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.

_______

Click here to get our podcast on iTunes, and click here to find us on Stitcher.

Want to call in? Here's the number to call between 9-10 AM EST: 800.892.6477

You can also reach the show by email, by tagging us in a tweet, or sending a message to our Facebook page.

Coming Up on The Exchange:

Monday, 8/1 - Rebroadcast:  2016 Summer Book Show

Tuesday, 8/2 - N.H. Police, Race, and Violence

Wednesday, 8/3 - Third-Party Presidential Candidates

Thursday, 8/4 - Drought in N.H.

Friday, 8/5 - Friday N.H. News Roundup

Weekly N.H. News Roundup - March 25, 2016

Mar 25, 2016
Sara Plourde / NHPR

We're checking in on the top news stories of the week.

Debating N.H.'s Energy Future

Mar 24, 2016
Sabatino Bahir / Flickr/CC

Granite State businesses have long bemoaned New Hampshire's high energy costs, complaining they discourage expansion here and even tempt some firms to leave the state.  Last fall, the Business and Industry Association launched a new campaign called Energize NH to focus attention on what it calls a crisis:  the high price of energy and the need for more infrastructure and supply to lower those costs. The Energize NH campaign comes at a key time, when the Granite State seems engaged in a huge discussion about energy over pipelines and powerlines, and whether other approaches and other ways of thinking are in order, including better efficiency, a smarter grid, and an emphasis on those power sources that don't contribute to climate change.

Osair Manassan / Flickr/CC

It's a growing group nationally: parents who refuse to let their children take statewide assessments such as those aligned with Common Core. Now, New Hampshire lawmakers are considering a bill allowing parents to do the same without fear of penalty, arguing these tests do more harm than good. But test-backers say they provide valuable information.

Todd Huffman / Flickr/CC

Designed to reduce the spread of disease by distributing clean needles to drug users, needle exchange programs can also provide outreach and referral for treatment.  Now, a bill in the legislature would allow these centers in New Hampshire. And while there's general support, concerns include whether to decriminalize trace amounts of heroin.

Allegra Boverman / NHPR

It's been fifteen years since the state's unemployment rate was down this far - at 2.7%: good news, but there's concern a tight labor market makes it tough for employers to find workers.  We'll look at that, as well as improvements in the housing market, especially for sellers, and the local impact of global turmoil.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup - March 18, 2016

Mar 18, 2016
Sara Plourde / NHPR

We're taking a look at some of the top news stories of the week.

eric molina / Flickr/CC

We're checking in on the state's response to the ongoing opioid epidemic.

Can't Take a Joke?: The Power of Editorial Cartoons

Mar 16, 2016
Signe Wilkinson / NH Humanities

Way back to the times when corrupt party bosses like William Tweed of New York's Tammany Hall, American politicians have known to beware of cartoonists lampooning their greed and missteps. And while nowadays, constituents are more literate and able to read probing newspaper articles than they were in the nineteenth century, the power of editorial cartoons remains: as proved by routine imprisonment of cartoonists in some places of the world, as well as the grim killings at the French satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris last January.  And since then, there's been greater global attention and awareness to the role political cartoons still play and the controversy they spark.  And this week in the Granite State, New Hampshire Humanities is taking up the topic this week at an event called "Can't Take a Joke?" that explores editorial cartoons, and the subjects of artistic freedom, first amendment rights, and censorship.

Political Turmoil in the 2016 Presidential Race

Mar 14, 2016
Allegra Boverman / Flickr/CC

The 2016 Presidential Race just finished one of the most tumultuous weeks of campaigning in recent memory. As Donald Trump continues to roll toward the Republican nomination, clashes at his campaign events continue, with some of the most heated occurring this weekend in Chicago. Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, a tightening race in Illinois is giving the Sanders campaign hope for another come-from-behind victory over Hillary Clinton. 

GUESTS: 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup - March 11, 2016

Mar 11, 2016
Sara Plourde / NHPR

We're looking at the top New Hampshire news stories of the week.

What to Read Now: Spring Book Picks, 2016

Mar 8, 2016
NHPR

We'll hear about some of the best new books coming out this spring. Also, check out NHPR's other book-related series: The Bookshelf is an NHPR project featuring authors from around New Hampshire and the region, as well as books about New Hampshire by authors from anywhere. And the 10 Minute Writer's Workshop is a new podcast featuring interviews with writers about their writing process.

Another Look at Commuter Rail in N.H.

Mar 8, 2016
lzcdome / Flickr/CC

For years, advocates of commuter rail have pushed the idea of a passenger train connecting Boston with at Nashua and Manchester, and even possibly Concord. But commuter rail has always bumped up against one huge, seemingly immovable object:  money.  It's not cheap to build such a system,  roughly two-hundred-million dollars - and so the argument has long been that it's just not worth it, given all the other priorities New Hampshire has, including roads and bridges that need repair.  However, this year, supporters are continuing their efforts, bolstered by rising business backing in the Southern Tier.  And just recently,  they urged a House Committee to keep four million dollars in the state's transportation plan to fund rail study and planning. 

