The Exchange

Live at 9 a.m., repeat at 8 p.m.

The Exchange is New Hampshire's only locally produced statewide call-in talk show. It's hosted by Laura Knoy.


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Coming Up on The Exchange:

Monday, 7/25 - Protecting NH Forests and Trees

Tuesday, 7/26 - The State of Adoption

Wednesday, 7/27 - TBA

Thursday, 7/28 - DNC Convention Coverage

Friday, 7/29 - Friday N.H. News Roundup

The New Hampshire economy still is a good-news-bad-news scenario, athough a lot more good lately.  Unemployment ticked down in July, to five point-one-percent. Foreclosures ticked down as well, while home sales are roaring. But in the business world, a recent national study finds New Hampshire lagging in new business start ups, and construction is still sluggish.  We’ll look at the economy from all sides and what the future may hold.


At the end of the legislative season, New Hampshire lawmakers decided to spend the summer studying whether the Granite State should accept or reject federal funds to extend Medicaid to more residents.  A special committee has held weekly sessions on this, with a deadline of mid-October.  We’ll find out what they’re looking at and what they may decide. 


As unrest continues in Egypt, we'll get the thoughts of Granite Staters with an affiliation to the country. We’ll get their thoughts about the recent unrest in that country after the army ousted President Mohammed Morsi last month.  We’ll find out what they’re hearing from friends and family in Egypt and hear their hopes and concerns for the country’s future, including its relations with the U.S.


Next week on the Exchange - August 12, 2013

Aug 9, 2013

Next week on The Exchange, we begin with Granite Staters reflecting on the unrest in Egypt, including those worried about friends and family back home.  Then we'll look into this summer’s hearings on whether or not New Hampshire should extend Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act, with a fall deadline approaching.  And then two-days on the Economy, both in New Hampshire…and then, specifically in the North Country.  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!

Sara Plourde

It’s our Friday New Hampshire New Roundup!  Yes it’s early, but conversation is already swirling around possible candidates for next fall’s elections. Meanwhile, another grocery chain, “top and Shop announces closures in New Hampshire, leading to hundreds of layoffs..  And a Concord mom makes headlines, over whether she has the right to pray outside her teen's high school. We'll look at the big stories of the week!


Recently, more New Hampshire police departments have been acquiring the controversial armored truck, called the BearCat, causing outrage among some groups concerned about civil liberties and what they see as an increasingly militarized police force. But officers say they increasingly face deadly threats and that these methods help protect them and the public.


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.