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
Wed December 7, 2011

Lost Decades: The Making of America's Debt Crisis

"By 2008, the United States had become the biggest international borrower in world history, with two-thirds of its $6 trillion federal debt in foreign hands" points out Jeffry Frieden, co-author of a new book called Lost Decades: The Making of America's Debt Crisis. International borrowing has been a long-standing economic tradition -- we even funded the American Revolution this way. But, Frieden points out, more recent borrowing is massive compared to the past and encouraged debt-fueled consumption rather than sound investments.

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9:00 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Issue Tuesdays: Foreign Policy

Although not as much as a hot button issue as last election, many voters still want to know the candidates’ views on the war in Afghanistan, on China, the Middle East and on fighting terrorism at home and oversees. Today our Issue Tuesday's series continues with a look at the Republican Presidential candidates and  what they are saying on matters of foreign policy. 

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9:24 am
Mon December 5, 2011

Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America

It’s one of our nation’s most divisive issues. Anew book called “Gunfight” looks at both the history of debates over gun laws and  how it shapes our current dynamic, describing pro-gun groups bristling at any hint of regulation and gun control advocates seeking sometimes ineffectual laws.  We’ll look at America’s long debate over the second Amendment.

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10:00 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Libertopia

A new film looks at the Free State Project from the perspective of several activists. The Free State Project chose New Hampshire as its destination about ten years ago.  The goal was to convince twenty thousand people, seeking limited government and greater personal freedom, to move here. We’ll look at the movie and at this movement and find out how it’s evolved and affected the Granite State.  

Christina Heller - Independent filmmaker who directed the movie "Libertopia".

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9:00 am
Thu December 1, 2011

A Charter School Check-In

Since the state received eleven and a half million dollars in federal money for charter schools last year, there has been a flurry of activity, including in Nashua where two charter schools are in the works. Meanwhile, though many former foes now support charter schools, questions remain on such issues as admission policies, accountability, and how teacher unions fit in.  Today we'll look at how charter schools are doing and where they're heading. 

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9:00 am
Wed November 30, 2011

One Nation Under AARP

What began a half century ago as an organization for insurance purposes has grown into much more.  The AARP has become an influential lobbying group with forty million members.   We’ll talk with the author of a new book which examines this and the AARP’s role in current debates over Medicare and Social Security.  

  • Frederick Lynch - An Associate Professor of  Government at Claremont McKenna College, and author of Invisible Victims and the Diversity Machine

 

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10:00 am
Tue November 29, 2011

Issue Tuesdays: Jobs

We begin a six part series called Issue Tuesdays, where we compare the Republican Primary candidates on some of the biggest topics facing this election. Today we begin with what may be the biggest for many... jobs. We’ll look at the candidate’s plans and how they propose they can get Americans back to work.  

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10:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Back to the Deficit Drawing Board

The Bi-Partisan Congressional Super-committee failed last week to reach a deficit reduction agreement.  That means automatic spending cuts kick in, in twenty thirteen…and President Obama says he’ll veto any attempt avoid those.  We talk with two economists about what this all means…and about the rocky political and economic roads ahead.

 

 

 

 

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10:00 am
Wed November 23, 2011

New Hampshire's Immigration Story: New Hampshire's Earliest Residents and Immigrants

Our series on New Hampshire Immigration continues with our state’s first residents.  Before textile mills, melting pots and refugees there were Native Americans who inhabited the state for centuries, and our first immigrants, English fisherman and entrepreneurs  looking to escape Puritan rules and start a new life. We’ll look at who these first Granite Staters were and how they shaped our immigration story.  

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9:30 am
Tue November 22, 2011

Former ABC Correspondent Barrie Dunsmore

We talk with former foreign correspondent Barrie Dunsmore about his decades reporting for ABC News and about the changing role of international coverage following years of cuts to foreign bureaus by newsrooms dealing with shrinking budgets and amid the growing role of  citizen bloggers in spreading news of world events.  His new book is called "There and Back"

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9:00 am
Mon November 21, 2011

The Economics of Second Homes

New Hampshire has a relatively high share of vacation properties….more than ten percent statewide, with heavy concentrations in resort areas. We’ll look at the impact of these get-away homes on property taxes, demographics, and jobs…also, how the second-home market may provide a bright spot in an otherwise struggling real estate sector.

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9:00 am
Fri November 18, 2011

New Hampshire's Immigration Story: Coming to New Hampshire

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
Thu November 17, 2011

Republican Presidential Candidate Jon Huntsman

Governor Jon Huntsman joins Laura in the studio this morning.
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Former Utah Governor and Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman.  He’s touting himself as the only candidate with real foreign policy experience, after serving as Ambassador to China and Singapore. We’ll talk with Huntsman about where he stands on the issues and why he’d be the best to take on President Obama.

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9:00 am
Wed November 16, 2011

New Hampshire's Immigration Story: Immigration and Education

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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 Tumblin: 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 November 15, 2011

New Hampshire's Immigration Story: Immigration and Healthcare

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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