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 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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9:00 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Our Annual Holiday Books Show

Michael Herrmann (L) & Dan Chartrand in the studio
Sara Plourde, NHPR

It's our annual Holiday Books Show!   Several major biographies are out, including Joseph Kennedy and Thomas Jefferson.  Also fiction fans are raving over new releases from Louise Erdrich and Gillian Flynn.  We’ll find out what the big reads might be under you Christmas Tree! 

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8:00 am
Fri December 7, 2012

A New Chapter in New Hampshire’s Death Penalty Debate.

Court proceedings wrapped up recently in the state’s only Capital Punishment case, meanwhile a new Governor and Legislature could re-examine our death penalty statute.  We’ll find out how Granite Staters on both sides of this argument might be gearing up for another look at death sentencing. 

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8:00 am
Thu December 6, 2012

The Vermont Yankee Debate Heats Up!

The nuclear power plant on the banks of the Connecticut River has been touted as a renewable energy source and criticized for its safety record. In recent months, both supporters and opponents have been turning out in force to debate the plant’s economic, environmental, and safety impacts, as legal battles continue in both federal and state arenas.

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John Dillon - Reporter for Vermont Public Radio.

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8:00 am
Wed December 5, 2012

The Lynch Legacy

In just a few weeks, the Governor steps down, after eight years in office.  We’ll talk with a roundtable of Granite Staters about his handling of everything from the economy to education to the environment.   We’ll also look at the “Lynch Style”…a low-key approach to governing that was, at times criticized as a lack of leadership.

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Josh Rogers – Statehouse Reporter for NHPR

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8:00 am
Tue December 4, 2012

An Exit Interview: With Governor John Lynch

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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8:00 am
Mon December 3, 2012

The Church and State Debate

Many use the First Amendment to argue their notion of religious liberty, which is defined as both freedom from government involvement in religion and freedom to practice one’s faith.  But disagreements abound over these matters, whether it’s prayer at public meetings, polling places at churches, or substituting the term “holiday” for Christmas. Today, experts on both sides debate church and state.

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9:00 am
Fri November 30, 2012

The Mortal Sea

In a new book, UNH professor Jeffrey Bolster argues the North Atlantic, for all its vastness and power, is deeply vulnerable.and has suffered cycles of over fishing for centuries, with each new method of fishing causing stocks to decline.  We’ll look back at this history…and what it might teach us about restoring our oceans to health.

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W. Jeffrey Bolster - UNH Professor and author of the new book "The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail""

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9:00 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Wind Power Takes A New Turn In The Granite State

Wind farm being built in Groton, NH
Credit Donna Hiltz / NHPR

A proposed wind farm in the Newfound lake area has once again raised familiar themes in New Hampsire:  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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9:00 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Will the Medical Marijuana Debate Return to the Granite State?

The rest of New England now allows use of marijuana for certain health conditions.  And with a Governor-elect saying she’s open to the idea here….supporters are feeling hopeful.  But opponents still have many concerns, among them: that medical marijuana would be hard to control, encouraging use by those who aren’t even sick. 

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9:00 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Granite Staters Reflect on Middle East Turmoil.

For weeks, Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza have traded rocket fire and air-strikes, and now, even though there’s currently a cease-fire, relations are still tense. We’ll talk with New Hampshire residents connected to both sides in this conflic and get their thoughts and what they’re hearing from friends and family in the region.

 

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10:00 am
Sat November 24, 2012

The Impact of “Citizens United” on the 2012 Elections

Early on, predictions were that this twenty-ten U.S. Supreme Court decision would lead outside groups to play an outsized role in our elections, by allowing unlimited political spending.  But now, some question how big an impact Citizens United really had.  We’ll look at this debate in New Hampshire. 

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9:00 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Remembering Warren Rudman

The former Republican U.S. Senator from New Hampshire died Monday night, at age eighty-two.  For decades, Rudman was a prominent voice in New Hampshire and National politics…on deficit reduction, homeland security, and campaign finance.  We’ll look back at his long career with Granite Staters who knew him.

Click here to listen to Warren Rudman's featured appearance on the Exchange during our 25 in 25 series back in 2007.

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3:59 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

25 In 25: U.S. Senator Warren Rudman

President Ronald Reagan speaking to Senator Warren Rudman in the oval office, 1986.
Credit Carol M. Highsmith / Library Of Congress Prints & Photographs Collection

In 2007, The Exchange ran a special series taking a look at 25 influential people in the Granite State, 25 In 25. As part of that series, we spoke to former U.S. Senator for New Hampshire Warren Rudman. We are reposting this episode as a special memorial, following Senator Rudman's death on Monday, November 19th.

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