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

Classic Video Game Music: From Bosses To Beats

Apr 26, 2014
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Classic video game music evokes a special kind of nostalgia, a mixture of childhood whimsy laced with pixel-fueled frustration. For musicians, sampling video game music adds an extra layer of fantasy in otherwise hardcore genres like rap and metal. Spin even compiled 50 Rap Songs Based on Video Game Samples (Some are NSFW. All are awesome). In metalcore, sampling video game music resulted in an entirely new genre in the late 1990s at first jokingly called NintendocoreWizards and Warriors is pretty great, as are most of the songs by Horse the Band. Themes from the NES and Super Nintendo eras are especially popular. I tapped into my Nintendo nostalgia for some of the best classics (and admittedly my favorites):

Famous Germaphobes

Mar 24, 2014
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We wash. We sanitize. We might wash again, just to make sure. But in the end, we will probably allow ourselves to believe that it (whatever it is – a hand, a dish, a children’s toy that the dog confused for its own) is clean enough. We carry on.

At least, some of us do.

This is the time that all the germaphobes out there reading this raise their sanitized hands and say “Me! Me! That toy is not clean. For the love of Clorox – it is not clean!” Was this your reaction? You may be suffering from mysophobia, the fancy term for “fear of germs.”

Keep calm; you’re in good company.

Best Songs For St. Patrick's Day

Mar 17, 2014

Top o' the mornin' to ya, lads and lasses! Ahem. We'll drop the attempt at authentic brogue, but our St. Patrick's Day continues with a playlist that has enough Irish inspiration to make up for it. We reached out on Facebook to find out what tunes you play to celebrate St Patrick's Day. 

Click Read more for our top St. Patrick's Day songs!

The Many Genres of Drone

Mar 5, 2014
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The cosmos is full of noisy wonders including, strangely enough, black holes that have been emitting drone sounds for millions of years. And art truly does imitate nature in the genre of drone music. Marcus Boon wrote about drone for Boing Boing, and despite a knee-jerk reaction to pass it off as potentially annoying, it turns out that drone music is pretty popular.Popular enough, even, to have several sub-grenres.

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Title sequences have a practical function, sure. They convey the whos, wheres and whens of a production while segueing into the story. They are also the first impression, the opportune moment to set up the tone of a film or show. Through music, imagery, and written or spoken dialogue, title sequences can be the most artistically influenced aspect of a production. Though not always true, title sequences can even be the best part of a show or movie that is otherwise full of overplayed clichés and unoriginal storylines.  At Word of Mouth, we searched and sifted for those iconic title sequences we thought packed that extra artistic punch. While most correlate to the quality and success of the production as a whole, others, well, others might not.

Check out some of our favorite film and TV title sequences below. Yours didn't make the list? Share it on Facebook!

Viral Images: Duping The Internet Masses

Feb 25, 2014

Niagara Falls, 1911. Completely frozen over with a group of people standing where they would otherwise be sucked into the rushing waterfall. Incredible? Absolutely! Totally truthful? Not exactly.

5 Reasons Why Monks Are Awesome

Feb 24, 2014
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What's cooler than being cool? Ice cold... monastic beer. Yes, beer brewed by monks. There is a relatively high possibility that monks (yes, monks) are cooler than you. And I'm not sorry, because they do some pretty darn awesome stuff. Here are 5 reasons why monks are  way awesome:

The Jamaican Bobsled Song

Feb 18, 2014
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"Run the track! Run the track! Run the track! It's bobsled time!" Holy earworm, everyone. The Jamaican bobsled team might be last in Olympic competition, but they're currently vying for first in catchy internet songs. "The Bobsled Song", which you can listen to below, synchs perfectly with the turns of the Olympic track. Viewers could press play at the exact moment the Jamaican bobsled team started their descent on the track and watch as the music matched their movements. "To the left! To the left!"

A Love Supreme: Justice Sonia Sotomayor's Dating Profile

Feb 14, 2014
Sarah Thomas

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is looking for love! She recently joined Word of Mouth for Writers on a New England Stage and revealed she is open to meeting that special someone. Well, we think Justice Sotomayor is a great catch, so we took the liberty of creating a video dating profile for her.

