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From the Archives
10:17 am
Thu January 29, 2015

From The Archives: Trying Out For The Pats

Credit <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/cc_chapman/4878972642/in/photostream/" target="blank">CC Chapman</a> via Flickr/Creative Commons

The New England Patriots are getting ready for the Superbowl on Sunday, they’ll be playing the Seattle Seahawks for the championship. Eleven years ago they were in a similar position, gearing up for the match against the Carolina Panthers.

From the Archives this week we found this 2004 interview from NHPR’s The Front Porch. Host John Walters spoke with then (and current) State Senator from Manchester, Lou D’Allessandro. John spoke with D’Allessandro about his football career at UNH as well as his 1961 tryout for a new football franchise in Boston.

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From the Archives
10:44 am
Fri January 23, 2015

From The Archives: Campaign Financing

This week saw the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s "Citizens United" decision. And with the anniversary of “Granny D” day (1/25/12) tomorrow, it seems an appropriate time to take stock.

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From the Archives
9:45 am
Thu December 18, 2014

From The Archives: Rudolph Turns 75

Cover page from the original manuscript.

Do you recall the most famous reindeer of all? What was left out of the song was Rudolph's New Hampshire connection.

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Snowsgiving
12:55 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

10 Tips For Surviving An Extended Power Outage

When severe weather knocks out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses, utility crews work around the clock to restore service. But somebody is always going to be the last one to get plugged back in...and it could be you.

If you’re already waiting around for the power to come back on, it’s too late to do prep like charging batteries or buying a generator. But there are some things you can do right now to protect your home and family…and maybe even reclaim some creature comforts.

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Thanksgiving
12:29 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Need Help Carving Your Thanksgiving Turkey? Check Out These Video How-To's

So easy, right? (Just kidding.)
Credit Rhett Sutphin via Flickr CC

Your dad made it look easy...maybe. But carving a turkey is a bit more complicated than you might think. It's a big bird, after all, and not every knife is created equal. (Nor is every bird, thanks to the "spatchcock" craze!)

But never fear, humble home-chef, there's somewhere to turn if you're confounded by the prospect of carving: YouTube. 

Listed below are some of the most informative and easy-to-follow turkey carving how-to videos on the site.

Pro Tip: Watch them in advance of the family arriving and you'll look like a turkey carving ninja come dinner time.

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From the Archives
11:44 am
Fri October 31, 2014

From The Archives: Don't Listen To This!

Credit PumpkinRot

So this week's feature wasn't exactly buried under an inch of dust and parchment mites, but it speaks to the best part of this time of year: telling scary stories. Back in January, Word of Mouth looked into how these stories have made the jump from summer camp and slumber parties to the web.

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NHPR Blogs
9:00 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

When Did N.H. Towns Start Calling The Shots On Trick-Or-Treating?

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Where I grew up in Connecticut, children trick or treat on Halloween night, after dark, for as long as they possibly can.   I called my hometown’s clerk to double check: municipal government has nothing to do with it.

Yet in my current home of Portsmouth, the city website declares “the date and time for 'Trick-or-Treat' activities in Portsmouth this year will be Thursday, October 30th, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.”

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From the Archives
11:28 am
Thu October 23, 2014

From The Archives: The World Champion Red Sox

As Kansas City finds itself in its first World Series since 1985, its easy to think upon our own championship drought, which ended in 2004.  

It’s been a decade since Boston's boys of summer willed their way out of the American League Championship Series in unlikely fashion and finally put to bed the ghosts of Ruth, Dent, Buckner, Boone (and countless others).

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From the Archives
1:24 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

We Know How The Candidates Were Made, But What About New Hampshire's Ballots?

Primary ballots samples.

Anyone who’s been paying attention the last few months knows who and what will be appearing on the ballot in a few weeks. (And if you haven’t been paying attention, get off the sidelines already!) 

But how that information gets on the ballots is a process we don’t think much about.

In the run up to the 2004 election, NHPR's Lisa Peakes visited Captial Offset Printing, the company that had printed ballots for the state for decades.

Here's her story from the NHPR archives:

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From the Archives
12:30 am
Thu September 11, 2014

From The Archives: Civics in Schools

We’re back in school again, and back at the polls. Seemed like a good time to listen back to this conversation on the Exchange from 2009. Laura spoke with a few members of a newly appointed task force to examine the state of civics education in NH.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

N.H. This Weekend: Fest-A-Palooza Part 2

Credit Children's Museum of NH

Hippo Editor Amy Diaz is back for a look at New Hampshire events this weekend; It's Fest-A-Palooza Two, the Sequel!

For foodies, there's  Greekfest in Manchester, Fire on the Mountain Henniker Rotary Chili Fest, and the Jakarta Fair in Somersworth.

