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The Antiques of Route 4's 'Antique Alley'

Antique Alley, perhaps the most famous stretch of Route 4, is located roughly between Chichester and the Lee traffic circle. The miles-long shopping destination is dotted with both higher-end and more eclectic antique dealers. In the 1980s and 1990s, it was the spot for bargain hunters looking for a piece of traditional Americana, everything from solid furniture to tools to handicrafts.


'Overly Comfortable' Bear Family Causes Camping Suspension Along Tripoli Road

Camping has been suspended along Tripoli Road in the White Mountains due to a family of bears. The Forest Service is hoping to lift the ban soon. The Forest Service's Steven Beri says the mama bear and her two cubs have become overly comfortable with humans and reliant on human food. And bear sightings along the road have risen sharply the past two weeks. “As most folks know bears can be pretty protective ,” Beri says, “and so you know the public health concern with any kind of encounter is...


A Conversation With NPR Public Editor Elizabeth Jensen

Elizabeth Jensen has been working as NPR's Public Editor since 2015, and her term was recently extended to January 2020 . Jensen describes her role as "the liaison between the newsroom and the public." She works separately from the newsroom, and responds to listener comments and complaints. She'll ask why certain editorial decisions are made at NPR, and explain the process to listeners in her blog posts . She'll also make recommendations for language NPR should use when reporting on...


Parents Meet With Concord School Board Following Teacher's Sexual Assault Arrest

Parents and advocates for children packed a Concord School Board meeting on Monday to give input on the district’s policies on sexual harassment, abuse and community safety. The meeting came after revelations that the district mishandled allegations against Primo “Howie” Leung, a former special ed teacher, who is now facing charges of sexually assaulting a Concord student.


N.H. Rural Communities Continue To Struggle With Access To Broadband

Rural towns in New Hampshire have long struggled to keep up with the demand for access to broadband in their communities. Liisa Rajala is the associate editor for New Hampshire Business Review, and she's been reporting on how rural communities have had to take expanding broadband access into their own hands. She spoke with NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley. (Below is a transcript from the NHPR interview.) Liisa, why is it so difficult for rural communities in New Hampshire to get the...


4,500 Bikers Join Memorial Ride for 'Fallen 7' Victims of Randolph Crash

Thousands of motorcyclists rode to Randolph on Saturday to honor the seven bikers killed in a June crash there. NHPR’s Sarah Gibson talked to some of those motorcyclists before they embarked from Laconia. The “Ride for the Fallen 7” began in Laconia and travelled up I-93, ending at The Inn at Bowman for a memorial service near the site of the crash.


In Enfield, A Celebration of Both Patriotism and Pie

Each year in Enfield, people gather for a unique Fourth of July celebration. It involves singing and pies. The pies are sold as a benefit for the Shaker Museum, which is on Route 4a, just down the road from the Shaker Farm Bed and Breakfast.


St. Paul's School in Concord Welcomes New Leader

St. Paul’s School in Concord has a new head of school. Kathleen Carroll Giles has taken on the role after the former rector, Michael Hirschfeld, stepped down in January.


Summer Series Kickoff: A Road Trip On Route 4 Through The Heart Of New Hampshire

This summer, NHPR is taking a closer look at U.S. Route 4 in New Hampshire. We’re answering listener questions and reporting on the highway that stretches through the heart of the state, from the Vermont border to the Seacoast. So, naturally, this is a great opportunity for a road trip. We're driving the entire length of Route 4 that covers New Hampshire, beginning at the Vermont border in Lebanon. And we’re taking Rick's Mustang convertible, more fitting for the open road than the NHPR...


MA Officials Blame Bureaucratic Mistake For Driver In N.H. Crash That Killed 7 Having A License

The head of the Massachusetts motor vehicle division resigned Tuesday for that agency's failure to terminate the commercial driving license of a man whose collision with a group of motorcyclists in New Hampshire on Friday left seven people dead. Listen: Reporter Todd Bookman talks with NHPR's Peter Biello about the latest updates in this story: That driver shouldn't have had a license, but officials in Massachusetts are now blaming a bureaucratic error. 23-year old Volodymyr Zhukovskyy of...


