History

Word of Mouth
11:49 am
Tue December 4, 2012

4 Surprising Facts About Popular Board Games

100 Games - Cupcake Edition
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After researching our segment on the unknown origins of Monopoly, we decided to keep looking for other games with surprising backstories.  We hope that they will inspire your game-based holiday gift-giving.

1. Clue was originally invented as a game to play in underground bunkers to wait out lengthy air raid drills during World War II. Due to such turbulent times,  its initial production was heavily delayed due shortages of material.

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Word of Mouth
10:34 am
Tue December 4, 2012

The (Truly) Shocking History of Monopoly

GO TO JAIL. How fun!
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I hate Monopoly. Always have. The reason is simple: it's impossible to play the game and feel good, even if you win. Monopoly, simply put, is all about crushing  your fellow players through bankruptcy, even if they're your own kids. Turns out, there might be a reason for my hatred of Monopoly.


The most popular game in the world, according to this amazing article in Harpers, is, simply put, theft. And it has an incredible, almost unbelievable history:

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The Exchange
9:04 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Live In Keene with Dayton Duncan (Rebroadcast)

If you don't know the name, Dayton Duncan, you'll most likely be familiar with his work. He's an award winning writer and filmmaker who has been Ken Burn's right hand man for decades. The two have collaborated on multi-hour films on topics that have ranged from Lewis and Clark to the Civil War to Baseball to our National Parks. Last Fall, I spoke with Duncan before a live audience in Keene about his long time collaboration with filmmaker Ken Burns, what it takes to put together these multi-hour collaborations and gained some insights on some of his latest projects. 

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Word of Mouth
11:01 am
Tue October 30, 2012

The History Of Freak Storms

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In the lead up to last night’s powerful landfall in Southern New Jersey, Hurricane Sandy was branded as a so-called “franken-storm”, lacking precedent among meteorological records…  here to explain more, and look back at some of history’s strangest and most destructive storms is Christopher Burt.  He’s a weather historian with the online service Weather Underground, and author of th

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Word of Mouth
9:50 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Weapons: The Great Equalizer?

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For those who live under oppressive regimes, weapons are the subduing tool of tyrants.  But for many others, they’re thought of as the great equalizer.  Consider the principle behind the much debated 2nd amendment:  “A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” In the latest issue of New-Scientist, Laura Spinney investigates an opposing theo

Word of Mouth
10:18 am
Wed October 10, 2012

The Great New England Vampire Panic

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New England's gruesome brush with supernatural hysteria did not end with the Salem witch trials in the 17th century.  Almost two centuries later came the great New England vampire panic.  Wait… what?  Abigail Tucker is a staff writer for Smithosonian magazine – she wrote about historians who are documenting cases when rural residents set aside their Yankee piety and feverishly exhumed graves and mutilated the corpses of suspected blood-suckers.  The panic is la

The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon October 8, 2012

1493 (Rebroadcast)

In a new book, author Charles Mann explores what happened in the years after Columbus’s famed voyage to the Americas. He says it altered everything: sparking a new era of globalization and not just in commerce: but radical changes in crops, cultures, and politics. We’ll talk with Mann about this expansive look at this new era and how the world changed after Columbus.

Guests

  • Charles C. Mann - Author of 1493:Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
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Word of Mouth
10:25 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Downton Abbey's New England Connection

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American audiences will have to wait until January before the popular drama, Downton Abbey returns to PBS.

Around the Nation
11:26 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Bonnie And Clyde's Guns, Other Items Go On Auction

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are seen in an undated photo. The couple captured headlines with a long crime spree before being shot to death in an ambush in Louisiana.
AP

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 11:22 am

Nearly 80 years after the deaths of bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde, a few, shall we say, "tools of their trade" are going up for auction. Among them are his Colt .45 and her .38 Special, which could each go for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

When former Texas Ranger Frank Hamer eventually caught up with Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow in 1934, a newsreel announcer declared "the inevitable end: retribution. Here is Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, who died as they lived: by the gun."

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Word of Mouth
10:00 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Word of Mouth 09.22.2012

Part 1: Big Fundraiser Flame-Out, Circa 1884

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Word of Mouth
10:00 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Word of Mouth: 9.01.2012

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Part 1: Chasing Lightning/Birth Photography

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NH News
11:09 am
Fri August 31, 2012

The Story Of Phineas Gage: Redux

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Earlier this month, a construction worker in Brazil suffered a strange and grisly construction accident - an iron rod fell from the fifth floor of the building on which he was working. The bar broke through the worker's helmet -- and his skull, eventually exiting through one of his eyes.

Monadnock Summer Lyceum
12:00 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

September 1: Elizabeth Reis - Confess or Deny: What's a "Witch" to Do?

This presentation was given at the Unitarian Universalist church in Peterborough, N.H. on August 26. The presentation will air on NHPR at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

From the Monadnock Summer Lyceum:

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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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Word of Mouth
9:43 am
Thu July 26, 2012

History of Going for the Gold

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Gold medal victories of Michael Phelps, Carl Lewis, Kerry Strug, and Joan Benoit...these moments of triumph, sometimes against all odds are what make the Olympics stand apart from other sports competition. The idea that a human being can achieve feats most of us can only imagine.

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