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Next week on The Exchange:

Monday, 11/23: Special Legislative Session & Anti-Drug Task Force

Tuesday, 11/24: Suburban Poverty

Wednesday, 11/25: Thanksgiving Tales, Tips, & Travails

Thursday, 11/26: Special Holiday Programming

Friday, 11/27: Rebroadcast


Friday N.H. News Roundup - June 5, 2015

Jun 5, 2015
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The State Senate votes on a budget, a plan that’s drawn republican kudos and democratic criticism. Governor Maggie Hassan vetoes and signs a flurry of bills, including approval of a new ban on teens using tanning beds. And the venerable Lakes of the Clouds hut celebrates one hundred years of service in the White Mountains.

N.H. Debates Business Tax Structure

Jun 4, 2015
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Is it time for a business tax reboot? Some in New Hampshire say a comprehensive re-examination of our business tax structure is long overdue, given questions about fairness – competition – and the huge role these taxes play in our budget. We’ll discuss how the system works now and the  pros and cons of the proposals to change it.

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We check in with Political Junkie Ken Rudin about some of the top stories in politics this month: After a caustic debate pitting Rand Paul against his fellow Senate Republicans, key provisions of the Patriot Act expire. On the primary front, Democrat Martin O’Malley and Republican Lindsey Graham declare their candidacies. And, as ISIS advances in Iraq Presidential hopefuls re-hash the Iraq war debate.

Sky Guys: An Astronomical Update

Jun 2, 2015

NASA celebrates twenty-five years of The Hubble Telescope and its groundbreaking glimpses into space and time. The Messenger spacecraft goes out with a bang, crashing –intentionally– into Mercury, after being the only spacecraft to ever orbit the planet. We’ll talk about these extraterrestrial milestones and more.

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The unemployment rate is below four percent in New Hampshire and the labor force is growing, but some say our overall economic growth is still falling short. We’ll find out more looking at demographics, trade, the political climate, housing and healthcare.

Friday N.H. News Roundup - May 29, 2015

May 29, 2015
Sara Plourde / NHPR

This week in New Hampshire news:  budget votes, business taxes, and bipartisan rankings.  

The senate finance committee approved an 11.4 billion dollar budget, restoring money to social services that house members had cut from the governor’s proposal. Democrats decried the plan for shortchanging critical programs, while cutting taxes for businesses.

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As the heroin crisis in New Hampshire continues, and the number of overdoses grows, communities around the state are addressing the issues with increasing urgency.

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Twenty years ago, it was not considered a big problem in New Hampshire, but today – these little black-legged bugs are seen as a major threat to people, pets and wildlife.  We’ll get the latest on where their populations are expanding and on tick-borne illnesses, primarily – but not exclusively -- Lyme disease. We’ll also look the state’s new plan to address this.

Summer Camp: An Antidote To 'Helicopter Parenting?'

May 26, 2015
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We talk with author Michael Thompson, who argues in his new book that kids need summer camp more than ever.  With today’s over-scheduled and over-protected children, Thompson says summer camp remains one of the few places where kids have to rough it, stretch their boundaries, and conquer the challenges of the great-outdoors.

Iraq War Veterans: Stories From The Homefront

May 25, 2015
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We're talking with Pulitzer Prize winning Washington Post reporter David Finkel about his work covering the lives of Iraq War veterans -- their experiences in war and returning home, where they often face what Finkel calls the "after-war."

Friday N.H. News Roundup - May 22, 2015

May 22, 2015
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Republican party officials line up to call for Congressman Frank Guinta’s resignation after a campaign finance violation.  Senate budget writers begin to finalize their proposal, restoring some funding for tourism and education. And a nineteen year old college student wins a special election for a seat in the New Hampshire House.

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The rhetoric is flying among presidential hopefuls: wealth inequality, working men and women, stagnant wages, the opportunity gap, earned success. But though is everyone is talking about this, division remains wide over the causes and solutions.  We’ll look at the language and the politics behind it.

The First Decade: Early Education in N.H.

May 20, 2015
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We continue our series The First Decade with early education.  Research shows that a child’s foundation for success in school is established at a very young age, through high-quality care at home or at pre-school - and in New Hampshire, moving from half to full-day kindergarten.  Yet, some also caution that how we teach our youngest kids is just as important as where.

The First Decade: Children's Nutrition

May 19, 2015
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While New Hampshire has the nation’s lowest official poverty rate, malnourishment is an issue for many low income kids.  And with many short and long-term consequences of poor nutrition in children, the stakes are high. We’re looking at why some kids don’t get enough healthy food, the impacts on their developing brains and bodies,  and some efforts to address this.

