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0000017a-15d9-d736-a57f-17ff8ca00001NHPR began broadcasting in 1981, and in the intervening years has documented the the stories of New Hampshire. From policy makers in Concord, to residents around the state affected by those policies; from notable Granite Staters, to our ordinary neighbors with a good story, NHPR has produced compelling radio for New Hampshire, by New Hampshire. These stories are the components of the NHPR archives, and on this blog we'll dust off some old stories that are newly relevant, and even find some that were never broadcast. We hope to demonstrate how we've changed as a state by charting our narrative on a longer scale.

From The Archives: Robert Frost

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It's Robert Frost's birthday!

Born in 1874, Frost was the first U.S. Poet Laureate with connections to the Granite State though he was followed by Maxine Kumin, Donald Hall and Charles Simic,who all reinforced the Granite State's literary reputation.

We're going back to 1990 this week when NHPR's Leslie Bennett spoke with Dartmouth professor Arthur Jensen about his 25-year long friendship with the poet. His memories are of Frost, the man; his personality, his short-comings, and the thing he prize most - the ability to read.

Jensen himself passed away in 1998.

This story appeared on an NHPR program called New Hampshire Daily, hosted by Martin Murray. It was a 30-minute program that aired in the afternoons just before All Things Considered from 1989-1990.

As I was looking through some old files, I stumbled across this photo of Leslie Bennett (circa 1990), who produced this story.

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NHPR Producer Leslie Bennett.

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