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A blog featuring the work and work life of NHPR's interns and fellows.

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“The world is a richer place when we encourage artistic expression in everybody, not just in very well-known, public figures, but in our everyday lives.”

From old sea songs to back-porch tunes, America’s folk music is as diverse as those who play it. Playing in theaters in Somerville, Massachusetts and back seats of Black Cabs in London, John Reilly and Friends have brought bluegrass music to the world in a whole different way. We spoke to John C. Reilly, actor and musician, and felt the need to spread his band’s music far and wide!

Why Sweden Isn't Quite As Perfect As We Thought

Feb 4, 2015
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Maybe we should just move to Sweden.” It’s a common refrain in some households, this desire to move to a country that we paint as utopian. Well, after talking to Michael Booth about his book The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia, taking a cue from Michael, we came up with five reasons you may not like Sweden as much as you thought.

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This supermarket standoff has attracted national attention for its unlikely coalition of customers, workers, managers, and suppliers organizing against top executives, while traditional unions have been on the sidelines. We're looking at how these events fit into the changing landscape of organized labor, and where unions may be headed next.


Jack Donahue

Everyone has an ice-breaker fact about themselves right? Something quirky, cute, not too heavy? Then there those other facts, the ones you don't necessarily hide, but that you don't bring up either. This is one of those. Now, this is nothing that people close to me don’t already know. It even features on my resume, and almost always comes up in job interviews.

I’m an adult Girl Scout.

I know, it’s an oxymoron. Kind of like jumbo shrimp. But believe me, anything you have to say, I’ve heard it. I’ve gotten the confused looks and fielded the burning questions, for example:

The Allure Of Artisanal Ice: A Slideshow

Aug 27, 2014

Pop in some Marvin Gaye because these ice pics are steamy. The shape. The clarity. The perfect size for the perfect cocktail. So refreshing.  Who knew ice could invoke so much raw feeling? But this isn't just any ice - this ice is carefully frozen, crafted, and shaped to complement cocktails in the absolute best way possible.

Browse the slideshow of ice art and join the new ice age discussion on Twitter and Facebook. Then listen to Virginia's conversation with Camper English, who wrote about the history of ice here!

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Throughout her time at Dartmouth, Priya Krishna catalogued inventive twists on dining hall fare for her college newspaper. Shortly after graduation she began gathering together recipes for her new book Ultimate Dining Hall Hacks, which came out in June 2014.

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We spoke with The Atlantic’s Robinson Meyer about CV Dazzle, a way to camouflage your face from surveillance technology. He wore one of the designs featured on, where there are many more ideas for ways to make your face indistinguishable to technology using facial recognition.

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What do you really know about placentas? If you’re like the majority of people, the "tree of life" is probably pretty mysterious. Despite being vital to both maternal and fetal health, the National Institute of Child Health and Development says that the placenta is the “least understood human organ.” That’s starting to change as more scientists study the invasive organ, a pattern Denise Grady wrote about for the New York Times, but outside the laboratories people are taking the placenta into their own hands. Literally. So we asked: what are some of the most popular and strange things people are doing with their placenta?

Boscawen Community Kitchen Survey Underway

Aug 1, 2014
Emily Corwin, NHPR News

A New Hampshire college student's proposal for a community kitchen in Boscawen is in line to undergo a USDA-funded feasibility study.

A community kitchen would provide farmers and entrepreneurs with access to processing, packaging and storing facilities. For smaller enterprises, the access to such a facility would mean a chance for expanded production and profits.

How Low Are Market Basket Prices, Really?

Aug 1, 2014
Halina Loft / NHPR

Loyal Market Basket customers will often say it's the low prices that keep them coming back. The chain has long been associated with bargain prices on brand-name items, and that was before former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas chose to give customers 4 percent off their entire purchase this year. 

But just how much cheaper is Market Basket, when compared with Hannaford and Shaw's?

Concord Main Street Project Approved

Jul 31, 2014
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Construction on a $10 million revamp of Concord’s downtown will begin this fall, after the City Council voted 14-1 to approve the project at a meeting this week.

The rebuild and redesign of Concord’s downtown will affect nine blocks of Main Street, from Centre Street to Concord Street.

At-Large City Councilor Fred Keach says the goal is to keep disruption during construction to a minimum for downtown businesses.

How To Write Your Own Obituary

Jul 30, 2014
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As part of our investigation into all things death, we spoke with Barbara Bates Sedoric, president and founder of Lasting Matters, about planning for death by saving your family from extra stress to making sure documents are in order. And now one of those documents may very well be part of a new trend that is on the rise.

Glen David Andrews' "Redemption"

Jul 29, 2014
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We spoke with Glen David Andrews about his new album Redemption, which features his band and select friends who played major roles in a spiritual recovery that started him on a new path in life. The New Orleans musician came out with the new album after reconnecting with music, and its healing powers, in rehab. Many listeners have observed the similarities between Andrews and New Orleans itself, and in the album it’s hard to distinguish where the influences of one ends and the other begins.

Molly Donahue

One of New Hampshire’s long-time treasures is America’s Stonehenge, an archeological site in North Salem. Opened under the name Mystery Hill Caves in 1958, the site received its current name in the 1980s to distinguish it from more geological sites. Whatever you call it, it’s a New Hampshire classic.  

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Employees at Market Basket supermarkets across New England have entered their fifth week of protesting the ousting of former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas. While workers continue to attend their shifts, customers are encouraged to boycott the chain by shopping elsewhere. Facing depleted shelves and “Save Artie T.” fervor, Concord shoppers are forgoing Market Basket bargains in favor of pricier groceries.

