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
Wed June 20, 2012

Should we Permanently Preserve “The Pledge”?

This fall, Granite Staters will vote on a constitutional amendment that would forever forbid the adoption of broad-based income taxes.  Supporters say enshrining this principle will protect what they’ve long called “The New Hampshire Advantage”,while opponents predict it’ll tie the hands of future leaders to address state priorities.   We'll look at both sides of this debate.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Looking back at the 2012 Legislative Year

Sara Plourde NHPR

We sit down with a panel of Statehouse leaders to discuss the 2012 Legislative year.  We’ll hear from top members of the State House and State Senate about what they say are their biggest accomplishments and disappointments of this session.  We’ll also get their thoughts on how what happened at the Statehouse this year will affect what happens at the ballot box this fall. 

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The Exchange
10:00 am
Sat June 16, 2012

What’s Next for Northern Pass?

Headlines have quieted down on the Hydro-power project called Northern Pass, but efforts to continue and thwart the project are ongoing.  A new study questions the need for Northern Pass’s  hydropower, given low natural gas prices. Meanwhile, there’s been activity  on land purchases in the North Country that could connect the dots for the project’s final route. We will look at that latest news around Northern Pass.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri June 15, 2012

The U.S.-Canada Two-Way Economy

With the focus on Europe’s economic woes and China’s clout, it’s easy to overlook that our nation’s largest geographic border, Canada, is also our largest trading partner.  Although, it works well most of the time, there are some tensions, like  over duty-free status, controversial energy projects, and imbalances in tourism traffic.  We’ll look at how these issues affect the bottom dollar in both countries. 

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu June 14, 2012

The Foreclosure Fiasco Continues!

Even though the Housing Market seems to be stabilizing, foreclosures are still a major problem.  Some homeowners, who have tried to negotiate with banks are now going to court, saying they’ve not been able to get any clarity.  Meanwhile,  Lenders say they are making efforts, as they still are wading through an unprecedented number of troubled mortgages.  We'll look how foreclosures are fairing in the Granite State.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed June 13, 2012

The Savings Dilemma

When the recession began, Americans started pinching their pennies and repaying debt, causing some to speculate that consumers might permanently abandon their free-spending ways.  But now, Americans are again loosening their purse-strings. We’ll  look at how and why our saving habits change and how these variations affect the larger economy. 

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The Exchange
8:50 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Twilight of the Elites

A new book by liberal commentator Chris Hayes examines the widespread institutional failures over the last ten years…from government to Wall Street to the Catholic Church to major league baseball.  Hayes says this “lost decade” has led the public to distrust anyone in authority…and he points blame at a fundamental cherished  American ideal:  the meritocracy.

 

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The Exchange
8:06 am
Mon June 11, 2012

International Students and the National Debate They're Bringing to College Campuses (REBROADCAST)

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Recruitment from other countries is a rising trend in Higher Education as a way to diversify campuses and bring in money to financially strapped institutions.  It’s also become a big business, raising questions about the way in which students are brought in.  We take a look at this practice and how it’s evolving here in the Granite State.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Wrangling Over Rental Rights

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Renting property can be tricky business.  Landlords hand their apartments and houses –at least for a time – over to virtual strangers.  And tenants have no real control over such matters as broken fixtures and dilapidated buildings.  At times, these two groups can be at odds, leading to disputes that end up in court proceedings.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Education Amendment Saga Nears Conclusion?

Since the Claremont decision of the mid 90s, New Hampshire has debated the locus of authority and responsibility in funding our K-12 public schools. Over 80 proposed amendments have seen their way to a vote in state legislative chambers over the past several years. Last year marked the first time any such amendment passed the house and the senate passed a version of its own. The two chambers failed to reconcile their differences, however, and the issue was tabled.

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9:00 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Getting Sour on Sugar

This most ubiquitous and irresistible of foods has also been called addictive and toxic and has been linked with obesity, diabetes, and, recently, memory loss. Some are calling for regulating sugar  as if it were tobacco. But others say it is intrinsic to our very survival as a species, found even in breast milk and that demonizing or shunning sugar is the wrong course. 

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9:00 am
Sat June 2, 2012

A Statehouse Check-in

June’s longer days also signal the end of the legislative session, but critical votes remain before the summer break.   The House and Senate have been trying to work out their differences on some difficult policy issues and on top of that, the House had a sudden change in its leadership team, with the resignation of Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt.  We'll get the latest on what's going on at the Statehouse as lawmakers wrap up their final month of law making.  

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The Exchange
11:00 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Next Week on the Exchange - Week of June 4th

Next week on the Exchange, we begin with a statehouse update, as lawmakers come down to the wire in their final month of work.  Then we look at why some experts are souring on sugar. New research shows it could be even worse for you than we thought, including contributing to memory loss and addictive qualities.  We return to a long debate in New Hampshire – over the state’s role in funding our public schools. Finally, this economic downturn has been nicknamed the 'man-cession' due to the number of middle-aged men left unemployed from it, but now some are suggesting that we're entering a 'ma

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Facing off over Facebook

A recent article in the Atlantic magazine caused a firestorm of debate over the social network’s ability to connect humankind, suggesting that it is contributing to loneliness of epic proportions. But not everyone “likes” this theory; some argue that Facebook with its almost one billion users is connecting us in new and powerful ways, even spurring for social change. 

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu May 31, 2012

A New Case of the Economic Jitters

With looming debate over the  federal debt and deficits, a recent government report warns the U.S. could fall over a “fiscal cliff", and quite possibly slip back into recession.  On top of that, job growth has been uninspiring and across the pond, European economies remain shaky.  We’ll look at these new fiscal rumblings…and how we may feel them in New Hampshire.

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