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, 6/20- Rebroadcast:  Charlie Whelan on What Money Is and Why It Matters

Tuesday, 6/21 - U.S. Senate and Congressional Races

Wednesday, 6/22 - "American Character:" Individual Liberty and the Common Good

Thursday, 6/23 - Syria and Isis Update

Friday, 6/24 - Friday N.H. News Roundup

Friday N.H. News Roundup - June 27, 2014

Jun 27, 2014
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We're covering the top stories of the week: from tax returns as political fodder in the Granite State’s race for U.S. Senate, to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling against an abortion-clinic buffer zone law in Massachusetts, to a family-feud at the Market Basket grocery chain and a leadership shakeup that rattles employees around New England.


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For some students pledging that fraternity or sorority is a rite of passage, creating a sense of belonging and friendship on campus.  But after a series of recent ugly incidents - including hazing, binge drinking, and sexual assaults - some colleges are looking harder at Greek organizations and whether some are getting out of control.  We’re examining the big picture, nationally and in New Hampshire.  


New Data Stokes Concerns About N.H.'s Drinking Water

Jun 25, 2014
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A recent survey of private wells in the Granite State found eighty thousand residents may be at risk of exposure to several toxins, including arsenic. Public water supplies, meanwhile, can be vulnerable to other forms of contamination and affected by severe weather from floods to droughts. We’ll look at these challenges, and possible solutions.


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Behind recent declines in bee populations are threats as diverse as pesticides, disease, and climate change.  And fewer bees could mean a widespread hit to many types of agriculture. We’ll talk with beekeepers and researchers about what they’re seeing,  also what the future might hold, and what could be done.


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In recent years, U.S. retailers, including Target and Neiman-Marcus, have been hit by huge data breaches – with hackers gaining access to the personal information of millions of consumers, raising the possibility of fraud and identity theft. The IRS, too, has proven vulnerable, with thieves filing false tax returns, resulting in billions of dollars in potentially fraudulent refunds. In New Hampshire recently, more than 200 medical professionals, mostly doctors, had their social security numbers stolen and used to file false federal tax returns.

Next Week On The Exchange - June 23, 2014

Jun 20, 2014

Next week on The Exchange:

Friday N.H. News Roundup - June 20, 2014

Jun 20, 2014
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We're covering the top stories of the week:  from Rockingham county District attorney Jim Reams' announcement that he is resigning from his job, to a new report showing that up to eighty thousand New Hampshire residents could be drinking contaminated water,  and Bike Week bringing thousands of two-wheeled vehicles to Laconia.


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New Hampshire’s farm legacy extends to the very beginning of our state’s history, when farmers from over-crowded areas in southern New England started to move north in search of more open land. While the soil in New Hampshire was not as fertile as they’d hoped, farmers did take root in the state and are still here. And while the country overall has seen a trend toward fewer, bigger farms, new data from show the reverse in New Hampshire and New England: over the past five years, the state’s number of farms has grown 5%, for a total 30% increase over the past decade.

N.H.'s War On Invasive Bugs & Plants

Jun 18, 2014
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In New Hampshire lakes, rivers and ponds, non-indigenous plants have moved in choking out the natural flora and fauna, but volunteers and state officials have taken up the fight against them. We’ll look at the latest in that fight, as well as invasive insects from the Emerald Ash Borer to the Wooly Adelgid.


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A powerful group of radical Islamists has been overwhelming Iraqi cities and towns. The stunning onslaught has the capital Baghdad now girding for battle and the U.S. grappling with how best to deal with the threat. We’ll look at the situation there and at American options.


What's New With The Affordable Care Act In N.H.

Jun 16, 2014
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Expanded Medicaid for low-income adults is coming, but may be delayed.  Meanwhile, four more insurance companies say they’re ready to join New Hampshire’s marketplace for coverage next year.  And as we head into this fall's elections,  the health care law remains a major point of political contention. 


  • Todd BookmanNHPR’s health reporter
  • Jenny Patterson - health legal counsel at the New Hampshire Insurance Department


Friday N.H. News Roundup - June 13, 2014

Jun 13, 2014
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We're covering the top stories of the week: Governor Hassan signs into law a twenty-five-foot “buffer zone” for protesters around abortion clinics, candidates for this fall’s elections line up at the Secretary of State’s office for the filing period, and comedian and Granite State native Seth Meyers hosts a fundraiser for Manchester’s Palace Theatre.


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Diabetes has been called “the chronic epidemic of the millennium.” Our panel looks at why this is so, changes in management of this disease, and promising research in the field.


Gardening Tips For Granite Staters

Jun 10, 2014
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It’s a short season, but one that many in New England enthusiastically embrace, whether on community plots, backyard gardens or on a commercial scale.  And now, in addition to the usual challenges, there’s climate change with a longer growing season but also new floral and faunal pests, and the possibility of extreme weather.


