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Big Dig 2? The Debate Over Boston's 2024 Olympic Bid

Jan 29, 2015
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There’s been celebration but also consternation among Bostonians, since their city was chosen as the U.S. candidate to host the twenty-twenty-fours summer games. Boosters foresee economic growth, while opponents warn of logistical and financial nightmares.  Meanwhile, Granite Staters are wondering what’s in it for them.

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6.02.14: Ghost Towns

Jun 2, 2014
Sean Hurley

From the dusty towns of the old west, to the empty mills of the east, there’s just something about abandoned places and the stories they leave behind. Today’s Word of Mouth is all about ghost towns, from neglected Olympic villages to forgotten websites. Plus, the story of a couple who transformed an abandoned underground missile base into their home-sweet-home…complete with an overhead front door.

Listen to the full show and click Read more for individual segments.


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Later this week, Bode Miller will become just the sixth American to participate in five Winter Olympics.

Back in 2002, NHPR's Doug MacPherson profiled the young athlete as he was preparing for his second (in Utah).

We'll be keeping an eye on NH's medal hopefuls in the next couple of weeks, so keep an eye here.

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With a little less than a week to go to the start of the Olympic Games, 23 athletes with New Hampshire connections are set to represent to United States in Sochi.

With a number of strong boarding school winter sport programs in the state, distinguishing who is a “New Hampshire athlete” and who isn’t can be a challenge. But here’s a general list of who’s who.

·         Nick Alexander, Lebanon, Ski Jumping

·         Gillian Apps, Dartmouth College, Hockey*

·         Kacey Bellamy, University of New Hampshire, Hockey*

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Andover native Nick Fairall will take part in the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February.

Fairall secured a spot on the U.S. ski jumping team with his win at the Olympic Trials in Park City, Utah this past weekend.

Fairall, 24, has been skiing since he was six years old, cutting his teeth at the Andover Outing Club.

He says while competing in his first Olympics will be thrilling, he won’t be satisfied until he has the ultimate prize.

“Well, obviously, like everyone’s goal, is Olympic gold.”

Photo courtesy Christopher Lamb

The 2014 winter Olympics begin on February seventh in Sochi, Russia. Until this week, talk about the games focused on worries that there might not be enough snow, and international criticism and threats to boycott the games because of Russia’s law banning what it called “homosexual propaganda.” On Monday, President Vladimir Putin reversed course and said that everyone will be welcome to Sochi. As to the snow, there are no certain answers.

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While the world’s top athletes compete at the  London 2012 Olympics, hundreds of photographers are contending to capture the game’s defining moments on camera.  To maximize its odds of snapping a winning pic, Reuters is getting some help, from robots.  The new shutter-bots will be stationed at Table Tennis, Boxing, Taekwondo, Judo, Fencing, Weight Lifting, and at the main Olympic Park for some of the big events.  Word of Mouth Producer Taylor Quimby caught up with Patrick Cain, a freelance reporter for th

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Chris Cleave is a columnist for the UK's Guardian newspaper and author of Incendiary and Little Bee.

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Gold medal victories of Michael Phelps, Carl Lewis, Kerry Strug, and Joan Benoit...these moments of triumph, sometimes against all odds are what make the Olympics stand apart from other sports competition. The idea that a human being can achieve feats most of us can only imagine.

Sam Evans-Brown

Athletes all over the country are competing to secure their places on the Summer Olympics team. At the same time, Winter Olympians are doing what they can to stay in shape. For cross-country skiers, that means roller skiing. New Hampshire Public Radio's Sam Evans-Brown reports roller skiing has become a competition sport in its own right.