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
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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10:00 am
Mon August 6, 2012

An Astronomic Update!

This weekend, scientists will be crossing their fingers as they prepared to land NASA’s largest space laboratory, Curiosity, on Mars. We’ll look at that plus other missions to Jupiter and to our asteroid belt… Also, the moon turns blue this month, the Perseid meteor showers look to impress, while increasing activity on the sun could affect us on Earth. We check in with our sky guys on all things astronomical.

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9:00 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Getting Tough on Teen Drivers

Every state in the nation has different laws about young drivers. They spell out the age one can get behind the wheel, when one can't, and who needs to be with them. A recent analysis of state laws, by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety puts New Hampshire at about the middle of the pack, when it comes to how tough our teen driving requirements are. But the institute wants more. Recent studies show that tighter restrictions on young drivers would save thousands of lives nationwide.

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9:00 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Mitigation or Adaption?

With a link between extreme weather and rising greenhouse gases, two thoughts are emerging. Many environmentalists say we should work toward mitigating greenhouse gases but others suggest the problems are irreversible and so we have to adapt to inevitable change. But for some this idea is uncomfortable. They worry that adaptation means giving up. Today we look at these two different thoughts around climate change and see where we go from here.

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9:00 am
Wed August 1, 2012

NHPR President and CEO Betsy Gardella

Today we talk once again with NHPR President and CEO Betsy Gardella.  She also serves on the NPR Board, and we’ll talk about the national picture, including the current debate over federal funding of public broadcasting.  We’ll also cover events here at NHPR, from efforts to keep up with the digital age to expanding local coverage.  And Betsy will take your questions and comments.

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  • Betsy Gardella - President and CEO of New Hampshire Public Radio
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4:50 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Land-grant Universities, at Crossroads or Precipice?

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In 1862, Congress passed the Morrill Act, which paved the way for our system of public higher education.  We’ll look at how America’s public and land-grant universities are faring today as they face budget cuts, aging resources, and, at times, criticism.

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Daniel Mark Fogel, professor of English at the University of Vermont, where he also served as president. He is co-editor of Precipice or Crossroads? Where America's Great Public Universities Stand and Where They are Going Midway through their Second Century.

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10:00 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Harried by Hep-C in Hospitals

The story of  a medical technician charged with infecting at least thirty people at Exeter Hospital has turned into a national concern, with news he’d worked in a half-dozen other states, where hospitals are now checking their records and contacting patients.  We’ll get an update and look at what we’ve learned from this crisis so far.

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3:56 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Privatizing Prisons: The Pros and Cons

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This year, there’s been a lot more talk about New Hampshire going the route of as the Governor and others explore the idea of private companies running our corrections institutions.  But questions remain -- about the rehabilitation of prisoners, inmate and employee safety, and whether, in the end, the cost savings would be enough to make this shift worthwhile.

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Harris Kenny: policy analyst, Reason Foundation

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8:13 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Gubernatorial Candidate Maggie Hassan

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We launch our coverage of New Hampshire’s gubernatorial primaries with Democratic candidate Maggie Hassan. An Exeter business attorney, Hassan was elected to the state Senate in 2004 and served as Senate Majority Leader. We’ll talk with Hassan about her candidacy, including why she’s the only democrat in this race to take the pledge against broad-based taxes.

The Exchange
9:30 am
Wed July 25, 2012

New Hampshire House Minority Leader Terie Norelli

Democratic Representative Terie Norelli just completed perhaps her most difficult session ever…outnumbered three-to-one by Republicans, a massive defeat that called into question her party’s approach and agenda for the state.  We’ll look at the session from the Democrats’ perspective, after we spoke yesterday with House Speaker Bill O'Brien.

The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue July 24, 2012

New Hampshire House Speaker William O’Brien

Republican State Rep. William O'Brien on The Exchange (Nov. 2010)
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William O'Brien, The Republican House Speaker from Mont Vernon, has kept himself in the headlines over the past two years, both for his leadership and for dramatic changes in state government.  Some Granite Staters praise O’Brien for following through on promises made during the election and shaking up state politics, but others call him a “polarizing figure” and even a “bully.”  We sit down with him to talk about the past two years and his hopes for the November Elections.

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9:00 am
Mon July 23, 2012

The Future of Great Bay

Conservation Law Foundation

Often called New Hampshire’s “hidden coast, the Great Bay is considered an estuary of national significance. Yet, its future seems in question both because pollution has taken a toll on its ecosystem and because nearby communities, activists, and officials can’t agree on how best to eradicate it, even as all realize something must be done. We'll look at the Great Bay debate and see if some sort of compromise can be made?

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9:00 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Journey to Tahrir

We sit down with UNH Professor Jeannie Sowers, on the transformation of Egypt and what may lie ahead. The Middle East expert has co-edited a new book called The Journey to Tahrir.  It’s not just about the dramatic events of the Arab Spring in Egypt, but also those aspects of Egyptian government, culture and economy…that created the groundwork for the uprising.   

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9:00 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Examining Executive Salaries at the State’s Nonprofit Hospitals

A new report by the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies finds that CEO pay has risen by eighteen percent in recent years, a far greater increase than wages in the private sector. Critics say this seems out of line with the charitable mission of these hospitals. But others say these salaries are in keeping with a competitive job market and reward highly skilled leaders.

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