Since the Claremont decision of the mid 90s, New Hampshire has debated the locus of authority and responsibility in funding our K-12 public schools. Over 80 proposed amendments have seen their way to a vote in state legislative chambers over the past several years. Last year marked the first time any such amendment passed the house and the senate passed a version of its own. The two chambers failed to reconcile their differences, however, and the issue was tabled.
This most ubiquitous and irresistible of foods has also been called addictive and toxic and has been linked with obesity, diabetes, and, recently, memory loss. Some are calling for regulating sugar as if it were tobacco. But others say it is intrinsic to our very survival as a species, found even in breast milk and that demonizing or shunning sugar is the wrong course.
June’s longer days also signal the end of the legislative session, but critical votes remain before the summer break. The House and Senate have been trying to work out their differences on some difficult policy issues and on top of that, the House had a sudden change in its leadership team, with the resignation of Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt. We'll get the latest on what's going on at the Statehouse as lawmakers wrap up their final month of law making.
Next week on the Exchange, we begin with a statehouse update, as lawmakers come down to the wire in their final month of work. Then we look at why some experts are souring on sugar. New research shows it could be even worse for you than we thought, including contributing to memory loss and addictive qualities. We return to a long debate in New Hampshire – over the state’s role in funding our public schools. Finally, this economic downturn has been nicknamed the 'man-cession' due to the number of middle-aged men left unemployed from it, but now some are suggesting that we're entering a 'ma
A recent article in the Atlantic magazine caused a firestorm of debate over the social network’s ability to connect humankind, suggesting that it is contributing to loneliness of epic proportions. But not everyone “likes” this theory; some argue that Facebook with its almost one billion users is connecting us in new and powerful ways, even spurring for social change.
With looming debate over the federal debt and deficits, a recent government report warns the U.S. could fall over a “fiscal cliff", and quite possibly slip back into recession. On top of that, job growth has been uninspiring and across the pond, European economies remain shaky. We’ll look at these new fiscal rumblings…and how we may feel them in New Hampshire.
New Hampshire is one of just eighteen states where the government controls the sale of alcohol; an arrangement from the Prohibition era. Now, several of these states are re-assessing this set-up, wondering whether it’s outdated. But others have argued for sticking with the control system, saying it’s better for public safety and for state finances.
During this country's early years, military service was considered the price of citizenship in a free society. Over time, veterans gained in prestige, especially after World War II. Our wars since – some unpopular -- have brought about new attitudes. In his new book, Those Who Have Borne the Battle: A History of America's Wars and Those Who Fought Them, former Dartmouth College President James Wright describes the complicated relationship between this country and its military.
We conclude our series on New Hampshire’s Immigration Story. Over the past year, we’ve examined our immigrant past -- from that first encounter between Native Americans and Europeans to how newcomers shape our communities today… their contributions, their struggles, and the conflicts that come up. We’ll look at what we’ve learned…and how our immigration story is still being written.
Our series on New Hampshire’s Immigration Story continues with a special Socrates Exchange, examining the question: Who is American? Is it simply a matter of birthright, and legal status? Or is it a state of mind, a certain spirit or attitude? And is being American defined by the way I view myself or how others look at me?
We invite your thoughts: please call during our live broadcast at 1-800-892-6477. The conversation will continue after the program at our Socrates Exchange page.
Every group that has arrived here has experienced some conflict – whether between newcomers and long-time residents…or, within new immigrant groups themselves. As part of our series on New Hampshire’s Immigration Story, we’ll look at what difficulties tend to come up, again and again – also, how different people draw the lines between assimilation and maintaining their culture.
For centuries, that transition between teen-hood and adulthood has been accompanied with a newfound independence, where young men and women leave the roost, go to college, buy a house and raise a family. But according to author Katherine Newman, high unemployment rates, the rise of short-term employment, longer life expectancies and the high cost of living have forced many a young adult back home to live with mom and dad. They are called 'Accordion Families' and depending on the culture, they're met with a variety of acceptance. Today we look closer into this new phenomenon called Accord
As schools continue to mainstream children with disabilities, students with emotional and behavioral disabilities may be the toughest to include. They’re less likely to graduate and more likely to get arrested. And there are questions about how to approach these kids – whether it’s a matter of more discipline or alternative methods. We look at this issue and discuss a new documentary that takes a look at the topic through the life of a high school student coping with these disabilities.
New research finds that younger athletes are more susceptible to head injury than once thought, take longer to recover, and are more at risk for suffering second concussions. Now, New Hampshire may join a growing list of states asking coaches and trainers to monitor these injuries more closely. We talk with experts on head trauma in youth sports.