For a long time, 'middle class' meant 'comfortable'. It was a place to strive for and once there, it meant a stable job, a nice home and secure retirement. But a recent study by the Pew Research Center describes a 'Lost Decade' of the Middle Class, finding this groups to be fewer, poor and gloomier due to the economic crisis.
In a new book, author Charles Mann explores what happened in the years after Columbus’s famed voyage to the Americas. He says it altered everything: sparking a new era of globalization and not just in commerce: but radical changes in crops, cultures, and politics. We’ll talk with Mann about this expansive look at this new era and how the world changed after Columbus.
We sit down with Bishop Peter Libasci, nearly one year after he took over as head of the Diocese of Manchester. We’ll talk with Bishop Libasci about what he hopes to achieve as leader of more than a quarter million New Hampshire Catholics.
In Denver, president Obama and republican nominee Mitt Romney faced off in the first of three forums. The focus was domestic policy - from jobs to taxes to federal debt. We're playing back some debate highlights, covering the major themes....and are including your thoughts in our conversation.
Wayne Lesperance – professor of political science at New England College and director of the Center for Civic Engagement
We continue our “Issue of the Week” election series…and today we find out where the candidates for Congress, Governor, and President stand on.. education. Though all agree on the importance of strong schools and universities, candidates part ways on how to achieve this aim. We’ll take a look at how they plan to tackle the many educational challenges, from student debt to funding state universities.
Danielle Curtis: Education reporter for the Telegraph of Nashua
Sam Evans-Brown: Education and environment reporter for NHPR
The ads are constant, the sums are staggering. In the presidential race, spending has crossed the half-billion dollar mark. State races meanwhile have seen an influx of big money from outside groups. The ads have ranged from tough to downright zany, even with zombies making an appearance. We look at the latest commercials and whether they’re effective.
John Carroll: assistant professor of mass communication at Boston University with a background in advertising and media. His blog is Campaign Outsider.
Next week on the Exchange, we begin with a forum on Health Care policy with the candidates for Governor, Republican Ovide Lamontagne and Democrat Maggie Hassan on everything from the Affordable Care Act to mental-health services. Then our Issue of the Week series continues as we compare where the candidates for Governor, Congress and President and stand on the issue of education. Later, your reaction to the first Presidential debate.
We talk to the author of a new book who says that today’s hovering, hyper-safety-conscious parents are doing their children no favors. In fact, she says, overprotective adults have created a generation of fragile kids who fall apart once they hit the real world. We’ll examine why American childhood has become so restricted, and one mom’s crusade to restore its freedoms.
The New Hampshire Board of Education recently announced a moratorium on aid to state-approved charter schools, a stunning development for their supporters. The state says there’s just no money there, raising questions about the future of this alternative source of public education in the Granite State. We'll look at what this may mean for the future of charter schools in New Hampshire.
A new book examines what it calls “the failed economics of the traditional small dairy farm”, blaming a complex, highly regulated market where middlemen and mega-farms always win. We’ll look at this phenomena in New England, and how the author says there are new models that offer some hope.
Kirk Kardashian – Senior writer at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and author of "Milk Money: Cash, Cows and the Death of the American Dairy Farm.
We kick off our “Issue of the Week” series with where the candidates stand on job creation. It’s the number one talking point of this political season, with contenders for Governor, Congress and President offering up an array of solutions for getting Americans back to work. We’ll compare their different plans, what the campaigns are saying and how it’s playing with voters.
Ross Gittell - New England Economic Project Forecast Manager and Chancellor of the Community College System of New Hampshire.
A new survey shows as many as ninety million Americans are likely to sit out this election. They cite a number of reasons from “I’m too busy” to “my vote doesn’t matter”. But in a tight election, these voters could have a profound impact on the outcome. We’ll look closer at this group, why they feel the way they do, and the implications for our democracy.
David Paleologos - Director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center, which conducted the Unlikely/Unregistered Voter Poll with USA Today.
Next week on the Exchange, we begin with new research on America’s “non-voting bloc,” the tens of millions who are likely to stay home this election. Then, we kick off our “Issue of the Week” election series, with a look at how job creation is playing out in state political races. And we talk with the author of a new book called “milk money”…which describes dire times for small dairy farms. E-mail us at NHPR dot org and join us all next week for the Exchange each morning live at 9/and again at 8 p m...here on NHPR!
We discuss what happens as the medication generation grows up. Journalist and author, Kaitlin Bell Barnett joins us to talk about her new book, Dosed, which describes the experiences of young adults who spent childhood taking psychiatric meds, such as Prozac. Barnett explores the questions many in this generation are now asking: who am i really, after all these years on medication and what might be the long-term effects of these drugs?