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12:00 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

From The Archives: Shakespeare's 450th

On the 450th anniversary of the birth of the language's greatest writer, it seems appropriate to reflect on the work of William Shakespeare. 

In 2005, the Blackfriars Stage Company brought their tour to New Hampshire. We welcomed two actos from the company to our studios to speak with the Front Porch. Alyssa Wilmoth and Tyler Moss were playing Beatrice and Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing and they gave us a little taste of their craft; from Act 1, Scene 1.

Here is a scene from Act 4 where the two characters explore different feelings.

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Inside NHPR
11:38 am
Tue April 22, 2014

NHPR Wins Four Regional Murrow Awards

Producer Zach Nugent interviews 'Annie' actress Carly Gandell for his winning story on the search for the perfect Sandy.
Credit Sara Plourde for NHPR

The 2014 Regional Edward R. Murrow awards winners have been announced, with NHPR capturing four in our region.

For Feature Reporting, Word of Mouth Producer Zach Nugent won for his story The Search For The Next Big Dog Star, which followed regular dogs as they auditioned for the role of Sandy in Prescott Park's production of Annie. 

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From the Archives
3:40 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

From The Archives: Boston Marathon Stories

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One year after the tragedy at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, we remember the many stories of heartbreak and of courage that abound at the time and have transpired since.

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From the Archives
10:39 am
Wed April 9, 2014

From The Archives: Poets Laureate

On a September evening 25 years ago a sold out crowd of logophiles gathered at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth to hear the state's preeminent poets speak in their native tongue. The program for the evening featured just four names, but a weighty four: Donald Hall, Jane Kenyon, Maxine Kumin and Charles Simic.

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From the Archives
9:52 am
Wed April 2, 2014

From The Archives: Arlo Guthrie

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Alice’s Restaurant was published nearly 30 years ago, the iconic song that gave the album its name is about the goings on at a restaurant owned by Alice and Ray Brock. Around the corner from the restaurant was the Old Trinity Church, which they made into their home. Ten years ago, Kate McNally, host of NHPR’s Folk Show on Sunday nights, spoke with Arlo Guthrie at the Old Trinity Church in Great Barrington, Ma, now site of the Guthrie Center. This week we’ll listen back to her interview with the folk music icon.

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Inside NHPR
11:37 am
Tue April 1, 2014

NHPR's Best April Fool's Pranks

Credit Fake screenshot by Keith Allen Chick

Public radio has a long history of pranking listeners on April 1st. Like the time listeners complained in droves to NPR about a story on farming whales in huge pools in Bellesville Illinois. And that time Weekend ATC reported the exciting discovery of Beethoven's lost 10th Symphony. 

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From the Archives
10:18 am
Wed March 26, 2014

From The Archives: Robert Frost

It's Robert Frost's birthday!

Born in 1874, Frost was the first U.S. Poet Laureate with connections to the Granite State though he was followed by Maxine Kumin, Donald Hall and Charles Simic,who all reinforced the Granite State's literary reputation.

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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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From the Archives
1:12 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

From The Archives: Town Meeting; Killington Secedes

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It’s town meeting time! A storied tradition in northern New England, and in New Hampshire especially. This week I found an old interview with Dartmouth College professor of history, Jere Daniell. He spoke with an unidentified NHPR reporter in July, 1994. Daniell has made close study of our town meeting and the history of the institution.

The roots of town meeting go back three centuries and have evolved over time. Once viewed as an extension of the old boys network which governed many towns, it enjoyed a bit of a renaissance in the early 20th century. 

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Inside NHPR
12:51 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

NHPR's Todd Bookman Wins Journalism Award For Advance Directive Series

Todd Bookman is NHPR's Health reporter

NHPR's Health Reporter Todd Bookman was awarded second place in the 2013 Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism by the Association of Health Care Journalists. The organization recognized Todd's series Planning For The End: A Look At Advance Directives in the small market Consumer/Feature category.

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Support NHPR
10:30 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Sean Hurley Sings So You'll Support NHPR. YOU Can Make Him Stop!

This is Sean Hurley singing in the snow. And this is probably where he actually does it. That's just how Sean is.
Credit Sherwin Sleeves for NHPR

You know our very own Sean Hurley. He's the voice behind some of NHPR's most memorable stories, like the one about that soccer game in Sandwich, and that one about the guy building his very own castle

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From the Archives
10:14 am
Wed March 5, 2014

From The Archives: Rev. Gene Robinson

Ten years ago this week, Rev. Gene Robinson officially became the first openly gay bishop in history. He was elected in June, 2003 and on 7 March, 2004  he was "invested" at a ceremony where the previous bishop (Rev. Douglas Theuner) formally handed the shepherd's crook to him.

