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
Tue February 12, 2013

Revising RGGI

Under RGGI, or the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, power-plants in nine Northeastern states, including New Hampshire, have had to cap carbon emissions for the past four years.  Now, RGGI officials want to lower the caps, making utilities tighten up more, but there’s opposition to this in New Hampshire. We look at the arguments and what may happen next!

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Grant Bosse - Lead Investigator for the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy.

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9:08 am
Mon February 11, 2013

N.H. Gambling Debate Continues

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It's another roll of the dice for gambling in the Granite State. This year, there are again proposals to expand gambling here, a perennial debate in our legislature.  But the House traditionally opposes these bills, and they’ve never become law. Now, though, supporters feel they’ve finally been dealt a good hang, given Governor Hassan’s stated support for some type of expansion.


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Lou D’Allesandro – Democratic state senator from Manchester who has sponsored many gambling proposals.

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4:00 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Next Week On The Exchange

Next week on The Exchange, we begin with the latest bills to expand gambling in New Hampshire. Supporters believe the cards may be finally right for their cause, given Governor Maggie Hassan’s support for some type of increased gambling. Later, we’ll hear highlights from President Obama’s State of the Union address and get your reaction. And we’ll end the week with the ins and outs of Governor Hassan’s budget.

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7:45 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Granite Staters React To Egypt

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A roundtable of Granite Staters with ties to Egypt gives us their thoughts about the recent unrest in that country, and its difficult transition to a new government, after popular protests toppled the Mubarak regime two years ago.  We’ll also find out what they’re hearing from friends and family in Egypt and hear their hopes and concerns for Egypt’s future.

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8:37 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Naked Statistics

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Statistics without the struggle:  In a new book, Dartmouth professor Charles Wheelan explains how to make sense of the proliferation of data in this digital age….a task he calls “fascinating” and even “fun”!  Wheelan also points out the pitfalls -- how research can be skewed by biased parties. We’ll study up on the state of statistics.

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Charles Wheelan -  Professor at Dartmouth College, author of the international best-seller Naked Economics and the new Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data

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8:34 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Asymmetric Warfare

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Asymmetric warfare. It’s defined by a disparity between warring sides, where one is more powerful than the other, and many not involve nations at all, like in the U.S. “War on Terror.”  It’s also about using tactics which allow the weaker opponent to get the upper hand, from hijackings to cyber-attacks. We look at this growing type of warfare…and its impact on U.S. foreign and military policy.

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9:04 am
Mon February 4, 2013

How Is New Hampshire Housing?

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At the start of a New Year, some numbers look good -- sales are steadily going up and prices are recovering.  But there are also less hopeful signs -- foreclosures remain a stubborn problem and new construction is slow.  We’ll take a look at the housing picture here in the Granite State.

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Brian Gottlob - Principal of Policon Research, an agency focusing on economic and public policy issues.

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9:00 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Roe V. Wade: 40 Years Later, A NH Take

It’s been forty years since the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade legalized abortion.  Over the decades, abortion policy in the Granite State has fluctuated between lighter and tighter restrictions on abortion.  Thursday on the Exchange, we’ll look at where this issue stands in our state today…and where it may go.

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Susan Arnold - Chair of NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire

Fran Wendleboe - Assistant Secretary of the NH Republican State Committee, Former Republican Representative from New Hampton

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4:00 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Lawrence Korb: National Security On A Budget

As the U.S. emerges from a decade of war and a Great Recession, defense expert and former Reagan Pentagon official Lawrence Korb says we can and should cut our military spending. We’ll get his ideas on how to do so as the country faces evolving threats, including nuclear proliferation, cyber-attacks, and new faces of terrorism. Today we talk to Lawrence Korb about how he says you do national security and foreign policy on a budget.

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9:00 am
Tue January 29, 2013

New Hampshire Transportation Commissioner, Christopher Clement

Today, we sit down  with the Department of Transportation Commissioner, Christopher Clement, covering everything from road and toll projects to ways of funding transportation improvements and taking a look at what Commissioner Clement hopes to accomplish in 2013.

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Christopher Clement - Commissioner of the NH Department of Transportation

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10:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

New Hampshire Commissioner Of Corrections, William Wrenn

2013 is a year in which New Hampshire Commissioner of Corrections, William Wrenn will face some considerable challenges.  Facilities are packed, jobs have been cut, there's the on going problem of recidivism, and a huge debate over the privatization or partial privatization of prisons.  Add to that, a lawsuit filed last August against the State suggesting that women inmates aren't receiving the same treatment and access to services as their male counterparts.  Today we sit down with Commissioner Wrenn about this and take your calls.

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9:00 am
Fri January 25, 2013

One Granite State Doctor “Calls Foul” Against Football (Rebroadcast)

Paul Butler is a former football player himself, but says the evidence now shows the game is too dangerous for young people and their developing brains. Butler called for a ban on the sport in his hometown. But many say his concerns go overboard and that it’s a hard sell to interfere with America’s second favorite pastime. We'll hear from both sides of this debate.

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4:00 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Resurrecting The Railroad Debate in the Granite State

New Hampshire is looking at whether to accept federal funds to once again study whether passenger and freight trains make sense for the state.  But many of the same concerns are coming up again:  that New Hampshire doesn’t have enough people who would ride the rails to justify the enormous cost.  We'll revisit this debate.

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9:00 am
Wed January 23, 2013

The Privacy Paradox

As technology advances, our private lives more and more enter the public domain, causing some to call for more laws protecting our personal lives. Others say privacy is not so easily defined and warn against restricting the free flow of information.  We’ll look at this debate, and several bills in the State Legislature tightening up privacy laws.

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9:00 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Reading Between The Lines Of President Obama's Inauguration Speech

Yesterday, President Barack Obama took his second oath of office for his second term and outlined his vision for the next four years.  Obama borrowed heavily from the Constitution in his speech and gave a hefty nod to Dr. Martin Luther King on his observed birthday.  Now the work begins.  We'll play excerpts of his speech and try to read between the lines as to what Obama hopes his second term may accomplish.

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