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This week on The Exchange:

Monday, 4/20: N.H. Casino Debate

Tuesday, 4/21: U.S. Cuba Relations

Wednesday, 4/22: UNH President Mark W. Huddleston

Thursday, 4/23: Science Cafe: G.M.O.s

Friday, 4/24: Friday N.H. News Roundup

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed December 17, 2014

The Economic Impact Of Substance Abuse In N.H.

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On top of individual suffering, a recent report finds alcohol and drugs also take a toll on workforce productivity and the state’s fiscal well-being -- to the tune of nearly two billion dollars.  The authors say policy makers and business leaders should consider addressing this as way to help bolster the state’s economy.

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9:00 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Adolescent Brain Development: Why Teens Make Bad Decisions, And How Parents Can Help

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It’s often said that adolescents are impulsive partly because their brains aren’t fully developed.  Now a new book adds fuel to the discussion, describing how the period of adolescence is a lot longer these days, from age ten to twenty-five. It also shows that the brain at this time is highly malleable, and much more easily influenced by both positive and negative experiences. 

This program was originally broadcast on November 3, 2014.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon December 15, 2014

How N.H. Schools Are Tackling Suicide

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With almost fourteen percent of New Hampshire teens surveyed saying they’d considered taking their own lives, educators are increasingly focused on this, with programs that address mental health, substance abuse, cyber bullying, and sexuality. We’ll find out what some schools are doing, and the questions that inevitably come up.

This show was originally broadcast on 10/14/14.

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9:00 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Friday N.H. News Roundup - December 12, 2014

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We're looking at the top stories of the week: a N.H. Supreme Court decision in the pension contributions case, a Franklin businessman applies for a medical marijuana dispensary license, and House Speaker Jasper chooses House committee chairs.

GUESTS:

  • Rik Stevens - northern New England correspondent for the Associated Press
  • Kevin Landrigan - chief political correspondent for New Hampshire 1 News, a new media company based in Concord

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu December 11, 2014

The State Of N.H.'s Community College System

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We’re talking with Ross Gittell both in his capacity as chancellor of New Hampshire’s Community College System, and as forecast manager for the New England Economic Partnership.

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  • Ross Gittell – chancellor of the Community College System and forecast manager at the New England Economic Partnership
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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Political Junkie Ken Rudin On Torture Report, Ferguson, & Run-off Elections

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We're checking in with political junkie Ken Rudin about recent national political news, including the run-off election in Louisiana, fallout from Obama's immigration executive order, and the response to deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

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  • Ken Rudin - host of The Political Junkie, a weekly radio show covering national, state, and local politics. He is an expert in U.S. politics and campaign history, and a former NPR political editor.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Best Books For The Holidays, 2014

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This time of year, bibliophiles of all stripes - from the editors at the New York Times to the staff at your local library - are putting out their picks for the best books of 2014.  And while every year has its standout authors and dominant themes, one trend this year is just how long some of these lists are. (digital post by Faith Meixell)

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  • Michael Herrmann - Owner of Gibson's Bookstore in Concord
  • Dan Chartrand - Owner of Water Street Bookstore in Exeter

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Higher Ed In Crisis? A New Book Unpacks What You Need To Know

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.

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The Exchange
8:02 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Friday New Hampshire News Roundup

An upset at the New Hampshire House as members choose Hudson Republican Shawn Jasper as Speaker over Bill O’Brien.  Hundreds turn out for a community discussion in Keene,on the future of the city’s Pumpkin Festival.  And FairPoint customers in Northern New England start to feel the effects of a worker strike.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Smartphone Searches And Free Speech On Facebook: Interpreting The Constitution In The Digital Age

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Our legal system seems to be struggling with how to interpret the Constitution when it comes to today’s technology -- from threats made on social media to whether police need a warrant to search a smartphone. We’ll look at the debate over how to apply principles established more than two centuries ago to our high-tech society. 

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9:00 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Iraq War Veterans: Stories From The Homefront

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We're talking with Pulitzer Prize winning Washington Post reporter David Finkel about his work covering the lives of Iraq War veterans -- their experiences in war and returning home, where they often face what Finkel calls the "after-war." 

Finkel will give a free public lecture this Friday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. in Exeter. For more information, go to www.congchurchexeter.org.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue December 2, 2014

What Is New Hampshire? A Look At The State's Critical Policy Questions

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The New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies writes a report of their annual survey of the major policy issues and critical questions shaping New Hampshire's future. The data explain where New Hampshire has been, forecast where it is heading, and explore how current trends and policy choices facing the state will affect the well-being of its citizens.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon December 1, 2014

N.H.'s Thanksgiving Nor'easter: Storm Reponse & The Condition Of The Grid

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Tens of thousands of New Hampshire residents woke up without power on Thanksgiving morning. With conditions even worse than predicted, it took several days for some areas to regain power. We're looking at the response to the storm and the condition of our electric grid, and taking your comments about how New Hampshire and it's utilities could better deal with severe weather and power outages. 

Guests:

Sam Evans-Brown, NHPR's Environment Reporter

Perry Plummer - Director of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

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The Exchange
8:00 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Why Americans Can't Find Better Balance Between Work And Life

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A recent survey shows Americans rank finding balance between our jobs and lives beyond work as a top priority, but that overall we’re doing a poor job achieving that.  We’re looking at this conundrum, and exploring the notion that perhaps we do in fact have more leisure time than we think, especially compared with earlier eras.

This show is a rebroadcast that originally aired on 9/3/14.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Tales, Tips, & Travails

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From family feuds to terrible traffic to sixteen dinner guests with varied dietary restrictions, we’re hearing stories from this uniquely American holiday: how we gather, why we gather, and what makes this day so linked to tradition.  Also, we'll look at the debate over how Black Friday has crept into Thanksgiving Thursday.