  Just days before the investiture, Robinson spoke with John Walters on NHPR's The Front Porch about his election, and the controversy that followed in and around the Episcopal Church. They discuss the transition and what his plans are taking the church forward.

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From the Archives
10:18 am
Fri February 28, 2014

From The Archives: 1984 N.H. Primary

Vice President Walter Mondale

Today marks thirty years since the 1984 New Hampshire primary. It’s a contest not well remembered today – on the Republican side, President Ronald Reagan was running essentially unopposed, and the man who won the Democratic nomination, Walter Mondale, not only lost the New Hampshire primary, he lost the general election in a landslide.

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From the Archives
4:54 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

From the Archives: President Lincoln

  

Have you hugged a President this week? Steve Wood has. As a card-carrying member of the Association of Lincoln Presenters, Wood assumes the garb, voice and character of the country’s 16th President to educate people about Lincoln’s life and legacy.

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From the Archives
12:09 am
Wed February 12, 2014

From the Archives: Rawn Spearman

Rawn Spearman
Credit Carl Van Vechten

Nashua resident Rawn Spearman (1920-2009) was a long-standing student of Harlem renaissance poet Langston Hughes. The actor and baritone singer, spent time at MacDowell Colony working on a documentary about Hughes. And in 2001 was awarded the Lotte Jacobi Living Treasure Award by Gov. Shaheen. 

In 1997, he organized a performance of  Ask Your Mama, 12 Moods for Jazz,  Hughes epic poem, designed to be performed with music. Spearman's performance at the Capital Center for the Arts sold out.

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NHPR Events
1:00 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Justice & Journalism: NPR's Mara Liasson

A Joint Project of NHPR and the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy

NHPR and the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy are pleased to bring you the next event in our ongoing series, Justice & Journalism.  This ongoing series presents a range of speakers throughout the year to discuss the intersection of justice and journalism and share experiences related to the media’s coverage of public policy and law.

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From the Archives
9:09 am
Fri February 7, 2014

From the Archives: Bob McQuillen

Bob McQuillen composed and performed contra dances for over 60 sixty years throughout New England. The Peterborough resident passed away on Tuesday after suffering a stroke over the weekend.

McQuillen spoke with NHPR's John Walters on the Front Porch shortly after being awarded a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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From the Archives
2:28 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

From the Archives: Bode Miller

Bode Miller at the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men’s Downhill on November 27, 2010 in Lake Louise, Canada.
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Later this week, Bode Miller will become just the sixth American to participate in five Winter Olympics.

Back in 2002, NHPR's Doug MacPherson profiled the young athlete as he was preparing for his second (in Utah).

We'll be keeping an eye on NH's medal hopefuls in the next couple of weeks, so keep an eye here.

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NHPR Events
11:54 am
Wed January 29, 2014

2014 Trivia Smackdown

And the winners are....

THE DEFENDERS!

Once again, the team walked away with the trophy of knowledge, defending their title from last year.  But it was a close competition.  

Thank you to everyone who helped make the event a successful and fun evening.   Start practicing now for next year and sign up for our enewsletter so you'll know when to expect NHPR's Trivia Smackdown 2015!

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From the Archives
12:52 am
Wed January 29, 2014

From the Archives: Roman Totenberg

In February, 1995, violinist Roman Totenberg performed with the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra. He joined NHPR ahead of the concerts on our Perspectives program and spoke with host Laura Kiernan.

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Inside NHPR
11:23 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Help Shape Your Listening: Join The Sounding Board

The  enrollment period for new CAB members is now closed.  NHPR is no longer accepting applications. 

You listen, you support - now you can help shape NHPR!

Our Community Advisory Board, called “The Sounding Board,” is a panel of dedicated listeners from across the state that allows us to gather meaningful feedback about our programming, policies and services.

We rely on a Community Advisory Board to give the station regular feedback on our programs, Trustee decisions, and the needs of our audience.

