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This week on The Exchange:

Monday, 7/20: Rebroadcast: The Science of Sugar

Tuesday, 7/21: Americans with Disabilities Act's 25th Anniversary

Wednesday, 7/22: Women's Declining Labor Force Participation

Thursday, 7/23: No Child Left Behind

Friday, 7/24: Friday N.H. News Roundup

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Right to Work bills, which are about the power of unions to collect dues, have been debated in New Hampshire many times before. Now, as right to work continues to gain ground around the country, we’ll review the history and the arguments around it, and how New Hampshire fits into the national picture.

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Friday N.H. News Roundup - March 20th, 2015

Mar 20, 2015

A look at the biggest New Hampshire news of the week: the state budget moved front-and-center this week with Republicans and Democrats wrangling over propsed cuts to Health and Human Services, the Department of Transportation, and the state university system. The Department of Corrections is having budget troubles of its own, forcing them to delay construction on a new women's prison in Concord. And the latest from presidential hopefuls in the Granite State including Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush.

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Spring Book Picks 2015

Mar 19, 2015
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Two local independent booksellers give us their picks for new reads of 2015. Scroll down for a complete list of books mentioned during today's show.

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Of all the difficult conversations between parents and children, talking about money may be the one parents are the least prepared for. This, despite the constant stream of financial news and data all around us. We talk with New York Times columnist Ron Lieber about where parents should draw the line between educating their children about money and unnecessarily involving them in the financial stress of an adult life.

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Last week four New Hampshire districts received federal approval to reduce the number of required standardized tests. This pilot program, the first-of-its-kind in the country, will replace most ‘Smarter Balanced’ tests with assessments written by local teachers. In doing so, the hope is to make testing more representative of what students know, and less of a disruption to day-to-day learning.

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Friday N.H. News Roundup - March 13th, 2015

Mar 13, 2015

Voters gather at town meetings to have their annual say on local spending, with many this year, saying “no” to new ventures.  At the Statehouse, lawmakers tackle an enormous array of bills from the minimum wage to marijuana.  And as the snowbanks melt, Presidential candidates are blooming in Granite State.

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Under a law passed last year in New Hampshire, people with certain medical conditions can use marijuana. Now, lawmakers are considering decriminalizing possession of small amounts of the drug and studying the legalization question. These debates are sweeping the country, even as the drug remains illegal under federal law.

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A recent breach at insurance giant Anthem compromised the personal information of as many as eighty million Americans including more than six hundred thousand granite-staters. It was just the latest hacking attack of a major company, following Home Depot and Target. We’ll look at why this keeps happening and what protections show promise.

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We sit down with U.S. diplomat and Islam expert Haroon Ullah to discuss the emergence of ISIS and other terrorist groups. While there is worldwide condemnation of their violence, the U.S. and other nations are struggling with how best to mobilize against them. We’ll explore the roots of this thorny issue and some of the myths that our guest says surround it.

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This weekend in Manchester, New Hampshire’s own ‘Free State Project’ will hold its yearly convention. We sit down with Liberty Forum speaker David Boaz of the CATO Institute, to check in on this galvanized political movement.

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  • David Boaz: executive vice president of the Cato Institute. He will speak at the Free State Project's Liberty Forum this weekend. His new book is 'The Libertarian Mind.'

Friday N.H. News Roundup - March 6, 2015

Mar 6, 2015

A look at the biggest New Hampshire news of the week: A flurry of activity in the statehouse with bills aimed at protecting minors from cigarette smoke and tanning beds in motion. Senators sideline a proposal to reopen and expand the Balsams resort. And the House votes for a longer list of illnesses eligible for medical marijuana. Meanwhile in Boston, the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev brings back painful memories.

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The state has long worked to support people with disabilities in the least restrictive ways as possible, preferably right at home. But a small group still end up in institutions. Now though, one of these facilities is getting a hard look after reports of abuse.  We’ll discuss this system overall and where more oversight might be needed.

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We will check in with Political Junkie Ken Rudin about some of the top stories in politics this month: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stirs the political pot with his address to Congress this week, a last minute deal kicks the funding can down the road for the Department of Homeland Security, and President Obama makes good on his veto threat for the Keystone Pipeline.

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The economic recovery seems to have picked up steam in recent months, with the unemployment rate approaching pre-recession levels and the stock market reaching all-time highs. But for many, the economic indicator that matters the most, wage growth, has remained stubbornly flat. Today, a conversation about the causes, history, and potential fixes for an economic problem that is quickly becoming a national political issue.

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We get the scoop on H.D.S. Greenway’s fifty years as a correspondent covering conflicts -- from Vietnam to the Balkans, Pakistan to Gaza, and Iraq to Afghanistan.  Greenway’s new memoir includes many larger-than-life tales, including shouting his stories over patchy phone lines to get the news out and suffering shrapnel wounds during the Tet Offensive.

