7.23.14: N.H.'s Hidden Treasures, Casual Dining Wars, And Gross America

Jul 23, 2014

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New Hampshire bills itself as having a terrain for all seasons – the mountains offer climbing and skiing, the forests shelter innumerable hiking trails, and the lakes and rivers draw people in summer and winter alike. We speak with Lucie Bryar about some the state’s best spots for exploring. And, casual dining chains have been experimenting in extreme discounts. We take a look at the logic behind it and speak with one reporter who put these policies to the test. Then, in case you’ve run out of vacation ideas, we have a list of America’s ickiest attractions.

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New Hampshire's Quiet Waters and Back Roads

Many people know their favorite spot to get away from it all, here in the Granite State. But there are other, older stories behind places we bike, hike or drive past every day.  Lucie Bryar is author of Exploring Southern New Hampshire: History and Nature on Back Roads and Quiet Waters, who joined us to tell us more about some of the state’s best kept secrets.

Dining Wars

Maureen Morrison is a staff writer for Ad Age, who covers the fast food industry. She joined us to shed some light on the marketing philosophy behind the aggressive discount model and the origins of the casual dining price war that’s taking over casual chain restaurants.

And In That Moment the Appetizers Were Infinite

In light of TGI Friday’s endless appetizer promotion many people are asking: is there an end to the endless appetizers? The short answer is no…a very painful no. Producer Zach Nugent got the full story when he spoke with Gawker writer Caity Weaver about her article “My 14-Hour Search For the End of the TGI Friday’s Endless Appetizers.”

Gross America

Richard Faulk is author of Gross America: Your Coast-to-Coast Guide of All Things Gross in which he compiled a list of the United States’ ickiest attractions. We spoke to him in 2012 – and started by asking about his criteria for the book, when seeking out grossness.