Top 10 Lost Ski Sites In New Hampshire

Feb 11, 2014

Do you ski or snowboard? Do you find yourself going to the same crowded slopes all winter long? Do you need a change? If you said yes to any of these questions, then you need to discover (or rediscover) New Hampshire's 175 lost ski areas. The New England Lost Ski Areas Project (NELSAP) founded by Jeremy Davis has dedicated a website to sharing information, pictures, and brochures for those long lost ski spots. Even Concord, NHPR's hometown, has some lost gems at Russel's Pond and Snow Pond. Chances are, there's a hidden ski slope near year.

Here is Jeremy's list of the top 10 lost ski sites in New Hampshire:

Breaking Up With Facebook

Feb 3, 2014
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I met Facebook June, 5 2008. I broke up with Facebook December, 25 2013.

When I first joined, I had been encouraged by friends to abandon MySpace, the major player in the social media scene. The simplicity of Facebook was foreign to me. I was initially resistant and weary of Facebook's cool nature. It was so clean. So nice. Myspace had the rugged appeal of tattoos: customizable backgrounds, cursors, and music on profile pages. I could even keep my best friends close and my frenemies closer with the option of highlighting my Top Eight.

But Facebook was the nice guy that won me over.

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Reptiles are not the only source of poison in the real and imagined universe.  Fascination with administering deadly serums, gases, and even fungi has infected pop culture, from episodes of science fiction drama to comedy classics and beyond. It affects alien and human alike in Doctor Who, awaits unleashing from a vial in The Princess Bride, and its natural effects on ants are documented by BBC's Planet Earth. Whether your poison is light-hearted, clever, or downright deadly, there's something for you here. Just don't bother with the antidote; this post is abound with enough poison to keep you captivated.

INFOGRAPHIC: Minimum Wage In N.H.

Jan 7, 2014

Some stats surrounding the minimum wage debate in New Hampshire:

N.H. Roads: How Did We Get Here?

Jan 6, 2014

As discussed on The Exchange this morning, the state legislature is gearing up once again for a debate about raising the gas tax. One big issue behind the debate is the deteriorating state of New Hampshire's roads.

Here is a look back at some reporting on the issue by Emily Corwin last spring, including this video explainer, and below, five reasons our roads are deteriorating.

Infographic: N.H. Job Numbers By Sector

Nov 18, 2013

Infographic: N.H.'s Death Penalty History

Nov 6, 2013

In light of today's State Supreme Court ruling on the Addison case, here is an abbreviated timeline of the history of New Hampshire's death penalty.

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NHPR News Intern Abby Kessler has moved on to a new adventure, teaching English in South Korea. We've asked Abby to send us dispatches from her trip, and we'll be posting them as a series of blogs in the upcoming months.

As I was biking to meet two friends at a cafe on Saturday, I heard music blaring adjacent to the bike path. Much to my surprise, it was not a concert I'd stumbled upon, but a tae kwon do performance.

UNH Lamprey Researchers Win Competitive Grant

Sep 2, 2013

A University of New Hampshire team studying lampreys has received a $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to continue research.

For those who don’t know what a lamprey is, the jawless fish look like eels. They are a species older than the dinosaurs.

UNH professor Stacia Sower’s team examines the reproductive hormones of the lamprey. Since the fish is one of the oldest and most basic vertebrate species out there, Sower says it can tell scientists a lot about other vertebrates, including humans.

Increase For Home Sales, Prices In N.H.

Sep 1, 2013

Since spring 2012, home sales in N.H. have steadily increased. This past July, sales were up 23 percent compared to last year. Home prices are also climbing.

New Hampshire Housing market numbers are up across the board. July saw the most sales in a single month since 2005. N.H. Realtor’s Association president Bill Weidacher says it’s an indicator of economic recovery, as well as increased homebuyer confidence.

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Astronauts  Mark and Scott Kelly are the only siblings who have both traveled in space. The fact that they are identical twins makes them unique test subjects for a new scientific experiment being conducted by NASA to study the effects of long term space travel on the human body.

Jacob Aron is a technology reporter for New Scientist and creator of the website, “Just a Theory.” He wrote about the Kelly brothers “Twin Mission” in the latest issue of New Scientist magazine.

