A Predator Drone
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A full decade into the drone war in the Middle East, we’re still asking questions: what does an unmanned military mean for the future of warfare?  Who chooses who lives and who dies? What does it mean to pull the trigger on a target half a world away?

And what is like being a veteran of the drone war?

Matthew Power is a freelance print and radio journalist and a contributor to GQ Magazine, where he wrote a profile of former drone operator and Airman First Class Brandon Bryant.

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5:00 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

House Tables Bill To Limit Drone Use In N.H.

New Hampshire's House wants more time to consider whether drones should be allowed to spy on or launch attacks on its citizens.

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Word of Mouth
9:27 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Tumbling the Drone War

We look into a Tumblr  account that lends perspective to the drone war by using Google Earth. Joining us is blogger and artist James Bridle, creator of Dronestragram.

Word of Mouth
10:00 am
Mon June 18, 2012

The Drone War Meets The Jersey Shore

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For U.S. defense officials, knowledge is power. It’s clear, in-depth and actionable intelligence that makes the difference in keeping the country safe. So officials at the pentagon and in homeland security are gathering huge amounts of raw data. And who, who can help them sort through thousands of hours of video to find and stop these existential threats? Most of us don’t associate the cast of Jersey Shore with U.S.

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All Things Considered
4:15 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Small Drone Aircraft Based Near Mount Washington, Report Says

Mount Washington, home to "the worst weather in the world" and, according to a new report, small drone aircraft.
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Mount Washington may bill itself as having the “worst weather in the world,” but on a clear day, you can stand at the summit and see a whole lot - miles and miles into the distance.

The US military apparently agrees. According to a report from Wired Magazine, the Department of Defense has a base for drone aircraft on or near Mount Washington. It's one of 64 such bases across the country.

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Word of Mouth
11:10 am
Mon April 23, 2012

It's a bird, it's a plane...it's a drone?

(Photo by James Gordon via Flickr Creative Commons)

Produced by Jonathan Lynch

Ever get the feeling that someone is watching you? Well, you may want to get used to it. While the US government has been putting un-manned drones to heavy use in war zones in recent years, the flying robots will soon be soaring American skies.

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