Program Alerts

Updates about new and special programming and changes to NHPR's program schedule.

NHPR will be carrying special coverage this week of the public impeachment hearings from Capitol Hill and related programming from NPR. NHPR will carry the hearings in their entirety, available on-air and streaming through

Special coverage begins on Wednesday, November 13, with the following schedule:

This Veterans Day weekend, NHPR will broadcast “Shell Shock 1919: How the Great War Changed Culture.” The program, from WNYC Studios, will explore the long-term cultural impact of the First World War and how it shaped modern art and life.

NHPR will air a new one-hour special program from NPR News looking into the impeachment inquiry around President Donald Trump.

NPR Morning Edition Host Steve Inskeep will host “NPR Special Report: The Impeachment Inquiry Against Donald J. Trump.” The program will air on NHPR on Sunday, November 3 at 11 a.m.


NHPR, Union Leader Collaborate on Live Broadcast

New Hampshire Public Radio, in collaboration with the New Hampshire Union Leader, will broadcast a live debate featuring the candidates in the upcoming mayoral election in Manchester.

In the race to lead New Hampshire’s largest city, incumbent Democrat Joyce Craig is being challenged by former state representative Victoria Sullivan, a Republican.

New Hampshire Public Radio will broadcast live coverage of the CNN/New York Times Democratic Debate on Tuesday, October 15.

Debate coverage from NPR News begins at 8 and is expected to run until approximately 11 p.m. Listeners can tune to NHPR live, or stream the debate from

Audie Cornish will host the broadcast; Political Editor/Correspondent Domenico Montanaro and Political Correspondent Asma Khalid will provide analysis.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is arguably one of the most powerful people in the country. How did he get there? Listen to NHPR on Saturday, October 12, for a special broadcast profiling the six-term Republican from Kentucky. Mitch McConnell: Gaining and Holding Power will air at 4 p.m. Kelly McEvers of NPR’s Embedded podcast will trace the career of McConnell – from his earliest election races, to the influence he’s had over campaign finance reform, to his relationship with President Donald Trump.

Writers On a New England Stage - Replay of 2008 Conversation with Cokie Roberts to Air Thursday, September 19. 

Sara Plourde

Building on a legacy of top-notch political reporting, New Hampshire Public Radio launches its first politics-themed podcast on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Titled “Stranglehold," the podcast explores the history, evolution and continued relevance of the first-in-the-nation status of the New Hampshire primary, while also probing some of the ‘mythology’ around this longstanding political tradition.

Sara Plourde

New Hampshire Public Radio’s award-winning podcast Civics 101 is back for a new season of fresh episodes explaining the basics of U.S. democracy. New episodes will be available for download beginning Tuesday, September 10, and running biweekly through June 9.

Listen to Patient Zero


New Hampshire Public Radio’s latest podcast takes a look at what happens when society confronts the limits of scientific knowledge, through one of the most enigmatic diseases of the 21st Century: Lyme disease.

Weeknight & Weekend Changes to NHPR Program Lineup

Popular podcast Outside/In now to be a weekly radio broadcast

More options for local and national news coverage, and a popular podcast focused on the outdoors come to the airwaves starting this August at New Hampshire Public Radio.

Beginning the week of Monday, August 19, listeners may notice select changes to their listening routines.

Changes to the programming schedule will impact several national and local programs:

The Exchange In-Depth: Exploring Education

Jul 23, 2019

The Exchange is hitting the books just in time for school, with a series on K-12 education airing Mondays from July 29 to Aug. 19.

The Exchange team asked listeners to vote on topics related to K-12 education that have not been explored in depth—with four shows chosen based on listener response. Each episode takes a granular examination of the state’s education at the classroom level.

Full episode guide:

Financial Literacy, airing July 29

New Civics 101 Season: Starter Kit

Jul 11, 2019

The latest season of Civics 101 goes back to the basics, explaining how the government works and how it’s structured. The first two episodes of the Starter Kit season have been released, and four more episodes are in the works.

Independence Day Programming Special

Jun 28, 2019

Rally cries abound with a musical special presented by NPR’s Arts Desk that chronicles America’s evolution through song. NHPR will air American Anthem: The Special on Thursday, July 4.

One of America’s foremost historians, a culinary trailblazer and an up and coming Native American author will discuss recent literary works during a special series of broadcasts on The Exchange.

The week of Monday, July 1 through Friday, July 5, New Hampshire Public Radio will broadcast five recent Writers on a New England Stage events. Recorded at The Historic Theater at The Music Hall in Portsmouth over the past few months, each event features a literary conversation with an NHPR host.


