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Special Broadcast: An NHPR and Reveal Investigation

Nov 11, 2015
Anna Vignet for Reveal

We're broadcasting this month's episode of Reveal, an investigative news program from the Center for Investigative Reporting.

You can hear the episode and read the accompanying story right here,

Allegra Boverman / NHPR

Recent polling shows that many Americans in both political parties agree that it’s a serious problem. But while they are unhappy with the influx of big money donors into elections made possible by the Citizens United ruling, they also seem pessimistic about changing the system. Still, some have made this a top priority, claiming that meaningful campaign finance reform is essential to a healthy democracy.

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New Hampshire's Lead Poisoning Problem

Nov 9, 2015
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While the harmful effects of lead on young children have been well-documented for decades, public health experts say the issue remains a major concern in this state and that stronger policies are needed.  We'll look at efforts to curb the impact and prevent future poisoning, and also why change has been so difficult.

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Friday N.H. News Roundup - November 6, 2015

Nov 6, 2015
Sara Plourde / NHPR

We're following the top news stories of the week: Governor Hassan’s call for a special legislative session to tackle the opioid crisis meets resistance from some Republicans who call it political grandstanding, Presidential candidates begin officially filing for the First in the Nation primary, and, in municipal elections, incumbent mayors fare well, though Ted Gatsas’s slim victory margin may mean a recount in Manchester.

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Processing the Risks of Red Meat

Nov 5, 2015
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Recently, the World Health Organization identified processed meat such as bacon and hot dogs as carcinogens, and cast doubt on the consumption of regular red meat as well. But champions of meat say the warnings are misleading, exaggerated, and a steak dinner can still be enjoyed. We cut deeper into the issue, exploring the pros and cons of meat for health.

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In his new book, Josh Levs says many dads today want to engage with their families, but old office stereotypes prevail, with corporate policies standing in the way.  He says that hurts not only fathers, but families and businesses as well.

This program was originally broadcast on 9/16/15.

    

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Push to Make N.H.'s Drug Court System Statewide

Nov 3, 2015
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Six of New Hampshire’s ten counties have this alternative system, meant to help low-level drug offenders gain treatment and avoid incarceration. Now, proposed legislation would create incentives for the other four counties to set up drug courts. We’ll look at how these work and why they’ve gained such widespread support, and also the questions that routinely come up. 

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Friday N.H. News Roundup - October 30, 2015

Oct 30, 2015
Sara Plourde / NHPR

We're covering the top news stories of the week: an education-funding battle heats up, with the state attorney general, lawmakers, and high-profile lawyers weighing in, retired Supreme Court Justice David Souter and former U.S. Senator Judd Gregg make a pitch for civics education, and presidential heavy hitters, including Clinton and Trump, take to the stump again in the Granite State.

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Primary 2016: Foreign Policy on the Campaign Trail

Oct 29, 2015
Allegra Boverman / NHPR

We're looking at what the candidates are saying about America’s role in the world: how to deal with terrorism and handle the numerous conflicts in the Middle East, what to do about fraught relations with Russia, China and North Korea, and how best to respond to the refugee crisis in Europe and conduct trade in the global area.

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Also known as the “banking act of 1933,” this law stemmed from the 1920s stock market crash and Great Depression that followed, with restrictions on banks and other financial institutions. Glass-Steagall was overturned about twenty years ago, but some are pushing to bring it back.

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New Hampshire's Charter Schools: A Growing Choice

Oct 26, 2015
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New Hampshire now has 25 of these alternative public schools, after a spate of rapid growth. We’ll look at some of the themes raised in NHPR’s recent series, A Growing Choice.  These include how charter schools are funded, who their students are, and what overall role they play in public education. 

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Friday N.H. News Roundup - October 23, 2015

Oct 23, 2015

Eversource submits its long-awaited formal Northern Pass application to state reviewers, kicking off a long evaluation process. Nashua schools debate keeping Narcan on hand, used in drug overdoses.  And candidates for mayor debate in several New Hampshire cities, including Nashua, Manchester, and Keene.

Tracking Presidential Candidates on Social Media

Oct 22, 2015
Allegra Boverman / NHPR

We're looking at the proliferation of political speech in this tumultuous presidential season, and its impact on voters.  We’ll examine how campaigns and voters are navigating this brave new world of media, including the vast and sometimes viral dimension of social media -- and explore its implications for our democracy.

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•  Lara Brown  - Graduate School of Political Management’s Political Management Program Director and an associate professor at George Washington University
 

Ventura County Democratic Party / Flickr/CC

From Adams to Kennedy to Bush and Clinton, our guest Stephen Hess says that politics as the “family business” is nothing new. In his book, he profiles eighteen of these political clans: how power passes on, how it can be lost, and why many Americans are so uncomfortable with this concept. 

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In recent years, New Hampshire has seen rapid growth in solar power. With the approaching cap on a solar development incentive known as net metering, though, many in the industry say they can’t expand much more.  We’ll find out what’s going on, and how bright or dim the future might be for solar in the Granite State.