Meriam Ibrahim Leaves Sudan, Arrives at Vatican

Jul 24, 2014
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After a year-long struggle with the Sudanese government, Meriam Ibrahim left Sudan on Thursday.

Alongside her husband Daniel Wani of Manchester and their two young children, Ibrahim flew to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis today, according to the BBC. Ibrahim was blessed by the pontiff in a private ceremony and is due to return to the states in the next few days.

Austin Cowan NHPR

Sagamore-Hampton Golf Club in North Hampton has all the characteristics of a golf course. It has manicured fairways, rows of golf carts and a pristine clubhouse. Its patrons are all dressed in golfing garb, awaiting their turn to tee off down the first fairway. However, there is something a little odd about this course, something that doesn’t quite fit.

Amidst the traditional golfers are young kids holding soccer balls. They are here for a different game called FootGolf. That’s right, FootGolf, a sport that combines golf and soccer.

Wednesday marks one year since New Hampshire became the final New England state to legalize medical marijuana.

Outside the State House in Concord today patient advocates marked the anniversary by saying the state is moving too slowly in making it legal to actually possess it. 

Matt Simon with the Marijuana Policy Project gathered with prospective patients in front of the State House on Tuesday to outline their complaints.

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New Hampshire is often advertised as a state filled with natural attractions, famous for our mountains (Mt. Washington and Mt. Monadnock are both known world-wide), lakes, and rivers. But the state is filled with historical landmarks as well, which Lucie Bryar covers in her book Exploring Southern New Hampshire: History and Nature on Back Roads and Quiet Waters. Here are some of the cultural attractions in southern NH you may not have heard about, but that you’ll definitely want to check out.

Sex In The Wild: The Cliffnotes

Jul 22, 2014
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Dr. Joy Reidenberg caught us up on the new PBS series she hosts, Sex in the Wild. She brought some crazy stories and fun facts with her, the best of which we’ve compiled here. We’ll add a quick warning: Dr.

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For years, the fact that classical music helps little brains grow and develop has been common knowledge. It appears in books about raising kids, comes from other parents, and spurs sales of CDs with names like “Bach For Babies.” But is it actually solid advice? We spoke with Jayson Greene who wrote the article “Mozart Makes You Smarter…And Other Dubious Musical Theories." He says no, it isn’t.

Austin Cowan NHPR

New Hampshire’s finest amateur golfers took to Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown this week for the 111th New Hampshire State Amateur Championships.

The golfers in the tournament, which started on Monday,  are a mix of fearless youngsters and seasoned veterans. The final will be contested Saturday between Damon Salo, a Johnson and Wales University golfer from New Ipswich, and Joe Leavitt from the Atkinson Resort and Country Club, who won the tournament in 2012.

Yoyos: Coming Back Around

Jul 17, 2014
Molly Donahue

Back in 2013, downtown Concord, NH welcomed a new, unusual, addition. Yoyo Heaven is owned and operated by the father and son team Andy and Dan McBride, and it’s exactly what you could expect from the name. They sell assorted ‘skill toys,’ anything that engages people physically and can help build coordination, but the focus is on yoyos. They sell a wide range of yoyos and prices range from $5 to more than $200, and are more than willing to explain the different attributes of all of them.

The home of the second signer of the Declaration of Independence, Josiah Bartlett, is up for sale. Bartlett, a former New Hampshire governor, once lived in the 18-acre estate in Kingston, NH.

The white farmhouse built in 1774 is now up for sale with an asking price of $849,600. Complete with open pasture and wooded areas, the property also has a linden tree that Bartlett brought back from Philadelphia after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Disc Golf: No Collared Shirts Required

Jul 11, 2014
Austin Cowan NHPR

Nestled deep in the woods of Canterbury, NH is a special type of golf course. No golf carts, clubs or balls can be found here. Bright polos and pastel shorts are left at the country club as well. Here, at Top O’ The Hill, disc golf is the game of choice.

For those that have never heard of the sport, think golf...but with a disc. It's that simple. Be careful to use the word "disc," however, never "Frisbee." This, I’m told, is seen as a slur in the disc world.

Let's Show Some Love For The Lakes (And Rivers)

Jul 10, 2014
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We spoke with National Geographic Traveler Magazine editor-in-chief Keith Bellows about what makes a great beach town, and he gave us some idea locations all across the country. This inspired us to make a list of New Hampshire summer spots, with particular attention to one of the state’s specialties – lakes.  We’ve also squeezed a couple rivers in here as well.

Wacky Grilling Recipes From J.M. Hirsch

Jul 10, 2014
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Recently, we talked to J.M. Hirsch, food editor for the Associated Press and author of Beating The Lunchbox Blues about his wacky grilling habit. He was kind enough to send us a couple of his recipes and told us a few more on air.

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There is an increasing number of books that share titles, a fact that might not confuse a person in a bookstore but can pose problems for online search algorithms. Word of Mouth intern Molly Donahue spoke with author Emily Schultz about a strange phenomenon she experienced this year. So what happens when two authors release two different books with the same title?

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New Hampshire’s finest high school football players took to Grappone Stadium on Saturday in the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock All Star Game.

The game, a last hurrah for graduating seniors, is a way for New Hampshire youth to give back. In its three year history, the contest between the best players representing the east and west regions of the state has raised $752,000 for the hospital, said Nick Vailas, the founder of the game.

Map: Does Your Town Allow Fireworks?

Jul 3, 2014
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Fireworks are legal in New Hampshire but not permitted in every town.

Related Story: Fireworks Lobby Succeeds In Keeping Controversial Devices On Store Shelves

According to the New Hampshire Fire Marshal’s Office, 18 communities ban fireworks, including cities like Nashua and Berlin and small towns like Madison. Most of the time these restrictions are obeyed without controversy. July fourth though, can be a different story.