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 August 31, 2012

The Righteous Mind (REBROADCAST)

In a new book, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores how we reach different moral judgments about the same issue. Haidt says we join groups to reinforce these judgments, and this "groupishness" contributed to the survival of our species, but it has also been cause for fierce divisiveness. Haidt says there’s another option: mutual understanding and respect.

Related links:

www.RighteousMind.com to learn more about the book

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9:00 am
Thu August 30, 2012

New Hampshire Republicans at the GOP Convention

2012 RNC

The presence of the Granite State has already been felt in Tampa -  an address from U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, a speech from Hudson business owner Jack Gilchrist,  and the endorsement of our First in the Nation primary status.  We’ll talk with New Hampshire Republicans attending the convention about their take on major speeches, Mitt Romney’s candidacy, and the GOP platform.

Guests:

Beverly Bruce, State Finance Chair of the Mitt Romney for President campaign in New Hampshire.

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9:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Civics for Citizenship

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One goal of our schools is to prepare young people to become informed and engaged citizens. Yet there is growing concern that students are not being prepared to participate in democracy, to learn from the historical actions of American government, or – critically - to understand the U.S. Constitution. We’ll take a look at efforts to address this here in New Hampshire.

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10:00 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Jackie Cilley

Jackie Cilley
Courtney Cania NHPR

Our coverage of the New Hampshire Gubernatorial primary continues with Democrat Jackie Cilley.  A former State Representative, Senator and UNH Business Professor, Cilley has been vocal about not taking the traditional anti-tax pledge.  We’ll talk with her about that, and other issues in this primary campaign, including why she thinks she's the best choice for Democrats this fall.

Guests

Jackie Cilley - Former State Representative, Senator, UNH Business Professor and current Democratic Candidate for Governor

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9:00 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Kevin Smith

Republican gubernatorial candidate, Kevin Smith
Courtney Cania NHPR

We continue our coverage of the New Hampshire gubernatorial primary, with Republican Kevin Smith.  A former State Representative and lobbyist, Smith is a social and fiscal conservative, emphasizing in this race his plans to improve the state’s business climate.  We’ll get his stance on that and other issues including why he thinks he’s the best choice for Republicans this fall.

Guest

  • Kevin Smith -  Former State Representative, Lobbyist and Republican Gubernatorial Candidate.
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9:00 am
Tue August 21, 2012

On the Road, with Cars and Bicycles

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It’s been an uneasy relationship, with cyclists saying cars rule the roads, and drivers saying cyclists flout the law. In recent years, these groups have made some headway when it comes to relations, with more bike lanes and more education on avoiding collisions. But conflicts still flare up and many say there’s still plenty of room for improvement.  

Guests:

Larry Keniston: Intermodal Facilities Engineer, Rail and Transit Bureau, N.H. Department of Transportation.

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8:51 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash (REBROADCAST)

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We talk with Pulitzer Prize winning author Edward Humes about his new book, Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash. Americans are at the top of the heap for producing waste: over 100 tons per person in a lifetime.

Humes explores why we make so much garbage, the environmental and economic impact of trash…and why he believes this is a problem ordinary people can fix.

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9:00 am
Fri August 17, 2012

The Future of Social Security

Today we talk with Associated Press reporter Stephen Ohlemacher, who has been examining the issues surrounding Social Security through a multi-part newspaper series.  It's an often controversial topic that has been nearly untouched in recent political talk.  Today we examine Social Security -- the challenges it faces and what some propose to do about it.

Guest:

Stephen Olemacher - Reporter for The Associated Press. 

Read Olemacher's reports on Social Security.

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9:00 am
Wed August 15, 2012

The Reluctant Recovery

More than three years after the recession was officially called “over”,the U.S. is still seeing sluggish growth in housing, business investment, and most importantly, employment.  We’ll ask why the economy seems so hesitant to take off including how much global woes and domestic political uncertainty are playing a role.  

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9:00 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Ovide Lamontagne

Republican Ovide Lamontagne joins Laura in the studio.
Courtney Cania NHPR

Our coverage of New Hampshire’s Gubernatorial Primary continues today with Republican Ovide Lamontagne.  The Manchester lawyer and former candidate for Senate, Congress and Governor is once again running for the state’s highest office, as a solid conservative on both social and fiscal matters. We’ll get his stance on the issue and why he thinks he’s the best choice for Republicans this fall.

Guest

  • Ovide Lamontagne - Manchester Attorney and a Republican Candidate for Governor.
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9:00 am
Mon August 13, 2012

The Situation Becomes Even More Serious in Syria

We’ll sit down with a panel of local experts on Syria and the surrounding region.  As rebels and government forces to battle it out, defections are occurring almost daily, and civilians are fleeing to other countries, creating a refugee problem.   We’ll explore the background of this conflict…and the debate over what the U.S. response should be. 

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9:00 am
Fri August 10, 2012

The 2012 Veepstakes

Its the other big 'sporting' event this summer. Many are playing the guessing game, as to who his second in command might be, and lots of names are being tossed about as possible contenders, including a certain Junior U.S. Senator from New Hampshire.  We’ll look at this process, what it means for the Romney campaign, and who your choice would be.

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9:00 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Polling and Polarization, with Frank Newport: Editor-in-Chief at Gallup

In his many years analyzing American opinions, Frank Newport, Editor-in-Chief at Gallup, has noticed a growing and sharper political divide in this country, even for a nation that was founded on partisanship.  We’ll talk about these trends, the demographic and cultural forces behind them, and why we still say we want compromise.

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10:00 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Riled up over Religious Freedom!

Since the time of our founding, we’ve had the debate over the separation of church and state.  And this election year, this theme is emerging again,  in terms of contraception coverage,  public prayer and policies regarding same-sex couples.  We’ll focus in on this often blurry line and how it’s being discussed today.

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9:00 am
Tue August 7, 2012

The Skills Gap Standoff

With so many Americans out of work and so many companies claiming they can’t fill vacant positions, many have blamed a so-called 'skills gap'. But business professor Peter Cappelli says this is just blaming the unemployed victim, and in fact, many companies are responsible for this bind. He says they're relying on automated, unreliable applicant tracking systems and refusing to train perfectly acceptable candidates.  We'll look at this debate.

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