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2:43 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Top Stories: Trapped By Tolls; No Hint From Hassan On SB99

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The top stories of the week, for June 17-23.

1. Trapped By Tolls: Merrimack Hopes For Turnpike Freedom

Merrimack is a town trapped by toll booths. It’s a situation unlike any other in New Hampshire. The tolls are something Merrimack residents have – begrudgingly – come to accept as a part of life, but how did we get to this point?

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun June 23, 2013

Uranium Mining

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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that there has been an increase in uranium mining in the U.S. due to a renewed interest in nuclear energy? What are the health and environmental ramifications of this?

                                                                                                   -- Paul Raffman, New Bedford, MA

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun June 23, 2013

Cats And Bird Populations

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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: I understand that pet cats prey on lots of birds and other "neighborhood" wildlife, but isn't it cruel to force felines to live indoors only? And isn’t human encroachment the real issue for bird populations, not a few opportunistic cats?                       -- Jason Braunstein, Laos, NM

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun June 16, 2013

Organic: Still A Small Piece Of The Pie

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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: I understand that, despite the popularity of organic foods, clothing and other products, organic agriculture is still only practiced on a tiny percentage of land worldwide. What’s getting in the way?                                                                                         -- Larry McFarlane, Boston, MA

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun June 16, 2013

The Colorado River: America's Most Endangered

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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: Why was the Colorado River named the most endangered river of 2013?

                                                                                                   -- Missy Perkins, Jenkintown, PA

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Foodstuffs
3:22 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

A Taste of Bike Week

Jean Kugler, of Milwaukee, enjoyed a hot dog, soft drink and sunshine at the Loudon Race Track on Friday afternoon during the 90th Motorcyle Week.
Abby Kessler NHPR

The 90th annual Laconia Motorcycle Week has a distinct sound that revs and rattles throughout the Granite State during the nine day rally, but over the years “bike week” has also become known for its unique taste.

“We do a lot of eating at bike week,” Jennifer Anderson, director of the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association, said laughing.

During the event, vendors set up temporary stands along the Loudon racetrack, selling chicken tenders, soft pretzels, fried dough, sizzling pizza and seafood to patrons who watch sports bikes orbit the track.  

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Inside NHPR
11:38 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Top Stories: Common Core Not Yet In Place, Already Controversial; Common Core Skeptics & Supporters

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The most popular stories of the past week, from our newsroom, Word of Mouth, and The Exchange.

1. The Common Core State Standards: Not Yet In Place, Already Controversial

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun June 9, 2013

Progress On Bio-Fuels

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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: How far along are we at developing algae-based and other higher yield sources of biofuels?                                                                                             -- Jason McCabe, Tullahoma, TN

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun June 9, 2013

Monarch Butterflies In Sharp Decline

A monarch caterpillar on milkweed buds.
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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: How are monarch butterflies doing today? They used to pass through my area in big numbers but in the last few years there seem to be many fewer.                  -- Bill Wright, Erie, PA

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Granite Seen
9:11 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Photos: Week Of June 7

Fishing boats in the harbor in Portsmouth. Shareholders in a new Community Supported Fishery will have opportunities to meet the fishermen who catch their fish.
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Inside NHPR
8:40 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Barbara & Dick Couch Fellowship For Innovation

NHPR is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the Barbara and Dick Couch Fellowship for Innovation.  The fellowship was created to develop the next generation of public radio talent and to bring new ideas and perspectives to NHPR.  This six month fellowship focusing on show production and digital media is based at NHPR’s broadcast center in Concord, New Hampshire.  Fellows will gain hands-on experience working on The Exchange, NHPR’s flagship public affairs program and exposure to a wide range of activities at the station.  Responsibilities will include: generating and r

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Blogs
10:05 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Chowder Festival Boasts Zero Waste, New Trophies

Two Newick's Lobster House Chowder employees at their booth at the WOKQ Chowder Festival in Prescott Park.
Ella Nilsen

On Saturday, June 1, the 29th Annual WOKQ Chowder Festival took place at Portsmouth’s Prescott Park.  The festival was zero-waste, courtesy of the partnership between the Prescott Park Arts Festival and seacoast business Eco-Movement.

“It’s a well-loved tradition,” said festival coordinator Ben Anderson.  “People come from all over.  The restaurants take it very seriously.”

