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Aytaj Ismayilova

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Aytaj Ismayilova is NHPR’s marketing and communications coordinator. She worked as a marketing intern for CatchFire creative agency and as a public relations intern for a local Concord communications agency Louis Karno & Co Communication.

Aytaj is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University where she majored in marketing and communications. She is passionate about world cultures and languages and enjoys reading and hiking in her free time.

Sara Plourde

Here in New Hampshire, a year of living under a pandemic forced businesses to shutter or workplaces to operate remotely, brought in school closures and hybrid education models as a way to continue student learning, and saw stories of frontline workers rising to unbelievable challenges. We’ve seen community gatherings canceled or reimagined, and the hugely personal cost of family members, friends, or people in our communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sara Plourde

What can Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) cases teach us about civics and our rights to privacy in our homes, schools, and in our private lives? A new series from New Hampshire Public Radio’s Civics 101 podcast explores four past SCOTUS cases to reveal how certain rights and freedoms have been interpreted over time.

Beginning February 23, Civics 101 will launch four episodes exploring the following cases:

·       Mapp v. Ohio

·       Griswold v. Connecticut

·       New Jersey v. T. L. O.

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Are you a K-12 student with a passion for video and/or audio production? YOU are invited to use your creative ideas as part of the Student Contest 2021 from Civics 101. Whether you are a Granite Stater or live elsewhere in the U.S., our Civics 101 hosts Nick Capodice and Hannah McCarthy are excited to hear from you!

Beginning Tuesday, February 9, New Hampshire Public Radio will carry special coverage of the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. The U.S. Senate hearings will be available on-air and streaming through nhpr.org. As events unfold, NHPR will offer comprehensive coverage of the entire proceedings.

Black History Month is an annual observance celebrating Black culture and the contributions of Black Americans to our country and its history. The event first originated in the United States, but is now recognized in other countries including the United Kingdom and Canada.  

Join NHPR on Saturday, January 30, from 10 to 11 p.m. (Best of Public Radio slot) for a special program Voices From The Ghetto, from our partners at the BBC World Service and APM.  

Aspiring middle, high school, and college podcasters from New Hampshire and across the country are invited to tell their unique stories as part of the 2021 Student Podcast Challenge from NPR.

Are you an avid podcast listener? Have you wanted to create your own podcast for a while, but didn’t know where to start? Hold on to your ideas and the recording device (it can be a cell phone!) and get ready to create!

Join NHPR on Saturday, January 23, from 10 to 11 p.m. (Best of Public Radio slot) for a special program My Viral Video and Me, from our partners at the BBC World Service and APM.  

As the nation honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., tune into New Hampshire Public Radio for three specials exploring Dr. King’s remarkable life, beliefs and legacy.

Saturday, January 16

10 p.m. – 11 p.m. (Best of Public Radio slot)

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Join NHPR on Thursday, January 7 at 7 p.m., for special live coverage of the inauguration of Governor Christopher Sununu. 

Gov. Sununu is beginning his third term as New Hampshire’s chief executive. 

NHPR is expected to begin its broadcast coverage of the Governor’s inaugural address around 7 p.m. Host Peter Biello will be joined by NHPR’s Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers, who will provide updates from the New Hampshire State House and give analysis. 

The Music Hall and New Hampshire Public Radio kick off 2021 with a series of virtual Writers on a New England Stage events. Three separate literary conversations with esteemed authors will focus on a personal reckoning with race in New Hampshire; economic misunderstandings and how that impacts our society; and thoughtful questions around end-of-life care and what that means for living and dying. The latest round of author talks include New Hampshire-raised cultural critic Rebecca Carroll, Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman, and renowned NPR host Diane Rehm.


Join NHPR for Special Programs from WABE (Atlanta) and WNYC (New York City)

This January, NHPR will continue to highlight special conversations and programs from our public media partners WABE and WNYC, exploring key questions facing our nation in the wake of the November elections and in the lead-up to Inauguration Day on January 20.

Sara Plourde

In these final weeks of a year like no other, tune to NHPR for a robust schedule of holiday programming, songs and stories that reflect the spirit of the season.

From Hanukkah to Christmas to Kwanzaa, programs celebrating different holiday traditions and cultures will be sprinkled throughout our programming schedule, marking the festive period.

Sara Plourde

COVID and the Classroom Reporting Initiative Looks at Challenges, Creative Solutions to Education in a Time of Pandemic

An ongoing reporting project from New Hampshire Public Radio takes a deeper look at how Granite Staters are balancing the need to educate our children with issues of safety and accessibility that are the realities of life under a pandemic.

