As the national economic mood picks up will New Hampshire join the party? U.S. unemployment is tracking downward, the stock market is going up, and housing trends look strong in many parts of the country. Meanwhile, here in the Granite State, the recovery’s been steady but lackluster. We’ll look at where the economic promise and perils may be found, moving forward.
Today on The Exchange, it's our Friday New Hampshire News Roundup. We're looking at some of the top stories of the week, from the one public hearing held on the state Senate's budget, to the House's hard look at the Senate casino bill, and the removal of "grow your own" policy from the medical marijuana bill.
Kevin Landrigan - Longtime political reporter for the Telegraph of Nashua.
This week, U.S. concerns over the civil war in Syria escalated with talk of chemical weapons and the real fear that the conflict could spill over in the broader Middle East including Israel. Now there’s debate in Washington about how this country should respond what the so-called “red-line is” and whether the Americans public is willing to cross it.
Social In-security! President Obama has said he’s willing to make changes in the nation’s safety-net system for the elderly…as part of overall efforts to reduce the debt. But he’s getting lots of criticism for it…especially from his liberal base. We’ll examine the President’s ideas….including a controversial proposal to use a new measure of inflation called “chained CPI”.
Our founding fathers established this right to be “secure against unreasonable search and seizure” but how far should that right extend? In the age of terrorism, how broad should police surveillance powers be...in the interest of public safety? And how do past debates shape our understanding of this amendment today?
In her new book, journalist Lisa Prevost examines the long history of policies she says have led to a lack of affordable housing in many New England towns. Prevost argues this “snob zoning” harms not only those who might need a reasonably-priced place to live, but also the very communities that fight against these developments as well.
Lisa Prevost - freelance journalist specializing in housing and real estate and author of Snob Zones: Fear Prejudice, and Real Estate
At the Statehouse, debates continue over the budget and expanded gambling. A May Day rally in Concord takes place, for immigrant and worker rights. New Hampshire U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte explains her votes on gun control. And Granite Staters remember the Old Man of the Mountain ten years after he fell. We'll look at the top New Hampshire News Stories for the week of April 29th.
We sit down with New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Commissioner Thomas Burack. The state’s environment has seen some hopeful trends recently, particularly when it comes to air quality. The story changes, however, when it comes to our lakes and coastal waters. We’ll get an update on what’s been working in addressing these issues, and what still needs to be done.
Tom Burack - New Hampshire Commissioner for Environmental Services
Americans recently completed that annual ritual, when they file their returns to Uncle Sam. But over the century of this tax, there’s been lots of debate on its effectiveness and fairness. and a few states, including New Hampshire have decided not to do this at the state level. We’ll look at the history of the income tax and how it’s evolved.
In an era of soaring tuition and student debt, colleges and universities are looking for new ways to pursue affordability and flexibility – offering everything from online courses to three-year degrees. We’ll talk with some at the forefront of this trend and explore some of the questions being raised about these approaches.
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.
Next week on The Exchange, we begin with a new biography of our thirtieth President Calvin Coolidge. The stoic Vermonter known as Silent Cal. Then the one-hundredth birthday of the Federal Income tax, we’ll look at its history and controversy. Later, we sit down with New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Commissioner, Tom Burack. And we end the week with our Friday New Hampshire News roundup. 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!
Debates over gambling and the Stand Your Ground law heated up this week at the Statehouse, a Republican representative makes national news over a posting she made on Facebook, and Ted Gatsas announces he’ll run for a third term as Manchester's Mayor. We’ll look at the top stories of the week.
In 2007, New Hampshire joined the growing group of states that can hold the most dangerous sex offenders past the end of their sentences in what is known as a “civil commitment.” This notion has been controversial, pitting concerns over public safety against the rights of offenders. And some in New Hampshire say the state’s law has some worrisome flaws.
Ann Rice - Deputy attorney general for NH.
Anthony Sculimbrene - NH public defender, typically defends inmates facing civil commitment in NH
A new book by a Dartmouth professor explores the changing world of advances in technology, medicine, and marketing and the greater role that developing nations are playing. More and more, innovations are occurring in poorer countries, then exported to wealthy nations, turning traditional patterns on their head. We’ll hear some examples, and why our guest says this could benefit everyone.