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1. NH News: New Boston: 250 Years In The Making

New Boston is a town that sounds like it could or should be in Massachusetts, and at one time, it actually was. In the 1730s Boston proprietors were granted a charter to the town, but never did much with it, mostly because of the presence of Native Americans in the area. By 1741, when new borders were drawn up New Boston became part of New Hampshire.

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1. NH News: Video: N.H. Roads: How We Got Here

As lawmakers consider raising the state's gas tax, you may be wondering: are New Hampshire's roads getting worse? Why are they getting harder to pay for? And, does it really matter if we have a few more potholes? NHPR's newsroom answers those questions with a 3-minute animation.

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1. North Country: More Details On Balsams Renovation And A Step Forward

When the $30 million renovation of the Balsams Grand Resort is complete it will look a lot like the old grand hotel but will feature much-needed modern amenities making it far nicer for guests and a lot  cheaper to operate.

Sean Hurley, NHPR

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1. Word of Mouth: The Autism Simulator

Last month, Vancouver hosted the Hacking Health Weekend Hackathon, a place for collaboration between technology experts and health officials from across Canada. A team of three in attendance created a game simulation that elicits understanding and empathy towards those suffering from autism.

Logan Shannon via Rob Fleischman's Brain

1.  Word of Mouth: Digital Cash Finds Foothold In NH

A digital currency is getting traction with New Hampshire residents looking for an alternative to the dollar: the Bitcoin, a "decentralized digital currency."

2.  Word of Mouth: D.I.Y. Sistine Chapel Security: How To Build Your Own Faraday Cage

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1. The Exchange: New Fiction Of 2013

For our special March Fund Drive kick-off, we bring you an extra program with our "Book Buffs." Two New Hampshire independent booksellers talk about the latest literary offerings, including some from New England authors.

2. Environment: Another Wind Farm Eyes The Lakes Region

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1. Environment: Who Needs Batteries? Seacoast Firm Stores Energy With Air

Solar and wind power are intermittent, and if enough of them are powering the grid, some kind of storage will be necessary. And storage means batteries, right? Not necessarily. In Seabrook New Hampshire, a start-up is doing it with compressed air.

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1. NH News: Gun Owners Cite Constitutional Rights In Objection To Open Carry Bill

Gun owners came out to the capitol in force Thursday to object to a bill that would make it illegal to open carry a pistol or revolver in a public building without a permit.

2. Environment: Reaping What Winter Sows: The Ice Harvest

Sara Plourde, NHPR

1. NH News: Storm Makes Its Arrival, Drops Nearly Two Feet Of Snow On N.H.

Last weekend's storm brought a whole lot of snow but few major problems for New Hampshire. The NHPR newsroom covered the entirety of the storm with photos and updates from around the state.

2. Health: The Battle Against ‘Chemical Restraints’ Inside Nursing Homes

NHPR's Trivia Smackdown

Feb 6, 2013

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1. Environment: A Decade Of Deregulation

Prior to 2001, New Hampshire utilities built power lines, supplied electricity and simply passed along the cost to consumers. But that all changed a little more than a decade ago as most New England states chose to deregulate, meaning utilities had to sell their power plants, and just be in charge of operating power lines.

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Sean Hurley

1. The Exchange: Flu Fever Hits The Granite State

The influenza season started much earlier this year and the strain is considered more severe.  Many worry how much of a toll this will take. In New Hampshire, at least twenty people have died from the flu already.

2. Arts & Culture: Running Through Time On The Sandwich Notch Rd.

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1. Environment: The White Mountains: Training Ground For The Greats

Conditions in New Hampshire’s White Mountains are notoriously harsher than their altitude suggests. But for World Class mountaineers this makes the Whites a perfect training ground.

2. Environment: Innovation Comes To Ice Fishing

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1. Health: The Alzheimer’s Café: Unforgettable Therapy

Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia can be devastating illnesses for not only the patient, but for the caregiver. It strips away memory…sometimes dignity…and can isolate even an extrovert over time.

