Check Out These Five Really Weird Sports

Jul 29, 2013
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Our exploration of Aesthletics reminded us of some of our other favorite bizarre sports. From the safe, if not always tame, World Beard and Moustache Competition to the surprisingly dangerous Outhouse Races, strange sports are everywhere. These are not the weirdest sports, by far, but they top our list as most memorable and well organized.

We discuss what happens as the medication generation grows up. Journalist and author, Kaitlin Bell Barnett joins us to talk about her new book, Dosed, which describes the experiences of young adults who spent childhood taking psychiatric meds, such as Prozac. Barnett explores the questions many in this generation are now asking: who am i really, after all these years on medication and what might be the long-term effects of these drugs?


A recent study found little evidence of health benefits from organic foods, challenging organic’s reputation as the healthy alternative to conventional  agribusiness.  But others say researchers did find some vital differences around  pesticide levels and that the study was too narrow, ignoring  vital environmental and ethical reasons for eating organic.  Today we'll look at the arguments on both sides.


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A group of teachers from St. Paul's in Concord trades hall-passes for instruments after school.  Two members join us to talk about the art of finely-aged Rock N'Roll.


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Amazon is back in the business of getting books on print - only now, they're hopping the middle man. Jason Boog, Editor of the publishing website Galley Cat, explains.


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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 don't cause a GMO backlash first.


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Deaf Israeli slam-poet Aneta Brodski collaborates with Palestinian interpreter Veronica Staehle, uniting culture and language through art.


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It takes a lot of effort, determination, and bravery to come to a new country as a refugee and learn not only a new language but a new culture.

One could compare it to climbing a mountain.

A Manchester resident is going to climb a few mountains himself to raise money for the city’s refugees.

Starting tomorrow, Dan Szczesny aims to climb New Hampshire’s 4000 foot peaks… all 48 of them… in a month.

But first he joins us in the studio to talk about the project.

Eco Fashion

Sep 4, 2009

Confectionary Architects

Feb 14, 2008
Cheryl Senter

For those of you who like a little dessert after dinner, a trip to Canterbury Shaker Village might be in order this weekend.

Bike Week's Wall of Death

Jun 14, 2006
Michael Al

All this week, New Hampshire Public Radio is bringing you some of the sights and sounds of bike week in Laconia.

It's Tourist Season in N.H.

May 29, 2006
Cheryl Senter

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer.

And across the state, resorts, hotels, and other tourist attractions are taking care of last minute primping before the onslaught of summer season.

One of those attractions is of course, Hampton Beach on the Seacoast.

On Friday, road crews were still painting lines on a section of Route 1A, that goes along the beach.

But ready or not, the tourists came, as they always do, to enjoy the beaches and the boardwalk, to lie in the warm sun and play in the sand.

How to Ride a Motorcycle in 20 (very wet) Hours

May 26, 2006
Cheryl Senter

While most of the state was trying to stay dry two weekends ago, ten people were dreaming of warm, sunny days and open roads.

A Permanent Reminder of a Temporary Feeling

May 12, 2006
Cheryl Senter

Over the past year, New Hampshire Public Radio has been taking listeners to a variety of places across the state.

Skimming: Or What I Did With My Snowmobile This Summer

Sep 19, 2005
Paul Godin

New Hampshire nights are getting a little crisper this time of year. It won't be long before the first frost...and then snow.

Sounds from the Pittsfield Hot Air Balloon Festival

Aug 12, 2005

This summer, New Hampshire Public Radio has been sharing some sounds of the summer.

One of the traditional family outings in the state is the 24th Annual Pittsfield Balloon Festival.

NHPR reporter Amy Quinton not only attended the event, but was able to catch a ride aboard the hot air balloon, the Lime Rickey.

She filed this audio postcard from the event.

Over the last few months, several hundred African refugees were resettled in Manchester. We'll take a look at who they are, the challenges they face, and how the city is handling this new and very different population. Laura is joined by Robert Baines, Mayor of Manchester, Dr. Westy Egmont, executive director of the International Institute of Boston, and Beatrice Munyenyezi, a Manchester resident who was a refugee from Rwanda. Ms. Munyenyezi now works at the Manchester Housing Authority.