This New Hampshire Life

Ira Glass looks at divisive politics – in particular, New Hampshire politics. The show thanks a lot of familiar names: Gene Chandler, Philip Galanes, Elizabeth Garrett, Jessica Garrett Mills, Christine Hamm, Shawn Jasper, Corey Lewandowski, Terie Norelli, Robert Rowe, Amy Silver Judd and Tony Soltani.

Bill O’Brien doesn’t get a thank you. But he appears to be the subject of the episode.

It’s on at 4PM today (Saturday), NHPR.

12 Responses to This New Hampshire Life

  1. SethCohn November 4, 2012 at 12:52 am #

  2. Mike Caulfield November 4, 2012 at 1:19 am #
  3. political chowder November 4, 2012 at 3:18 am #

    Wisconsin sounds sane compared to us.
    The only thing Sarah Koenig missed in her This American Life piece was that the racist, Romney pit bull, John Sununu orchestrated the dramatic political shift in 2010…the national audience sadly knows our former Governor all too well.

    • Ray Buckley November 5, 2012 at 10:18 pm #

      When I got done listening I also wondered why none of what Sununu did in public and behind the scenes to create this sewer was exposed. He is most certainly the father of this entire mess.

  4. Dean Barker November 4, 2012 at 4:37 am #

    On the eve of the election, a reminder of the hell this state has gone through over the past two years.

    Vote. Them. Out.

    And God Bless Susan Emerson.

  5. TimothyHorrigan November 4, 2012 at 5:38 am #

    State Senate candidate Josh Youssef’s house petition is covered, with a minute or so of soundbites— but he is identified only as “this man.”  I don’t actually appear in the piece, but I am quoted extensively about 46 minutes through the 60-minute episode.

  6. Paul Twomey November 4, 2012 at 6:00 am #
  7. Dean Barker November 4, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

    The show can’t be faulted, given how much it says about two years in such a short time, but one incredibly low-hanging fruit was not mentioned – that on the first day of the biennium, O’Brien and Bettencourt moved to expel an elected representative for the crime of working for a political party.

    • elwood November 4, 2012 at 4:45 pm #
  8. political chowder November 4, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

    ….that Ken Burns would love his state enough to do a documentary untangling and describing, as TAL just started, the unraveling of politics, civil society and basic respect that began with the Free Staters and Amer. for Prosperity targeting NH, the return of Sununu as Party Leader, the election of O’Brien as speaker, the removal of Party Chair Kimball and of course the insanity of the last two years ending with the corrosive money in the 2012 election. If not Ken maybe someone can write the movie script and get it in front of Ben Affleck. This story has it all: money, cheating, abuse, crying, bullying, sex (can I use Bettencourt for this, sort of, because of his now wife and O’Brien aide), censoring, guns, and of course big corporations and unions. Got casting ideas? How about Danny Devito as speaker…a little too round and too short but he would adore the part.

    • Tim C. November 5, 2012 at 8:36 am #

      A little old, and the face isn’t the best match, but he already has the Rain Man inflection down pat.

  9. BurtCohen November 5, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

    O’Brien henchman Al Baldassaro was yelling at me on the audio. Yes, I did point out that he was a liar.

    Not on the sound piece was that he came right up, chest to chest against me, yelling at me: Get out of my face! Ever present cigarette blowing of course.

    Not pleasant people.  

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