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Peter Biello

Host, All Things Considered

Peter Biello is the host of All Things Considered at New Hampshire Public Radio. He has served as a producer and host of Weekend Edition Saturday at Vermont Public Radio and as a reporter/host of Morning Edition at WHQR in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Peter has won several AP awards for his journalism, which has appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered and This American Life. He’s also a fiction writer whose work appears or is forthcoming in Gargoyle, Lowestoft Chronicle, Green Writers Press, and South85 Journal. He’s also the founder of Burlington Writers Workshop, a nonprofit writing workshop based in Burlington, Vermont, and co-founder of Mud Season Review, a literary journal featuring fiction, nonfiction, poetry and visual art that publishes in print annually and online monthly.

Peter lives in Concord, New Hampshire. 

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More than a year into the coronavirus pandemic, doctors and researchers are still trying to learn more about patients who have become known as "long haulers" for continuing to experience health effects long after first showing symptoms.

All Things Considered host Peter Biello spoke with Dr. Jeffrey Parsonnet, an infectious disease physician at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, about what the medical community knows about long-term impacts of COVID-19. Parsonnet is also Associate Professor of Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine.


Last week, in his first prime time address, President Joe Biden condemned "vicious hate crimes against Asian Americans who have been attacked, harassed, blamed, and scapegoated."

Reports of such attacks have become more common since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, which former President Trump often blamed on China.

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New Hampshire Audubon has a new study on the status of the many migratory and local bird species that are commonly found across the state’s varied habitats.

It shows conservation measures that have been effective to improve some species’ populations, as well as the pressures from climate change and human development that threaten others.

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After the 2020 election, New Hampshire Democrats found themselves in an uncomfortable position. They lost their majority in the New Hampshire House, Senate and Executive Council and failed to unseat Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, becoming one of the few State Houses in the country to fall entirely under GOP control. New Hampshire Democrats will elect their party chair this weekend, and in doing so, they'll set the course for their party for the next few years.

Ray Buckley has been chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party for 14 years and he's looking for another term. All Things Considered Host Peter Biello interviewed Buckley ahead of the party contest.

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College students, voting rights advocates and others packed — virtually — into the House Election Law Committee Monday morning to oppose a batch of Republican bills that would, in various ways, make it harder for some people to vote in New Hampshire. NHPR's Casey McDermott spoke with All Things Considered host Peter Biello about the changes up for debate.

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A bill in the New Hampshire House has prompted heated debate over how systemic racism is discussed in the state's public schools.

House Bill 544 would prohibit teaching about so-called divisive concepts such as racism and sexism in public schools and other state funded programs. And so far, much of the conversation has hinged on critical race theory, a field that includes the study of systemic racism and the relationship between law, race and power. All Things Considered Host Peter Biello spoke with Ian Haney López, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Public Law at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, about the legislation. Haney Lopez is a critical race theory scholar.

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An art contest designed to highlight the mental health experiences of children is now open for submissions.

The Magnify Voices 2021 Expressive Arts Contest is seeking short films, creative writing, or other forms of art from New Hampshire middle and high school students through the end of March.

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People who are incarcerated have been particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 outbreaks during this pandemic. New Hampshire's state prison system has been managing several outbreaks over the last few months.

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VA Medical Centers in Manchester, N.H. and White River Junction, Vt. are hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinics this weekend.

Lourdes Aviles

Plymouth State University is launching a bachelor's degree program in climate studies. They say it's the only such program in New Hampshire, and one of the few nationwide.  School leaders say the program will allow students to go deeper into climate science and prepare them for a variety of careers, including in emergency management, conservation, public policy, tourism and science journalism.

Lourdes Aviles is a professor of meteorology and the climate studies program coordinator.  She spoke with NHPR’s Peter Biello about PSU’s hopes for the program.

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Following a week in which tens of thousands of New Hampshire residents were unable to schedule second vaccination appointments, leading to frustration and fingerpointing, the state announced Thursday that it's revamping its COVID-19 vaccination system. NHPR’s Todd Bookman and Peter Biello discussed the latest developments in the effort to deliver vaccinations.


U.S. House lawmakers have introduced one article of impeachment, charging that President Trump is guilty of “inciting an insurrection.” That vote may take place tomorrow, while discussion around encouraging Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment will begin in the House tonight. If the House votes to impeach the president for a second time, the Senate would then have to convict in order to force him from office.

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Things are getting busy again at the New Hampshire State House with the start of the new year. This week, both the Legislature and Gov. Chris Sununu begin new terms against the backdrop of a worsening COVID-19 pandemic. NHPR Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers discussed this with All Things Considered Host Peter Biello.

