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

This week workers are renovating the Concord family home of Boston bombing victim Jeff Bauman Jr. They're making his father and step mother's home handicap accessible.

Before the Boston marathon bombings in April, Jeff Bauman Jr. visited the Concord home of his father, step mother and two half brothers frequently. But after Bauman lost both his legs during the marathon bombings, the space has become less accessible to maneuver around in a wheelchair.

Group Decries Impact Of Federal Healthcare Law

Aug 1, 2013
Ella Nilsen

Conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity rallied against the Affordable Care Act in the front of the State House today, detailing concerns including rising costs and doctor shortages.

The protest comes as a panel examines Medicaid Expansion in N.H., a provision of the federal healthcare law.

Director of Americans for Prosperity – N.H., Greg Moore said the group opposes expansion.

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As we learned from Joe Hanson, space weather can be an amazing thing. As receiving real-time space weather forecasts is becoming more of a reality, it would be good to familiarize yourself with some of the weather events you can expect to see. We’ve compiled a list to test your space weather knowledge. All of these events sound fantastic and have been the fodder for many a Sci-Fi plot, but do you know which one of these 4 space weather events isn’t real?

New Phone Scam Targeting N.H. Residents

Jul 31, 2013

The N.H. Attorney General’s office and N.H. Bankers Association are warning consumers about a new phone scam targeting state residents.

Senior Assistant Attorney General James Boffetti says that residents who have recently received a call or text message saying their debit or credit card has been compromised and asking for personal information may be the targets of a new scam.

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People often lament that handwriting is a lost art. But if the creators of a new educational tool have their way, calligraphy will never die out completely. The Lernstift – or “learning pen”– is a working computerized pen which uses vibration to help improve handwriting, and is projected to go into production this fall.   Word of Mouth’s Molly Donahue spoke with Daniel Kaesmacher who helped develop the Lernstift, to learn a little bit more about it.

N.H. Sens. Shaheen, Ayotte Travel The State

Jul 29, 2013
Abby Kessler

Both of N.H’s U.S. Senators  Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte were in the Granite State on Monday.

Senator Shaheen met with business leaders and advocates on Monday at Grappone Toyota in Bow to tour the only LEED certified car dealership in the state and support her energy efficiency legislation.

The so-called Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act introduced with Senator Rob Portman aims to establish a national energy strategy. The bill incentivizes the use of green technologies to businesses throughout the country.  

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We spoke with author Robert Kolker about the unsolved case, dubbed the Long Island Serial Killer by the press and public. Here's an abbreviated version of the timeline in Lost Girls of the events surrounding the ongoing investigation. The full story and timeline is discussed in Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery.

April 20, 1996: Two female legs, wrapped in a plastic bag, are discovered on Fire Island west of Davis Park Beach.

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Our exploration of Aesthletics reminded us of some of our other favorite bizarre sports. From the safe, if not always tame, World Beard and Moustache Competition to the surprisingly dangerous Outhouse Races, strange sports are everywhere. These are not the weirdest sports, by far, but they top our list as most memorable and well organized.

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As we explored earlier, the voice is a powerful tool. We form very strong images and opinions about others without ever having seen or met or interacted with them, simply because of the way they sound.  Even when they aren’t a good representation of the person, voices are often the first impression we choose to trust. From actors who have built entire careers on their voice, to the often unnoticed background on thousands of film trailers and television spots, here are some of the most iconic voices we’ve heard, whether you’ve realized it or not.

Ayotte Proposes To Ease Strict Fishing Limitations

Jul 23, 2013

During a Senate Commerce Subcommittee meeting on Tuesday Senator Kelly Ayotte recommended changes to the Mid-Atlantic Magnuson-Stevens Fishery and Conservation Act.

The conservation act dates back to 1976 and is meant to maintain stock and habitat at sustainable levels.

In recent years that’s meant strict catch limits for Atlantic Cod and Haddock.

And many senators agree that catch limits issued under the Act have worked.

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“Also known as Japanese horseradish or mooli, daikon looks like a bigger, uglier, knobbier parsnip and, if its flavor can be likened to anything, it is reminiscent of a finer, less fiery radish.”

- From the cookbook Cooking Vegetables.

If you have a CSA subscription, chances are you have found a daikon radish in your share recently. Daikon radishes are a staple in Asian cuisine, the name daikon is actually Japanese for "great root." They're a prolific vegetable and can often grow up to 20" in length with a diameter of 4"! Recently, reporter Josh Rogers was the recipient of a rather large daikon radish, and asked: what do you do with this?

