This weekend, scientists will be crossing their fingers as they prepared to land NASA’s largest space laboratory, Curiosity, on Mars. We’ll look at that plus other missions to Jupiter and to our asteroid belt… Also, the moon turns blue this month, the Perseid meteor showers look to impress, while increasing activity on the sun could affect us on Earth. We check in with our sky guys on all things astronomical.
Next week on the Exchange, we begin with an update from space, as our own “Sky Guys” give us the latest on the landing of a new Mars space laboratory, increasing solar activity and a new mission to Jupiter. Then the author of a new book challenges what many call the skills gap”, as companies say they can’t find the right workers. And later we explore the current debate over religious freedoms in America. E-mail us at NHPR dot org and join us all next week for the Exchange each morning at 9/and again at 8 p m, here on NHPR!
Every state in the nation has different laws about young drivers. They spell out the age one can get behind the wheel, when one can't, and who needs to be with them. A recent analysis of state laws, by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety puts New Hampshire at about the middle of the pack, when it comes to how tough our teen driving requirements are. But the institute wants more. Recent studies show that tighter restrictions on young drivers would save thousands of lives nationwide.
With a link between extreme weather and rising greenhouse gases, two thoughts are emerging. Many environmentalists say we should work toward mitigating greenhouse gases but others suggest the problems are irreversible and so we have to adapt to inevitable change. But for some this idea is uncomfortable. They worry that adaptation means giving up. Today we look at these two different thoughts around climate change and see where we go from here.
Today we talk once again with NHPR President and CEO Betsy Gardella. She also serves on the NPR Board, and we’ll talk about the national picture, including the current debate over federal funding of public broadcasting. We’ll also cover events here at NHPR, from efforts to keep up with the digital age to expanding local coverage. And Betsy will take your questions and comments.
Betsy Gardella - President and CEO of New Hampshire Public Radio
In 1862, Congress passed the Morrill Act, which paved the way for our system of public higher education. We’ll look at how America’s public and land-grant universities are faring today as they face budget cuts, aging resources, and, at times, criticism.
Daniel Mark Fogel, professor of English at the University of Vermont, where he also served as president. He is co-editor of Precipice or Crossroads?Where America's Great Public Universities Stand and Where They are Going Midway through their Second Century.
The story of a medical technician charged with infecting at least thirty people at Exeter Hospital has turned into a national concern, with news he’d worked in a half-dozen other states, where hospitals are now checking their records and contacting patients. We’ll get an update and look at what we’ve learned from this crisis so far.
Next week on the Exchange, we begin the week checking in on the local-turned national story of the Hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital. We’ll get the latest news and what we’ve learned from this fiasco.
This year, there’s been a lot more talk about New Hampshire going the route of as the Governor and others explore the idea of private companies running our corrections institutions. But questions remain -- about the rehabilitation of prisoners, inmate and employee safety, and whether, in the end, the cost savings would be enough to make this shift worthwhile.
We launch our coverage of New Hampshire’s gubernatorial primaries with Democratic candidate Maggie Hassan. An Exeter business attorney, Hassan was elected to the state Senate in 2004 and served as Senate Majority Leader. We’ll talk with Hassan about her candidacy, including why she’s the only democrat in this race to take the pledge against broad-based taxes.
Democratic Representative Terie Norelli just completed perhaps her most difficult session ever…outnumbered three-to-one by Republicans, a massive defeat that called into question her party’s approach and agenda for the state. We’ll look at the session from the Democrats’ perspective, after we spoke yesterday with House Speaker Bill O'Brien.
William O'Brien, The Republican House Speaker from Mont Vernon, has kept himself in the headlines over the past two years, both for his leadership and for dramatic changes in state government. Some Granite Staters praise O’Brien for following through on promises made during the election and shaking up state politics, but others call him a “polarizing figure” and even a “bully.” We sit down with him to talk about the past two years and his hopes for the November Elections.
Often called New Hampshire’s “hidden coast, the Great Bay is considered an estuary of national significance. Yet, its future seems in question both because pollution has taken a toll on its ecosystem and because nearby communities, activists, and officials can’t agree on how best to eradicate it, even as all realize something must be done. We'll look at the Great Bay debate and see if some sort of compromise can be made?
Next week on the Exchange– We begin looking at our state's Great Bay region. Pollution is taking over and communities, activists and officials can't agree how best to eradicate it. Then we sit down with one of the biggest players in New Hampshire politics this year, Republican House Speaker Bill O’Brien, on what he feels his party accomplished, and some of the session’s controversies.
We sit down with UNH Professor Jeannie Sowers, on the transformation of Egypt and what may lie ahead. The Middle East expert has co-edited a new book called The Journey to Tahrir. It’s not just about the dramatic events of the Arab Spring in Egypt, but also those aspects of Egyptian government, culture and economy…that created the groundwork for the uprising.