Weekend America Voices
Sean Hurley lives with his wife and son in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, where he contributes regularly to New Hampshire Public Radio, sometimes as himself - sometimes as his alter-ego, "Sherwin Sleeves". His fictional podcast "Atoms, Motion & the Void" has been heard on XM Satellite Radio, as well as NHPR and Chicago Public Radio.
Back in 2006, BJ Hill walked across Massachusetts collecting handwritten messages for the Governor in a notebook, which he handed over to Governor Deval Patrick personally. This year, BJ set out to do the same thing on a much larger scale. He's been traversing the country coast to coast collecting messages for the next President of the United States.
I drive along Route 9 as the sun dips behind the mountains. I'm looking for two runners - Nate Sanel and John Lacroix - who are somewhere along this road, on their way to running 124 miles across the state of New Hampshire. Or at least, attempting to do so. When I finally spot them, they're 12 hours and 60 miles into their run - almost half-way done.
Ben Kilham has spent years studying black bears in the forests of New Hampshire. His unorthodox approach to learning how bears live and interact may not earn him respect in the scientific community, but Kilham seems to have a deep personal connection with his bears. Reporter Sean Hurley recently spent some time with Kilham, and among the bears.