The Exchange

Live at 9 a.m., repeat at 7 p.m.

The Exchange is New Hampshire's only locally produced statewide call-in talk show, hosted by Laura Knoy.  It airs live at 9 AM and rebroadcasts at 7 PM weekdays.

The Exchange is Going Local!

Submit your questions about the regions of New Hampshire for our Going Local series, which you can hear every Thursday starting on July 12th. 

You can ask about where you live, or any other region you are curious about. For example: What are the biggest employers in the Great North Woods? How much does it cost to live on the Seacoast? What fun things can I do in the Monadnock region?

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Coming Up on The Exchange: 

Monday, 7/16 - Call Me American by Abdi Nor Iftin

Tuesday, 7/17 -  Telemedicine

Wednesday, 7/18 - Summer Movies: A Midsummer Check-in 

Thursday, 7/19 - Going Local: The Seacoast Region

Friday, 7/20 -  Weekly N.H. News Roundup

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Weekly N.H. News Roundup: March 2, 2018

Mar 1, 2018

A former St. Paul's teacher who has taught at the Derryfield School since 2009 is arrested and charged in connection with the AG's investigation of St. Paul's  handling of allegations of sexual misconduct. A Democrat wins a special election in Laconia, the fifth House seat to flip from Republican to Democrat since President's Trump's election.   And the CD1 race gets a bit more crowded, with Democrat Levi Sanders, son of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, announcing he's running.  

As one of only two states with neither an income tax nor a sales tax, the Granite State funds local and state services in other ways. As part of NHRP's cost of living series, The Balance, we answer your questions about how our unusual system works. 

This program originally aired on February 6, 2018. 


Some malls are struggling to survive, along with their "anchor" department stores. But Americans still want to shop: they're just doing it differently: on-line, downtown, certain big-box stores, outlet centers, and mixed-use developments.  We examine these retails trends here in New Hampshire.

Breaking It Down: The Business of Composting in N.H.

Feb 26, 2018
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Unless you're a backyard composter, your food scraps are going to a landfill, where they take up a surprisingly large percentage of increasingly valuable space - and contribute to the release of methane gas. We look at why New Hampshire lags behind its neighbors in recycling food waste, and learn about some businesses that see food waste as an economic opportunity. 

How School Shootings Are Changing Education

Feb 23, 2018

We look at how school shootings is impacting students, teachers, and school communities, after the shooting in Parkland, FL.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: February 23, 2018

Feb 22, 2018

After the Parkland Florida school shooting, police respond to a number of threats at high schools in New Hampshire, and the House of Representatives votes down a bill would have allowed firearms on state college campuses.  Senate Republicans propose a bill to reauthorize Medicaid expansion for another five years.  And a bill to raise the minimum marriage age in New Hampshire to 16 years of age is headed for a full House vote. 

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In his State of the State address last week, Governor Sununu declared: Life is better in New Hampshire than it was a year ago. On his list of achievements: fewer regulations, lower taxes, and school choice.  On his to-do list: A ten-year plan for the state's mental health system and a revamped Medicaid expansion program.  

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In New Hampshire, visitors to some emergency rooms have received shockingly high bills after treatment, often involving charges for out-of-network doctors, who provided care at hospitals that were part of their insurance plans.  Wednesday morning at 9, The Exchange takes a closer look at this "balance-billing." 

We'll look at the President's new budget proposal and how it may impact Granite Staters, and discuss what the recent closure of several labor and delivery units at local hospitals means for our healthcare sector in New Hampshire. 

With the release of Steven Spielberg's movie, The Post, we look back at the battle between the Post and the Nixon Administration over the Pentagon Papers, a secret government study about the Vietnam War that revealed the government’s lies about U.S. involvement in the conflict. The movie focuses on Katharine Graham's role as publisher of the Washington Post, as well as the constant balance between keeping government secrets classified and the need for transparency in government.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: February 16, 2018

Feb 15, 2018

We parse the Governor's State of the State address for what it might tell us about his agenda for the state in 2018.  EPA chief Scott Pruitt jets into New Hampshire to meet privately about water contamination.  NHPR's Todd Bookman  unpacks allegations made against the NH Liquor Commission. And we follow up on the court battle over the lottery ticket that's been called the "most valuable piece of paper on Earth."  

GUESTS:  

N.H. Mayors On The State of Their Cities

Feb 14, 2018
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In advance of Governor Sununu's State of the State address, we check in with four mayors on how their communities are faring: on education, the local economy, and the addiction crisis. And we ask what they'd like to hear from the Governor.

We Love Winter: Backcountry Skiing & Ice Climbing

Feb 14, 2018
Photo by Andrew Drummond

With the Winter Olympics in full swing, we look at some thrilling winter sports in N.H.  An increasing number of people want to get outside in winter, and many say part of the fun of skiing down is climbing up snowy trails and mountains, or even scaling icy cliffs.  Have you tried backcountry skiing or ice-climbing?  We learn how to safely get started in these growing winter sports, what equipment is needed, and where it can be done.  

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It's the time of year when students and their families navigate financial decisions, and the loans, grants, and bills associated. We ask how the rising cost of higher education and increased focus on student loan debt is changing the conversation, and we'll get an update on federal policy.  

