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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.

NHPR continues to bring you the latest on the coronavirus pandemic and its impact in New Hampshire and beyond. Join us later this week for a two-part special on COVID-19, from our public media partners at APM (American Public Media).

“COVID-19: Hard Questions, Real Answers” will feature medical and public health professionals, taking live listener calls from across the country. For both broadcasts, listeners are invited to call in using this number: 800-242-2828.

The program will air live on NHPR Wednesday and Thursday at 2 p.m. 

As part of NHPR’s continuing coverage of key stops on the road to the 2020 U.S. presidential election, NHPR will offer special coverage of the “Big Tuesday” primaries and caucuses on Tuesday, March 10. On that day, voters will go to the polls in Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota and Washington.

Tuesday, March 10

8 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Allegra Boverman

New Hampshire Public Radio and Stay Work Play welcomed hundreds of guests to the annual Rising Stars Awards, held this year at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester on October 17.

NHPR energy, environment and Seacoast reporter Annie Ropeik hosted the popular awards ceremony, which honors outstanding young professionals that help make New Hampshire a great place to stay, work and play. Dynamic New Hampshire companies that support that mission were also honored.

Allegra Boverman for NHPR


Next Forum: Elizabeth Warren on October 30

New Hampshire Public Radio, in collaboration with New Hampshire PBS, is holding series of forums with presidential primary candidates to explore in-depth the issues that impact New Hampshire voters. Forums are open to the public, broadcast on NHPR live, and then broadcast on New Hampshire PBS.  


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.


NHPR is the winner of three first-place awards in a prestigious national journalism competition. Each June, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) honors the best work being done by local public radio stations and journalists across the country.

PRNDI presented nearly 190 awards in numerous categories at its annual banquet, held on Saturday, June 15, in Washington, D.C. 

In Division A, for stations with news staff totaling seven to 15 members, NHPR received three first-place citations: Best Writing, Commentary and Series.

Sara Plourde, NHPR

NHPR presents a one hour music special celebrating May Day, hosted by Producer Emily Quirk. 

We’ll examine American labor history through the lens of roots, blues, Americana, and rock genres spanning the last 100+ years.

This program aired on Friday, May 3 at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, May 5 at 6 p.m.


For many public radio listeners, Morning Edition is a staple part of their days. As they prepare for the workday, the school day or their daily commute, the long running program may be the first encounter they have each day with the latest news and stories from their communities, across the nation and around the world. For 40 years, the signature musical sound of Morning Edition was an iconic theme first composed by BJ Leiderman and later arranged by musician Jim Pugh.

Request for Proposals (Deadline Extended!):


Favorite holiday tunes from listeners, a dose of old-time radio, and special themed programs will deck the airwaves of NHPR this season:

Holidays by Request with Rick & Emily

Are you an Elvis ‘Blue Christmas’ fan or more of an Alvin & The Chipmunks ‘Christmas Song’ connoisseur? New this season from NHPR, Holidays by Request features Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley and Producer Emily Quirk co-hosting an hour of listeners’ favorite holiday tunes. Take a listen and see if your seasonal favorite makes the cut. Broadcast times:

As summer winds down, NHPR gives thanks to our listeners, online readers and supporters who took the time to express their appreciation for public media through their words or actions.

Richard Howard

Irritable ignition? AC on the fritz? Troublesome tire treads?

If you’ve ever encountered any of these problems with your car, chances are that Tom and Ray Magliozzi encountered them as well.

In their distinct Boston accents, the brothers and long-time hosts of Car Talk shared their thoughts and advice with public radio listeners from across the country.

Car Talk began broadcasting on NHPR in 1989, providing New Hampshire listeners with automotive tips, laughs, unexpected moments and fond memories.

via Keene Public Library

Join Laura Knoy for a conversation with a panel of experts discussing the future of libraries in the 21st Century, hosted by the Keene Public Library.

When: Tuesday, March 21 at 6:00 p.m.
The program will begin promptly at 6:10 p.m. Light reception immediately to follow.

Where: Keene Public Library-Heberton Hall, 60 Winter Street, Keene, NH 03431

The event is free to attend, but registration is required. Register here.

State of the Newsroom 2016

Oct 17, 2016

Join us for our 7th annual State of the Newsroom. This special evening is your peek behind the curtain - a chance for you to meet newsroom staff, hear how editorial decisions are made & learn how your support directly impacts the citizens of New Hampshire.

We’d like to take a moment to remember former NHPR President and General Manager Mark Handley, who died recently after battling cancer. Handley will be remembered as the leader who transformed NHPR into a statewide network.

NHPR Events: 35th Anniversary Harvest Dinner

Aug 24, 2016

New Hampshire Public Radio is excited to partner with The Farmers Dinner to present an evening celebrating great local food and great local radio.

