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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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The Sidebar
5:28 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

The Sidebar: Latest N.H. Casino Bill Builds On Failed 2013 Legislation

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Update: The Senate Ways & Means Committee approved SB 366, 4-1, this morning. Sen. Bob Odell, R-Lempster, was the lone vote in opposition to the bill, which would license two casinos. Senate President Chuck Morse said the legislation will now move to the full Senate. Morse said the Senate will likely table it and wait for the House to act on its own gambling bill. That legislation, drafted by members of the Gaming Regulatory Oversight Authorityenvisions a single casino, which Gov. Maggie Hassan supports.

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News Primer
6:00 am
Tue January 21, 2014

News Primer: Fixing New Hampshire’s Mental Health System

Attacks by two psychiatric patients awaiting treatment at Manchester’s Elliot Hospital last year underscored the well-documented problems with New Hampshire’s mental health system.

In December, the state agreed to settle a federal lawsuit filed in 2012 on behalf of six plaintiffs who had cycled in and out of emergency rooms and the state mental hospital. The state has agreed to spend $30 million over the next three years to re-build its community-based system of care, once considered a national model.

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The Sidebar
6:00 am
Tue January 21, 2014

The Sidebar: N.H. Legislators Will Make Another Run At Raising Gas Tax

Granite State motorists are driving more fuel-efficient vehicles, which means they’re buying less gas. Motorists purchased almost 60 million fewer gallons of gas in 2012 than they did in 2005. That translated into an $11 million decrease in revenue.
Credit Department of Safety Road Toll Bureau

A year after failing to agree on how to pay for a long list of road and bridge improvements, lawmakers will take another shot at bolstering the state’s chronically underfunded infrastructure this session.

Several bills are on the table, including one that would channel proceeds from a casino into the state’s highway fund.

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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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The Gracies Award Submission
9:40 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Sara Plourde: NHPR's Digital Producer

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

Throughout 2013, Digital Producer & Designer Sara Plourde has told stories through her graphic features, and enhanced newsroom and program content with web-only graphics, blogs, and videos. For your consideration for The Gracies Online Producer award, here is a sample of stories from the designated submission period. Please click on the hyperlinks to see the full features:

Map: N.H. Post-Recession Job Recovery By County

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The Sidebar
6:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

The Sidebar: Is Keno The Next Big Bet For The N.H. Lottery?

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR

On a recent afternoon at the Common Grounds Cafe, 200 yards from the New Hampshire border in Methuen, Mass, a handful of men sit along a short counter or at several tables in the back of the cafe.

Eyes moving back and forth from their pink and white betting slips to two wall-mounted video monitors, they wait for the next drawing of a popular electronic lottery game called Keno.

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Foodstuffs
5:52 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Hot Sauce Comes To Durham, Thanks To A Friendly Wager Over Football

One drop does it: Louisiana hot sauce.
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Temperatures are set to reach the single digits this week in Durham, home to the main campus of the University of New Hampshire - but at least one house in town will be plenty hot.

Durham town administrator Todd Selig says he won himself a bottle of Louisiana hot sauce in a friendly wager with Hammond, Louisiana mayor Mayson Foster. The wager was over last weekend's football playoff game between the UNH Wildcats and the Southeastern Louisiana University Lions - a game, it should be noted, that was played in a venue called Strawberry Stadium.

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Granite Seen
10:02 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Photos: Jobs, Protests, Thanksgiving & Bitcoin

Protesters lined up in front of a Manchester McDonald’s to take part in a national effort to raise the federal minimum wage.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

After an autumn hiatus, Granite Seen, our photo blog, is back! Here are some of the recent weeks' best photos from NHPR's newsroom.

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Inside NHPR
12:45 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Note To Online Listeners: Livestream Test In Progress

We are currently testing a new stream encoder here at the station. If you have issues with your stream please contact me at rlavoie@nhpr.org.

This test will continue until some time Friday afternoon, December 6th.

