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Next week on The Exchange:

Monday, 11/23: Special Legislative Session & Anti-Drug Task Force

Tuesday, 11/24: Suburban Poverty

Wednesday, 11/25: Thanksgiving Tales, Tips, & Travails

Thursday, 11/26: Special Holiday Programming

Friday, 11/27: Rebroadcast


Science Cafe: A Closer Look At Sugar

Jul 20, 2015

Our Science Café tackles sugar: the average American now eats about 130 pounds of sugar every year. It’s in everything from tomato sauce to milk. But what exactly is sugar? And how does it affect our bodies?

This show was originally broadcast on March 17, 2015.


Friday N.H. News Roundup - July 17, 2015

Jul 17, 2015
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Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte react to President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. Congressman Frank Guinta holds his first town hall meeting since his campaign finance controversy. And Governor Hassan signs a handful of new bills, including one to study ride-sharing services like Uber.

New Angles in the Religious Liberty Debate

Jul 16, 2015
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With the Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriage the law of the land, opponents of that decision are looking to religious liberty as the next forum for debate. But the first amendment’s ‘free exercise of religion’ has much deeper roots, and broader implications than gay rights, from Muslim headscarves to contraception insurance coverage.

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With controversy over police tactics in African-American communities and the slaying of black churchgoers in South Carolina, we check in with the new president of the Manchester branch of the country’s oldest civil rights organization, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

A Progress Report on N.H.'s Mental Health Settlement

Jul 14, 2015
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A year ago, New Hampshire reached a huge legal agreement with those who sued and won, over the poor state of mental services.  Now, a year later a court-ordered report finds progress lagging, on most measures but also praises the state’s commitment by the state to follow through.  We’ll get the details.

Governor Maggie Hassan on the Budget Stalemate

Jul 13, 2015
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In June, the Governor made good on her promise to veto a Republican-backed plan. Now, with government agencies operating under a temporary resolution, political rancor has worsened. We sit down with Governor Maggie Hassan to get her thoughts on the prospects for compromise.

Friday N.H. News Roundup - July 10, 2015

Jul 10, 2015
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Governor Hassan faces protest, after her veto of a bill eliminating concealed carry gun permits. Lots of smoke but no fire yet on the state budget, as state agencies ride out the summer in a state of fiscal uncertainty. And retired surgeon and presidential candidate Ben Carson touts his political inexperience.

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Self-driving cars – long the dream of science fiction, are closer to reality than you might think. In fact they’ve already traveled more than one million miles along public highways and bi-ways. Still, there are challenges down the road for the self-driving car, including technical, legal, and psychological, as people take their hands off wheel.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has released several landmark rulings recently, but the decisions on same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act upstaged other major cases -- from redistricting to clean air rules to housing discrimination. We discuss those rulings you haven’t heard about and the impact they may have on New Hampshire.

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Physically restraining or secluding children at school is generally considered a last resort for educators, to keep the classroom safe. But recent reporting has revealed that these techniques are used more frequently than you might expect, and kids with disabilities are disproportionately affected. We dive into the discussion on when it is and isn’t appropriate to restrain kids in school.

Higher Ed In Crisis? What You Need To Know

Jul 6, 2015
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We’re talking with author Goldie Blumenstyk about her new book on the so-called “crisis” in American Higher Education. Blumenstyk  says given rising costs, student debt, and doubts about the value of a degree, crisis is a fair description -- but she also sees some exciting examples of campus innovations that may get us out of our College conundrum.

Friday N.H. News Roundup - July 3, 2015

Jul 3, 2015
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We're talking about the top news stories of the week: Chris Christie becomes the fourteenth contender in the Republican Presidential primary, and heads straight to the Granite State. New Hampshire U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte announces her plans to run for reelection in 2016.  And as of this week, Granite Staters must officially say goodbye to handheld devices in the car.

Top N.H. Lawmakers Discuss State Budget Impasse

Jul 2, 2015
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Since Governor Hassan’s budget veto last week, lawmakers have called for compromise, though there’s been little action on that front. Meanwhile, as state government continues to operate under a temporary resolution, agencies are struggling with uncertainty. We sit down with leaders from both parties to discuss the way forward.

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The US supreme court issues some huge rulings on same-sex marriage and the affordable care act. The shooting deaths of nine black churchgoers in Charleston prompts renewed political discussion of gun control, and the confederate flag. And, the republican presidential field grows ever larger.

