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, hosted by Laura Knoy.  It airs live at 9 AM and rebroadcasts at 7 PM weekdays.

The Exchange is Going Local!

Submit your questions about the regions of New Hampshire for our Going Local series, which you can hear every Thursday starting on July 12th. 

You can ask about where you live, or any other region you are curious about. For example: What are the biggest employers in the Great North Woods? How much does it cost to live on the Seacoast? What fun things can I do in the Monadnock region?

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Coming Up on The Exchange: 

Monday, 7/16 - Call Me American by Abdi Nor Iftin

Tuesday, 7/17 -  Telemedicine

Wednesday, 7/18 - Summer Movies: A Midsummer Check-in 

Thursday, 7/19 - Going Local: The Seacoast Region

Friday, 7/20 -  Weekly N.H. News Roundup

Want to call in during the show or leave us a message? Here's the number: 800.892.6477 

You can also reach the show by email, by tagging us in a tweetfollowing us on Instagram, or sending a message to our Facebook page.

If you can't listen to the live show or don't live in our broadcast area, you can listen to our show online (just open the day's show post below) or subscribe to our podcast. Click here to get it on Apple Podcasts, and click here to find us on Stitcher. (Don't know how to find and listen to podcasts? Click here for a handy guide created by our friends at VPR!)

Call Me American: A Memoir by Abdi Nor Iftin

Jul 13, 2018

As a child in Somalia, Abdi Nor Iftin learned English by watching American action-hero films and listening to American pop stars.  His love of all things American  earned him the nickname Abdi American. But when the radical Islamist group al-Shabaab rose to power in 2006, familiarity with Western culture became something to hide.  Abdi began sending secret dispatches to NPR about worsening conditions in Somalia. After a long and arduous journey, Abdi found his way from Mogadishu to Maine, where he works as an interpreter while attending college.  

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: July 13, 2018

Jul 13, 2018

The N.H. Supreme Court decides that the voting bill defining residency/domicile, HB1264, is constitutional. Candidates for New Hampshire's First congressional district hold their first debate, amid new allegations about State Senator Andy Sanborn. State lawmakers return to Concord to figure out how tax-free New Hampshire can fend off an internet sales tax.  And Attorney General Jeff Sessions visits N.H. to discuss the opioid crisis.

Going Local: The Great North Woods

Jul 11, 2018
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For the first part of our series, Going Local, we look at the Great North Woods

The very top of our state, with its small towns and expansive outdoor recreation options, is a region driven by local government, where school funding, access to well-paying jobs, and retention of a sustainable workforce are all big issues.

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Last week, The Exchange went to the historic Belknap Mill in Laconia to talk to a live audience about what it takes to make New Hampshire's old buildings relevant and useful for today.   

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We get a New Hampshire take on two national issues.  First, your questions on President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh.  A UNH constitutional law expert explains the process. Then, the ramifications of battles over trade: on New Hampshire manufacturers, consumers, workers, and our economy overall.  

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The Exchange will explore a different region of the state every Thursday starting July 12th: the Great North Woods, the White Mountains, the Lakes Region, Dartmouth/Sunapee, the Monadnock Region, the Merrimack Valley, and the Seacoast. 

We look at what makes each region distinct, the biggest issues facing that part of the state, and what people who live there love about their home. 

Feline Domestication: Science, History, and Ethics

Jul 6, 2018

The popularity of exotic cat hybrids (part domestic, part wild) raise moral questions about pet keeping. NHPR podcast Outside/In investigated the culture around this practice for a forthcoming episode of the podcast. We give you a preview, and talk about why "ethical" ownership of domestic cats means something different for different people. 

Check out the forthcoming episode of Outside/In on Thursday, July 19. 

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On Friday, July 6, we do things a little differently on the Weekly New Hampshire News Roundup.

Following the tragedy at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Maryland, we focus on New Hampshire journalists and their experiences in newsrooms around the state: how they do their jobs, what they wish people knew about their profession, and how journalism has changed.  

