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 April 13, 2012

The Economics of Immigration in the Granite State

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As part of our yearlong look at immigration in New Hampshire, we’re zeroing in on the economics of immigration in the Granite State. The impacts of filling the employment needs of the state economy with immigrants, is now-- and has long been-- a topic for dispute. New Hampshire has a rich history of immigration and the immigrants of the nineteenth century faced many challenges. Now in the twenty-first century, New Hampshire’s economy is very different from the days of industrialization but the debate over immigrants and refugees hasn’t gone away. 

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10:00 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Richard Herman & The Economic Argument For Immigration

We talk with author and lawyer Richard Herman, who says immigrants are a resource for innovation and global competitiveness. He says they're behind some of our most successful companies like Google and eBay and we need to find ways, according to Herman, to encourage more entrepreneurship like this through changing laws and dousing the often inflammatory debate over immigration.  

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9:00 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Mark Krikorian & The Economic Argument Against Immigration

We continue our series on New Hampshire’s Immigration Story, with a look at the economics of immigration. We’re offering several perspectives throughout the week. Today we start with Mark Krikorian, who argues that immigration in America, while it helped grow and shape our nation at the turn of the last century, has a largely negative impact on the 21st century economy. 

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9:00 am
Tue April 10, 2012

New Hampshire's 2nd District Congressman Charles Bass

We sit down with New Hampshire Second District Congressman Charlie Bass.   We’ll get his thoughts on some of the major debates on Capitol Hill including the recent vote on a Republican budget as well as the difficulty in getting a Transportation Bill through Congress.and we’ll get Bass’s response to allegations that his campaign conducted what’s called a “push-poll.  

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9:00 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Bridging the "Skills Gap"

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Is there a “Skills Gap” in the Granite State?  Some businesses say their problem is not the lack of jobs, rather it’s the lack of qualified people to fill those jobs, especially in manufacturing.  We’re looking at the reasons behind this and why some say businesses themselves need to step up if they want a well-trained workforce.    

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Jim Roche: President of the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire.

Fred Kocher: President of the New Hampshire High Technology Council.

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10:00 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Next Week on the Exchange - Week of April 9th

Next week on the Exchange, we begin looking at what some are calling a "skills gap” in New Hampshire. Some manufacturers say that despite the economy the jobs are there, what’s missing are the qualified workers to fill them.  Then Second District Congressman Charlie Bass sits down with us and we end the week with a three part series on immigration and the economy both nationally and in the Granite State.   E-mail us at NHPR dot org, and Join us all next week for the Exchange each morning at 9 and again at 8 pm here on NHPR!

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9:00 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Phillip Walker and an Economic Look at Afghanistan

Granite Stater, noted international attorney and independent advisor to the Afghan Ministry of Finance, Phillip Walker, gives his forecast for the political and economic future of Afghanistan. Despite the violence, he says civil institutions are beginning to take hold and the economy is growing rapidly. But, he warns, foreign aid must continue to flow into Afghanistan after NATO withdrawal for this progress to continue.

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9:00 am
Thu April 5, 2012

The Granite State Grapples with Public Integrity

We sift through a new study that gives New Hampshire low marks in what it calls “integrity” in State government.  While the report says the Granite state does well in some areas like the Executive and Judicial branches, it failed in others like public access to information and ethics enforcement.  We’ll look at what’s behind this report and how some in New Hampshire are reacting to it. 

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9:00 am
Wed April 4, 2012

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen

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Today we sit down with New Hampshire’s Senior U. S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen.   We’ll talk with her about the most recent budget battles on Capitol Hill, also news on the transportation funding front, as the impasse continues over a new federal highway bill and concerns that the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard could be caught up in the next round of Base Closures.

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9:00 am
Tue April 3, 2012

A Granite State Roundtable on the “Affordable Care Act”.

With its two-year anniversary passed, President Obama’s law is still finding its way.  Some parts are in place, but others are very much in play, especially with the challenge to it heard by the U. S. Supreme Court, and some states, including New Hampshire, resisting elements of the law.  We’ll talk with Granite Staters involved in this and see how they are adapting to this new law.

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9:00 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Reexamining New Hampshire’s “Stand Your Ground” Law.

The Granite State recently joined the growing ranks of states that have adopted this approach to self defense, which allows the use of deadly force anywhere a person has a right to be. But it has come under national scrutiny following the shooting death of a Florida teenager. We’ll explore the issues surrounding this law with its supporters and critics.

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10:10 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Next Week on the Exchange - Week of April 2nd

Next week on the Exchange, we begin by re-examining New Hampshire’s new self-defense law, known as “Stand Your Ground”, which has come up in the shooting death of a Florida Teenager.  Then, a Granite State roundtable on Health Care: two years after it was passed into law, we’ll look at how the debate around the President’s health care law is playing out here.  On Wednesday,  we sit down with Democratic U. S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen.   Join us all next week for the Exchange each morning at 9 and again at 8 pm, here on NHPR!

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9:00 am
Fri March 30, 2012

The Socrates Exchange: What is Progress?

Our philosophy series, the Socrates Exchange returns with  the question “What is progress”.  Centuries  of development have allowed us to live longer and advance in ways we never could have imagined, but with over population, depleted resources, and nuclear weapons, some say we’ve progressed too far. Does progress have an ending point?  Is too much progress a bad thing? Can one person’s progress harm the progress of another? Can progress in science, technology and human rights harm progress in religion and morality?  

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9:00 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Frustrated over Driving while Intoxicated

We examine the issues raised in a recent Union Leader series on Drunk Driving!   Despite decades of attention, the series found major problems still exist: repeat offenders still getting behind the wheel,  and the newer concern over people driving under other influences, especially prescription drugs.  We’ll look at the issues raised and solutions offered from tougher laws to more treatment.  

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9:00 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Linda Killian and Independent Voters

 Independents are a the largest bloc of voters and they're growing. In her new book, journalist Linda Killian seeks to paint a portrait of this exceedingly important group in four swing states including New Hampshire. She talks about the frustrations these voters have with their elected officials, what they want to see from the political system, and what they can do to fix it.

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