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
Thu October 3, 2013

The Federal Debt and the Constitution

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As another debt ceiling deadline looms, on top of a government shutdown, we’ll look at what our nation’s defining document, particularly the fourteenth amendment, says about federal debt, as well as the roles of Congress and the President. 

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9:00 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Answering Your Questions About The Health Insurance Marketplace

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As of yesterday, Americans can shop for coverage on these exchanges, set up by the Affordable Care Act. But many people are unaware of these marketplaces and many more have lots of questions- from who’s eligible, to what coverage is available, to how much it might cost.

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9:00 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Government Shutdown Showdown

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With a partial Government closing now in effect – some services will continue, such as the military and the mail. But others won’t- from National forests and Parks to federally-backed loans.   We’ll look at the politics and the economics of this, and gauge reaction in the granite state.

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9:00 am
Mon September 30, 2013

An Opening In Iran?

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After more than three decades of tension and distrust, a new President and his charm offensive have caused hopes for better relations. But skepticism remains… about what Iran’s intentions are – and how other actors like Syria and Israel could play a role.

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Bill Martel, professor at the Fletcher School at Tufts University. His most recent book is called "Victory in War"

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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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