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This week on The Exchange:

Monday, 3/30: N.H.’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Tuesday, 3/31: General Stan McChrystal

Wednesday, 4/1: Political Junkie Ken Rudin

Thursday, 4/2: T.B.A.

Friday, 4/3: Friday N.H. News Roundup

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Political Junkie Ken Rudin On Indiana's Religious Freedom Bill, The Federal Budget, And Ted Cruz

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It's our monthly check in with Political Junkie Ken Rudin. We're covering some of the top political stories of recent weeks including Indiana's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act, federal budget proposals from congress, and the latest from the presidential field of hopefuls.

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9:00 am
Tue March 31, 2015

General Stanley McChrystal, Former Top Commander In Afghanistan

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Retired General Stanley McChrystal visits New Hampshire this week. We’ll ask him about the situation in Afghanistan, where he was top commander of the international coalition, and get his take on spreading conflicts in the Middle East.  We’ll also find out about his proposal to create a year of national service for young Americans.

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9:00 am
Mon March 30, 2015

New Hampshire's Rx Monitoring Program, And The Region's Opioid Problem

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New Hampshire officials call it a public health epidemic: record numbers of Granite Staters are overdosing and dying because of opioid drugs, especially heroin.   We’ll find out how this problem grew so quickly, and the state’s responses to it, including a relatively new prescription drug monitoring program.

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9:00 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Friday N.H. News Roundup - March 27th, 2015

A look at the biggest New Hampshire news of the week: budget battles kick into a higher gear, as the House prepares to vote on final plan. Republican presidential hopefuls continue to spring up, with frequent Granite State visitor Ted Cruz the first to declare candidacy. And an energy bill energizes opposition among solar-power companies concerned about big utilities.

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9:00 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Less Medicine, More Health: A Conversation With Dartmouth's Dr. Gilbert Welch

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Less Medicine, More Health. That’s the contradictory-sounding title of a new book by Dartmouth researcher and Doctor Gilbert Welch. It’s a challenge to the conventional wisdom among patients and providers that more testing and more treatment is always better.  Welch says in some cases, you can have too much health care – and can even be harmed by it.

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9:00 am
Wed March 25, 2015

The Road To Better Infrastructure: Ideas in N.H. And Around The Country

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Recent proposed cuts to New Hampshire's transportation budget caused outrage in the Statehouse, and even a Republican-backed effort to raise the gas tax. Meanwhile, other states are also struggling to keep up with road and bridge repair, with some trying new ways to pay for infrastructure.

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9:00 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Sex Offender Policy: Registries, Residency Restrictions, And Beyond

Laws limiting where sex-offenders can live have been used in many towns and states aimed at protecting vulnerable populations, especially children. But a growing chorus of critics from police to civil rights attorneys argues these laws are unconstitutional and even counterproductive. We'll look at the options that communities have in dealing with this sensitive issue.

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9:00 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Right To Work: Why The States Are Divided And The Debate In N.H.

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Right to Work bills, which are about the power of unions to collect dues, have been debated in New Hampshire many times before. Now, as right to work continues to gain ground around the country, we’ll review the history and the arguments around it, and how New Hampshire fits into the national picture.

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9:00 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Friday N.H. News Roundup - March 20th, 2015

A look at the biggest New Hampshire news of the week: the state budget moved front-and-center this week with Republicans and Democrats wrangling over propsed cuts to Health and Human Services, the Department of Transportation, and the state university system. The Department of Corrections is having budget troubles of its own, forcing them to delay construction on a new women's prison in Concord. And the latest from presidential hopefuls in the Granite State including Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Spring Book Picks 2015

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Two local independent booksellers give us their picks for new reads of 2015. Scroll down for a complete list of books mentioned during today's show.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Teaching Kids About Money With N.Y. Times Columnist Ron Lieber

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Of all the difficult conversations between parents and children, talking about money may be the one parents are the least prepared for. This, despite the constant stream of financial news and data all around us. We talk with New York Times columnist Ron Lieber about where parents should draw the line between educating their children about money and unnecessarily involving them in the financial stress of an adult life.

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9:00 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Science Cafe: A Closer Look At Sugar

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Our Science Café tackles sugar: the average American now eats about 130 pounds of sugar every year. It’s in everything from tomato sauce to milk. But what exactly is sugar? And how does it affect our bodies?

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9:00 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Feds Allow Four N.H. School Districts To Try A New Approach On Standardized Tests

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Last week four New Hampshire districts received federal approval to reduce the number of required standardized tests. This pilot program, the first-of-its-kind in the country, will replace most ‘Smarter Balanced’ tests with assessments written by local teachers. In doing so, the hope is to make testing more representative of what students know, and less of a disruption to day-to-day learning.

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9:00 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Friday N.H. News Roundup - March 13th, 2015

Voters gather at town meetings to have their annual say on local spending, with many this year, saying “no” to new ventures.  At the Statehouse, lawmakers tackle an enormous array of bills from the minimum wage to marijuana.  And as the snowbanks melt, Presidential candidates are blooming in Granite State.

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9:00 am
Thu March 12, 2015

N.H. Lawmakers Consider Marijuana Decriminalization And Legalization

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Under a law passed last year in New Hampshire, people with certain medical conditions can use marijuana. Now, lawmakers are considering decriminalizing possession of small amounts of the drug and studying the legalization question. These debates are sweeping the country, even as the drug remains illegal under federal law.