There’s no cure for the brain disorder, but now, some are finding relief through regular gatherings at The Alzheimer’s Café

Michael Brindley, NHPR

1. NH News: N.H.’s New DUI Law Covering Prescription Drugs Goes Into Effect Jan. 1

Starting  Jan. 1, driving under the influence of prescription drugs, over the counter medications or any other chemical substances is a crime in New Hampshire.

2. Politics: Live Blog: Gubernatorial Inauguration

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Ask Me Another is a rambunctious hour that blends brainteasers and local pub trivia night with comedy and music. Host Ophira Eisenberg invites in-studio guests and listeners alike to stretch their noggins, tickle their funny bones, and enjoy witty banter and guitar riffs from house musician Jonathan Coulton. Ask Me Another starts January 13 and airs Sundays at 2 pm.

Justice & Journalism: A Joint Project of NHPR & UNH School of Law 

New Hampshire Public Radio and the UNH School of Law have come together to bring you a new series in the Capital Region.  This ongoing series will present 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.

We sit down with NHPR president and CEO Betsy Gardella. In addition to leading this public radio station, Gardella also serves on NPR’s board of directors and has been active in discussions about the future of public-broadcast funding. We’ll talk with her about that, as well as a new broadcast schedule, additions to our newsroom and new opportunities for our website and mobile app.


  • Betsy Gardella - President and CEO for New Hampshire Public Radio

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1. Education: SNHU Online Learning Program Dispenses With Grades And Credit Hours

Online courses in higher education have been around for decades. Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester has been offering online courses since 1996. Now the university is piloting a new online model — one that dispenses with courses, grades and credit hours.

Emily Corwin and Sara Plourde / NHPR

1) Politics: How New Hampshire Gun Laws Stack Up Against Vermont’s And Massachusetts’

New Hampshire and Vermont do not require that mental health information be reported for use in firearm purchaser background checks. Massachusetts, on the other hand, will not issue any firearms license if the applicant has been confined to any hospital or institution for mental illness, unless the applicant submits a physician’s affidavit.

Sara Plourde, NHPR

1.  The Exchange: Our Annual Holiday Books Show

It's our annual Holiday Books Show!   Several major biographies are out, including Joseph Kennedy and Thomas Jefferson.  Also, fiction fans are raving over new releases from Louise Erdrich and Gillian Flynn.  We’ll find out what the big reads might be under your Christmas Tree!

2.  The Exchange: Moving Ahead Under The Affordable Care Act

Peter Domingos

1.     Arts & Culture: New Portsmouth Business Combines Books With Beer

With increased competition from online booksellers like Amazon, local bookstores have been hard hit especially here in New England. But one new bookstore in Portsmouth has created a business model that just might have staying power.

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1. The Exchange: Wind Power Takes A New Turn In The Granite State

A proposed wind farm in the Newfound lake area has once again raised familiar themes in New Hampsire:  A desire for the Granite state to use more clean energy, versus local concerns over property values, as well as impacts on the environment and tourism.

New Hampshire Public Radio and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation have a mutual interest in encouraging the growth of future community leaders and the next generation of individuals who will foster social capital and lead a strong New Hampshire into a global world. To promote the importance of this next generation of civic leadership NHPR and the NH Charitable Foundation have joined together to present the 2nd Annual Next Gen Civic Leadership Award. 

1. The Exchange: The Story of the Bhutanese

For the past few years they’ve been our state’s largest incoming refugee group with hundreds coming every year.  A new documentary explores their journeys from nearly twenty years in refugee camps to new lives in the Granite State.

2. Education: N.H. Schools Stocking Their Virtual Shelves With E-books

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1. Elections 2012: N.H. House Swings To Democrats, Republicans Hold Senate 13-11

There was a big surprise waiting for New Hampshire politicos this morning. As the final votes were tallied in the four hundred races for the State House of Representatives, the Democrats had won a 221 to 178 majority with one race still undecided.