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Are Parents Trying Too Hard?

Nov 23, 2016

After helicopter parenting and tiger moms, a new book tells American parents to back off!  We talk with  developmental psychologist Alison Gopnik  about her book, The Gardener and The Carpenter.  Gopnik draws on the science of the human brain and evolution to make the argument that children are hard-wired to learn on their own.  We discuss the two possible ways of thinking about the role of parents suggested by the book's title and look at insights the new science offers into the relationship between parents and kids. 

GUEST:   Alison Gopnik, professor of psychology and philosphy at University of California, Berkeley.

  This program was originally broadcast on Oct. 11, 2016.

Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World

Nov 22, 2016

Necessity isn't always the mother of invention: some of our most important ideas arise out of moments of playful exploration.  We talk with Steven Johnson, the author of a new book called "Wonderland," who contends delight and wonder have had a disproportionate impact on our history and point the way to future innovation. 


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The Electoral College: Yea or Nay?

Nov 18, 2016
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Although rare, the winner of the Oval Office can lose the national popular vote, as we saw this year.  And that's caused many Americans to ask: Does my vote count?  The answer is complicated, and changing the system would be tough. Still, there's no shortage of ideas.  


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: November 18, 2016

Nov 18, 2016

House Republicans are locked in a battle for the speakership after maintaining control of the chamber for another two years. Meanwhile, the recount process begins, with fifteen races scrutinized including one in the state Senate. And the Granite State's unemployment rate of two point eight percent is the lowest in the nation. 


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New projections for the labor market what skills will be needed in the Granite State. Governor-elect Sununu's business experience has grabbed the attention and hopes of business owners. Concern is rising about New Hampshire's poorly funded public employee retirement plans. 


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In the U.S., about a third of all food produced is never eaten.  Yet, one in eight Americans struggle to put food on the table. And it's not just the leftovers in the back of the refrigerator; it happens at every point along the supply chain. We'll hear about a growing anti-waste movement and delve into the environmental consequences of food waste as well possible solutions that may help address issues of scarcity. 


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Four out of five states with ballot measures this year to legalize recreational marijuana did so, including our neighbors Maine and Massachusetts. We find out what this might mean for similar efforts in New Hampshire, and the impact on federal laws.


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We speak with New Hampshire author Paul Levy about his new book called Finding Phil: Lost in War and Silence. Levy describes his search to uncover the life, and death, of an uncle he never knew, who died in World War II. 

This show originally aired on September 28th, 2016. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: November 11, 2016

Nov 10, 2016

We take a reflective look of New Hampshire politics and election day. The GOP reclaims the corner office for the first time in more than a decade and keeps its majorities in Concord.  But Democrats sweep New Hampshire's federal races.  Join us as we unpack that mixed bag.  


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The incoming Trump administration will face international dilemmas that defy easy answers: threats from North Korea, European uncertainty after Brexit, and Middle East conflicts aplenty. However, although Americans are divided on many issues, a new study finds a surprising amount of consensus on foreign policy.


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Election results, re-caps, and races still outstanding!  After a long and tumultuous election season, we'll sum up who won, who lost, and why. Also, what the future holds in terms of the issues and governance. 


The Enigma and Contradictions of Thomas Jefferson

Nov 7, 2016

For an Election Day broadcast, we go back to our country's founding with a recent book on Thomas Jefferson that challenges some of the cliches about our third president.  We talk with Annette Gordon-Reed, co-author of "Most Blessed of the Patriarchs," about Jefferson's life at Monticello, his sojourn in Paris, and his views on slavery and race. 


Silver Linings: Issues of Aging in New Hampshire

Nov 7, 2016
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We follow up on the new year-long Union Leader series about aging in New Hampshire.  The Granite State is now the second-oldest state in the nation, and the aging population will have a huge impact on the economy. Many say the state is not ready to meet the needs of our growing senior population when it comes to transportation, housing, and health care. 


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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.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: November 4, 2016

Nov 4, 2016

After all the campaigning, the election is almost upon us.  We set you up with a review of the races up and down the ballot, discuss increasingly hostile political ads, and talk about the final days of ground game campaigning in the Granite State. 


