The Exchange

Live at 9 a.m., repeat at 7 p.m.

The Exchange is New Hampshire's only locally produced statewide call-in talk show, hosted by Laura Knoy.  It airs live at 9 AM and rebroadcasts at 7 PM weekdays.

The Exchange is Going Local!

Submit your questions about the regions of New Hampshire for our Going Local series, which you can hear every Thursday starting on July 12th. 

You can ask about where you live, or any other region you are curious about. For example: What are the biggest employers in the Great North Woods? How much does it cost to live on the Seacoast? What fun things can I do in the Monadnock region?

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Coming Up on The Exchange: 

Monday, 7/16 - Call Me American by Abdi Nor Iftin

Tuesday, 7/17 -  Telemedicine

Wednesday, 7/18 - Summer Movies: A Midsummer Check-in 

Thursday, 7/19 - Going Local: The Seacoast Region

Friday, 7/20 -  Weekly N.H. News Roundup

Want to call in during the show or leave us a message? Here's the number: 800.892.6477 

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If you can't listen to the live show or don't live in our broadcast area, you can listen to our show online (just open the day's show post below) or subscribe to our podcast. Click here to get it on Apple Podcasts, and click here to find us on Stitcher. (Don't know how to find and listen to podcasts? Click here for a handy guide created by our friends at VPR!)

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Recent ransomware attacks in Atlanta and elsewhere in the country have cities, and businesses, rethinking their network security. And blockchain, a secure method of processing cryptocurrency, is getting a lot of buzz. What is it, who should use it, and why? 

In this Race for the 1st conversation, we talk with Terence O'Rourke, a Democrat running in the closely watched race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District. 

O'Rourke is the City Attorney for Rochester and a military veteran who served as an officer in the Iraq War. O'Rourke also served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Alabama, and in New Hampshire as assistant county attorney in Rockingham and Carroll counties. 

Our Race for the First conversations will focus on the issues at the forefront in the CD1 race, including opioids, guns, veterans, and how each candidate plans to stand out in a crowded race. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: April 6, 2018

Apr 6, 2018

It's feeling a lot like primary season in New Hampshire, with two past, and possibly future, Presidential hopefuls making the rounds in the state.  The Internal Revenue Service also visits New Hampshire, examining state liquor sales.  And despite several high-profile animal abuse reports in the state, a bill to tighten breeding regulations gets pushback.

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Relief and Reconstruction in the Caribbean. A Catholic archbishop and bishop are visiting the state from Puerto Rico and the Virgin islands, a region hard hit by last September's hurricanes, to raise awareness about the suffering that continues there. Recovery has been slow, with thousands still lacking power and living in makeshift dwellings.  The bishops are here at the invitation of Bishop Peter A. Libasci, of Manchester, for an initiative called Through the Storm: Helping Our Brothers and Sisters in the Caribbean. For more information on the event, visit here

Ian Lamont

We look at two economic forces that directly impact each other: international trade and the stock market. What do trade announcements from Washington mean for New Hampshire, and how does a fluctuating stock market impact our economy? We'll also look at a big employer for Granite Staters: foreign companies.

New Hampshire is now tied for the second oldest population in the country and beginning to see the pressure on healthcare, services, and housing caused by the "silver tsunami."  In his new book,"The Longevity Economy,"  author Joseph Coughlin says the future is both older and "technologically-enabled." He makes the case for rethinking aging and retirement not as a burden, but as an economic catalyst that could transform business and society.

This program will be broadcast on-air on Tuesday, April 3, at 9:00 a.m. and 7 p.m.  It was originally broadcast on March 15, 2018.

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In this Race For The 1st conversation, we talk with Mindi Messmer, a Democrat running in the closely watched race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District.

Scroll down for NHPR News takeaways from this interview

Messmer, a first-term legislator from Rye, runs an environmental consulting firm.  As a legislator, she serves on the Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs Committee, and on the Commission to Study Environmentally-Triggered Chronic Illness and the Commission on the Seacoast Cancer Cluster Investigations. 

Our Race For The First conversations will focus on the issues at the forefront in the CD1 race, including opioids, guns, veterans, and how each candidate plans to stand out in a crowded race. 

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As a state commission on the issue meets again, we look at the debate in New Hampshire. We also talk to reporters from Maine and Massachusetts about how marijuana legalization is playing out in their states. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: March 30, 2018

Mar 29, 2018

There's been lots of talk about voter fraud in New Hampshire elections - we take a look at the reality found in the data behind the rhetoric.  Massachusetts drops the Northern Pass bid in favor of a Maine transmission line for a major energy project.  We get reaction from local veterans organizations on the firing of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin. And, hope springs eternal as the the Red Sox open the 2018 baseball season.

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Aside from overseeing state records and  administering elections, the office of Secretary of State has taken on a highly political dimension in recent years -- in New Hampshire  and elsewhere -- in part because voting-law debates have become so divisive. We'll look into what the job involves and why it has become so political.  

Should N.H. Consider Safe Injection Sites?

Mar 27, 2018
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With New Hampshire struggling in the midst of an opioid crisis, we look at a controversial idea - creating safe places for addicts to inject drugs without fear of infected needles and with access to overdose medication. Several cities in the U.S. and Canada are considering this form of what's called "harm reduction" as a way to address rising overdose rates as well as the public health crisis.  But it is a controversial idea, seen by others as indulging and encouraging addiction.  

Veterinarians On Their Profession

Mar 26, 2018
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We sit down with veterinarians from around the state to talk about what a typical day looks like, what they wish pet owners knew, and how the opioid crisis, high costs, and other factors impact their profession. 

