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The Exchange
8:51 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash (REBROADCAST)

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We talk with Pulitzer Prize winning author Edward Humes about his new book, Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash. Americans are at the top of the heap for producing waste: over 100 tons per person in a lifetime.

Humes explores why we make so much garbage, the environmental and economic impact of trash…and why he believes this is a problem ordinary people can fix.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri August 17, 2012

The Future of Social Security

Today we talk with Associated Press reporter Stephen Ohlemacher, who has been examining the issues surrounding Social Security through a multi-part newspaper series.  It's an often controversial topic that has been nearly untouched in recent political talk.  Today we examine Social Security -- the challenges it faces and what some propose to do about it.

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Stephen Olemacher - Reporter for The Associated Press. 

Read Olemacher's reports on Social Security.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu August 16, 2012

The Science of Sleep

It take up more time in our lives than almost any other activity, yet science still knows very little about sleep or how it affects us.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed August 15, 2012

The Reluctant Recovery

More than three years after the recession was officially called “over”,the U.S. is still seeing sluggish growth in housing, business investment, and most importantly, employment.  We’ll ask why the economy seems so hesitant to take off including how much global woes and domestic political uncertainty are playing a role.  

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Ovide Lamontagne

Republican Ovide Lamontagne joins Laura in the studio.
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Our coverage of New Hampshire’s Gubernatorial Primary continues today with Republican Ovide Lamontagne.  The Manchester lawyer and former candidate for Senate, Congress and Governor is once again running for the state’s highest office, as a solid conservative on both social and fiscal matters. We’ll get his stance on the issue and why he thinks he’s the best choice for Republicans this fall.

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  • Ovide Lamontagne - Manchester Attorney and a Republican Candidate for Governor.
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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon August 13, 2012

The Situation Becomes Even More Serious in Syria

We’ll sit down with a panel of local experts on Syria and the surrounding region.  As rebels and government forces to battle it out, defections are occurring almost daily, and civilians are fleeing to other countries, creating a refugee problem.   We’ll explore the background of this conflict…and the debate over what the U.S. response should be. 

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The Exchange
10:00 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Next week on the Exchange - August 13, 2012

Next week on the Exchange, we begin with the latest from Syria, a panel of local experts weighs on what’s happening there, and what the U.S. response might be. Then, our coverage of the New Hampshire Gubernatorial Primary continues, with Republican candidate Ovide Lamontagne.  We take a look at the economy and ask why its taking so long to dig ourselves out of this hole and adventures in the strange science of sleep.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri August 10, 2012

The 2012 Veepstakes

Its the other big 'sporting' event this summer. Many are playing the guessing game, as to who his second in command might be, and lots of names are being tossed about as possible contenders, including a certain Junior U.S. Senator from New Hampshire.  We’ll look at this process, what it means for the Romney campaign, and who your choice would be.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Polling and Polarization, with Frank Newport: Editor-in-Chief at Gallup

In his many years analyzing American opinions, Frank Newport, Editor-in-Chief at Gallup, has noticed a growing and sharper political divide in this country, even for a nation that was founded on partisanship.  We’ll talk about these trends, the demographic and cultural forces behind them, and why we still say we want compromise.

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The Exchange
10:00 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Riled up over Religious Freedom!

Since the time of our founding, we’ve had the debate over the separation of church and state.  And this election year, this theme is emerging again,  in terms of contraception coverage,  public prayer and policies regarding same-sex couples.  We’ll focus in on this often blurry line and how it’s being discussed today.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue August 7, 2012

The Skills Gap Standoff

With so many Americans out of work and so many companies claiming they can’t fill vacant positions, many have blamed a so-called 'skills gap'. But business professor Peter Cappelli says this is just blaming the unemployed victim, and in fact, many companies are responsible for this bind. He says they're relying on automated, unreliable applicant tracking systems and refusing to train perfectly acceptable candidates.  We'll look at this debate.

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The Exchange
10:00 am
Mon August 6, 2012

An Astronomic Update!

This weekend, scientists will be crossing their fingers as they prepared to land NASA’s largest space laboratory, Curiosity, on Mars. We’ll look at that plus other missions to Jupiter and to our asteroid belt… Also, the moon turns blue this month, the Perseid meteor showers look to impress, while increasing activity on the sun could affect us on Earth. We check in with our sky guys on all things astronomical.

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The Exchange
10:00 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Next week on the Exchange - August 6, 2012

Next week on the Exchange, we begin with an update from space, as our own “Sky Guys” give us the latest on the landing of a new Mars space laboratory, increasing solar activity and a new mission to Jupiter.  Then the author of a new book challenges what many call the skills gap”, as companies say they can’t find the right workers. And later we explore the current debate over religious freedoms in America.  E-mail us at NHPR dot org and join us all next week for the Exchange each morning  at 9/and again at 8 p m, here on NHPR!

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Getting Tough on Teen Drivers

Every state in the nation has different laws about young drivers. They spell out the age one can get behind the wheel, when one can't, and who needs to be with them. A recent analysis of state laws, by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety puts New Hampshire at about the middle of the pack, when it comes to how tough our teen driving requirements are. But the institute wants more. Recent studies show that tighter restrictions on young drivers would save thousands of lives nationwide.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Mitigation or Adaption?

With a link between extreme weather and rising greenhouse gases, two thoughts are emerging. Many environmentalists say we should work toward mitigating greenhouse gases but others suggest the problems are irreversible and so we have to adapt to inevitable change. But for some this idea is uncomfortable. They worry that adaptation means giving up. Today we look at these two different thoughts around climate change and see where we go from here.

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