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NPR: After Walking Thousands Of Miles, Mink The Bear Is Almost Back Home

State wildlife officials captured a beloved black bear in the small town of Hanover. The bear, nicknamed Mink, had become accustomed to eating garbage and was considered a safety concern. Officials relocated her near the Canadian border. But some residents were sad to see Mink go, and watched with delight as she made her way back over a period of months — traveling thousands of miles across mountains, rivers and highways.

May 2019

Photo: Courtesy of Michael Hinsley


Marketplace: Farming morels, the pricey gourmet mushrooms, is proving elusive

Morels are prized for their taste, but also because they’re difficult to find. In Vermont and New Hampshire, the best farm-to-table restaurants will pay upwards of $20 per pound for the mushrooms. In places like New York City, t’s even higher, more than $30 per pound. That’s why people all over the world have been trying to figure out how to cultivate the mushrooms, with limited success.

July 2018

Photo: James Napoli

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MPR: Woman’s kayaking hobby brings delight at 106

Pat Marble stood on the grassy shore of Island Lake, steadied by her walker. It was a cool summer evening, the last of the day’s sunlight glittering off the water. Next to her on the ground was a bright red kayak. Marble, just a few weeks shy of 107, knew she’d soon be out on the water. But at that moment, the seat seemed a long way down.

July 2019

Photo: James Napoli


NHPR: Unwanted House Guests: Squirrels Wreaking Havoc in Homes Across N.H.

New England squirrel populations have boomed in recent years, fed by a glut of acorns. But this year, food is scarce, and the animals are desperate for something to eat. People are calling wildlife officials in shock, surprised to see squirrels swimming across local lakes and running en masse across highways, in many cases ending up dead before they reach the other side. But something else is happening behind the scenes: squirrels are invading houses as well.

October 2018

Photo: Britta Greene

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NHPR: Finding Quiet in the White Mountains is Hard to Do, But One Man's Trying to Crack the Code

Dennis Follensbee is on a quest to find the quietest spots in the White Mountains. It’s not as straightforward as you might think.

July 2018

Inspired this print New York Times piece shortly after: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/23/us/silence-escapes-noise-pollution-travel.html

Photo: James Napoli