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We sit down with NPR correspondent Quil Lawrence. He's covering the issues faced by millions of Americans who are deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as they transition to life back at home. We'll discuss the struggles faced by veterans, as well as his time as NPR's bureau chief in Kabul and 10 years of reporting in Iraq.


Self-Driving Cars: Closer Than You Think

Oct 30, 2016
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The future is now.  In several cities, companies from Ford to Tesla are racing to develop their own automated driving machines.  We discuss the innovations and challenges of self-driving cars, and ask what it will take to make you comfortable in the passenger seat? This program will be rebroadcast on Monday, October 31st, at 9 A.M. and then Tuesday, November 1st, at 8 P.M.

This is a rebroadcast of a show that aired September 20, 2016. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup - October 28, 2016

Oct 27, 2016

It's a battleground in New Hampshire for presidential candidates, and certainly down-ballot.  We've got ten days left of political ads, and new Obamacare numbers:  premiums will rise in New Hampshire, but by far less than almost anywhere else. 


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Our Conversations with the Candidates series continues with First District Democratic Candidate Carol Shea-Porter, who is looking to regain her seat in 2016. We'll talk with Shea-Porter about health insurance, the economy, and national security.


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The Exchange's Laura Knoy and Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers sat down with New Hampshire political candidates in front of a live audience at the NHPR Studio, to ask a wide variety of questions, including those submitted by the audience and NHPR listeners.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016: Governor Maggie Hassan, Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate.

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In the race for the U.S. Senate seat, Republican incumbent Senator Kelly Ayotte and her Democratic challenger, Governor Maggie Hassan, weigh in on a host of issues around business and the economy, as well as topics of importance to New Hampshire voters. The Exchange's Laura Knoy, NHPR Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers, and NHBR Editor Jeff Feingold  pose questions at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College.

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Founded in the 1830s, the Queen City's Amoskeag Manufacturing Company became an industrial powerhouse of international renown, making Manchester a magnet for immigrant laborers and later, union activism. We're talking with two Granite State historians about this period and its relevance today.

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It's a contentious issue in the upcoming election, and in the Granite State, politicians remain strongly divided. New Hampshire still has the lowest minimum in New England, at seven-twenty-five an hour.  State leaders remain divided on how to increase wages without harming business and raising prices. 


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  We continue our "Conversations with the Candidates" series with 1st District Congressman Frank Guinta. The Republican from Manchester is running for re-election as a pro-small-business fiscal conservative.  Guinta also touts his bi-partisan credentials - on issues such as the heroin epidemic. 


Biocontrol: Fighting Invasives with...Invasives

Oct 19, 2016
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 We kick off the second season of NHPR's newest show, Outside/In, with a discussion of  biological control: using non-native species to combat destructive invasive pests and plants that are decimating a local species.  It's the focus of the Outside/In episode titled "Never Bring a Sledgehammer to a Scalpel Fight."  This approach to managing invasive species, used by scientists for over a century, has had some spectacular failures, but there have been many success stories as well.  We'll look at the history of the approach, the arguments for and against, and examine the philosophical implications.  Is biological control messing with Mother Nature or our only hope against invasive species changing the landscape?   


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Before the final presidential face-off on Wednesday, we evaluate the structure and history of debating, from format to questions to the moderator's role.  Also, we look at how debates this election cycle measure up to debates past, and the big question: whether these events actually influence voters.


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We sit down with Corey Flintoff, longtime NPR Russia Correspondent. Flintoff has returned to the U.S., with tales of his many years reporting overseas. We talk with him about some of the big stories he covered, including Russian aggression in Ukraine, and allegations of Russian meddling in America's presidential election. 


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Our Conversations with the Candidates series continues with Jim Lawrence, Republican contender for the second Congressional district.  The first African American nominated by a major party to run for Congress in New Hampshire, Lawrence says he wants to break the political gridlock in Washington and reign in the size and scope of government. 


Weekly N.H. News Roundup - October 14, 2016

Oct 13, 2016
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Recent political events cause turbulence down-ballot for New Hampshire candidates. Seventy percent of the drug deaths confirmed in New Hampshire so far this year have been caused by Fentanyl.  And work is underway  to pipe clean water to homes with wells contaminated by PFOA. We discuss this and other New Hampshire news. 


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