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Foodstuffs
4:29 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Pathogen Hits N.H. Basil, Putting Pesto In Peril

Dimond Hill Farm lost its basil crop to downy mildew.
Credit Michael Samuels

Basil has been one of the big draws all summer at Dimond Hill Farm in Concord. 

“We give a sprig away for every customer who buys something,” says Yianna Coliandris, who works at the farmstand.

“Everyone was enjoying that, and it was absolutely thriving. It was beautiful, beautiful basil, and it tasted and smelled absolutely wonderful.”

But now customers will have to find basil elsewhere.

“This was the basil,” says Jane Presby, surveying a tenth of an acre of empty soil.

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Gardening
10:41 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Leaving For Vacation? Don't Forget To Protect Your Garden

According to the Garden Guy, your absence while on vacation will be noticed by vegetable-seeking deer.
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It’s August and vacation season. Gardening Guy Henry Homeyer has some suggestions for keeping the garden growing while you're away. 

Henry, what do you do with your gardens when you’re going away for a long period of time?

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From the Archives
3:36 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

From the Archives: James Brady

James Brady passed away earlier this week.

The former White House Press Secretary was also Vice Chair of the National Brain Injury Association. He came to NH for a technology expo focusing on new technology for people living with disabilities in 1995, not long after that he spoke with NHPR’s Laura Kiernan on our Perspectives program.

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Foodstuffs
2:40 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Boscawen Community Kitchen Survey Underway

Community kitchens could help farmers package more cheese
Credit Emily Corwin, NHPR News

A New Hampshire college student's proposal for a community kitchen in Boscawen is in line to undergo a USDA-funded feasibility study.

A community kitchen would provide farmers and entrepreneurs with access to processing, packaging and storing facilities. For smaller enterprises, the access to such a facility would mean a chance for expanded production and profits.

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NHPR Blogs
9:21 am
Fri August 1, 2014

How Low Are Market Basket Prices, Really?

Shaw's orange juice; Hannaford orange juice; Market Basket orange juice
Halina Loft NHPR

Loyal Market Basket customers will often say it's the low prices that keep them coming back. The chain has long been associated with bargain prices on brand-name items, and that was before former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas chose to give customers 4 percent off their entire purchase this year. 

But just how much cheaper is Market Basket, when compared with Hannaford and Shaw's?

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NHPR Blogs
1:25 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Market Basket Reminder: Most Rallying Workers Not Actually On Strike

Market Basket worker Justin Desjardins holds a sign outside the downtown Concord Market Basket last week. Like most employees, he's rallying outside, but also continues to work.
Credit NHPR/Michael Brindley

Many people are under the impression that the Market Basket workers they've seen protesting outside New Hampshire stores are on strike.

That's not the case, at least not for most of them.

"No, we're not striking. We're just rallying," said Justin Desjardins, a 22-year veteran of Market Basket who was protesting outside the downtown Concord store last week. "We all plan on rallying. They're really pushing the 71 stores, 71 rallies."

Most workers are still filling their shifts, but are protesting outside their stores during off-hours.

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From the Archives
12:29 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

From the Archives: NPR's Margot Adler

Credit NPR

Earlier this week, longtime NPR reporter Margot Adler died. Morning Edition produced a great story about her career.

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Sports
10:23 am
Thu July 24, 2014

FootGolf: A Hybrid Sport Bringing New Life To The Links

James McCluskey tees off.
Austin Cowan NHPR

Sagamore-Hampton Golf Club in North Hampton has all the characteristics of a golf course. It has manicured fairways, rows of golf carts and a pristine clubhouse. Its patrons are all dressed in golfing garb, awaiting their turn to tee off down the first fairway. However, there is something a little odd about this course, something that doesn’t quite fit.

Amidst the traditional golfers are young kids holding soccer balls. They are here for a different game called FootGolf. That’s right, FootGolf, a sport that combines golf and soccer.

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Lakes Region
6:00 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Winnipesaukee's Mail Boat Is Part Floating Post Office, Part Time Machine

The Sophie C. is the oldest floating post office in America
Credit Courtesy Joe Del Russo

Someone in your family probably remembers a time when receiving a letter was unusual. The message was typically handwritten and personal, and it told you that someone in another part of the world thought enough about you to sit down, organize their thoughts and craft a message, just for you.

There are still places in New Hampshire where getting mail is just as special, mostly because of how it's delivered.

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Foodstuffs
4:55 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

After The Shortage, Limes Return In Time For Midsummer Cocktails

Lemons, not limes, go into the Blueberry Basil Mojito at Cotton.
Credit Brian Smestad, courtesy of Blue Tree LLC

A Mexican lime shortage had some NH bar owners worried. 