Seacoast restaurants including Bob’s Clam Hut, Warren’s Restaurant, Newick’s Lobster House, and The Portsmouth Brewery competed with chowders of every type, including seafood, clam, scallop, and veggie.

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Blogs
11:38 am
Tue June 4, 2013

'A Taste of Milford' Pairs Local Cuisine With Downtown Shops

Inside Lisa's Sweets, Chef Dan St. Jean of Giorgio's Restaurant cooks up some asparagus and artichoke ravioli.
NHPR / Michael Brindley

So what is the real Taste of Milford?

Sean Trombly of Trombly Gardens believes he’s found it.

“I always tell people this is the true taste of Milford,” he said, as he served up a beef slider along Middle Street. “This is Milford-raised beef.”

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Inside NHPR
11:11 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Top Stories: UNH President Opens Logo Deliberations; End Of Life Planning...For Backyard Chickens

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The top stories of the week for May 27 - June 2.

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun June 2, 2013

Why Are Wetlands So Important To Preserve?

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EarthTalk®

E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: Why are wetlands so important to preserve?               -- Patricia Mancuso, Erie, PA

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun June 2, 2013

The "All One Ocean" Campaign

Plastic litter on a beach, before clean-up.
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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: What is the “All One Ocean” campaign?          --Bill O’Neill, Los Angeles, CA

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Granite Seen
9:05 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Photos: Week Of May 31

Londonderry High School's Marching Lancer Band leads the Memorial Day parade in Londonderry on Monday.
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Inside NHPR
6:00 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Top Stories: Live Blog: House Votes To Kill Casino Bill; State Says No Evidence Of Pollution In Fire

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1. Live Blog: House Votes 199-164 To Kill Casino Bill

Reporter Michael Brindley was live at the State House on Wednesday as the casino bill came up before the full House, and was ultimately voted down.

2. State Says No Evidence Of Air Pollution In Balsams Fire

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun May 26, 2013

The Gulf Of Mexico Three Years After BP

Smoke billows over a controlled oil fire off the coast of Venice, Louisiana on May 5, 2010.
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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: The three-year anniversary of the 2010 BP oil spill just passed. What do green groups think of the progress since in restoring the region?           -- Mary Johannson, New York, NY

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun May 26, 2013

Nature Photography: Good Or Bad For The Environment?

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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: Is nature photography good or bad for the environment? – Cal Moss, Camden, ME

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Granite Seen
8:44 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Photos: Week Of May 24

Lt. Jim Flanagan of the Manchester Police Department hands a pamphlet about distracted driving to a woman who was driving with her dog in her lap.
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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun May 19, 2013

Alternatives To Toxic Cleaning Supplies

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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: I'm concerned about toxic ingredients in my cleaning supplies, especially now that I have young children. Where can I find safer alternatives?          -- Betsy E., Hartford, CT

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun May 19, 2013

Dust Bowl Days Are Here Again

A dust storm approaches Stratford, Texas in 1935.
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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: Could it really be true that we are in the midst of the worst drought in the United States since the 1930s?                                                         -- Deborah Lynn, Needham, MA

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Granite Seen
12:31 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Photos: Week Of May 17

Producer Zach Nugent interviews Carly Gendell, playing Annie in Prescott Park's upcoming production, at last weekend's auditions for Sandy the dog. Stay tuned for more from Word of Mouth!
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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun May 12, 2013

Air Conditioning Options

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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: Now that hot weather is coming, I want to upgrade my home’s A/C. Which are the most energy-saving models and should I go central air or window units?

                                                                                                               -- Jackie Smith, Cary, NC

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun May 12, 2013

Greening Package Delivery Fleets

Pictured: A FedEx hybrid electric delivery van.
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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: What are the big delivery companies like FedEx and UPS doing to green their truck fleets and operations in general?                                       -- Mitchell Glaser, Overland Park, KS

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Granite Seen
9:36 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Photos: Week Of May 10

Wendy Booth at a beehive she adopted.
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Inside NHPR
11:18 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Top Stories: Supporters, Critics Of Sen. Ayotte Clash; Old Man Of The Mountain's Legacy Lives On

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1.  Supporters, Critics Of Sen. Ayotte Clash At Town Hall Meeting

At a Town Hall Meeting in Tilton on Tuesday, U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte field roughly a dozen questions from the audience, on topics ranging from immigration to Benghazi. But none dealt directly with her recent vote against expanded background checks for gun sales, a measure that failed in the Senate.

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