Inside NHPR: Station News & Events

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This blog features news and updates about NHPR events, staff, and fund drives. Also, a behind-the-scenes view of life at NHPR!

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NHPR Blogs
2:49 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Summer Storms Disturb Radio Waves

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  On June 10, a listener in Danville, IL picked up 90 seconds of NHPR signal. A station’s radio wave “footprint”, or estimated range, is generally considered to extend only about as far as the eye can see from the point of the antenna, but Danville is just under a thousand miles away. It would take more than a good pair of binoculars to put Danville within range of sight; so how did this happen?

Amateur radio enthusiasts, known as “DXers”, describe what our listener caught a glimpse of as an “E-Skip”.

To understand what that is you need to head way up into the air.

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From the Archives
3:59 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

From the Archives: Digitizing

How does the digitization happen?

This arrived in the mail today.

This unassuming hard drive contains more than 500 GB of audio, the digital representation of 280 tape reels.  A couple months ago, I mentioned that NHPR was sending the last of the tape reels in our archive to Crawford Media to be digitized. And today the fruits of their labor appeared in the form of this orange-y goodness. (They also sent along a few pictures of the digitization process, take a look at the slideshow above).

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Word of Mouth
11:39 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Word Of Mouth Voted Best N.H. Radio Talk Show

Our brand new badge of honor.

We are so proud to have been voted Best New Hampshire Radio Talk Show by the readers of New Hampshire Magazine.

Six years after launching Word of Mouth, we still feel like upstarts and appreciate our listeners coming through. Thank you!  It's pleasure to bring you stories that spark curiosity and wonder about the world around us, and will continue spreading interesting information the best way we know how: through Word of Mouth.

And not only was Word of Mouth voted Best New Hampshire Radio Talk Show, but NHPR was voted Best FM Radio Station!

With all that in mind, here is a look back at some of your favorite Word of Mouth stories from the past year.

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Inside NHPR
10:46 am
Thu June 26, 2014

New Translator In Holderness Brings NHPR To Squam Lakes Region

A map of NHPR's new signal coverage from the Holderness translator.

NHPR is pleased to announce that as of approximately 3 P.M. on June 11, we began broadcasting from our new translator in Holderness, New Hampshire. Residents in the towns of Holderness, Ashland, Center Harbor, Sandwich, and Meredith can now tune in to NHPR at 96.5 on their FM dials.

The new signal was officially launched on Tuesday, June 24th, at an event attended by NHPR donors and residents of the region. You can see an album of photos from the event right here. 

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Inside NHPR
11:09 am
Wed June 25, 2014

July Brings Program Changes To NHPR

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July brings a number of changes to the NHPR program schedule, as we add a few new programs to the weekend mix…and give you another chance to enjoy some of your weekend favorites throughout the week!

Wits—Saturdays at 8:00PM

If you're a fan of @waitwait, you should start listening to @wits. Immediately.
Peter Sagal, @petersagal

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Next Gen NHPR
5:09 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Bushwhacking For Sound: An Intern's Tale

These woods play a big part in this outing turning into an adventure. Read on, and you'll understand.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown for NHPR

As an intern at NHPR, I get the chance to see how radio stories are made up close. Here’s what happened when NHPR’s Environment reporter invited me for a ride-along to help him do a little reporting about an event called BioBLITZ. - Austin

As always, the day begins early for Environment reporter Sam Evans-Brown. We make the drive up to North Conway in time for the 9 am start of the BioBLITZ.

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Ice Cream Map
1:31 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Map: Ice Cream Stands In New Hampshire

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For Sean Hurley's Foodstuffs story on New Hampshire's Ice Cream trail, we asked our listeners and Facebook fans to submit their favorite ice cream stands in New Hampshire. Here's the map that resulted, and it's not too late to add to it! Email us your picks, and we'll put them in the map.

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From the Archives
4:00 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

From The Archives: World Cup 1950

If you have World Cup fever, you’ll know Brazil and Croatia kick off the tournament Thursday. Even if you don’t have the fever; even if the brouhaha over Landon Donovan last month didn’t register; even if you have only the faintest understanding of who David Beckham is; you know that the U.S. has never been a favorite in the sport of international soccer.

