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. It's hosted by Laura Knoy.

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Coming Up on The Exchange: 

Monday, 11/20 -  Competency-Based Education

Tuesday, 11/21 - 1000 Conversations and Communicating with People Outside of Your Circle

Wednesday, 11/22 - Exploring Animal Behavior

Thursday, 11/23 - Special Programming on The Science of Gratitude

Friday, 11/24 -  Rebroadcast: Is Seaweed the New Superfood?

While dog-or-cat lovers will eagerly describe their pets' adorable habits, biologist and author John Shivik says it's not just pets, but reptiles, fish, even insects have unique personalities and behaviors. We find out more, why it matters, and what it tells us about ourselves.

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As we head into Thanksgiving, difficult topics are bound to come up around the dinner table.  We hear about a new effort in Nashua called 1000 Conversations, which is aimed at getting people to talk outside of their own cultural groups.  Those involved say this kind of dialogue has wide-ranging benefits.

GUESTS:

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The Exchange spoke with New Hampshire teachers and administrators about competency-based education (CBE), which was adopted by the state board of education more than ten years ago.  Some districts have fully embraced the approach; others are just getting started.  

As our discussion revealed, some parents still have plenty of questions about a system that dispenses with many of the traditional ways of measuring progress and achievement and encourages students to pursue what Superintendent John Freeman of Pittsfield calls "personal pathways." 

Does Competency-Based Education Make the Grade?

Nov 17, 2017
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A decade ago, the state board of education required local districts to adopt this approach, and since then, districts have been making the switch.  We'll find out what competency-based education really means....how it's working at the classroom level....and whether it's living up to promises made. 


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: November 17, 2017

Nov 17, 2017

A 10-9 vote from the House Education Committee on a school choice bill means it moves ahead. But a one-vote margin approving Keno in Rochester  leads to a recount. And a county prosecutor defends her decision not to bring criminal charges against two deans at Phillips Exeter Academy for their handling of an alleged sexual assault. 

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N.H. Mulls Over Marijuana Legalization

Nov 15, 2017
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The cause of marijuana legalization in New Hampshire hit a road block this week -- but not a dead end. A House committee has voted against legalizing marijuana but a special commission will continue to explore the idea, weighing various aspects of legalization through December of 2018, when it presents a final report.

Read our story on this show:  Debate Continues Over Marijuana Legalization in New Hampshire

For the most American holiday, steeped in tradition, a new book on "The Mayflower: The Families, The Voyage and The Founding of America."  British historian Rebecca Fraser focuses on Edward Winslow, who she calls the most important, but least remembered, of the group of separatists known as the Pilgrims.  We discuss the challenges they faced in England and in the New World, as well as the role of women and their changing relationship with the Native Americans.   

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As the state transitions from ATV season to snowmobile season, off-highway recreational vehicles (OHRVs) are hugely popular and have a nearly year-round presence in parts of New Hampshire. We follow up with NHPR's Off-Road series by Casey McDermott and Todd Bookman by looking at their safety record, and the economic and environmental impact of this sporting culture.


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In the Texas church shooting the perpetrator did have a history of mental health problems and violent behavior. But mental health professionals warn such incidents are complex, people with mental illness are far more likely to be victims, and other factors are more predictive of extreme violence.

Read our story on this show:  In Wake of Texas Massacre, Calls For Closer Look at Link Between Mass Shootings and Suicide.

GUESTS:

Jack Mallory

For many Americans, the Vietnam War is a long, complex, and oft-misunderstood chapter of American history. But the recent ten-part documentary by filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novak stirred up a national discussion about Vietnam. We speak with four veterans of the war about the documentary, and their own experiences. 

(Scroll down to read the story of Natt King, another New Hampshire veteran who shared his story off the air.)

  This show was originally broadcast on Oct. 17, 2017.

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For two decades, Peter Overby  has examined lobbying, campaign finance, and recently, special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in our elections.  Overby will also shed some light on the rise of so-called "dark" political money.


Following the Broad-winged Hawk Migration - By Bike

Nov 7, 2017

On September 6th, 2016, Eric Masterson climbed on his bike in Hancock, N.H., to follow the broad-winged hawk migration to South America.  We hear about his adventure and what he learned as he biked across five time zones, 40 degrees of latitude, and 5,000 miles in pursuit of the birds. We also find out about bird population numbers from hawk watch sites around the state.


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A revised school voucher bill would allow parents to use tax dollars allocated to public schools to send their children to other schools, or homeschool them. Advocates say this gives children a better chance to find a school that suits their needs, while opponents worry too much money will be withdrawn from public school education, and put a strain on districts. 


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Nov 3, 2017
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Monday, November 6th.

Today's show will cover two topics on the minds of Granite Staters.


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: November 3, 2017

Nov 3, 2017

The state Attorney General's office launches a criminal investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct involving three Dartmouth College professors.  A report regarding sexual abuse by faculty and staff at St. Paul’s School contains new allegations against five individuals.  And residents struggle to recover from the fourth-largest power outage in state history.

