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This week on The Exchange:

Monday, 7/27: The Science of Sleep

Tuesday, 7/28: Political Polling & The Primary

Wednesday, 7/29: Improving Access to Dental Care

Thursday, 7/30: John Winant

Friday, 7/31: Friday N.H. News Roundup

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A new report finds that extending train service from Boston to Manchester could provide big benefits: more jobs, higher property values, and enhancing the state’s overall attractiveness. Still, skeptics doubt the numbers, both in terms of the number of people who would get on board and how much money it would cost.

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With a new bill addressing how Granite Staters are allowed to carry a concealed gun, many are tapping in to the perennial conversation about concealed versus open carry. And while the right to bear arms is well-established in New Hampshire, there’s still debate about the who, where, and how when it comes to firearms.

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Friday N.H. News Roundup - February 6, 2015

Feb 6, 2015
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We're following the top stories of the week: lawmakers engage in a new debate over an old issue: the state’s role in funding public education.  A house bill would require all state police officers to wear body cameras when interacting with the public. And a new commuter rail study says “sorry Concord,” recommending train service from Boston to Manchester.

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Southern N.H. Debates Natural Gas Pipeline Proposal

Feb 5, 2015
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With high energy costs and inadequate means for transporting natural gas into the region, some are championing construction of an interstate pipeline spanning eighty miles and seventeen communities in New Hampshire’s southern region.  But opposition is fierce among those concerned about environmental impact and property values.

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We're looking at some of the top recent political headline in our monthly check-in with Political Junkie Ken Rudin: congressional Republicans flexing their newfound political muscles, challenging the White House on immigration, health care, and foreign policy, and Mitt Romney bows out of the presidential race, leaving supporters with a long list of alternatives.

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More children these days are living with Grandma and Grandpa, due to factors including incarceration, drug abuse, underemployment, and single parenthood.  We’ll find out how these grandparents become primary caregivers of their grandchildren, and the challenges they face, including housing, health, financial and legal issues.

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The 'Sharing Economy': Uber & Airbnb Come To N.H.

Feb 2, 2015
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With the rise of services like Uber and Airbnb, more folks who would normally use city-regulated taxis or hotels are now using apps to connect with strangers for a ride or a place to stay. But while this new ‘sharing’ configuration may be cheaper and more efficient, some worry about safety, fairness, and the future of work.

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Friday N.H. News Roundup - January 30, 2015

Jan 30, 2015
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We're looking at some of the top stories of the week: Granite Staters mop up from the storm, with many saying it wasn’t as bad as it could have been, the State receives 14 applications from those hoping to run medical marijuana dispensaries,  a new bill is filed on voter residency requirements, and Fish and Game debates drones and other technology in hunting.

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Big Dig 2? The Debate Over Boston's 2024 Olympic Bid

Jan 29, 2015
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There’s been celebration but also consternation among Bostonians, since their city was chosen as the U.S. candidate to host the twenty-twenty-fours summer games. Boosters foresee economic growth, while opponents warn of logistical and financial nightmares.  Meanwhile, Granite Staters are wondering what’s in it for them.

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You hear a lot of grumbling these days that students and teachers are overwhelmed by testing regimes aimed at keeping districts accountable.  We talk with an author who says there are better ways to track of how are kids and educators are doing.

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The Battle To Save The Bats

Jan 27, 2015
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First the latest on impacts of the severe weather we’re seeing in the region, from roads to the power grid. Then, the battle to save the bats: we're talking with a UNH researcher about signs of resilience among bats, devastated by white-nose syndrome, and new findings about their immune systems that could lead to treatments for some human diseases.

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Immigration Impasse: The Future Of Reform

Jan 26, 2015
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Late last year, President Obama issued sweeping directives for allowing a certain group of undocumented immigrants to remain here without fear of deportation. On Capitol Hill, opposition is fierce among Republicans, who are now coming up with ways to undo these actions.  We’ll find out more, including impacts in the Granite State.

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Friday N.H. News Roundup - January 23, 2015

Jan 23, 2015
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We’re talking about the top news stories of the week: lawmakers start to dig into this year’s bills on subjects from out-of-state health insurance to mandatory paid sick leave, Health and Human Services officials unveil a huge shortfall, and hundreds rally at the Statehouse for campaign finance reform.

GUESTS:

  • Jeff Feingold – editor of the New Hampshire Business Review
  • Josh Rogers – senior political reporter for NHPR

CALLOUTS:

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A new report urges New Hampshire schools to improve science, technology, engineering, and math education. It’s part of a national preoccupation stemming from lackluster scores on these subjects among American students. But some say this emphasis is edging out other, equally important areas from writing skills to civics to the arts.

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Federal Debt: How Worried Should We Be?

