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
Wed January 2, 2013

NHPR President and CEO, Betsy Gardella

We sit down with NHPR president and CEO Betsy Gardella. In addition to leading this public radio station, Gardella also serves on NPR’s board of directors and has been active in discussions about the future of public-broadcast funding. We’ll talk with her about that, as well as a new broadcast schedule, additions to our newsroom and new opportunities for our website and mobile app.

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  • Betsy Gardella - President and CEO for New Hampshire Public Radio
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9:00 am
Tue January 1, 2013

An Exit Interview: With Governor John Lynch (rebroadcast)

We sit with New Hampshire Governor John Lynch, as he prepares to leave the state’s “corner office”. We’ll look back with him, at his achievements, his challenges, and what advice he’d impart to Governor-elect Maggie Hassan. Our broadcast is in partnership with New Hampshire Public Television.

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  • Governor John Lynch - New Hampshire's 80th. Governor
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9:00 am
Tue January 1, 2013

Ben Kilham's "Out On A Limb"

Kirk from Wolfeboro

In his book, New Hampshire’s Ben Kilham describes what he has learned in his twenty years studying these creatures.   Contrary to their image as solitary and not-that-intelligent, Kilham finds bears capable of altruism, and cooperation. He even finds them possess a complex communication system, as well as social  behaviors that at times look a lot like ours.

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9:00 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Wind Power Takes A New Turn In The Granite State (Rebroadcast)

A proposed wind farm in the Newfound Lake area has once again raised familiar themes in New Hampshire: A desire for the Granite state to use more clean energy, versus local concerns over property values, as well as impacts on the environment and tourism. We’ll re-examine these arguments in light of this new proposal.

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8:00 am
Thu December 27, 2012

America, Beyond Our Means (Rebroadcast)

We talk to the author of a new book who says that Americans spend too much, save too little and borrow excessively and that we might look to countries in Europe and East Asia, where governments encourage thrift and saving rates are much higher. We’ll examine the financial habits of people on three continents over two centuries and what we might learn from it.

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  • Sheldon Garon - Professor of History at Princeton University and author of “Beyond Our Means: Why America Spends While the World Saves”
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9:00 am
Wed December 26, 2012

A New Environmental Conundrum! (Rebroadcast)

In a new book, author David Owen exposes the complexities of what it means to truly be “green”.  He says supposedly earth-friendly ideas like hybrid cars or solar panels create efficiencies which allow us to consume more!   Efficiency, Owen says, once considered the Holy Grail of our environmental problems, turns out to be part of the problem! 

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8:00 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Public Universities Ponder Their Future

New Hampshire’s University system has faced huge cuts in recent years, a story repeated nationwide to the point where some suggest these institutions consider privatizing or loosening ties with government. Others argue though that public centers of higher learning are a vital public good. We’ll look at the debate here and new national research.

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8:53 am
Thu December 20, 2012

A Review of Vatican Two

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Fifty years ago, more than two thousand bishops, under Pope John Paul the 23rd, set a new course for the Catholic Church, addressing its inner workings but also its role with the world, fostering friendly relations with other religions, for example. But to this day, some feel the Church has yet to fulfill the promise of Vatican Two, while others have downplayed its message - or say that the second Vatican council went too far.

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8:00 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Foreign Policy…In President Obama’s Second Term

In two-thousand-eight, Iraq and Afghanistan were still the major focus, but as those conflicts wind down, other hotspots are emerging…from Syria to North Korea to Iran to Al Qaeda in Northern Africa.  We’ll examine these new foreign policy challenges and how they may play out over the next four years.

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8:00 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Solving Our Math Problems

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The latest round of international testing shows mediocre results for American students, compared with many other countries.  Meanwhile, states including New Hampshire are adopting a more rigorous approach, and the Granite State is also considering more math coursework in high school. We’ll explore what’s in store for math students.

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9:00 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Granite Staters Reflect on the Newtown School Shootings

Days after one of the most deadly school shootings in history many Granite Staters remain numbed, scared and angry. How could something like this happen... again? How could someone be that cold to kill innocent first grade children?  What can be done so this doesn't ever happen in the Granite State, or anywhere else? Today get your thoughts, questions and suggestions?

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8:58 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Moving Ahead Under The Affordable Care Act

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Following President Obama’s reelection and the U.S. Supreme Court’s affirmation of much of the Affordable Care Act, the gears are in motion to implement this law 2014. We’re talking with lawmakers and health care experts about aspects of Medicaid expansion and health exchanges, major parts of the new law now being debated in the Granite State.

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9:00 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Bishop Gene Robinson: Straight Talk about Gay Marriage

Nearly ten years ago Vicky Gene Robinson made international news by being the first openly gay person elected Bishop of an Episcopal Diocese. The action divided the church and Robinson made more headlines for being gay, than being Bishop.  Now as he prepares to step down after nearly a decade of service, he's out with a new book.  In God Believes in Love , Robinson tries to answer ten questions "frequently asked by those trying to understand if gay marriage is truly a just and righteous path for our states, our country and our world.  Today Bishop Gene Robinson joins us to talk ab

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4:00 am
Wed December 12, 2012

National Security Expert Tim Naftali, On Presidential Power and International Threats.

Fifty years after the Cuban Missile Crisis, National Security expert, Tim Naftali examines how Presidents facing extreme global crises have handled them and how their approach has changed, given new technology, and a twenty-four hour news cycle.  We’ll look back a half-century ago...through current concerns about Iran and Syria.

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10:00 am
Mon December 10, 2012

An Astronomy Update

The Voyager Two spacecraft that was  launched in the late seventies reaches the very edges of our solar system. Ice has been found on Mercury. A planet has been found orbiting our closest star, and the Gemini meteor shower in mid-December is expected to impress. We’ll look at the most out of this world stories happening in space.

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