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.
We wrap up our three-day series on possible lessons from the Newtown shootings, with a look at some of the battles brewing over gun control and gun rights. President Obama has said he’ll do what it takes to curb gun violence. And lawmakers here in the Granite State are gearing up to take on such gun-related issues as the state’s Stand Your Ground law.
Violent video games - do they create real-world violence? It's a question studied for years, and renewed in light of the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. Meanwhile, some in Congress are calling for an investigation into the effects of these games on children. As part of a three-day series looking at the conversation post-Newtown, we're examining the debate over video game violence.
Though it’s unclear what motivated the shootings, many say mental health care can be a line of defense in preventing tragedies. But in the Granite State, these services have been cut and a new report says the system is in “crisis”. As part of a three day series on possible lessons from Newtown, we look at the conversation around mental health.
A recent study found little evidence of health benefits from organic foods, challenging organic’s reputation as the healthy alternative to conventional agribusiness. But others say researchers did find some vital differences around pesticide levels and that the study was too narrow, ignoring vital environmental and ethical reasons for eating organic. Today we'll look at the arguments on both sides.
A recent report predicts slow growth in the new year for New Hampshire and New England. And, while the Granite State still ranks well on such measures as taxes and personal income, there are some longer-term challenges that may threaten the so-called New Hampshire Advantage. We’ll get the economic outlook for our state and our region.
After her sizable victory in November, Hassan was officially sworn in today, as New Hampshire's 81st Governor. In her speech she spoke of her hopes of a bipartisan and collaborative legislature. We'll play back excerpts from her speech and see what’s ahead for “Day One” and beyond.
Josh Rogers – NHPR Statehouse Reporter.
Kevin Landrigan — Statehouse and political reporter for the Nashua Telegraph.
We have a roundtable of State House and Senate leaders, on what’s in store for this new Legislative session. Democrats, who take the reins in both the corner office and the House, are already aiming to modify or repeal some of the changes passed by the GOP last session, including on guns and voter ID…we’ll look at that, and at the biannual budget process…already underway.
We sit down with NHPR president and CEO Betsy Gardella. In addition to leading this public radio station, Gardella also serves on NPR’s board of directors and has been active in discussions about the future of public-broadcast funding. We’ll talk with her about that, as well as a new broadcast schedule, additions to our newsroom and new opportunities for our website and mobile app.
Betsy Gardella - President and CEO for New Hampshire Public Radio
We sit with New Hampshire Governor John Lynch, as he prepares to leave the state’s “corner office”. We’ll look back with him, at his achievements, his challenges, and what advice he’d impart to Governor-elect Maggie Hassan. Our broadcast is in partnership with New Hampshire Public Television.
Governor John Lynch - New Hampshire's 80th. Governor
Twenty twelve was a year where presidential politics topped the headlines and we elected the first new Governor in 8 years. A new Catholic Bishop begin his first year, while the Episcopal bishop stepped down. We had controversy at Exeter Hospital over a Hepatitis C outbrak and we lost a beloved political figure, Senator Warren Rudman. We’ll look back at the top stories of 2012, see what's happened since those stories aired and how they may play out in 2013.
Next week on The Exchange”, we begin with our 10th annual New Hampshire Newsmakers of the Year broadcast, looking back at some of twenty twelve’s top stories and how they’ve evolved over time. Then NHPR’s President Betsy Gardella joins us to tell us some of the latest news of this public radio station and a roundtable of Granite State House and Senate leaders look ahead at the upcoming legislative year. Email your thoughts to NHPR.or and join us for “The Exchange”, every day live at 9 and again at 8 p.m. here on NHPR.
A proposed wind farm in the Newfound Lake area has once again raised familiar themes in New Hampshire: A desire for the Granite state to use more clean energy, versus local concerns over property values, as well as impacts on the environment and tourism. We’ll re-examine these arguments in light of this new proposal.