Special Program

From WBEZ Chicago, Making Obama tells the story of Barack Obama’s climb from the South Side of Chicago. It is a non-partisan journey through Obama’s life before he became President.

Host Jennifer White talks with Obama’s key advisors, mentors, rivals, and the former President himself.

NHPR will air the first of this two-part special Saturday, June 2 at 10 p.m.

The second part will air Saturday, June 9 at 10 p.m.

Part One covers Obama’s years as a community organizer to his first elected office in Springfield, Illinois.

Season 4 of NPR's Invisibilia will examine how the stories we tell ourselves can lock us into one place or another... and what happens in the space in between. 

Invisibilia explores the invisible forces that shape human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. The show is co-hosted by award winning journalists Alix Spiegel and Hanna Rosin. In each episode, human stories are combined with the latest thinking on psychological and brain science. 

Join NHPR's Rick Ganley and Sean Hurley for an old-timey hour of Christmas stories and memories. This special will become one of your family's favorite holiday listening traditions!

Tune in for the broadcast at 1 PM on December 24th, or listen right here:

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Sunday, November 29

9:00 PM     Advent Voices (APM)

Advent is a time of quiet contemplation and waiting. It's waiting for darkness to become light and for hopes to be realized. Throughout the centuries Advent has been observed musically in sacred and secular ways. Join Lynne Warfel for an hour of the most beautiful vocal music inspired by and written for Advent.

Sunday, December 6

9:00 PM     Hanukkah Lights 2014 (NPR)

On a warm Friday evening earlier this month the Capital Center for the Arts hosted Constitutionally Speaking, an initiative to engage NH citizens on constitutional issues, and to encourage civics education. So naturally they invited NPR’s legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg to come and speak. Over the course of the night she touched on many topics including the new Supreme court term, the lives of the justices, and her role as a journalist. Nina was joined onstage by, and fielded questions from Here and Now co-host, Robin Young. 

With a charge in life to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable, Keith Magee is an internationally sought after non-profit leader, speaker, and preacher. He is a Distinguished Senior Fellow of Social Justice and Poverty, University of Birmingham, England, and Visiting Scholar at Boston University.

In light of America’s #BlackLivesMatter movement this lecture will discuss how and if we can talk about race in contemporary America.  It will consider the historical construction of racism in America; reveal the systemic impact of racism on contemporary social processes.

What we think of as traditional New England contra dance music is influenced by many sources, including the musical traditions of Scotland, Cape Breton, French Canada, and Ireland, as well as tunes composed right here in New England.

Renowned contra-dance musicians Skip Gorman (fiddle) and Gordon Peery (piano) will trace the evolution of New England contra-dance music by discussing and performing examples of different genres that contribute to the New England style.

Meg Petersen is the Director of the National Writing Project in New Hampshire, and Professor of English at Plymouth State University. 

According to her, education reform today focuses on quantifiable measures of student learning, which are then used to rate teacher and school quality.  Test results are used to punish and threaten educators, and to obscure the humanity of both teachers and students, ignoring local contexts, as well as the powerful social and economic factors that affect our students’ lives and shape their futures. 

New England is a kelpy wonderland. Along our local shores, we have rolling meadows of kelp full of crabs, lobsters and more. Kelp beds, kelp meadows, and kelp forests are also found in one quarter of the world’s coastal areas. They provide food for humans and fish alike, alter shorelines, and shape the temperate reefs around them. Unfortunately these big beautiful cold-water algae have started to respond to changes in water temperature and wave action. Dr. Byrnes will address why kelp is important and what changes may be in store for the future.

Daniel Weeks, the executive director of Open Democracy (a non-partisan advocacy organization founded by Doris “Granny D” Haddock), maintains that democracy is in default.

In 1982, more than 11,000 New Yorkers saw archeologists at work on an excavation project at 175 Water Street, just blocks from the heart of New York’s Financial District. Then it was all gone. What would an underwater archeologist find beneath the pavement of Lower Manhattan? The remains of a colonial merchant ship.

When Marjorie Heins started her "dream job" at the American Civil Liberty Union's Arts Censorship Project in 1991, she did not realize how much it would focus on sex. The previous year, however, had seen prosecutions for obscenity against a museum for showing the works of famed photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, and against a music store owner for selling a recording by a rap group. Heins foresaw how sex-and-censorship wars would continue throughout the 1990s.

We know within seconds upon entering a new house if we feel at home. We know when a place makes us feel more alive. This is the mystery that interests Howard Mansfield — why are some houses homes, while others are not?

Mansfield’s most recent book, Dwelling in Possibility, digs into this question. We can recognize these elusive qualities, and yet we find it very difficult, if not impossible, to create this feeling in our new houses and in our towns and cities

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Curious what special programming we're bringing you this year from NPR, APM, and more? The full schedule - from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day - is below.


Thursday, November 27

9:00 AM     Giving Thanks: A Celebration of Fall, Food, and Gratitude

With music and stories for Thanksgiving, host John Birge creates a thoughtful, contemporary reflection on the meaning of the holiday.