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9:00 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Ferguson Decision: N.H. Reacts

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We’re talking about the fallout in Ferguson. Protests broke out again last night after a grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed teenager Michael Brown this summer.  We’re talking about the reaction in Ferguson and what this means for civil rights, police force, and race relations across the country and in the Granite State.

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9:00 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Women In Gaming And Tech

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While just as many females as males play, the gaming world has a reputation as a less-than-welcoming community for women, with some extreme harassment in a recent controversy dubbed Gamergate. We’ll look at the conversation since Gamergate, from why gaming culture has these elements, to the challenges women face in the tech industry.

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9:00 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Friday N.H. News Roundup - November 21, 2014

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We're looking at the top stories of the week: House republicans narrowly vote to return Bill O’Brien as Speaker, for the next legislative session.  At the Statehouse it's also budget season , and agency heads are making their cases for more revenue.  And, a new study measures the toll of substance abuse on the Granite State economy.

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9:00 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Elections 2014 Wrap-Up: Voter Turnout

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Nationally, only thirty six percent of Americans eligible to vote did so in the recent elections.  Not since the start of World War Two has turnout been so low. Here in New Hampshire, results were much stronger, but, still, many eligible voters did not participate. We’ll explore what’s behind this seeming voter malaise.

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9:00 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Election 2014 Wrap-Up: 'Ballot Selfies' & Ballot Initiatives

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Although top races got the attention in this year’s mid-term elections, voters in a majority of states also had a slate of ballot measures to consider. We’ll look at what some of the big topics were, from marijuana laws to the minimum wage, and how the results fit into the overall narrative for this year’s election. First, though, we'll look at a law in New Hampshire that prohibits 'ballot selfies.'

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9:00 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Introducing: NPR CEO Jarl Mohn

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Mohn took the reins just a few months ago, after several years of leadership changes at the public radio network.  We’ll find out what his goals are for NPR in this era of information abundance and new challenges for traditional media.

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  • Jarl Mohn  - president and CEO of National Public Radio since July, 2014. Previously, he was a radio disc jockey, a media executive, and board member of Southern California Public Radio.
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9:00 am
Mon November 17, 2014

What You Need To Know About This Year's ACA Open Enrollment

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The second season of enrollment is now open for the Affordable Care Act’s online insurance marketplaces.  Last year’s rollout in New Hampshire was marred by technical flaws and extremely limited choice.  We’re finding out what’s in store this time, and how political and court challenges may affect the law’s future.

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9:00 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Friday N.H. News Roundup - November 14, 2014

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We’re looking at the top stories of the week: Foster’s Daily Democrat sold to the Seacoast Media Group after one hundred and forty years of family ownership.  Open enrollment on Healthcare dot gov starts tomorrow. Governor Hassan bows to pressure from wind and Northern Pass opponents.  And this week’s developments in New Hampshire state politics.

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9:00 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Ebola Response In N.H.: Facts, Fears, And Policy

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Since a handful of Ebola cases have made their way to the U.S., officials have mobilized to deal with the threat, sometimes seeming to add to confusion around this illness. And while the risk of contracting Ebola in New Hampshire remains extremely low, the state has issued a set of guidelines, ranging from symptom monitoring, to, more controversially, quarantine. We’re sorting out the facts, fears, and policies.

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8:00 am
Tue November 11, 2014

"Soldier Girls: The Battles Of Three Women At Home And At War"

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In her new book, author Helen Thorpe tells the tales of three female National Guard members, who served in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Thorpe traces their stories: from their expectations joining the Guard before 9/11, to their experiences going off to war, and then troubles on the home front.

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  • Helen Thorpe - journalist and author from Denver, CO. Her most recent book is "Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War."

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8:00 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Should The U.S. Adopt A "Right To Be Forgotten" Online?

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Even the least tech-savvy among us has probably built up some kind of an online “past”, whether through photos on Facebook, or a mention in a newspaper article, or public documents- from arrests to divorce to debt.  On one hand, this 'permanent record' can be a great benefit for potential employers and others curious about us, providing a sense of our job history, personal life, and accomplishments all with one Google search. At the same time, though, mistakes, embarrassing photographs, or other indiscretions are also cataloged, seemingly forever.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Friday N.H. News Roundup - November 7, 2014

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As the victors in Tuesday’s elections make plans for their new terms, and the pundits slice and dice the results, we’ll examine what might be next for the New Hampshire and National agenda.  We’re also checking in on results elsewhere in New England, from a pro-Casino vote in the Bay State to some gubernatorial surprises.

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9:00 am
Wed November 5, 2014

N.H. Elections 2014: Recap & Analysis

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The U.S. Senate race went to incumbent Jeanne Shaheen, while our Congressional districts split, with Republican Frank Guinta the First District victor, and Democrat Ann McLane Kuster winning in the Second. 

We’ll also look at the Governor’s race, and another term for Democrat Maggie Hassan, and the new balance of power in the legislature. 

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2:50 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Election Day 2014: A Look At The Issues

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The mid-term elections are almost but not quite over - with polls still open in some New Hampshire communities.  This hour on The Exchange, as we wait for results to come in, we’re reflecting back on some of the major themes at play in 2014. 

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9:00 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Girl Scouts In The 21st Century: Beyond Camping, Crafts, And Cookies?

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For more than one hundred years, this organization has shaped generations of girls and every generation has had its ideas about what scouting should be about.  Now, some girls, and their leaders, say that efforts to modernize programming have moved too far away from traditional focuses like the great outdoors.

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