The Exchange

Live at 9 a.m., repeat at 8 p.m.

The Exchange is New Hampshire's only locally produced statewide call-in talk show. It's hosted by Laura Knoy.


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Coming Up on The Exchange:

Monday, 10/24 - Revisiting the Minimum Wage Debate

Tuesday, 10/25 - 9am: Rebr: Manchester Mills; 8pm U.S. Senate Forum on Business & the Economy

Wednesday, 10/26 -  9am: U.S. Senate Forum on Business & the Economy; 8pm Manchester Mills

Thursday, 10/27 -  Conversations with the Candidates: Carol Shea-Porter, Democratic candidate for N.H.'s 1st Congressional District 

Friday, 10/28 - Weekly N.H. News Roundup

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With the number of diagnoses and prescriptions on a twenty-year rise, these days, having a kid with ADHD is no longer outside the norm. Still: there's plenty of disagreement over the nature of the diagnosis itself, when medication can help kids, and when other approaches might be better. 

This program was originally broadcast on January 19, 2016.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup - May 6, 2016

May 6, 2016
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We're covering the top new stories of the week: the first district congressional race gets a little less crowded, as Republican State Rep Pam Tucker drops out; lawmakers propose converting the former Laconia State School into a substance abuse treatment center; and Governor Hassan issues her first veto of the year, for a bill concerning local building inspections.

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In this tumultuous election, delegate math has a source of contention, with some calling the process rigged and many Americans scratching their heads about how much their votes matter.  And while the Indiana primary may have quelled some uncertainty for the GOP, questions remain. Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, the delegate hunt continues.

A House Divided: Islam in Today's Middle East

May 4, 2016
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While these two Muslim groups have often co-existed peacefully over the course of history, in our time, sectarian differences have risen and boiled over, resulting in conflicts across the Middle East. Our guest is a longtime Middle East scholar who examines the religious, economic, and political factors involved.

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A recent study finds New Hampshire families pay some of the highest rates in the nation for childcare. We explore the economics of the issue, including the financial challenges facing childcare centers and the impact on the state's workforce. We also look at solutions being explored by lawmakers in Concord and on Capitol Hill.

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While the debate about services like Airbnb is loudest in cities such as San Francisco and New York, it's also made inroads in less urban places like New Hampshire. We look at concerns over the lack of regulation, as well as the opportunities. Then, at the end of the hour, we'll discuss Uber, another major sharing economy company growing in the Granite State.


Weekly N.H. News Roundup - April 29, 2016

Apr 29, 2016
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We're covering the top new stories of the week: the Statehouse addresses a number of issues, including marijuana penalties, gun permits, and what to do with a sizeable revenue surplus. And the Democratic race in New Hampshire's first congressional district becomes more heated and bitter.

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From petting zoos to pick-your-own, farmers across New Hampshire are diversifying in new ways to stay afloat. But that’s raising tensions in some towns, where neighbors say large-scale events like weddings can be a nuisance. We look at the impact of a recent state Supreme Court ruling on the issue and how lawmakers are exploring solutions.

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The energy company's announcement that it had suspended the controversial three billion dollar proposal prompted celebration among the project's opponents who considered the pipeline dangerous and unnecessary. But others warn that without more infrastructure, energy costs will rise.


After years of little to no growth in wages, Granite State workers may see their paychecks fatten.  Spring has sprung for the construction industry, especially on the Seacoast and in the Manchester area.   And a national ranking finds what many New Hampshire parents already know:  child care here is among the priciest in the nation.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup - April 22, 2016

Apr 21, 2016
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We're covering the top news stories of the week: including dozens of bills under consideration by state lawmakers, including a proposal to allow officials to investigate parents suspected of opioid dependence, and news that Harriet Tubman will be the new face on the front of the twenty dollar bill, a move applauded by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, an early promoter of the idea.


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With every census, states have the chance to re-draw political boundaries based on population changes.  Usually, the legislature controls the process, giving the party in power much greater influence. We're examining how this has affected New Hampshire's voting districts, the balance of power at the Statehouse, and other approaches taken elsewhere.

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Some insist these sweeping pacts help the overall economy, leading to more affordable goods and raising the standard of living for Americans. But others argue they displace workers and lead to lower wages. We examine this debate, including how it's playing out in the presidential campaign, and the role trade plays in New Hampshire's economy.

This program was part of an NPR initiative called A Nation Engaged.

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With more attention to problems in police-community relations around the country, one change that nearly everyone agrees on in the Granite State is the need for more body cameras. We'll discuss a bill that proposes rules for New Hampshire law enforcement that may opt to use the technology, addressing questions of privacy, effectiveness, storage, protocol, and cost.

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Heroin pills. That’s how Andrew Kolodny describes oxycodone, one of the most widely prescribed – and abused – narcotic painkillers in the U.S. 

