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This week on The Exchange:

Monday, 7/27: The Science of Sleep

Tuesday, 7/28: Political Polling & The Primary

Wednesday, 7/29: Improving Access to Dental Care

Thursday, 7/30: John Winant

Friday, 7/31: Friday N.H. News Roundup

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After a fiscal committee vote, the top official taksed with coordinating the state's response to substance abuse keeps his job, despite criticism from some Republicans for falling short. Local activists on both sides of the abortion issue face off over funding for Planned Parenthood after anti-abortion activists release secretly taped videos. New Jersey governor and Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie holds his fifteenth town hall while Hillary Clinton holds her second.

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He was governor of New Hampshire, the first head of the Social Security Administration, and U.S. ambassador to Great Britain during World War II. Yet John Gilbert Winant remains little known among Americans. We unearth the history of this unsung Granite Stater and hear about an effort to memorialize his contributions.

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Whether they have insurance or not, many Americans have trouble affording dental care. This leaves many adults -and children- forgoing needed dental care that leads to bigger health problems down the road. But  medical research and many doctors are promoting the idea that insurance for oral health should not be separated from general health insurance, setting the stage for potential reforms to the way we treat the health of our teeth.

The Politics of Polling Ahead of the Primary

Jul 28, 2015
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We look at how pollsters collect data and how that data affects the political process in this upcoming 2016 presidential primary.

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How much sleep do you need and how do you get it? We explore these and other sleep-related questions with the latest on sleep research.

Friday N.H. News Roundup - July 24, 2015

Jul 24, 2015

We're following the top New Hampshire news stories of the week. Governor Hassan makes a budget overture that Republicans find lacking. New Hampshire residents take up arms to defend military recruiting centers. And more visits from presidential candidates, including the latest entrant, Ohio governor John Kasich.

An Update on No Child Left Behind

Jul 24, 2015
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Fourteen years after the implementation of the education program, the federal government attempts to rework education standards from this controversial act. We'll look at how Common Core standards and NCLB overlap, or differ, and what changes this could bring to our school systems.

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While some women leave their job when making the choice to become full-time mothers, experts say there is a wide range of other reasons that women aren’t holding on to jobs at the same rates they used to. This, despite the overall economic improvement of the last few years. We’re looking at some of the social, economic, and political factors that are keeping fewer women are in the labor force today.

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Despite being the widest-ranging and most comprehensive piece of civil rights legislation in American history, the Americans with Disabilities Act doesn't enjoy the same historical treatment as other, better known civil rights landmarks. We speak with author Lennard J. Davis who has chronicled the surprising and compelling history of the law in his new book, Enabling Acts: The Hidden Story of How the Americans with Disabilities Act Gave the Largest U.S. Minority its Rights.

Science Cafe: A Closer Look At Sugar

Jul 20, 2015

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?

This show was originally broadcast on March 17, 2015.

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Friday N.H. News Roundup - July 17, 2015

Jul 17, 2015
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Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte react to President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. Congressman Frank Guinta holds his first town hall meeting since his campaign finance controversy. And Governor Hassan signs a handful of new bills, including one to study ride-sharing services like Uber.

New Angles in the Religious Liberty Debate

Jul 16, 2015
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With the Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriage the law of the land, opponents of that decision are looking to religious liberty as the next forum for debate. But the first amendment’s ‘free exercise of religion’ has much deeper roots, and broader implications than gay rights, from Muslim headscarves to contraception insurance coverage.

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With controversy over police tactics in African-American communities and the slaying of black churchgoers in South Carolina, we check in with the new president of the Manchester branch of the country’s oldest civil rights organization, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

A Progress Report on N.H.'s Mental Health Settlement

Jul 14, 2015
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A year ago, New Hampshire reached a huge legal agreement with those who sued and won, over the poor state of mental services.  Now, a year later a court-ordered report finds progress lagging, on most measures but also praises the state’s commitment by the state to follow through.  We’ll get the details.

Governor Maggie Hassan on the Budget Stalemate

Jul 13, 2015
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In June, the Governor made good on her promise to veto a Republican-backed plan. Now, with government agencies operating under a temporary resolution, political rancor has worsened. We sit down with Governor Maggie Hassan to get her thoughts on the prospects for compromise.

