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From the Archives
3:59 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

From the Archives: Digitizing

How does the digitization happen?

This arrived in the mail today.

This unassuming hard drive contains more than 500 GB of audio, the digital representation of 280 tape reels.  A couple months ago, I mentioned that NHPR was sending the last of the tape reels in our archive to Crawford Media to be digitized. And today the fruits of their labor appeared in the form of this orange-y goodness. (They also sent along a few pictures of the digitization process, take a look at the slideshow above).

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NH News
5:33 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Hassan Promises Review of Buffer Zones After Supreme Court Strikes Down Mass. Law

Gov. Maggie Hassan
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

Gov. Maggie Hassan said her administration will “closely review” how Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a Massachusetts’ law that restricts protests outside abortion clinics will affect a similar law that will take effect in New Hampshire next month.

Hassan, who is in Turkey on a trade mission, signed a bill June 10 that authorizes reproductive health facilities that perform abortions to establish 25-foot buffer zones around the entrance. The law is set to take effect July 10.

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Interactive Map
4:35 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Map: Where To Go Strawberry Picking In New Hampshire

Credit Allie Coremin via Flickr CC

Strawberry picking is a New Hampshire tradition that dates back to the days when “all natural” was a given, not a gimmick. There are over 20 farms throughout the state that offer the chance to “Pick-Your-Own” pint (or quart—more berries just means more jam). 

Related story: The Sweet Science (And Big Business) Of Strawberry Picking

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Word of Mouth
3:55 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

The Cult Of Market Basket: Super Market Chain Bags Big Online Following

Screenshot from a fan site called My Demoulas that looks official, but isn't.

To read NHPR's story on Market Basket's CEO ouster, click here.

A DeMoulas family feud has Market Basket workers and customers questioning the grocery chain's future. A two decade long argument came to a climax on Monday when long time president Arthur T. Demoulas and two other executives were ousted by the company's board led by Arthur T.'s cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas. 

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News Primer
1:26 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

News Primer: Worried About Your Water? How To Get Your Well Tested

Credit Dave G / Flickr CC

There are basically two options: the state lab and private well testers.

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Environment
4:12 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Busting The Lady Slipper Myth: Not Rare, Legal To Pick

Credit Distant Hill Gardens

The New Hampshire state wildflower is blooming, and with it, the myth that surrounds it: that it’s super rare, and illegal to pick. In fact, the pink and white flower we know as the Lady Slipper is quite common. And picking this flower is completely legal.

“They are not considered ‘rare,’ they are actually common but are listed on the ‘special concerns’ list because they have propagation and climate issues,” according to NH Roots

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Next Gen NHPR
5:09 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Bushwhacking For Sound: An Intern's Tale

These woods play a big part in this outing turning into an adventure. Read on, and you'll understand.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown for NHPR

As an intern at NHPR, I get the chance to see how radio stories are made up close. Here’s what happened when NHPR’s Environment reporter invited me for a ride-along to help him do a little reporting about an event called BioBLITZ. - Austin

As always, the day begins early for Environment reporter Sam Evans-Brown. We make the drive up to North Conway in time for the 9 am start of the BioBLITZ.

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Ice Cream Map
1:31 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Map: Ice Cream Stands In New Hampshire

Credit Kumquatgirl via Flickr CC

For Sean Hurley's Foodstuffs story on New Hampshire's Ice Cream trail, we asked our listeners and Facebook fans to submit their favorite ice cream stands in New Hampshire. Here's the map that resulted, and it's not too late to add to it! Email us your picks, and we'll put them in the map.

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Foodstuffs
11:00 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Foodstuffs: The New Hampshire Ice Cream Trail

Regular, waffle, or sugar cone?
Megan Flickr CC

There are plenty of trails that lead to scenic vistas.  Up mountains, down into valleys.  But there's only one that leads to ice cream: The New Hampshire Ice Cream trail. 

Somewhere in a New Hampshire field, a cow, fawn colored, like a big deer, lifts her head from the tall grasses...

A Jersey cow, she has no idea that the milk she makes from the grass and hay and grain she eats is high in butterfat - about 5%, which makes her milk ideal for ice cream.

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From the Archives
4:00 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

From The Archives: World Cup 1950

If you have World Cup fever, you’ll know Brazil and Croatia kick off the tournament Thursday. Even if you don’t have the fever; even if the brouhaha over Landon Donovan last month didn’t register; even if you have only the faintest understanding of who David Beckham is; you know that the U.S. has never been a favorite in the sport of international soccer.