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Whether you hold a virtual family gathering this year, or are fortunate to have your loved ones safely nearby for Thanksgiving festivities, NHPR can provide the perfect Thanksgiving holiday soundtrack.

Favorite holiday memories, family stories and traditions, impressive yet simple last-minute recipe ideas, and a mix of folk and contemporary music that reflects current social issues will be highlighted in a series of special programs airing on Thanksgiving Day. Tune in to NHPR on Thursday, November 26 for our festive specials and programs:

Join NHPR this Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and again on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. (repeat) for a special Veterans Day edition of The Moth Radio Hour.

The hour-long special, initially aired in 2014, is devoted to American veterans. The four stories listeners will hear – about the battlefield, from the home front, and behind the front lines – were told by veterans themselves in theaters and Moth events across the country.

Beginning immediately after Election Day and through the end of January 2021, NHPR’s award-winning podcast Civics 101 will answer questions from listeners, teachers, students, and readers on a near-daily basis. For the next 100 days, the team behind the podcast will provide timely information for educators, students, and anyone interested in the foundations of U.S.


Beginning this October, NHPR listeners and readers can expect to find more enterprise and investigative journalism spanning NHPR’s on-air, digital and podcast properties. Document is a new newsroom reporting project that will allow NHPR reporters to dig deeper into key stories and issues to produce long-form, narrative-driven content that shines a light on topics that serve the public interest.

Conversational techniques that bridge differences, a deep look into how the Latino electorate is influencing our national politics, and a Halloween showcase of poetry and performance will all be heard on the New Hampshire Public Radio airwaves this weekend.

Starting Friday evening, join NHPR for three new specials by our public media partners:

Stay Work Play NH

New Hampshire Public Radio and Stay Work Play honored talented local professionals and organizations at this year’s Rising Stars Awards, held virtually via a live broadcast from the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester on October 15. The Rising Stars Awards honor outstanding young professionals that help make New Hampshire a better place to stay, work and play. Innovative New Hampshire companies that support that mission were also honored.

New Hampshire Public Radio recently earned awards in prestigious journalism competitions, both on the national stage and here in New Hampshire.  Accolades include a National Edward R. Murrow Award, presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), and six awards from the Granite Mikes, presented by the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters (NHAB).

Miranda Harple

The leadership of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower during pivotal and historic events in our country and on the world stage will be explored at the next installment of Writers on a New England Stage. Susan Eisenhower is a granddaughter of the former president, and a bestselling author, security expert, and Washington, D.C. policy strategist. Eisenhower will visit The Music Hall’s “virtual” stage Tuesday, October 27 at 7 p.m. to discuss her new book, How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower’s Biggest Decisions.

In the lead-up to Election Day on November 3, NHPR continues to bring listeners special programming related to the upcoming presidential election. America Amplified: Election 2020 is a six-part national talk show that will dive into the challenges facing America before and after the upcoming election. America Amplified: Election 2020 explores local community perspectives, with a mission to foster positive dialogue, share experiences and elevate diverse voices.

Beginning Saturday, October 17, NHPR will start airing The Takeaway: Politics with Amy Walter on Saturdays, from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. The program brings recent trends in politics to listeners and will air through at least Election Day.

Join NHPR on Friday, Oct. 9, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and again on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. (repeat) for a special broadcast of Voting In America – an NPR Special Report exploring an extraordinary electoral season, further complicated by an ongoing global pandemic.

In the lead-up to Election Day on November 3, NHPR will air NPR’s special live coverage of the upcoming presidential and vice-presidential debates. Overall, four debates will take place across four states: Ohio, Utah, Florida and Tennessee. The debates will air live on NHPR on the following days:

Tuesday, September 29 – First Presidential Debate

9 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Join NHPR this Saturday, Sep. 19, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. for a special broadcast of Diaries of a Divided Nation 2020 – a people’s history of the United States recorded in real-time – from public media partner KCRW in Los Angeles.

This fall, NHPR will continue to carry a series of conversations from public media partner WNYC, exploring key questions leading up to the national election in November.

New England’s abolitionist past hides a darker history of slavery in the region. It’s a legacy that still affects communities across the region, from housing and education to health outcomes for people of color.

As coronavirus cases continue to surge across the country, APM (American Public Media) is exploring the current state of the U.S education in a world of pandemic and racial harassment in higher education. During the hour-long documentaries, APM Reports’ hosts and correspondents will look at some of the pressing issues impacting our education right now, including the ongoing pandemic and the conversation around social injustice.

Join NHPR for the special broadcasts, airing on three consecutive Saturdays beginning September 19.

The broadcast lineup: