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This week on The Exchange:

Monday, 4/20: N.H. Casino Debate

Tuesday, 4/21: U.S. Cuba Relations

Wednesday, 4/22: UNH President Mark W. Huddleston

Thursday, 4/23: Science Cafe: G.M.O.s

Friday, 4/24: Friday N.H. News Roundup

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue April 21, 2015

The Future Of U.S.-Cuba Relations

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The thaw that began last year has developed into a warm spell, with a historic sit-down at the Summit of the Americas, removal of Cuba from the terrorism list, and movement toward reopening embassies. We’re sitting down with Cuba expert Peter Kornbluh, on these events and some of the concerns that have come up.

He'll be speaking about U.S.-Cuba relations at the Portsmouth Public Library on Tuesday at 7pm for World Affairs Council-NH event.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon April 20, 2015

The N.H. Gambling Debate & A Look At The Northeastern Casino Boom

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Like the return of spring crocuses, New Hampshire’s perennial gambling debate is back. Earlier this year, the Senate passed a two-casino bill and sent it to the House, which has been a graveyard for these measures.  We’ll find out if this time will be any different and look at how arguments around economic benefits and social costs have played out in other states.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Friday N.H. News Roundup - April 17th, 2015

State officials move to shut down a special education program at the Lakeview Rehabilitation Center after scathing reports of abuse and neglect and questions about state oversight.  A battle brews in the legislature over cutting business taxes. And after years of decline, there may be some hope for New Hampshire’s moose population.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Ret. Col. Lawrence Wilkerson On The Legacy Of The Iraq War

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More than ten years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the issue still dominates American foreign policy. We’ll speak with Retired Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, who was there from the beginning, serving as chief of staff to then Secretary of State Colin Powell. We’ll get his thoughts on the factors influencing American decision making in Iraq, including money.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Reconsidering N.H. Sentencing Laws

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Decades of a tough-on-crime approach brought mandatory minimum sentences that many now say are too costly – both in social terms and dollars, as prison populations have soared. State lawmakers recently considered removing these for certain nonviolent offenders. But some are urging caution on behalf of public safety.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Scrutinizing Supplements: The Hype And The Hope

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Millions of Americans swear by them, from the daily multivitamin to herbal remedies claiming to cure various ailments. And while some supplements have solid science behind them, others have been questioned by research. Meanwhile, recent reports have found that some products don’t contain the ingredients listed on their labels.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon April 13, 2015

N.H. Remembers The Holocaust: 70 Years Later

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Seventy years after the liberation of Nazi concentration camps, a series of events is occurring this week, remembering the trauma and suffering, and commemorating the millions of lives taken. And organizers say, with rising levels of anti-semitism in Europe, study and remembrance is more important than ever.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Friday N.H. News Roundup - April 10, 2015

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We're looking at some of the top stories of the week: the day after becoming the second official presidential candidate, Rand Paul holds a “Stand with Rand” rally in Milford, the state Senate weighs a bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana that passed the House by a wide margin, and a Manchester woman wows audiences on Jeopardy and wins big.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu April 9, 2015

The Free-Range Parenting Debate: Finding The Balance Between Safety and Independence

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After allowing their six and ten year old children to walk a mile home by themselves, a Maryland couple are fighting accusations of child neglect. The case has inflamed a familiar argument over how much supervision and independence children need. We’ll look behind the clichés and get the range of views on free-range parenting.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed April 8, 2015

The Debate Over Compensation For NCAA Athletes

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College basketball’s March Madness wraps up this week, but there’s another contest underway: the debate over the status of student athletes. Some argue the NCAA should disperse at least a share of its billions among players. Others though, warn that would prematurely turn college athletes into professionals.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Spotlight On The 2016 N.H. House Budget

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Last week, New Hampshire House Lawmakers sent their plan for state revenues and spending to the Senate.  We’ll dig into what they did –and didn’t do– with two House Finance Committee members.  We’ll also examine some of the rhetoric you might have heard and find out what’s true and what may be a matter of interpretation.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Compromise Elusive On N.H Workers' Compensation Laws

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New Hampshire has among the nation’s highest costs, when it comes to handling on-the-job injuries.  And despite many attempts to address that, worker’s comp is a contentious issue with groups representing health providers, businesses, and employees all having strong feelings about what they might win or lose in a compromise.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Friday N.H. News Roundup - April 3rd, 2015

A look at the biggest New Hampshire news of the week: House Republicans pass a budget, turning things over to the Senate. Meanwhile outside the Statehouse, three-hundred protestors stage a “die-in” to highlight the rising toll from substance abuse and to call for more state help.  And Manchester’s Currier Museum of Art joins the growing list of galleries nationwide banning the ‘selfie stick.’

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Sizing Up Civics Education / A Look At N.H.'s Voting Bills

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A bill proposed by fourth graders from Hampton falls was harshly debated and defeated in the legislature last month, leading to some late-night satire but also a conversation about the best way to get students involved in the democratic process. We’ll look at that and also examine bills this year addressing voter requirements.

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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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The Exchange
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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The Exchange
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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The Exchange
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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The Exchange
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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