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9:00 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Harold Holzer's 'Lincoln And The Power Of The Press'

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Abraham Lincoln is most often remembered for preserving the Union, abolishing slavery, and his untimely death. But—a less- documented aspect of Honest Abe’s legacy, according to scholar Harold Holzer, was the extent of his involvement with the press, which, at the time, was coming into its own as a strong, partisan force in shaping public opinion.

This program was originally broadcast on 11/12/14.

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9:00 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Friday N.H. News Roundup - February 13, 2015

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The top story of the week, of course, is Governor Hassan’s budget address.  Her proposed spending increases include kindergarten through college education, mental health, corrections, and rail.  The governor also seek more revenue from tobacco taxes, vehicle registrations, and government consolidation. We'll talk about that, as well as some other headlines of the week.

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9:00 am
Thu February 12, 2015

A Tumultuous History: Race And Politics From Boston To Brooklyn After World War II

A new book by UNH historian Jason Sokol describes what he calls the region’s 'conflicted soul’ when it comes to race. Sokol explores the discrepancies between the North’s image as haven from the segregated south, and the harsh realities that African Americans faced in black neighborhoods from Boston to Brooklyn.

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9:00 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Another Chapter: N.H.'s Education Funding Debate Returns

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New Hampshire has been engaged in a perennial argument about the state’s role in paying for schools. In 2011, a compromise put that debate on hold. But dissatisfaction has been brewing and now a bipartisan bill would tweak the formula, igniting speculation about who would win and who would lose under a new arrangement.

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9:00 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Commuter Rail To Nashua And Manchester: Economic Driver Or Budget Boondoggle?

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A new report finds that extending train service from Boston to Manchester could provide big benefits: more jobs, higher property values, and enhancing the state’s overall attractiveness. Still, skeptics doubt the numbers, both in terms of the number of people who would get on board and how much money it would cost.

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9:00 am
Mon February 9, 2015

The Debate About Carrying Concealed Firearms In N.H.

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With a new bill addressing how Granite Staters are allowed to carry a concealed gun, many are tapping in to the perennial conversation about concealed versus open carry. And while the right to bear arms is well-established in New Hampshire, there’s still debate about the who, where, and how when it comes to firearms.

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9:00 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Friday N.H. News Roundup - February 6, 2015

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We're following the top stories of the week: lawmakers engage in a new debate over an old issue: the state’s role in funding public education.  A house bill would require all state police officers to wear body cameras when interacting with the public. And a new commuter rail study says “sorry Concord,” recommending train service from Boston to Manchester.

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9:00 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Southern N.H. Debates Natural Gas Pipeline Proposal

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With high energy costs and inadequate means for transporting natural gas into the region, some are championing construction of an interstate pipeline spanning eighty miles and seventeen communities in New Hampshire’s southern region.  But opposition is fierce among those concerned about environmental impact and property values.

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9:00 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Political Junkie Ken Rudin On Congressional Republicans, 2016 Candidates, and 'Bibigate'

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We're looking at some of the top recent political headline in our monthly check-in with Political Junkie Ken Rudin: congressional Republicans flexing their newfound political muscles, challenging the White House on immigration, health care, and foreign policy, and Mitt Romney bows out of the presidential race, leaving supporters with a long list of alternatives.

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9:00 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Grandfamilies In The Granite State: The Challenges Of Grandparents Raising Grandkids

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More children these days are living with Grandma and Grandpa, due to factors including incarceration, drug abuse, underemployment, and single parenthood.  We’ll find out how these grandparents become primary caregivers of their grandchildren, and the challenges they face, including housing, health, financial and legal issues.

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9:00 am
Mon February 2, 2015

The 'Sharing Economy': Uber & Airbnb Come To N.H.

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With the rise of services like Uber and Airbnb, more folks who would normally use city-regulated taxis or hotels are now using apps to connect with strangers for a ride or a place to stay. But while this new ‘sharing’ configuration may be cheaper and more efficient, some worry about safety, fairness, and the future of work.

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9:00 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Friday N.H. News Roundup - January 30, 2015

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We're looking at some of the top stories of the week: Granite Staters mop up from the storm, with many saying it wasn’t as bad as it could have been, the State receives 14 applications from those hoping to run medical marijuana dispensaries,  a new bill is filed on voter residency requirements, and Fish and Game debates drones and other technology in hunting.

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9:00 am
Thu January 29, 2015

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

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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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9:00 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Standardized Testing: Why It Doesn't Work And How To Fix It

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You hear a lot of grumbling these days that students and teachers are overwhelmed by testing regimes aimed at keeping districts accountable.  We talk with an author who says there are better ways to track of how are kids and educators are doing.

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9:00 am
Tue January 27, 2015

The Battle To Save The Bats

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First the latest on impacts of the severe weather we’re seeing in the region, from roads to the power grid. Then, the battle to save the bats: we're talking with a UNH researcher about signs of resilience among bats, devastated by white-nose syndrome, and new findings about their immune systems that could lead to treatments for some human diseases.

