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
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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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon December 26, 2011

New Hampshire's Immigration Story: The History of Immigration in New Hampshire (Rebroadcast)

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We’re looking at the history of immigration as a part of NHPR’s year long series on New Hampshire’s Immigration Story. In the early days it was French Canadians and Irish who arrived, at the turn of the last century Greeks and Eastern Europeans and today, new arrivals from Brazil, to Burundi to Bhutan. We’re looking at who came, why they came and the little known stories around our immigration history.

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David Watters: Professor of English at UNH, where he is the director of the center for New England culture.

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The Exchange
10:03 am
Fri December 23, 2011

Gerald Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol

The London Sunday Telegraph once proclaimed Charles Dickens as "The Man who Invented Christmas" and his timeless story "A Christmas Carol", the main reason why. Written in London in 1843, at a time of expanding urbanization and industrialization, and a declining interest in old customs and ceremonies, "A Christmas Carol" with Scrooge, Cratchit, Tiny Tim and a host of ominous ghosts, helped its readers find the true spirit of Christmas and look back nostalgically at the old time Christmas traditions of friends, family, fun and frivolity.

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The Exchange
10:03 am
Thu December 22, 2011

Ask the NHPR President

We sit down with NHPR President Betsy Gardella!  She’s steered our ship for the past six years, and she also sits on the Board of Directors at National Public Radio.  We’re taking a look at some of the changes at both institutions over the past year, from programming changes to technology to new transmitters reaching new listeners in the North Country.   

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The Exchange
10:00 am
Wed December 21, 2011

The Ruckus over Redistricting

Every ten years, with new census data, states need to re-draw their political lines and it’s never pretty.  This year is no exception, with competing partisan maps and legislative approval on a final plan due in January.  We’ll see where the new lines may land and how that could affect New Hampshire voters this fall. 

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The Exchange
10:00 am
Tue December 20, 2011

Issue Tuesdays: The Environment

Our issue Tuesday series continues with a look at where the Republican Presidential Candidates stand on the environment.  It’s a low priority for most G. O. P. voters this year, but the candidates do have their positions from energy policy to the impact of regulation on business to the elimination of  the E. P. A.  We’ll find out what they’re saying and how that’s playing in the Republican primary. 

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The Exchange
12:45 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

Problems with Painkillers!

New numbers show the Granite State is near the top when it comes to abusing painkillers. Also, New Hampshire is  one of only two states that does not monitor the purchases of these medications.  We’ll explore that latest on this issue, and what some are in New Hampshire are doing to reverse these sobering numbers.

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Socrates Exchange

The Socrates Exchange is more than just a one hour live show on The Exchange. It's a statewide discussion on issues, ethics and ideas. The Socrates Exchange has won the Helen and Martin Schwartz Prize for outstanding work in public humanities!

Brought to you in part by: The New Hampshire Humanities Council

The Exchange
11:00 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Next Week on the Exchange - Week of December 19

Next week on the Exchange – We begin looking at our state’s painkiller problem, New Hampshire nears the top when it comes to their abuse, we’ll look at what some in the state are doing about it. Then our Issue Tuesdays series continues as we compare the Republican Presidential candidates and their plans on the environment. We sit down with New Hampshire Public Radio's President Betsy Gardella, and on Friday we bring you a perennial favorite, our interview with Charles Dicken’s great great grandson who talks with us about the great author and performs part of his one-man Christmas Carol..

The Exchange
10:00 am
Thu December 15, 2011

An Eye on Iowa

The first-in-the-nation caucus state has been overflowing with Republican Presidential candidates, all hoping to be the number one choice of caucus-goers in early January.  We’ll find out what they’re saying and how they’re playing in the Hawkeye State and how that compares to the campaign this year in New Hampshire. 

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu December 15, 2011

What's Next for Wind Power

At first, many New Englanders seemed on board with this alternative energy source, but now some these projects are encountering stiff breezes.  We’ll find out how Wind Power is playing at the local level in the Granite State and how recent debates have become more nuanced and less black-and-white than in the past.

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Arts & Culture
9:00 am
Wed December 14, 2011

Holiday Books 2011

Writers Russell Banks, Ann Patchett and Jeffrey Eugenides all have new novels out.  Horror writer Stephen King has a new thriller based on the Kennedy assassination, while notables Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly and Chris Matthews tell the true story of Presidents Washington, Lincoln and Kennedy. We’ll look at the books that may be under your Christmas tree this holiday season.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue December 13, 2011

Issue Tuesdays: Health Care

Our Issue Tuesday Series continues with a look at where the Republican Presidential candidates stand on health care.  All of them firmly oppose President Obama’s new health care law, saying they’d repeal it.  They favor a more market-based approach, with ideas ranging from  tort reform to tax credits to technology. But there are a lot of areas in which they differ as well.  We’ll explore their positions on everything to prescriptions plans to entitlement programs to their overall philosophies on who should get care and how much they should pay.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon December 12, 2011

UNH President Mark Huddleston

We sit down with UNH President Mark Huddleston.  He’s spent months responding to an unprecedented state budget cut, announcing layoffs and reductions, but also new ways to bring in revenue.  We’ll find out more, and ask Huddleston about continuing pressure to lower college costs…especially since New Hampshire students now have the nation’s highest level of student debt.

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Mark Huddleston - President of the University of New Hampshire  

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri December 9, 2011

A Regional Approach to New Hampshire

New Hampshire has always had an independent streak which continues down to its most local way of governing.

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