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Young and Old: They may seem like unlikely neighbors but millennials and seniors actually share many lifestyle preferences: walkable, diverse neighborhoods, smaller homes, and access to public transportation. Municipal officials and planners are taking note... We'll find out what they're doing around New England to encourage this mixing of generations. 


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For years, the Republican mantra has been Repeal and Replace.  Turns out that's easier said than done. Now that they're in a position to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, some in the GOP seem more inclined to "Repeal and Repair," retaining certain popular elements of the law. We'll examine the proposals now in play and what they might mean for healthcare in the Granite State.  


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UPDATE: Reza Jalili was reunited with his brother, after a federal judge halted President Trump's executive order banning travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries, including Iran. Read the Union Leader story about their reunion

How Divided Are We On Abortion?

Jan 30, 2017

Friday's annual March for Life in Washington occurred a week after the Women's March on Washington, which included an abortion-rights message.  And last week, the Trump Administration revived a ban on foreign aid to groups that provide abortion counseling, bolstering anti-abortion groups.  We ask how Americans feel about abortion, 44 years after it became legal --  and whether our laws reflect those feelings.


N.H.'s Moose Population Decimated by Winter Ticks

Jan 23, 2017
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 New Hampshire's moose population is down to just over 4,000 animals, facing an unprecedented die off because of winter ticks, according to UNH Wildlife Ecology professor Pete Pekins. 

Speaking on The Exchange, Pekins says winter ticks have taken an especially harsh toll on moose calves each spring for the past three years -- one of several alarming findings in a four-year study of the state's moose population, involving the N.H. Fish and Game department and UNH. 

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Organizers of this weekend's Women's March on Washington have taken pains to avoid calling the event-- and the hundreds of "sister marches" planned across the country -- anti-Trump.  As Terie Norelli, former Democratic Speaker of the N.H. House and a longtime state representative,  said on The Exchange this week:

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A recent survey finds most adults are a little rusty on their civics, with three-quarters unable to name all three branches of government -- the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial.  That's the lowest showing in some time. We ask why and how much it matters.


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UPDATED & REVISED DECEMBER 16. 

 

On Monday, December 19, barring any extraordinary developments, electors will meet in each state and officially cast their votes for the President and Vice President.  

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Governor-elect Chris Sununu has said tightening voter laws, potentially eliminating same-day registration, is top on his to-do list once he takes office. 

I'm not saying that people are doing things illegally but the system allows for so much grey area in terms of who's a resident, who's not, how long have you been here, same-day voter, what are the checks and balances. It's just about getting that into place....It's  not necessarily about about fraud.  It's about having a system  

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Democrats are doing some soul searching after this election season – not only because of their loss in the Presidential race but because they lost several governorships, including in New Hampshire, capping several years of state-level losses nationwide.

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How might a Trump Administration handle the many international dilemmas that defy easy answers -- threats from North Korea, European uncertainty after Brexit, and proliferating Middle East conflicts?  

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Read All About It:  Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte recently joined NHPR's Laura Knoy and Josh Rogers for an hour-long discussion -- part of our Conversations with the Candidates series.

Bye Partisanship?

Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte has been burnishing her bipartisan credentials on the campaign trail, emphasizing her willingness to cross party lines and stand up to her own party.

N.H.'s Efforts to Improve Mental Health System Stymied by Low Pay, High Stress, and Licensing Logjams.

Five positions filled, about 15 more to go, before Manchester gets its mobile mental health unit up and running. Meanwhile, the July deadline for doing so has come and gone.

Jessica Lachance, the unit’s director, admits it’s been a struggle to attract applicants. And Manchester is far from alone in this dilemma.  

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Even as the state moves forward with plans for meeting the mental health needs of Granite Staters, workers in this field, from psychiatrists to specially trained nurses, are scarce. The factors are many, ranging from inadequate salaries to licensing boards that make it difficult for job seekers to cross state lines. 


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Public Health officials say the flu has arrived in New Hampshire and will be here through April or May.

Every year, scientists create a new flu vaccine to try to outwit the highly mutable influenza virus.   

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Read All About It: Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Maggie Hassan recently joined NHPR's Laura Knoy and Josh Rogers for an hour-long discussion -- part of our Conversations with the Candidates series. 

Sustainable or Green-washing?

Sep 23, 2016
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Many companies these days take pride in reducing their environmental impact, from composting to using lighter packaging.  And it's a selling point, as more consumers favor environmentally conscious firms. Some businesses, however, are accused of green-washing -- promoting an image that has little to do with reality.


Pet Economics: The Dollars & Cents of Pet Ownership

Sep 21, 2016
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We're closer to our domesticated creatures than at any point in human history -- even considering them family members. Yet the cost of owning pets can be daunting, as veterinary medicine has advanced to include expensive specialties and treatment.  And then there's doggy day care and all manner of niceties for animals, including dog-carrying backpacks and music specially composed for cats.  So, how far should we go to take care of our pets? 


