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 September 27, 2013

Friday N.H. News Roundup - Week of September 23rd

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This week, the U.S. Department of Energy heard from Granite Staters in packed public hearings on the Northern Pass project, former first district Congressman Republican Frank Guinta said he wants his old seat back from Carol Shea-Porter,  and a beloved tradition turns tragic, with the deaths of two cyclists during the 40th annual Seacoast Century ride.

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9:00 am
Thu September 26, 2013

An Update On Breastfeeding

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The practice has increased, but women who want to breastfeed still face barriers at work as well as out and about in public. We’ll talk about some of the research on this subject, as well as questions about where and how moms can do this and how much accommodation the workplace should have to make. 

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9:00 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Tough Talk On College Costs

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President Obama has put colleges on notice – if tuition does not stop rising, federal financing will drop. And he’s laid out proposals addressing both affordability and accountability. Some say this attention is long overdue, but others warn of unintended consequences. We’ll talk with leaders in New Hampshire higher-education about these issues in the state.

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9:00 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Floods On The Rise

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It’s a national trend: torrential rain that wipes away roads, homes, and lives. New Hampshire has also seen an increase in these storms, including this summer, resulting in a disaster declaration by the President. Officials, meanwhile, have been working to not only fix the damage from these storms but rebuild in ways that can better withstand the next one.

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4:00 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Next Week On The Exchange - September 23, 2013

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9:00 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Friday N.H. News Roundup - Week of September 16th

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State senators grill Anthem officials, as the state’s biggest insurer rolls out its new health insurance exchange product.  New census numbers show New Hampshire has the nation’s lowest poverty rate at eight point one percent.  And, the Granite State joins the Bay State in a lawsuit over new federal fishing regulations.

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9:00 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Howard Mansfield On "Dwelling In Possibility"

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Mansfield has spent his literary life writing stories that connect people to the land where they live. In his latest book, he explores the idea of one’s ‘dwelling’… from mansions to condos to sheds and how, as he says, ‘they succeed or fail to shelter us…body and soul”.

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  • Howard Mansfield: Noted New Hampshire author, whose latest book is “Dwelling In Possibility”.

*Howard will be speaking and reading from his book this Saturday at the Toadstool Bookshop in Peterborough at 11:00 AM.

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9:00 am
Wed September 18, 2013

The Next Big Phase Of The Affordable Care Act

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Enrollment begins soon for the on-line health insurance “exchanges” or marketplaces. So far, in this state, only one insurer is taking part…with a product that offers lower cost but a narrower network.  We’ll look at the rollout of this one component of Obamacare.and what it could mean for the Granite State.

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9:00 am
Tue September 17, 2013

The Forecast For Natural Gas

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With its abundance and low price, natural gas has recently become New England’s preferred energy source, viewed by some as a cleaner fossil fuel. But growing demand has also raised concerns – about the reliability of supplies and possible price hikes. Also, there are long-term questions about becoming too dependent on natural gas.

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9:00 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Constitutional War Powers

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The Constitution gives Congress the right to declare war and the President to wage it. Yet many presidents have taken military action, without involving lawmakers. President Obama’s recent decision to seek Congressional support for intervention in Syria has renewed debate over when and how we engage our military.  

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  • Buzz Scherr – Professor at UNH School of Law in Concord
  • Linda L. Fowler - Professor of Government and the Frank J. Reagan Chair in Policy Studies at Dartmouth College     
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4:00 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Next Week On The Exchange - September 16, 2013

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9:00 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Friday N.H. News Roundup - Week of September 9th

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This week, the Medicaid expansion commission wrapped up phase one of its work, looking at an alternative based much more on private markets. Also, towns across New Hampshire paused to remember the twelfth anniversary of 9/11, and the Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts a cold snowy winter for The Granite State.

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9:00 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Jeffrey Rose, DRED Commissioner

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We sit down with New Hampshire’s new Commissioner of Resources and Economic Development Jeffrey Rose. As chief advocate for the state’s economy, he oversees business development, tourism, exports, and the park system, which has struggled in recent years. We’ll get his vision for promoting the state.. including his recent trip to Canada, a major trading partner.

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9:00 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Teen Drinking In New Hampshire

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Despite our reputation as one of the healthiest states, young people here abuse alcohol at much greater rates than the rest of the country. With this comes other risky behaviors – from drunk driving to assault, as well as a greater chance of addiction down the road. We’ll look at how the state’s communities are tackling this issue.

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9:00 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Northern Pass Project Moves South

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The campaign to promote this Canadian Hydropower project, focused until now on the North Country, has moved into central regions of the state.  Many of the concerns about towers and landscapes heard up North are being echoed elsewhere, but so are arguments that the state needs this source of renewable energy.

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9:00 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Seeking Solutions On Syria

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President Obama says the United States has a moral responsibility to punish the Syrian government for its reported use of chemical weapons against civilians. And he’s asked Congress to approve military action.  We’ll look at the arguments for and against, and gauge reaction in the Granite State.

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4:00 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Next Week On The Exchange - September 9, 2013

Next week on The Exchange, a roundtable of Granite Staters reflects on the possibility of military action against the Syrian government.  Then we return to Northern Pass debate as supporters think of new ways to reach out, just as the opposition remains solid.  On Wednesday, we'll talk about the problem of teenage drinking in New Hampshire. Also, we'll talk on Thursday with the new commissioner of Resources and Economic Development, Jeffrey Rose.  E-mail us at exchange@nhpr.org and join us all next week for The Exchange.