Kolodny is executive director of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing and senior scientist at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. He joined The Exchange this week to discuss the opioid crisis – its origins and how states, including New Hampshire, are trying to overcome it.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup - April 15, 2016

Apr 15, 2016
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We're checking in on the top news stories of the week: the U.S. Senate race between Kelly Ayotte and Maggie Hassan is garnering lots of out-of-state attention and lots of out-of-state money, New Hampshire Fish and Game withdraws its controversial proposal to resume bobcat hunting, and on Equal Pay day, one bagel chain gives female customers twenty-three cents off.

Prescribing Opioids During an Addiction Epidemic

Apr 14, 2016
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State lawmakers, doctors, and others in the medical profession have been hammering out new guidelines for prescribing these drugs to tackle the issue of over-use and alleviate the addiction crisis. We'll get the latest on this discussion and also find out how New Hampshire's approach compares with other states.

N.H. Debates Drones

Apr 12, 2016
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New Hampshire is among many states attempting to navigate the brave new world of these unmanned flying machines, addressing privacy and safety concerns.  Meanwhile, the federal government could swoop in and make all these measures moot as lawmakers on Capitol Hill consider legislation that would allow the FAA to trump state laws.

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First, we'll talk about a bill that aims to repeal a state law that allows abortion clinics to establish twenty-five foot buffer zones, keeping protesters that distance away. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup - April 8, 2016

Apr 8, 2016
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We're covering the top news stories of the week: veterans hospitals in N.H. and Vermont face scrutiny over scheduling and wait times.  After years of debate, the Executive Council votes in favor of expansion at Mount Sunapee ski resort. And state lawmakers continue to weigh bills, including one concerning abortion clinic buffer zones.

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After the Flint, Michigan water crisis, many around the country started taking a closer look their own water systems. And with a recent contamination scare in southern New Hampshire by the chemical PFOA  - the concerns have become local.  We'll look at the state's sources for drinking water, and the challenges to delivering it free from contaminants.

Concussions: What We Know Now and How to Respond

Apr 6, 2016
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With the NFL recently admitting that repeated blows to the head can cause degenerative brain disease, we take a time-out to scan the research on brain trauma, including innovations in reducing incidents and assessing concussions.  But is what we're learning discouraging participation in contact sports? And is rising concern over brain injury backed by science?


In his annual address, Huddleston celebrated UNH's one hundred and fiftieth birthday this year, and declared that the state's flagship institution is thriving, with a growing student body, new degree programs, and robust private donations.  Still, challenges remain, including uncertain state funding and staggering student debt.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup - April 1, 2016

Apr 2, 2016
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The Statehouse takes on one of the biggest questions of the year on Thursday: whether to reauthorize the state's Medicaid expansion program. The first congressional district race has a shake-up with one Republican primary contender dropping out, and another jumping in. And concerns about the water contaminant PFOA continue as more wells are found to contain the chemical.

Gender Gap: Why Are Women More Religious?

Mar 31, 2016
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A new study finds that while Americans overall are a religious bunch compared to people in other developed countries. Among U.S. women, that commitment is especially high, whether it's attending worship services or daily prayer.  We'll look at this gender-gap, what might be behind it, and what it means for organized religion.

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Under the affordable care act, thirty one states, including New Hampshire, opted to expand this health insurance coverage for low-income people.  Now, the legislature is debating how and whether to extend the program.  The House has said yes, but with some controversial conditions. The Senate votes on Thursday.

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With growing concerns nationally and in New Hampshire about a large and expensive prison population, the House recently passed a bill to repeal mandatory minimum sentences for some offenses. And then later we'll look at another House measure to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Open Seat: Looking Ahead to N.H.'s Governor Race

Mar 28, 2016
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New Hampshire's governor race is among the top-watched contests in the country, with Maggie Hassan leaving the corner office to run for U.S. Senate.  This open seat has led to active competitions in both parties, with many candidates already focused on the opioid crisis, education, Medicaid, and the state's energy future.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup - March 25, 2016

Mar 25, 2016
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We're checking in on the top news stories of the week.

Debating N.H.'s Energy Future

Mar 24, 2016
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Granite State businesses have long bemoaned New Hampshire's high energy costs, complaining they discourage expansion here and even tempt some firms to leave the state.  Last fall, the Business and Industry Association launched a new campaign called Energize NH to focus attention on what it calls a crisis:  the high price of energy and the need for more infrastructure and supply to lower those costs. The Energize NH campaign comes at a key time, when the Granite State seems engaged in a huge discussion about energy over pipelines and powerlines, and whether other approaches and other ways of thinking are in order, including better efficiency, a smarter grid, and an emphasis on those power sources that don't contribute to climate change.