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9:00 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Immigration Impasse: The Future Of Reform

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Late last year, President Obama issued sweeping directives for allowing a certain group of undocumented immigrants to remain here without fear of deportation. On Capitol Hill, opposition is fierce among Republicans, who are now coming up with ways to undo these actions.  We’ll find out more, including impacts in the Granite State.

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9:00 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Friday N.H. News Roundup - January 23, 2015

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We’re talking about the top news stories of the week: lawmakers start to dig into this year’s bills on subjects from out-of-state health insurance to mandatory paid sick leave, Health and Human Services officials unveil a huge shortfall, and hundreds rally at the Statehouse for campaign finance reform.

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9:00 am
Thu January 22, 2015

As STEM Dominates The Discussion, How Do The Humanities Fit In?

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A new report urges New Hampshire schools to improve science, technology, engineering, and math education. It’s part of a national preoccupation stemming from lackluster scores on these subjects among American students. But some say this emphasis is edging out other, equally important areas from writing skills to civics to the arts.

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9:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Federal Debt: How Worried Should We Be?

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Although the debt debate has receded, some keeping a close eye on the issue continue to advocate for urgent measures to address what they see as an ever-looming problem. But others say those fears are overblown and that the priority should be economic investment and boosting the middle class.

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9:00 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Single-Payer Health Care In VT: What Happened & What's Next

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The Governor has set aside what was to be called “Green Mountain Care”: an attempt to be the first state with its own single-payer health system that gained national attention.  But the plan unraveled at the end of last year, largely due to the costs involved.  We’ll find out what happened and what might be next.

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9:00 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Remembering The March On Washington

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We talked with African Americans living in northern New England about the civil rights protest that helped change the course of racial history in the US.  Fifty years later, Americans are still contemplating the legacy of that day and debating the extent to which Dr. Martin Luther king’s dream of racial equality has been fulfilled.

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9:00 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Friday N.H. News Roundup - January 16, 2015

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We’re talking about the top news stories of the week: the Governor’s STEM Task Force releases its recommendations on boosting science, technology, nngineering and math education, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul returns to the Granite State, fueling more Presidential speculation,  and southern New Hampshire ponders the impact of a Boston Olympics.

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9:00 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Charlie Hebdo & The Future Of Free Expression

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Last week’s violence in France linked to depictions of Mohammad in a French satirical magazine, has sparked a global conversation about speech, art, satire, free expression and what the limits are.  We’ll look at that discussion as it’s unfolding in this country, from our leading news outlets, to local community groups.

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9:00 am
Wed January 14, 2015

A New Normal?: N.H.'s Post-Recession Economy

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Although the state has regained all the jobs it lost in the Great Recession, many are said to be part-time or lower paying.   Still, the U.S. economy seems to be on a roll, and optimism appears to be taking hold. We’re looking at who’s faring well and why in the Granite State, and who’s been left behind.

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9:00 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Poverty Under A Microscope In N.H.

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Following up on our homelessness show yesterday, we’re looking at the broader issue of poverty in New Hampshire.  While the state has one of the nation’s lowest poverty rates, it doesn’t always do well on certain measures, like childhood poverty. We’re looking at the latest numbers, and some of the efforts to address the issue.

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9:00 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Homelessness In New Hampshire

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A recent report shows that the overall population is down, but the problem persists and has even increased among certain groups including veterans.  Now, with diverse efforts across the state to help the homeless, there is active discussion, and some disagreement, within communities about the best approach.

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9:00 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Friday N.H. News Roundup - January 9, 2015

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We're looking at the top stories of the week: Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan is inaugurated for a second term, while a new Republican-led legislature begins a new session amid turmoil over who should lead the G.O.P. House agenda.  And the state liquor commission dives into what “Made in NH” really means. 

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9:00 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Does Homework Matter? N.H. Educators Weigh In

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The emerging focus in New Hampshire on what’s called “competency-based” education, emphasizes mastery of a subject over time in class or number of worksheets completed.  But traditional homework has many defenders, who say it solidifies class learning and fosters good study habits.

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9:00 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Political Junkie Ken Rudin On The New Congress, Cuba Relations, & Obama's Priorities

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In our monthly check-in with political junkie Ken Rudin, we're covering some of the top national political stories of recent weeks, including the swearing in of a new Congress, the President holding the line on his priorities, and an ever-growing crop of presidential contender possibilities.

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9:00 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Science Cafe: Cancer Screenings - How Much Is Too Much?

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Our Science Café tackles medical screening: while advances allow detection of diseases like prostate and breast cancer much earlier, some in the medical field worry about the potential for over-diagnosis and overtreatment.  But patients and doctors alike are dealing with risk and anxiety, and many feel that if widespread testing can save even one life, it’s worth it.

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