Thank you for your patience as we work to serve you better!

- Rebecca Lavoie, Digital Director

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Foodstuffs
11:50 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Local Foods Flavor N.H. Microdistilleries

Back in the day the notion of homegrown hooch conjured images of backwoods brewers or bathtubs full of gin.

Not anymore. These days, micro-distilling--its fancier moniker--is less about the buzz and more about the artistry and science that goes into teasing spirits out of locally-sourced fruits, grains and herbs. Plus, it's legal and has been in New Hampshire since 2003.

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The Sidebar
12:10 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

The Sidebar: Obamacare: Tales From The Front Lines

If you’ve been following the rollout of the Affordable Care Act in New Hampshire, you might be struggling to keep up with the twists and turns - from legislation passed in 2012 that barred creation of a state-run marketplace, to the thousands of letters Anthem Blue Cross mailed to policyholders this month, telling them their health plans did not meet the law’s coverage standards.

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Virtual Town Hall
9:17 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Virtual Town Hall: How Affordable Will The New Health Care Law Be For N.H.?

Now that the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, has launched, just how affordable will it make health insurance in New Hampshire? We hosted a special panel featuring Laura Knoy, host of NHPR's The Exchange, along with Tiffany Eddy of the Live Free or Die Alliance for a town hall discussion broadcast live on the web on Tuesday, November 19th. 

You can listen to the unedited audio from the event right here:

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Foodstuffs
7:00 am
Sat October 26, 2013

How To Turn Your Jack-O-Lantern Into Tasty Pumpkin Goodness

Credit Jason Dean / Flickr Creative Commons

With pumpkin season in full swing, many Granite Staters are enjoying baked goods, snacks, and beverages flavored with this signature fall fruit.  And then, of course, there's the annual rite of pumpkin carving. Weekend Edition host Amanda Loder talked with The Heart of New England e-magazine's Marcia Passos Duffy about how to wring pumpkin flavor out of post-Halloween jack-o-lantern remains.

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Books
3:02 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

What's The Most Famous Book Set In New Hampshire?

According to this map posted on BusinessInsider.com, John Irving's Hotel New Hampshire is the most famous book set in New Hampshire. 

But what about Peyton Place? A Separate Peace? Or Irving's other classic, A Prayer For Owen Meany?

We'd love to know what you think should hold the title...leave us a note on Facebook with your pick.

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Slideshow
4:14 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Slideshow: Peak Foliage Around New Hampshire

Before the Quake, Contoocook
Boyan Moskov

Ask and you shall receive. 

We asked our listeners and contributors to send us favorite foliage shots from around the state. We're around peak right now, and this is how it looks. 

Have more photos to contribute? Send them to us by email, or post them on our Facebook page. 

Technology
3:45 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Apps You Should Download If You Live In New Hampshire

Yes, this is a real iPhone case. You can buy it on Zazzle.com
Credit via Zazzle.com

This week, NHPR's Amanda Loder is reporting a series of stories on New Hampshire's emerging app development economy. (What's that, you ask? Check out our app explainer here.)

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Foodstuffs
12:00 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Steam Cream: Ice Cream Powered By Steam

Clem Legates and wife scooping steam cream.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

If you’re looking for an uncommon food experience, very few are as rare as Steam Cream, a small batch of ice cream produced in New Hampshire only once a year.  


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Intern Blogs
3:22 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

N.H. Girl On The Other Side Of The World: Tae Kwon Do Surprise

A surprising encounter with tae kwan do made Abby late for her brunch date.
Credit Abby Kessler for NHPR

NHPR News Intern Abby Kessler has moved on to a new adventure, teaching English in South Korea. We've asked Abby to send us dispatches from her trip, and we'll be posting them as a series of blogs in the upcoming months.

As I was biking to meet two friends at a cafe on Saturday, I heard music blaring adjacent to the bike path. Much to my surprise, it was not a concert I'd stumbled upon, but a tae kwon do performance.