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COVID-19 is spreading rapidly through the New Hampshire State Prison for Men in Concord. As of Thursday, the state says there are 49 active cases of COVID-19 among inmates and another 16 among staff. The men say they have very little ability to social distance, and because New Hampshire’s prisons only test inmates with symptoms and those who have been in contact with positive cases (unless they are exiting or entering the prison, or live in transitional housing), they’re worried the virus will spread unchecked.

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As we approach the end of a tumultuous year, NHPR is checking in with some of the people we spoke with early on in the pandemic, to see how things have changed. It’s part of a series we’re calling Hindsight.

December has been the deadliest month of the pandemic in New Hampshire. The state reported more than 200 deaths this month so far, and the number of people hospitalized remains more than double where it stood before Thanksgiving. Other states in New England have also seen a surge in COVID-19, leading governors to implement new restrictions in an effort to flatten the curve.

But so far, Gov. Chris Sununu has resisted similar measures in New Hampshire.

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As we approach the end of a tumultuous year, NHPR is checking in with some of the people we spoke with early on in the pandemic, to see how things have changed. It’s part of a series we’re calling "Hindsight.”


As we approach the end of a tumultuous year, NHPR is checking in with some of the people we spoke with early on in the pandemic, to see how things have changed, as part of our Hindsight series.

In the spring, we spoke with Angela Consentino. She’s epidemiologist for the city of Nashua. Recently we spoke about how the year has gone for Nashua.

Peter Biello: So last time we spoke, Angela, we were talking about the first confirmed case of covid-19 in New Hampshire. Now, it's late December. So how has the virus spread through, Nashua?

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The Manchester VA Medical Center is monitoring clusters of cases of COVID-19 among its employees.

In email to staff, Associate Director Julie Vose says the VA's contact tracing linked the clusters to unmasked employees eating and drinking in close proximity to each other.

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Both the U.S. House and Senate have passed a massive pandemic relief bill.The $900 billion package would be the first significant pandemic aid from Washington since the spring.

It includes $600 stimulus payments for millions of Americans, aid for vaccination efforts, and small business loans, among other measures.

The New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton is experiencing one of the deadliest outbreaks of COVID-19 in the state.  As of December 15th, 35 veterans there have died since November 10th. 

Many more are infected, and staff who have been exposed are quarantining to prevent further spread of the virus. 

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As we approach the end of a tumultuous year, NHPR is checking in with people we spoke to early on in the pandemic to see how things have changed. It’s part of a series we’re calling “Hindsight.”

Earlier this year, some doctors feared rural areas would be overwhelmed with too many COVID-19 patients and too few resources. In June, we reported on a study that found rural areas of New Hampshire and Vermont were doing better than expected - but things have changed quite a bit since then. Recently NHPR's Peter Biello spoke again with Dartmouth College Professors Elizabeth Carpenter-Song and Anne Sosin.

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COVID-19 is spreading faster now than it has in any point during this pandemic. And this is not a surprise to infectious disease experts who warned earlier this year that the worst was yet to come.

Among those was Dr. Michael Calderwood, associate chief quality officer at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

He specializes in infectious disease and hospital epidemiology. He joined All Things Considered Host Peter Biello to discuss the pandemic.

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The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire has launched a series of free virtual events highlighting Black poets. It's called "The Black Matter Is Life: Poetry for Engagement and Overcoming" and it's designed to make audiences consider how poetry by African Americans provides tools for healing our nation’s deep racial wounds.

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Many of the federal emergency aid programs implemented earlier this year in response to the pandemic are due to expire at the end of December. New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has been among those working on a compromise plan to extend relief into 2021.

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Last month Governor Chris Sununu put together a council on housing stability, which has been tasked with updating the state's homelessness plan and addressing broader issues with housing affordability and stability.

Among the members chosen for the council is Kadyja Harris of Manchester, who has been homeless. She spoke with NHPR's Peter Biello.

The past few weeks have taken a heavy toll on the New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton. More than 20 veterans have died of COVID-19 there since mid-November, with several more still sick. All Things Considered host Peter Biello spoke with Commandant Peggy Labrecque of the New Hampshire Veterans Home about the situation there.

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New Hampshire's school nurses are among the people on the front lines of the pandemic. Emily Donati began working as a school nurse this year at Lamprey River Elementary School in Raymond. She spoke with NHPR's Peter Biello.

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A new public-private partnership may bring the clinical trial of a dialysis device to the Manchester VA. 

The device, the CVS Kidney Care’s HemoCare Hemodialysis System developed by DEKA research in Manchester, would allow dialysis patients to complete the process at home.

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A Plaistow restaurant is being fined $1,500 for repeatedly failing to comply with the state's coronavirus  guidelines.