The Latest Thinking on Substance Abuse Prevention

Mar 23, 2018
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Scare tactics and catchy slogans don't work, many experts now say.  But if that's the case, then how best to keep people from becoming addicted to drugs or alcohol?  We find out what works, what doesn't, and where most efforts take place: While many look to schools, our guests say it requires a much broader approach.

This program is part of NHPR's Crossroad project, a station-wide look at the addiction crisis and its impact on the state. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: March 23, 2018

Mar 23, 2018

In a visit to Manchester this week, President Trump discusses efforts to combat the opioid crisis and floats the idea of the death penalty for drug traffickers.  With the deadline for bills in the legislature to "crossover" from one chamber to the other, we look at which bills struggled, which sailed through, and what is still up for debate.  Plus,  a last-minute attempt to change the Granite State’s gun laws.

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The long-standing current use program gives favorable tax treatment to landowners who preserve open space, typically farmland or forest. But current use has always had detractors, who say it sets up an unfair tax system, and reduces revenue available to towns. 

2020 Presidential Primary Preview

Mar 21, 2018

New Hampshire's "First in the Nation" presidential primaries are nearly two years away, but speculation has already begun.  If a Republican candidate challenges the president, it would be the first time in 25 years that a sitting president has faced a serious challenge from his own party.

Outside/In

There are 27 springs in New Hampshire that some Granite Staters use as their primary water source. NHPR's Outside/In visited these springs, and investigated the truth and myth behind the raw water movement. Why are some people turning to unfiltered water, and what should you know about spring drinking?  

Visit the Outside/In website to hear their episode, and subscribe to their podcast, and to see the test results for contaminants from three springs in New Hampshire. 

American kids are grappling with chronic stress and toxic anxiety, even as parents seek the balance between "helicopter" and "free-range" parenting.  Ned Johnson, co-author of a new book, "The Self-Driven Child" says brain science shows that stress has physical effects on the developing brain with long-term ramifications.  So what's a parent to do?  In the "Self-Driven Child," he advocates for a radical shift in the dynamic between parent and child to develop greater self-reliance and resilience in children.

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There have long been complaints that the state's extensive training and certification requirements for some fields have led to workforce shortages, and the House recently passed a bill for a less restrictive approach. But opponents say caution is warranted - to protect the public and professional integrity.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: March 16, 2018

Mar 16, 2018

New Hampshire students join thousands around the country in walking out of their classrooms to protest school shootings and NRA influence. The New Hampshire Attorney General finds that a state trooper was justified in shooting and killing an unarmed Enfield man.  And Secretary of State Bill Gardner, with 42 years on the job, faces a rare re-election challenge -- this time, from former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Colin Van Ostern.

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This week, Granite Staters are meeting, many in blizzard conditions, to hash out their town's budgets and priorities -- either in the traditional town meeting form, when voting and discussion take place on the same day, or as part of a newer form of town government, known as SB2, which involves a deliberative session and a separate day for voting.  We're sitting down with four seasoned town moderators to discuss how local government is working nowadays in their towns.  

GUESTS: 

To celebrate 20 years of Something Wild on NHPR, we take a look at how New Hampshire has changed in terms of nature and ecology over the two decades the program has been on the air.  

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Today on The Exchange, a conversation with Steve Marchand, who's launched his campaign to be the Democratic challenger to Governor Chris Sununu in 2018.

Marchand, who served as mayor of Portsmouth from 2005-2008, lost the gubernatorial primary to Colin Van Ostern in 2016. (Click here to see NHPR's coverage of  the 2016 race and click here to find out where he stood on the issues.)

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: March 9, 2018

Mar 9, 2018

As next Tuesday’s town meeting day approaches, the N.H. Senate sides with the Secretary of State over who has the power to reschedule town meetings.  The state House of Representatives vote to send to the Senate a bill adding gender identity to existing state anti-discrimination laws. The Executive Council unanimously approves $600,000 for Manchester-based Hope for New Hampshire Recovery.

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NPR's senior editor and correspondent for the Washington Desk, Ron Elving, joins us to talk about the biggest news in our nation's capital this week, including President Trump's trade announcements, the resignation of the President's top economic advisor, Gary Cohn, and more. 

Offshore Drilling Debate Revived In New England

Mar 7, 2018

A public hearing earlier this week attracted environmentalists, fishing groups, and many others who oppose President Trump's new proposal to expand offshore drilling in the Atlantic, including off the coast of Maine and New Hampshire. We talk with NHPR's energy and environmental reporter Annie Ropeik about the latest developments and what impact offshore drilling might have for the state. 

In recent years, unreliable snow cover and wild temperature swings have caused headaches for our winter recreation industry, and all those who love to ski, ice-fish, or snowmobile.  But the impacts go beyond disappointment: there are animal and forest health affects as well, including the beloved Sugar maple. 

DACA, or "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" has been in the news a lot recently, and for the past half year, Congress and the White House have gone back-and-forth over the fate of the Dreamers, debating what to do about their special but temporary immigration status.  We take a regional look at this issue, both political and personal.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: March 2, 2018

Mar 1, 2018

A former St. Paul's teacher who has taught at the Derryfield School since 2009 is arrested and charged in connection with the AG's investigation of St. Paul's  handling of allegations of sexual misconduct. A Democrat wins a special election in Laconia, the fifth House seat to flip from Republican to Democrat since President's Trump's election.   And the CD1 race gets a bit more crowded, with Democrat Levi Sanders, son of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, announcing he's running.  

As one of only two states with neither an income tax nor a sales tax, the Granite State funds local and state services in other ways. As part of NHRP's cost of living series, The Balance, we answer your questions about how our unusual system works. 

This program originally aired on February 6, 2018. 


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