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NH News
5:08 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Audit Details Appointment Delays For New Hampshire Vets

Veterans seeking an appointment at the VA Medical Center in Manchester were able to see a doctor in 30 days or less 98 percent of the time,  according to a nationwide audit released today by Department of Veterans Affairs.

But as many as 118 Granite State veterans waited 90 days or more for their first appointment, and 98 former troops who enrolled for treatment in the last decade have yet to see a physician in the VA network.

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NHPR Blogs
3:11 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Foodstuffs: A Brewery In The North Country

Photo by Chris Jensen for NHPR

A family from Michigan is behind a newly opened brewery in the North Country.  Schilling Beer Company is located in an old grist mill next to the Ammonoosuc River in Littleton.

That fulfills the Cozzens' family dream of one day having such a business, said CEO Jeff Cozzens.  He and brothers Matt and Stuart, parents, Bruce and Kathy and a best friend, John Lenzini, opened The Schilling Beer Company last September.

It’s named for a grandfather, Richard Schilling.

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From the Archives
2:12 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

From The Archive: MLK Day Finally Becomes A Holiday In N.H.

Credit Minnesota Historical Society

On a Monday morning the weather more closely resembled Martin Luther King Jr’s hometown of Atlanta, than it did downtown Concord. But the heat and humidity didn’t discourage those who had gathered at the statehouse for the historic bill signing.

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Environment
3:55 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Behind the Headlines: What New Carbon Rules Mean For New Hampshire

Credit SNL; http://www.snl.com/InteractiveX/Article.aspx?cdid=A-28272515-14375

A lot of reporters were distracted by the big number in yesterday's announcement of proposed reductions in carbon dioxide emissions: 30 percent by 2030. Indeed that was the lead sentence in almost every news story about the new rules. 

But the 30 percent figure is not how the Environmental Protection Agency will measure success of the new regulations. The figure is arbitrary, chosen to give some nationwide context to what the state-by-state goals would mean.

The goals the EPA actually set vary quite a lot from state to state. And, indeed, how the agency arrived at those figures is a good deal more complicated than just picking a nice, round number.

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From the Archives
3:00 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

From The Archives: Sea-Shanties in Portsmouth

An archive is only as good as the data it captures. This is a thorny issue that archivists grapple with perennially. There wasn’t a lot of information about this week’s story in our records.

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Ad Audit
9:32 am
Sat May 24, 2014

Ad Audit: Air War Heats Up In Campaign for N.H. Senate

Credit Sara Plourde

It was only a matter of time before Scott Brown’s involvement in a failed energy bill backed by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen would get the political-ad treatment.

Sure enough, on Thursday, the Senate Majority PAC launched a television spot that cites “news accounts” that Brown lobbied Senate Republicans to block the bill in order to deny Shaheen a legislative victory.

The 30-second ad is scheduled to run until at least June 4 on WMUR, at a cost of $224,000, as well as on some cable stations.

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The Sidebar
4:35 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

The Sidebar: N.H. Delegation Calls For Release Of Woman Sentenced To Death In Sudan

All four members of New Hampshire’s congressional delegation are urging the U. S. government to secure the release of the pregnant wife of a Manchester man from a Sudanese prison.

Meriam Ibrahim Ishag, a 27-year-old physician who is eight months pregnant with her second child, was sentenced to death by hanging last week after a Sudanese court found her guilty of apostasy.

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Infographic
10:09 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Things You Should Know About Ticks [Infographic]

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

With tick season in full swing - and this year being described as the worst in recent history - the risk of tick bites and tick-borne infection is high. Read through the graphic below to learn more about ticks, the infections they can carry, and how to prevent being infected yourself.

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From the Archives
1:57 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

From The Archives: Memorial Day

Credit Photo by Marsmet523, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

Memorial Day is probably the most archives-centric holiday in the year. While many holidays are a flush of personal memories and family traditions, Memorial Day is more about our collective memory as fellow countrymen. And archives are a conduit to our collective memory. 

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From the Archives
9:29 am
Wed May 14, 2014

From The Archives: The Shakers

Credit Ella Nilsen / NHPR

I was listening back this week to New Hampshire Daily, a half hour NH news program we aired from October, 1989 to February, 1992. I was listening to the programs from the week of 14 May, 1990. Among the news of the day (including the death of Jim Hensen, and Lithuania’s independence negotiations with Mikhail Gorbachev) was a four part series we produced about the Canterbury Shaker Village.

