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 November 29, 2013

Virtual Town Hall: How Affordable Will The New Health Care Law Be For N.H.?

Now that the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, has launched, just how affordable will it make health insurance in New Hampshire? We hosted a special panel featuring Laura Knoy, host of NHPR's The Exchange, along with Tiffany Eddy of the Live Free or Die Alliance for a town hall discussion broadcast live on the web on Tuesday, November 19th. Here's an edited version for Friday's broadcast.

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9:00 am
Wed November 27, 2013

The History of Hanukkah in America

The eight day Jewish festival of lights, known by the general public for its candles and dreidels is an ancient celebration of religious freedom and a miracle. Now, the author of a new book offers a uniquely American take on the holiday and how in this country, it was transformed from a minor festival to a major occasion.

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9:00 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Yes Or No To GMOs?

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The national debate over whether foods that contain ‘genetically modified’ ingredients should be labeled has come to New Hampshire, with a bill in the legislature to require such language on food products- ranging from corn flakes to canola oil.  We’re looking the arguments, from questions about health and environmental impacts to the economic costs of labeling.

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9:00 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Teen Drinking In New Hampshire

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9:00 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Friday N.H. News Roundup - Week Of November 18th

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We’re looking at some of the top stories of the week, from the downfall of a Medicaid expansion compromise, to the Business and Industry Association’s release of a Strategic Economic Plan. Also this week, a New Hampshire coffee roaster scored a major victory against Starbucks,  and Granite Staters observe the half-century anniversary of the Kennedy assassination.

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9:00 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Employee Satisfaction In 2013

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We’re continuing our series “How We Work: Five Years Later” by defining “employee satisfaction” in twenty-thirteen.  During the recession, many people held onto their jobs even if they were unhappy, and many employers were unable to go above and beyond the basics. But now, there’s more attention to this issue, whether it’s flex-time, good benefits, or better pay, and how these improvements affect productivity.

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9:00 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Younger Granite Staters And Workforce Preparation

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We continue our series, 'How We Work: Five Years Later,' with a look at younger Granite Staters and how they’re prepared for the workforce.  We’ll examine how we educate students, from high school to college, and how that’s changed since the recession.

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9:00 am
Tue November 19, 2013

A Look At Older Workers, Post-Recession

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We continue our series with a look at older workers. Some found themselves suddenly out of a job due to recession. Now, half a decade later, we’re seeing how they’ve adjusted - and the many paths they’ve taken, by choice or necessity.

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  • Kelly Clark – state director of AARP-New Hampshire
  • Dennis Delay – economist for the NH Center for Public Policy Studies; also New Hampshire forecast manager for the New England Economic Partnership

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9:00 am
Mon November 18, 2013

How We Work: Five Years Later, A Look At The Numbers

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We kick off our weeklong series called “ How We Work: Five Years Later” by crunching the numbers: looking at where we were, how well the state has recovered so far, and how New Hampshire might want to position itself to respond to future workforce needs.

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  • Brian Gottlob - Head of PolEcon Research, a firm with a focus on economic and public policy issues
  • Steve Norton – Executive Director for the NH Center for Public Policy Studies

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4:00 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Next Week On The Exchange - November 18th

Next week on The Exchange, a week-long series, 'How We Work: 5 Years Later':

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9:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Friday N.H. News Roundup - Week Of November 11th

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We'll look at several stories, from the death of longtime North country councilor Ray Burton, and more testimony and more support for Medicaid expansion in the legislature, to a private school in Manchester that hosted the first statewide 'rock-paper-scissors' contest.

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9:00 am
Thu November 14, 2013

American Politics And The Asian Pacific

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The administration wants  to “pivot east” - to move away from Europe and the Middle East and more towards Japan, South Korea, and especially China - given its economic and military power.

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  • Kathleen Molony – director and executive committee member of the Fellows Program at Harvard University's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. She was formerly the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of International Trade.
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9:00 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Meting Out Money For Mental Health Care

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With rising need and limited dollars, how best can we use funding? Should we add more acute care hospital beds, boost community services, focus on drug and alcohol treatment or diseases like schizophrenia?

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9:00 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Police Training & Use Of Deadly Force

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“Officer-involved shootings”: that’s when police fire their guns during confrontations with suspects.  After two such shootings recently killed two people, questions have been raised about police use of deadly force.  But many in law enforcement say it’s become a more dangerous job, and that they go to great lengths to avoid harm.  We’ll look at police training and protocols. 

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9:00 am
Mon November 11, 2013

REBROADCAST: The Last of the Doughboys

In his new book, The Last of the Doughboys, Richard Rubin reflects on the First World War through the eyes of dozens of centenarians who experienced its battles but rarely told its stories. Rubin discovers what he calls a neglected “great generation”, the overlooked and under-appreciated war they fought in, and how that conflict shaped our modern world.

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