After the Crash: Route 2 Becomes Memorial in Wake of Motorcycle Deaths

Officials continue to investigate the cause of a crash between a pickup truck and 10 motorcycles Friday evening. Seven people were killed in the crash in the town of Randolph. Throughout the weekend, the crash site drew those who wanted to pay their respects to the victims.


Queen City Pride Block Party Draws a Crowd in Manchester

June is Pride Month, supporting the LGBTQ community, and communities across New Hampshire are holding events to celebrate. Listen here for an audio postcard from Manchester's Queen City Pride Block Party this weekend.


Educators Raise Red Flag on Rules To Expand Out-of-School Credits

The State Board of Education will vote Thursday on a proposal championed by Department of Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut. T he plan - called Learn Everywhere - would allow students to get credit towards their high school diplomas for extracurriculars without approval from local districts. Supporters say it will expand opportunities and help close the equity gap. But educators warn it will do just the opposite.


The Bookshelf: Trans Girl Navigates Middle School in Exeter Author's New Novel

For many kids, middle school is a fraught time. Friendships are forged and broken; bodies begin to change in sometimes uncomfortable ways. For Zenobia July, starting middle school is far more complicated than it is for most of her peers. She’s starting at a new school far from where she grew up, but more importantly, she’s now identifying as the girl she always knew she was, leaving behind the boy she’d been labeled as since birth. Zenobia July is the name of Exeter, New Hampshire novelist’s...


VA MISSION Act Offers Special Provision for N.H. Vets

A new system to serve the health needs of veterans takes effect Thursday. It’s called the VA MISSION Act. This law ends the program known as Veterans Choice, which aimed to create healthcare options for veterans in the private sector but was bogged down with bureaucratic problems. The MISSION Act aims to correct that with the new “Veterans Community Care Program.” NHPR's Peter Biello spoke with Manchester VA Medical Center Director Al Montoya about how the program will work. This new law...


Determined Group Gambles on Last Chance to Preserve Hall and Kenyon's Iconic N.H. Home

The late poet Donald Hall had fans all over the world, but he was perhaps most loved here in New Hampshire. Many of his friends believed, as he did, that his small white farmhouse on Route 4 in Wilmot would stay in his family after he died. So it came as a surprise earlier this spring to hear the house was going on the market.


Exploring N.H.'s Refugee Program In Manchester

The number of refugees being resettled in New Hampshire has dropped significantly under the Trump administration. There were 162 refugees resettled in the Granite State in FY 2018; that's compared to 518 two years prior. We'll explore what that means, and also talk with former refugees living in New Hampshire's largest city about their experiences. We'll also look at the city's school system, and how it works with refugee families arriving in the city. GUESTS: Jeff Thielman - president and...


For Death Penalty Opponents, Repeal Victory in N.H. Has Been A Long Time Coming

The New Hampshire Legislature has banned capital punishment, overturning the veto of Republican Gov. Chris Sununu. The outcome was narrow but anticipated. And, for opponents of the death penalty, it was a long time coming.


Are We Willing To Pay If The Minimum Wage Is Raised?

This week, as lawmakers consider a bill that would raise the state’s minimum wage above the current federal minimum, we're profiling people for whom the law would have the biggest impact. Workers stand to benefit from a raise in pay, but employers may see their labor costs rise.


N.H. Sues Makers of PFAS Chemicals for Drinking Water Contamination

New Hampshire is suing the original makers of toxic PFAS chemicals for allegedly contaminating the state's drinking water. At a press conference Wednesday, Gov. Chris Sununu joined officials from the Departments of Justice and Environmental Services to announce two statewide lawsuits against eight companies – including 3M, DuPont and its spinoff, Chemours. "New Hampshire is taking, again, a preeminent position not just for ourselves and our citizens, but in the country ... in making a stand...