Arts & Culture

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Monadnock Summer Lyceum
12:00 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

July 21: Gordon Peery - A Celebration of New England Contra Dance Music Honoring Bob McQuillen

Sean Munson, via Flickr

This presentation was given at the Unitarian Universalist church in Peterborough, N.H. on July 15. The presentation will air on NHPR at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

From the Monadnock Summer Lyceum:

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Arts & Culture
7:15 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Inspired Lives: Wesley McNair

Malcom Cochran
  • Wesley McNair tells us how he drew inspiration for his first poetry from his father's abandonment and family hardships. (broadcast on NHPR)
  • ~13 minute excerpt of the interview with Wesley McNair
  • Full interview

Award-winning poet and New Hampshire native Wesley McNair was born in Newport, grew up in the Connecticut River Valley, and has lived for many years in Mercer, Maine, the state for which he has been named Poet Laureate. Drawing from his personal experiences, McNair's poetry is emblematic of both family and economic hardships, and New England living.

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Word of Mouth
11:16 am
Tue July 17, 2012

The Best Books Hot off Indie Presses

Photo by Henry via Flickr Creative Commons

Back-to-school season isn’t for another month-and-a-half, so there’s still plenty of time to knock another novel or two off your summer reading list.  For true bookworms with stored-vacation time and quiet spot to spend it, we’ve got a few belated small-press summer suggestions that might have slipped your radar. 

With us is Michele Filgate—freelance writer, critic, and independent bookseller at community bookstore in Brooklyn.  Here are her picks:

GLACIERS by Alexis M Smith

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Word of Mouth
11:12 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Computers Like Music

Anjo Leee

Digital musicologists around the world are using computers to analyze music in ways humans can’t.  Turning beautiful melodies into cold hard numbers has given us insight into how music works, why we like it, and what it says about our culture as a whole.

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Folk Show Interviews
9:00 am
Sun July 15, 2012

Folk Show Interview: Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion

Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny
http://sarahleeandjohnny.com/

Sarah Lee and Johnny join Kate at the NHPR studio. Their next tour stop will be at the Rockingham Meetinghouse in Rockingham, Vermont on Sunday, July 22. Get the details.

Word of Mouth
9:22 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Hundred Dollar Valentine

Blues, folk, and occasional rock and roll troubadour Chris Smither has been packing big ideas into 3-minute ditties for decades now. The former New Orleanian has long made New England a home and he’s part of a Woody Guthrie tribute at the Green River Festival in Greenfield Massachusetts this weekend.

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Word of Mouth
9:05 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Dan Huiting. Check it Out.

Produced with Emma Ruddock

As a music video director Dan Huiting has worked with many prominent musicians such as Bon Iver and Andrew Bird. In addition to directing music videos Huiting is the senior producer of the "City of Music" series on Pitchfork.TV, photography director and editor at MN Original on TPT, and a filmmaker.  

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Arts & Culture
7:35 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Inspired Lives: Eric Aho

Eric Aho, Second Approach to the Mountain, 2012, Oil on linen, 90 x 80 inches. Courtesy of the artist and DC Moore Gallery, New York.
  • Eric Aho discusses his inspiration for his ice cut paintings. (broadcast on NHPR)
  • A ~6 minute excerpt of Eric Aho discussing his ice cut paintings.
  • Listen to the full interview with Eric Aho.

Eric Aho grew up in Hudson, New Hampshire and now lives just across the border in Saxtons River, Vermont. In the tradition of English painters like John Constable and the French Impressionists, Aho began sketching and painting out of doors using New England’s mountain vistas and rural valleys as his subjects. His early paintings capture dramatic effects of weather and sunlight in a muted pallet, while his more recent paintings are monumental in scale and employ bold colors.

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NH News
5:28 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Public Pianos Help HOP Celebrate 50 Years

Singers gather on The Green in Hanover for a sing-along.
Todd Bookman NHPR

Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center for the Arts turns 50-years old this summer. Instead of candles, the HOP is going with…pianos.

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Word of Mouth
6:00 am
Sat July 7, 2012

Writers on a New England Stage: Joan Didion

Host Virginia Prescott interviews Joan Didion
David J. Murray, cleareyephoto.com

Produced with Emma Ruddock

Joan Didion, one of America’s most admired writers, recorded live at the music hall in Portsmouth. 

Slouching Towards Bethlehem, her 1968 collection of non-fiction established Didion as a brilliant observer and a powerful voice in the genre that would become  “new journalism.” 

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All Things Considered
5:27 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

A "New Era" Begins For Monadnock Music Festival

The Monadnock Music Festival’s 47th season is getting underway, and the group is calling the new season the start of a new era, after a period of reorganization both in Monadnock Music’s structure and in leadership.

The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri June 29, 2012

New Hampshire Reacts to the Supreme Court Decision on Health Care

Yesterday, in a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to uphold most of President Obama's signature health care law.  The decision came with mixed reactions in New Hampshire. Some applauded the ruling while others plotted political revenge. Both Democrats and Republicans have called it a political 'leg up' for their hopes in November, but only time will tell who is right?  Today we'll look at this decision, how it will affect Granite Staters and how it may play out politically both nationally and here in New Hampshire.

Guests

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All Things Considered
4:52 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Pianos, Kids and "Organized Chaos" at Famed Music Camp

Rosamond van der Linde calls the Summer Sonatina music camp she founded with her family "organized chaos" - but great fun for participants.
Brady Carlson, NHPR

It’s summer camp season – these days kids can spend a week on almost any activity they like, from sports and the outdoors to computers and robotics. Since the late 1960’s, kids who love music have been heading to Bennington, Vermont, which is home to a piano camp known as Summer Sonatina.

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