The Exchange

Live at 9 a.m., repeat at 7 p.m.

The Exchange is New Hampshire's only locally produced statewide call-in talk show, hosted by Laura Knoy.  It airs live at 9 AM and rebroadcasts at 7 PM weekdays.

Submit your questions for the Republican and Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Chris Sununu (R) and Molly Kelly (D), and tune into The Exchange live at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 24th to hear our forum with the candidates.


Coming Up on The Exchange: 

Monday, 10/22 -  Update on New England's Moose

Tuesday, 10/23 -  Alcoholism in N.H.

Wednesday, 10/24 -  9am Midterms Preview  7pm: Live Gubernatorial Debate

Thursday, 10/25 -  Rebroadcast: Gubernatorial Debate

Friday, 10/26  -  Weekly N.H. News Roundup

Want to call in during the show or leave us a message? Here's the number: 800.892.6477 

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Though the opioid crisis has been the top-of-mind health issue here, alcohol abuse remains a major problem in the state and nationally. We look at the factors specific to New Hampshire, and who is most impacted these days.

This show will air live at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, and again at 7 p.m.

An Uncertain Future for N.H. Moose

Oct 19, 2018
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We examine the plight of Northern New England Moose. Researchers in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont have just concluded an extensive, multi-year study on these beloved mammals, and the results are alarming.  We'll dig into their findings and ask what the future might hold. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: October 19, 2018

Oct 18, 2018

With just over two weeks to go to before midterm elections, we look at how the candidates in top New Hampshire races are seeking to stand out - including who's got cash on hand, endorsements from out-of-state politicians, and performances in polls, debates, and forums.  Family Medical Leave and social security come to the fore as pivotal issues in the Granite State. And the nine health care providers receiving federal funds are identified; they will help coordinate drug abuse treatment and recovery programs in the state's recently revealed hub-and-spoke program to battle opioid abuse.

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We sit down with Glenn Normandeau, Executive Director of New Hampshire Fish and Game (at left).  We discuss recent headlines about his agency: from public boat launches to bears in downtown neighborhoods to a recent legislative study calling Fish and Game "woefully underfunded."


The Exchange will explore in-depth the candidates and issues that impact voters this fall. Gubernatorial incumbent Chris Sununu (R) and contender Molly Kelly (D) will sit down with a live audience at Manchester Community College to talk with Laura Knoy and NHPR's Investigative and Political Reporter Josh Rogers on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 7 p.m. before a live audience.

Protecting New Hampshire's Shoreland

Oct 16, 2018
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As summer rolls to a close, we look at the health of our lakes, and the shoreland that bounds them. What are the biggest risks facing our lake waters, and are we doing enough to protect our shores?

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2nd Congressional District candidates Ann McLane Kuster (D) and Steve Negron (R) meet before a live audience at New Hampshire Public Radio's studio in Concord. 


Hosted by Laura Knoy and NHPR investigative and data reporter Casey McDermott.





AirBnb, an online service that allows homeowners to rent their homes out to short-term visitors, has taken off in the last few years, and has helped foster a new way of travel and lodging. We look at how AirBnb and other rental services impact our housing market, rental prices, and neighborhoods, tourism, and other lodging options.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: October 12, 2018

Oct 12, 2018

The debate season is well underway, and in the first congressional district, the two candidates are staking out their differences - but both agree, the historic nature of their race is no big deal.  More than two dozen sites at the Saint Gobain plant are under scrutiny for contamination. And the bear-human conflicts continues this fall, with Fish & Game making the decision to shoot two bear cubs in Manchester. 

The Exchange will explore in-depth the candidates and issues that impact voters this fall. 2nd Congressional District Candidates Steve Negron (R) and incumbent Annie Kuster (D) will sit down with a live audience at NHPR's studios to talk with Laura Knoy and NHPR's Investigative and Data Reporter Casey McDermott on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 9 a.m. Register for this forum, and our forum with the candidates in the Gubernatorial race here. Find more information about these forums here. 

This show will broadcast live at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, October 16th, and again at 7 p.m.

Rediscovering Mount Washington's Hidden Culture

Oct 10, 2018

Mt. Washington is an icon in New Hampshire, and "The White Mountain" author Dan Szczesny spent 365 days there as a hiker, cook, weather observer and journalist.  We discover the hidden culture and characters who populate the mountain's rugged landscape and take up the challenge of the extreme weather. Szczesny seeks to understand the outsized mystique of "the rockpile" and its role in our passion for exploration and discovery.


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1st Congressional District candidates Chris Pappas (D) and Eddie Edwards (R) meet before a live audience at New Hampshire Public Radio's Concord studio. Edwards is a former police chief and Navy veteran, Pappas is an executive councilor and restaurant owner.  The forum covers issues ranging from health care and the opioid crisis, to the economy and guns. 

Hosted by Laura Knoy and NHPR political reporter Lauren Chooljian.

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The investigation into the Massachussetts gas explosions is ongoing. But opponents of this energy source are energized, and supporters are on the defense. We look at what the Bay State disaster says about existing regional infrastructure, and how it might affect current pipeline proposals.

During an infamous 13-day stretch in October 1962, Americans faced the prospect of imminent nuclear war with the Soviet Union. We talk with "Above & Beyond" co-author Michael Tougias about the pilots of the U.S. U-2 spy program and how President John F. Kennedy used the intelligence gained from the U-2 spy program to negotiate with the Soviet Union.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: October 5, 2018

Oct 4, 2018

NHPR's president Betsy Gardella  announces her retirement at the end of the year following an investigation into management issues; we talk with NHPR reporter Todd Bookman about how he reported on this story for the station.  U.S. Senator Jeff Flake, who has been at the center of the Brett Kavanaugh controversy, visits the Granite State.  Concord's downtown is looking spiffy lately  -- we learn about the ongoing redevelopment process. And Concord's Christa McAuliffe will be the subject of a feature film.


