We will withhold final judgment until we hear the finished product, but based on the name and short promotional clip, it sure sounds like New Hampshire Public Radio won’t be heaping much praise on the New Hampshire Presidential Primary in an upcoming series.

That would be unfortunate, given the primary’s rich history and positive role; and a bit of a head-scratcher, given how much NHPR itself gains from its association with the first-in-the-nation primary.

Perhaps it is just an attempt at sensationalizing and hype to attract listeners, but that isn’t exactly the standard that public radio holds out as its brand.

But what else to make of the upcoming podcast that has been entitled “Stranglehold?”

Its summary: “How one small state got its hands around our presidential elections. Now it won’t let go.”

Besides scatalogical references that we doubt would make it onto its airwaves, NHPR promises a “different” story than the one in which the New Hampshire primary is held out as an example of democracy at its finest, a place where presidential candidates actually meet voters.

Instead, the promo says, this will be a story about power and how a state that is smaller and “way whiter” than most states wishes to “cling to tradition.”

Ahh, like certain voters are said to “cling” to their guns and religion, perhaps?

Oh, well, It may prove instructive for its listeners, and underwriters, to hear what the station really thinks about New Hampshire and our primary.

Sunday, August 02, 2020
Friday, July 31, 2020
Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Mark Hayward’s City Matters column on Monday told of a push by some in the university mathematics community “to boycott working with police departments.” Some of these mathematicians had helped develop computer systems used by police departments.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

With much of the nation still in flames from the COVID-19 pandemic, now is not the time to end the emergency power Gov. Chris Sununu invoked last spring. He has used it wisely and adroitly, in stark contrast to the federal government, which through incompetence and inattention has contribute…

Friday, July 24, 2020

It’s clear that more than a few Exeter residents, as well as other lovers of history, don’t like a plan that would remove the celebrated Ioka Theatre sign from the side of the building. Indeed, the town Historic District Commission has voted, 3 to 2, to prohibit the new owners from so doing.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

It isn’t surprising that a state survey shows an overwhelming majority of parents and teachers want a return to classroom education if that is possible in September. Making that possible must be a top priority for all involved.

Sunday, July 19, 2020
Friday, July 17, 2020

We take most surveys with a grain of salt. The firm WalletHub seems to churn them out by the bushel. A recent one didn’t include New Hampshire, for instance, as among the most “independent” of states. We ranked 16th, although the survey acknowledged our lowest-in-the-nation poverty rate.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Sunday, July 12, 2020

Civics education being what it is these days, we are not at all sure if many public school students know that New Hampshire was one of America’s original 13 colonies. No matter. The way things are progressing, the very term “colony” may soon be expunged from whatever history books remain extant.