Memorial Bridge Ribbon-Cutting Announced

Jul 18, 2013

The Memorial Bridge will have its ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 15, but it is still unclear when the bridge will be open for traffic.

Director of Project Development for N.H. D.O.T. Bill Cass says that the ceremony was pushed back because of delays due to weather and work on the bridge’s foundation.

“We were initially trying to organize a ceremony in conjunction with the actual opening, but the uncertainty of the opening made it more beneficial for everybody to set a date a few weeks out there that everybody could plan on.”

Officers Promote Water Safety

Jul 16, 2013

Following a series of six New Hampshire drowning incidents in the month of July, safety officers gathered in Concord on Tuesday to raise awareness about the dangers of swollen water bodies.  

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After speaking with Chuck Klosterman about his new book, I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling With Villains, and the nature of villainy, we gave him a quick quiz about some of the subjects he writes about in the book. He tells us who is more villainous with frequently hilarious, and thought-provoking, answers.

N.H. D.O.T. Prepares For Loudon Race

Jul 12, 2013

The New Hampshire Motor Speedway is gearing up for its annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Loudon, and drivers should be prepared to adjust their travel routes on local roads. Sunday's race will bring about 37,000 extra drivers to state highways. N.H. Dept. of Transportation Public Information Officer Bill Boynton says that officials are prepared.

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When we spoke with Josh Dean, author of the long form article, “Inside the Immortality Business,” he noted that you have to have both a lot of money and a pretty large ego to seriously consider cryonics as a substitute for any end of life plans. Since it is only legal to freeze someone after they have been declared medically deceased, there are some pretty tricky logistics involved in being cryogenically frozen. Aside from having your estate settled and making sure there is a team waiting at your death bed to put you on ice as soon as possible, people who choose to be frozen also have to make sure their accounts have been paid in full – or risk having their bodies sit around until the bank transfers go through. Despite all this, there are still plenty of people who are willing to bet hundreds of thousands of dollars that someday science will have progressed far enough to bring them back from the dead. Among this eccentric bunch are some well known celebrities.

Hassan Tours Flooded Towns

Jul 3, 2013
Ella Nilsen / NHPR

After declaring a state of emergency this morning, Governor Maggie Hassan and state officials toured N.H. towns most affected by this week’s flooding, including Lebanon, Washington, and Alstead.

Monday's flooding brought more than $2 million worth of damage to the state, damaging 15 roads in Washington alone. While road crews work to clean up and start rebuilding efforts, Governor Hassan says she is already planning for future storms.

Bus Route Connects Concord To Airport

Jul 1, 2013

Beginning Monday airline passengers can now catch a bus from Concord to the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport for $4 each way. 

The buses will run between Concord and the airport twelve times each day beginning at 3:55 a.m. and going through 12:45 a.m.  The five-day-a-week shuttle is part of a one-year trial that’s a joint effort between The Department of Transportation, the Manchester Airport and lawmakers.  It’s an effort to boost travel through the airport and to cut parking costs.

N.H.’s Wallis Sands Beach and Hampton Beach are among thirteen U.S. beaches with a five-star rating on the National Resources Defense Council’s 2013 list of cleanest vacation beaches.

NRDC’s beach rating system measures water quality based on bacteria levels and frequency of testing. Of over 1,000 N.H. Department of Environmental Service tests last year, only 10 exceeded normal bacterial levels.  DES Beach Program Coordinator Sonia Carlson says the culprit for high bacteria levels is fecal matter.

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Last weekend was the first actual weekend of summer…an event barely noticed by many who’ve been barbequing, swimming and gardening since Memorial Day. Plenty of people do celebrate the longest day of the year in a more traditional way…and we’re talking traditions that stretch back thousands of years -- Carol and Clay Young hosted a fire ceremony to welcome in the solstice in the backwoods of Wentworth, New Hampshire, with a small, but diverse group of revelers. Word of Mouth’s Molly Donahue was there and brought us back this audio postcard.

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I’m am not qualified to make a list of the Top 5 most memorable sports failures, which is why I asked Eric Simons to help me create a list of moments he felt fit the bill. To say that he waffled about what moments to include is an understatement; sports fans are notoriously opinionated when it comes to moments that define heartbreak. I took his suggestions and then sprinkled in a few that I grew up hearing about.  Without further ado I present to you: “5 Moments in Sports That Will (Maybe) Break Your Heart”. We encourage you to disagree and submit your own.

