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The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Friday N.H. News Roundup - March 14, 2014

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We’re looking at the stories of the week: town meetings across New Hampshire, 25-page complaint released about Jim Reams, and the House votes to pass the death penalty repeal.

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  • Kevin Landrigan – political reporter at The Telegraph of Nashua
  • Dean Spiliotes - civic scholar in the school of arts and sciences at Southern New Hampshire University and author of the website nhpoliticalcapital.com               

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Distracted Driving In N.H.

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The legislature looks at limits on texting and talking while behind the wheel.  We’re looking at the current bill in New Hampshire, and some of the research and debate on this issue nationally.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Sky Guys: An Astronomy Update

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We’ll check in about the latest from the International Space Station, talk about new planet finds by NASA, and look ahead to some highlights coming up to watch out for in the night sky.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Good News About Childhood Obesity

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Starting in the 1980s, public health experts began sounding the alarm: Americans were getting way too heavy.  And of special concern: children, and the particular impact of obesity on them: increased risk for both short and long term ailments such as heart disease, type two diabetes, and a host of social and psychological problems.  Today, it’s been 30 years, and childhood obesity rates have doubled since those first warnings, with doctors saying this problem early in life also closely predicts whether a child will have a healthy weight into adulthood, and a five times greater chance of bei

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

An Early-Bird Look At N.H.'s Midterm Races

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In mid-March, with the sap has hardly running, November seems a lifetime away. But in the political world, eight months goes by quickly, especially for those preparing for mid-term elections. Although the filing period isn’t until June, there’s already a solid list of Republicans hoping to face the three Democratic incumbents. In the 1st Congressional District, former Congressman Frank Guinta and former UNH business school Dean Dan Innis look to go against Carol Shea Porter. In Congressional District 2, state Rep.

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The Exchange
4:00 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Next Week On The Exchange - March 7, 2014

Next week on The Exchange:

The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Friday N.H. News Roundup - Mar. 7th, 2014

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We’re looking at the stories of the week: former U.S. Senator Bob Smith launches his campaign to regain his old seat, a state Senate committee approves a 4 cent gas tax increase, and Granite State Unemployment dips below five percent.

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The Exchange
1:39 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Preparing N.H.'s Teachers For The Classroom

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We finish a two-part series on the teaching profession, with a look at how we prepare our teachers.  After criticism claiming credentialing standards in the U.S. are lax, many states, including New Hampshire, are trying to raise the bar and turn out more qualified teachers. Some say more in-classroom experience is key. But there are challenges to such changes, including the expense.  

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9:00 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Turmoil In Ukraine: N.H. Reacts

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In Ukraine, tensions are growing. More forces are massing around the Crimean peninsula of the country, threats of war keep getting louder and allies of both countries are figuring out how to react if war begins. Meanwhile, thousands of miles away in New Hampshire, residents with direct ties to the country worry and wait.  A Nashua engineer born in the eastern city of Kharkiv, an area with close ties to Russia, keeps in touch with his parents and other residents living in Ukraine.

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The Exchange
4:50 am
Mon March 3, 2014

An Update On The Abortion Debate

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With two stubborn, diametrically opposed sides, the country’s abortion debate has moved very little in either direction since Roe v. Wade 40 years ago. While polls indicate most Americans do not support overturning the landmark supreme court decision to allow abortions, many do support some limitations on the procedure. And it’s in this direction that many state legislatures have swung recently, with a record number of restrictions passed since 2010.  While this trend is changing the landscape for abortion access in some parts of the country, New England continues to be an exception.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Friday N.H. News Roundup - Feb. 28th, 2014

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We’re looking at the stories of the week: disagreement over when to issue ID cards for medical marijuana, wood pellet manufacturers are taken by surprise by demand,  and former Senator Bob Smith prepares to kick off his campaign to regain his old seat.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Next Week On The Exchange - March 3, 2014

Next week on The Exchange:

We’ll start the week with an update on the abortion debate in New Hampshire. On Tuesday, we'll sit down with UNH President Mark Huddleston. Then on Wednesday, we'll follow up with last week's N.H. Teachers show with a look at how teachers are educated in New Hampshire. And on Friday, we'll finish the week with our weekly Friday New Hampshire News Roundup. E-mail us to share your thoughts or questions ahead of time at exchange@nhpr.org and join us all next week, every morning at 9am and again at 8pm.

The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Evaluating New Hampshire's Educators

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Today, defining a good teacher has become far more complex than we might remember from our own schooldays. Many states now rely on student test scores as a major way to assess teacher quality, while others also use classroom observations, student evaluations, and lesson plan reviews. Backers of tougher assessments argue that since U.S. students as a whole are lagging behind other industrialized nations, something needs to be done.  But others worry that these data-driven judgments diminish what’s really important:  teachers using their skills and creativity to engage with students .

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Marion Nestle's "Food Politics"

About a decade ago, Marion Nestle made waves when she published her groundbreaking book “Food Politics,” now considered by many to be one of the founding documents of the movement to reform the American food system.   In it, Nestle criticized the high quality, low quantity eating habits encouraged by the food industry and how many lawmakers in Washington have been influenced by the deep pockets of big agriculture and big food.

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The Exchange
9:24 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Understanding Long-Term Unemployment

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Upon first glance, the numbers look good, the U.S. jobless rate now sits at 6.6%, a full 1.6% better than last year. But dig deeper into those numbers and you find a different story: currently 4 million Americans have been out of work for more than half a year, and in New Hampshire that makes up nearly 32% of the jobless. But now, the stress of long-term unemployment is being felt even more as the extensions usually given after 6  months were dropped in December leaving 1,300 in New Hampshire and nearly 2 million nationwide without benefits.

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