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An Update on New Hampshire's U.S. Senate Race

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We discuss one of the mostly closely watched races of this election season, between Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan and incumbent Republican Kelly Ayotte, for U.S. Senate. We follow up on their debate Monday night, and go in-depth on some of the major national, and local issues, drawing attention in this race. 

Heading South: Bird Migration and Human Impact

Sep 30, 2016
Kelly Colgan Azar,

It's not uncommon at this time of year to look up and see the familiar shape of geese migrating south, or the broad wings of raptors riding the wind currents.  We discuss the different species of birds, including songbirds, who make an annual migration, and how they equip themselves for their journey. We also examine how humans have influenced the abundance of the species, and what we can do to help lessen our impact here on the ground in New Hampshire.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup - September 30, 2016

Sep 30, 2016
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We check in on both presidential candidate visits to the Granite State, and discuss decisions on two major court cases, along with other news around the state this week.

Sky Guys: A Fall Astronomical Update

Sep 28, 2016

Our Sky Guys are back to help digest the events of a wild few weeks in space science, including NASA's announcement of explosive plumes of icy water on Jupiter's moon Europa.  The explosion of a SpaceX rocket snarls outer-orbit transportation schedules and yet, SpaceX  founder Elon Musk unveils a plan to get humans to Mars within a decade.   And a Kickstarter campaign aims to re-issue Carl Sagan's 1977  Golden Record in an effort to communicate with life outside our solar system.

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We speak with New Hampshire author Paul Levy about his new book called Finding Phil: Lost in War and Silence. Levy describes his search to uncover the life, and death, of an uncle he never knew, who died in World War II. 


Paul Levy - Retired poverty lawyer and professor who taught at Indiana University and Smith College, before serving on the faculty of a progressive adult learning program at Springfield College. 



We kick off our 2016 "Conversations with the Candidates" series with Governor Maggie Hassan, the Democratic U.S. Senate nominee. Hassan's race against incumbent Senator Kelly Ayotte is one of the most highly-watched in the nation. We ask the Governor about the big issues at stake: from national security to gun laws to money in politics. 

Sustainable or Green-washing?

Sep 23, 2016

Many companies these days take pride in reducing their environmental impact, from composting to using lighter packaging.  And it's a selling point, as more consumers favor environmentally conscious firms. Some businesses, however, are accused of green-washing -- promoting an image that has little to do with reality.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup - September 23, 2016

Sep 23, 2016

The race for Governor is in full effect as Republican Chris Sununu and Democrat Colin van Ostern meet in their first debate.  Staffing problems raise fresh concerns over how the state protects its most vulnerable at New Hampshire Hospital and the Department of Child and Family Services.  And the industry dear to the Granite State  loses its last locally-owned quarry. 

Pet Economics: The Dollars & Cents of Pet Ownership

Sep 21, 2016
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We're closer to our domesticated creatures than at any point in human history -- even considering them family members. Yet the cost of owning pets can be daunting, as veterinary medicine has advanced to include expensive specialties and treatment.  And then there's doggy day care and all manner of niceties for animals, including dog-carrying backpacks and music specially composed for cats.  So, how far should we go to take care of our pets? 

Why N.H. Roadways Are Becoming Deadlier

Sep 20, 2016
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After decades of improved safety on our roadways, the trend seems to be reversing, with major increases in fatalities around the country and in New Hampshire.  We look at the reasons for the dramatic uptick in traffic deaths, including distracted drivers and cheap gas.  

This program was originally heard on Aug. 31, 2016.

Self-Driving Cars: Closer Than You Think

Sep 19, 2016

The future is now.  In several cities, companies from Ford to Tesla are racing to develop their own automated driving machines.  We discuss the innovations and challenges of self-driving cars, and ask what it will take to make you comfortable in the passenger seat?


The "marketplace," where Americans can shop for and purchase insurance from a network of companies, was created with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act several years ago. It has since provided coverage to twelve million Americans, but it's been largely unprofitable for insurers.  And so, most companies plan to hike rates later this fall - with huge impacts on both patients and politics. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup - September 16, 2016

Sep 15, 2016

We discuss Tuesday's state primary and look ahead to November.  Donald Trump and Tim Kaine pay local voters another visit.  And Dartmouth-Hitchcock says the layoff of nearly 500 employees won't affect staffing at the New Hampshire Hospital.  

Join us for our discussion on school consolidation and redistricting in the Granite State. While our neighbors in Vermont and Maine are favoring towns consolidating their schools in hopes of saving money, here the trend is more toward breaking up, with a desire for more local control. We find out why and how communities are deciding to come together, or go it alone. 

N.H. Primary: Who Won, Why, and What's Next

Sep 14, 2016

The New Hampshire Primary saw unexpectedly tight races.  With some races too close to call, we recap the winners and losers and forecast what's next for the candidates.  We also look around the state at key N.H. Senate races, as well as Executive Council.  We forecast how the races shape up for the road to the election, and get a sense of the downticket effect of the Presidential races.

N.H. Primary: Who Won, Why, and What's Next?

Sep 13, 2016

The New Hampshire Primary saw unexpectedly tight races. We'll recap the winners and losers and look across the state at key N.H. Senate races as well, where eight seats were up for grabs.  We'll forecast how the races shape up for the road to the election, and get a sense of the downticket effect of the Presidential races.