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’s Only in New Hampshire—the ongoing series that seeks to answer questions about life in the Granite State—looks north for its latest exploration, with a series focused on the North Country.

The Only in New Hampshire team traveled north of the Notches to report on the major issues affecting the top of the state. Driven by questions from Granite Staters, the deep-dive reporting project aims to explore the Great North Woods with a look at a shifting economy, information access and the contentious topic of ATVs.

Episode schedule:

Reporters from NHPR and the NPR Politics Podcast will conduct joint interviews with select presidential candidates in the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election. As part of NHPR’s comprehensive coverage of the first-in-the nation New Hampshire Primary, NHPR is teaming up with NPR and Iowa Public Radio for a series of conversations with the candidates – taking place on the ground in both New Hampshire and in Iowa.

A new series created by a team of NHPR reporters, producers and hosts will take a fresh look at stories of New Hampshire women we think we know and those that may have been overlooked. The new series—called Unsung—offers a modern perspective on women’s experiences throughout our state’s history—from female aviators and politicians to musicians and artists.

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.

Image: Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images; Illustration: Chris Tylec

Twenty years after a shocking school shooting at Colorado’s Columbine High School left 12 students and one teacher dead, NHPR presents special coverage looking at the issue of guns in America.

On Saturday, April 20, New Hampshire Public Radio will broadcast part of a collaborative project on pot legalization from fellow public media stations WNYC and Colorado Public Radio.

The joint reporting venture breaks down the implications of legalizing recreational marijuana from two of the states that have such legislation—New York and Colorado. The special—titled Ask a Legal State: A National Conversation About Pot—will examine the legal, political and cultural landscape surrounding legalizing recreational cannabis.

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President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen is testifying before the House Oversight Committee today.

NHPR is airing uninterrupted NPR special coverage of Cohen's complete testimony. Click the "Listen Live" button at the top of this site to listen, or watch live video of the proceedings below.

Scroll down to read the text of Cohen's opening statement, obtained last night by news outlets including NPR.

Watch the hearing:

Governor Christopher Sununu will present his proposed FY 2020-2021 Budget  to lawmakers on Thursday, February 14. NHPR will air the Governor’s address live from the New Hampshire State House.

Programming will begin on NHPR at 10 a.m., with Host Laura Knoy being joined in the NHPR studios by Anna Brown, Director of Research & Analysis at Citizens Count. Listeners will be able to then hear the budget address in its entirety on-air, or can watch the proceedings through Facebook Live.

Special Programming for Black History Month

Jan 23, 2019

New Hampshire Public Radio will air special programming throughout February that honors the history, struggles and triumphs of African Americans.

First implemented in 1976, Black History Month celebrates the lives and accomplishments of notable figures in the civil rights movement and commemorates the challenges African Americans faced to achieve full citizenship in America.

Public radio honors this time of reflection and celebration with programming that shares insights into personal stories from the past and the reverberations from history into present-day society.

Civics 101 launches a new season of podcasts this month by taking a deep dive into the core historical documents our nation was built on – documents and ideals that still resonate today. Civics 101, from New Hampshire Public Radio, serves as a refresher course on the basics of how our democracy works.

Join NHPR on Thursday, January 3, for special coverage of the inauguration of Governor Christopher Sununu. 

Gov. Sununu is beginning his second term as New Hampshire’s chief executive. 

NHPR is expected to begin its broadcast coverage of the Governor’s inaugural address around 11:40 a.m. From the NHPR studios, Host Laura Knoy will be joined by NHPR’s Investigative & Data Reporter Casey McDermott and political analyst Dean Spiliotes. Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers will provide updates from the New Hampshire State House. 

The Exchange: Top Picks of 2018

Dec 19, 2018

New Hampshire Public Radio’s The Exchange will close out a year of terrific programs by broadcasting encores of the top five shows of 2018, chosen by listeners. In addition, The Weekly N.H. News Roundup will reflect on the top stories of the year during the Friday, Dec. 21, program from 9 to 10 a.m.

Five Trips in Five Days, for the Holidays

Dec 18, 2018

Morning Edition on NHPR will rebroadcast five of the top shows from its popular series feature Radio Field Trips during the holiday period around Christmas and New Year’s.  

Merry Listening from NHPR

Nov 27, 2018

New Hampshire Public Radio is offering an extra helping of cheer around the holidays with programming centered on getting into the spirit of the season.

This year, the airwaves will feature some familiar classics as well as some newer offerings from the Capitol Steps and a holiday music round-up featuring NHPR’s Rick Ganley and Emily Quirk.

See NHPR’s full list of special programming below:


Holidays by Request with Rick Ganley and Emily Quirk