The Exchange

Live at 9 a.m., repeat at 7 p.m.

The Exchange is New Hampshire's only locally produced statewide call-in talk show. It's hosted by Laura Knoy.

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Coming Up on The Exchange:

Monday, 8/14 - Cleaning Up N.H.'s Contaminated Water

Tuesday, 8/15 - N.H. Responds To The Turmoil In Charlottesville

Wednesday, 8/16 - Trauma Training In Schools To Handle Opioid Crisis

Thursday, 8/17 - The New School Year: A Teacher Roundtable 

Friday, 8/18 - Weekly N.H. News Roundup

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: August 18, 2017

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Continued fallout and reactions to events in Charlottesville, VA, dominate the headlines this week. New Hampshire politicians respond to the President’s ambiguous statements on white supremacy. And yes, there are white supremacists here in New Hampshire. 

In other news, the federal government says New Hampshire's Medicaid funding mechanism might possibly be illegal. Manchester is considering filing it's own lawsuit against an opioid company for it's alleged role in the state opioid crisis.

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Before the new school year, we hear from several teachers from across the state, who work in different grade levels, about their hopes, concerns and goals for the upcoming year, from teaching the fundamentals to mandated testing, to creating a positive classroom climate. 


Educating The Educators On Childhood Trauma

Aug 15, 2017
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As the opioid crisis continues to rupture families, the emotional impact on children is widespread. In some school districts, mental health experts are training teachers, school nurses, and administrators to better manage the trauma faced by students, in order to help them cope and learn.


After the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, people in this region are looking more closely at local racist and anti-Semitic groups: their statements, their plans, and what may happen next.  We'll talk about those issues and gauge the overall New Hampshire reaction to what happened this weekend. 


Cleaning Up New Hampshire's Contaminated Water

Aug 11, 2017
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Last spring, the chemical PFOA was found in unusually high levels in wells in Southern New Hampshire, and, before that, on the Seacoast. Since then, the state has allocated millions to study and fix these sites, but critics worry the guidelines for contaminated water, and the work being done, aren't enough.  


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: August 11, 2017

Aug 10, 2017

N.H.'s Attorney General files to sue Purdue Pharma over its role in the state’s opioid crisis. The President declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency - or did he?  The ACLU and the Secretary of State's Office agree N.H. will share voter information with the Trump election commission, but not as a digital database.  And Keno will be on the ballot in several N.H. cities this November.


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With efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act set aside, states have been struggling to stabilize their Obamacare insurance markets, likely to see double-digit rate increases.  In New Hampshire, officials have been debating how to proceed -- while keeping an eye on what Congress or the President  might do next. 


Anticipating the Solar Eclipse Celestial Event

Aug 9, 2017
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We get a preview of this month's total solar eclipse with a team of N.H. astronomers.  Although New Hampshire won't be in the "zone of totality," find out how to safely watch as the moon blocks out nearly 62% percent of the sun's light in N.H. on August 21.  The moon will being moving in front of the sun around 1:30pm, with peak coverage around 2:45pm.  In other astronomical news, we take a look back at 40 years of space exploration with  NASA's Voyager mission, the Curiosity Rover, and what Cassini has learned before it is deliberately crashed into Saturn.  


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The Exchange spoke with two independent craft brewers in New Hampshire, Nicole Carrier, of Throwback Brewery in North Hampton, Michael Hauptly-Pierce, of Lithermans Limited in Concord, and director of the new brewery at UNH, Cheryl Parker. UNH is starting a brewing minor in its College of Life Sciences and Agriculture this fall. 

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Microbrews, nanobrews, tasting rooms, and seasonal pours...independent craft beer is on the rise in New Hampshire, but what is its economic impact? For beer fans and non-drinkers alike, the increase in small breweries is affecting New Hampshire tourism and small-town business growth. 


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A new report weighs the economic pros and cons of second homes, especially in towns where they make up a huge chunk of local real estate. A recent forecast of state job growth holds good news for health care workers...and bad news for teachers.  And U.S. News ranks the fifty states, and finds Massachusetts and New Hampshire are the best.


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: August 4, 2017

Aug 4, 2017

President Trump called New Hampshire a "drug-infested den," according to a transcript published by the Washington Post, and that's spurring strong reactions from local politicians and advocates alike.

Lawmakers and public officials are concerned about the health of the individual health insurance marketplace in New Hampshire, as rates are projected to increase significantly in the next year.

The Manchester VA gets a visit from U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin after whistle blowers alleged terrible conditions in the medical center.

And the state women's prison project has been delayed again. We'll cover these stories and more. 


As baby boomers age, and the opioid crisis continues to ravage the state, there is a rising need for guardians of people older than 18. But taking on someone else's financial and/or healthcare needs can be costly and emotionally taxing. We'll find out about the process in New Hampshire. 


Don't Swat That Bug! Beneficial Insects in N.H.

Aug 2, 2017
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Although ticks, mosquitos, and emerald ash borers get all the attention, New Hampshire is full of beneficial insects.  From predators to parasites to pollinators, countless species enhance our ecosystem. We identify these helpful insects and learn how they help in our gardens, forests, and even in harsh mountain environments.  

This show originally aired on July 12, 2017. 

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Climate change, which causes rising temperatures, increasingly severe weather events, and shrinking habitats, negatively impacts the moose and loon populations of New Hampshire more than any other factors -- including human interference from road construction or hunting and fishing practices.

That's according to longtime wildlife observers, who joined The Exchange to deliver an update on these two beloved new Hampshire species. 

