Stranglehold

Sara Plourde

With less than two months to go before New Hampshire voters cast their votes in the first-in-the-nation primary, NHPR offers special broadcasts of our Stranglehold podcast during the holiday week.

Stranglehold takes an in-depth look at the New Hampshire primary – past and present – probing the mythology, key players and history of a powerful state institution.

Sara Plourde / NHPR

With New Hampshire well into the swing of the presidential primary season, a new podcast from NHPR explores how the state has kept hold of its first-in-the-nation primary status.

It's called Stranglehold, and the first episode is out now. It's called "The Guardian," and it examines the role of Secretary of State Bill Gardner, the man who's been called the "Guardian" of the New Hampshire primary for decades.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Stranglehold co-hosts Lauren Chooljian and Jack Rodolico about the new podcast, which will run right up to the 2020 presidential primary.