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The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Friday N.H. News Roundup - January 30, 2015

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We're looking at some of the top stories of the week: Granite Staters mop up from the storm, with many saying it wasn’t as bad as it could have been, the State receives 14 applications from those hoping to run medical marijuana dispensaries,  a new bill is filed on voter residency requirements, and Fish and Game debates drones and other technology in hunting.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Big Dig 2? The Debate Over Boston's 2024 Olympic Bid

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There’s been celebration but also consternation among Bostonians, since their city was chosen as the U.S. candidate to host the twenty-twenty-fours summer games. Boosters foresee economic growth, while opponents warn of logistical and financial nightmares.  Meanwhile, Granite Staters are wondering what’s in it for them.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Standardized Testing: Why It Doesn't Work And How To Fix It

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You hear a lot of grumbling these days that students and teachers are overwhelmed by testing regimes aimed at keeping districts accountable.  We talk with an author who says there are better ways to track of how are kids and educators are doing.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue January 27, 2015

The Battle To Save The Bats

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First the latest on impacts of the severe weather we’re seeing in the region, from roads to the power grid. Then, the battle to save the bats: we're talking with a UNH researcher about signs of resilience among bats, devastated by white-nose syndrome, and new findings about their immune systems that could lead to treatments for some human diseases.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Immigration Impasse: The Future Of Reform

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Late last year, President Obama issued sweeping directives for allowing a certain group of undocumented immigrants to remain here without fear of deportation. On Capitol Hill, opposition is fierce among Republicans, who are now coming up with ways to undo these actions.  We’ll find out more, including impacts in the Granite State.

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9:00 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Friday N.H. News Roundup - January 23, 2015

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We’re talking about the top news stories of the week: lawmakers start to dig into this year’s bills on subjects from out-of-state health insurance to mandatory paid sick leave, Health and Human Services officials unveil a huge shortfall, and hundreds rally at the Statehouse for campaign finance reform.

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  • Jeff Feingold – editor of the New Hampshire Business Review
  • Josh Rogers – senior political reporter for NHPR

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu January 22, 2015

As STEM Dominates The Discussion, How Do The Humanities Fit In?

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A new report urges New Hampshire schools to improve science, technology, engineering, and math education. It’s part of a national preoccupation stemming from lackluster scores on these subjects among American students. But some say this emphasis is edging out other, equally important areas from writing skills to civics to the arts.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Federal Debt: How Worried Should We Be?

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Although the debt debate has receded, some keeping a close eye on the issue continue to advocate for urgent measures to address what they see as an ever-looming problem. But others say those fears are overblown and that the priority should be economic investment and boosting the middle class.

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9:00 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Single-Payer Health Care In VT: What Happened & What's Next

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The Governor has set aside what was to be called “Green Mountain Care”: an attempt to be the first state with its own single-payer health system that gained national attention.  But the plan unraveled at the end of last year, largely due to the costs involved.  We’ll find out what happened and what might be next.

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9:00 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Remembering The March On Washington

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We talked with African Americans living in northern New England about the civil rights protest that helped change the course of racial history in the US.  Fifty years later, Americans are still contemplating the legacy of that day and debating the extent to which Dr. Martin Luther king’s dream of racial equality has been fulfilled.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Friday N.H. News Roundup - January 16, 2015

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We’re talking about the top news stories of the week: the Governor’s STEM Task Force releases its recommendations on boosting science, technology, nngineering and math education, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul returns to the Granite State, fueling more Presidential speculation,  and southern New Hampshire ponders the impact of a Boston Olympics.

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9:00 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Charlie Hebdo & The Future Of Free Expression

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Last week’s violence in France linked to depictions of Mohammad in a French satirical magazine, has sparked a global conversation about speech, art, satire, free expression and what the limits are.  We’ll look at that discussion as it’s unfolding in this country, from our leading news outlets, to local community groups.

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9:00 am
Wed January 14, 2015

A New Normal?: N.H.'s Post-Recession Economy

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Although the state has regained all the jobs it lost in the Great Recession, many are said to be part-time or lower paying.   Still, the U.S. economy seems to be on a roll, and optimism appears to be taking hold. We’re looking at who’s faring well and why in the Granite State, and who’s been left behind.

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9:00 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Poverty Under A Microscope In N.H.

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Following up on our homelessness show yesterday, we’re looking at the broader issue of poverty in New Hampshire.  While the state has one of the nation’s lowest poverty rates, it doesn’t always do well on certain measures, like childhood poverty. We’re looking at the latest numbers, and some of the efforts to address the issue.

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9:00 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Homelessness In New Hampshire

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A recent report shows that the overall population is down, but the problem persists and has even increased among certain groups including veterans.  Now, with diverse efforts across the state to help the homeless, there is active discussion, and some disagreement, within communities about the best approach.

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9:00 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Friday N.H. News Roundup - January 9, 2015

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We're looking at the top stories of the week: Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan is inaugurated for a second term, while a new Republican-led legislature begins a new session amid turmoil over who should lead the G.O.P. House agenda.  And the state liquor commission dives into what “Made in NH” really means. 

