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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4:00 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

UNH President, Mark Huddleston

After years of dealing with state budget cuts, now UNH President Mark Huddleston is hoping his school will receive more funding.  We’ll talk about that as well as pressure on him to keep costs down, in light of burgeoning student. We’ll also cover some major ongoing initiatives at UNH including a focus on sustainability.

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Dr. Mark Huddleston - President of the University of New Hampshire

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9:00 am
Mon March 25, 2013

The Government Vs. Obesity

Mayor Bloomberg’s attempt to ban super-sized sugary drinks in New York City was thwarted by a judge recently, but he plans to appeal.  Its brought up the question, once again, of how much of a role should government play in the fight against obesity. Supporters of this approach say it's such a serious problem that government needs to get involved, but others say these efforts amount to a nanny state and  that personal responsibility is the best approach.

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4:00 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

March 22nd New Hampshire News Roundup

NH Attorney General Michael Delaney announced this week he’s stepping down

Attorney General Michael Delaney announced this week he’s stepping down. Meanwhile, the New Hampshire House has been a hive of activity” with votes in favor of medical marijuana and a higher tobacco tax…while soundly rejecting one casino gambling bill. Will check in with those stories and others that happened in the Granite State this week with a new weekly feature on our show, the New Hampshire News Roundup.

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Josh Rogers - NHPR’s State House reporter, Senior Political Reporter and Editor

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4:00 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Diagnosing Depression

A recent article in the Concord Monitor outlines the often-hidden but serious problem of this mental illness. An estimated one-in-ten Americans have this disease and have to deal with not only the symptoms, but managing the health care system and the stigma around depression. We’ll look at this issue and how it’s addressed in New Hampshire. 



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4:00 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Examining the Expansion of Medicaid

Although the Supreme Court upheld most of the Affordable Care Act, it said states could choose whether to expand Medicaid. Supporters say doing so helps low income Americans gain coverage and boosts the economy. Critics warn it’s government overreach and is simply unaffordable. We’ll get New Hampshire’s take on this debate.

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8:51 am
Tue March 19, 2013

New Hampshire Veterans - On The Iraq War’s Tenth Anniversary

In March of 2003, the U.S. began air strikes in what officials said would be a short war. Eight years later, our forces pulled out with a death toll of more than 4000 Americans and 100,000 Iraqis.  We’ll talk with Granite Staters who served in Iraq, what they experienced and their reflections a decade later.

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8:11 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Checking Up On Child Abuse In New Hampshire

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A leading expert finds a large drop in these cases and suggests likely factors include improved prevention and treatment programs. But there are several ways to interpret these numbers, and in some cases, they don’t match up with what child advocates see in the courts and elsewhere.  We’ll take a new look at this longstanding issue.

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12:02 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Next Week On The Exchange - March 18th, 2013

Next week on the Exchange, we begin with a new look at an old problem: preventing child abuse; then, on the tenth anniversary of the Iraq war, we sit down with Granite State veterans of that conflict and get their outlook on the war a decade after it began; and later, should New Hampshire expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act? We'll talk with lawmakers on both sides of this issue.

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9:00 am
Fri March 15, 2013

New Hampshire News Roundup

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Friday on the Exchange, a news roundup. We’ll look at some of the big happenings in the statehouse over the past week. These include votes on arming teachers, increasing the speed limit on I93, and legalizing marijuana. We’ll find out what happened and also get a quick overview of some of the big themes from town meetings this year.

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9:00 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Handling Panhandlers

City Councilors in Concord are considering more restrictive laws about panhandling. Local police are seeing an increased amount of people asking for money and some residents are saying the panhandlers can be aggressive in their approach. But not everyone is on board- some suggest that this ordinance could be a violation of their First amendment rights and that the real focus should be getting the poor and homeless employed and back on their feet. We'll look at this debate.

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9:00 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Grappling Over The Gas Tax

On Thursday, a House Committee with once again look at a bill for a 15 cent increase in New Hampshire's gas tax.  Supporters say it's high time, the tax hasn't been raised in more than 2 decades and NH's roads and bridges are in serious need of repair.  Opponents however say that this amounts to a 1 billion dollar tax on Granite Staters at a time when the state is recovery slowly from the recession. We'll hear from both sides of this debate.

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9:00 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Drifting Toward 'Downshifting'

A new report from the NH Center for Public Policy Studies shows that one of the biggest challenges facing cities and towns in the Granite State is reductions in state aid, while the demand for public services remains high.  This is even more amplified during our town meeting season as residents sort out what they can truly afford.  But some lawmakers argue that local control means local responsibility for funding these services.  We'll explore the arguments around this debate.

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9:00 am
Mon March 11, 2013

New Hampshire Health and Human Service Commissioner Nick Toumpas

Today we sit down with New Hampshire's Health and Human Services Commissioner, Nick Toumpas.  After many years of budget cutting, Toumpas may see some funds restored to his budget... from mental health to children in need of services.  Also, he's working on figuring put what the Affordable Care Act could mean for his department, with the 2014 deadline of full-implementation looming.  We'll talk to him about that and take your calls and emails as well.

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4:00 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Next week on the Exchange - March 11th, 2013

Next week on the Exchange, we begin with Health and Human Services Commissioner, Nick Toumpas and looking at the latest issues he's working on from Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act to improving mental health services in the state.  Then, as we enter town meeting season, we look at a recent report showing the impact of 'downshifting' of cost from state, to country to town. And New Hampshire fuels up over a debate on the Gas Tax.  

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9:00 am
Fri March 8, 2013

New Hampshire Reporter Roundtable

A lot of news is happening in New Hampshire this week.  At the Statehouse there have been votes on if New  Hampshire should expand gambling, also a tussle on the gas tax and the House is looking to increase the cigarette tax.  Also members of the House Finance Committee are about to hit the road to get the reaction of Granite Staters on the Governor's budget and New Hampshire lost a entrepreneur and philanthropist this week, Manchester's May Gruber. We'll talk about the biggest stories this week in New Hampshire with a roundtable of reporters.

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