Next week on the Exchange, we begin with one of our favorites from the Exchange archive vault. We bring you our "Boys Left Behind" show and ask with all this attention to the advancement of girls in schools have we forgotten about the boys?
More than fifteen years ago, voters were given the option of changing their local democratic process and ditch the all-day gatherings through a new system called SB2, named after the senate bill that introduced it. Town have gradually adopted this system which some feel undermines the democratic process while others believe it is a far more manageable system given the typically busy schedules of the citizens.
Dennis Delay: Senior Economist at the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies.
We sit down with George Bald, Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development. We’ll talk about his agency’s efforts to attract tourists and new businesses, as well as its adoption of a new tourism slogan: "Live Free and..."
Since the September eleven attacks, the U.S. has undergone major changes, aimed at public safety; from the way we travel to how our government agencies interact. But according to our guest, security expert Frank Cilluffo, threats remain, including in cyberspace. We find out what’s improved in terms of protecting Americans, and where the holes are.
Rail hits another road block in New Hampshire. A recent vote by the Executive Council rejected federal money to study the possibility of linking Boston’s commuter rail to Nashua and Concord. Advocates for rail say it would help boost the region’s economy and serve thousands of commuters, but others say the cost is prohibitive and doubt whether the ridership is there to support the service.
Peter Griffin: President of the New Hampshire Rail Road Revitalization Association.
In a new book, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores how we reach different moral judgments about the same issue. Haidt says we join groups to reinforce these judgments and this "groupishness" contributed to the survival of our species, but it has also been cause for fierce divisiveness. Haidt says there’s another option: mutual understanding and respect.
As part of our yearlong look at immigration in New Hampshire, we’re zeroing in on the economics of immigration in the Granite State. The impacts of filling the employment needs of the state economy with immigrants, is now-- and has long been-- a topic for dispute. New Hampshire has a rich history of immigration and the immigrants of the nineteenth century faced many challenges. Now in the twenty-first century, New Hampshire’s economy is very different from the days of industrialization but the debate over immigrants and refugees hasn’t gone away.
We talk with author and lawyer Richard Herman, who says immigrants are a resource for innovation and global competitiveness. He says they're behind some of our most successful companies like Google and eBay and we need to find ways, according to Herman, to encourage more entrepreneurship like this through changing laws and dousing the often inflammatory debate over immigration.
We continue our series on New Hampshire’s Immigration Story, with a look at the economics of immigration. We’re offering several perspectives throughout the week. Today we start with Mark Krikorian, who argues that immigration in America, while it helped grow and shape our nation at the turn of the last century, has a largely negative impact on the 21st century economy.
We sit down with New Hampshire Second District Congressman Charlie Bass. We’ll get his thoughts on some of the major debates on Capitol Hill including the recent vote on a Republican budget as well as the difficulty in getting a Transportation Bill through Congress.and we’ll get Bass’s response to allegations that his campaign conducted what’s called a “push-poll.
Is there a “Skills Gap” in the Granite State? Some businesses say their problem is not the lack of jobs, rather it’s the lack of qualified people to fill those jobs, especially in manufacturing. We’re looking at the reasons behind this and why some say businesses themselves need to step up if they want a well-trained workforce.
Jim Roche: President of the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire.
Fred Kocher: President of the New Hampshire High Technology Council.
Next week on the Exchange, we begin looking at what some are calling a "skills gap” in New Hampshire. Some manufacturers say that despite the economy the jobs are there, what’s missing are the qualified workers to fill them. Then Second District Congressman Charlie Bass sits down with us and we end the week with a three part series on immigration and the economy both nationally and in the Granite State. E-mail us at NHPR dot org, and Join us all next week for the Exchange each morning at 9 and again at 8 pm here on NHPR!
Granite Stater, noted international attorney and independent advisor to the Afghan Ministry of Finance, Phillip Walker, gives his forecast for the political and economic future of Afghanistan. Despite the violence, he says civil institutions are beginning to take hold and the economy is growing rapidly. But, he warns, foreign aid must continue to flow into Afghanistan after NATO withdrawal for this progress to continue.
We sift through a new study that gives New Hampshire low marks in what it calls “integrity” in State government. While the report says the Granite state does well in some areas like the Executive and Judicial branches, it failed in others like public access to information and ethics enforcement. We’ll look at what’s behind this report and how some in New Hampshire are reacting to it.
Today we sit down with New Hampshire’s Senior U. S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen. We’ll talk with her about the most recent budget battles on Capitol Hill, also news on the transportation funding front, as the impasse continues over a new federal highway bill and concerns that the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard could be caught up in the next round of Base Closures.