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.

Coming Up on The Exchange: 

Monday, 9/24 - Taking a Toll: NHPR's Series on the Impact of the Drug Crisis on Children

Tuesday, 9/25 -  School Safety

Wednesday, 9/26 - Self-Driving and Autonomous Technology

Thursday, 9/27 -  Eliza Hamilton 

Friday, 9/28  -  Weekly N.H. News Roundup

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

You can also reach the show by email, by tagging us in a tweetfollowing us on Instagram, or sending a message to our Facebook page.

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As part of a series of interviews with GOP candidates in the 2nd Congressional District primary, we sit down with Lynne Blankenbeker

Blankenbeker has served in the Middle East for the U.S. Air Force as an officer and trauma flight nurse, and later in the Navy Reserve Nurse Corps. She was a representative in the N.H. legislature, where she worked in veterans and public health issues. She is an attorney and served as a healthcare policy advisor at the Pentagon. 

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This year, New Hampshire is experiencing a 22 percent increase in traffic fatalities. With the relatively recent introduction of a hands-free driving law, and vehicle safety features increasing every year, it raises the question: What is driving this increase in traffic deaths? We check in with some of the people on the front lines of New Hampshire's highway safety, and ask what we can do to prevent more fatalities on our roads and highways. 

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As part of a series of interviews with GOP candidates in the 2nd Congressional District primary, we sit down with Brian Belanger

Belanger is a native of New Boston, and a business owner in the region. He is running his campaign with an emphasis on border security. 

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We talk with the author of "Small Town, Big Oil" about a David-and-Goliath tale of community activism that played out in N.H.  In 1973, Aristotle Onassis, arguably the richest man in the world, proposed to build the world's biggest oil refinery in the town of Durham.  We learn about the three women who led the fight against the project: activist Nancy Sandberg; Dudley Dudley, a freshman state representative; and Phyllis Bennett, a local newspaper publisher who alerted the public to Onassis' secret acquisition of the land.  

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: August 3, 2018

Aug 3, 2018

State Sen. Jeff Woodburn arrested on domestic violence and assault charges, followed by calls for his resignation.

Governor Sunuu's commission on diversity is inciting some strong - and some say racially charged - reactions.

Rudy Giuliani, former New York City Mayor, visits the state to endorse Republican Eddie Edwards in his bid for N.H.'s First Congressional district. 

New Hampshire Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut condemns a statement by a departmental spokesman that has been called racist. 

Prosecutors say a former Wolfeboro dog breeder found guilty of animal abuse misled the court during her sentencing. 

And the Concord Police are the latest department to throw down in a national viral video challenge.

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Job growth in the Granite State is still healthy - while wage growth remains slow.  Consumers seem in the mood to spend, but some local retailers say they lack shoppers.  And New Hampshire's housing crunch just gets tighter -- especially for renters.

National Atlas of the United States

The Exchange wants to help listeners get to know the Republican candidates running in the primary for New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District.

Beginning Wednesday, August 8, The Exchange will interview candidates live from 9:40-10 a.m. These interviews will also be available to watch on Facebook Live. Five Republicans and two Libertarians are vying to unseat Democrat Ann McLane Kuster in the 2nd Congressional District. Kuster was first elected to the House in 2012, and is running unopposed in the Democratic primary. 

Here is a schedule of the interviews:

We look at the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee region as part of our series, Going Local

The area is a hub for research, healthcare, and academia, and it hosts popular spots for winter and summer recreation. But the region also struggles with a high cost of living, meaning long commutes for many. 

Rediscovering Mount Washington's Hidden Culture

Aug 1, 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.

  

For the first time since 1996, the Libertarian Party has major party status and will be on the ballot. There's also a primary battle brewing between two Libertarian candidates for governor. On Tuesday, we sit down with Aaron Day of Bedford and Jilletta Jarvis of Sandown to talk about the issues facing New Hampshire -- and find out how they would address them if they were elected governor. 

