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 October 22, 2013

Hedrick Smith's "Who Stole The American Dream?"

By looking at corporate and financial structures from an historical perspective, Smith contends that over four decades our middle class has been dismantled and that we have become two Americas.

GUEST:

  • Hedrick Smith - author, prize-winning investigative reporter and documentary producer. Among the books that Smith has written are The Power Game: How Washington Works and Rethinking America.

*Hedrick Smith will be appearing at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord on Tuesday, October 22nd at 7.

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9:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

An Astronomy Update From The Sky Guys

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Our sky guys join us with the latest news on space - starting with how the shutdown affected our monitoring programs. We also talk about the Orionid meteor showers, two missions to Mars, and a new iPhone app for checking the location of spy satellites.

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4:00 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Next Week On The Exchange - October 21st

Next week on The Exchange:

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9:00 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Friday N.H. News Roundup - Week Of October 14th

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We're following some of the top stories of the week, from Kelly Ayotte’s national visibility, to the Medicaid Commission’s final recommendation, to one graffiti case opened and another closed.

GUESTS:

•Norma Love- Statehouse Reporter for the Associated Press

Dean Spiliotes: civic scholar in the school of arts and sciences at Southern New Hampshire University and author of the website nhpoliticalcapital.com.

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9:00 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Politics Of The Shutdown

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Granite State politicians weigh in on the politics in Washington that led to the shutdown, as well as the way forward.

Guests:

  • Ray Buckley- Chairman of New Hampshire Democratic Party
  • Gene Chandler- Republican House Minority Leader from Bartlett.
  • Andy Smith - Director of the UNH Survey Center and Associate Professor of Political Science

Callout:

  • Tim Carter - Leader of the Lakes Region Tea Party
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9:00 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Deconstructing The Debt Ceiling

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With a deadline looming for the US to hit its borrowing limit, and amid a lengthening partial federal shutdown, we’re looking at the latest efforts in Washington to resolve this, and also at the impact on our country and our state.

Guest:

  • Matthew J. Slaughter is professor and associate dean at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He is also currently an adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Congressional Budget Office's Panel of Economic Advisers.
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9:00 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Brenda Wineapple's Civil War Book, Ecstatic Nation

In this new approach to the Civil War, Wineapple provides the reader with a sense of the passions and tragedies of the era, including character studies of the vibrant and flawed personalities behind the scenes.

GUEST:

  • Brenda Wineapple – teaches literature at both New York's New School University and Columbia University.  Wineapple is also professor of modern literary and historical studies at Union College.  Her previous book is White Heat: the Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson.
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9:00 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Rebroadcast: Taking Stock of STEM

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The subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math are all the rage these days among politicians, business and education leaders who say we need more emphasis on these subjects to compete globally. But others say we’re going overboard on STEM and that society benefits from a broader approach that includes the arts, communication, and critical thinking.

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The Exchange
4:00 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Next Week On The Exchange - October 14th, 2013

Next week on The Exchange:

We'll start the week with a rebroadcast of a favorite show about STEM and liberal arts education. Next, the book Ecstatic Nation, about the American Civil War. Later in the week, we'll check in with developments in the debt ceiling negotiations, and end on Friday with our weekly New Hampshire news roundup. E-mail us to share your thoughts or questions ahead of time at exchange@nhpr.org and join us all next week, every morning live at 9am, and again at 8pm.

The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Friday N.H. News Roundup - Week Of October 7th

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Among other news this week, Granite Staters continue to feel the strain from the partial Federal government shutdown, the special commission studying Medicaid expansion recommends a plan to go forward,a deal is struck to sell granite state wind power to the bay state, and Portsmouth debates the merits of a man-made ice rink at Strawbery Banke.

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9:00 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Andrew Bacevich's Breach Of Trust

In a new book, Bacevich claims that Americans have failed their soldiers and their country, by entering conflicts he calls “unwinnable”.   A U.S. Army veteran, Bacevich also examines the disconnect between those who fight the wars and the rest of the country.  He says national defense must return to idea of “We the People”.

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9:00 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Is The American Political System Broken?

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A week into a government shutdown, with a looming debt ceiling crisis, politicians remain rooted in their positions.  Many people wonder if we’ve become partisan to a fault, with both sides refusing to contemplate compromise. We’ll look at how we got here and whether we’ve run out of solutions.

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9:00 am
Tue October 8, 2013

150 Years Of The New Hampshire Union Leader

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Started as the Manchester Daily Union, the Union Leader grew to be the state’s largest newspaper. Over the past century and a half it has had its challenges- from criticism by some for its conservative slant, to facing the financial struggles of many mid-sized papers.  We’re taking a look at the legacy of the Union Leader.

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4:00 pm
Sat October 5, 2013

Van McLeod, New Hampshire Commissioner Of The Department Of Cultural Resources

Just reappointed for a sixth term, Van McLeod’s agency oversees Libraries, Historical resources, and the state Council on the Arts. With the tighter budgets of recent years, his department has had to adjust, but he says it continues to be a key factor in the state’s prosperity and quality of life. 

Guest

  • Van McLeod - Commissioner for New Hampshire's Department of Cultural Resources.
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9:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Friday N.H. News Roundup - Week of Sept. 30th

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It’s our Friday New Hampshire News Roundup!   The Federal Government Shutdown shows up in the Granite State, with lots of questions about short and long-term impacts.  New Hampshire experiences the rollout of the Affordable Care Act’s new Health Insurance Marketplaces.  And Granite State equestrians protest proposed new rules about how and where they can ride.  We look at New Hampshire news stories that Granite Staters are talking about for the week of September 30th.

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