Jan 21, 2015
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Although the debt debate has receded, some keeping a close eye on the issue continue to advocate for urgent measures to address what they see as an ever-looming problem. But others say those fears are overblown and that the priority should be economic investment and boosting the middle class.

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The Governor has set aside what was to be called “Green Mountain Care”: an attempt to be the first state with its own single-payer health system that gained national attention.  But the plan unraveled at the end of last year, largely due to the costs involved.  We’ll find out what happened and what might be next.

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Remembering The March On Washington

Jan 19, 2015
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We talked with African Americans living in northern New England about the civil rights protest that helped change the course of racial history in the US.  Fifty years later, Americans are still contemplating the legacy of that day and debating the extent to which Dr. Martin Luther king’s dream of racial equality has been fulfilled.

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Friday N.H. News Roundup - January 16, 2015

Jan 16, 2015
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We’re talking about the top news stories of the week: the Governor’s STEM Task Force releases its recommendations on boosting science, technology, nngineering and math education, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul returns to the Granite State, fueling more Presidential speculation,  and southern New Hampshire ponders the impact of a Boston Olympics.

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Charlie Hebdo & The Future Of Free Expression

Jan 15, 2015
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Last week’s violence in France linked to depictions of Mohammad in a French satirical magazine, has sparked a global conversation about speech, art, satire, free expression and what the limits are.  We’ll look at that discussion as it’s unfolding in this country, from our leading news outlets, to local community groups.

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A New Normal?: N.H.'s Post-Recession Economy

Jan 14, 2015
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Although the state has regained all the jobs it lost in the Great Recession, many are said to be part-time or lower paying.   Still, the U.S. economy seems to be on a roll, and optimism appears to be taking hold. We’re looking at who’s faring well and why in the Granite State, and who’s been left behind.

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Poverty Under A Microscope In N.H.

Jan 13, 2015
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Following up on our homelessness show yesterday, we’re looking at the broader issue of poverty in New Hampshire.  While the state has one of the nation’s lowest poverty rates, it doesn’t always do well on certain measures, like childhood poverty. We’re looking at the latest numbers, and some of the efforts to address the issue.

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Homelessness In New Hampshire

Jan 12, 2015
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A recent report shows that the overall population is down, but the problem persists and has even increased among certain groups including veterans.  Now, with diverse efforts across the state to help the homeless, there is active discussion, and some disagreement, within communities about the best approach.

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Friday N.H. News Roundup - January 9, 2015

Jan 9, 2015
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We're looking at the top stories of the week: Democratic Governor Maggie Hassan is inaugurated for a second term, while a new Republican-led legislature begins a new session amid turmoil over who should lead the G.O.P. House agenda.  And the state liquor commission dives into what “Made in NH” really means. 

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Does Homework Matter? N.H. Educators Weigh In

Jan 8, 2015
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The emerging focus in New Hampshire on what’s called “competency-based” education, emphasizes mastery of a subject over time in class or number of worksheets completed.  But traditional homework has many defenders, who say it solidifies class learning and fosters good study habits.

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Kainaz Amaria / NPR

In our monthly check-in with political junkie Ken Rudin, we're covering some of the top national political stories of recent weeks, including the swearing in of a new Congress, the President holding the line on his priorities, and an ever-growing crop of presidential contender possibilities.

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Javier Romero Otero / Flickr/CC

Our Science Café tackles medical screening: while advances allow detection of diseases like prostate and breast cancer much earlier, some in the medical field worry about the potential for over-diagnosis and overtreatment.  But patients and doctors alike are dealing with risk and anxiety, and many feel that if widespread testing can save even one life, it’s worth it.

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N.H. Legislative Roundup: A Look Ahead To 2015

Jan 5, 2015
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We sit down with New Hampshire House and Senate leaders to talk about what might be in store this new session. 2015 is a budget year, so expect state spending and revenues to take center stage.  And beyond that, we'll talk about a few of the 800 bill requests have been filed so far, on topics ranging from voter registration to restrictions on drones. 

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danagoldstein.com

A new book explores the tumultuous history of public education: from racial integration, to unions and teacher-tenure, to standardized tests and charter schools. We’re sitting down with writer Dana Goldstein to discuss why the profession has long been so fraught, and how it’s affected the schooling of our kids. 

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Biz Stone

With this generation of young adults coming into its own, we look at who they are and what motivates them.  Some say they’re entitled, obsessed with technology, and have short attention spans - but others say Millennials are highly creative, dynamic and more open to new ways of looking at society.

This show was originally broadcast on May 27, 2014.

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This week, The Exchange will play the five best shows of 2014, as voted by you. Here's a November program on the science of marijuana. With legalization in two states now, and a growing number of others allowing medical use of marijuana, advocates and opponents alike are looking for answers to back up their positions.

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