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More Americans than ever are renting rather than buying. Reasons range from more stringent mortgage requirements to lifestyle preferences for mobility over stability. Some say owning a home is still a great bet. But others say it’s time to rethink that notion, as well as the tax benefits that favor owners over renters.

Is Gun Violence a Public Health Issue?

Jun 29, 2015
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After the latest mass shooting, both sides of the divisive gun debate are digging in and change appears unlikely. But there are some who frame gun violence in a third way -- as a public health issue. Still others see this as a thinly veiled approach to more gun control.

Friday N.H. News Roundup - June 26, 2015

Jun 26, 2015
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House and Senate lawmakers pass a state budget, which Governor Hassan vetoes as promised. Bobby Jindal joins the crowded field of presidential contenders for the GOP nomination. And bird watchers delight at the sight of rare piping plovers on New Hampshire’s seacoast.

The Emerging Science of Gut Health and Probiotics

Jun 25, 2015
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Scientists have long known that bacteria live in the human gut, working with the digestive system to break down food. But researchers have recently discovered even more far-reaching effects of the trillions of microbes living in our bodies, impacting everything from our immune systems to chronic illness. We examine the science of gut health.

The Dollars and Cents of Recycling in N.H.

Jun 24, 2015
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When local recycling took off in the nineties, it was called a win-win, helping both the environment, and the municipal bottom line. Now, though – the economics aren’t working out as hoped, and some towns are questioning the benefits. We’ll examine the market forces behind this and how they’re playing out in New Hampshire. / Flickr / Creative Commons

For years Americans have been warned that longer life spans, increasing healthcare costs, and decreasing support from employer pensions will have serious consequences for the future of retirement. We’ll speak with the author of a new book that offers solutions in both public policy and personal finance.

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Congress is in the throes of debate over complex trade deals that include President Obama’s bid for fast-track authority to expand trade with Asia.  Critics say these proposals hurt American workers. Supporters say they improve the flow of goods in the global economy. We’ll dig into this debate and find out how New Hampshire might be affected.

Friday N.H. News Roundup - June 19, 2015

Jun 19, 2015
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Governor Hassan issues a threat to veto the proposed state budget over what she calls “dishonest” business tax cuts. Jeb Bush visits the Granite State after announcing his candidacy for President. And some state troopers file a complaint over who pays for dry cleaning their uniforms.

Growing Up Transgender In N.H.

Jun 18, 2015
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While most have long been familiar with the L, G, and B of LGBT, many still don’t know much about the T: transgender. Individuals who are transgender are not comfortable with the gender they were assigned at birth and come to identify as another. We look at the youngest making this transition: kids under eighteen, and the challenges that they face.

U.S. Weighs Options as ISIS Makes Gains in Iraq

Jun 17, 2015
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The militant group ISIS continues to make gains in Iraq, taking several major cities, despite U.S. air strikes. That’s prompted heated debate over what this country should do next.  We’ll look into the options now under consideration, including President Obama’s plan to ramp up military assistance there.

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New Hampshire is among twenty three states that allow therapeutic use of cannabis. Yet often, the process of dispensing it can be rife with legal and logistical challenges, We’ll look at how implementation efforts are shaping up in this state and find out what’s happening elsewhere, as these laws continue to spread across the country.

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We're checking in booksellers and a librarian for their picks of what to read this summer.

Friday N.H. News Roundup - June 12, 2015

Jun 12, 2015
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Three companies receive state approval to run medical marijuana dispensaries, with locations still to be determined. The Union Leader announces an alternative Presidential debate, for those shut out of the first official forum. And the State Supreme Court rules in favor of Keene’s Robin-Hooders and their anti-parking meter campaign.

July 1 Cell Phone Driving Ban: What You Need To Know

Jun 11, 2015
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As New Hampshire’s ban on the use of hand-held cell phones while driving looms, we revisit this effort to curb dangerous inattention behind the wheel. We’ll look at how these laws have affected traffic safety elsewhere, whether they’ve worked, and explain the rules of the road for New Hampshire’s version, to be enforced July first.

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We continue our discussion on the heroin epidemic in the Granite State with a focus on prevention.  Given the record numbers of drug overdoes deaths in New Hampshire, we’ll ask what steps health providers, educators, law enforcement, and other members of the community are taking to stop drug use before it starts.

The Debate Over Presidential Debates

Jun 8, 2015
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New TV network criteria stir controversy, as the field of contenders for the twenty-sixteen presidential election grows. We’ll look at how organizers are managing this large group of candidates, and the impact it has on campaign strategies of both prominent and lesser known politicians.