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
Fri November 16, 2012

What the Fiscal Cliff Could Mean for NH

Now that the elections are over, It’s now the number one topic on Capitol Hill. If the parties can’t agree on debt reduction, we’ll see tax increases and spending cuts that many predict could slide us into recession. In New Hampshire, thousands of jobs are said to be on the line. We’ll talk about efforts to avoid this, why some say going over the cliff may not be as damaging as feared and what each scenario could mean for the Granite State.

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9:00 am
Thu November 15, 2012

The Fate of New Hampshire's Forests

New Hampshire is the second most forested state in the country, but according to our guest today, UNH Professor and Ecologist, Scott Olinger, our forests face serious challenges from climate change to invasive species.  Today on the Exchange, we're looking at what's happening to our trees, what cane be done to protect them and the environmental significance of our forests.

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9:04 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Live In Keene with Dayton Duncan (Rebroadcast)

If you don't know the name, Dayton Duncan, you'll most likely be familiar with his work. He's an award winning writer and filmmaker who has been Ken Burn's right hand man for decades. The two have collaborated on multi-hour films on topics that have ranged from Lewis and Clark to the Civil War to Baseball to our National Parks. Last Fall, I spoke with Duncan before a live audience in Keene about his long time collaboration with filmmaker Ken Burns, what it takes to put together these multi-hour collaborations and gained some insights on some of his latest projects. 

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8:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Crunching Last Night's Election Results

It was a big night for Democrats and for women in New Hampshire last night.  Nationally President Barack Obama won a second term over Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.   In the Granite State, Maggie Hassan was voted as our state's new Governor and Carol Shea Porter and Ann McLane Kuster won the seats for the Congressional District 1 and 2 respectively.  In the State House and Senate, there are still some races that need to be settled but it looks like Republican hold majorities in both the State House and Senate. Today we crunch the numbers.

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9:00 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Constitutionally Speaking…about voting!

We look at what our nation’s most important document, the Constitution, says and doesn’t say about elections. There’s some debate over who should write the rules, the federal or state governments, also who exactly can cast a ballot and if voting is a right or a privilege.  We’ll talk with those involved in new civics program called “Constitutionally speaking”. 

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9:00 am
Sat November 3, 2012

What final election questions do you have?

We answer any final questions you have before you go to vote.  From debates, to political ads to stories and shows on NHPR, you’ve been given a lot of information, but maybe there’s a topic you haven’t heard much about or that one question that may sway you to one side or another. Today a panel of experts joins us to give you any final information you need before Election day.

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9:00 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Second District Congressional Candidate Ann McLane Kuster

We sit down with Second District Congressional candidate Ann McLane Kuster.  The Hopkinton Democrat is trying for a second time to unseat Republican Charlie Bass.  The two part ways on just about every major issue, from health care to federal debt and Kuster has tried to chip away at the moderate image Bass projects while he has calls her a partisan liberal.  Today we talk with Ann McLane Kuster on the issues and why she says she's the best next person for the job.

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9:00 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Issue of the Week: The Economy

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Our issue of the week series concludes with economic policy.  No matter who wins office both nationally and in New Hampshire, they’ll face enormous budget challenges from the so-called “fiscal cliff” in Washington to tax and spending decisions in the Granite State.  And these actions will affect the broader economy.  We’ll look at the candidates’ positions.  

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9:00 am
Tue October 30, 2012

An Update on Hurricane Sandy

We bring you an update on Hurricane Sandy and its impact on the Granite State and the region.   The Northeast is expecting major damage from a confluence of enormous weather events.  We’ll hear from emergency officials, power companies, reporters in bordering states and your stories as well.

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  • Sam Evans Brown - Reporter for NHPR who is covering Hurricane Sandy's progress.

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9:00 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Ovide Lamontagne

Manchester attorney Ovide Lamontagne is making his second bid for the state’s corner office with a campaign based on low taxes, small government, and conservative values.  We’ll talk with Mr. LaMontagne about his stance on the issues from health care to economic development and his major differences with his democratic opponent Maggie Hassan.

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Ovide Lamontagne - Manchester Attorney and Republican Gubernatorial candidate

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9:00 am
Fri October 26, 2012

High Hopes Over Housing

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Sale prices are up for the first time in two years.  Also, foreclosure activity has leveled off and mortgage rates are at rock bottom.  But with the economy still uncertain, some wonder if this good fortune will be short-lived or, if the real estate sector could lead the economy into better times.

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10:00 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Issue of the Week: Foreign Policy

Our issue of the week series continues with a look at where the candidates stand on Foreign Policy!  Eight years ago, it was a front-and-center issue in our national elections., but now, it has more of a backseat role.  Still, the Presidential contenders did dig into it this week, in a major debate, and New Hampshire’s congressional candidates have offered their opinions as well.  We'll look at where the similarities and differences are between the candidates on the issue of foreign policy.

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9:00 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Taking the Temperature of the North Country Economy

Mixed news has recently come from the top part of our state.  The long awaited prison in Berlin is now open, and the popular ATV park is expanding, but unemployment there is higher than the state average and in recent months has gone up. We’ll look at the economic hopes and challenges for the North Country.

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Charlie Jordan - editor of The Colebrook Chronicle

Edith Tucker - reporter for The Coos County Democrat and The Berlin Reporter

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10:00 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Recapping the Presidential Debates!

After last night President Obama and Governor Romney have squared off three times along with one event starring the VP candidates.  Lots of issues have been covered from the economy to foreign policy and many times the tone was contentious.  We’ll look at who won these debates…who may have received a 'bump' from them and how we’ll continue to hear the themes that were raised up until election day. 

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9:17 am
Mon October 22, 2012

NH 2nd Congressional District Republican Candidate Charlie Bass

We sit down with The 2nd Congressional District Republican candidate Charlie Bass. He served in Congress for twelve years but was defeated in two thousand seven under the Democratic wave…but two years ago he won his seat back in a close race against Democrat Ann McClane Kuster. Now Kuster is challenging him again in another tight race.. We’ll talk with Charlie Bass on where he stands on the issues and why he says he deserves another term

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