History

Et tu, Macbeth?

Mar 15, 2012
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Greed...avarice...a thirst for power. Sure, these things all describe our modern corporate and political landscape, but theyre also just a few of the themes at play in Macbeth. This weekend, The Acting Loft in Manchester is staging a new version of the play, one that doesnt forget the times we live in...or Shakespeares intent.

The Long Con

Mar 14, 2012
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We cant say with any authority when the first con artist found his mark. But we can trace the term confidence man to an article in T he New York Herald in 1849. The Herald reporter urged citizens to stop by the citys notorious tombs and peer at the suspect known as Samuel Williams. Many came to peer at the flim-flam man who described his effect on his marks as putting them to sleep. The willingness to be duped, is of course, the genius of the con. The same optimism, individualism, and faith...

It's hard to imagine Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice and Lucille Ball as part of the same club. But they were all, at one time, Girl Scouts. Founded 100 years ago in Savannah, Ga., the Girl Scouts now count 3.2 million members. Girl Scout cookies have become as much of an American tradition as apple pie. At a busy intersection in Brookline, Mass., a gaggle of Girl Scouts stand behind a folding table piled high with boxes of Thin Mints, Samoas and Shortbreads. "They are really, really good,"...

In 1862, the USS Monitor — a Civil War-era ironclad warship — fought one of the world's first iron-armored battles against the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia. Less than a year later, a violent storm sank the Union ship off the coast of Cape Hatteras, N.C. The wreck was discovered more than a century later, and subsequent searches have turned up more than just a crumbling ship — they also found the skeletons of two of the Monitor's sailors in the ship's gun turret. To this day, their...

Two weeks ago, Florence Green -- the last known surviving veteran of world war one -- died. She had been a waitress in Britains Royal Air Force. The story of the war that was to end all wars survives in historic accounts, novels, poems and pictures. Millions of British and American viewers recently got a glimpse of the battlefield on PBSs popular Downton Abbey. The prevailing historical narrative is that the trenches were slaughtering troughs and that The Great War was inevitablea percolating...

A Pond in Mont Vernon With a Controversial Name

Feb 13, 2012

With Town Meeting Day set for March, February is when towns hold public meetings about the budget items and warrant articles that will go before voters. Mont Vernon, in southern New Hampshire, is no exception; its public hearing is tonight. And one of the items drawing the most attention is a request to change the name of a small body of water known as Jew Pond. Katelyn Dobbs is a longtime resident of Mont Vernon. She recently finished a short documentary called The Story Behind Jew Pond, and...

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Part 1: Revenge of the Web-nerds The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) now in front of Congress and its Senate counterpart bill, the Protect IP Act, or PIPA, are both stirring up vigorous debates in political, media and IT circles. As originally proposed, SOPA would allow the US Department of Justice , as well as copyright holders, to seek court orders to bar web sites from displaying or promoting copyrighted materialincluding a practice we rely on around here, linking to relevant content from...

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Part 1: Political Red Herrings Absent tight races or sex scandals, pundits, op-eds and media-makers occasionally flirt with tantalizing uncertainties to liven things up. Salon news editor Steve Kornacki wrote about five of the biggest non-stories youll hear far too much of during campaign 2012 - none of which (he says) will amount to a hill of beans. Part 2: Ten Revolutionary Tea-Parties you werent invited to And now, the spread of the tea partycirca 1774. Were talking about the Annapolis Tea...

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With the first in the nation primary swirling around us, we turn to the spread of the Tea Partycirca 1774. Were talking about the Annapolis Tea Partythe New York Tea Party, and other protests that boiled over in the colonies from Maine to North Carolina. These copycat protests were buried by the 92,000 pounds shoved overboard in Boston. Historian Joseph Cummins highlights the significance of the original tea party craze in a new book called T en Tea Parties: Patriotic Protests that History...

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Author Richard Asma explains why were afraid of monsters. And what to do when the zombie apocalypse happens (because it SO will).

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A group of teachers from St. Pauls in Concord trades hall-passes for instruments after school. Two members join us to talk about the art of finely-aged Rock NRoll. Links: Watch the Fletchtones ROCK LIVE

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Amazon is back in the business of getting books on print - only now, theyre hopping the middle man. Jason Boog, Editor of the publishing website Galley Cat, explains. Links: What the Great Depression Can Teach Us About Amazon Occupy Wall Street Online Library Archive Occupy Wall Street & Self-Publishing

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Editor for Scientific American Michael Moyer explains how genetically-modified mosquitoes could stop the spread of Dengue Fever; unless uncomfortable corporate practices dont cause a GMO backlash first. Links: The Wipout Gene

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Deaf Israeli slam-poet Aneta Brodski collaborates with Palestinian interpreter Veronica Staehle, uniting culture and language through art. Links: About the film, Deaf Jam Trailer for Deaf Jam

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Yesterday we talked to the poet laureate of Rochester, whos been preserving the voices of people who worked at citys giant factory buildings . Today we talk with a resident of Manchester whos preserving the history of the buildings themselves. Dan Brian has been tracking how the Queen Citys structures are changing on the blog Manchester Oblique . He talks about the blog with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson. Links: Manchester Oblique

Fifty years ago the city of Rochester was home to giant shoe factories. Hundreds of workers made a living working with leather and handling huge machines. Rochesters shoe factory era may be gone, but the citys poet laureate wants to make sure its not forgotten. For the past year Andrew Periale has been interviewing people who worked at the factories and hes turning their words into poems that reflect what he calls the language of work. His group of eight actors will perform the poems in a...

Postcard from the Rock Swap

Jun 27, 2006
Ian Junor

Over the weekend, hundreds of people from around the world showed up in the town of Gilsum, in southwest New Hampshire.

The Weirs Beach Drive-In Takes You Back

Jun 27, 2002
Fraser Valley Pulse & Metro Vancouver Pulse

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