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
Sat July 14, 2012

Marco Werman, host of the Public Radio program “The World”.

We sit down with Marco Werman, host of the Public Radio program “The World”.  He’s in New Hampshire this week,  promoting his new film about Senegalese musician and activist Youssou N'Dour.  We’ll find out more and talk with Werman about his long career at “The World”, from the huge political and cultural shifts he’s covered, to his particular interest in uncovering unique music from around the globe.  

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Marco Werman - Host of the PRI radio program, "The World"

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Next Week on the Exchange - Week of July 9th

Next week on the Exchange, we find out what’s brewing with the Tea Party. We’ll talk with statewide activists in this movement about where the party has been and where it’s going during this political season. Then, we look at the influence of the French Canadians to New Hampshire with local Franco American historian, Robert Perreault. We talk to the author of a new book scrutinizes the eco-friendly brands of several major companies. And two foreign policy experts call for a new American Grand Strategy on the international stage.

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The Exchange
2:33 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Room for Improvement on Energy Efficiency

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How energy efficient is the Granite State? A new reports says not very, at least in terms of our buildings. Three years after Governor Lynch issued a Climate Action Plan, which included a call for more efficient homes and offices, UNH researchers find the state is way behind where it had hoped to be. We're examining what the problems are, as well as the prospects for future improvement.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu July 5, 2012

The “Man-covery”: Men Make Gains in the Labor Market

Mens jobs were hard hit, but now they are gaining jobs at a faster pace than women.
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The “Man-cession” becomes the “man-covery.” Men suffered huge job losses during the recession when construction and manufacturing were especially hard hit. But now, they’re gaining jobs at a faster pace than women, in some cases entering fields long-dominated by female workers. We’ll examine this latest shift in the labor market.

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Mark J. Perry – Professor of Finance and Business Economics at the University of Michigan and Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Socrates Exchange: Who is American? (rebroadcast)

Host Laura Knoy and Max Latona, Associate Professor of Philosophy at St. Anselm College, lead the Socrates Exchange discussion live in studio D at NHPR.
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(This program was originally broadcast on May 24, 2012.)

Our series on New Hampshire’s Immigration Story continues with a special Socrates Exchange, examining the question: Who is American?  Is it simply a matter of birthright, and legal status?  Or is it a state of mind, a certain spirit or attitude?  And is being American defined by the way I view myself or how others look at me?  

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Max Latona: Associate Professor of Philosophy, Saint Anselm College

The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue July 3, 2012

The Age of Cyber Warfare

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The United States and other nations, along with terrorist and criminal groups, are increasingly engaged in high-tech espionage and cyber attacks, often with an aim at destabilizing communications and other critical infrastructure. We discuss the nature of this growing threat  and how it affects both government and the private sector.

 

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Siobhan Gorman, intelligence correspondent for The Wall Street Journal.

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The Exchange
11:22 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Big Spending on Youth Sports

From toddler gyms to travel leagues, the author of a new book says companies are increasingly targeting kids, creating a highly profitable youth sports economy.  And the effects can be damaging, he says, leading families to overspend and kids to lose sight of the life lessons that sports can bring. We’ll take a look at this trend – its causes and effects.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri June 29, 2012

New Hampshire Reacts to the Supreme Court Decision on Health Care

Yesterday, in a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to uphold most of President Obama's signature health care law.  The decision came with mixed reactions in New Hampshire. Some applauded the ruling while others plotted political revenge. Both Democrats and Republicans have called it a political 'leg up' for their hopes in November, but only time will tell who is right?  Today we'll look at this decision, how it will affect Granite Staters and how it may play out politically both nationally and here in New Hampshire.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Ira Byock: The Best Care Possible (Rebroadcast)

Dartmouth physician Ira Byock says even with incredible advances in medicine, far too many Americans suffer needlessly and die “badly”.  In a new book, Byock calls for a new approach toward the end of life; one focused on taking care of persons, not just “bodies”, and helping patients and their families reach decisions about dying.

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9:00 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Republic, Lost (Rebroadcast)

 "Why have fundamentally good people, with good intentions, allowed our democracy to be co-opted by outside interests?", asks Harvard professor, Lawrence Lessig. His new book "Republic, Lost" explores how he says money has corrupted American politics.  Lessig blames special interests and campaign finance rules to the fact that U.S citizens trust government less than ever. He also  suggests  a widespread mobilization and new Constitution Convention to regain control over what he says is a 'corrupted but redeemable representational system. 

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9:00 am
Tue June 26, 2012

The Fracas Over Fracking (Rebroadcast)

The controversial mining method known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking", has led to a boom in production of cheap natural gas by getting at what was previously inaccessible pockets of gas contained in shale. Energy companies see it as way to reduce America’s dependence on oil and lower our energy bills, but concerns over environmental safety have others saying we need to slow down and study the issue. We cover all sides of fracking and its potential impacts here in New England. 

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Pondering Poverty in America (Rebroadcast)

Recently we’ve seen dueling definitions of what it means to be poor. The U.S. Census Bureau came up with two figures, depending on whether factors like food stamps are included.  And another study defined poverty as having scant resources. But some have long said that poverty figures are exaggerated and used for political purposes.

Guests:

Beth Mattingly: Director of Research on Vulnerable Families at the Carsey Institute and Professor of Sociology at the University of New Hampshire.

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The Exchange
10:00 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Next week on the Exchange - Week of June 25th

Next week on the Exchange,  we bring you some of our very favorite past programs.  We’ll begin with a new definition of poverty, and why it’s creating some political waves.  Then we look at the controversial but growing practice of fracking as a source for natural gas.  We talk to Harvard Professor, Lawrence Lessig who asks why 'fundamentally good people, with good intentions, allowed our democracy to be co-opted by outside interests?" Later, Dartmouth doctor Ira Byock talks about end-of-life care, and his book “the best care possible”.  And we end the week with an environmental author…on h

The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Summer Books 2012!

Heavy hitters from Richard Ford to Dave Eggers to John Irving have new offerings. There are books on Bruce Springsteen, James Joyce and the Obamas and as the weather warms, you may want to read the steamy pages of Fifty shades of Gray. We’ll look at the books you’ll want to take with you to the beach the mountains or just as your lounging in your backyard for the summer of 2012 .

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9:00 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Reverse Innovation

A new book by a Dartmouth professor explores the changing world of advances in technology, medicine, and marketing and the greater role that developing nations are playing.  More and more, innovations are occurring in poorer countries, then exported to wealthy nations, turning traditional patterns on their head.  We’ll hear some examples, and why our guest says this could benefit everyone.  

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