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Inside NHPR
8:15 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Check Out NHPR's Blogs

We're making NHPR's digital content easier to find and share. From news and information, to music, food, culture, and archival stories, NHPR's blogs are ever-expanding.

Do you have a great idea for a blog topic? Interested in becoming a contributor? Click here to drop us a line!

NHPR Blogs:

The Sidebar, NHPR's news blog 

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From the Archives
2:12 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

From The Archive: MLK Day Finally Becomes A Holiday In N.H.

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On a Monday morning the weather more closely resembled Martin Luther King Jr’s hometown of Atlanta, than it did downtown Concord. But the heat and humidity didn’t discourage those who had gathered at the statehouse for the historic bill signing.

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NHPR's News Team
2:45 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Meet NHPR's Reporters

News Director Sarah Ashworth

Want to know more about the voices behind NHPR's news coverage? Meet our reporters, and check out the links to their stories below.

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From the Archives
3:00 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

From The Archives: Sea-Shanties in Portsmouth

An archive is only as good as the data it captures. This is a thorny issue that archivists grapple with perennially. There wasn’t a lot of information about this week’s story in our records.

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NHPR Events
3:14 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

The Exchange On The Road

The Exchange on the Road
with Laura Knoy

July 10, 2014

5:30 pm Reception; 6:30 pm Event

Colonial Theatre, Bethlehem, NH

The event is free to attend, but tickets are required. Register for tickets here.

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Inside NHPR
12:14 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Help NHPR Secure $10K: Join The Leadership Circle

A Leadership Circle membership can cost about the same as internet access - and less than a number of common expenses.
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Barbara & Dick Couch and Tillman & Sylvia Gerngross have offered NHPR $10,000 when we secure 20 new or increased gifts to the Leadership Circle by June 30th – that’s $500 for each gift!

Leadership Circle gifts make such a difference to NHPR! Want to learn more & check out the benefits you'll receive at different levels? You can do that here.

Watch videos of Leadership Circle members talking about why they love NHPR, where they listen, and what it means to give:

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From the Archives
1:57 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

From The Archives: Memorial Day

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Memorial Day is probably the most archives-centric holiday in the year. While many holidays are a flush of personal memories and family traditions, Memorial Day is more about our collective memory as fellow countrymen. And archives are a conduit to our collective memory. 

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From the Archives
9:29 am
Wed May 14, 2014

From The Archives: The Shakers

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I was listening back this week to New Hampshire Daily, a half hour NH news program we aired from October, 1989 to February, 1992. I was listening to the programs from the week of 14 May, 1990. Among the news of the day (including the death of Jim Hensen, and Lithuania’s independence negotiations with Mikhail Gorbachev) was a four part series we produced about the Canterbury Shaker Village.

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A Matter of Degrees
12:55 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

A Matter Of Degrees: Story Map

For our week-long series A Matter of Degrees, NHPR reporters and programs produced stories about the issues facing colleges and universities throughout New Hampshire.

This first map links to most of the content. Play arrow icons represent radio and video stories, stars are web-only and print features.

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From the Archives
2:26 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

From the Archives: Higher Education

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This week NHPR is taking a close look at higher education in the state with our special series A Matter of Degrees. But funding higher ed is a perennial issue that we've been tracking for almost as long as we've been broadcasting.  

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From the Archives
3:25 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

From The Archives: Links

This week, I'm packing up another batch of old tape reels from the NHPR archive, which I'll send to Crawford Media in Atlanta for digitization (or "migration", as they call it). I'll be documenting the process on the blog, so check back next week to see how it's moving. We worked with them last spring to digitize about 300 of our tape reels, courtesy of the American Archive Content Inventory Project (more below).

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From the Archives
12:00 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

From The Archives: Shakespeare's 450th

On the 450th anniversary of the birth of the language's greatest writer, it seems appropriate to reflect on the work of William Shakespeare. 

