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Program Alerts

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

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

On a day for family, friends and feasting, NHPR is your perfect Thanksgiving holiday soundtrack.

Programs that celebrate the spirit of gratitude, the culinary arts, and the magic of storytelling will be on offer throughout the day. Here’s the banquet of public radio highlights to be heard:

9 to 10 a.m. The Science of Gratitude

Sara Plourde


New Hampshire Public Radio’s Election Day coverage will include field reporting from reporters across the state, in-studio analysis and commentary, and ongoing digital updates.

NHPR continues to explore in-depth the candidates and issues that impact voters this midterm election, taking a broader look at the forces that shape our politics: the impact of money in politics, changing voter demographics, and questions around voter access and residency requirements, among other topics.   

NPR Midterm Elections Coverage Plan

Nov 2, 2018

New Hampshire Public Radio will broadcast midterm elections coverage from National Public Radio Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Beginning at 8 p.m., NHPR airwaves will bring listeners reporting from NPR’s political correspondents. Ailsa Change, Ari Shapiro, Michel Martin, Sam Sanders and Sarah McCammon will host interviews with reporters throughout the night while the NPR politics team will offer results and analysis.

Digital Coverage:

New Hampshire Public Radio’s newsroom continues to report on how opioid usage is impacting individuals, communities and the collective public health throughout New Hampshire. Starting Monday, Sept. 17, a five-part series titled "Taking a Toll" and airing on Morning Edition will focus specifically on how the crisis is affecting the state’s youth.

NHPR N.H. State Primary Elections Coverage

Sep 6, 2018

New Hampshire Public Radio’s newsroom will offer comprehensive coverage of the Sept. 11 state primary elections.

On that Tuesday, voters across the state will cast their ballots for the Democratic gubernatorial candidates as well as their choices for the first congressional district and the second congressional district. Laura Knoy will host the special coverage from the NHPR studios in Concord. NHPR reporters will be in the field or in-studio providing analysis. At the website, a live blog will provide up-to-the minute reporting on the races.

NHPR to Air Kavanaugh Senate Hearings

Sep 4, 2018

New Hampshire Public Radio will broadcast the Senate confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh, beginning today.

National Public Radio will provide coverage of the hearings in their entirety starting Tuesday, Sept. 4. NHPR will broadcast NPR’s coverage each morning and rejoin NHPR’s programming—already in progress—once the court takes its recess each afternoon.

New Hampshire Public Radio will air coverage of John McCain’s memorial service from the Washington National Cathedral in the nation’s capital on Saturday, Sept. 1.

National Public Radio will provide live, anchored reporting of the entire service, which will be broadcast during Weekend Edition Saturday on NHPR. Coverage starts at 10 a.m. with host and Congressional Correspondent Scott Detrow. White House Correspondent Scott Horsley will join Detrow in-studio, and Kelsey Snell, NPR Congressional Reporter, will report from the National Cathedral.