GUESTS:

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In this Race for the 1st conversation, The Exchange talks with Paul Cardinal, a Democrat running in the closely watched race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District.

Cardinal is a lifelong resident and businessman in New Hampshire, where he works with Connection, Inc. He is running his campaign with a focus on campaign finance reform, marijuana legalization, and restoring net neutrality.

Our Race for the First conversations focus on the issues at the forefront in the CD1 race, including opioids, guns, veterans, and how each candidate plans to stand out in a crowded race. 

A Check-Up For The Affordable Care Act

Jul 27, 2018
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This controversial health care law has undergone some changes since it was signed eight years ago, particularly under the Trump Administration.  We find what that means for the Granite State and what's in store for the Affordable Care Act in the months ahead. 

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

Jul 26, 2018

New Hampshire House lawmakers fail to pass a challenge to the Internet sales tax, an apparent rebuke to Governor Chris Sununu and the Senate, which had unanimously approved the original bill. In a tense meeting with EPA officials, Nashua residents demand more cleanup at a toxic site tapped for redevelopment. And state officials hold a public hearing on how best to use $23 million in federal funds to fight the opioid crisis.

GUESTS:

Dean Spiliotes - Civic scholar in the School of Arts and Sciences at SNHU and author of the website NH Political Capital.

Going Local: The White Mountains

Jul 25, 2018

We look at the White Mountains as part of our regional series, Going Local.

The White Mountains have some of the best hiking, ATV trails, skiing, and other outdoor sports opportunities in the country, and the region features plenty of attractions for families and adventurers alike. However, sustainable workforce opportunities and affordable housing remain a challenge for the area, and the ever-growing popularity of tourist attractions like Mount Washington present problems for both traffic, and conservation. We'll talk about what makes the White Mountains region unique, and what is on the minds of people who live there. 

Above & Beyond: JFK and the U-2 Cold War Spy Mission

Jul 24, 2018

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.

Protecting Water Resources in Drought

Jul 23, 2018

More than half of New Hampshire is in moderate drought, and despite heavy rain these past few days, local and state officials and businesses that depend on water are strategizing to conserve for when it is scarce. How do communities, and the state, respond to extreme weather conditions, including drought, in order to protect their water resources?

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By August 13, New Hampshire must submit its application for $23 million in federal funds to help fight the opioid crisis.   It's far from a blank check, however. The 81-page application includes numerous requirements and focuses on medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction, as well as prevention and recovery services.  Whether that includes mental health services and other approaches that address underlying causes of addiction is unclear.  Also, even as opioids continue to get much of the attention, methamphetamine has emerged as the new lethal drug.  Still, the influx of millions in funding is heartening for many on the frontlines of this opioid crisis. 

We gauge the reaction of New Hampshire politicians to the Trump/Putin summit in Helsinki. The U.S. attorney's office in New Hampshire focuses on sales of synthetic opioids, like fentanyl, in a new drug enforcement push. And the final of three Dartmouth College psychology professors facing allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination has resigned, marking the end of the formal disciplinary proceedings at the college. 

GUESTS:

Going Local: The Seacoast

Jul 18, 2018
Sara Plourde; NHPR

We look at the New Hampshire Seacoast as part of our regional series, Going Local.

With thirteen miles of ocean, a vibrant local business and arts scene, and cities and small towns that surround the beach and inland estuaries, the Seacoast is rich in culture. However, the region has faced challenges with climate change and a higher cost of living. We look at what makes this part of our state unique, and in both smaller towns like Exeter and 

Epping, and big draws like Portsmouth and Hampton.

2018 Summer Movie Show

Jul 17, 2018
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From action-packed thrillers and family-friendly animation, to heart-warming documentaries and the latest installments in several superhero franchises, summer 2018 has had a diverse movie lineup. We discuss the summer's movies so far: what we loved, what we hated, and what we think you should see. After that, we'll look ahead to the rest of the summer, and let you know what upcoming movies you won't want to miss. 