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News Primer
3:09 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

News Primer: Frisbie Hospital Challenges Anthem's Provider Network

Credit Sara Plourde

 In the pitched political battle over the Affordable Care Act, Republicans and Democrats seem to have found common ground on one issue: Anthem’s so-called narrow network of providers.

From GOP Senate candidate Scott Brown to Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, a wide array of voices have complained that Anthem’s decision to exclude 10 hospitals from its plans sold through the new federal health exchange harms patients.

On Wednesday, one of those patients, an East Rochester woman named Margaret McCarthy, will get a long-awaited hearing on the matter at the state Insurance Department.

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News Primer
4:31 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

NHPR News Primer: N.H.'s Cell Phone Ban

Credit Sara Plourde

Gov. Maggie Hassan is expected to sign legislation making it illegal to use a hand-held cell phone while driving or stopped in traffic.

The bill, passed by the New Hampshire House last week, represents “the most comprehensive distracted driving bill in the nation,” according to legislative testimony from Earl Sweeney, assistant commissioner of public safety.

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A Matter of Degrees
12:55 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

A Matter Of Degrees: Story Map

For our week-long series A Matter of Degrees, NHPR reporters and programs produced stories about the issues facing colleges and universities throughout New Hampshire.

This first map links to most of the content. Play arrow icons represent radio and video stories, stars are web-only and print features.

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A Matter Of Degrees
5:56 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

In Their Own Voices: New Hampshire Students Weigh In

Emily Erickson walks to class on the green o Saint Anselm College
Sam Evans-Brown NHPR

All week long, our NHPR News, The Exchange, and Word of Mouth will be taking a look at higher education in New Hampshire for our special series, A Matter of Degrees. 

We're also letting students from around the state weigh in during Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and will be posting their reflections right here.

Monday's Student Minute:

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From the Archives
2:26 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

From the Archives: Higher Education

Credit via Q1045

This week NHPR is taking a close look at higher education in the state with our special series A Matter of Degrees. But funding higher ed is a perennial issue that we've been tracking for almost as long as we've been broadcasting.  

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A Matter Of Degrees
5:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Question Of The Day: You Weigh In On Higher Ed In New Hampshire

Credit The Education Doc via Flickr CC

All this week, NHPR's reporters and programs presented A Matter of Degrees. This special series examined the uncertain future of New Hampshire's colleges, and how they are trying to stay relevant, competitive, and worth the cost.

Here’s today’s question for you:

With all you’ve heard about rising tuition, high student debt, and the push for colleges to innovate, would you choose to go to school in New Hampshire?

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From the Archives
3:25 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

From The Archives: Links

This week, I'm packing up another batch of old tape reels from the NHPR archive, which I'll send to Crawford Media in Atlanta for digitization (or "migration", as they call it). I'll be documenting the process on the blog, so check back next week to see how it's moving. We worked with them last spring to digitize about 300 of our tape reels, courtesy of the American Archive Content Inventory Project (more below).

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Gardening
10:39 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Ear To The Ground: What Are You Doing In Your Garden This Weekend?

I've got some thingies that look like this poking out of my garden. What are they?
Credit Khadija Dawn Smith via Flickr CC

Spring in New Hampshire is, well, not always the most satisfying season. This week alone, we've had weather ranging from frigid rain to warm-enough-to-use-the-sunroof.

What gets a lot of us through the season is looking forward to the weekends, when we can, now that the snow has melted, begin to play around in the dirt, maybe even plant something.

I'd love to brag about my own gardening skills, or even offer some handy tips. But I'm a certified Brown Thumb, and have little to offer other than knowing what I don't know about plants, dirt, even mulch.

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Ad Audit
7:39 am
Sun April 27, 2014

Ad Audit: Attack Ad Draws Charges Of Improper Coordination By Shaheen Campaign

Update: The New Hampshire Republican State Committee has submitted a complaint to the Federal Election Commission, alleging the Shaheen campaign "engaged in coordinated political advocacy communications that amount to illegal contributions." 

Republicans are claiming the campaign of New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen broke federal election law by helping to craft a television ad paid for by a Democratic super PAC.

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Foodstuffs
10:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

New Hampshire's Nanobrewing Laws Are Bolstering A New Beer Boom

New Hampshire's latest beer boom is in evidence at Bert's Better Beers in Hooksett.
Credit Adam McCune for NHPR

In the late '90s, craft beer saw a renaissance of sorts. After years of nondescript light beers almost completely dominating the market, tastes seemed to wake up. Breweries and brew-pubs started up almost overnight. A boom was born.

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