Friday N.H. News Roundup - February 27, 2015

Feb 27, 2015

A look at the biggest New Hampshire news of the week: political heavyweights Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Marco Rubio descend on the Granite State. Anthem reveals that more than six hundred thousand New Hampshire customers were affected by the recent data hack. And the Associated Press explores the impact of declining federal funding for the state’s roads.

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As the number of teaching positions filled by non-tenure track, often part-time ‘adjunct professors’ has increased, this group gains attention for what it describes as low pay, few benefits, and lack of job security. But with tough financial times at higher ed institutions across the country, schools say there’s just not enough money.

This show was guest-hosted by Brady Carlson.

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Democratic Party Dynamics Heading Into 2016

Feb 25, 2015
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Although attention has been focused on the GOP field of presidential hopefuls, there are also interesting developments among Democrats, including unflagging efforts among progressives to convince the seemingly unmoved Senator Elizabeth Warren to run.  We’ll look at these dynamics in the context of policy debates within the party.

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U.S.-Iran Relations And The Nuclear Negotiations

Feb 24, 2015
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After years of diplomatic false-starts, a deal over Iran’s nuclear program may finally be in sight. But as negotiators race to reach agreement by the end of March deadline, domestic politics, international relations, and a long history of mistrust threaten to derail what many see as a last best chance for a diplomatic solution.

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Rethinking Redistricting

Feb 23, 2015
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The U.S. census every ten years redistributes Congressional seats based on population changes.  While it may seem inevitable that this process would favor whichever party is in power, redistricting has been used over the years to stack the political deck. Some say this is harming the democratic process and that reform is in order.

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Friday N.H. News Roundup - February 20, 2015

Feb 20, 2015
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We're looking at the top stories of the week: lawmakers return to the perennial debate around casino gambling in the state, a house bill would bring New Hampshire into line with the rest of New England in decriminalizing marijuana possession, and the Mount Washington summit records the world’s second coldest temperatures.

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Reporter Dan Balz and columnist E.J. Dionne are in the state for an award ceremony at UNH Law.  We’ll get their thoughts on how political coverage has changed, especially of events such as the New Hampshire primary, but also what they hope won’t change in terms of ethics and standards.

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New Hampshire Debates Body Cameras For Police

Feb 18, 2015
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The national conversation over police use of force sparked by the deaths of unarmed suspects in Ferguson and New York City has been marked by unrest and divisive politics. But in the midst of this polarized debate, there is one change that nearly everyone agrees on: the need for more body cameras worn by police officers. Before the new technology is widely adopted though, questions of privacy, effectiveness, and cost will have to be addressed.

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We'll sit down with Governor Hassan to discuss her budget for the next biennium, the current legislature, and her goals for the next two years.

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  • Maggie Hassan - New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan, a democrat in her second term.  She’s also a former state senator from Exeter, and a former Senate Majority Leader.

Harold Holzer's 'Lincoln And The Power Of The Press'

Feb 17, 2015
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Abraham Lincoln is most often remembered for preserving the Union, abolishing slavery, and his untimely death. But—a less- documented aspect of Honest Abe’s legacy, according to scholar Harold Holzer, was the extent of his involvement with the press, which, at the time, was coming into its own as a strong, partisan force in shaping public opinion.

This program was originally broadcast on 11/12/14.

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Friday N.H. News Roundup - February 13, 2015

Feb 13, 2015
Sara Plourde

The top story of the week, of course, is Governor Hassan’s budget address.  Her proposed spending increases include kindergarten through college education, mental health, corrections, and rail.  The governor also seek more revenue from tobacco taxes, vehicle registrations, and government consolidation. We'll talk about that, as well as some other headlines of the week.

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A new book by UNH historian Jason Sokol describes what he calls the region’s 'conflicted soul’ when it comes to race. Sokol explores the discrepancies between the North’s image as haven from the segregated south, and the harsh realities that African Americans faced in black neighborhoods from Boston to Brooklyn.

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New Hampshire has been engaged in a perennial argument about the state’s role in paying for schools. In 2011, a compromise put that debate on hold. But dissatisfaction has been brewing and now a bipartisan bill would tweak the formula, igniting speculation about who would win and who would lose under a new arrangement.

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A new report finds that extending train service from Boston to Manchester could provide big benefits: more jobs, higher property values, and enhancing the state’s overall attractiveness. Still, skeptics doubt the numbers, both in terms of the number of people who would get on board and how much money it would cost.

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With a new bill addressing how Granite Staters are allowed to carry a concealed gun, many are tapping in to the perennial conversation about concealed versus open carry. And while the right to bear arms is well-established in New Hampshire, there’s still debate about the who, where, and how when it comes to firearms.

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