The Exchange

Live at 9 a.m., repeat at 8 p.m.

The Exchange is New Hampshire's only locally produced statewide call-in talk show. It's hosted by Laura Knoy.

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Coming Up on The Exchange:

Monday, 8/15 - Camping: Past, Present & Future

Tuesday, 8/16 - State of the Media

Wednesday, 8/17 - A Closer Look at NH's Medical Marijuana Law

Thursday, 8/18 - TBA

Friday, 8/12 - Weekly N.H. News Roundup

Going to College Without Going Deep Into Debt

1 hour ago
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As the annual trek back to campus begins, we examine the options available to cover those hefty tuition bills, including new types of loans, grants and new tools for repayment.  We discuss how families navigate the landscape of funding options and government forms.  And we take a look at whether families are having that kitchen-table conversation about the high cost of higher education earlier in the college search process.

GUESTS:

Is N.H.'s Medical Marijuana Program Too Narrow?

6 hours ago
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The state's therapeutic cannabis program is up and running, with the opening of its fourth and final dispensary, but debate continues over who should access the drug . For example, Some argue it's a good alternative to opioids for chronic pain sufferers, but others warn of unintended consequences and inadequate research. GUESTS: 

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A recent Pew Research report finds some bad news for traditional print media with newspapers seeing perhaps their worst year since the Great Recession.  But there's good news for all things digital: many more people are seeking information on social media sites and in the mobile realm.  We examine the trends on all platforms, and look at ramifications for the actual work of journalism.


Why We Do (Or Don't) Love To Go Camping

Aug 22, 2016
Molly McKean

Today, we pull the tent flaps back on camping. 

Every summer, thousands of Americans load up the car and head into the wilderness on outdoor excursions.

Now, a new book traces the origins and evolution of this tradition, examines a few unorthodox camping methods, and ponders the joys of subjecting ourselves to the buggy, lumpy, and unpredictable great outdoors. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup - August 19, 2016

Aug 18, 2016

Would-be Vice Presidents Tim Kaine and Mike Pence pay their respects to Granite State voters.  The state promises an investigation into a suicide that followed a patient's discharge from New Hampshire hospital.  And Maggie Hassan struggles to answer a basic question:  "is Hillary Clinton trustworthy?" and the tape goes viral; we take a look at the effect of Presidential candidates in down-ballot races.   Josh Rogers hosts.


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Both major candidates have promised to revive manufacturing jobs.  We look at the root causes of its decline, including imports and automation.  We explore what it would take to renew this sector, both in the U.S. and in New Hampshire, and identify the challenges in creating manufacturing jobs here in the state. Dean Spiliotes is guest host.

 A note to listeners: This show contains a comment that some listeners found offensive. 

Do You Know Who Is Running For N.H. State Senate?

Aug 17, 2016
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One third of New Hampshire's state senators are retiring this year, leaving eight seats vacant. That's a lot by recent standards, but the races have received little attention in comparison to the Presidential contest. Yet it is the state senate that has settled policy matters most directly affecting the daily lives of Granite Staters. Dean Spiliotes of SNHU is guest host.


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The presidency has grown more influential over time. Some view this as an inevitable response to war and economic emergency.  Yet others see it as a sign of government dysfunction. We take a step back from the current electoral fray, and explore how and why the office has changed over time, right up through the Obama Administration.

Our guest host for this program is Dean Spiliotes, Civic Scholar in the School of Arts and Science at Southern New Hampshire University and author of NHPoliticalCapital.com

  

“The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America.”    (Article II, Section 1, the United States Constitution).

N.H. Summer on the Wing: Loons and Bats

Aug 12, 2016
John Rockwood

Warm evenings on the lakes of New Hampshire might mean the call of a loon and, perhaps, bats swooping overhead. While loon populations are on the increase, they still face rising threats in the region, while bats have been decimated by a debilitating disease. We find out what's being done to maintain the local populations as we celebrate summer in New Hampshire.