In 2005, the Blackfriars Stage Company brought their tour to New Hampshire. We welcomed two actos from the company to our studios to speak with the Front Porch. Alyssa Wilmoth and Tyler Moss were playing Beatrice and Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing and they gave us a little taste of their craft; from Act 1, Scene 1.

Here is a scene from Act 4 where the two characters explore different feelings.

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Inside NHPR
11:38 am
Tue April 22, 2014

NHPR Wins Four Regional Murrow Awards

Producer Zach Nugent interviews 'Annie' actress Carly Gandell for his winning story on the search for the perfect Sandy.
Credit Sara Plourde for NHPR

The 2014 Regional Edward R. Murrow awards winners have been announced, with NHPR capturing four in our region.

For Feature Reporting, Word of Mouth Producer Zach Nugent won for his story The Search For The Next Big Dog Star, which followed regular dogs as they auditioned for the role of Sandy in Prescott Park's production of Annie. 

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From the Archives
3:40 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

From The Archives: Boston Marathon Stories

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One year after the tragedy at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, we remember the many stories of heartbreak and of courage that abound at the time and have transpired since.

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From the Archives
10:39 am
Wed April 9, 2014

From The Archives: Poets Laureate

On a September evening 25 years ago a sold out crowd of logophiles gathered at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth to hear the state's preeminent poets speak in their native tongue. The program for the evening featured just four names, but a weighty four: Donald Hall, Jane Kenyon, Maxine Kumin and Charles Simic.

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From the Archives
9:52 am
Wed April 2, 2014

From The Archives: Arlo Guthrie

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Alice’s Restaurant was published nearly 30 years ago, the iconic song that gave the album its name is about the goings on at a restaurant owned by Alice and Ray Brock. Around the corner from the restaurant was the Old Trinity Church, which they made into their home. Ten years ago, Kate McNally, host of NHPR’s Folk Show on Sunday nights, spoke with Arlo Guthrie at the Old Trinity Church in Great Barrington, Ma, now site of the Guthrie Center. This week we’ll listen back to her interview with the folk music icon.

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Inside NHPR
11:37 am
Tue April 1, 2014

NHPR's Best April Fool's Pranks

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Public radio has a long history of pranking listeners on April 1st. Like the time listeners complained in droves to NPR about a story on farming whales in huge pools in Bellesville Illinois. And that time Weekend ATC reported the exciting discovery of Beethoven's lost 10th Symphony. 

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From the Archives
10:18 am
Wed March 26, 2014

From The Archives: Robert Frost

It's Robert Frost's birthday!

Born in 1874, Frost was the first U.S. Poet Laureate with connections to the Granite State though he was followed by Maxine Kumin, Donald Hall and Charles Simic,who all reinforced the Granite State's literary reputation.

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From the Archives
10:11 am
Wed March 19, 2014

From The Archives: Women in Government, And N.H.'s Climb From Last Place

In 2004, the Center for Women in Government released a report about women in top appointed positions in all 50 state governments. NH ranked last in percentage of such appointments. After a back and forth with Gov. Craig Benson’s office, NHPR's Raquel Maria Dillon reports, an updated survey then placed NH seventh. 

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From the Archives
1:12 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

From The Archives: Town Meeting; Killington Secedes

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It’s town meeting time! A storied tradition in northern New England, and in New Hampshire especially. This week I found an old interview with Dartmouth College professor of history, Jere Daniell. He spoke with an unidentified NHPR reporter in July, 1994. Daniell has made close study of our town meeting and the history of the institution.

The roots of town meeting go back three centuries and have evolved over time. Once viewed as an extension of the old boys network which governed many towns, it enjoyed a bit of a renaissance in the early 20th century. 

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Inside NHPR
12:51 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

NHPR's Todd Bookman Wins Journalism Award For Advance Directive Series

Todd Bookman is NHPR's Health reporter

NHPR's Health Reporter Todd Bookman was awarded second place in the 2013 Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism by the Association of Health Care Journalists. The organization recognized Todd's series Planning For The End: A Look At Advance Directives in the small market Consumer/Feature category.

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