2:00-4:00 PM     Best of the Best: The 2014 Third Coast Festival Broadcast


Political Junkie Ken Rudin never left public radio. His weekly podcast has your dose of political analysis. And in time for the midterms this year, he's put together a special program for radio audiences as well. Before you dig in to this program, remember that he'll be live in studio with us on 4 November for our election night coverage as we track returns around the state.

Osprey Live Cam

Aug 28, 2014

Here is the live video from Osprey Cam via UStream:

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

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This program will be broadcast on Sunday, August 31 at 9 p.m. 

Lois Lowry has opened the gates of literature for young adults in her classics such as "Number the Stars" and "Anastasia Krupnik," and her brilliant dystopian novel, "The Giver." Her talk at the Lyceum will coincide with the August, 2014, opening of the film version of "The Giver," starring Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep. Ms. Lowry will speak about her life as a writer, and books that have been pivotal in her career, including "The Giver" and its journey to the screen.

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This program will be broadcast on Sunday, August 24 at 9 p.m. 

Traditional Navajo ceremonies contribute to healing the human body at multiple levels. Navajo healing, using chant, prayer, and guided imagery, has been shown to change how the brain functions (neuroplasticity). The Navajo approach to keeping the physical body strong is a blend of mind-body medicine. The Navajo healing ceremony, an archetype of the Native culture, demonstrates the blend of traditional foods, Native spirituality, and connection within the community and to the natural world.

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This program will be broadcast on Sunday, August 17 at 9 p.m.

Panacea was a Greek goddess with the power to heal wounds and cure sicknesses. Nowadays the word panacea denotes a single solution to a complicated problem. Biology professor Bernd Heinrich views Nature as a panacea to humankind’s problem of surviving happily on this planet. Nature offers models to help understand the causes of diseases, provides chemicals to cure or control them, shows ways to manage our environment, and inspires us.

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This program will be broadcast Sunday, August 10 at 9 p.m. 

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This program will be broadcast Sunday, August 3 at 9 p.m. 

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Originally broadcast Sunday, July 27. 

Growth in manufacturing employment and productivity has improved significantly since the 2008 economic downturn. Is this a temporary phenomenon or a revival? Can American manufacturing recover from the off-shoring phenomenon of the late 1990s and 2000s? Harvard Business School professor Dr. Willy Shih will discuss how the stage is set for improved productivity across the manufacturing sector; potentially leading to a manufacturing renaissance in the United States.

Courtesy Monadnock Summer Lyceum

Originally broadcast Sunday, July 20th. 

We remember Louisa May Alcott as the author of Little Women, the story of four girls growing up in mid-nineteenth century Massachusetts. Alcott was also an abolitionist, a feminist, a Civil War nurse, and a participant in the Transcendental intellectual movement. To help us understand the complete Louisa May Alcott, Marianne Donnelly will bring us her carefully researched Alcott re-enactment, in which Alcott will tell us about her connections to the anti-slavery movement, the Underground Railroad, and the Monadnock region.

An Examination Of Higher Education In The Granite State

This special series presented by NHPR takes a look at the uncertain future of New Hampshire's colleges, and how they are working to stay relevant, competitive, and worth the cost.

See all series stories here.

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When you’re just driving by, they all look pretty much the same.

“The green and white markers everyone sees around our highways; to mark important events, important people, important things about New Hampshire.”

When you look a little closer, you find each of the state’s 236 historical markers tells a unique story. In this series, Michael Brindley tells some of those stories.

Find all series stories here.

Justice & Journalism: NPR's Mara Liasson

Feb 10, 2014

A Joint Project of NHPR and the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy

NHPR and the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy are pleased to bring you the next event in our ongoing series, Justice & Journalism.  This ongoing series presents a range of speakers throughout the year to discuss the intersection of justice and journalism and share experiences related to the media’s coverage of public policy and law.

Five years after "The Great Recession," NHPR looked back, looked ahead, and, most of all, looked at right now.

In this week-long series, we explore how we work in a changed economic landscape: What work means to Granite Staters these days, and the forces that may shape N.H.’s economic future.

See all series stories here.

Holiday Specials 2013

Nov 22, 2013
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Wednesday, November 27

7:00 PM     Hanukkah Lights 2013

A perennial holiday favorite, Hanukkah Lights features Hanukkah stories and memoirs written by acclaimed authors, expressly for the show, as read by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

Thursday, November 28

9:00 AM     Giving Thanks: A Celebration of Fall, Food, and Gratitude

Stories and music for Thanksgiving, with special guests actor Julia Sweeney and best-selling author Anne Lamott.

Interviews at the StoryCorps Mobile Booth begin with a question, but the exciting part is the answer. Because, whether it’s from someone we know and love, or from someone we’ve just met, the answer tells us something we didn’t know.

StoryCorps is celebrating 10 years of recording the stories of average Americans. We thought it would be a good time to listen back to some of the stories we recorded when the StoryCorps Mobile Booth came to Concord in 2007, and Berlin in 2009.


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Today's workers need more education and skills than ever before. But 39 million adults in the United States don't have even the most basic credential: a high school diploma. Many hope their ticket to a better job is passing a test called the GED. But critics say the test is too easy and hardly the equivalent of a high school education.