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, 8/1 - Rebroadcast:  2016 Summer Book Show

Tuesday, 8/2 - N.H. Police, Race, and Violence

Wednesday, 8/3 - Third-Party Presidential Candidates

Thursday, 8/4 - Drought in N.H.

Friday, 8/5 - Friday N.H. News Roundup

N.H. Elections 2016: The Race for U.S Congress

Jun 21, 2016
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We check in on  the races for seats in both the U.S. Senate and House, taking  stock of who the candidates are in each race, and which incumbents may be facing strong challenges. We also look at what issues might define the upcoming months of campaigning here in New Hampshire, including the opioid crisis and gun control.


Charles Wheelan on What Money Is and Why It Matters

Jun 17, 2016
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In his new book, economist Charles Wheelan untangles our complex monetary and banking systems, and why they've veered toward disaster at multiple points throughout our history.  Wheelan also highlights the role individuals, as well a financial institutions, have played in spurring economic prosperity and adversity.


Weekly N.H. News Roundup - June 16, 2016

Jun 17, 2016

We're following up on the top news stories of the week: during a speech at St. Anselm College, Donald Trump renews his call for a temporary ban on Muslim immigrants in response to the massacre in Florida; a final flurry of candidates makes it official as the filing period comes to a close; and in a special session, lawmakers reconsider a measure to help law enforcement officials target drug dealers.

GUESTS:

The Naturalist: Theodore Roosevelt

Jun 16, 2016

No U.S. president is more associated with nature and wildlife than Teddy Roosevelt... hunter, adventurer, and conservationist.  We'll sit down with Darrin Lunde, the author of a new book on our twenty-sixth president,  delving into his early interest in "museum naturalism" and how his legacy resonates today.  

This program was hosted by Dean Spiliotes, Civic Scholar in the School of Arts and Sciences at Southern New Hampshire University.


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Eight New Hampshire senators have announced they'll be moving on -- some to other offices, some back to private life.  We'll sit down with four of them, looking back at the accomplishments and challenges of their tenure and discussing how New Hampshire politics and the legislature has changed over the years.

This program was hosted by Dean Spiliotes, Civic Scholar in the School of Arts and Sciences at Southern New Hampshire University.

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We ask a question NPR member stations around the country are exploring this week as part of the series, A Nation Engaged: Does My Vote Matter?  We get a Granite State perspective, including on our First in the Nation status and a recent proposal to possibly pair our primary with Massachusetts.  We'll also look at presidential politics in the wake of the Orlando shootings and a visit to New Hampshire by Republican Donald Trump. 

This program was hosted by Dean Spiliotes, Civic Scholar in the School of Arts and Sciences at Southern New Hampshire University.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup - June 10, 2016

Jun 10, 2016
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This week in NH News: the official filing period for the fall elections ends, Governor Hassan signs several more bills into law, and Laconia's Bike Week begins.


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With its 'lily-white' reputation, the Granite State doesn't often highlight the role that people of color have played throughout its history. A new documentary aims to reveal those hidden stories though, and their importance to the state's history. 


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After many years of debate, the federal Food Safety Modernization Act is finally coming to local farms and producers. The goal is to reduce outbreaks of food-borne illnesses such as Salmonella or Listeria. We'll find out how it aims to do that and what it might mean for farmers in New Hampshire.

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Even with all the angst about mid-life crises, and birthday cards calling you over the hill, the author says the middle years are most often about renewal. Today we're talking with former NPR correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty on what she discovered about middle age in America.

NPR's Tom Gjelten on America's Immigration Story

Jun 6, 2016
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Longtime NPR foreign correspondent Tom Gjelten writes that for most of our history, immigration law favored Europeans. But with the 1965 Immigration Act, the door was opened for people from all corners of the world, ushering in transformation, tensions and a new debate over what it means to be American.

What it Takes to Overcome Addiction in N.H.

Jun 6, 2016
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We kick off the Morning Edition series, Hope on the Front Lines, examining the many efforts around the state helping people overcome addiction.  We'll look at the array of approaches available in the state including new medicines that curb drug cravings as well as others that revive overdose victims.  Recovery coaches, counselors and doctors are also involved on the the long road to full recovery. 


Weekly N.H. News Roundup - June 3, 2016

Jun 3, 2016

This week in NH News: The official filing period for the fall elections begins, as contenders line up to put their names in for federal and state offices.  One thousand bills later, state lawmakers wrap up their session with decisions on proposals from voting requirements to opioid addiction. And the N.H. Forest Society is dealt a blow in its lawsuit to block the Northern Pass Project.  


Debating the Future of Social Security

Jun 2, 2016
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The federal insurance program for the retired and disabled has been a hot political topic in the past. This election season, though, candidates have rarely discussed how to deal with an expected shortfall.  We'll hear the views from two national experts who are here in New Hampshire this week raising awareness of the program's challenges and offering differing solutions. 


