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9:00 am
Fri May 4, 2012

How the Undocumented Shape the Immigration Debate

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As a nation, we’ve yet to resolve how to approach those who are here undocumented; whether to deport them, or give them a path to legalization. These questions have also come up many times recently in the granite state. Today, we look at the role of the "illegal" immigrant in the immigration debate.

Guests:

Andrew Renzullo: Republican Representative from Hillsborough who has taken a strong stance against illegal immigration and endorsed local police involvement in immigration enforcement.

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9:00 am
Thu May 3, 2012

NH Welfare System Under Scrutiny

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Proposed legislation would create a new verification system in order to avoid fraud. Another bill would reduce the amount of time someone could receive assistance. But advocates for the poor say the State already does a good job of preventing fraud and these proposals would hurt people already in dire need. 

Guests:

Sarah Mattson: Policy Director for New Hampshire Legal Assistance

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Reinventing Learning

Education consultant Fred Bramante has long asked the question, ‘What if you could remove time and space pressures from the process of teaching?' It's an idea that has caught on in certain circles and would eliminate the confines of classrooms, school periods and calendar years, replacing them with a personalized competency-based approach. But not everyone is on board. 

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Using Water Well

Last year, the Governor’s Water Sustainability Commission formed.  Their task: to ensure the quantity and quality of our state’s water is as good or better in the next quarter century. But with increases in population, greater pollution risks and  changes in weather patterns, it could be a tough task. We’ll look at the major aquatic issues facing the state and the challenges that may weight it down.

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9:00 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Pulitzer Prize Winning Sociobiologist E.O. Wilson

Pulitzer Prize Winning Socio-biologist, E.O. Wilson  has spent a lifetime exploring the ideas of evolution and the genetic basis for social behavior in humans. In his latest book, "The Social Conquest of Earth", Wilson overturns his earlier theory on why our species developed strong social ties. Group selection, Wilson now says, not kin selection is the primary driving force of human evolution

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E.O. Wilson - Biologist, naturalist and author of more than 20 book. His latest is called "The Social Conquest of Earth" 

The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu April 26, 2012

DNA U.S.A.

We sit down with Oxford professor Bryan Sikes whose new book. "DNA U.S.A." explores the complicated genetic melting pot of America. The findings are fascinating, southwestern Spanish Catholics with Jewish genes, African DNA in southern whites. Though we are all born with surnames, Sykes says, "those names fragment and mutate with far more regularity than the DNA we inherit”

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Assessing the Presidential Selection Process

After a long campaign season of caucuses and primaries, attack ads, and Super PACs, many have noticed significant changes.  This year, we've seen many more debates, an explosion in the use of digital media, and a decline of retail politics.  Is this a troubling trend or the new reality for  choosing  a President?

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Understanding Iran

It’s been over thirty years since the U.S. severed all diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran, and regardless of president or party, not much has changed. Today, concerns over Iran’s nuclear ambitions dominate. Meanwhile, in a recent speech, President Obama said that no options are off the table, including the use of force against the country. 

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9:00 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Healing the Wounds of War

After ten years since the War on Terror began, many service members have come back with visible injuries, but many others have come home with less obvious wounds associated with military service; like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, and a high suicide rate. We’ll look at these problems, where the system is working and failing, and what some are trying to do to help. 

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9:00 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Boys Left Behind (Rebroadcast)

The statistics are startling: Girls have been surging ahead academically from the elementary years right on up through Graduate School while boys seem to be falling behind and are becoming disengaged from learning at an early age.  We take a look at the latest thinking on this subject and whether the picture is as dire as it’s often presented.  

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The Exchange
10:00 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Next Week on the Exchange - Week of April 23rd

Next week on the Exchange, we begin with one of our favorites from the Exchange archive vault.  We bring you our "Boys Left Behind" show and ask with all this attention to the advancement of girls in schools have we forgotten about the boys?

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9:00 am
Fri April 20, 2012

A Tussle over Town Meetings

More than fifteen years ago, voters were given the option of changing their local democratic process and ditch the all-day gatherings through a new system called SB2, named after the senate bill that introduced it. Town have gradually adopted this system which some feel undermines the democratic process while others believe it is a far more manageable system given the typically busy schedules of the citizens.

Guests:

Dennis Delay: Senior Economist at the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies.

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9:00 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Commissioner George Bald

We sit down with George Bald, Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development.  We’ll talk about his agency’s efforts to attract tourists and new businesses, as well as its adoption of a new tourism slogan: "Live Free and..."

 

 

 

 

 

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9:00 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Security Expert Frank Cilluffo Grades Our Defense

Since the September eleven attacks, the U.S. has undergone major changes, aimed  at public safety; from the way we travel to how our government agencies interact.  But according to our guest, security expert Frank Cilluffo, threats remain, including in cyberspace. We find out what’s improved in terms of protecting Americans, and where the holes are.  

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8:59 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Are Railroads Off Track for NH?

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Rail hits another road block in New Hampshire. A recent vote by the Executive Council rejected federal money to study the possibility of linking Boston’s commuter rail to Nashua and Concord.  Advocates for rail say it would help boost the region’s economy and serve thousands of commuters, but others say the cost is prohibitive and doubt whether the ridership is there to support the service. 

Guests:

Peter Griffin: President of the New Hampshire Rail Road Revitalization Association.

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