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Special Program
1:34 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Holiday Specials 2013

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Wednesday, November 27

7:00 PM     Hanukkah Lights 2013

A perennial holiday favorite, Hanukkah Lights features Hanukkah stories and memoirs written by acclaimed authors, expressly for the show, as read by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

Thursday, November 28

9:00 AM     Giving Thanks: A Celebration of Fall, Food, and Gratitude

Stories and music for Thanksgiving, with special guests actor Julia Sweeney and best-selling author Anne Lamott.

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Word of Mouth
2:00 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

EXCLUSIVE: What Our Guests Eat For Breakfast

Most of our guests enjoy simpler fare when they break fast.
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It’s been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Here at Word of Mouth we also see the value in a good breakfast but for perhaps different reasons. Just before we start an interview, we ask all of our guests to tell us their name, their title and divulge what they ate for breakfast. It’s a great way to ensure their sound levels are good, but as a special bonus, we also end up with insight into the morning routines of some very interesting people.

Inside NHPR
6:55 am
Mon October 21, 2013

The Dogs (& Cats) Of NHPR, Vol. 3

Credit Rebecca Lavoie / NHPR

Bridey
Owner: Ostensibly, Rebecca Lavoie; realistically, no one
Breed: Cockapoo
Likes: Witholding affection, Lifetime Movies, Sara Plourde & Zach Nugent
Dislikes: Basically everyone else, looking like a river otter after getting a haircut

Rosie
Owner: Ryan Lessard
Breed: Miniature Schnauzer
Favorite Food: Cheese, glorious cheese
Favorite Activities: Barking at pandas, seals & other dogs on TV; inspecting visitor clearance levels

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Inside NHPR
9:57 am
Fri October 18, 2013

NHPR Wins Six Granite Mikes

Credit Amanda Loder / NHPR

We're proud to announce that NHPR was awarded six awards at last night's Granite Mikes Awards, presented by the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters.

First Place, Radio Feature: Furniture Store Sees Success In Selling Prisoner-Made Goods

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Pledge
2:36 am
Fri October 18, 2013

VIDEO: Logan Shannon, Meet The NHPR Blue Nano...Wrecking Ball Style

Poor Logan... she's just trying to sort some mail, and instead, she gets an abrupt introduction to the NHPR Blue Nano wireless Bluetooth speaker, the brand new thank you gift we're all excited about (yes, even Logan)!

Like a wrecking ball, you can make a serious impact - and take home the Blue Nano! - by supporting NHPR!

To Donate:
Become a sustainer or make a one-time gift online
• Call (888) 805-6477

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10:31 am
Wed October 16, 2013

VIDEO: Michael Brindley, Meet The NHPR Blue Nano

Michael Brindley, our unflappable Newscast Producer, gets a surprise introduction to the NHPR Blue Nano wireless Bluetooth speaker, an awesome new thank you gift we're excited to offer!

Like a wrecking ball, you can make a serious impact - and take home the Blue Nano! - by supporting NHPR!

To Donate:
Become a sustainer or make a one-time gift online
• Call (888) 805-6477

Pledge
4:01 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

VIDEO: Virginia Gets An Introduction To The NHPR Blue Nano

Virginia Prescott, host of Word of Mouth, gets a surprise introduction to the NHPR Blue Nano wireless Bluetooth speaker, an awesome new thank you gift we're excited to offer!

Like a wrecking ball, you can make a serious impact - and take home the Blue Nano! - by supporting NHPR!

To Donate:
Become a sustainer or make a one-time gift online
• Call (888) 805-6477

Inside NHPR
3:17 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

WEVH Hanover Transmitter Site Gets An Upgrade

NHPR's Director of Technology Michael Saffell gives a tour of the upgraded equipment for the WEVH Hanover transmitter site.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Curious how the New Hampshire Public Radio signal gets to your radio?

Technology Director Michael Saffell gives the NHPR staff a  tour of the new WEVH Hanover transmitter site equipment, which will soon make its way up Moose Mountain.

NHPR has been working to replace the site's aging infrastructure.

This is our most compact, full-power transmission site - a main and backup transmitter and all the associated support gear in one equipment rack.

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NHPR Events
5:02 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Justice & Journalism: NPR's Carrie Johnson

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

A Joint Project of NHPR and the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy

NHPR and the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy are pleased to bring you the next event in our ongoing series, Justice & Journalism.  This ongoing series presents a range of speakers throughout the year to discuss the intersection of justice and journalism and share experiences related to the media’s coverage of public policy and law.

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