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

Jul 10, 2015
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Governor Hassan faces protest, after her veto of a bill eliminating concealed carry gun permits. Lots of smoke but no fire yet on the state budget, as state agencies ride out the summer in a state of fiscal uncertainty. And retired surgeon and presidential candidate Ben Carson touts his political inexperience.

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Self-driving cars – long the dream of science fiction, are closer to reality than you might think. In fact they’ve already traveled more than one million miles along public highways and bi-ways. Still, there are challenges down the road for the self-driving car, including technical, legal, and psychological, as people take their hands off wheel.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has released several landmark rulings recently, but the decisions on same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act upstaged other major cases -- from redistricting to clean air rules to housing discrimination. We discuss those rulings you haven’t heard about and the impact they may have on New Hampshire.

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Physically restraining or secluding children at school is generally considered a last resort for educators, to keep the classroom safe. But recent reporting has revealed that these techniques are used more frequently than you might expect, and kids with disabilities are disproportionately affected. We dive into the discussion on when it is and isn’t appropriate to restrain kids in school.

Higher Ed In Crisis? What You Need To Know

Jul 6, 2015
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We’re talking with author Goldie Blumenstyk about her new book on the so-called “crisis” in American Higher Education. Blumenstyk  says given rising costs, student debt, and doubts about the value of a degree, crisis is a fair description -- but she also sees some exciting examples of campus innovations that may get us out of our College conundrum.

Friday N.H. News Roundup - July 3, 2015

Jul 3, 2015
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We're talking about the top news stories of the week: Chris Christie becomes the fourteenth contender in the Republican Presidential primary, and heads straight to the Granite State. New Hampshire U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte announces her plans to run for reelection in 2016.  And as of this week, Granite Staters must officially say goodbye to handheld devices in the car.

Top N.H. Lawmakers Discuss State Budget Impasse

Jul 2, 2015
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Since Governor Hassan’s budget veto last week, lawmakers have called for compromise, though there’s been little action on that front. Meanwhile, as state government continues to operate under a temporary resolution, agencies are struggling with uncertainty. We sit down with leaders from both parties to discuss the way forward.

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The US supreme court issues some huge rulings on same-sex marriage and the affordable care act. The shooting deaths of nine black churchgoers in Charleston prompts renewed political discussion of gun control, and the confederate flag. And, the republican presidential field grows ever larger.

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More Americans than ever are renting rather than buying. Reasons range from more stringent mortgage requirements to lifestyle preferences for mobility over stability. Some say owning a home is still a great bet. But others say it’s time to rethink that notion, as well as the tax benefits that favor owners over renters.

Is Gun Violence a Public Health Issue?

Jun 29, 2015
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After the latest mass shooting, both sides of the divisive gun debate are digging in and change appears unlikely. But there are some who frame gun violence in a third way -- as a public health issue. Still others see this as a thinly veiled approach to more gun control.

Friday N.H. News Roundup - June 26, 2015

Jun 26, 2015
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House and Senate lawmakers pass a state budget, which Governor Hassan vetoes as promised. Bobby Jindal joins the crowded field of presidential contenders for the GOP nomination. And bird watchers delight at the sight of rare piping plovers on New Hampshire’s seacoast.

The Emerging Science of Gut Health and Probiotics

Jun 25, 2015
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Scientists have long known that bacteria live in the human gut, working with the digestive system to break down food. But researchers have recently discovered even more far-reaching effects of the trillions of microbes living in our bodies, impacting everything from our immune systems to chronic illness. We examine the science of gut health.

The Dollars and Cents of Recycling in N.H.

Jun 24, 2015
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When local recycling took off in the nineties, it was called a win-win, helping both the environment, and the municipal bottom line. Now, though – the economics aren’t working out as hoped, and some towns are questioning the benefits. We’ll examine the market forces behind this and how they’re playing out in New Hampshire.

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For years Americans have been warned that longer life spans, increasing healthcare costs, and decreasing support from employer pensions will have serious consequences for the future of retirement. We’ll speak with the author of a new book that offers solutions in both public policy and personal finance.

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Congress is in the throes of debate over complex trade deals that include President Obama’s bid for fast-track authority to expand trade with Asia.  Critics say these proposals hurt American workers. Supporters say they improve the flow of goods in the global economy. We’ll dig into this debate and find out how New Hampshire might be affected.

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