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Canada votes today to elect a new federal government. We’ll discuss the issues that have defined the campaign, including the Keystone pipeline and Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal; and explore how the election results could affect the US-Canada relationship.

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Friday N.H. News Roundup - October 16, 2015

Oct 16, 2015
Sara Plourde / NHPR

We're talking about the top New Hampshire headlines of the week: a bi-partisan group of politicos gathers in Manchester, at the No-Labels convention, a huge number of Derry residents turn out for a special election, and say no to budget cuts, the city of Franklin pulls back on its plan to impose a curfew, and Fish and Game pushes ahead with a controversial bobcat trapping proposal.

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The High Court recently kicked off its fall term, with a docket full of hot-button social issues, including abortion and birth control.  Other highly watched cases concern unions among public sector workers and the use of affirmative action in college admissions.  We’re looking at what’s ahead and which way the court might go.

GUESTS:

  • John Greabe – law professor at UNH School of Law
  • David Savage – Supreme Court and legal issues reporter for the Los Angeles Times

Primary 2016: First Democratic Presidential Debate

Oct 14, 2015
cnn.com

Five presidential candidates faced off in Las Vegas in the first of six debates. With much of the focus on Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders these months, it was a chance for lagging candidates Martin O’Malley, Jim Webb, and Lincoln Chafee to get in the fight. We’ll recap the top moments and dig into the issues.

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  • Wayne Lesperance – professor and director of Masters of Public Policy at New England College
  • Josh Rogers – senior political reporter and Editor at New Hampshire Public Radio
     

'Reading Lolita in Tehran' Author Azar Nafisi

Oct 13, 2015
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Following the Iranian revolution, the new regime grew stricter toward women, and cracked down on intellectuals. Our guest today, Azar Nafisi, stayed on in her position as literature professor to resist the system, but the restrictions ultimately pushed her out. Now a longtime U.S. resident, she advocates for intellectual freedom, and the importance of humanities.

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The number of homeschooling families in New Hampshire and nationwide continues to grow, and they’re more diverse: including families with a wider range of political, religious, and educational approaches. But even as this group expands, it is less regulated by the states, sparking debate on how much oversight is needed. 

The show was originally broadcast on September 22, 2015.

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It's our Friday New Hampshire News Roundup - but this hour, instead of the week's headlines, we'll look back over the past two decades. That's because today is The Exchange's 20th birthday. On October 9th, 1995, NHPR kicked off this new program, which remains New Hampshire's only state-wide call-in show. So to celebrate we're pulling from the archives and reflect on some of the biggest stories we've covered.

2016 Presidential Candidate Lindsey Graham

Oct 8, 2015
New Hampshire Public Radio

Our guest today, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham likes to say that his hard-scrabble story is 'America's story.' Graham was first elected to the U.S. House in 1994, in what was then called the Republican revolution. He went on to serve six years there, and is now in the midst of his third U.S. Senate term. Graham has made a name for himself over the years as a hawk on foreign policy, and as a politician who can find middle ground with Democrats on issues like campaign finance and immigration.

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We're checking in with Political Junkie Ken Rudin about the top political headlines of the month.

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  • Ken Rudin – host of The Political Junkie, a weekly radio show covering national, state, and local politics. He is an expert in U.S. politics and campaign history, and a former NPR political editor.

Here's Ken's most recent podcast episode, about the recently vacant Speaker of the House position.

ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing / Flickr/CC

We're looking into New Hampshire’s affordable housing problem: how it happened, what’s changing, and what the obstacles are to fixing it.

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  • Dean Christon – executive director of the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority
  • Dennis Delay– economist at the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies and co-author of a new three-part report commissioned by the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority.

CALLOUT

Ryan Farrar / Flickr/CC

We're checking in with the Sky Guys this week about the latest news about water on Mars, extrasolar planets, and this month's lunar eclipse.

  • John Gianforte – co-founder of the "Astronomical Society" of northern New England and astronomy instructor for Granite State College and UNH.
  • Mal Cameron - former astronomy and space educator at the McAuliffe Shepard Discovery Center and coordinator of its NASA Educator Resource Center

Friday N.H. News Roundup - October 2, 2015

Oct 2, 2015
Sara Plourde / NHPR

We're covering the new New Hampshire news stories of the week.

Guests:

  • Garry Rayno - Statehouse reporter for the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News
  • Dean Spiliotes - civic scholar in the School of Arts and Sciences at SNHU, an author of the website nhpoliticalcapital.com
  • Paul Steinhauser - political director and anchor for NH1 News
rania effa / Flickr/CC

We’re sitting down with Karima Bennoune, international human rights rights, lawyer, and writer. Her recent book tells the stories Muslim educators, lawyers, artists, and writers who she says represent one of the best hopes for ending fundamentalist oppression worldwide.

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School Start Times & The Science of Adolescent Sleep

Sep 30, 2015
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We’re taking a look at the debate over early school start times and the science of adolescent sleep needs.

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Fines & Incarceration in N.H.

Sep 28, 2015
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A new New Hampshire ACLU report says that too many Granite Staters go to jail because they can't afford to pay court fines. We're looking at how this system works and whether it needs to change.

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