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Word of Mouth
1:50 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

3.19.14: Big Data, ICANN & Body Farm

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Today on Word of Mouth, we're unpacking big data. Should we fear or embrace it? Then we get a lesson on ICANN - what it is and how the decision made by the Obama administration not to renew its contract to oversee see it actually affects the way the internet functions. Finally, bodies! How do you study the effects of certain conditions on human remains? With a body farm, of course.

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3.19.14

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From the Archives
10:11 am
Wed March 19, 2014

From The Archives: Women in Government, And N.H.'s Climb From Last Place

In 2004, the Center for Women in Government released a report about women in top appointed positions in all 50 state governments. NH ranked last in percentage of such appointments. After a back and forth with Gov. Craig Benson’s office, NHPR's Raquel Maria Dillon reports, an updated survey then placed NH seventh. 

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NH News
9:58 am
Fri October 4, 2013

NH Furloughed Workers Urged To File For Benefits

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The New Hampshire Employment Security agency says employees who have been furloughed or temporarily laid off during the federal government shutdown may file for unemployment benefits and should open their claim this week.

Employment Security Commissioner George Copadis said people should apply as soon as possible. He said if individuals waits to file, they won't be able to request or receive benefits for previous weeks.

Federal employees must apply for benefits in the state in which they work.

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NH News
10:16 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Update: Some National Guard Members Allowed To Return To Work After Furlough

About 120 New Hampshire National Guard members are back at work after being furloughed as part of a federal government shutdown.

The military technicians received exemptions and were allowed to go back to work Thursday. About 100 of them work at the Pease Air National Guard Base; the rest are Army guardsmen.

About 330 other National Guard members remain on furlough.

There are about 2,800 troops in total.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Government Shutdown Showdown

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With a partial Government closing now in effect – some services will continue, such as the military and the mail. But others won’t- from National forests and Parks to federally-backed loans.   We’ll look at the politics and the economics of this, and gauge reaction in the granite state.

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Word of Mouth
9:30 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Fighting Crimes Of The Future...In The Present

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The 2002 film Minority Report, based on a short story by Philip K. Dick, imagines a futuristic crime unit that uses data provided by psychics to apprehend criminals before they commit crimes.

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun June 30, 2013

Barack Obama's Climate Change Initiative

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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: What is the gist of President Obama’s new plan to tackle global warming and how does the green community feel about what the White House is proposing?  -- Bill Kemp, Seattle WA

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Word of Mouth
11:26 am
Thu May 9, 2013

The Girls Of Atomic City

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The story of the development and deployment of the atomic bomb is generally told as a narrative driven by powerful men like Oppenheimer, Truman, and Stimson, operating at the highest levels of government. What few people know is how many women played a crucial role – albeit unknowingly – in one of the most significant turning points in history. Denise Kiernan interviewed several women who worked in Oak Ridge, Tennessee – a secret, government-built town created as part of the Manhattan Project. Their stories, combined with detailed reporting, come together in her new book called The Girls of Atomic City.

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Word of Mouth
10:51 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Adopt a Fire Hydrant, Fix a Pothole...There's an App for That

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The non-profit Code for America brings together coders, artists, and designers to create easy to use applications that address the specific needs of local communities.  Mick Thompson, engineer in residence and 2012 fellow at Code for America joined us to talk about how code and collaboration leads to better lives for citizens.

Word of Mouth
10:29 am
Mon January 7, 2013

The News That Got Buried Under The Fiscal Cliff

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The last few weeks of 2012 were dominated by media coverage of the fiscal cliff crisis. News outlets covered everything from the projected impact of the cliff to shouting matches between legislators. Lost in the mix throughout the crisis were important, but less sensational news stories. Joshua Keating is an associate editor at Foreign Policy and he joins us to talk about some of these backseat news items.



Word of Mouth
10:09 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Rebranding Canada...As The New World Superpower?

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Canada, as the old Robin Williams joke goes…"is like a really huge loft apartment above a really great party.” Americans tend to think of Canada as a punch line…or the mystical country where healthcare is free and Justin Bieber came from.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Civics for Citizenship

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One goal of our schools is to prepare young people to become informed and engaged citizens. Yet there is growing concern that students are not being prepared to participate in democracy, to learn from the historical actions of American government, or – critically - to understand the U.S. Constitution. We’ll take a look at efforts to address this here in New Hampshire.

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NH News
12:25 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Nepotism Inquiry Yields Little

A nepotism inquiry by House Speaker Bill O’Brien has turned up little evidence of improper hiring in state government.

The probe comes in the wake of last month’s scandal at the Department of Employment Security. Two high ranking officials are accused of hiring their daughters, and then having them laid off by subordinates so that they could collect unemployment benefits.

Speaker O’Brien requested that all agency heads disclose any family members working within their respective departments.

StateImpact
11:34 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Getting By, Getting Ahead: Voices of N.H.'s Economy

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In this seven week series, NHPR’s StateImpact reporter Amanda Loder explores how N.H. residents feel about the state’s economy and the role state government should play in economic recovery.

Listen to series reports on-air Tuesday mornings through August 14, and any time online at StateImpact NH

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NH News
7:00 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Jury Still Out on N.H. Court Overhaul

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Let’s say your teenager gets caught shoplifting. Or maybe your Uncle Morty dies and you’ve got to settle his estate.

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