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One Of Boston's Favorite Used Bookstores Sets Up Shop In New Hampshire

Vincent McCaffrey spent three decades selling books on Boston’s Newbury Street. His shop, Avenue Victor Hugo Books , became famous in the city. After it closed, he retailed his vast collection of used books online. Last year, Vincent and his wife packed it all up, including tens-of-thousands of volumes, and moved to the decidedly less urban environment of Lee, New Hampshire. The one-time fixture between Tower Records and Urban Outfitters is now housed in a small quintessential barn in the...


DCYF Director Says N.H. More Focused On Keeping Families Together

Reports of child abuse and neglect reached a record high in New Hampshire during the last fiscal year. That's according to data released last week by the Division for Children, Youth and Families, the state's child welfare system. NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with the DCYF director Joe Ribsam about what this data mean for measuring the agency's progress and how DCYF plans to do better. (Editor's note: below is a partial transcript from the NHPR interview that's been lightly...


As Presidential Hopefuls Offer Addiction Solutions, N.H.'s Experience Is At The Forefront

Drug recovery centers first became a stop on the campaign trail in the 2016 New Hampshire primary, and they’re playing an especially important role this year, as presidential hopefuls unveil their plans to tackle the opioid crisis.


Outside/In Roundtable: Cap and Trade

The Outside/In team demystifies cap-and-trade programs in the Northeast.


Outside/In: How to Buy Clothes That Last

News you can use: how to buy clothes that last.


Leaving Manchester VA, Montoya Defends Handling of Flies in Operating Rooms

Flies have once again forced the closure of now all three of the Manchester VA's operating rooms. This comes just as Medical Center Director Al Montoya is preparing to leave the Manchester VA for a job leading the Connecticut VA system. Montoya took the helm as director in July 2017 when the past director was removed from her position after 11 whistleblowers came forward with allegations of mismanagement of a variety of things, including how to remove flies from the operating room.


The Bookshelf: Joe Hill on Collaboration: 'Story is Our Family's Private Language'

When Joe Hill launched his career as a writer, he didn't want anyone to know about his famous writer parents, Stephen and Tabitha King. Rather than ride their coattails, he wanted to find success on his own—thus the pen name, Joe Hill. Now, more than a decade since his first collection of stories was published, Hill is comfortable with publicly discussing his origins as a writer—so comfortable, in fact, that his introduction to his newest collection of short stories features descriptions of...


As Primary Approaches, Democratic Voters Recalibrate Their Relationship To The News

As they face one of the largest presidential fields in generations, Democratic primary voters in New Hampshire are looking for ways to keep up with all the platforms and policy proposals. But for voters of all stripes, navigating the news is more complicated than ever before. Political attacks on news organizations have undermined faith in the press, and as a result, media organizations are often drawn into the political fight of the day. NHPR’s Daniela Allee talked with Democratic voters...


Faith, In All Forms, a Regular Topic for 2020 Democratic Candidates

The Democrats hoping to win their party’s nomination for president represent the most diverse field in history. Along with age, race, and sexual orientation, the candidates also come with a broad range of religious and spiritual beliefs. As they make their way across New Hampshire, some candidates are talking about those beliefs in ways Democrats usually don’t.


Joe Sambo's New Hampshire-Made Reggae

The weather is starting to cool down in New Hampshire, which makes right now a great time to hear some music that calls to mind the beach and sunshine. Salem-based musician Joe Sambo’s first album, “ The Wrong Impression ,” features reggae music warm enough to erase the chill of autumn. It reached number one on the reggae charts earlier this spring, and in September he won the New England Music Award in the category of “Best Male Performer of the Year.” Joe Sambo spoke with NHPR’s Peter...


Londonderry Poet Alexandria Peary Nominated N.H. Poet Laureate

Gov. Chris Sununu nominated a poet from Londonderry to be the next state Poet Laureate at today's Excecutive Council meeting. Alexandria Peary has written several books, published in dozens of journals, and holds an MFA from the prestigious Iowa Writer's Workshop. She's also a professor at Salem State University. In a statement, Peary says she's committed to helping others "advance their writing." The job of Poet Laureate requires some level of community service and promotion of the literary...


Under New Community Power Law, N.H. Towns Can Develop Electric Aggregation Programs

Legislation that goes into effect Tuesday will allow cities and towns across New Hampshire to create community power programs, in which electric customers will be automatically enrolled. NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Henry Herndon from Clean Energy NH about the law and how communities can participate.


Citing Safety and Capacity Concerns, Manchester Shelter to Cap Numbers

Manchester’s largest homeless shelter, run by New Horizons Families in Transition, is capping the number of people allowed to stay overnight. The limit comes after a surge in the documented number of homeless people in the city and rising safety concerns at the shelter.


Child Advocate Investigating Patterns of Restraint And Seclusion Used On Children

New Hampshire’s Office of the Child Advocate is launching a review of some practices used by residential youth facilities in the state. Child Advocate Moira O’Neill is taking a look at how both private centers and the state-run Sununu Youth Center use restraint and seclusion among children in care. NHPR's Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with O'Neill about what she's hoping to understand through her review. (Editor's note: this is a partial transcript from the NHPR interview that has...


The Bookshelf: The 'People's Book' Showcases New Hampshire Writers, Artists

This week marked the launch of the second annual edition of The People's Book , a collection of literary works and visual art created by New Hampshire writers and artists. The book is edited by Concord resident Kelsie Collins. She, along with poet Brianna Coykendall, have been working to build a community of writers who collaborate, edit, and inspire each other. Coykendall is the founder of The Central New Hampshire Writer's Circle , which played a hand in the editorial process for The...


Impeachment On Minds of N.H. Voters As 2020 Candidates Vie For Attention

As Congressional Democrats launch an impeachment inquiry into President Trump, many presidential candidates are voicing their support. But impeachment, so far, is getting mixed reactions from Democratic voters in New Hampshire.


Special Program: Stories From N.H.'s Route 4

As one of New Hampshire's great connector roads, U.S. Route 4 stretches across the heart of the state, from Portsmouth to the Vermont border. It snakes past all kinds of villages, antique shops, and historic markers. It connects rural areas with the busier Seacoast, Concord, and Upper Valley destinations. NHPR hit the road this past summer for a Route 4 reporting series inspired by the people, places, and businesses that dot New Hampshire's First Turnpike. Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley is...


Climate Strike: Granite Staters Call for Action on Climate Change

Hundreds of people across New Hampshire turned out at Climate Strike events Friday to lend their voice to calls for action on climate change. Carrying handmade signs, pushing strollers and handing out leaflets, they joined striking protesters around the world in a coordinated effort to kick off a week of climate activism.


Executive Council Rejects AG's Plan To Have Former Manchester Chief Oversee County Atty's Office

New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald failed to get the support today to send former Manchester police chief David Mara to the Hillsborough County Attorney's office.


Rare Frank Lloyd Wright ‘Usonian Automatic’ Home In New Hampshire To Be Sold

New Hampshire may not be a hotbed of modern architecture, but in the quiet North End neighborhood in Manchester, there are not one, but two Frank Lloyd Wright houses on the same street. That’s the result of one family, the Kalils, being inspired by another family, the Zimmermans.