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9:00 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Anthem Breach & Cybersecurity: What Granite Staters Need To Know

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A recent breach at insurance giant Anthem compromised the personal information of as many as eighty million Americans including more than six hundred thousand granite-staters. It was just the latest hacking attack of a major company, following Home Depot and Target. We’ll look at why this keeps happening and what protections show promise.

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9:00 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Countering Violent Extremism: A Talk With Haroon Ullah

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We sit down with U.S. diplomat and Islam expert Haroon Ullah to discuss the emergence of ISIS and other terrorist groups. While there is worldwide condemnation of their violence, the U.S. and other nations are struggling with how best to mobilize against them. We’ll explore the roots of this thorny issue and some of the myths that our guest says surround it.

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9:00 am
Mon March 9, 2015

A Look At Libertarianism With The Cato Institute's David Boaz

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This weekend in Manchester, New Hampshire’s own ‘Free State Project’ will hold its yearly convention. We sit down with Liberty Forum speaker David Boaz of the CATO Institute, to check in on this galvanized political movement.

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  • David Boaz: executive vice president of the Cato Institute. He will speak at the Free State Project's Liberty Forum this weekend. His new book is 'The Libertarian Mind.'
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9:00 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Friday N.H. News Roundup - March 6, 2015

A look at the biggest New Hampshire news of the week: A flurry of activity in the statehouse with bills aimed at protecting minors from cigarette smoke and tanning beds in motion. Senators sideline a proposal to reopen and expand the Balsams resort. And the House votes for a longer list of illnesses eligible for medical marijuana. Meanwhile in Boston, the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev brings back painful memories.

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9:00 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Assessing N.H.'s Support System For People With Disabilities

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The state has long worked to support people with disabilities in the least restrictive ways as possible, preferably right at home. But a small group still end up in institutions. Now though, one of these facilities is getting a hard look after reports of abuse.  We’ll discuss this system overall and where more oversight might be needed.

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9:00 am
Wed March 4, 2015

Political Junkie Ken Rudin On Netanyahu's Visit, Supreme Court Cases, And Keystone Pipeline Veto

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We will check in with Political Junkie Ken Rudin about some of the top stories in politics this month: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stirs the political pot with his address to Congress this week, a last minute deal kicks the funding can down the road for the Department of Homeland Security, and President Obama makes good on his veto threat for the Keystone Pipeline.

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9:00 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Even As N.H.'s Economy Improves, Wage Stagnation Persists

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The economic recovery seems to have picked up steam in recent months, with the unemployment rate approaching pre-recession levels and the stock market reaching all-time highs. But for many, the economic indicator that matters the most, wage growth, has remained stubbornly flat. Today, a conversation about the causes, history, and potential fixes for an economic problem that is quickly becoming a national political issue.

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9:00 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Foreign Correspondent, H.D.S. Greenway: 50 Years Reporting From The Front Lines

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We get the scoop on H.D.S. Greenway’s fifty years as a correspondent covering conflicts -- from Vietnam to the Balkans, Pakistan to Gaza, and Iraq to Afghanistan.  Greenway’s new memoir includes many larger-than-life tales, including shouting his stories over patchy phone lines to get the news out and suffering shrapnel wounds during the Tet Offensive.

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9:00 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Friday N.H. News Roundup - February 27, 2015

A look at the biggest New Hampshire news of the week: political heavyweights Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Marco Rubio descend on the Granite State. Anthem reveals that more than six hundred thousand New Hampshire customers were affected by the recent data hack. And the Associated Press explores the impact of declining federal funding for the state’s roads.

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9:00 am
Thu February 26, 2015

N.H. Debates The Growing Reliance On Adjunct Professors

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As the number of teaching positions filled by non-tenure track, often part-time ‘adjunct professors’ has increased, this group gains attention for what it describes as low pay, few benefits, and lack of job security. But with tough financial times at higher ed institutions across the country, schools say there’s just not enough money.

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9:00 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Democratic Party Dynamics Heading Into 2016

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Although attention has been focused on the GOP field of presidential hopefuls, there are also interesting developments among Democrats, including unflagging efforts among progressives to convince the seemingly unmoved Senator Elizabeth Warren to run.  We’ll look at these dynamics in the context of policy debates within the party.

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9:00 am
Tue February 24, 2015

U.S.-Iran Relations And The Nuclear Negotiations

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After years of diplomatic false-starts, a deal over Iran’s nuclear program may finally be in sight. But as negotiators race to reach agreement by the end of March deadline, domestic politics, international relations, and a long history of mistrust threaten to derail what many see as a last best chance for a diplomatic solution.

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9:00 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Rethinking Redistricting

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The U.S. census every ten years redistributes Congressional seats based on population changes.  While it may seem inevitable that this process would favor whichever party is in power, redistricting has been used over the years to stack the political deck. Some say this is harming the democratic process and that reform is in order.

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9:00 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Friday N.H. News Roundup - February 20, 2015

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We're looking at the top stories of the week: lawmakers return to the perennial debate around casino gambling in the state, a house bill would bring New Hampshire into line with the rest of New England in decriminalizing marijuana possession, and the Mount Washington summit records the world’s second coldest temperatures.

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9:00 am
Thu February 19, 2015

The State of Political News Coverage: E.J. Dionne & Dan Balz

Reporter Dan Balz and columnist E.J. Dionne are in the state for an award ceremony at UNH Law.  We’ll get their thoughts on how political coverage has changed, especially of events such as the New Hampshire primary, but also what they hope won’t change in terms of ethics and standards.

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