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NPR Story
9:53 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Mount Washington Observatory: Ultimate Zombie Fortress?

: Map by Steve Bushey and Angela Faeth, with added notes by Taylor Quimby

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 4:20 pm

In 1934, a weather observer stationed at the peak of Mount Washington recorded a, then record, wind gust of 231 miles per hour. As a point of reference, that’s in the same neighborhood as an F5 tornado.

Even on hot summer day, conditions at the peak can drop below freezing in a matter of minutes – which is just one reason more than 135 people have died in the shadow of Mount Washington since 1859.

And yet, Mount Washington isn’t just Home of the World’s Worst Weather--as a sign at the summit famously boasts--it’s also home to a weather station, where a team of researchers are able to safely live year-round.

Which begs the question: would the Mount Washington Observatory be the perfect place to survive a zombie apocalypse?

Listen to this radio story to find out:

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Endangered historic places
4:43 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Among Maine's Most Endangered Historic Places: An Entire Downtown

YARMOUTH, Maine - An historic Midcoast mansion, a town post office, city clock towers, and an entire Maine downtown: Those are among the eight items Maine Preservation has included in its 17th annual list of Maine's Most Endangered Historic Places.

Maine Preservation Executive Director Greg Paxton says these places face a variety of threats and, often, demolition. But he says there are also broader themes, such as what the future holds for entire downtown areas.

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Arts and Culture
9:17 am
Mon October 20, 2014

City Approval Sought for Portland Music Festival

PORTLAND, Maine — A broadcasting company is seeking permission from the city of Portland for an all-day music festival at the Eastern Promenade.

Townsquare Media Portland — which owns 15 radio stations — is expected to ask the City Council on Monday to approve a festival for next August.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the artists would be selected soon after the city approves closing off part of the Eastern Prom.

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Arts and Culture
1:48 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Maine Calling to Broadcast Annual Gift Guide Live 11/7 from SPACE Gallery

This year, on Friday November 7th, we are taking our annual Maine Calling Holiday Gift Guide Show on the road and turning it into a live event showcasing over a dozen Maine artisans and businesses and their wares.

Host Jennifer Rooks and the Maine Calling crew will broadcast live from the SPACE Gallery at 538 Congress St. in Portland and discuss holiday gift giving and the abundance of locally made gifts with Alex Steed, Bangor Daily News blogger and founding partner at Knack Factory, and Laura Serino, digital editor of Down East Magazine.

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Arts and Culture
10:17 am
Fri October 17, 2014

'In Blind Sight' Documentary Captures Life Without Sight

A 10-minute preview of a film called "In Blind Sight" will debut later today at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. Ben Frost, director of legal and public affairs for New Hampshire Housing, said he was inspired after hearing Claudia Folska, who is featured in the film, and invited her to keynote a conference of planners.

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