In the current American political system, some say larger states can be at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to political representation in the U.S. Senate and electoral college, to a degree some say the Founders likely never imagined. Some are clamoring for a remedy of some sort, while others suggest the two Senators per State model still plays an important role in balancing political power. We'll look at both sides of this debate.
In a new book, veteran Washington Correspondent Marcia Coyle explores the inner workings of the Supreme Court under the leadership of Chief Justice John Roberts. Coyle examines how the Roberts Court has dealt with some of the most incendiary issues of the day – including gay marriage, health care, second amendment rights, and campaign finance reform.
In a new book, UNH professor Jeffrey Bolster argues the North Atlantic, for all its vastness and power, is deeply vulnerable.and has suffered cycles of over fishing for centuries, with each new method of fishing causing stocks to decline. We’ll look back at this history and what it might teach us about restoring our oceans to health.
W. Jeffrey Bolster - UNH Professor and author of the new book "The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail"
It's been another busy week for New Hampshire news. As lawmakers work to finalize the state budget, the issue of whether to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act has become a major sticking point. The House and Senate try to find compromise over the Voter ID and Medical Marijuana bills. The Union Leader prints its last newspaper in its Manchester plant and the horse race is getting larger as more Granite Staters begin to announce that they'll be candidates in races from Governor to Manchester Mayor. We'll look at the top stories for the week of June 10th.
The rise in heroin usage in Northern New England has reached alarming levels. Some attribute it to an epidemic in prescription drug abuse, where those addicted to painkillers like oxycodone can no longer afford those pills are switching to a cheaper alternative. In New Hampshire deaths from heroin have increased 6 to 7 times in the last decade. We’re looking at the increased problem of heroin addiction here in NH and what can be done about it.
Fifteen years ago, New Hampshire embarked on a dramatic experiment, deregulating electricity. The idea was to bring competition to power production; a sector where typically just a handful of highly-regulated utilities dominated. These days, Granite Staters are being pursued by a variety of power suppliers, from all over. And their efforts are paying off, with more and morer customers switching from the state’s largest utility, PSNH to new providers.
A recent report by the Center for Disease Control shows a huge jump in the number of American kids with food and skin allergies. Some are so severe, they’re life-threatening. There are several theories about why this is happening, including the proliferation of anti-bacterial soaps. We’ll talk about that, and why advances in treatment has been so frustratingly slow.
In a new book called “Saved”, author Ben Hewitt explores a different way of looking at wealth. Rather than dwelling on monetary standards and what can be lost financially, Hewitt writes through experience of what can be gained when we prioritize personal relationships, community cooperation, and connectedness to the environment.
Ben Hewitt - Vermont based author. His new book is called "Saved: How I Quit Worrying about Money and Became the Richest Guy in the World"
Next week on The Exchange, we begin with author Ben Hewitt and his new book called Saved, a meditation on the meaning of money and the concept of wealth. Next, we look at the charged debate over electricity in New Hampshire. And we explore the spike in heroin use in the state; what doctors, police, and policy makers are doing about it. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and join us all next week for The Exchange every morning live at 9/and again at 8 p m, here on NHPR!
The biennial June Budget dance begins, as the State Senate passes its plan, it’ll have to resolve differences with the House and Governor. Also: a possible breakthrough in a long stalemate, between New Hampshire hospitals and the state over Medicaid managed care. A new group launches anti-Obamacare ads in the Granite State and the potato becomes our new state vegetable. We'll look at the top NH stories for the week of June 3, 2013.
All week, NHPR Education reporter Sam Evans Brown has been looking at a massive transition underway the Granite State, a new set of school standards known as the Common Core. Educators nationwide have been shifting toward this new system. We’ll find out kind of discussions are taking place at our local schools among teachers, principals and students.
Several Granite State communities are grappling with how best to deal with this population. Issues include their use of public property, where and how they can ask for money, the right approaches to truly help these individuals. There’s been lots of debate and even lawsuits filed, including accusations that some recent actions are band-aids to a much larger problem. Today we'll look at these challenges.
It’s The Socrates Exchange on the question of Justice or Vengeance. Justice is often defined as fairness, the dispassionate rule of law, while vengeance is defined as a personal vendetta. But when justice doesn’t seem enough, is vengeance the answer? Does justice bring closure while vengeance is perpetual? Does justice require that victims feel avenged? We ask these and more questions on the Socrates Exchange.
Nick Smith, Associate Professor of Philosophy at UNH, advisor to the Socratic Society at UNH, and advisor to The Socrates Exchange.
The subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math are all the rage these days among politicians, business and education leaders who say we need more emphasis on these subjects to compete globally. But others say we’re going overboard on STEM and that society benefits from a broader approach that includes the arts, communication, and critical thinking.
Fred Kocher: President of the New Hampshire High Tech Council and founder and president of Kocher and Company, a marketing and communications firm.
We begin by taking stock of STEM -- the big push these days to enhance science technology engineering and math in education. Then, the Socrates Exchange returns as we examine the question of vengeance versus justice. And later – we look at shifting policies toward homeless people, with recent controversies over their use of public land in Concord and Manchester. E-mail us at email@example.com and join us all next week for The Exchange.