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9:00 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Friday N.H. News Roundup - Week Of September 2nd

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At the state Senate, Chuck Morse is officially in as President, while Jeb Bradley ends speculation he’ll run for statewide office. The Northern Pass Project makes its case in new territory, with a public meeting in Concord.   And New Hampshire home prices continue to rise, up twenty-three percent over last year. We'll look at some of the big stories that have happened in the Granite State during the week of September 2nd.

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9:00 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Elder Abuse In New Hampshire

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It’s often a hidden problem: The aged living alone or isolate from the community, where they fall prey to mistreatment by caregivers or family members. The abuse can be physical, emotional or involve financial exploitation. Now, senior advocates are pushing to raise awareness about these problems and emphasize the responsibility to report them.

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9:00 am
Wed September 4, 2013

End Of Life Planning - Advance Directives

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Tackling the taboo on discussing death:  in a series last week, NHPR’s health reporter Todd Bookman examined this movement to encourage end-of-life planning- from the legal concerns of living wills and health care proxies, to the emotional side of managing family dynamics around this most difficult issue. 

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9:00 am
Tue September 3, 2013

The State Of The Station

We sit down with NHPR president Betsy Gardella to discuss recent changes in programming and an update on our classical service. Also, we’ll ask about a shift in top leadership at National Public Radio, with the departure of NPR president and CEO, Gary Knell.

  

  

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4:00 pm
Sat August 31, 2013

The Common Core: Coming To A School Near You (Rebroadcast)

New Hampshire is among some forty states to adopt this more rigorous set of standards for math and language arts in public schools. But just as this bi-partisan effort becomes reality, the system is facing some backlash from both the right and left. We’ll find out more about Common Core and the challenges it faces getting off the ground.

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9:00 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Friday N.H. News Roundup - Week Of August 26th

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The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant is shutting down, by the end of twenty fourteen after years of legal battles with the state.  In New Hampshire, Health care providers turn out in force in favor Medicaid Expansion and at the Statehouse, support solidifies for a new Senate President, Republican Chuck Morse. We'll look at those and other Granite State stories that made the headlines for the week of August 26th.

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9:00 am
Thu August 29, 2013

What's Next For N.H. Non-Profits?

What’s next for non-profits?  There’s a lot of soul searching in this field  nowadays, with some calling for a major rethinking of what it means to be “non-profit” – including adopting ideas from the for-profit world.  There’s also debate over whether we have too many non-profits and if some should merge; but others say those numbers reflect rising need, growing social problems and limited funding.  

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Stacy Palmer, Editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy, a news source in the non-profit world.

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9:00 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Remembering The March On Washington

We talk with African Americans living in northern New England about the Civil Rights protest that helped change the course of racial history in the U.S. Fifty years later, Americans are still contemplating the legacy of that day and debating the extent to which Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream of racial equality has been fulfilled.

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9:00 am
Tue August 27, 2013

New Hampshire Transportation Commissioner Chris Clement

We sit down with New Hampshire Transportation Commissioner Chris Clement.  It’s been a busy summer for him.  He’s overseen the celebrated opening of the Memorial Bridge…and continues to search for money…to complete the widening of I-93.  Meanwhile, there’s talk of freight rail expansion in the North Country…and new passenger airline service coming to the Seacoast. 

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  • Christopher Clement - Commissioner for the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.
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9:00 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Naked Statistics (Rebroadcast)

Statistics without the struggle: In a new book, Dartmouth professor Charles Wheelan explains how to make sense of the proliferation of data in this digital age, a task he calls “fascinating” and even “fun”! Wheelan also points out the pitfalls, how research can be skewed by biased parties. We’ll study up on the state of statistics.

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  • Charles Wheelan - Professor at Dartmouth College, author of the international best-seller Naked Economics and the new Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data
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9:00 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Friday N.H. News Roundup - Week Of August 19

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The State Senate prepares to elect a new president, after Peter Bragdon said he’d step aside amid controversy over a possible conflict of interest. The first mosquitoes with Triple-E have been confirmed in the Granite State, and the Queen City prepares for 200 new refugees, one year after a proposed moratorium on resettlements.   We'll look at the stories that topped the Granite State headlines for the week of August 19th.

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9:00 am
Thu August 22, 2013

The News On Nuclear Energy

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After thirty years of no new nuclear construction, two projects are underway in the south, as some argue this carbon-emission free energy source is vital due to climate change. But concerns over safety issues remain, as well as new challenges from a booming natural gas industry. We explore the problems and prospects of nuclear energy with a New York Times reporter who has been following the debate over nuclear. 

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Writers On A New England Stage
9:00 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Writers On A New England Stage: Elmore Leonard

News of author Elmore Leonard's death hit a lot of people hard, not only fans of the hard-boiled writer, but also writers, who spent the day on social media posting and sharing lessons they'd learned from Leonard's prose. Back in 2007, Elmore Leonard joined Laura Knoy for Writers On A New England Stage, a co-production of NHPR and The Music Hall. You can listen to that program from our archives right here.

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