We talk with Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster about the efforts of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force to increase funding to fight the opioid epidemic.  The new federal budget deal passed last week includes $6 billion in funding for opioid abuse and mental health treatment.  We discuss how much N.H. might receive, who decides, and how it would be spent.

Addiction in the Workplace

Feb 11, 2018
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In the midst of a drug crisis, New Hampshire is also dealing with a severe labor shortage.  So now, some employers and the state hope to creatively address where the two overlap, promoting so-called "recovery friendly workplaces".  We look at the practical, legal, and financial aspects of this. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: February 9, 2018

Feb 8, 2018

A  New Hampshire woman won $560 million in the Powerball lottery, and now she is fighting in court to stay anonymous.  Governor Sununu nominates Robert J. Lynn for Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court.  The wife of the state education commissioner urges lawmakers to oppose a bill that would ban gay conversion therapy. F or the first time in nearly a decade, New Hampshire legislators are debating seat belt requirements.  And we'll see plenty of Olympic hopefuls from New Hampshire as the Winter Olympics get underway in South Korea. 

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  Marsy's Law is a nationwide effort to bolster the rights of crime victims.  Now, a New Hampshire bill to put these rights into the state Constitution has bipartisan support and the Governor's endorsement.  But there are concerns about possible unintended consequences and some hesitation over constitutional change. 

N.H. Medicaid Update

Feb 7, 2018

We learn the latest about new Medicaid guidelines released by the Trump Administration, in which states, including New Hampshire, will now be allowed to impose work requirements on some recipients of Medicaid. State lawmakers are currently debating whether to extend the Medicaid expansion program beyond the end of 2018, when it is due to sunset. 

A Check-Up On Medical Marijuana In New Hampshire

Feb 6, 2018
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New Hampshire's program has been in place for several years now and appears to be gaining acceptance among patients and providers.  We find out who's using the system, who's providing the drug, and what questions remain -- including medical concerns, bureaucratic hurdles, and the possibility of federal intervention.  

One education bill, HB 1263, would increase accountability and oversight for home-schooling, an idea debated in other states this year, and sparking huge opposition at a recent hearing in New Hampshire.  The other bill, SB 193, concerns school choice, and whether families can access taxes raised for public education to finance an alternative. 

Stunning Upset for Northern Pass Project

Feb 1, 2018
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With the Site Evaluation Committee" unanimous vote denying a permit for Eversource's controversial Northern Pass project, we discuss what prompted the decision, the ramifications for Eversource, as well other energy projects, and the historical context of the proposed 192-mile transmission line through the state.

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New Hampshire "drug czar" David Mara discusses the state's efforts to address the on-going addiction crisis.  Is the Granite state spending enough to prevent and treat addiction?  What's the right balance between law enforcement and treatment?  And is there adequate oversight of the state's drug treatment infrastructure? We also look at lessons learned from the closure of Serenity Place, Manchester's addiction treatment center associated with the Safe Station program. 

Also, we hear from NHPR's Paige Sutherland on her extensive reporting on the opioid crisis in New Hampshire. 


President Trump's First State of the Union Address

Jan 30, 2018
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We take a look at the speech itself  -- the tone and the major topics, such as infrastructure, immigration, and national security.  

A Troubled Investigation Into The Manchester VA

Jan 30, 2018
Peter Biello

The Department of Veterans Affairs launched an investigation into allegations of substandard care at the Manchester VA last year, after whistleblowers from the hospital went to the Boston Globe's Spotlight team.

Now, a new report says that the investigation ignored many of the complaints leveled by the whistleblowers, and at least one physician who was accused of poor care has found a job working with veterans elsewhere. We talk with Peter Biello, reporter and host of All Things Considered for NHPR, about the latest. 

This segment will air live from 9:40 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 31st, and again at 7:40 p.m. The audio will be available shortly after 10 a.m.

New Hampshire Considers Commuter Rail (Again)

Jan 29, 2018

Governor Sununu called commuter rail a "boondoggle" during his campaign, but is now supporting a $4 million feasibility study of passenger rail. This has heartened supporters, who say it's long past time for more robust service in New Hampshire. But opponents maintain there are still far better and less expensive ways to expand the state's transportation options. We take a fresh look at our longstanding train debate. 

Movies, politics, culture... and the Oscars.  We look at what this year's Academy Awards try to reflect about American society, and whether they do it well.  We also talk about other movies that were huge hits last year, even if they weren't considered "Oscar-worthy", and the films to look forward to in 2018.


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: January 26, 2018

Jan 26, 2018

Massachusetts picks Northern Pass for major energy contract.  A financially troubled addiction treatment center in Manchester shuts its doors, and sends its services to other local health providers. The N.H.  legislature considers lowering the state's drinking age.  And a massive ice jam on the Piscataquog River causes concerns about Spring flooding.

 


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It's been a year since an investigation of the state's Division of Children Youth And Families revealed an agency in crisis. At the time, officials and lawmakers promised a major overhaul, with new leadership, policies and funding. We check in on what progress has been made in protecting New Hampshire's children.


How Will Solar Tariffs Affect N.H.?

Jan 24, 2018
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What do New Hampshire business owners say about the Trump administration's new tax on imported solar panels?  The tariff starts at 30 percent and drops 5 percent in each of the next three years. It's not as severe as Trump could have imposed, and it’s meant to boost the American solar manufacturing industry.  

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