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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4:00 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Examining the Expansion of Medicaid

Although the Supreme Court upheld most of the Affordable Care Act, it said states could choose whether to expand Medicaid. Supporters say doing so helps low income Americans gain coverage and boosts the economy. Critics warn it’s government overreach and is simply unaffordable. We’ll get New Hampshire’s take on this debate.

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8:51 am
Tue March 19, 2013

New Hampshire Veterans - On The Iraq War’s Tenth Anniversary

In March of 2003, the U.S. began air strikes in what officials said would be a short war. Eight years later, our forces pulled out with a death toll of more than 4000 Americans and 100,000 Iraqis.  We’ll talk with Granite Staters who served in Iraq, what they experienced and their reflections a decade later.

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8:11 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Checking Up On Child Abuse In New Hampshire

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A leading expert finds a large drop in these cases and suggests likely factors include improved prevention and treatment programs. But there are several ways to interpret these numbers, and in some cases, they don’t match up with what child advocates see in the courts and elsewhere.  We’ll take a new look at this longstanding issue.

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12:02 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Next Week On The Exchange - March 18th, 2013

Next week on the Exchange, we begin with a new look at an old problem: preventing child abuse; then, on the tenth anniversary of the Iraq war, we sit down with Granite State veterans of that conflict and get their outlook on the war a decade after it began; and later, should New Hampshire expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act? We'll talk with lawmakers on both sides of this issue.

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9:00 am
Fri March 15, 2013

New Hampshire News Roundup

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Friday on the Exchange, a news roundup. We’ll look at some of the big happenings in the statehouse over the past week. These include votes on arming teachers, increasing the speed limit on I93, and legalizing marijuana. We’ll find out what happened and also get a quick overview of some of the big themes from town meetings this year.

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9:00 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Handling Panhandlers

City Councilors in Concord are considering more restrictive laws about panhandling. Local police are seeing an increased amount of people asking for money and some residents are saying the panhandlers can be aggressive in their approach. But not everyone is on board- some suggest that this ordinance could be a violation of their First amendment rights and that the real focus should be getting the poor and homeless employed and back on their feet. We'll look at this debate.

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9:00 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Grappling Over The Gas Tax

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On Thursday, a House Committee with once again look at a bill for a 15 cent increase in New Hampshire's gas tax.  Supporters say it's high time, the tax hasn't been raised in more than 2 decades and NH's roads and bridges are in serious need of repair.  Opponents however say that this amounts to a 1 billion dollar tax on Granite Staters at a time when the state is recovery slowly from the recession. We'll hear from both sides of this debate.

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9:00 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Drifting Toward 'Downshifting'

A new report from the NH Center for Public Policy Studies shows that one of the biggest challenges facing cities and towns in the Granite State is reductions in state aid, while the demand for public services remains high.  This is even more amplified during our town meeting season as residents sort out what they can truly afford.  But some lawmakers argue that local control means local responsibility for funding these services.  We'll explore the arguments around this debate.

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9:00 am
Mon March 11, 2013

New Hampshire Health and Human Service Commissioner Nick Toumpas

Today we sit down with New Hampshire's Health and Human Services Commissioner, Nick Toumpas.  After many years of budget cutting, Toumpas may see some funds restored to his budget... from mental health to children in need of services.  Also, he's working on figuring put what the Affordable Care Act could mean for his department, with the 2014 deadline of full-implementation looming.  We'll talk to him about that and take your calls and emails as well.

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4:00 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Next week on the Exchange - March 11th, 2013

Next week on the Exchange, we begin with Health and Human Services Commissioner, Nick Toumpas and looking at the latest issues he's working on from Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act to improving mental health services in the state.  Then, as we enter town meeting season, we look at a recent report showing the impact of 'downshifting' of cost from state, to country to town. And New Hampshire fuels up over a debate on the Gas Tax.  