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9:00 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Does Homework Matter? N.H. Educators Weigh In

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The emerging focus in New Hampshire on what’s called “competency-based” education, emphasizes mastery of a subject over time in class or number of worksheets completed.  But traditional homework has many defenders, who say it solidifies class learning and fosters good study habits.

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9:00 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Political Junkie Ken Rudin On The New Congress, Cuba Relations, & Obama's Priorities

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In our monthly check-in with political junkie Ken Rudin, we're covering some of the top national political stories of recent weeks, including the swearing in of a new Congress, the President holding the line on his priorities, and an ever-growing crop of presidential contender possibilities.

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9:00 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Science Cafe: Cancer Screenings - How Much Is Too Much?

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Our Science Café tackles medical screening: while advances allow detection of diseases like prostate and breast cancer much earlier, some in the medical field worry about the potential for over-diagnosis and overtreatment.  But patients and doctors alike are dealing with risk and anxiety, and many feel that if widespread testing can save even one life, it’s worth it.

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9:00 am
Mon January 5, 2015

N.H. Legislative Roundup: A Look Ahead To 2015

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We sit down with New Hampshire House and Senate leaders to talk about what might be in store this new session. 2015 is a budget year, so expect state spending and revenues to take center stage.  And beyond that, we'll talk about a few of the 800 bill requests have been filed so far, on topics ranging from voter registration to restrictions on drones. 

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8:00 am
Fri January 2, 2015

Best Of 2014 - "The Teacher Wars: A History Of America’s Most Embattled Profession"

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A new book explores the tumultuous history of public education: from racial integration, to unions and teacher-tenure, to standardized tests and charter schools. We’re sitting down with writer Dana Goldstein to discuss why the profession has long been so fraught, and how it’s affected the schooling of our kids. 

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9:00 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Best Of 2014 - Attention Turns To Millennials As They Enter The Workplace In Droves

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With this generation of young adults coming into its own, we look at who they are and what motivates them.  Some say they’re entitled, obsessed with technology, and have short attention spans - but others say Millennials are highly creative, dynamic and more open to new ways of looking at society.

This show was originally broadcast on May 27, 2014.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Best Of 2014 - The Science Of Marijuana: What We Do & Don't Know

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This week, The Exchange will play the five best shows of 2014, as voted by you. Here's a November program on the science of marijuana. With legalization in two states now, and a growing number of others allowing medical use of marijuana, advocates and opponents alike are looking for answers to back up their positions.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Best of 2014 - How We Talk About Race In N.H.

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This spring, after racist remarks by Los Angeles Clippers Owner Donald Sterling and Wolfeboro Police Commissioner Robert Copeland, outrage dominated national headlines. Now, after events in Ferguson and New York City, race relations seem more fraught than ever, but a call for a more honest conversation about race still resonates.

This program originally aired on June 5, 2014.

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9:00 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Best Of 2014 - Stressed Out: Who, Why, And How

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This week, The Exchange will play the five best shows of 2014, as voted by you. Here's a July program on stress: From major challenges like chronic illness or financial problems to minor annoyances like traffic jams or inconsiderate neighbors, stress affects us all.  For some, it can be overwhelming, while others find ways to cope and even use it to their advantage. In connection with the NPR series on this topic, we’re exploring the latest thinking on stress.

This program was originally broadcast on July 17, 2014.

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The Exchange
4:00 pm
Sun December 28, 2014

The Exchange: Five Best Shows Of 2014

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Last month we asked listeners to vote for their five favorite shows of 2014. The winners ranged from health and science to conversations about race. Here are the winners, which we're airing all this week:

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Top Nine N.H. News Stories of 2014

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A special edition of the Friday New Hampshire News Roundup: we review the major stories of the year -- from the midterm elections to the Market Basket saga, and more. 

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  • Jeff Feingold – editor of the New Hampshire Business Review.
  • 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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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Gerald Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol'

Gerald Dickens
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We're listening back to a seasonal favorite, our 2005 conversation with Gerald Charles Dickens, Charles Dickens's great-great-grandson and an actor. He has been touring America for the past several years with his one-man performance of "A Christmas Carol," and we spoke with him about the legacy of his namesake and the magic of "A Christmas Carol." He also performed a handful of scenes from his show.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Evaluating Charities: What Donors Need To Know

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We’re taking a look at charitable giving in New Hampshire – from what factors donors should consider, to why Granite Staters give so little.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon December 22, 2014

The Sky Guys' Top Space Stories Of 2014

'Best picture by Joel Kowsky' of Antares rocket explosion during liftoff, October 28, 2014
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It was a big year for Mars, with India getting into the game and launching its first spacecraft. Meanwhile, the European Space Agency celebrated the successful landing of its probe on a comet. And the private space travel industry lamented the crash of Virgin Galactic’s test craft.

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