All Things Considered

New England Snapshot
4:52 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Beer, Wine Bills Backed By R.I. Farm Breweries And Wineries, But Not Liquor Industry

Right now, in Rhode Island you pretty much have to go to a liquor store to stock up on beer for a dinner party. A few bills under consideration in the General Assembly aim to change that. If passed, the bills would give farmers, who grow crops for beer production, special licenses to sell their craft beers at their farms and at farmer’s markets. These bills are pitting local farmers against the local liquor industry.

All Things Considered
5:49 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Telemedicine Opening New Avenues For New Hampshire Patients And Providers

Proponents say telemedicine consults will allow doctors to treat patients who are in faraway or underserved areas, while limiting costs.
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A growing number of Americans are doing their jobs outside the usual confines of the office. And that includes doctors – the multi-billion dollar telemedicine industry is opening up new avenues for patients and for providers in New Hampshire.

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All Things Considered
4:45 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Online Ads Promise To Help Residents Get Medical Marijuana Cards That Don't Exist Yet

Medical marijuana at a Santa Ana, CA dispensary
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Now that New Hampshire has a law allowing for the use of medicinal marijuana, it might not surprise you to find advertisements about how people can obtain registration cards for the program.

There’s only one catch: there is no such registration card as of yet, and that raises some serious questions about those advertisements and who’s behind them.

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5:17 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

For Nonprofit Fundraising, Could Coffee Shops Be The New Thrift Stores?

The proprietors of City Cafe in Manchester hope their new downtown coffee shop can bring in enough profit to send thousands each month to nonprofit groups.
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Running a business that puts its profits into nonprofits isn't new - but the most common business we see is usually a thrift store.

A new coffeeshop in Manchester, called City Cafe, is using food and drink to boost nonprofit groups.

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New England Snapshot
4:58 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Maine Highway Signs Bill Draws Wide Opposition

Lawmakers in Maine are joining business owners and local officials in speaking out against a bill they say will hurt tourism in towns across the state.

The measure would remove nearly a third of the signs on Maine highways that direct motorists to secondary locations.

Officials with the Maine Department of Transportation and the Maine Turnpike Authority, which support the bill, say the law needs to be changed for Maine's interstates to comply with federal highway sign standards.

New England Snapshot
4:56 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Lack Of Funding Could Halt Vermont Highway Projects

In the past few years, many states, including Vermont, have embarked on hundreds of road and bridge construction projects and most of the projects were paid for with a large amount of federal funds.

But there’s a problem: the Federal Highway Trust Fund is running out of money.

Read or listen to Bob Kinzel's report on VPR's website.

All Things Considered
5:13 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

'Massive' Online Learning Can Sometimes Be Too Massive For Participants

Massive open online courses are one of the big ideas these days in higher education – free college level courses in which anyone with enough time and a decent Internet connection can participate.

And as people have taken part in MOOCs, as they’re called, we’ve learned a lot about what works – and what doesn’t – when it comes to this style of learning.

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5:23 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

A Food Truck Comes To Dartmouth

Dartmouth College - that hallowed, prestigious Ivy League institution of higher learning - is now home to a food truck.

It's known as The Box, and it will serve Mediterranean-style sandwiches, salads and other foods, while giving students at the Tuck School of Business a chance to manage and operate a private, for-profit business.

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New England Snapshot
4:41 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Heroin Addict Rebuilds A Life – With Unexpected Help

Heroin-related arrests and overdoses are climbing across New England, including in small towns that haven’t seen serious IV drug use in decades. But some people are trying desperately to kick the habit.  

A recovering addict in Massachusetts is trying to rebuild his life – with some unexpected help.

Read or listen to Karen Brown's story at New England Public Radio's website.

All Things Considered
5:01 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Why Bitcoin Fascinates New Hampshire Geeks

Look! Shiny (virtual) coins!
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Describing the virtual currency Bitcoin can be challenging. Sometimes the more questions you ask, the more complicated it sounds.

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New England Snapshot
5:27 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Sledding With Vermont's Mushers

Among the people following the recent Iditarod sled dog race closely were the members of the Vermont Mushers Association — people who run sled dogs in the Green Mountain state.

Read or listen to Sage Van Wing's report on Vermont Public Radio's website.

New England Snapshot
5:25 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Security Plans For Boston Marathon Detailed

A year after tragedy rocked one of the signature events of Boston, there will be thousands of people working on security for this year's race.

Read or listen to Deborah Becker's report at WBUR's website.

All Things Considered
5:53 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Emotions And Evidence: Why Pro-Vaccine Pushes May Backfire With Skeptics

Public health officials have a problem. They want more parents to get their kids vaccinated, because there's been a resurgence of dangerous diseases as vaccination rates have dropped.

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New England Snapshot
4:44 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Adrenalin Flows at Maine Arm Wrestling Championships

The ancient sport of arm-wrestling is enjoying a surge in popularity.

A record number of people from across the Northeast - most, but not all of them, bulky males - turned out over the weekend for the Maine State Arm Wrestling Championships at a sports bar in South Portland.

With nearly 150 pumped-up competitors - some of them world champions, some of them beginners - there was no shortage of adrenalin.

New England Snapshot
4:41 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Vermont To Issue Fewer Moose Permits To Boost Numbers

Vermont's Fish and Wildlife board has given preliminary approval for 285 regular season permits and 50 archery permits this year. The regular season number is a 20 percent reduction from 2013.

Read or listen to Steve Zind's report on Vermont Public Radio's website.