Today, we sit down with the Department of Transportation Commissioner, Christopher Clement, covering everything from road and toll projects to ways of funding transportation improvements and taking a look at what Commissioner Clement hopes to accomplish in 2013.
Christopher Clement - Commissioner of the NH Department of Transportation
2013 is a year in which New Hampshire Commissioner of Corrections, William Wrenn will face some considerable challenges. Facilities are packed, jobs have been cut, there's the on going problem of recidivism, and a huge debate over the privatization or partial privatization of prisons. Add to that, a lawsuit filed last August against the State suggesting that women inmates aren't receiving the same treatment and access to services as their male counterparts. Today we sit down with Commissioner Wrenn about this and take your calls.
Next week on The Exchange, we sit down with two of our state's commissioners, Corrections Department chief William Wren and then, Transportation Commissioner Chris Clement. Later in the week, with the Fortieth Anniversary of the Roe V. Wade decision. We’ll examine how the issue of Abortion has played out over time in New Hampshire. E-mail us at NHPR dot org and join us all next week for the Exchange every morning live at 9/and again at 8 p m here on NHPR!
Paul Butler is a former football player himself, but says the evidence now shows the game is too dangerous for young people and their developing brains. Butler called for a ban on the sport in his hometown. But many say his concerns go overboard and that it’s a hard sell to interfere with America’s second favorite pastime. We'll hear from both sides of this debate.
New Hampshire is looking at whether to accept federal funds to once again study whether passenger and freight trains make sense for the state. But many of the same concerns are coming up again: that New Hampshire doesn’t have enough people who would ride the rails to justify the enormous cost. We'll revisit this debate.
As technology advances, our private lives more and more enter the public domain, causing some to call for more laws protecting our personal lives. Others say privacy is not so easily defined and warn against restricting the free flow of information. We’ll look at this debate, and several bills in the State Legislature tightening up privacy laws.
Yesterday, President Barack Obama took his second oath of office for his second term and outlined his vision for the next four years. Obama borrowed heavily from the Constitution in his speech and gave a hefty nod to Dr. Martin Luther King on his observed birthday. Now the work begins. We'll play excerpts of his speech and try to read between the lines as to what Obama hopes his second term may accomplish.
We sit down with Marco Werman, host of the Public Radio program “The World”. This summer he came to New Hampshire, promoting his new film about Senegalese musician and activist Youssou N'Dour. We’ll learned more about it and talked with Werman about his long career at “The World”, from the huge political and cultural shifts he’s covered, to his particular interest in uncovering unique music from around the globe.
Marco Werman - Host of the PRI radio program, "The World"
Next week on The Exchange, we’ll listen back to parts of President Obama’s inauguration speech and talk about what it may say for his next four years. Then the debate over privacy in an age of information saturation, we’ll look at several proposals to overhaul New Hampshire’s privacy laws. And we end the week with New Hampshire Health and Human Services Department Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas. E-mail us at NHPR dot org and join us all next week for the Exchange every morning live at 9/and again at 8 pm here on NHPR
The influenza season started much earlier this year and the strain is considered more severe. Many worry how much of a toll this will take. In New Hampshire, at least twenty people have died from the flu already. We’ll talk with health experts about how this season compares to others and how health providers, schools, and individuals are coping.
Dina Temple-Raston joins us today. She covers counter-terrorism for NPR, and is in New Hampshire this week. We’ll talk with her about the many new and emerging terrorism challenges that President Obama will face in his second term from Al Queda affiliates in Africa to handling terrorism suspects still incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay.
Dina Temple-Raston - NPR's Counterterrorism Correspondent
Research now shows that Alzheimer’s can be diagnosed years before signs of dementia. Science has not, however, produced any new treatments and evidence of prevention is still being studied. We’ll look at recent developments and at concern over stress on families and the impact of this disease on the healthcare system.
The Granite State gets ready for what are called “health exchanges” under the Affordable Care Act. These are new marketplaces where consumers and small businesses can shop for health coverage, advocates say these will encourage competition and lower costs, but there are many unknowns, including who will regulate the insurance companies that participate.
Author Molly Michelmore explores what she calls the fundamental paradox of American Politics: We’re hostile toward taxes, but we also demand the privileges government offers from social security to local police protection. Michelmore examines the history of this conundrum and finds these attitudes consistent from FDR’s New Deal to the Reagan Revolution.
Next week on The Exchange, we begin with a new book called “Tax and Spend” exploring the long, deep American hostility toward taxes. Then: we look at Health exchanges. Under the Affordable Care Act, New Hampshire is laying the groundwork for these marketplaces where consumers shop around for health coverage. We catch up on the latest research and challenges around Alzheimer's disease and later, NPR’s Dina Temple Raston is here, with stories of her beat: covering counter-terrorism.