Primary Night Results: Special Live Edition

Sep 13, 2016
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Join us as the results roll in from primary night across New Hampshire.  Voters will winnow the fields in several competitive primary elections, including a crowded gubernatorial field and a contentious congressional race.  We check in with NHPR reporters who will be with at campaign headquarters in key races around the state.  Our political analysts give insight into the campaigns and offer a glimpse of what lies ahead for those who emerge victorious.


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A recent Pew Research report finds some bad news for traditional print media with newspapers seeing perhaps their worst year since the Great Recession.  But there's good news for all things digital: many more people are seeking information on social media sites and in the mobile realm.  We examine the trends on all platforms, and look at ramifications for the actual work of journalism.

  This program was originally broadcast on 8/23/16.

N.H. Economic News Roundup: Winners and Losers

Sep 9, 2016

We examine winners and losers in today's Granite State economy. We look at differences between northern and southern New Hampshire, residents with college degrees and without, and the future of various sectors such as technology, health care and manufacturing.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup - September 9, 2016

Sep 8, 2016

Debates - and the debate on drugs - dominate the run-up to the state's primary election on Sept. 13.  The state cap on education funding is ruled unconstitutional.  And students return to the classroom as Manchester learns of high lead levels in school drinking water.

Post-Labor Day Presidential Campaign Kick-off

Sep 8, 2016
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Labor Day signals the end of Summer, but during a presidential election, it also serves as the kickoff for the fall general election campaign.  Both Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican standard-bearer Donald Trump hit the ground running this week with multiple campaign events, including back-to-back presidential forums.  Meanwhile, third party challengers are looking to win over the large number of voters who appear unhappy with both major party nominees.  

Our guest host for this program is Dean Spiliotes, Civic Scholar in the School of Arts and Science at Southern New Hampshire University and author of

The Mowry Family

It was decades ago that adoption became a more open arrangement.  Rather than no contact whatsoever and a secretive approach, birth and adoptive parents began communicating both before and after the adoption. Now there are all sorts of variations -- from exchanging occasional letters and pictures to more frequent contact. Still, it can be a difficult decision that raises boundary issues, among others. In New Hampshire, the tendency has been toward more minimal involvement. We'll look at this and other recent trends in adoption, including the rise of single parenting.  

  This program was originally broadcast on July 26, 2016.

The Wolf in Our Backyards

Sep 6, 2016

The coyote is the stuff of legends, but author Dan Flores says those tales don't come close to capturing its incredible survival story.  We talk with Flores, the author of the new book "Coyote America" and trace the history of the coyote.  Flores calls it "a kind of Manifest Destiny in reverse" where, in the war between coyote and human, the coyote wins - hands down. 

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A new book by Stephen Long describes how this giant storm transformed the New England landscape and seared itself into the memory of its people.  We’ll delve into just how big it was, the wide-ranging impacts, including how the hurricane created public works projects and developed new thinking around forestry. We'll also talk about preparation for the next inevitable great storm.

  This program was originally broadcast on 4/11/16.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup - September 2, 2016

Sep 1, 2016

With the primary scheduled for September 13, it's crunch time for candidates, especially for the seven running for governor.  New Hampshire gets a one million dollar federal grant to expand access to medication-assisted treatment for drug addiction.  And the victim in the Owen Labrie sexual assault case speaks out publicly for the first time. 

There are three Democratic gubernatorial candidates this year, vying to be their party's nominee for governor.  We ask candidates Mark Connolly, Steve Marchand and Colin Van Ostern their views on some of the big issues facing our state: public education, energy prices, taxes, demographics, drug abuse and more.  The primary will be held September 13. 

Protecting N.H.'s Forests and Trees

Aug 30, 2016
Richard Brunner

New Hampshire’s landscape is full of beautiful sights, sounds and smells - and with very few exceptions, trees. While trees fill our state and have stood tall for decades, they also encounter invasive insects and extreme weather that threaten their health. From backyards to secluded state parks, trees are the background for much that happens in the Granite State. We look at the different ways that trees are protected and maintained throughout the state. 

This show was originally broadcast on 7/25/2016.

A Nation Engaged: America's Role in The World

Aug 29, 2016
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We take part in a national conversation as part of the NPR series, A Nation Engaged: America's Role in the World. We explore how the U.S. should wield its diplomatic influence and military might.  It's a topic both major candidates have addressed, offering different visions for foreign policy. We'll look at those and consider what challenges the next President is likely deal with on the world stage. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup - August 26, 2016

Aug 25, 2016

Presidential candidates converge on the Granite State: Donald Trump and Gary Johnson visit, as well as 2020 rumored hopeful John Kasich.  An executive council vote regarding New Hampshire Hospital could have major repercussions for health care and politics.  And traffics deaths are way up across the country, especially in New Hampshire.  Dean Spiliotes is our guest host.

Going to College Without Going Deep Into Debt

Aug 24, 2016
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As the annual trek back to campus begins, we examine the options available to cover those hefty tuition bills, including new types of loans, grants and new tools for repayment.  We discuss how families navigate the landscape of funding options and government forms.  And we take a look at whether families are having that kitchen-table conversation about the high cost of higher education earlier in the college search process.