Laura Knoy

Host, The Exchange

Laura is well known in New Hampshire for her in-depth coverage of important issues and is widely regarded for her interviews with presidential hopefuls. Laura is a graduate of Keene High School in New Hampshire. Prior to hosting The Exchange, Laura worked in public radio in Washington, D.C. as a local reporter and announcer for WAMU and as a newscaster for NPR. Before her radio career, she was a researcher for USA Today's "Money" section, and a research assistant at the Institute for International Economics. Laura occasionally guest hosts national programs such as The Diane Rehm Show and Here and Now. In 2007 Laura was named New Hampshire Broadcaster of the Year by the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters.

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9:00 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Can Stay Work Play Save The Day?

Started in 2009, Stay Work Play is an initiative aimed at attracting and retaining young adults in the Granite State.  But New Hampshire’s demographic is still among the oldest in the nation.We’ll look at this effort and how it’s going, also what obstacles those who want to “stay, work, and play” face, from high housing costs to lack of nightlife. 

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9:00 am
Wed May 15, 2013

An Alarming Rise In Food Allergies

A recent report by the Center for Disease Control shows a huge jump in the number of American kids with food and skin allergies. Some are so severe, they’re life-threatening.  There are several theories about why this is happening, including the proliferation of anti-bacterial soaps.  We’ll talk about that, and why advances in treatment has been so frustratingly slow. 

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8:44 am
Tue May 14, 2013

A Roundtable Of Granite State Muslims

Following the Boston Marathon bombings many Muslims in New England said they felt under scrutiny once again as reports of the attackers links to extreme Islamic ideology emerged. We’ll talk with Muslims here in New Hampshire about what kind of conversations are going on within their own communities, as well as the perceptions they encounter from others.

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9:00 am
Mon May 13, 2013

An Update On New Hampshire's Economy

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As the national economic mood picks up will New Hampshire join the party?  U.S. unemployment is tracking downward, the stock market is going up, and housing trends look strong in many parts of the country. Meanwhile, here in the Granite State, the recovery’s been steady but lackluster. We’ll look at where the economic promise and perils may be found, moving forward.  

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9:00 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Friday NH News Roundup - Week Of May 6

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Today on The Exchange, it's our Friday New Hampshire News Roundup. We're looking at some of the top stories of the week, from the one public hearing held on the state Senate's budget, to the House's hard look at the Senate casino bill, and the removal of "grow your own" policy from the medical marijuana bill.

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Kevin Landrigan - Longtime political reporter for the Telegraph of Nashua.

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9:00 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Rising Worries Over Syria

This week, U.S. concerns over the civil war in Syria escalated with talk of chemical weapons and the real fear that the conflict could spill over in the broader Middle East including Israel.  Now there’s debate in Washington about how this country should respond what the so-called “red-line is” and whether the Americans public is willing to cross it. 

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9:00 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Another Look At Social Security

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Social In-security!  President Obama has said he’s willing to make changes in the nation’s safety-net system for the elderly…as part of overall efforts to reduce the debt.  But he’s getting lots of criticism for it…especially from his liberal base.  We’ll examine the President’s ideas….including a controversial proposal to use a new measure of inflation called “chained CPI”.

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8:30 am
Tue May 7, 2013

"Constitutionally Speaking"…About The Fourth Amendment

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Our founding fathers established this right to be “secure against unreasonable search and seizure” but how far should that right extend?   In the age of terrorism, how broad should police surveillance powers be...in the interest of public safety?  And how do past debates shape our understanding of this amendment today?

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9:00 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Snob Zones

In her new book, journalist Lisa Prevost examines the long history of policies she says have led to a lack of affordable housing in many New England towns. Prevost argues this “snob zoning” harms not only those who might need a reasonably-priced place to live, but also the very communities that fight against these developments as well.

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Lisa Prevost - freelance journalist specializing in housing and real estate and author of Snob Zones:  Fear Prejudice, and Real Estate

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9:00 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Our Friday NH News Roundup - Week of April 29th

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At the Statehouse, debates continue over the budget and expanded gambling.  A May Day rally in Concord takes place, for immigrant and worker rights.  New Hampshire U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte explains her votes on gun control.  And Granite Staters remember the Old Man of the Mountain ten years after he fell. We'll look at the top New Hampshire News Stories for the week of April 29th.

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9:00 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Tom Burack: NH's Commissioner Of Environmental Services

We sit down with New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Commissioner Thomas Burack.  The state’s environment has seen some hopeful trends recently, particularly when it comes to air quality. The story changes, however, when it comes to our lakes and coastal waters. We’ll get an update on what’s been working in addressing these issues, and what still needs to be done.

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  • Tom Burack - New Hampshire Commissioner for Environmental Services
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9:00 am
Wed May 1, 2013

The Federal Income Tax Turns One-Hundred

Americans recently completed that annual ritual, when they file their returns to Uncle Sam.  But over the century of this tax, there’s been lots of debate on its effectiveness and fairness. and a few states, including New Hampshire have decided not to do this at the state level.  We’ll look at the history of the income tax and how it’s evolved.

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9:00 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Reverse Innovation (Rebroadcast)

A new book by a Dartmouth professor explores the changing world of advances in technology, medicine, and marketing and the greater role that developing nations are playing. More and more, innovations are occurring in poorer countries, then exported to wealthy nations, turning traditional patterns on their head. We’ll hear some examples, and why our guest says this could benefit everyone.

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9:00 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Revisiting Voter ID

Today on The Exchange, revisiting New Hampshire's Voter ID laws. With stricter ID provisions ready to kick in at the polls this September, a new house bill looks to pull back on these requirements. Supporters cite disproportionate toll on certain groups of voters, such as minorities and the elderly, while opponents voice concerns about potential fraud. We're talking to both sides of this issue, taking place not only in the Granite State, but states across the country.

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4:00 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Understanding Autism

The numbers have been growing dramatically to the point where today one in eighty-eight children is identified with an autism spectrum disorder. Now new research suggests that some of these kids may outgrow this diagnosis. We’ll look at that and at the impact of autism, how it’s treated, and what the future may hold.

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