While people tend not to know much about New Hampshire, when it comes to presidential politics, the small state tucked into northern New England has some clout.
For the better part of the past week, all eyes have been focused on the 42nd most populous state, which holds its primary Tuesday. But who are the voters there, who play such a critical role in selecting the nation's next leader?
It's pretty easy to identify the classic stereotypes most outsiders associate with New Hampshire. Just ask long-time resident Earl Wingate:
Republican candidates are battling in New Hampshire this weekend, ahead of Tuesday's make-or-break primary election. With six main candidates still in the race, a main point of contention among them is, "Who's the REAL conservative?" Andrea Seabrook
Captain Mark Kelly hugs his wife, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) at the White House in October.
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People pay their respects at a makeshift memorial outside Giffords' Tucson office a day after the shooting.
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Members of Congress and their staff gather on the steps of the House of Representatives on Jan. 10 for a national moment of silence to honor the shooting victims.
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Kelly holds Giffords' hand in her hospital room at University Medical Center in Tucson on Jan. 11.
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President Obama hugs Kelly during a memorial service, "Together We Thrive: Tucson and America," at the McKale Memorial Center in Tucson on Jan. 12.
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Kelly was mission commander for the final flight of the space shuttle Endeavour. The shuttle launched May 16 on a 16-day mission.
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Patricia Maisch (right), who helped disarm Loughner, embraces Georgia Lerner, whose mother died in the shooting. Maisch testified on Capitol Hill in support of a bill to strengthen background checks for people who buy firearms.
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Kelly hugs his wife after receiving the Legion of Merit from Vice President Joe Biden during a retirement ceremony on Oct. 6.
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Giffords was shot in the head during an event to meet constituents in Tucson, Ariz., on Jan. 8, 2011. Six people were killed and 13 wounded in the attack.
From 'Weekend Edition Saturday': An Emotional Year After The Tucson Shooting
The people of Tucson, Ariz., are commemorating the one-year anniversary of the shooting that claimed six lives and left 13 people wounded, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). As NPR's Ted Robbins reports, community-wide events are scheduled all weekend:
Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:
Pamela Adlon: From 'Hill' Kid To 'Californication' The veteran voice-over actress, who played 12-year-old Bobby Hill on Fox's animated comedy King of the Hill, now co-stars in the raunchy Showtime drama.
Rick Santorum (right) was put on one end of the candidates, Jon Huntsman (far left) on the other during a Nov. 12 televised debate in South Carolina. During the debate, Huntsman complained about being "a little lonely over here in Siberia," and Santorum responded: "Tell me about it."
Rick Santorum has complained about being disregarded during a string of Republican presidential debates. The former Pennsylvania senator has a point (more on that in a moment), but likely won't for long: He should be at the center of attention during a pair of televised debates this weekend that lead into the New Hampshire primary.
Serenity Wyatt, 8, and her mother, April Duenas, attend the 28th annual powwow held by California State University, Northridge.
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Rae Marie Martinez moved to Los Angeles with her family when she was 8 years old. She once struggled with alcoholism and an abusive relationship, but now coordinates a domestic violence program for other American Indians.
On the edge of downtown Los Angeles, Rae Marie Martinez looks for familiar landmarks. The 60-something grandmother turns in a slow circle and shakes her head. In 1957, she still had long braids and wore long dresses.
People made fun of her back then. "I remember they used to kick my heels all the way to school," Martinez says.
An effort to halt public benefits for undocumented students in California hit a snag Friday. As Bob Hensley of Capital Public Radio reports for NPR News, a petition to get the issue on the state ballot has failed:
Supporters of a proposed ballot initiative to rescind a law providing financial aid for California students who are illegally living in the state came up more than 55,000 signatures short.
So when the law goes into effect next year, it will allow undocumented students enrolled at public universities to apply for state loans and scholarships.
Now the story about one woman's effort to bring attention to the invisible wounds of war. The playwright Kate Wenner says she was stunned by investigations that showed thousands of U.S. troops were coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan with traumatic brain injuries and didn't receive the help they need. So Ms. Wenner decided to raise awareness through art. She's written a play about troops with traumatic brain injuries.
NPR's Daniel Zwerdling went to a production and has this report.
This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. The number of people applying for unemployment benefits has been dropping around the country as the new year begins. Companies are laying off fewer workers, and hiring may be picking up. The U.S. Labor Department reported yesterday that the unemployment rate is now 8.5 percent, the lowest level in almost three years.