Margaritas, mojitos, gin and tonics... when you think of summer drinks, there's probably a lime in the picture. But up until a few weeks ago, this summer looked pretty grim – at least lime-wise.

“We were paying $50 a case to begin with,” says Jim Derosiers, “and then they jumped up to $150 a case and $175 a case.”

Desrosiers is the bar manager at Poco's Bow Street Cantina in Portsmouth. Every week, Poco's goes through about 15 cases of 250 limes each.

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From the Archives
10:36 am
Thu July 17, 2014

From The Archives: Meetinghouse Readings

Archivists are all about anniversaries…we put a man on the moon 45 years ago this week, The Exchange marked that anniversary with help from the Sky Guys the other day. This week is also the 10th anniversary of Killington, VT officials meeting with NH Gov. Craig Benson about plans for secession and perhaps throwing in with the Granite State (more about that here).

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Foodstuffs
3:06 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Foodstuffs: New Hampshire Crowdfunders Will Not Be Deterred By Potato Salad!

Attn Zach Danger Brown: hope your potato salad looks as good as this one.
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The world of crowdfunding is awash in potato salad, thanks to a spud enthusiast in Ohio called Zack Danger Brown. Promising only that, upon raising ten dollars, he was going to make potato salad – “I haven't decided what kind yet” – Brown raised nearly $50,000 in two weeks on Kickstarter. (The total was well over $70,000 before Kickstarter cancelled several donations it said couldn’t be verified.)

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NHPR Blogs
4:36 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Is N.H. Really Home To The Longest Mini Golf Hole On The Planet?

View from hole 1
Sarah Thomas

Red Sox vs. Yankees. Coke vs. Pepsi. Facebook vs. Twitter.  And now – Chuckster’s Family Fun Park vs. Rocky Gorge 4 Seasons Golf Fairway.

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Sports
1:29 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Disc Golf: No Collared Shirts Required

Joe Montore readies his drive on the 18th hole.
Austin Cowan NHPR

Nestled deep in the woods of Canterbury, NH is a special type of golf course. No golf carts, clubs or balls can be found here. Bright polos and pastel shorts are left at the country club as well. Here, at Top O’ The Hill, disc golf is the game of choice.

For those that have never heard of the sport, think golf...but with a disc. It's that simple. Be careful to use the word "disc," however, never "Frisbee." This, I’m told, is seen as a slur in the disc world.

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From the Archives
12:30 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

From The Archives: A Century of Babe Ruth

George Herman “Babe” Ruth made his major league debut this week 100 years ago (7/11/1914) with the Boston Red Sox. He had just 10 at-bats in 5 games that season, pitching four, and earning $2,500

10 years ago The Front Porch (NHPR’s nightly arts program until 2007) went to Conway, NH to speak with Julia Ruth Stevens, the Babe’s adopted daughter. Stevens spoke to NHPR’s John Walters about living with the most famous man in America, “we never thought about it when we were all at home. He was Daddy and we were just like any other family.”

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NHPR Blogs
3:46 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Is A Summer Of College Prep Worth The Price?

Harvard gives high school students a chance to spend a summer on the picturesque campus
Credit Dean Shu via Flickr cc

What's the price of a winning college application? According to Harvard, it's $11,250 (plus spending money for frozen yogurt).

That's the cost of attending the university's Secondary School Program (SSP), a pre-college summer program for high school students that promises a step-up in the academic playing field.

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NHPR Blogs
3:38 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

For One New Hampshire Football Star, It's More Than A Game

Brad Rhoades plays in the CHaD All Star Football Game.
Credit Austin Cowan NHPR

New Hampshire’s finest high school football players took to Grappone Stadium on Saturday in the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock All Star Game.

The game, a last hurrah for graduating seniors, is a way for New Hampshire youth to give back. In its three year history, the contest between the best players representing the east and west regions of the state has raised $752,000 for the hospital, said Nick Vailas, the founder of the game.

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From the Archives
9:04 am
Thu July 3, 2014

From The Archives: America Hustles

“Our country is a nation on the make,” according to historian Walter McDougall. He says we’re builders, dreamers, go-getters, inventers and organizers, so much so that "hustling" has become an indelible part of the American character and American history. He means it in all senses of the word, even going back as far as colonists's first arrival on American soil.

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NHPR Blogs
2:49 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Summer Storms Disturb Radio Waves

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  On June 10, a listener in Danville, IL picked up 90 seconds of NHPR signal. A station’s radio wave “footprint”, or estimated range, is generally considered to extend only about as far as the eye can see from the point of the antenna, but Danville is just under a thousand miles away. It would take more than a good pair of binoculars to put Danville within range of sight; so how did this happen?

Amateur radio enthusiasts, known as “DXers”, describe what our listener caught a glimpse of as an “E-Skip”.

To understand what that is you need to head way up into the air.

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