  This program was originally broadcast on 7/14/2016.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup - August 12, 2016

Aug 12, 2016

After visiting the state, Donald Trump continues to stir up controversy for himself and for Republicans in downticket races, including Senator Kelly Ayotte.  In the race for U.S. Senate, Governor Maggie Hassan lays out her goals for keeping New Hampshire and the country safe in a foreign policy address.  And the state's fourth medical marijuana dispensary opens for business in Merrimack.  


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With politicians promising to create so-called "good jobs", we look at what government can and can't do in this area.  Also, rents in the Granite State keep rising, up fifteen percent in the last five years.  And New Hampshire joins a national lawsuit challenging the merger of two health insurance companies, Anthem and Cigna. 


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In his new book, Needless Suffering: How Society Fails Those With Chronic Pain, Dr. David Nagel says that when the medical system can't cure patients' pain, it often blames them instead.  Nagel proposes what he calls a more effective and compassionate approach. 

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New Hampshire now has almost one hundred of these natural areas, from wild places like Pisgah to the crowded sands of Hampton Beach. But their unique self-funding system has long been controversial.  Still, last year, the parks had a banner year,  and this year also seems on target.  We'll look at the health of our state parks and ideas for innovation.

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Why get married?  That's a question many Americans are asking these days - with rates of people tying the knot lower now than any time in U.S. History.  And even those who do get hitched are waiting longer, with average marriage ages up for both sexes.  We’ll look at these trends, what's behind them, and what their impacts may be.

This program was originally broadcast on 5/11/16

Weekly N.H. News Roundup - August 5, 2016

Aug 5, 2016

Senator Kelly Ayotte finds herself the target of Donald Trump's wrath after she defends the parents of a slain Muslim American soldier.  

Homelessness is down among the veteran population, nationally, and in New Hampshire. And the EPA accuses one of N.H.'s most prominent real estate developers of breaking two federal lead paint laws. 

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The Granite State is experiencing its worst drought in years, with southeastern New Hampshire most affected.  And despite a little rain lately, dry conditions are expected to continue, affecting farms, fish, private wells, plus increasing fire danger.  We'll get the latest, including response from the state's drought task force.

GUESTS:

Brandon Kernan, manager of hydrology and conservation  with the N.H. Department of Environmental Services.

Third-Party Presidential Politics: The 2016 Edition

Aug 2, 2016
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Green Party candidate Jill Stein and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson are gaining attention --boosted by the current penchant for outsiders, as well as dismal popularity ratings for the two major Presidential candidates. But whether this will translate into votes in November remains a question.

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We pick up our recent conversation on race, policing and guns. Deadly encounters this summer between police and African Americans and the targeting of law enforcement by lone attackers have set many communities on edge.  We get a Granite State perspective on this turmoil, as well as on efforts to repair a rift that many say has been long in the making.   

What to Read Now: Summer Book Show 2016

Jul 29, 2016

We hear from our booksellers on some of the best books for summer reading this year, from pure beach reading to literary fiction, plus serious and not-so-serious nonfiction.  There's a new Harry Potter book from J.K. Rowling plus new releases from Stephen King, Louise Erdrich and Annie Proulx.

 

  This program was originally broadcast on June 27, 2016.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup - July 29

Jul 28, 2016

We recap Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech as the first female nominee of a major political party at the Democratic National Committee Convention. Back in New Hampshire, all four GOP gubernatorial candidates endorse Donald Trump and debate the state's handling of the opioid crisis. Meanwhile, a substance abuse treatment facility in Franklin triples its number of inpatient beds.   GUESTS:

Casey McDermott for NHPR

Hillary Clinton makes history at the Democratic National Convention as the first female Presidential nominee of a major party.  We get the Granite State perspective on party unity, disunity, and notable events.  We examine what themes are emerging from the convention and how they resonate with New Hampshire delegates and voters.  We'll also preview Clinton's acceptance speech and the road forward to the general election.


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We're reviewing and previewing summer movies, including sequels such as Star Trek Beyond and reboots of old favorites such as Ben-Hur and Ghostbusters, with an all-female team.  If you're in an apocalyptic mood, there's Independence Day: Resurgence, or, if whimsy is more your cup of tea,  The Secret Life of Pets.   We'll look, too, at how  movie theaters are working hard to attract viewers in an age of home screens and binge watching. 


