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Thirty-Eight: The Hurricane That Transformed New England

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A new book by Stephen Long describes how this giant storm transformed the New England landscape and seared itself into the memory of its people.  We’ll delve into just how big it was, the wide-ranging impacts, including how the hurricane created public works projects and developed new thinking around forestry. We'll also talk about preparation for the next inevitable great storm.

  This program was originally broadcast on 4/11/16.


  • Stephen Long, author of Thirty-Eight: The Hurricane that Transformed New England  
  • Stuart Wallace, professor of history at New Hampshire Technical Institute

Watch the short film, 'Shock Troops of Disaster' produced by the federal government about the WPA's role in cleanup after the hurricane:

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