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This week on The Exchange:

Monday, 7/6: Higher Ed Crisis?: What You Need to Know

Tuesday, 7/7: Classroom Safety: The Debate over Child Restraint

Wednesday, 7/8: Supreme Court Decisions

Thursday, 7/9: Driverless Cars

Friday, 7/10: Friday N.H. News Roundup

We’ll examine some of the latest headlines from Space Science.  There’s a huge amount of excitement about the “Comet of the Century”, coming this fall.  Also, NASA’s Mars rover “Curiosity” turns one year old and mysterious geysers on one of Saturn’s moons leads to speculation about the presence of water far out in Space. 


New research raises new questions about how green burning wood really is, given the carbon impacts of both cutting and burning trees for energy.  But biomass supporters say carbon calculations are complicated…taking into account the lifecycle of trees, the sustainable practices of foresters today…and although not perfect, is far better than fossil fuels.


Andrew Friedland - the Richard and Jane Pearl Professor in Environmental Studies in the Environmental Studies Program at Dartmouth College: He researches carbon cycling in forests.

Next Week On The Exchange - Week of August 5th

Aug 2, 2013

Next week on The Exchange, we begin with more “fuel for debate” over Wood energy, as new research casts doubt how “green” it really is.  Then historian and author Nathanial Philbrick on his new book “Bunker Hill”, the untold story of the battle he calls “the great tipping point” of the American Revolution.  Later, our Sky Guys with an update from the “way beyond” including the coming of “the comet of the century” this fall. Email us at NHPR dot org and join us all next week for The Exchange every morning live at 9 and again at 8 p on NHPR!

Sara Plourde

New Hampshire number crunchers celebrate as the Granite State ends its fiscal year, forty eight million dollars above expectation, house and condo sales have reached an eight year high, while our food banks seem to be running out. House republicans rank their representatives giving six a perfect score, while a high amount of rainfall creates imperfect conditions at local beaches.

They're the villain cousins of invasive plants... The spiny water flea, the Emerald Ash Borer, the Rusty crayfish and Rocksnot. Each either in New Hampshire or threatening to do so and harming not only the water, plants and land but indigenous animals, plus they have not natural predators. We'll look more closely at these invasive fish, insects and mollusks and what's being done to combat them.  


Eradicating Invasive Species: Part 1 - Plants

Jul 31, 2013

Purple Loosestrife, Autumn Olive, Norway Maple and Multi-flora Rose may sound like plants you'd want in your garden, but actually, they're four of the 423 invasive plants currently in New Hampshire. These non-indigenous weeds, trees and shrubs, grow with a great ferocity strangling and starving the native species. Now some are fighting back against these green villains and making some progress as well. Today we begin a two part series on invasive species in New Hampshire, starting with weeds, trees and other non-native plants. 


After a few attempts and two defeats by veto, New Hampshire became the last New England state to pass a medical marijuana bill into law. The law is one of the strictest in the country as users cannot grow their own plants and the list of ailments allowed are small. Now as the state prepares for it, it also has to answer questions around dispensing the drug and how to keep it in the right people's hands. We'll look at the big unanswered questions and what roadblocks still may be in the way.


Long before Bullwinkle, has the moose been an iconic favorite in the state. In fact, naturalists for years have referred to them as 'charismatic megafauna'.  But recently the numbers of these gentle giants have reduced, some blame disease, others climate change. Now the state is doling out nearly $700.00 to tag and study the antlered animal. Today we learn more about the moose and what's being done to bring its numbers back.


Next Week On The Exchange - July 29, 2013

Jul 26, 2013

Next week on the Exchange:  We talk with wildlife experts, including a veteran moose biologist, about the steep decline in New Hampshire’s moose population.    We’ll find out how New Hampshire plans to tackle the issue.  We’ll also look at how the state plans to go about regulating and dispensing marijuana now that a compromise medical marijuana bill, minus the home-grown option, has been signed into law.  We’ll spend two days looking at the latest on invasive species of the plant and animal varieties and don't forget about our Friday New Hampshire News Roundup.

Sara Plourde

Governor Maggie Hassan signs a few handful of bills into law, including one for medical marijuana and one establishing a state energy strategy. The battle over Medicaid expansion continues with a study panel weighing the pros and cons of accepting federal money for this program.  Some new and some more familiar names are considering runs for Congress and Senate in 2014 and a UNH Recycling program goes national. We'll look at some of the big stories that have happened in the Granite State during the week of July 22nd


With all the talk around a Voter ID law, which would tighten requirements for voting, others are looking to loosen the reigns. They are hoping to pass a bill in which New Hampshire would join 35 other states in  allowing for absentee balloting. Supporters say that it would address the concerns of those who find themselves too busy to vote on Election Day or may not have transportation to get to the polls. Opponents however suggest that expanding voting could possibly lead to more voter fraud. We'll look at the possibilities.


ADHD On The Rise

Jul 24, 2013

Almost one-in-ten New Hampshire children is diagnosed with some type of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, putting us around the middle of the pack nationally.  But those numbers may rise  as New England and New Hampshire show a particular predilection toward labeling our kids with ADHD.    These expected increases have once again raised a long, ongoing conversation here about what this disorder is, and what it isn’t, about whether too many children are diagnosed or if some kids in some demographic groups are under-diagnosed. And what about the role of drugs?

In his new book, The Last of the Doughboys, Richard Rubin reflects on the First World War through the eyes of dozens of centenarians who experienced its battles but rarely told its stories. Rubin discovers what he calls a neglected “great generation”… the overlooked and underappreciated war they fought in and how that conflict shaped our modern world.  