The Mowry Family

It was decades ago that adoption became a more open arrangement.  Rather than no contact whatsoever and a secretive approach, birth and adoptive parents began communicating both before and after the adoption. Now there are all sorts of variations -- from exchanging occasional letters and pictures to more frequent contact. Still, it can be a difficult decision that raises boundary issues, among others. In New Hampshire, the tendency has been toward more minimal involvement. We'll look at this and other recent trends in adoption, including the rise of single parenting.  

Protecting N.H.'s Forests and Trees

Jul 22, 2016
Richard Brunner

New Hampshire’s landscape is full of beautiful sights, sounds and smells - and with very few exceptions, trees. While trees fill our state and have stood tall for decades, they also encounter invasive insects and extreme weather that threaten their health. From backyards to secluded state parks, trees are the background for much that happens in the Granite State. We look at the different ways that trees are protected and maintained throughout the state. 


Weekly N.H. News Roundup - July 22

Jul 22, 2016
Sara Plourde, NHPR

We review  notable N.H. - related moments of the RNC convention, including an unsuccessful attempt by a group of "Never Trump" Republicans to derail the nomination process. Back in New Hampshire,  U.S. House candidates Rich Ashooh and incumbent Congressman Frank Guinta spar over Guinta's campaign finance violations.  And resolution on two police matters:  the N.H. AG rules that a fatal officer-involved shooting of a 19-year old Michigan man last month was legally justified, and a N.H. state trooper is arrested on misdemeanor assault charges for his use of force after a high-speed chase last May. 


NH Perspective: 2016 RNC Convention

Jul 20, 2016
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The Republican National Convention is underway in Cleveland, and Donald Trump is the party's official nominee for president, but not without pushback from some notable New Hampshire politicians. We get the Granite State perspective with New Hampshire political analysts discussing events and themes emerging from the convention, how they resonate with New Hampshire delegates and voters, and ramifications for "down-ticket" elections in the fall. We also preview the nominee's acceptance speech and the upcoming Democratic convention.


Pet Economics: The Dollars & Cents of Pet Ownership

Jul 20, 2016
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We're closer to our domesticated creatures than at any point in human history -- even considering them family members. Yet the cost of owning pets can be daunting, as veterinary medicine has advanced to include expensive specialties and treatment.  And then there's doggy day care and all manner of niceties for animals, including dog-carrying backpacks and music specially composed for cats.  So, how far should we go to take care of our pets? 


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With the lilacs every spring comes an unwelcome harbinger of the season: black-legged ticks. And with New Hampshire near the top of the list of states with the highest incidence of Lyme disease, Granite Staters take this tiny arachnid seriously. We'll find out what's new this season in diagnosis, treatment, and prevention when it comes to this tick-borne illness.

Update: N.H.'s Struggling Mental Health System

Jul 17, 2016

The state is behind schedule in expanding the types of community-based mental health services that keep people out of hospitals and other institutions. The timeline for developing those services was laid out in a $30 million class action lawsuit settlement in 2014 that alleged New Hampshire was violating the civil rights of people with mental illness. We check in on statewide efforts to improve the state's mental health system, what data tells us about the situation, and goals for implementation going forward.


Weekly N.H. News Roundup - July 15, 2016

Jul 14, 2016
Sara Plourde, NHPR

Politics dominates our Weekly New Hampshire News Roundup, with Bernie Sanders endorsing Hillary Clinton at an event in Portsmouth this week.  We preview the GOP national convention coming up in Cleveland next week, and check in on a Republican gubernatorial candidates debate.  The U.S. Senate passes the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA).  N.H. Senator Kelly Ayotte and three other sponsors worked on the bill for two years.

GUESTS:

  • Kevin Landrigan - Senior Reporter, New Hampshire Union Leader.
  • Casey McDermott -  digital reporter for NHPR.
  • Dean Spiliotes - civic scholar in the School of Arts and Sciences at SNHU and author of the website NH Political Capital.


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