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Tourism is New Hampshire’s second-largest industry–if you combine the state’s smart manufacturing and high technology sectors (SMHT). It’s also a clear point of intersection between government and industry, with the state maintaining a number of parks, campgrounds, and historical sites, and nearby businesses in turn catering to visitors’ needs. Given this close relationship, the state provides funding to market New Hampshire to potential tourists. Some of the heaviest marketing efforts are concentrated in Boston, Philadelphia and New York City. Canadian tourists, especially Quebeçois, also make up a sizable number of New Hampshire’s visitors. From the business perspective, “tourism” is a broad term. It encompasses hotels, resorts, restaurants, retail, and arts and entertainment, among other things. So while statewide reports may indicate overall restaurant or retail sales are up or down, the story might be very different in New Hampshire’s main tourism communities. For these places, weather, gas prices, currency exchange rates, and whether they draw visitors for outdoor activities, site-seeing, or shopping could all be factors.Summary provided by StateImpact NH

7.21.15: Gun Control, An End To Isolation, & Greek Tourism

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Just a few years ago, marriage equality seemed dead in the water. Now the players are running a victory lap. Today, we learn how gun control activists are now recruiting ideas and people from the gay marriage movement. Then, one of the most isolated communities in the world is about to become a lot more social when their first airport opens next year, but the change may not be welcome. And, summer vacation season is in full swing with tourists jet setting all over the world. But what happens when the place you’re visiting is in the midst of a global financial crisis? We’ll speak to a man traveling to Greece this week to find out how he’s planning to pack.

Listen to the full show. 

Gun Control

Lisa Miller is a contributing editor at New York Magazine where she wrote about how the gun control movement is borrowing tactics from the marriage equality playbook. 

Gun Control

Above the Law

Early in the twentieth century, the Los Angeles police department was one of the most corrupt in America. But in 1950, a new police chief entered the scene with the intent to put that all behind them and make policing an honorable profession.  Backstory producer Nina Earnest brought us the story. 

You can listen to this story again at PRX.org

An End to Isolation

The tiny island of Saint Helena remains one of the most inaccessible places on earth, but that is about to change as a British government-funded airport opens in the spring of 2016. Filmmaker Dieter Deswarte made two short films about life on the island for the BBC and he’s currently working on a feature-length documentary about life on the island.

An End to Isolation

Greek Tourism

Stef Kotsonis is a radio producer living in Boston. He spoke to us about how the Greek financial crisis is, or isn’t, affecting the tourism industry, which made up 17 percent of Greece’s GDP in 2014.

Greek Tourism

Underwater Greenhouses

Robert Gebelhoff wrote about underwater greenhouses for the Washington Post’s “Speaking of Science” blog. 

Underwater Greenhouses

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