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October 1, 2018, marked the 60th anniversary of NASA.  It’s formation was prompted in part by the Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik, the world’s first satellite, on Oct. 4, in 1957.  And while we're still discussing whether Pluto should be a planet or not, an extreme dwarf planet dubbed “Goblin” has been discovered lurking beyond Pluto’s orbit. We find out about the upcoming planetary encounter, Ultima Thule.  And we check in on SpaceX's first paying customer to the Moon.

The Exchange will explore in-depth the candidates and issues that impact voters this fall. 1st Congressional District Candidates Eddie Edwards (R) and Chris Pappas (D) will sit down with a live audience at NHPR's studios to talk with Laura Knoy and State of Democracy Reporter Lauren Chooljian on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 9 a.m. Register for this forum, and our forum with the candidates in the Congressional District 2 and the Gubernatorial races here. Find more information about these forums here. 

As a longtime journalist and the former editor of the New York Times Motherlode blog, KJ Dell'Antonia asked and answered a lot of parenting questions, but the most intriguing: why isn't this more fun? In her new book she identifies ten areas that give parents the most grief, such as mornings, chores, or screentime. She explores why they are hard, and offers specific steps to change what we do about the problem and how we think about parenting.

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Over the next several weeks, the N.H. Dept. of Health and Human Services is looking for input from the public on a draft of a new ten-year plan for the state's mental-health system that has been in the works for several months.   Among the areas in need of substantial improvement, according to many: children's mental health care.  The draft is due by mid-October, with the final version due in November.       


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We take a look at the health of New Hampshire's economy, real estate market, and banks ten years after the recession. We also talk about the importance of migration for growing the state, and the announcement of new jobs at BAE, a Londonderry company leaving the state because of a lack of public rail, and ARMI's plan to be in production by spring. 


Among the 59 recommendations released earlier this summer by a special task force on school safety, one can be especially helpful in thwarting attacks, according to safety officials: An anonymous tip line - so that anyone seeing danger signs can report concerns without fear of retaliation.

Often potential attackers exhibit danger signs - and the sooner these are picked up on and reported to the right people, the more likely violence can be stopped, according to Perry Plummer, Director of N.H. Homeland Security and Emergency Management.  

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: September 27, 2018

Sep 27, 2018

N.H.'s congressional delegation reacts to the Kavanaugh hearing. Key New Hampshire unions make endorsements in the gubernatorial race. A U.N.H. student is the third person charged with voter fraud. And Dartmouth decides to move racially insensensitive murals to an off-campus storage facility. 

Eliza Hamilton: Her Extraordinary Life

Sep 26, 2018

We talk with the author of a new biography about Eliza Hamilton, and discover she was more than just Founding Father Alexander Hamilton’s devoted wife.  The new biography,  "Eliza Hamilton: The Extraordinary Life and Times of the Wife of Alexander Hamilton," follows Eliza Hamilton through her early years, to the ups and downs of her married life and the aftermath of Alexander’s tragic death, to her involvement in many projects that cemented her legacy as one of the unsung heroes of our nation’s early days. 

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As transportation companies continue to roll out autonomous vehicles, new safety concerns, and questions about regulations, provide new challenges. Still - the technology is here and it's growing, so we look at how well it's working and where the problems are.

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In July, Governor Sununu's School Safety Preparedness Task Force released a report with more than 50 recommendations addressing school safety, covering such issues as improving school culture by expanding social and emotional learning programs and fortifying school building by installing security cameras and special "Columbine" locks. (Scroll down to read the full report.)

Taking A Toll: The Opioid Crisis And N.H.'s Children

Sep 21, 2018
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We follow up on the recent series by NHPR's Morning Edition team, called "Taking A Toll," on the opioid epidemic's affect on kids. The series looked at a range of impacts on children and also talked to a wide array of Granite Staters who are trying to help. 


Weekly N.H. News Roundup: September 21, 2018

Sep 21, 2018

We get an update on reform efforts at the Manchester VA. A Hampton couple is charged with a felony for allegedly voting in New Hampshire and Massachusetts in 2016. N.H. Senate Democrats have outlined the agenda they will pursue if they gain a majority in the Statehouse. And a dead whale washes up on on Jenness Beach in Rye, offering a chance to learn about the mammals, but moving it proves a challenge.

The Pull of N.H.'s 4,000-Footers

Sep 19, 2018
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There are 48 New Hampshire peaks over 4000 feet, drawing hikers from all over.  The  official Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) Four Thousand Footer Club was formed in 1957 to introduce hikers to some of the less known sections of the White Mountains of New Hampshire. For most hikers, it's about the experience and the view, but for some, it's that and more: peak-bagging to complete "the List", or the much tougher "Grid".  We explain the terms and hear tales of those drawn to N.H.'s 48.

A Look At Youth Co-Ed Sports

Sep 18, 2018
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For a long time, professional and recreational athletes have been separated by gender, for physical and cultural reasons.  Today, it's more complicated: depending on the community, the sexes are both more divided, and more together, when it comes to sports.  

Let's Fix Washington

Sep 18, 2018

Former Congressmen David Jolly, a Republican, and Patrick Murphy, a Democrat, are travelling nationwide as part of their "Let's Fix Washington" initiative.  Jolly and Murphy, who were one-time rivals for a Senate seat, discuss how Congress got to its current state of division and gridlock and how, through bipartisan leadership, the nation’s political systems can function more effectively.