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9:00 am
Fri March 8, 2013

New Hampshire Reporter Roundtable

A lot of news is happening in New Hampshire this week.  At the Statehouse there have been votes on if New  Hampshire should expand gambling, also a tussle on the gas tax and the House is looking to increase the cigarette tax.  Also members of the House Finance Committee are about to hit the road to get the reaction of Granite Staters on the Governor's budget and New Hampshire lost a entrepreneur and philanthropist this week, Manchester's May Gruber. We'll talk about the biggest stories this week in New Hampshire with a roundtable of reporters.

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9:00 am
Thu March 7, 2013

New Momentum For Medical Marijuana

A New Hampshire House Committee votes tomorrow morning on a bill allowing the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.  If the bill becomes law, it would make New Hampshire the last New England state to allow medical marijuana.  Supporters say that, for some patients, it's the only hope and that New Hampshire needs to catch up with the rest of the region. But concerns of medical marijuana remain, like how to ensure it's only used by truly needy patients and fears that this is just the first step to legalizing pot.

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4:00 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

New Fiction of 2013

Booksellers Michael Herrmann (L) and Dan Chartrand with their picks for new short story collections.
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For our special March Fund Drive kick-off, we bring you an extra program with our "Book Buffs." Two New Hampshire independent booksellers talk about the latest literary offerings, including some from New England authors. We’ll hear what’s coming this spring from the publishing world. We’ll also take your suggestions on what new fiction is tops on your list.

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9:00 am
Tue March 5, 2013

New Hampshire Catholics And Their Hopes For A New Pope

Catholic cardinals from around the world are meeting now, as the process of choosing a new leader gets underway at a time of tremendous upheaval for their church. We’ll find out what religious leaders and others in the Granite state are saying about this and what they think it means for the future.

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9:00 am
Mon March 4, 2013

New Hampshire's Frustration Over Sequestration

More than a year ago, Congress and the President agreed to these spending cuts, said to be so unpleasant they’d force leaders to craft a better deficit reduction plan.   Now, with the cuts set to begin, some predict a major hit to our economy but others believe that fear is exaggerated. We’ll get the latest and reaction in the Granite State.

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4:00 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

NH Governor Maggie Hassan

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan joins us.   We’ll cover some of the major proposals in her new budget, especially the inclusion of eighty-million dollars in revenue from a casino that hasn’t been approved yet.  We’ll also talk about her first two months in office; from relations with the legislature to how much of her agenda she thinks she’ll be able to accomplish and we'll take your calls as well.

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Governor Maggie Hassan - Governor of New Hampshire

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9:00 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Al Qaeda In Africa

Although the death of Osama bin Laden was a major blow to the terrorist group, al Qaeda,  it has found new life in Africa, where groups aligned with its goals and terrorist methods have created what NATO is calling an arc of instability stretching from West African into continent's Horn. We’ll talk with experts on this development and find out what’s at stake for the U.S.

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9:00 am
Wed February 27, 2013

New Hampshire’s University System Chancellor Ed Mackay

After more than three decades working in higher public education, New Hampshire University System Chancellor Ed Mckay is stepping down this week. We’re talking to him about challenge during his term, as well as what awaits his successor.

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  • Ed MacKay - Chancellor of the University System of New Hampshire. Previously, he served in the office for 30 years - as vice chancellor, treasurer, and in senior capacities in budgeting and financial planning.
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9:00 am
Tue February 26, 2013

To Raise Or Not To Raise The Minimum Wage

President Obama has called for an increase in the federal minimum wage, and several New Hampshire Lawmakers have proposed raising it in the state as well. Supporters say this could help lift many out of poverty. But opponents warn it could lead to a loss of jobs. We’ll examine these arguments and how the economy might be affected.

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Dave Juvet - Senior Vice President at the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association

Jeff McLynch – Executive Director of the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute

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8:39 am
Tue February 26, 2013

New Hampshire's Minimum Wage Debate

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To raise or not to raise the minimum wage? President Obama has called for an increase in the federal minimum wage, and several New Hampshire Lawmakers have proposed raising it in the state as well. Supporters say this could help lift many out of poverty. But opponents warn it could lead to a loss of jobs. We’ll examine these arguments and how the economy might be affected.