 

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Senator Maggie Hassan says she was outraged by allegations of substandard care at the Manchester VA Medical Center, first reported in The Boston Globe.    Hassan and other delegation members are planning to meet with U.S. Secretary of Veteran Affairs David Shulkin, who is visiting the Center this Friday, August 4.  Hassan also talked with The Exchange about what's next for the ACA,  after the recent failure of Repeal and Replace, and about whether Medicare for All, now being pushed by Senator Bernie Sanders, has a chance. She didn't seem to think so.  See highlights from the entire conversation below.    

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For many Granite Staters, these creatures symbolize what makes our wild places special, but both face threats that are reducing their numbers. We'll discuss these threats, and ongoing efforts to support these animals.


A Conversation With Senator Maggie Hassan

Jul 30, 2017
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New Hampshire U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan will be our guest on NHPR's The Exchange Monday, July 31.

There is no shortage of issues in Washington D.C., and we'll ask Hassan about several of them, including the ongoing debate over health care and President Trump's recent announcement regarding banning transgender people from the military. We'll also get her take on the investigation into the Manchester VA Medical Center.

 


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: July 28, 2017

Jul 27, 2017

New Hampshire's Congressional delegation reacts to President Trump’s announcement via Twitter that transgender people would no longer be able to serve in the U.S. military.  Dozens of veterans show up at a town hall event to hear how VA officials are addressing allegations of unsanitary conditions and insufficient care at the Manchester VA Medical Center.  And Manchester officials post signs designed to discourage people from giving money to panhandlers.

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A new bike-share program has launched in Manchester, making it yet another city, alongside Portsmouth, Hanover, and Laconia, to offer bike rentals at various locations around the city. And infrastructure modifications, including complete streets, which allow safe use for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians, are popping up all over the state. Still, many cyclists, and drivers, do not understand how to co-exists on our roads. We'll look at the latest in road safety, bike sharing, and cyclist/pedestrian-friendly infrastructure. 


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Both Tesla and Volvo recently announced new innovations in electric car design, as more automobile companies augment their cars with increased fuel-efficiency, battery capacity, and hybrid technology. These new cars also bring new infrastructure, including home-charging stations and electric car ports in parking lots and at businesses. We'll talk about what you should know about investing in an electric car, and how they impact both the environment and the future of driving. 


Economist and Harvard professor Mihir Desai uses philosophy, film, literature, and history to analyze finance as an institution built on morality and humanity. His book , The Wisdom of Finance, explores how the financial industry can be understood through culture, and how deeply finance impacts our personal lives. 


Healing Hands of Nature: Wilderness Therapy

Jul 21, 2017
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Wilderness Therapy is a form of treatment that uses the natural world and wilderness settings to address behavioral and mental health issues in teens. With a history dating back to the nation’s earliest summer camps, the idea of nature as healer has deep roots. But with a tattered history of institutional abuse, patchwork oversight, and absent legislation, is this treatment option too wild to be trusted?  We partner with NHPR's Outside/In to explores these issues.


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: July 21, 2017

Jul 21, 2017

Two top officials at the VA Medical Center in Manchester were removed after a Boston Globe report detailing  allegations of substandard care at the facility.  New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner attends the first official meeting of the Trump administration’s election integrity commission.  And New Hampshire became the 22nd state and the last state in New England to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.


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The Manchester VA Medical Center is under federal investigation after a report by the Boston Globe's Spotlight team  revealed allegations of seriously substandard care at the facility. Among the conditions described in the report: an operating room infested with flies, veterans with crippling spinal damage that might have been prevented, and obsolete surgical instruments.   

After top officials there were removed, Alfred Montoya was named interim director. Montoya is also director of the White River Junction VA. We talked with him four days after he landed in Manchester and a day after a pipe failure flooded five floors of the hospital. 

Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jennifer A. Villalovos; U.S. Navy

 The Manchester VA Medical Center is under investigation after a scathing report by the Boston Globe's Spotlight team  revealed allegations by medical staff of seriously substandard care at the facility. Among the conditions described in the report: an operating room infested with flies, veterans with crippling spinal damage that might have been prevented, and obsolete surgical instruments. We look into what happened, and how these problems fit into a broader picture of trouble with the Veterans Administration.  

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New Hampshire's Attorney General Gordon MacDonald recently announced a criminal investigation into sexual assault allegations at St. Paul's School, in Concord. We discussed recent local stories involving private schools such as St. Paul's, as well as the broader culture in elite boarding schools that may contribute to this issue.  And we talked with a N.H. lawmaker who says she'll be working on changing laws to better protect victims of sexual violence.  


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State Senate candidates David Boutin, Republican and former state Senator, Kevin Cavanaugh, Democrat and Manchester alderman, and Jason Dubrow, a Libertarian active in town government in Dunbarton, joined The Exchange to discuss issues important to New Hampshire voters. Voting takes place on July 25. 

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We're talking with the three candidates who want to be the next state senator from District 16. The issues they're talking about impact all of the Granite State, including public education, child protection, taxes, and workforce development. 


Skin Cancer: The Latest Research, News, And Advice

Jul 17, 2017
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New England is not known for its sunny skies, but it is known for high rates of skin cancer. Why are Granite Staters highly vulnerable to this disease, including the most virulent type, melanoma? We'll look at this, and at why there's cause for optimism, particularly when it comes to prevention and a promising treatment, immunotherapy.

This show originally aired on June 1, 2017. 

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