Telemedicine in N.H.

Jul 17, 2018
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Telemedicine allows health care professionals to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients at a distance using telecommunications technology.  In N.H.,  consulting a doctor through a video-chat has the potential to lower costs and help the state deal with the opioid crisis and rural healthcare shortages. Virtual house calls are limited with problematic broadband access in the state, but rural hospitals are using it to access specialized providers. We learn more about the state of telemedicine.

Call Me American: A Memoir by Abdi Nor Iftin

Jul 16, 2018

As a child in Somalia, Abdi Nor Iftin learned English by watching American action-hero films and listening to American pop stars.  His love of all things American  earned him the nickname Abdi American. But when the radical Islamist group al-Shabaab rose to power in 2006, familiarity with Western culture became something to hide.  Abdi began sending secret dispatches to NPR about worsening conditions in Somalia. After a long and arduous journey, Abdi found his way from Mogadishu to Maine, where he works as an interpreter while attending college.  

We'll talk with Abdi about his life here in the United States and about life in Somalia, one of the countries covered under the travel ban recently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.  Most of his family remains in Somalia. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: July 13, 2018

Jul 13, 2018

The N.H. Supreme Court decides that the voting bill defining residency/domicile, HB1264, is constitutional. Candidates for New Hampshire's First congressional district hold their first debate, amid new allegations about State Senator Andy Sanborn. State lawmakers return to Concord to figure out how tax-free New Hampshire can fend off an internet sales tax.  And Attorney General Jeff Sessions visits N.H. to discuss the opioid crisis.

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Last week, The Exchange went to the historic Belknap Mill in Laconia to talk to a live audience about what it takes to make New Hampshire's old buildings relevant and useful for today.   

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We get a New Hampshire take on two national issues.  First, your questions on President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh.  A UNH constitutional law expert explains the process. Then, the ramifications of battles over trade: on New Hampshire manufacturers, consumers, workers, and our economy overall.  

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The Exchange will explore a different region of the state every Thursday starting July 12th: the Great North Woods, the White Mountains, the Lakes Region, Dartmouth/Sunapee, the Monadnock Region, the Merrimack Valley, and the Seacoast. 

We look at what makes each region distinct, the biggest issues facing that part of the state, and what people who live there love about their home. 

Feline Domestication: Science, History, and Ethics

Jul 9, 2018

The popularity of exotic cat hybrids (part domestic, part wild) raise moral questions about pet keeping. NHPR podcast Outside/In investigated the culture around this practice for a forthcoming episode of the podcast. We give you a preview, and talk about why "ethical" ownership of domestic cats means something different for different people. 

Check out the forthcoming episode of Outside/In on Thursday, July 19. 

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On Friday, July 6, we do things a little differently on the Weekly New Hampshire News Roundup.

Following the tragedy at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Maryland, we focus on New Hampshire journalists and their experiences in newsrooms around the state: how they do their jobs, what they wish people knew about their profession, and how journalism has changed.  

2018 Summer Book Show

Jul 4, 2018

Whether it's for a tablet, phone, or hardback, booklovers are always on the lookout for what to read when life slows down in the summer.  We hear what's new in fiction,  including a thriller co-written by a best-selling author and a former President.  For non-fiction fans, we review new works of History, Humour and Self-Help.  And as always, some N.H. authors make the list.  Get your pen and paper ready if you are looking for help with ideas for your reading list this summer! 

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Last week, the city of Dover became the first New Hampshire municipality to raise their smoking age from 18 to 21. The new city ordinance prohibits anyone under 21 from buying, using or possessing tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and vaping devices. We look at what kind of impact this law may have on the Dover community, and the state as a whole, and look at similar legislation in Maine and Massachusetts. 

Later in the hour, an update on marijuana legalization across New England. 

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