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Next week on The Exchange:

Monday, 8/31: AEI President Arthur Brooks’ ‘The Conservative Heart’

Tuesday, 9/1: New Hampshire Drug Czar John Wozmak

Wednesday, 9/2: Political Junkie Ken Rudin

Thursday, 9/3: N.H. First in the Nation Primary

Friday, 9/4: Friday N.H. News Roundup

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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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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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.


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. 


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. 


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.

Best of 2014 - How We Talk About Race In N.H.

Dec 30, 2014
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This spring, after racist remarks by Los Angeles Clippers Owner Donald Sterling and Wolfeboro Police Commissioner Robert Copeland, outrage dominated national headlines. Now, after events in Ferguson and New York City, race relations seem more fraught than ever, but a call for a more honest conversation about race still resonates.

This program originally aired on June 5, 2014.


Best Of 2014 - Stressed Out: Who, Why, And How

Dec 29, 2014
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This week, The Exchange will play the five best shows of 2014, as voted by you. Here's a July program on stress: From major challenges like chronic illness or financial problems to minor annoyances like traffic jams or inconsiderate neighbors, stress affects us all.  For some, it can be overwhelming, while others find ways to cope and even use it to their advantage. In connection with the NPR series on this topic, we’re exploring the latest thinking on stress.

This program was originally broadcast on July 17, 2014.


The Exchange: Five Best Shows Of 2014

Dec 28, 2014
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Last month we asked listeners to vote for their five favorite shows of 2014. The winners ranged from health and science to conversations about race. Here are the winners, which we're airing all this week:

Top Nine N.H. News Stories of 2014

Dec 26, 2014
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A special edition of the Friday New Hampshire News Roundup: we review the major stories of the year -- from the midterm elections to the Market Basket saga, and more. 


  • Jeff Feingold – editor of the New Hampshire Business Review.
  • Dean Spiliotes - Civic Scholar in the School of Arts and Sciences at Southern New Hampshire University and author of the website


Gerald Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol'

Dec 24, 2014
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We're listening back to a seasonal favorite, our 2005 conversation with Gerald Charles Dickens, Charles Dickens's great-great-grandson and an actor. He has been touring America for the past several years with his one-man performance of "A Christmas Carol," and we spoke with him about the legacy of his namesake and the magic of "A Christmas Carol." He also performed a handful of scenes from his show.

Evaluating Charities: What Donors Need To Know

Dec 23, 2014
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We’re taking a look at charitable giving in New Hampshire – from what factors donors should consider, to why Granite Staters give so little.


The Sky Guys' Top Space Stories Of 2014

Dec 22, 2014
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It was a big year for Mars, with India getting into the game and launching its first spacecraft. Meanwhile, the European Space Agency celebrated the successful landing of its probe on a comet. And the private space travel industry lamented the crash of Virgin Galactic’s test craft.


The Exchange: Vote For The Top Five Shows Of 2014!

Dec 22, 2014
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The Exchange team needs your help!

Take the survey below and let us know - what were best episodes we produced this year? We'll air the five that receive the most votes the week of Christmas break. 

Polls close at midnight on Sunday, December 21!

Thanks for taking the survey!

- The Exchange team

Friday N.H. News Roundup - December 19, 2014

Dec 19, 2014
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We're looking at the top stories of the week: political unease continues in the New Hampshire House, with a Republican caucus divided, the state’s Homeless count shows the overall population down, but increases among some groups like veterans,  and Berlin considers a Bearcat, with city police making their case for an armored vehicle.


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With the holiday season in full swing, many turn to their religion for traditions and spiritual meaning. But for a growing segment of Americans, there’s little interest in finding a house of worship.  We’re looking at the trend toward these so-called ‘nones,’  who include not only atheists and agnostics, but folks with a variety of beliefs.


The Economic Impact Of Substance Abuse In N.H.

Dec 17, 2014
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On top of individual suffering, a recent report finds alcohol and drugs also take a toll on workforce productivity and the state’s fiscal well-being -- to the tune of nearly two billion dollars.  The authors say policy makers and business leaders should consider addressing this as way to help bolster the state’s economy.


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It’s often said that adolescents are impulsive partly because their brains aren’t fully developed.  Now a new book adds fuel to the discussion, describing how the period of adolescence is a lot longer these days, from age ten to twenty-five. It also shows that the brain at this time is highly malleable, and much more easily influenced by both positive and negative experiences. 

This program was originally broadcast on November 3, 2014.

How N.H. Schools Are Tackling Suicide

Dec 15, 2014
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With almost fourteen percent of New Hampshire teens surveyed saying they’d considered taking their own lives, educators are increasingly focused on this, with programs that address mental health, substance abuse, cyber bullying, and sexuality. We’ll find out what some schools are doing, and the questions that inevitably come up.

This show was originally broadcast on 10/14/14.


Friday N.H. News Roundup - December 12, 2014

Dec 12, 2014
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We're looking at the top stories of the week: a N.H. Supreme Court decision in the pension contributions case, a Franklin businessman applies for a medical marijuana dispensary license, and House Speaker Jasper chooses House committee chairs.


  • Rik Stevens - northern New England correspondent for the Associated Press
  • Kevin Landrigan - chief political correspondent for New Hampshire 1 News, a new media company based in Concord


The State Of N.H.'s Community College System

Dec 11, 2014

We’re talking with Ross Gittell both in his capacity as chancellor of New Hampshire’s Community College System, and as forecast manager for the New England Economic Partnership.


  • Ross Gittell – chancellor of the Community College System and forecast manager at the New England Economic Partnership