Canterbury Shaker Village Rings Bells For MLK

Aug 28, 2013
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Like many others across the country, the Canterbury Shaker Village celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream Speech” today by ringing their Paul Revere bell.

The 500 pound Paul Revere bell tolled at 3, following a Shaker Village tour focusing on equality. Museum interpreter David Witham spoke of the unique inclusiveness of the Shaker communities.

“At all Shaker villages, there were a number of blacks, actually freed slaves or former slaves.”

Same-Sex Couples Can Enroll For Benefits In August

Aug 22, 2013

Public employees on the state’s benefit plan can add their same-sex spouse to their insurance plan during a short enrollment period through the end of the month.

The State Employees Association alerted members this week that same-sex employees are now eligible to enroll. This is due to the Supreme Court’s overturning the Defense of Marriage Act earlier this year.

Deb Lacross is an accountant with the Department of Health and Human Services. She says the social and financial implications are huge for her family.

N.H. Poetry Society Seeks New Laureate

Aug 21, 2013

The Poetry Society and N.H. State Council on the Arts are looking for a new poet laureate. The selection will be announced in early November.

The search comes after laureate Walter Butts passed away earlier this year.

The Poetry Society is accepting submissions until September 13; all eligible candidates must be N.H. residents and have published at least one full-length book of poetry. N.H. Poetry Society president Kyle Potvin says the announcement has generated a lot of buzz.

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A collaborative project between New Hampshire universities, the National Science Foundation, and state agencies is looking at ecosystem health and how the environment is affected by climate change.

At first glance, this part of Saddleback Mountain in Deerfield looks like a regular forest. But look closer and you see thick, black electrical cords running along the forest floor and silver instruments sitting among the trees.

Abby Kessler

Bog Pond is tucked away off of Route 4a in Andover. The area is a wetland and peat bog habitat. And this past Monday, UNH wildlife program assistant, Emma Carcagno led a tour of the area. The event is part of a summer-long project called "Taking Action for Wildlife" sponsored by the Andover Conservation Commission.

NHPR's Abby Kessler went on the wetland walk and filed this audio postcard.

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The recent outrage over Google providing the WRONG—in our humble opinion—definition of literally as a viable one, got the digital team thinking about other words whose meanings have changed over time. These so called ‘Janus Words’ or ‘contranyms’ are single words that have two opposite, but ostensibly correct, meanings.

Dartmouth Backtracks On Tengatenga Appointment

Aug 14, 2013

The appointment of Malawi bishop Dr. James Tengatenga as dean of Dartmouth College’s Tucker Foundation has been rescinded, amid criticism of Tengatenga’s previous statements against homosexuality.

Dartmouth president Philip Hanlon said in a statement that the growing concern over Tengatenga’s appointment made him rethink the decision to hire the Anglican bishop to lead the college’s social justice foundation.

Study Finds Emerald Ash Borer In Concord Area

Aug 14, 2013
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A study on the emerald ash borer found the beetle in 12 out of 195 sites in New Hampshire.

When an emerald ash borer was found in Concord this spring, it spurred further inspections at nearly 200 sites concentrated in Merrimack County. The borer is an invasive species that kills ash trees, and UNH Cooperative Extension Forester Karen Bennett says it poses a risk for N.H. forests.

GMO Awareness Rally Supports Labeling Bill

Aug 10, 2013

A GMO awareness rally will be held at noon today in front of the State House. The rally intends to promote a pending House bill supporting consumer labeling of genetically modified products.

Supporters of the upcoming labeling bill believe that genetically modified ingredients pose a number of health problems to consumers. Bonnie Wright, member of Right to Know GMO NH says that the group’s main goal is to make GMO information public.

Hepatitis A Case Reported In Contoocook

Aug 7, 2013

The state Department of Health and Human Services is investigating a case of Hepatitis A contracted by a food service worker in Contoocook.

The person who contracted Hepatitis A was identified only as a bartender who worked at the American Legion and Covered Bridge Restaurant. The timeframe for exposure was between July 20-August 3 and approximately 600-1000 people could have been exposed.

Public Health Director Jose Montero characterized this case as a ‘low-risk situation,’ because the bartender was not in direct contact with raw food.