The Mowry Family

It was decades ago that adoption became a more open arrangement.  Rather than no contact whatsoever and a secretive approach, birth and adoptive parents began communicating both before and after the adoption. Now there are all sorts of variations -- from exchanging occasional letters and pictures to more frequent contact. Still, it can be a difficult decision that raises boundary issues, among others. In New Hampshire, the tendency has been toward more minimal involvement. We'll look at this and other recent trends in adoption, including the rise of single parenting.  

  This program was originally broadcast on July 26, 2016.

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The state's therapeutic cannabis program is up and running, with the opening of its fourth and final dispensary, but debate continues over who should access the drug . For example, some argue it's a good alternative to opioids for chronic pain sufferers, but others warn of unintended consequences and inadequate research. 


In New Hampshire, there does not have to be any formal education for the people that recommend cannabis at the dispensaries. And this has been a little bit of a stumbling block for a lot of physicians sending patients to a dispensary because physicians in general don’t know very much about medical marijuana;  they don’t know about  the different strains, the different routes of administration. So they’re a little bit concerned that the people that are making recommendations and dispensing drugs to their patients don’t really have any formal training. -- Dr. Gil Fanciullo

Why We Do (Or Don't) Love To Go Camping

Aug 22, 2016
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Today, we pull the tent flaps back on camping. 

Every summer, thousands of Americans load up the car and head into the wilderness on outdoor excursions.

Now, a new book traces the origins and evolution of this tradition, examines a few unorthodox camping methods, and ponders the joys of subjecting ourselves to the buggy, lumpy, and unpredictable great outdoors. 

Do You Know Who's Running For N.H. State Senate?

Aug 17, 2016
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One third of New Hampshire's state senators are retiring this year, leaving eight seats vacant. That's a lot by recent standards, but the races have received little attention in comparison to the Presidential contest. Yet it is the state senate that has settled policy matters most directly affecting the daily lives of Granite Staters. Dean Spiliotes of SNHU is guest host.


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The presidency has grown more influential over time. Some view this as an inevitable response to war and economic emergency.  Yet others see it as a sign of government dysfunction. We take a step back from the current electoral fray, and explore how and why the office has changed over time, right up through the Obama Administration.

Our guest host for this program is Dean Spiliotes, Civic Scholar in the School of Arts and Science at Southern New Hampshire University and author of NHPoliticalCapital.com

  

“The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America.”    (Article II, Section 1, the United States Constitution).

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New Hampshire now has almost one hundred of these natural areas, from wild places like Pisgah to the crowded sands of Hampton Beach. But their unique self-funding system has long been controversial.  Still, last year, the parks had a banner year,  and this year also seems on target.  We'll look at the health of our state parks and ideas for innovation.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup - August 5, 2016

Aug 5, 2016

Senator Kelly Ayotte finds herself the target of Donald Trump's wrath after she defends the parents of a slain Muslim American soldier.  

Homelessness is down among the veteran population, nationally, and in New Hampshire. And the EPA accuses one of N.H.'s most prominent real estate developers of breaking two federal lead paint laws. 

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The Granite State is experiencing its worst drought in years, with southeastern New Hampshire most affected.  And despite a little rain lately, dry conditions are expected to continue, affecting farms, fish, private wells, plus increasing fire danger.  We'll get the latest, including response from the state's drought task force.

GUESTS:

Brandon Kernan, manager of hydrology and conservation  with the N.H. Department of Environmental Services.

Third-Party Presidential Politics: The 2016 Edition

Aug 2, 2016
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Green Party candidate Jill Stein and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson are gaining attention --boosted by the current penchant for outsiders, as well as dismal popularity ratings for the two major Presidential candidates. But whether this will translate into votes in November remains a question.

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We pick up our recent conversation on race, policing and guns. Deadly encounters this summer between police and African Americans and the targeting of law enforcement by lone attackers have set many communities on edge.  We get a Granite State perspective on this turmoil, as well as on efforts to repair a rift that many say has been long in the making.   

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Hillary Clinton makes history at the Democratic National Convention as the first female Presidential nominee of a major party.  We get the Granite State perspective on party unity, disunity, and notable events.  We examine what themes are emerging from the convention and how they resonate with New Hampshire delegates and voters.  We'll also preview Clinton's acceptance speech and the road forward to the general election.


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We're reviewing and previewing summer movies, including sequels such as Star Trek Beyond and reboots of old favorites such as Ben-Hur and Ghostbusters, with an all-female team.  If you're in an apocalyptic mood, there's Independence Day: Resurgence, or, if whimsy is more your cup of tea,  The Secret Life of Pets.   We'll look, too, at how  movie theaters are working hard to attract viewers in an age of home screens and binge watching. 


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