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Updates about new and special programming and changes to NHPR's program schedule.

'Natural Sounds' from NHPR


As summer unfolds in New Hampshire, NHPR is offering several programming options that bring the outdoors to the airwaves.

Season Four of Outside/In, the program about the natural world and how we use it, will air on NHPR from Monday, June 18 through Friday, June 22 during the 3 p.m. broadcast slot usually reserved for the BBC Newshour. Outside/In, hosted by Sam Evans-Brown, combines solid reporting with long-form narrative storytelling to bring the outdoors to everyone, anywhere.

Each day of the week-long special broadcast will have a different theme and will feature a mix of stories that previously aired on the Outside/In podcast, as well as new content. The program line-up:

  • Monday, June 18 – Magical Thinking: Recycling & Spring Water
  • Tuesday, June 19 – Animals: Invasive Lobsters and Generalists vs. Specialists
  • Wednesday, June 20 – Death: Global Rescue and Storm Chasers
  • Thursday, June 21 – Green Team: Vehicular Cycling and Solar Weed
  • Friday, June 22 – Forest: Maple Mystery and Death Cap Mushrooms


Starting in July, a popular segment from the Outside/In podcast will make its way to the airwaves, becoming a regular segment during Morning Edition on NHPR. “Ask Sam” will feature host Evans-Brown answering questions from the general public about the mysteries and quirks of the natural world.

Through the podcast, Sam has already explored and answered various topics including: What’s the deal with hybrid cars? Are using woodstoves hazardous to your health? Are decorative fountains just a total waste of water? In the 4-5 minute segments, airing alternate Fridays at 6:45 a.m. and again at 8:45 a.m., Sam and Morning Edition host Rick Ganley will discuss what’s on people’s minds and provide background and clarification to answer these questions. Among the hot-button issues Sam may tackle: Can you ‘taste’ the difference between maple syrup made in Vermont or New Hampshire? And what about those moose crossing signs? (Are you REALLY likely to run into a moose?)

Listeners will be able to provide questions online by sending an e-mail to outsidein@nhpr.org, or leaving a message at the hotline 1-844-GO-OTTER (844-466-8837).

“Audience data from NPR tells us that public radio listeners are twice as likely to try canoeing/kayaking and sailing, and they are three times as likely to try cross-country skiing,” said Michael Brindley, Program Manager at NHPR. “It may be just a couple of statistics, but it points to a wider interest in the outdoors and an environmentally conscious mind-set that we hope our environmental-related programming helps satisfy.”

Also coming this summer – new episodes of Something Wild. The long-running radio series, now in its 20th year, explores the natural resources, wildlife and wonders of the Granite State. Something Wild airs every other Friday during Morning Edition. Listeners can also stream the show in podcast form, or see web stories online at NHPR.org. [PROGRAMMING NOTE: On Friday, July 6 – Something Wild will re-air its popular segment on vultures, which featured a field visit with Outside/In host Sam Evans-Brown]

NHPR’s newsroom features regular reporting on the environmental, energy and development beat from Annie Ropeik. Since arriving at NHPR in the fall of 2017, Annie has filed stories across the environmental spectrum – from developments with the Northern Pass transmission line, to EPA investigations, to conservation of state parklands, renewable energy efforts, and environmental regulation. Follow Annie on Twitter at @aropeik

PROGRAM DETAILS: Ask Sam segment

DATES: Starting Friday, July 13, and airing every other Friday.


6:45 and 8:45 a.m. - during Morning Edition on NHPR, with host Rick Ganley.



About NHPR

Since 1981, NHPR has shaped the media landscape in the Granite State and beyond. Our mission is “Expanding minds, sparking connections, building stronger communities.” NHPR is broadcast from 14 different sites, making it by far New Hampshire’s largest (and only) statewide radio news service. Every week, NHPR is the choice of more than 170,000 listeners as a primary source of in-depth and intelligent news coverage, with thousands more viewing NHPR.org and NHPR social media sites. Each day, New Hampshire Public Radio delivers several hours of local news reported by its award-winning news team. Locally-produced programs include The Exchange, Word of Mouth, The Folk Show, Outside/In, Civics 101, and numerous podcasts. NHPR is the exclusive outlet for NPR News in the Granite State and broadcasts national weekly programs such as The Moth Radio Hour, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, and This American Life.