The First Decade: N.H. Family Demographics

May 18, 2015
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The Granite State has one of the lowest childhood poverty rates in the nation. But behind that rosy figure is a widening gap between children who have and those who have not. As we kick off our series “The First Decade” we’ll look at the causes, effects, and potential solutions for families struggling in New Hampshire.

Friday N.H. News Roundup - May 15, 2015

May 15, 2015
Sara Plourde / NHPR

We're looking at some of the top stories of the week: Republican presidential contenders Rand Paul and Ted Cruz pick up steam with a long list of endorsements from New Hampshire politicos. The Senate makes good on its promise to restore the renewal energy fund in its budget. And a new study shows Vermont and New Hampshire as the least religious states in the country.

For some time now, agreement has seemed near-universal that there is a growing chasm between those with great wealth in this country and the rest of the population. That recognition has even bridged our otherwise entrenched political divide, with both Republicans and Democrats tackling the problem, especially on the campaign trail. But despite the recent urgency, there are differences.

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New Hampshire and New England have been firmly on the local and sustainable food bandwagon for years now, and although Granite Staters are also enthusiastic consumers of seafood, it hasn't been until recently that some in the state have tried to bring that local sensibility to the fish they eat.

The Dollars And Cents of College Degrees

May 12, 2015
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In the shadow of the Great Recession, many prospective students and their parents are looking at college with an eye toward the economic value of certain majors, with some hoping to avoid the so called 'useless' degree. We take a look at some surprising new research on this topic and hear from voices both in and out of the college system.

Fish And Game's Glenn Normandeau

May 11, 2015
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Fish and Game Executive Director joins us to discuss his agency's mission, its 150th anniversary, and its wildlife management planning process - including decisions around hunting permits and fishing catch limits.

Friday N.H. News Roundup - May 8, 2015

May 8, 2015
Sara Plourde / NHPR

We're looking at some of the top stories of the week: Three more GOP Presidential hopefuls get into the race; state Senators get an earful from the public in favor of social service programs; and Manchester school officials get a face-to-face with the state’s education commissioner after testy relations over Common Core testing.

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New Hampshire’s Health Protection Program faces sunset in twenty sixteen unless the legislature votes to extend it. We’ll find out more. Then later – a new, national report ranks colleges based on the economic value of their degrees and a New Hampshire Community college tops the list.

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We check in with Political Junkie, Ken Rudin: politicians weigh in on the highly-watched same-sex marriage case before the U.S. Supreme Court. President Obama and other national figures react to the unrest in Baltimore. And the presidential primary fields for both parties become a bit fuller, with more candidates throwing their hats in.

Aging In Place In N.H.

May 5, 2015
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Most seniors prefer to stay in their homes, instead of institutional care. Advocates say strengthening the programs and grassroots efforts that support that goal is not only more caring, it makes good economic sense. But there are challenges – from who pays for in-home-help to how available that help really is.

New Prospects For Solar Energy In N.H.

May 4, 2015
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With the recent announcement that the country’s biggest solar company is coming to New Hampshire, some green energy advocates are hopeful for the industry’s prospects.  We’re looking at how Solar City’s arriving may affect the industry’s prospects here given that today, sun-power represents a tiny percentage of our overall energy mix.

Friday N.H. News Roundup - May 1st, 2015

May 1, 2015
Sara Plourde / NHPR

We're looking at some of the top stories of the week: Governor Hassan says she’ll veto a bill that would do away with permits to carry a concealed weapon, approved by the legislature.  Vermont U.S Senator Bernie Sanders announces his campaign for President.  And, Senator Jeanne Shaheen asks girls in Nashua what woman they would put on a twenty-dollar bill.

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Audio for the full program:

In New Hampshire, Pittsfield schools have recently adopted an approach that flips the traditional model of teaching through student-led discussion and independent projects. We’re looking into how this working for Pittsfield.

The Future Of Ski Expansion at Mount Sunapee

Apr 27, 2015
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The state-owned park is beloved for both its mountain and lake. But the private company that owns the ski operation has long wanted to expand.  Now, the state has given preliminary approval, setting off a process of review and hearings and raising a larger conversation about balancing natural beauty with economic development.

Friday N.H. News Roundup - April 24, 2015

Apr 24, 2015

Hillary Clinton comes to the state for some low-key listening sessions in Keene and Concord.  Governor Hassan comments on a casino bill before the House, saying two casinos is one too many. And lawmakers hear testimony on adding several qualifying conditions for use of medical marijuana including epilepsy and lupus.

The Science of GMOs: Possibilities And Limitations

Apr 23, 2015
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Genetically modified organisms are a favorite villain of the modern food debate, with claims they threaten human health and the environment. But while many of these concerns have been debunked, media hype around this topic often distracts from the facts. We’re digging into that, and the possibilities and limitations of genetic engineering.