Lissa / Flickr/CC

The debate over physician-assisted suicide came to the fore in New Hampshire last month when a Concord man asked about it on a national stage. Jim Kinhan, who himself has terminal cancer, asked Hillary Clinton at a Manchester town hall how she would, if elected president, use her executive power to bring attention to the issue. The conversation made news, but the discussion about aid in dying has been ongoing for decades, legalized first in Oregon twenty years ago, and in California just last year. And while only five states in all have passed a law, some in the Granite State hope that New Hampshire will be the sixth. But there is a lot of debate over the risks of allowing the option at all, and two bills seeking to form a study committee on the topic have passed through the legislature, only to be vetoed by Governor Hassan.  However, advocates are hopeful that this year's study committee bill has enough additional detail to pass her desk, and pave the way for a possible legalization bill in a future term.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup - March 4, 2016

Mar 4, 2016
Sara Plourde

We're covering the top New Hampshire news stories of the week.

We're talking with the author of a new book on the unlikely ways in which inventors think up groundbreaking ideas.

Allegra Boverman / NHPR

We'll look at the results from the many states that voted yesterday - from Alaska to Massachusetts - and how it all affects the presidential nomination process that began just a month ago in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Addressing N.H.'s Addiction Counselor Shortage

Mar 1, 2016
Phoenix House Academy of Dublin / Flickr/CC

As overdose deaths skyrocket,  there's been a statewide call for more access to drug treatment, and more funding for it.  But treatment centers are scrambling to find and keep enough trained staff to meet the demand.  Chronic issues, such as low pay and bureaucracy add to the burden of helping a patient through recovery.

N.H. Voter Rules and Residency Requirements

Feb 29, 2016
Allegra Boverman / NHPR

A video claiming to reveal fraud on primary day has re-energized calls for voters to spend a certain amount of time living here before casting a ballot.  But the devil's in the details; such as how long is long enough, how to verify someone's identity and address, and the difference between "domicile" and "residency."

Weekly N.H. News Roundup - February 26, 2016

Feb 26, 2016
Sara Plourde

We're covering the top news stories of the week: at a Manchester event this week, Governor Hassan and Uber executives urge lawmakers to pass statewide regulations for the company's drivers, Governor Hassan's nominee for state banking commissioner faces criticism, and the final tally of ballots cast in this month's presidential primary shows a record turnout.

security newspaper / Flickr/CC

Following the San Bernadino shooting, the FBI has scrambled to learn as much about the crime as possible. But Apple's refusal to help the bureau unlock one of the shooter's iPhones has stoked the national conversation about the role that tech companies play in national security, and the boundaries of how far law enforcement can probe.

Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin

Feb 23, 2016
majjed2008 / Flickr/CC

While many observers see Vladimir Putin as a 'man from nowhere' without a face, substance, or soul, our guest today argues that he has had a number of personas over time. His public relations team has pitched him as everything from 'outsider' to 'history man' to suit the historical moment. Understanding these personalties, she argues, is key to making policy decisions about Russia.

Guest:

Allegra Boverman / Flickr/CC

It's been quiet in the Granite State now that the candidates have moved on, but elsewhere the race has only grown more heated. This weekend we're seeing this play out in South Carolina and Nevada, where minority and military voters play a bigger role.  We'll discuss the weekend's results and what they might mean for future contests.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup - February 19, 2016

Feb 19, 2016
Sara Plourde / NHPR

We're looking at the top news stories of the week: the Statehouse had a busy week ahead of its February recess, the Fish and Game Commission narrowly voted to allow a bobcat hunt, and, on a frigid Sunday, passengers stranded for several hours were rescued from a stalled tram on Cannon Mountain.

Florida Memory / Flickr/CC

Although Bernie Sanders won New Hampshire's primary by a landslide, he lags behind on so-called super delegates, who have already committed to Clinton. That raises questions among some about just how democratic the Democratic party is. Meanwhile, the Republican party has its own nominating process -- and challenges.

N.H. Debates Federal Real ID Licenses

Feb 17, 2016
Lisa Bongiorno / Flickr/CC

After 10 years of waivers, House lawmakers have approved a bill aimed at complying with the federal Real ID program, which tries to make state-issued drivers licenses more trustworthy and secure.   Real ID stems from the 9-11 attacks, after several of the hijackers were able to board planes using fraudulent state-drivers licenses.

Bobcat Debate: Should Hunting Resume in N.H.?

Feb 16, 2016
National Park Service via flickr/CC

While most states allow bobcat hunting, New Hampshire has not since 1989, when the animal's population had dwindled to dangerously low levels. Now this week, the Fish and Game Commission will vote whether to allow a limited annual hunt of 50 bobcats. We examine what's driving the support and the opposition, which has been fierce, and how this debate exposes broader cultural divides. 

NHPR

GUESTS: 

Jeff L / Flickr/CC

Even as this feud was still going on, back in the summer of 2014, experts on labor unions, corporate governance, and employee culture were noting just how unprecedented the boycott was. Now, there's a new book and a forthcoming film examining this epic battle and exploring its ramifications.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup - February 12, 2016

Feb 12, 2016
Sara Plourde / NHPR

We're looking at the top news stories of the week: decisive wins for anti-establishment candidates Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump in the First in the Nation primary, state lawmakers consider Medicaid expansion and expanding gambling, and maple syrup season starts early due to warm temperatures earlier this winter.

silvaer / Flickr/CC

After years of headlines on the ‘obesity epidemic’, the number of Americans dealing with this condition is leveling off. Awareness has increased, nutrition improved, and programs have been put in place, but it remains a stubborn problem, with research showing connections to less-recognized issues like poverty, race, and stigma.

  This program originally aired on 11/2/15.

GUESTS:

Pages