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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Ira Byock: The Best Care Possible

Dartmouth physician Ira Byock says even with incredible advances in medicine, far too many Americans suffer needlessly and die “badly”.  In a new book, Byock calls for a new approach toward the end of life; one focused on taking care of persons, not just “bodies”, and helping patients and their families reach decisions about dying.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Live In Keene with Dayton Duncan (Rebroadcast)

If you don't know the name, Dayton Duncan, you'll most likely be familiar with his work.  He's an award winning writer and filmmaker who has been Ken Burn's right hand man for decades. The two have collaborated on multi-hour films on topics that have ranged from Lewis and Clark to the Civil War to Baseball to our National Parks.  Their latest collaboration is on the Dustbowl that premeires in 2012. On Friday night, Dayton Duncan sat down with Laura Knoy before a live audience at the Colonial Theatre in Keene to talk about his work and his special collaborative process with Ken Burns.

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The Exchange
6:07 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Next Week on the Exchange - Week of March 19

Next week on the Exchange, we begin with a favorite from the Exchange archive vault as we rebroadcast our interview with writer and filmmaker, Dayton Duncan live at the Colonial Theater in Keene.  Then we talk to Dartmouth Professor, Ira Byock, who's new book looks at end of life care and why he says "far too many Americans suffer needlessly and die “badly”.   Then we examine the idea of eminent domain, recently its been used to block the Northern Pass project, we'll look at what eminent domain really means and where its limits lie. Finally, this week marks Crossover Day in the NH Statehous

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Fuel Frustrations

The temperature isn't the only thing that seems to be rising lately in the Granite State, so are gas prices.  The cost of a gallon has gone up by about 20 cents in the last month and it shows no signs of slowing down.  Some are predicting that by the summer we may be paying upwards of 5 dollars for a gallon of gas.  Global energy markets blame harsh weather in Europe, tensions with Iran and a cutback in exports from such countries as Syria, Yemen and South Sudan.  Some suggest that higher gas prices may not only affect the average driver's wallet, but upcoming political races as well, as we

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu March 15, 2012

New Hampshire's Commissioner for Environmental Services, Tom Burack

This year, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services turns 25 years old.  Its Commissioner, Tom Burack says that over that time a lot of progress has been made in terms of clean water, air and land, but there’s still a long way to go.   “This legacy,” Burack says “requires vigilance and maintenance”. Those are tough goals, and with recent budget cuts to his department it makes it even that much more tough.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Insurance Ideas

There’s an effort underway to make insurance more affordable in New Hampshire by allowing a range of plans – some with a maximum number of mandates and others with fewer mandated services.  Supporters say this gives consumers greater choice  -- they ask why a young unmarried male, for instance, pay for a plan that includes prenatal care. And, they say, it could help bring down cost, which has left too many people unable to afford any insurance at all.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Contraception Commotion

Last week the New Hampshire House voted to allow employers to exclude contraceptive coverage from health insurance plans on the basis of religious objections – reversing a 12-year-old law requiring insurers that offer prescription coverage to include contraceptives.  Supporters say the bill protects religious freedom because it allows groups with religious objections to birth control to avoid providing this coverage to employees. Opponents say it interferes with the relationship between a woman and her doctor.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon March 12, 2012

An Astronomy Update

Huge Solar flares and 'coronal mass ejections" have the potential for major disruptions.  New extra-solar planets seem to be found every week. A new rover on Mars called 'Curiosity' seems to be peaking ours, while the New Horizon's spacecraft is heading to Pluto. We'll get the latest news that's going on from the skies with the Exchange's Space Guys. 

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The Exchange
10:03 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Next Week on the Exchange - Week of March 12th

Next week on the Exchange, we begin with our Astronomy guys.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Vows over Gay Marriage

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On June 3, 2009, Governor John Lynch signed a law that allowed gay marriage in the Granite State. A little less than 7 months later, the first wedding ceremonies began to be performed.  At the time, New Hampshire made history as the first state to pass a same-sex union bill without a court order or the threat of one.  But before the first "I do" was uttered, some groups and lawmakers vowed to pass legislation overturning the law.  Last year, bills were tabled to focus on the budget, but now this year several pieces of legislation are on the table and money on both sides of this interest is

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu March 8, 2012

The Real Romney

We know he's running for President and that he's become a household name. We know he ran unsuccessfully in 2008 as well. We know that he was Governor of Massachusetts and that he was behind a major health care bill that passed in that state. We know he's Mormon, Republican, good looking and has a great smile, but who is the 'real Romney'. Who is the Mitt Romney behind the campaign promises, debates, political ads and handshakes? What drives him, what were the events in his life that motivated him and why does he want to be President so badly?

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed March 7, 2012

It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's Super Tuesday...

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We’re looking at yesterday’s voting in Ohio, Tennessee, Idaho, Virginia, Vermont, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Massachusetts, Alaska and Georgia in the Republican nomination contests.  We’re looking closer at the results and at where the campaigns go from here.

Guests:

Wayne Lesperance: Professor of Political Science and Director for the Center for Civic Engagement at New England College.

Dante Scala: Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of New Hampshire. He tweets @graniteprof.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue March 6, 2012

The Refugee Resettlement Debate Continues

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We continue our series on New Hampshire immigration by looking at the proposed refugee moratorium in Manchester. The moratorium would temporarily stop the city of Manchester from accepting new refugees. Meanwhile a recent bill in the statehouse would allow communities throughout the state to establish moratoria. The supporters claim that a moratorium will allow the state to better serve the current refugees, but the bill leaves some wondering if closing the doors to refugees is the best answer.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Legislature vs Judiciary

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We talk about the balance of power in New Hampshire government.  A number of bills have appeared in the state legislature that would seek to constrain the judiciary; from eliminating the state supreme court to avoiding constitutional review of laws. Today we investigate the friction between the legislative and judicial branches of our state government.

Guests:

David Campbell: Democratic State Representative from Nashua

Brandon Guida: Republican State Representative  from Chichester

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The Exchange
10:00 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Next Week on the Exchange - Week of March 5th

Next week on the Exchange, we begin with a look at current tensions between the Legislative and Judicial branches of our state government. Several bills on the docket look to curb the power of the courts, but some are objecting to it.   Then as part of our series on New Hampshire Immigration, we look once again at a proposed refugee moratorium in the city of Manchester and why some are saying that in order to better serve our current refugees, we need to put a temporary halt on allowing new ones to come in. On Wednesday we crunch the numbers of the Super Tuesday elections and we end the wee

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