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 January 13, 2012

A 2012 Legislative Roundtable

Senator Jeb Bradley (R), Senator Matthew Houde (D) Representative D.J. Bettencourt (R), Representative Stephen Shurtleff (D)

We sit down with a roundtable of House and Senate leaders on the New Hampshire Legislature from 2012.   Only two weeks in, and the statehouse is full-steam head with debates on guns, education, redistricting, and it’s only just begun.  We’ll talk about their hopes for 2012, and where they may find common ground  which could be hard to find in an election year.   

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9:00 am
Thu January 12, 2012

Former New Jersey Governor Christie Todd Whitman

Former New Jersey Governor and EPA head Christie Todd Whitman is now leading a national effort to expand nuclear power, calling it the best clean energy source to replace fossil fuels. But her efforts come at a difficult time for the nuclear industry,  given fears stoked by the Fukushima disaster in Japan last spring and criticisms from some suggesting that danger it can bring is not worth the energy it can provide. 

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9:00 am
Wed January 11, 2012

A New Hampshire Primary Post-mort

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After nearly a  year of speeches, rallies, political ads and debates, New Hampshire's First in the Nation Primary ended pretty quickly tonight with Mitt Romney taking gold.  Ron Paul finished a strong second with John Huntsman, who put all his cards into the Granite State, finished a respectable third.  Today we'll we'll look back at last night's contest, see who the big winners and loser were and where the race to be the Republican Presidential candidate goes from here. 

 

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10:00 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Author Colin Woodard and his new book "American Nations"

According to our guest today, Colin Woodard, America's political divisions aren't between red states and blue states, right and left, Republicans and Democrats but between 11 distinct North American cultural regions.  They are regions the he names "Yankeedom", "Greater Appalachia", "The Deep South" and "The Far West" and they have been created by centuries of Americans who settled there, each with their own unique cultures, religions, political traditions and ethnographic characteristics.  Woodard suggests that only by truly understanding these regions can we begin to see beyond these deep 

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10:00 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Issue Tuesdays: Electability

No matter how much you love a candidate's jobs plan, their ideas around health care, their environmental platform or their views on immigration, if you want a Republican in the White House and they can't beat the President, it may not be the best choice.  Some of that has to do with familiarity of the candidate, some has to do with money, and some has to do with those platforms and how they not only counter the President's but fall in favor with many independents who may be on the fence.

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10:00 am
Fri January 6, 2012

The 2012 New Hampshire Economy

"Skating on thin ice" is the way one New Hampshire economist describes the current state of our economy.  New Hampshire is still out performing other states in terms of its unemployment rate and the stability of its housing market, but economic troubles in Europe could mean bad news for the Granite State which relies very much on exports.  Also some worry that if the national economy doesn't gain a lot of momentum, New Hampshire's economy could be compromised.  Today we look at the New Hampshire economy, examine the good news and not so good news and ask whether 2012 may be the turnaround y

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10:00 am
Fri January 6, 2012

Next Week on the Exchange - Week of January 9

Next week on the Exchange we culminate our Issue Tuesday's series on a Monday as we look at the Republican Presidential candidates and how the topic of how electable they are may play into who the voters choose at the ballot box.  Then on Primary Day, we talk to author Colin Woodard on his new book "American Nation" and explore how  he says, our political differences as Americans are not determined by red states and blue states but 11 distinct cultural North American regions that's histories have formed our true divisions.

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9:00 am
Thu January 5, 2012

Reviewing RGGI in the Granite State

Two recent reports examined the impact of this Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative or RGGI on New Hampshire. One touts the energy savings that have come from the program, the other suggests that the Granite State may not be benefiting as much as other participating states. We’ll look closer at these two studies and how they may play into bills aimed at repealing or revising RGGI this year in the legislature.  

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7:00 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Interpreting the Iowa Caucus Results

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It was a nail-biter at last night's Iowa Caucuses. After a year of campaigning, debating, promises and political ads, voting began for the twenty twelve Republican presidential candidate.  A too close to call race went well into this morning with Mitt Romney squeaking out an 8 vote victory from Rick Santorum.  Ron Paul came in a healthy third and Newt Gingrich a disappointing fourth. Rick Perry and Michelle Bachmann will both re-evaluate their campaigns.  We’ll look at the results and how they may affect the discussion in New Hampshire’s primary and other contests down the road.  

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9:00 am
Tue January 3, 2012

Issue Tuesdays: Fiscal Policy

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Our issue Tuesday series continues with the Republican Presidential Candidates and their fiscal policies.  The soaring national debt has been a rallying cry among republicans, who see it as a top economic threat.  We’ll examine what the candidates are saying about government spending, debt and deficits…as well as entitlement reform, programs like Social security and Medicare.

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10:00 am
Mon January 2, 2012

1493 (Rebroadcast)

In a new book, author Charles Mann explores what happened in the years after Columbus’s famed voyage to the Americas.  He says it altered everything:  sparking a new era of globalization and not just in commerce:  but radical changes in crops, cultures, and politics.  We’ll talk with Mann about this expansive look at this new era and how the world changed after Columbus.  

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  • Charles C. Mann - Author of 1493:Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
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7:50 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

Next Week on the Exchange - Week of January 2

Next week on the Exchange, we kick off the new year with a favorite from our archive vault as we talk with author Charles Mann on his book 1493.  Then our Issue Tuesday's series continues with a look at where the GOP candidates stand on fiscal policy and such issues as taxation, entitlement spending, and the national debt. We follow up on the results of the Iowa caucus and what they might mean for the New Hampshire Primary, and we get an update and outlook on the Granite State’s economy.   

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9:00 am
Thu December 29, 2011

New Hampshire's Immigration Story: Coming to New Hampshire (Rebroadcast)

When immigrants and refugees come to a new country like America, they are often cut off from their homeland, their loved ones and their culture. Often they are required, even at very young ages, to navigate a tangled web of bureaucracies and to adapt rapidly to new settings. Many newcomers find resources that help them make the transition to their new lives in New Hampshire yet others may find those resources lacking. We listen to firsthand accounts of the struggles involved in coming to the Granite State.

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9:00 am
Wed December 28, 2011

New Hampshire's Immigration Story: Immigration and Education (Rebroadcast)

Refugee students
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In recent years, children are arriving from new countries, bringing diversity but also new challenges.  Many don’t speak English and some aren’t literate in their own language.  We talk with people in the education system and folks dealing with foreign born newcomers on a daily basis and ask how they are working to overcome these issues.

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June Tumlin: Department Head of the English Learner program at Manchester Central High School

Thomas Sica: Principal of Rundlett Middle School in Concord

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9:00 am
Tue December 27, 2011

New Hampshire's Immigration Story: Immigration and Healthcare (Rebroadcast)

Healthcare delivery is complicated enough without language barriers, financial difficulties and cultural misunderstandings. Being a newcomer in a strange country presents many new challenges but healthcare is one of the most difficult to overcome. We take a look at the myriad obstacles the foreign born population face, and what some local healthcare providers are doing to help overcome them.

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