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Foodstuffs
1:51 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

How Much Variety Is There In New Hampshire's Breakfast Places?

Julien's Corner Kitchen in Manchester.
Brady Carlson, NHPR

My toddler, Owen, and I agree on most things when we go out for breakfast. We prefer booth seats over chairs, sharing is always encouraged at the table, and we always go for crayons and coloring books when they're offered.

The one difference? He, being two years old, prizes consistency in his breakfasts - the more similar they are to the last breakfast outing, the better. In fact, he doesn't use the word "breakfast" for these trips - "I wanna go out for pancakes," he says. 

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Inside NHPR
11:30 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Top 10 Stories From Last Week: Vanilla Vaccine; Vermont's Local Food Gamble

Here are the stories that got the most attention on NHPR.org last week. Did you miss them? Click below to read or listen!

1. USDA Airdrops Vanilla Flavored Rabies Vaccines Over Eastern Forests

2. Across The River, Vermont Puts Its Money On Local Food

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Granite Seen
4:41 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Photos: Week Of September 6

On his Montpelier, VT farm, Joe Buley harvests cucumbers for gazpacho and cucumber dill soups.
Credit Emily Corwin / NHPR
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Inside NHPR
3:38 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

NHPR Hires Digital Director

We are happy to announce the promotion of Rebecca Lavoie, formerly Senior Producer on NHPR’s mid-day show Word of Mouth, to the newly created position of Digital Director. 

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Blogs
10:03 am
Tue September 3, 2013

N.H. Girl On The Other Side Of The World: Three Planes, One Layover, One Destination

Abby snaps a "selfie" as her journey to South Korea begins.
Credit Abby Kessler for NHPR

NHPR News Intern Abby Kessler has moved on to a new adventure, teaching English in South Korea. We've asked Abby to send us dispatches from her trip, and we'll be posting them as a series of blogs in the upcoming months.

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Granite Seen
3:45 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Photos: Week Of August 30

Credit Sara Plourde / NHPR
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Foodstuffs
11:28 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Getting Corn While We Can

Piney Woods Farm
Michael Samuels

Now is the time for fresh, local corn, and farm stands are doing a brisk business as summer comes to an end.

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun August 25, 2013

Food Waste To Energy

Three Anaerobic Digestion WTE tanks in Fenville, MI.
Credit eXtension Farm Energy

EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: Might another possible source for ethanol be discarded pastries from bakeries? For that matter, wouldn’t fermenting unsold bananas, oranges and apples from grocery store produce departments be able to provide an ample supply of fuel?    -- Curious in Warren, PA

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Granite Seen
8:58 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Photos: Week Of August 23

The greenhouse at Dartmouth College's organic farm.
Credit Liz Faiella
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Foodstuffs
4:21 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Dartmouth College Takes The Classroom To The Farm

Liz Faiella

Dartmouth senior Monica  Erives is getting a lesson in Gardening Frustrations 101.

One of our main activities today has been trying to find a woodchuck that ate all of our broccoli.

She’s standing next to the row of nibbled vegetables at the Dartmouth Organic Farm. Dressed in jeans, a sturdy brown corduroy jacket, and a forest green baseball cap, Erives looks like a farming veteran. But she’s a newbie.

I grew up in a suburb in the Los Angeles county area, and so this was entirely new to me.

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Inside NHPR
1:02 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Top Stories: Copper Cannon's Free Summer Camp; Doctor Shortage Could Impact Medicaid Decision

Credit Sean Hurley

1. Copper Cannon’s Free Summer Camp

Copper Cannon Camp is tucked away in Franconia Notch on 128 acres of White Mountain National Forest.  In some ways a typical overnight camp with sing-a-longs at night and archery during the day, Copper Cannon is unusual in one respect.  As Sean Hurley reports, it's one of only a handful of co-ed camps in the country that's absolutely free for kids of low income families.

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