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1.20.16: Granite Steps, Margaret Chase Smith for President, & What Happened to the Ozone Hole?

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When it comes to the players and intrigues of primary politics, Fergus Cullen, has plenty of stories. On today’s show, the former chair of the New Hampshire Republican Party dishes on some key moments of primaries past.

Plus, a look back at the first woman from a major party to run for President - Margaret Chase Smith.

And we'll remember an environmental issue that dominated the headlines decades before climate change was on the radar.

Whatever happened to the hole in the ozone, and other stories from a not-so-bygone-era.

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Fergus Cullen: Granite Steps

Fergus Cullen is the Executive Vice President at the Center for Research and Public Policy and the author of Granite Steps: Stumbles, Surprises, and Successes Along the New Hampshire Primary Trail.

Fergus Cullen: Granite Steps

Margaret Chase Smith: Cold Warrior in Pearls

In 1964, Republican Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. Won the New Hampshire Primary - though it was Barry Goldwater who eventually won his party's nomination for President.  Running against both of them was Margaret Chase Smith, the first woman from a major party to run for president. This profile of Senator Smith comes to us from producers Joe Richman and Samara Freemark of Radio Diaries.

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What Ever Happened to That Hole in the Ozone?

Erin Blakemore blogs daily for and wrote about what happened to the ozone hole.

"The Ozone Hole Was Super Scary, So What Happened To It?"

What Ever Happened to That Hole in the Ozone?

The Post Billiards Age

Our next story also answers a question about our environmental history - one you may have never thought to ask.  When and why were plastics first invented?  Roman Mars of the podcast 99% Invisible has the surprising story behind one of today's most ubiquitous materials.

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