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Dave Juvet - Senior Vice President at the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association

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9:00 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Citizens For Affordable Energy Founder And CEO, John Hofmeister

Former Shell Oil President John Hofmeister calls for a complete re-think on energy policy.  Hofmeister currently heads the group “Citizens for Affordable Energy.” He says investing in twenty-first century energies is the only stimulus our economy needs.  But that won’t happen, he says, unless private industry takes the reins and government gets largely out of the way.

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John Hofmeister - Founder and CEO, Citizens for Affordable Energy and former Shell Oil President.

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9:00 am
Fri February 22, 2013

“Constitutionally Speaking”…About The Second Amendment

It’s relatively short, only twenty-seven words, but long on controversy.  And it’s recently resurfaced in our debates over gun rights and gun control.  We’ll pick apart the language of the second amendment with two constitutional scholars and examine what our founding fathers may have really meant, and how we look at it, in our time. 

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9:00 am
Thu February 21, 2013

A New Chance For New Hampshire Charter Schools

In her State of the State Address, Governor Hassan proposed to restore some funding to these alternative public schools, but under certain conditions, including more of a focus on traditionally underserved students.  Now educators both within and outside charter schools are looking at what this means…we’ll find out more, and if  lawmakers in the House and State Senate agree with the Governor.

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9:00 am
Wed February 20, 2013

How Much Energy Is Too Much Energy?

Vermont editor Tom Butler says no matter how energy efficient we become, there’s a limit to our consumption, even with renewable green sources. Instead, he says, we must recognize the true costs of our relentless search for resources to power perpetual growth. We’ll look at this idea and others presented in a sweeping new book called Energy.

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9:00 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Fretting Over The Farm Bill

Congress is in the midst of renewing this giant legislation, after missing its first deadline to do so.  And New Hampshire farmers are keeping an eye on this process, they want assurances a final measure won’t just favor big agribusiness, but also, the smaller farms prevalent in our region.  We’ll find out the bill might include and what’s at stake for the Granite State.

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9:00 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Crunching The Numbers To Governor Hassan's Budget Address

Yesterday, Governor Maggie Hassan presented her priorities for state spending. It was a long list that included more funding for mental health, higher education, state troopers and a new women’s prison.  On the funding side – Hassan proposed a higher tobacco tax and Casino Gambling. But not everyone agrees that the numbers add up.  We’ll look at the details and where the budget battles go from here.  

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8:36 am
Thu February 14, 2013

New Hampshire’s Gun Debate: How We Got Here

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As part of NHPR’s series, A Loaded Issue, we take a historical look at our attitudes toward firearms that have shaped our laws then and now.  A libertarian streak, along with a rural hunting culture in the Live Free or Die state, has meant few restrictions on firearms.  But new arrivals have brought changing attitudes towards guns.

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Andy Smith- Director of UNH Survey Center and Associate Professor of Political Science.

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9:00 am
Wed February 13, 2013

New Hampshire Reacts To President Obama’s State Of The Union Address

It’s the first State of the Union of President Obama's second term, and a major opportunity for him to set the agenda for the next four years…from jobs to reviving the economy.  But the President will have to bring Congress along with that agenda and that might not be easy. We’ll listen back to parts of the speech, talk about where there may be agreements and what the major roadblocks might be?

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Dante Scala - Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of New Hampshire. He tweets @graniteprof.

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9:00 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Revising RGGI

Under RGGI, or the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, power-plants in nine Northeastern states, including New Hampshire, have had to cap carbon emissions for the past four years.  Now, RGGI officials want to lower the caps, making utilities tighten up more, but there’s opposition to this in New Hampshire. We look at the arguments and what may happen next!

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Grant Bosse - Lead Investigator for the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy.

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9:08 am
Mon February 11, 2013

N.H. Gambling Debate Continues

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It's another roll of the dice for gambling in the Granite State. This year, there are again proposals to expand gambling here, a perennial debate in our legislature.  But the House traditionally opposes these bills, and they’ve never become law. Now, though, supporters feel they’ve finally been dealt a good hang, given Governor Hassan’s stated support for some type of expansion.

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Lou D’Allesandro – Democratic state senator from Manchester who has sponsored many gambling proposals.

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