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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The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri October 19, 2012

The End of the New Hampshire Advantage?

We look at a new study that suggests that those factors that have made New Hampshire the economic envy of the region, like its low tax burden, higher income levels and steady influx of well educated people may be waning.  And the one time New Hampshire advantage may be a thing of the past. We'll look at the study and see how bad it may be.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Issue of the Week: Social Issues

We continue our “Issue of the Week” election series  as we look at where the candidates for Congress, Governor, and President stand on… social issues, including abortion, contraception, and same-sex marriage. Although these generally rank low on surveys of important issues, they get talked about often. Today we'll look at what the candidates are saying and what role they'll play in this election.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed October 17, 2012

A Look at Ballot Question # 1

Ballot question one asks if New Hampshire should permanently prohibit an income tax?  In next month's election, Granite Staters will have to vote 'yes' or 'no' on this proposed change to the state's constitution. Supporters say this would settle a longstanding debate once and for all. Opponents say it would damage the state's fiscal standing. Today, we're taking a look at the arguments both pro and con to this question and answer any questions you may have before you head to the ballot box.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Overcoming Obesity in the Granite State

Obesity is on the rise here in New  Hampshire, a recent study finds that the U.S. population is gaining too much weight. New Hampshire's numbers are also increasing, with about 26% of Granite Staters now considered obese. Its also predicted that by the year 2030, more than half of this state's population will be obese. Today we'll look at this study and see what can be done to tip the scales in the opposite direction.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Going Thru…Question Two

A proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot this November would give the legislature final say over judicial rules and procedures.  That has some in the legal community incensed over what they consider to be a power grab by the legislature. But others in that same legal community think it simply restores authority appropriately to the people’s representatives.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Issue of the Week: Healthcare

It's not as important to most voters as jobs and the Economy but for many it cracks their top three concerns... what do do with rising health care costs.  The candidates for Governor and Congress have different philosophies as to how do this.  Today our Issue of the Week series continues and we'll look at where the candidates for our state's highest offices stand on health and health care.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Maggie Hassan

She's been a business attorney, a state Senator,  Senate Majority Leader and now the Exeter lawyer, Maggie Hassan wants to be your next Governor.  Hassan defeated Jackie Cilley and Bill Kennedy in the state primary this September to be the Democratic Gubernatorial candidate but still needs to get through her Republican challenger, Manchester attorney, Ovide Lamontagne.  Today we sit down for the hour with Maggie Hassan, talk with her about where she stands on the big issues facing the state and why she says she'd be the best next person to sit in the State House corner office.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed October 10, 2012

A Look Back at our State Debates

Last month, NHPR in partnership with NHPTV, the Union Leader and the NH Business and Industry Association put together three debates on the economy with the Candidates for Governor, and both Congressional districts.  Today we listen back to parts of those debates, look at some of the major themes raised, and pull back the curtain a bit to look at the stories, challenges and process of putting together these debates in our special Power Morning.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue October 9, 2012

What to Make of the Middle Class?

For a long time, 'middle class' meant 'comfortable'.  It was a place to strive for and once there, it meant a stable job, a nice home and secure retirement.  But a recent study by the Pew Research Center describes a 'Lost Decade' of the Middle Class, finding this groups to be fewer, poor and gloomier due to the economic crisis.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon October 8, 2012

1493 (Rebroadcast)

In a new book, author Charles Mann explores what happened in the years after Columbus’s famed voyage to the Americas. He says it altered everything: sparking a new era of globalization and not just in commerce: but radical changes in crops, cultures, and politics. We’ll talk with Mann about this expansive look at this new era and how the world changed after Columbus.

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  • Charles C. Mann - Author of 1493:Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
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The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Bishop Peter Libasci of the Diocese of Manchester

Diocese of Manchester, NH

We sit down with Bishop Peter Libasci, nearly one year after he took over as head of the Diocese of Manchester. We’ll talk with Bishop Libasci about what he hopes to achieve as leader of more than a quarter million New Hampshire Catholics.

The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Reaction to the Presidential Debate in Denver

2012 presidential debate in Denver.
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In Denver, president Obama and republican nominee Mitt Romney faced off in the first of three forums. The focus was domestic policy - from jobs to taxes to federal debt. We're playing back some debate highlights, covering the major themes....and are including your thoughts in our conversation.

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Wayne Lesperance – professor of political science at New England College and director of the Center for Civic Engagement

The Exchange
11:52 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Issue Of The Week – Part 2: Education

Today we find out where the candidates for Congress, Governor, and President stand on.. education.
James Sarmiento Flickr

We continue our “Issue of the Week” election series…and today we find out where the candidates for Congress, Governor, and President stand on.. education. Though all agree on the importance of strong schools and universities, candidates part ways on how to achieve this aim.  We’ll take a look at how they plan to tackle the many educational challenges, from student debt to funding state universities. 

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Danielle Curtis: Education reporter for the Telegraph of Nashua

Sam Evans-Brown: Education and environment reporter for NHPR

The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Parsing Political Advertising

University of Denver via Flickr Creative Commons

The ads are constant, the sums are staggering.  In the presidential race, spending has crossed the half-billion dollar mark.  State races meanwhile have seen an influx of big money from outside groups. The ads have ranged from tough to downright zany, even with zombies making an appearance. We look at the latest commercials and whether they’re effective.

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John Carroll: assistant professor of mass communication at Boston University with a background in advertising and media. His blog is Campaign Outsider.

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The Exchange: Monday: 10/1
4:13 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Gubernatorial Forum on Healthcare

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