Legislative Roundtable: Reflections On 2014

Jun 9, 2014
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We're sitting down with a panel of House and Senate leaders to look back on the year in the legislature. It was a year of victories for supporters of Medicaid Expansion, but of disappointment for casino backers and death penalty opponents.  And it ended with several major players announcing they’re getting out of the game and retiring from politics. 


Friday N.H. News Roundup - June 6, 2014

Jun 6, 2014
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We're looking at some of the top news of the weeks, from the candidate filing period opening for this fall’s elections, to state Senator Sylvia Larsen's announcement her retirement, criticism for Governor Hassan’s trade mission to Turkey, and New Hampshire’s only Holocaust museum opening in Nashua.


Must-Read Books For Summer 2014

Jun 4, 2014

As the warm weather finally arrives, we’re looking at what’s new this season in books suited for coming days at the beach, in the mountains, or even your backyard. There’s a new series from New Hampshire children’s author Paul Durham, a memoir from Mariano Rivera, and a new novel from perennial favorite JK Rowling. (digital post by Faith Meixell)


As another academic year closes, our guest today, University of New Hampshire President Mark Huddleston, can look back at a year that was a little easier than 2011, when the legislature cut appropriations to higher education in half.  Now, with some of that money restored, tuition was frozen for a time, while other initiatives (many bolstered by private money) moved ahead.   In January, UNH and Franklin Pierce law center made it official, and now there’s “UNH Law School” in Concord.  In April, a new school of business and economics opened on the Durham campus, and planning is also underway

All Eyes On India, And Its New Prime Minister

Jun 2, 2014
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Home to a sixth of the world’s population and the third largest economy, India is certainly not a force to be ignored. With a GDP  beyond the size of Japan’s, and a  population getting close to China’s. At this magnitude, India’s economic problems are on a huge scale as well: a per capita income of two thousand dollars a year, a stubbornly sluggish growth rate, inflation almost at ten percent, and more than three hundred million people living in poverty.

Next Week On The Exchange - June 2nd

May 30, 2014

Next week on The Exchange:

Friday N.H. News Roundup - May 30, 2014

May 30, 2014
Sara Plourde / NHPR

We're covering the top stories of the week, from bills on alternative energy and the Medicaid Enhancement Tax at the last full week at the State House, to the veterans honored at Memorial Day remembrances around the state, and Belmont’s school board votes to keep its controversial Red Raiders logo.



The New England Independent System Operator (or ISO) has a seemingly simple job: to keep the lights on, and the power running.  But behind this goal are the many hurdles of operating the region’s electric grid. Through the peaks of summer air-conditioning and winter cold snaps, the system must remain always ready for spikes in demand.

Stories From Dartmouth's Vietnam Veterans

May 26, 2014

In a new book, these veterans relate their experiences: from harrowing jungle combat to the dullness of desk-duty.  They also reflect on the drama surrounding the war in this country and on its legacy today.  We talk with the editor of this book and several veterans whose stories are included.


Next Week On The Exchange - May 26th

May 23, 2014

Next week on The Exchange:

Friday N.H. News Roundup - May 23, 2014

May 23, 2014
Sara Plourde / NHPR

We’re looking at the stories of the week: the Granite State remembers and says goodbye to fallen Brentwood police officer, Steven Arkell, Governor Hassan signs into law a 4-cent gas tax increase effective July 1st, and after a week’s worth of pressure, the Wolfeboro police commissioner criticized for making racist comments resigns.


The Exchange on the Road
with Laura Knoy

July 10, 2014

5:30 pm Reception; 6:30 pm Event

Colonial Theatre, Bethlehem, NH

The event is free to attend, but tickets are required. Register for tickets here.


We're sitting down with Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam to talk about his new book, "American Crucifixion," examining the life of Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon Church.


  • Alex Beam – columnist for the Boston Globe and author of several books, most recently “American Crucifixion.”


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The original legislation to allow charters schools in New Hampshire passed way back in 1995, but it would take another ten years before the first of these publically funded independent learning facilities was opened.  Since then charter school have had their ups and downs in the state: many had a hard time getting off the ground, a few had to close their doors, some have been criticized for not being alternative enough from their public school counterparts. There was even a moratorium on new facilities for two years.

Rising Concerns About Childhood Anxiety

May 20, 2014
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Childhood has always had its fears - from monsters under the bed, to sleep-away camp, to schoolyard bullies. But normal jitters, about these and other childhood challenges, become an issue when they interfere with regular activities, from riding the bus to going to bed at night. And this kind of debilitating anxiety seems to be on the rise: now affecting close to 1 in 5  kids.

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N.H.'s Death Penalty Faces a Last Repeal Attempt for the Year

Although the matter seemed settled for the year after the State Senate tabled a repeal bill, longtime opponents of capital punishment in the House are making one last attempt.