Incumbent Mayor Ted Gatsas and challenger Joyce Craig, a former Alderman, square off days before voters go to the polls. On the agenda: the opioid crisis, education, property taxes, and immigration. It's the second time the two have vied for the corner office of the state's largest city.


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A recent anonymous $3 million donation to help pregnant women and their babies fight addiction highlights the challenges, and costs, of caring for this population. Mothers and their newborns face specific hurdles when it comes to addiction, and hospitals and care centers have struggled to adapt to meet those needs.  


Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas and his Democratic challenger, former Alderman Joyce Craig, will join NHPR's Laura Knoy for a live debate on The Exchange.

The program will air live on Thursday, November 2nd at 9 a.m., and will also be broadcast via live video stream on Facebook. (You can watch that right here.)

The debate will focus on issues including the opioid crisis, education, property taxes, and Manchester's business climate.

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Manufacturing jobs require more training in technology, mathematics, and problem-solving, and schools and businesses seek ways to retrain workers and prepare the incoming workforce. 

GUESTS:

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With explosive stories coming out of Hollywood and other industries, we look at this issue in New Hampshire: how workplace harassment is defined, in what settings it occurs, why it continues despite widespread awareness, and what role the legal system and human resource departments play.   


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: October 27, 2017

Oct 27, 2017

N.H. officials are among those at the White House for President Trump's announcement that he will declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency.  New data show that New Hampshire's public colleges have the highest cost for in-state students anywhere in the country.  A task force looking at the future of the Manchester VA loses a controversial co-chair.  And Bernie Sanders rallies Granite State Democrats.


Could It Happen Here? Fighting Forest Fires in N.H.

Oct 25, 2017
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While Western blazes are common, wildfires in California this year have been especially devastating.  Meanwhile, New Hampshire has been battling a persistent forest fire this fall, on the Dilly Cliffs near the Lost River Gorge area of Woodstock. We examine how often we see forest fires in New Hampshire, and the effects of drought and future climate change. We also discuss how  local, state and federal agencies approach fire-fighting and forest ecosystems. 

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Gravitational waves from two colliding neutron stars 130 million million light-years away were detected recently, and this cosmic event has sparked an astronomy revolution. The Sky  Crew returns to explain what the cosmic tells us about how heavy elements like gold, platinum and uranium were formed,  and what it means for the future of astronomy.  We check in on how NASA is improving the odds of identifying habitable exoplanets, plus another discovery, a "quasi-satellite." And we look at a Planet Nine conspiracy theory!


The U.S. Supreme Court Cases To Watch This Fall

Oct 23, 2017
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A new term at the U.S. Supreme Court opens with some long-standing debates.  The high court began its legal season on October 1st. Major issues include the drawing of political boundaries, called gerrymandering. Other cases address issues of digital privacy and religious freedom. 

NPR has a comprehensive discussion of many of these cases, found here


A recent nationwide survey of supervisors finds that many businesses are not taking full advantage of resources available to train and employ those with disabilities. We'll look at the results of this survey, employment trends for adults with disabilities both nationally and in New Hampshire, and how employers can (and why they should) take advantage of this workforce. 


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: October 20, 2017

Oct 20, 2017

The Granite State makes a pitch for Amazon "H.Q. Two," and the governor reverses course on commuter rail. And why the no-show for Keno?  Hearings on the electronic bingo game Keno are noticeably empty.  We also talk about how the opioid crisis is affecting the Manchester mayoral race.

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We talk to NHPR reporter Paige Sutherland about two topics in her series, "Alternatives - N.H. Gets Creative to Curb Ongoing Opioid Crisis": an acupuncture detoxification treatment and involuntary commitment. 


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500 years ago this month, the German monk Martin Luther delivered his 95 theses to an Archbishop of the Holy Roman Empire, and the Reformation was born.  Among Luther's complaints about the Catholic Church: the practice of granting indulgences in exchange for good works or acts of piety.  Although he didn't intend to cause a religious revolution, Luther  would become a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation, inspiring a schism in Christianity that resonates to this day. 


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We preview New Hampshire's mid-term elections.  While actual voting is a year away, a crowd of potential candidates is already weighing the possibilities.  That's especially true in the First Congressional District: with an open seat and a reputation for being unpredictable.  We find out more - also, an update on how President Trump's health care order may affect New Hampshire. 

GUESTS:

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: October 13, 2017

Oct 13, 2017

Gov. Sununu nominates House Speaker Shawn Jasper to be the next Commissioner of Agriculture. Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter announces she won't run for re-election, and speculation begins on who might run for the first congressional district seat. State health official say residents on public water in Merrimack and Bedford have been exposed to toxic chemicals. And the state and EPA differ on the risks posed by a superfund site in North Hampton. 


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