2018 Summer Book Show

Jul 4, 2018

Whether it's for a tablet, phone, or hardback, booklovers are always on the lookout for what to read when life slows down in the summer.  We hear what's new in fiction,  including a thriller co-written by a best-selling author and a former President.  For non-fiction fans, we review new works of History, Humour and Self-Help.  And as always, some N.H. authors make the list.  Get your pen and paper ready if you are looking for help with ideas for your reading list this summer! 

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Last week, the city of Dover became the first New Hampshire municipality to raise their smoking age from 18 to 21. The new city ordinance prohibits anyone under 21 from buying, using or possessing tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and vaping devices. We look at what kind of impact this law may have on the Dover community, and the state as a whole, and look at similar legislation in Maine and Massachusetts. 

Later in the hour, an update on marijuana legalization across New England. 

It's a golden age for podcasting, with thousands you can listen to any time, anywhere.  NHPR producers discuss the latest trends in podcasting, and give their picks for all kinds of listening, from in-depth reporting, to storytelling, to comedy, and more. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: June 29, 2018

Jun 29, 2018

We look at how Supreme Court decisions on union dues and a tax on internet sales may affect businesses here in the state.  More prominent Republican lawmakers are bowing out of state politics.  And, it's not too early to think about tightening up your home for winter - Eversource says rates are going up almost twenty percent. 

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At a summit in Exeter last week, residents and EPA officials  met to discuss a class of industrial chemicals known as PFAS. It was the first of several sessions addressing concerns about these toxic substances, which have been linked to cancer, among other health problems.  In New Hampshire, these chemicals have been found at high levels at several sites, including Pease International Tradeport and the Saint Gobain plastics factory in Merrimack, prompting concern among nearby communities. State and Federal officials promised action. 

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In this Race for the 1st conversation, The Exchange talks with Bruce Crochetiere, a Republican running in the closely watched race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District. 

Crochetiere is the founder of a technology company, Focus Technology Solutions, and resident of Hampton Falls. 

Studies have shown that reading over summer vacation keeps kids' brains active and reduces stagnation or setbacks in reading levels (known as the "summer slide"). But how often do kids and teenagers read for pleasure these days? We talk with educators, librarians and authors about why independent reading is so important, what books appeal to kids nowadays, and what strategies help encouraage kids to open a book this summer.

The Loneliness Epidemic

Jun 26, 2018
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Loneliness can have a powerful impact on our mental, physical, and social wellbeing. We look at what might be causing loneliness in children, teenagers, and adults, and what it means for our health and happiness.

Donald Hall died this weekend.  Described as "staggeringly prolific," Hall wrote books of poetry, memoirs, short stories, childrens' books, and essays.  We explore Hall's work, and listen to the poet himself from interviews over the years.

Read NHPR's tribute to Hall, and listen to interviews and events with the poet, here. 

A Review of Recent SCOTUS Rulings

Jun 24, 2018
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It's been a busy few weeks at the U.S. Supreme Court. We'll focus on several recent decisions  addressing online business, digital privacy, religious freedom, and sports betting.  The online-sales ruling in particular has made big waves here in New Hampshire. 

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In this Race for the 1st conversation, The Exchange talks with Eddie Edwards, a Republican running in the closely watched race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District. 

Edwards is the former chief of police for South Hampson, and served as the Chief of New Hampshire State Division of Liquor Enforcement. He is a Navy veteran and graduate of the FBI National Academy. 

Our Race for the First conversations focus on the issues at the forefront in the CD1 race, including opioids, guns, veterans, and how each candidate plans to stand out in a crowded race. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: June 22, 2018

Jun 22, 2018

Governor Sununu issues several vetoes, including a long-promised veto of the death penalty repeal that passed this spring. An immigration checkpoint on I 93 results in five arrests -- and more controversy.

And data released by the federal government suggests chemicals known as PFAS may be risky at lower levels than regulated by New Hampshire.

This week's Roundup is hosted by Lauren Chooljian, politics and policy reporter for NHPR's State of Democracy project.

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In this Race for the 1st conversation, The Exchange talks with Naomi Andrews, a Democrat running in the closely watched race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District. 