Mt. Washington Auto Road via Flickr Creative Commons

As more New Hampshire communities adopt bike-friendly policies, more Granite Staters are taking to two wheels instead of four, encouraged by programs such as "Complete Streets" and new rail trails. But along with expansion has come some tension -- with cars and pedestrians -- as well as debates over how scarce resources will be spent.


-Larry Keniston, Intermodal Facilities Engineer, Rail and Transit Bureau, N.H. Department of Transportation.

Sara Plourde

A special commission begins delving into the details of Medicaid expansion; the Northern Pass Project blankets  state households with brochures touting a new route for its controversial hydropower plan; and state safety officials issue warnings about dangerous, rain-swollen waterways after a record number of drownings already this summer.  We look at the top stories of the week.


Jeff Feingold: Editor of NH Business Review's print and on-line editions.

Health Reform on Hold?

Jul 18, 2013 via Flickr/Creative Commons

The Obama administration recently announced delays in several provisions of the Affordable Care Act -- including the employer mandate, which requires businesses of a certain size to provide health insurance for employees…as well as smaller technical changes. We’ll talk with experts on where we are now, given this shift, and what might be next.


Queen City Crime

Jul 17, 2013 via Flickr Creative Commons

As part of NHPR's series on crime in Manchester, we sit down with police chief David Mara to discuss challenges facing the state's largest city and its police- from budget constraints to rising crimes associated with drug use. We'll also talk about police-community relations and how the force is learning to work with the city's immigrant communities.


- David Mara, Police Chief of Manchester


The Senate has passed a significant overhaul of the country’s immigration laws.  The plan includes a path to citizenship and more border security. But the bipartisan effort has stalled at the House border, with some Republicans there calling the bill “dead on arrival.” We’ll talk with Granite Staters following  this debate.


- Eva Castillo - Director of the New Hampshire Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees.


Last month, President Obama vowed to take on climate change, bypassing Congress and pledging to use his authority under existing laws. The centerpiece of his plan is imposing, for the first time, limits on carbon emissions from existing power plants.  Environmentalists applauded the announcement, but industry representatives balked, calling the approach heavy handed and warning of plant closures. We'll look at how this debate affects New Hampshire and the region.


Next week on The Exchange, we begin with a discussion of President Obama's recently announced plan for tackling climate change -- an approach that includes curbing carbon emissions and fortifying communities against severe weather events, such as storms and droughts.  We'll also talk with a roundtable of Granite Staters about the debate in Washington over immigration reform. And we talk with Manchester Police Chief David Mara, as part of the news department's series on crime in the Queen City, starting Monday and running through Labor Day.

Sara Plourde

Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords visits the Granite State in support of stricter gun laws, a commission was launched to study the  possible expansion of Medicaid in the state; A law was passed raising the speed limit to 70 on parts of Interstate 93 and NBC news delivers a mea culpa after a recent story they did leaves  New Hampshire off the map . We’ll look at the stories that topped the headlines for the last two weeks.


It was six months of battles, bargains and balancing. Debates on medical marijuana, voter ID, and taxes all took center stage. A proposed casino was nixed, and after months of number crunching, a biennial budget was built, and all of this done under the watchful eye of a new governor. We’ll look back at some of the biggest political debates of 2013.


In his new book, Harvard University President Joseph Nye analyzes the role of presidential leadership during the rise of American global influence from Theodore Roosevelt - the first president to assert this country’s power on the world stage - to Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, who presided over the end of the Cold War during a time when American power reached its zenith.


The 10th Amendment reserves powers not delegated to the federal government back to the states. But where the line between federal and state power lies has been debated for centuries, including recent debates over gay marriage, gun rights and abortion.  We’ll take stock of the Tenth Amendment, and the implications for policy that flow from it.


Many in New Hampshire have become concerned over the rise of expulsions and suspensions. Not only are the reason for these suspensions expanding, they say, but taking a kid out of school may not be the most effective punishment. We’ll look at this and alternate ways some are suggesting to steer bad students back on the straight and narrow.


Next Week On The Exchange - July 8, 2013

Jul 5, 2013

Next week on The Exchange, we begin with a look at school discipline in New Hampshire, as some are beginning to wonder if suspensions and expulsions are the best way to get wayward students back on track. Later we explore the tenth amendment and how over history its divided supporters of federal rights versus state’s rights and a panel of New Hampshire State and House leadership join us to look back at this wild legislative year.  Join us all next week for The Exchange every morning live at 9/nd again at 8 p m, here on NHPR!

Although long an unfortunate part of childhood, many feel it’s become more serious and more complicated, given expanded opportunities through the internet and social media. But there’s also more scrutiny, tougher policies, and anti-bullying campaigns out in force. We’ll get the latest from Granite Staters involved in this issue.


Biographer Amity Shlaes say our thirtieth president was deeper than his nickname Silent Cal suggests or what his critics called a man of few words and.. frequent naps.. but a visionary conservative who promoted ideas of limited government and individual responsibility and who oversaw an era of remarkable growth and optimism that preceded the Great Depression.


Former Shell Oil President John Hofmeister calls for a complete re-think on energy policy. Hofmeister currently heads the group “Citizens for Affordable Energy.” He says investing in twenty-first century energies is the only stimulus our economy needs. But that won’t happen, he says, unless private industry takes the reins and government gets largely out of the way.


John Hofmeister - Founder and CEO, Citizens for Affordable Energy and former Shell Oil President.

Cities and towns around New Hampshire have been working to revitalize and even resurrect their central cores, renovating abandoned buildings, creating walk-able main streets and affordable housing. We’ll look in on these efforts and also the challenges of financing them, while attracting businesses and others to take up the downtown lifestyle.