Today we talk once again with NHPR President and CEO Betsy Gardella. She also serves on the NPR Board, and we’ll talk about the national picture, including the current debate over federal funding of public broadcasting. We’ll also cover events here at NHPR, from efforts to keep up with the digital age to expanding local coverage. And Betsy will take your questions and comments.
Betsy Gardella - President and CEO of New Hampshire Public Radio
In 1862, Congress passed the Morrill Act, which paved the way for our system of public higher education. We’ll look at how America’s public and land-grant universities are faring today as they face budget cuts, aging resources, and, at times, criticism.
Daniel Mark Fogel, professor of English at the University of Vermont, where he also served as president. He is co-editor of Precipice or Crossroads?Where America's Great Public Universities Stand and Where They are Going Midway through their Second Century.
The story of a medical technician charged with infecting at least thirty people at Exeter Hospital has turned into a national concern, with news he’d worked in a half-dozen other states, where hospitals are now checking their records and contacting patients. We’ll get an update and look at what we’ve learned from this crisis so far.
Next week on the Exchange, we begin the week checking in on the local-turned national story of the Hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital. We’ll get the latest news and what we’ve learned from this fiasco.
This year, there’s been a lot more talk about New Hampshire going the route of as the Governor and others explore the idea of private companies running our corrections institutions. But questions remain -- about the rehabilitation of prisoners, inmate and employee safety, and whether, in the end, the cost savings would be enough to make this shift worthwhile.
We launch our coverage of New Hampshire’s gubernatorial primaries with Democratic candidate Maggie Hassan. An Exeter business attorney, Hassan was elected to the state Senate in 2004 and served as Senate Majority Leader. We’ll talk with Hassan about her candidacy, including why she’s the only democrat in this race to take the pledge against broad-based taxes.
Democratic Representative Terie Norelli just completed perhaps her most difficult session ever…outnumbered three-to-one by Republicans, a massive defeat that called into question her party’s approach and agenda for the state. We’ll look at the session from the Democrats’ perspective, after we spoke yesterday with House Speaker Bill O'Brien.
William O'Brien, The Republican House Speaker from Mont Vernon, has kept himself in the headlines over the past two years, both for his leadership and for dramatic changes in state government. Some Granite Staters praise O’Brien for following through on promises made during the election and shaking up state politics, but others call him a “polarizing figure” and even a “bully.” We sit down with him to talk about the past two years and his hopes for the November Elections.
Often called New Hampshire’s “hidden coast, the Great Bay is considered an estuary of national significance. Yet, its future seems in question both because pollution has taken a toll on its ecosystem and because nearby communities, activists, and officials can’t agree on how best to eradicate it, even as all realize something must be done. We'll look at the Great Bay debate and see if some sort of compromise can be made?
Next week on the Exchange– We begin looking at our state's Great Bay region. Pollution is taking over and communities, activists and officials can't agree how best to eradicate it. Then we sit down with one of the biggest players in New Hampshire politics this year, Republican House Speaker Bill O’Brien, on what he feels his party accomplished, and some of the session’s controversies.
We sit down with UNH Professor Jeannie Sowers, on the transformation of Egypt and what may lie ahead. The Middle East expert has co-edited a new book called The Journey to Tahrir. It’s not just about the dramatic events of the Arab Spring in Egypt, but also those aspects of Egyptian government, culture and economy…that created the groundwork for the uprising.
A new report by the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies finds that CEO pay has risen by eighteen percent in recent years, a far greater increase than wages in the private sector. Critics say this seems out of line with the charitable mission of these hospitals. But others say these salaries are in keeping with a competitive job market and reward highly skilled leaders.
Lorraine Merrill, Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food discusses the new Farm bill in Congress, as well as trends here in New Hampshire -- from the struggles of dairy farms to new efforts promoting exports of Granite State food.
Although the Supreme Court upheld much of the Affordable Care Act, it removed the federal government’s power to require states to expand Medicaid enrollment or face severe penalties. Now, some states say they’ll opt out. Others are uncertain about how to proceed. We examine the debate in the Granite State.
We sit down with Marco Werman, host of the Public Radio program “The World”. He’s in New Hampshire this week, promoting his new film about Senegalese musician and activist Youssou N'Dour. We’ll find out more and talk with Werman about his long career at “The World”, from the huge political and cultural shifts he’s covered, to his particular interest in uncovering unique music from around the globe.
Marco Werman - Host of the PRI radio program, "The World"