New Hampshire’s U.S. Route 4 is a common east-west roadway for thousands of commuters, day trippers and residents who live along its path. The NHPR newsroom will take a closer look at this numbered highway as part of a summer feature series beginning Thursday, June 27.
Extending for 106 miles and stretching from the Vermont border in West Lebanon to near the Maine border in Portsmouth, the road passes through forests and fields, past lakes and rivers, and through small towns and bigger cities.
“This highway travels across the heart of New Hampshire, and for many years was the only way to get from one side of the state to the other. We knew there were rich stories to tell about New Hampshire’s changing economy through the businesses along Route 4, and new ways to look at the state’s culture, history and communities through a focus on this highway,” says NHPR’s Managing Editor, Cori Princell.
The first story will air Thursday, 6/27, taking listeners on a Route 4 road trip with Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley and Producer Mary McIntyre, in Rick’s Mustang convertible. Other stories will look at:
- The stretch of Route 4 known as “Antique Alley” near the towns of Northwood, Lee, Epsom and Chichester
- Road dangers and safety of rural roadways
- New and old businesses, including challenges facing rural economies
- How cultural hubs are keeping communities together as commuting patterns change
On the web, short videos and photos will complement the on-air reports.
The newsroom has asked listeners to participate in the series by sharing their experiences on Route 4 and asking questions. Listeners can submit their thoughts here:
WHERE TO FIND EXPLORING ROUTE 4:
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Starting June 27, Exploring Route 4 will air Thursdays during Morning Edition on NHPR (5 to 9 a.m.)
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