The annual Hollis Strawberry Festival will be held Sunday afternoon. Sponsored by the Hollis Woman’s Club and Town Band, the festival is in its sixth decade.

But this season is proving to be a challenge for berry growers.

Together, Lull and Brookford farms typically provide the festival with 336 quarts of strawberries.

But Brookford Farm co-owner Eleanor Whittemore says the cold winter and rainy spring means strawberries are more likely to rot.

N.H. Unemployment Rates Decrease

Jun 18, 2013

Numbers from the state show that unemployment in New Hampshire have fallen to 5.3 percent.

In the past, rates dropped because people seeking work stopped applying for jobs.

But this time, economist Annette Nielsen of the NH Employment Security says there has been job growth.

Battlestar Wiki

After we explored the possibility of the next Doctor Who becoming a woman, we got to thinking about all the other characters we’ve come to love over the years that were supposed to be - or originally were - the opposite sex.

We’ve compiled a list of the Top 5 Gender Swapped Characters.

Moose Hunting Lottery To Be Held Friday

Jun 17, 2013

New Hampshire Fish and Game officials will hold the annual drawing for moose hunting permits this Friday.

Wildlife Programs Specialist, Linda Verville, says Fish and Game received more than 14,000 applications this year.

“This year we are giving out a total of 275 permits, 233 go to residents and 42 go to non-residents.”

Names are drawn at random, though applicants who have never received a permit are given better odds.

Lottery results will be available online with alternates posted on the Fish and Game website. 

A Taste of Bike Week

Jun 14, 2013
Abby Kessler / NHPR

The 90th annual Laconia Motorcycle Week has a distinct sound that revs and rattles throughout the Granite State during the nine day rally, but over the years “bike week” has also become known for its unique taste.

“We do a lot of eating at bike week,” Jennifer Anderson, director of the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association, said laughing.

During the event, vendors set up temporary stands along the Loudon racetrack, selling chicken tenders, soft pretzels, fried dough, sizzling pizza and seafood to patrons who watch sports bikes orbit the track.  

From the outside, Doctor Who has never been anything but strange. The BBC’s long-celebrated protagonist is a time-bending, space-traveling alien, whose adventures can, and have, taken him anywhere and anytime in the universe. He can also regenerate into a new body when he dies, a plot trick which has gifted the show a much longer than average life-span. For the past fifty years now, the doctor has been portrayed by no less than eleven, white, British men. Matt Smith, who plays the current incarnation of the Doctor, has announced that he plans to leave the series this winter. The question many Whovians are now asking is: should the next Doctor Who be played by a woman?

Mac Rogers is a Brooklyn based playwright and culture writer, who contributes to Slate’s “Doctor Who TV Club”. He spoke with Word of Mouth’s Zach Nugent about gender-bending the BBC series Doctor Who.

Chowder Festival Boasts Zero Waste, New Trophies

Jun 5, 2013
Ella Nilsen

On Saturday, June 1, the 29th Annual WOKQ Chowder Festival took place at Portsmouth’s Prescott Park.  The festival was zero-waste, courtesy of the partnership between the Prescott Park Arts Festival and seacoast business Eco-Movement.

“It’s a well-loved tradition,” said festival coordinator Ben Anderson.  “People come from all over.  The restaurants take it very seriously.”

Seacoast restaurants including Bob’s Clam Hut, Warren’s Restaurant, Newick’s Lobster House, and The Portsmouth Brewery competed with chowders of every type, including seafood, clam, scallop, and veggie.

Logan Shannon via Rob Fleischman's Brain

A government lab announced earlier this month that it’s been operating a quantum internet at Los Alamos for the past two years. Which led us to wonder, um, WHAT IS A QUANTUM INTERNET???

What's For Dinner?

May 6, 2013
via livinghistoryfarm.org

My mother loves to cook, and as a result she raised an entire family of food obsessed children who also love to cook. My father rarely cooked but was a big fan of eating and proclaimed after every meal, “Dear, this is the best [insert main course here] I’ve EVER had!” She would roll her eyes at his genuine but exaggerated praise and I would chime in with, “Mom, this was the worst dinner ever.” A big grin would spread across her face as she leaned over to pat my head; my mom gets me. Because she cooked an amazing, well-balanced meal nearly every night, my siblings and I were consistently robbed of what we felt was the holy grail of eating: the frozen TV dinner.

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