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All this week, NHPR is looking at how New Hampshire schools are rethinking the role they play in the lives of their students and their communities.  More students are arriving preoccupied with hunger, homelessness, and other family crises.  Teachers are on the front lines, trying to fill basic needs before the learning begins. Schools are cobbling together their own system of social services in the face of the state’s heroin crisis, the aftermath of the recession, and struggling local economies.  


Water Contamination in N.H. Addressing PFOA

May 31, 2016
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With new guidance from EPA on how much of the chemical is too much, and a lawsuit against the plastics plant that is its source, many Granite Staters are glad to see more action around the contamination. But others are still worried: both that the damage is already done, and that there's not enough assurance that it won't happen again.


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The tragic killing of Charlie Sennott's colleague, New Hampshire native James Foley, was the first exposure for most Americans to ISIS, and a turning point for news organizations who send journalists to the front lines.  We speak with Sennott about his latest initiative to train a new generation of international correspondents in the digital age.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup - May 27, 2016

May 26, 2016

We'll be discussing the recent class action lawsuits by residents with private wells near the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics plant in Merrimack.  Saint-Gobain is the likely source of water contamination in the area, according to state officials.  With  bipartisan fanfare, New Hampshire launches the first statewide initiative of a national campaign called Change Direction, promoting more open discussion of mental illness.   Plus, the legislature winds up it's session with negotiation on issues from police body cameras to mandatory minimum sentences to short-term rentals like AirBNB.

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We think we know all about vitamins, but according to author Catherine Price, most of us know nothing about these thirteen invisible chemicals.  Over the century since they were discovered, vitamins have changed human destiny by preventing and curing many diseases.  Price's "Vitamania" points out that these micronutrients have also taken on a life of their own in the hands of marketers, affecting how we think about health, and the decisions we make about what we eat.


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We examine several key indicators and their impact on the Granite state.  One is rising inflation.  Another is consumer debt:  Americans are spending more, but we're also borrowing -- to the tune of nearly one trillion dollars.  Also, a new report finds a worrisome trend: business formation in small towns and rural counties has dropped dramatically.

Casey McDermott / NHPR

State leaders recently joined the medical and mental health community to launch  "Change Direction NH," part of a national initiative to raise awareness of mental health disorders and  eliminate the stigma around these issues.  Long considered an afterthought to physical well being, mental health has gained recognition as having equal importance, although it's still not easy for many to discuss or seek help. Change Direction NH attempts to fix that, promoting awareness of the signs of mental illness.  Still, challenges remain, including access to treatment.  


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The once-polite democratic presidential races has turned bitter. Sanders's supporters are increasingly agitated about the nomination process, while Clinton's campaign says the numbers strongly favor her and it's time to unify. And some activists want the DNC chair to resign, while others say all this just helps Donald Trump.


Weekly N.H. News Roundup - May 20, 2016

May 20, 2016
Sara Plourde / NHPR

We're covering the top New Hampshire news stories of the week: Exxon Mobil loses a lengthy court battle over water contamination in the state, which means millions for cleanup; last week's shooting of two Manchester police officers revives the debate over mental illness and access to guns; and the Granite State retains its single area code status, at least for now.


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The Obama administration's recent directive addressing the use of school bathrooms and other facilities by transgender students heightened a debate playing out in several states over so-called bathroom bills and transgender rights.  We'll look at how New Hampshire schools and communities are responding.


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As health care costs overall have continued to rise, medicines are driving a good share of that trend. We'll look at some of the factors at play, including advertising, patents, and government programs and regulations -- also, plans underway on Capitol Hill to address the issue. 

GUESTS:

Library of Congress

Founded in the 1830s, the Queen City's Amoskeag Manufacturing Company became an industrial powerhouse of international renown, making Manchester a magnet for immigrant laborers and later, union activism. We're talking with two Granite State historians about this period and its relevance today.


freestateproject.org

They volunteer at food pantries and sled-dog races. They exhibit negative and disruptive behavior.

Those are the competing impressions among some Granite State residents when it comes to members of the Free State Project, the so-called “liberty-minded” group that recently announced success in encouraging 20,000 people from around the country to move to New Hampshire to further their agenda of less government and more personal freedom. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup - May 13, 2016

May 13, 2016
Sara Plourde / NHPR

We're looking at the top N.H. news stories of the week: state lawmakers take up a final flurry of bills, including several addressing the opioid crisis; veteran state senators announce they will not run for reelection, leaving six out of twenty-four seats open; and after years of reports of declining bee populations, UNH researchers are abuzz with news of seventeen new bee species.


freestateproject.org

Recently, this movement announced success in its plan to encourage twenty-thousand libertarian-minded people from around the country to move to New Hampshire.  And already, Free Staters have had an influence on Granite State politics, although it's not always been welcome.  We'll check in on this project and its impact.

Read a summary of the hour-long conversation here.

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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.


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