Join hosts Laura Knoy, Virginia Prescott, and Sam Evans-Brown at Gould Hill Farm in Contoocook for a delicious farm to table dinner to celebrate NHPR’s 35 years on the air.

News & Brews in Salem

Aug 8, 2016
Sara Plourde / NHPR

News & Brews is heading to Salem for our fourth event in this new series. Join us at Granfanallys Pizza Pub with host Josh Rogers, Senior Political Reporter and Digital Reporter, Casey McDermott.

Paige Sutherland/NHPR

As part of a fellowship with the RIAS Berlin Kommission, NHPR's Paige Sutherland will be traveling around Germany for two weeks - meeting with the country's politicians and policy makers as well as local journalists. The goal of the trip is to better understand how  issues abroad can have an impact on the stories that matter at home in the Granite State. 

Over the course of the fellowship, Paige will be blogging her experiences right here - so bookmark this page and check back to see her photos and find out what she's learned.

News & Brews on the Seacoast

Jun 1, 2016
Sara Plourde|NHPR

News & Brews is heading to Portsmouth for our third event in this new series. Join us at the Portsmouth Brewery with hosts Jason Moon, Seacoast reporter and Emily Corwin, Southern NH reporter.

These informal meet-ups give you a behind the scenes look at what's going on at NHPR right from the reporters themselves. This time Jason Moon and Emily Corwin will give a short talk about what goes into their stories and answer your questions. Be sure to stick around after to chat!

When: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 5:30 pm

Greta Rybus for NHPR

Inspired by host Sam Evans-Brown’s environmental reporting and his passion for the outdoors, New Hampshire Public Radio’s new program Outside/In launches its first season of five hour-long shows on Friday, April 22nd at 3 p.m. The show will air for five weeks and can also be heard on Saturdays at 2 p.m. at Sundays at 10 p.m. 

Sara Plourde, NHPR

Outside/In - Fridays at 2 pm and Saturdays at 3 pm (rebroadcast);  limited run

From NHPR comes an environment show like no other, a show about the natural world and how we use it. Outside/In is inspired by the outdoors, but isn’t just for the outdoorsy. You'll hear about a man possessed by a dock, and one tasked with stirring moose. A town tangling with trees that stink, and one that could well be the model for the electric grid of the future. Tune in for our five-episode debut season, running April 22 through May 21.

As NHPR’s archive intern this summer, my primary responsibility has been to listen back to some of the station’s oldest audio. I take copious notes about the stories I hear – and when I find one especially interesting, it gets shared on our blog.

Two northern New England news organizations have received a national Edward R. Murrow Award for overall excellence from an organization representing local and network journalists in broadcasting, cable and digital media in more than 30 countries.

The awards for New Hampshire Public Radio in Concord and Free Press Media in Burlington, Vermont, were announced Wednesday by the Radio Television Digital News Association.

Meet Peter Biello, the new voice of NHPR's "All Things Considered." Peter comes to NHPR from Vermont Public Radio, where he worked as a producer and announcer. Before working at VPR, Peter was Morning Edition host at WHQR in Wilmington, N.C.

If you're worried about missing Brady Carlson, don't fret! Brady has taken on a new role at NHPR; he'll be reporting on business and the economy for NHPR News and will host Weekend Edition on NHPR.

NHPR Staff

Do you like the music you hear between segments on Word of Mouth? You can listen to it again on Spotify. Check out and add Word of Mouth's playlist, which we update each week with the latest music we're using on the program.

NHPR's Trivia Smackdown 2015

Jan 16, 2015
Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Update: Event photos and winners...

NHPR's held the third annual Trivia Smackdown 2015 is on April 3 at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord.  28 competed this year answering four rounds of trivia questions, hosted by the one and only Trivia Guru, Phil Kliger.  

And this year's winners? None other than our defending champions two years running...The Defenders!

Check out the slideshow of this year's event:

Word Of Mouth's Official Condiment Questionnaire

Jan 6, 2015
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UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who submitted answers to our questionnaire. We'll leave it up in case some of you haven't had a chance to submit. Here's a link to the answers we've received so far: Questionnaire Results.

Overview of Results: These don't include the results of our panel.

Ketchup: Heinz or Hunts?

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Curious what special programming we're bringing you this year from NPR, APM, and more? The full schedule - from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day - is below.


Thursday, November 27

9:00 AM     Giving Thanks: A Celebration of Fall, Food, and Gratitude

With music and stories for Thanksgiving, host John Birge creates a thoughtful, contemporary reflection on the meaning of the holiday.

2:00-4:00 PM     Best of the Best: The 2014 Third Coast Festival Broadcast

The Rising Stars Awards are an initiative of Stay Work Play, in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio, to celebrate and recognize New Hampshire’s remarkable young professionals and college students, initiatives to keep them here, and the businesses and programs that go the extra mile to recruit and retain them.

Save the date for the event - October 6, 2014 - and get your tickets today!

There are six awards: