Sam Evans-Brown

Transcript STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: Many states want to increase the amount of electricity that comes from wind and solar energy. One challenge is that renewables are not reliable. The wind doesn't always blow, the sun doesn't always shine. So companies are now trying to develop better ways to store energy. New Hampshire Public Radio's Sam Evans-Brown reports on a company that is working on a storage system that uses compressed air. SAM EVANS-BROWN, BYLINE: It's pretty easy to see how energy...

A lot of Americans are struggling to lose a whole lot of weight, and they try all kinds of crazy things. Ernest Gagnon — a man from Billerica, Mass. — decided to shed pounds by getting into the often intense, high-adrenaline sport of cyclocross: racing road bikes on obstacle courses. Two years ago, Gagnon tipped the scales at 570 pounds. He was depressed and embarrassed to leave the house. "Being as big as I was, I really felt like I didn't belong anywhere," Gagnon says. "I was stuck in my...

If there is one thing that the mobile-computing era has made clear, it's that kids love touch screens. Because those touch screens — smartphones, iPads, Kindles and the like — are an inevitable added distraction to the classroom, schools across the country are struggling to deal with the growing prevalence of the technology. But a growing number of schools are embracing these hand-held, Internet-ready devices by creating policies that put them to use in the classroom. For three years, Oyster...

Transcript ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel. Athletes all over the country are competing to secure their places on the Summer Olympics team. At the same time, Winter Olympians are doing what they can to stay in shape. For cross-country skiers, that means roller skiing. New Hampshire Public Radio's Sam Evans-Brown reports roller skiing has become a competition sport in its own right. SAM EVANS-BROWN, BYLINE: The words roller skiing bring a...