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New Hampshire's First in the Nation Presidential Primary turns 100 years old in 2016. Discover some of the people, places and stories behind that history through these audio and digital stories from NHPR.

2.9.16: A History of the NH Primary & Intelligence and Parenthood

Logan Shannon

When it comes to the players and intrigues of primary politics, Fergus Cullen, has plenty of stories. On today’s show we celebrate election day with the former chair of the New Hampshire Republican Party. He'll dish on some key moments of primaries past, And explain what he thinks makes New Hampshire voters tick.

Plus, we'll remember the campaign of Margaret Chase Smith, the first woman from a major party to run for president, in 1964.

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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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Who Decides Who Gets to be a Parent?

Lisa Miller is a contributing editor to New York Magazine where she wrote the article, “Who Knows Best.”    

Who Decides Who Gets to be a Parent?

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