Statistics without the struggle: In a new book, Dartmouth professor Charles Wheelan explains how to make sense of the proliferation of data in this digital age….a task he calls “fascinating” and even “fun”! Wheelan also points out the pitfalls -- how research can be skewed by biased parties. We’ll study up on the state of statistics.
Charles Wheelan - Professor at Dartmouth College, author of the international best-seller Naked Economics and the new Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data
Asymmetric warfare. It’s defined by a disparity between warring sides, where one is more powerful than the other, and many not involve nations at all, like in the U.S. “War on Terror.” It’s also about using tactics which allow the weaker opponent to get the upper hand, from hijackings to cyber-attacks. We look at this growing type of warfare…and its impact on U.S. foreign and military policy.
At the start of a New Year, some numbers look good -- sales are steadily going up and prices are recovering. But there are also less hopeful signs -- foreclosures remain a stubborn problem and new construction is slow. We’ll take a look at the housing picture here in the Granite State.
Brian Gottlob -Principal of Policon Research, an agency focusing on economic and public policy issues.
Next week on The Exchange, we begin with a look at New Hampshire’s housing market. It's showing some “green shoots” of recovery well before spring with sales on the upswing. Still prices remain flat and new mortgage rules have stirred controversy. Later in the week, a roundtable of Granite Staters with ties to Egypt joins us on the recent unrest in that country, after hopes were so high during the Arab Spring two years ago. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and join us all next week for the Exchange every morning live at 9, and again at 8 pm, here on NHPR!
Since he left politics twelve years ago, former Vice President and Presidential candidate, Al Gore has reinvented himself, becoming a media mogul, author, Nobel Prize winner, leading environmental advocate, and subject of an Oscar Award winning documentary. We’ll talk to Al Gore about what he’s doing now, including what’s behind his new book called The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change.
It’s been forty years since the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade legalized abortion. Over the decades, abortion policy in the Granite State has fluctuated between lighter and tighter restrictions on abortion. Thursday on the Exchange, we’ll look at where this issue stands in our state today…and where it may go.
Susan Arnold - Chair of NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire
Fran Wendleboe - Assistant Secretary of the NH Republican State Committee, Former Republican Representative from New Hampton
As the U.S. emerges from a decade of war and a Great Recession, defense expert and former Reagan Pentagon official Lawrence Korb says we can and should cut our military spending. We’ll get his ideas on how to do so as the country faces evolving threats, including nuclear proliferation, cyber-attacks, and new faces of terrorism. Today we talk to Lawrence Korb about how he says you do national security and foreign policy on a budget.
Today, we sit down with the Department of Transportation Commissioner, Christopher Clement, covering everything from road and toll projects to ways of funding transportation improvements and taking a look at what Commissioner Clement hopes to accomplish in 2013.
Christopher Clement - Commissioner of the NH Department of Transportation
2013 is a year in which New Hampshire Commissioner of Corrections, William Wrenn will face some considerable challenges. Facilities are packed, jobs have been cut, there's the on going problem of recidivism, and a huge debate over the privatization or partial privatization of prisons. Add to that, a lawsuit filed last August against the State suggesting that women inmates aren't receiving the same treatment and access to services as their male counterparts. Today we sit down with Commissioner Wrenn about this and take your calls.
Next week on The Exchange, we sit down with two of our state's commissioners, Corrections Department chief William Wren and then, Transportation Commissioner Chris Clement. Later in the week, with the Fortieth Anniversary of the Roe V. Wade decision. We’ll examine how the issue of Abortion has played out over time in New Hampshire. 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!
Paul Butler is a former football player himself, but says the evidence now shows the game is too dangerous for young people and their developing brains. Butler called for a ban on the sport in his hometown. But many say his concerns go overboard and that it’s a hard sell to interfere with America’s second favorite pastime. We'll hear from both sides of this debate.
New Hampshire is looking at whether to accept federal funds to once again study whether passenger and freight trains make sense for the state. But many of the same concerns are coming up again: that New Hampshire doesn’t have enough people who would ride the rails to justify the enormous cost. We'll revisit this debate.
As technology advances, our private lives more and more enter the public domain, causing some to call for more laws protecting our personal lives. Others say privacy is not so easily defined and warn against restricting the free flow of information. We’ll look at this debate, and several bills in the State Legislature tightening up privacy laws.
Yesterday, President Barack Obama took his second oath of office for his second term and outlined his vision for the next four years. Obama borrowed heavily from the Constitution in his speech and gave a hefty nod to Dr. Martin Luther King on his observed birthday. Now the work begins. We'll play excerpts of his speech and try to read between the lines as to what Obama hopes his second term may accomplish.
We sit down with Marco Werman, host of the Public Radio program “The World”. This summer he came to New Hampshire, promoting his new film about Senegalese musician and activist Youssou N'Dour. We’ll learned more about it and talked with Werman about his long career at “The World”, from the huge political and cultural shifts he’s covered, to his particular interest in uncovering unique music from around the globe.
Marco Werman - Host of the PRI radio program, "The World"