Andrews is the former chief of staff for Carol Shea-Porter, and also worked as campaign manager for Porter. Andrews is a graduate of Middlebury College, and has a law degree from the University of Richmond. 

Our Race for the First conversations focus on the issues at the forefront in the CD1 race, including opioids, guns, veterans, and how each candidate plans to stand out in a crowded race. 

What's Happening to New Hampshire's Honey Bees?

Jun 20, 2018

Scientists and beekeepers are trying to find out why almost 60% of honey bee hives died out last winter, and even more the winter before.  

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This smoking alternative is sweeping schools nationwide and causing concern.  JUULs are small and easy to hide; they look like a flash drive and come in delicious-smelling flavors.  But manufacturers say their product is squarely aimed at adult smokers, to help them quit.  We look at the arguments. 

This is a rebroadcast of a show that originally aired live on April 25, 2018. 

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Former state senator Molly Kelly explains why she's running for governor and addresses the big issues facing the state, including the opioid epidemic, public education funding, and New Hampshire's energy future.

Kelly is running against former Portsmouth mayor Steve Marchand in the Democratic primary.  The winner will face Governor Chris Sununu. 

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In this Race for the 1st conversation, Laura talks with Andy Sanborn, a Republican running in the closely watched race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District. 

Sanborn is a state senator and current chairman of the Senate Ways and Means and Election Law & Internal Affairs committees. 

Our Race for the First conversations will focus on the issues at the forefront in the CD1 race, including opioids, guns, veterans, and how each candidate plans to stand out in a crowded race. 

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Since moving into the state in 2013, the invasive Emerald Ash Borer has been diminishing local ash tree poplations. Now, New Hampshire's forrests face a threat from another non-native insect: The Southern Pine Beetle. On Monday, June 18, the Exchange discusses the these two wood-boring beetles and their impact on New Hampshire, how they got here, and what we can do to fight back.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: June 15, 2018

Jun 15, 2018

The state parole board wrestles with public access to hearings.  A V.A. task force issues recommendations for improving N.H. veterans' health care.  And several property-poor districts consider suing the state over its education-funding mechanism.     

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Several high-profile suicides have been the focus of a national conversation, and recent numbers show that the rate in New Hampshire is up nearly 50 percent over the past 20 years. The Exchange on Thursday, June 14, will examine what's causing this rise in suicide deaths, and how N.H. is approaching this difficult topic. 

Mental health professionals urge people suffering from suicidal thoughts to seek help by contacting the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which is available 24 hours a day at (800) 273-8255.

GUESTS:

  • Todd Donovan -   Firefighter and paramedic for the Derry Fire Department and Data Specialist for the Division of Fire Standards and Training and Emergency Medical Services. He has survived several suicide attempts and experienced lifelong depression before receiving treatment as an adult that helped alleviate his illness. He shares his story with first responders and other groups to help spread awareness about treatment and to help prevent suicide. 
  • Ken Norton - Executive Director of  NAMI-NH.  He serves on the steering committee for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and on the N.H. Suicide Prevention Council. He also led devlopment of NAMI- NH's Connect Program,  a national best practice approach to training professionals and communities on suicide prevention and response. 
  • Jennifer Schirmer -  Disaster Behavioral Health Coordinator with N.H. Department of Health and Human Services. She is a licensed mental health counselor and oversees statewide efforts to help those affected by suicide. 

On Thursday, June 14, we're discussing suicide in New Hampshire and efforts underway to prevent it.

Suicide rates were up 48.3 percent from 1999 - 2016 in the Granite State, according to a recent report from the CDC.  We'll examine what might be contributing to this, as well as the latest thinking on how to discuss and prevent suicide.  Submit your questions below. 

Mental health professionals urge people suffering from suicidal thoughts to seek help by contacting the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which is available 24 hours a day at (800) 273-8255.

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New Hampshire Department of Corrections Commissioner Helen Hanks says only patients whose mental illness drives them to extreme violence end up in the state prison’s secure psychiatric unit, and it’s a small group -- on average occupying about 10 of the unit’s 66 beds every year.  

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