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 

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On Thursday, June 7th, we will take a look at the rise in insect-borne illnesses, and how environmental and human factors are influencing insect populations. What is causing the increase in disease, and what can we do about it? We'll talk about diseases from mosquitoes and ticks such as Lyme, dengue, Zika, and babeosis. Submit your questions below. 

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What is CRISPR?

Jun 2, 2018
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CRISPR stands for "Clustered Regularly Interspaced Palindromic Repeats".  It allows scientists to precisely target and cut any kind of genetic material, including in humans.  This gene editing tool has given hope for treating diseases like cancer, muscular dystrophy, and ALS.  Gene-editing breakthroughs are also raising ethical questions, however, and we look at possible future applications for the technique.

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In this Race for the 1st conversation, Laura talks with Chris Pappas, a Democrat running in the closely watched race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District. 

Pappas is the owner of the Puritan Backroom Restaurant, a restaurant in Manchester, and is a member of the N.H. Executive Council. He was formerly a state representative, and Treasurer of Hillsborough County. 

Our Race for the First conversations will 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. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: June 1, 2018

Jun 1, 2018

We find out why the A.C.L.U. of N.H. is challenging the voting law, HB1264, that is before the N.H. Supreme Court. After exhaustive investigations, New Hampshire's Ballot Law Commission determines no voter took place in recent elections and has an explanation for claims of "busloads" of out-of-state voters.  A border patrol roadblock on I-93 over Memorial Day weekend nets seventeen immigration violations and the A.C.L.U. has questions.  And keep your free-range chicken in your own yard or face a fine.

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With pleasant weather comes a busy hiking season in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. A misread map, a sudden storm, a forgotten headlamp - and suddenly a hike could turn into a matter of survival. We look at a new book, "Critical Hours," that offers a history and a celebration of the search and rescue workers and volunteers who save lives in the White Mountains.  The growth of inexpensive but sophisticated navigation devices and mobile phones have become part of the experience for both hikers and rescuers. We examine the impact of ubiquitous technology and the future of search and rescue operations.

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Red flag laws allow family members or law enforcement to petition to get taken guns away from potential mass-shooters.  A handful of states have these laws, including Vermont, but more are considering this approach.  Still, they raise lots of questions: who decides that someone poses a threat, and do these laws make a difference?  

We kick off the summer season with NHPR's Outside/In.  First, sharing the road between bikes and cars, and one cyclists's war against bike lanes.  Then, an american lobster in Stockholm. Is Scandinavia is in the midst of a foreign lobster invasion?

For Memorial Day, we revisit our earlier conversation about "Ninety Percent Mental" - that's what Yogi Berra said about baseball, and it's also the title of former Major League pitcher Bob Tewksbury's new book.  After years in "the show" Tewksbury is now part of the growing trend in baseball focusing on psychological strategies to maximize performance.  Yogi Berra's quote continued with "the other half is physical" and Tewksbury will also reminisce about some of the game-changing characters from his time on the mound. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: May 25, 2018

May 25, 2018

We dig into the results of the legislative session as it winds up, and tally up Governor Sununu's wins and losses.  Eversource gets permission to invest in gas pipelines to supply electricity - NHPR's Annie Ropeik considers ramifications for future efforts to revive Northern Pass. And the town of Hampstead decides to cut back on homework.  NHPR's political reporter Lauren Chooljian will be in for her first stint as substitute host.  

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Our series on mental health in New Hampshire concludes with a look at the role of the state psychiatric hospital in responding to crises, and at what happens once a patient leaves, including what's available in terms of treatment, jobs, housing, and community support. 

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The Exchange: In-Depth:  It's only in recent years that New Hampshire has begun to seriously address the mental health needs of children. Under a 2016 law, the state is supposed to provide a more coordinated system to help children with mental health needs that have been intensified by the opioid crisis and a troubled DCYF system. Suicide remains a top cause of death for N.H. teens.

Schools are now playing a major role in helping to identify problems -- using "trauma-informed" techniques to help children cope with psychological stress and challenges that can interfere with academics and learning.   

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Our series continues with a  look at the criminal justice system.  Many incarcerated Americans are behind bars due to some form of mental illness, and in recent years, the courts and police have been trying to adapt. We're examining the complex intersection between the mental health and legal systems. 

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In the first of our four-day In-Depth series, The Exchange explored whether mental health care in New Hampshire has improved since the state agreed to invest more in the system  — part of a 2014 legal settlement. All agreed there's been progress. There's more help for people in crisis and more transitional housing.

But there's still plenty of room for improvement, including on permanent-housing arrrangements and reimbursement rates for struggling community mental health centers.  

In Depth: Mental Health Care For N.H.'s Children

May 21, 2018
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The Exchange: In-Depth. Our series continues with a focus on children. Research shows many cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and that addressing trauma early can help prevent some disorders. Meanwhile, the state is required by law to provide better care for youth. We'll find out how the system is working from teachers, providers, and parents.  

In Depth: Examining N.H.'s Mental Health System

May 18, 2018
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On the first of our four-day series, we get an overview of mental health care in New Hampshire, including efforts to bolster the community support system, as required under a 2013 legal settlement.  We'll also find out how a new 10-year plan for mental health is shaping up, and how it differs from the last 10-year plan.  Among the issues yet to be solved: long emergency-room waits for people in crisis, an average of 37 people daily, according to the N.H. chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. 

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In this Race for the 1st conversation, The Exchange on Monday interviews Mark MacKenzie, a Democrat running in the closely watched race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District. 

MacKenzie lives in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he serves as a Representative, and he also served as a firefighter for the city for many years. He is a former President of the New Hampshire AFL-CIO. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: May 18, 2018

May 17, 2018

The governor says it will be hard not to sign a bill that would tighten voter eligibility if the N.H. Supreme Court says it is indeed constitutional.  Lawmakers fail to reach a compromise on animal cruelty legislation.  And police search a wooded area in Manchester in the case of a decades-old missing woman with possible links to the Bear Brook killings.

GUESTS:

Voting Systems in Flux

May 16, 2018
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Maine voters will be using "ranked-choice" voting to elect candidates in their June 12 primary - the first time this system has been used in a statewide election in this country. In November 2016, 52 percent of Maine voters approved a ballot initiative to implement ranked-choice voting, it has since faced legal challenges and a legislative move to suspend its use in the state. We also look to Connecticut, where the legislature there has just decided to join a national drive to elect the president by popular vote.

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NASA

Our Astronomy crew is back, with insight into the latest development speculating about icy plumes of water on Jupiter's moon, Europa.  And, eyes on Mars: NASA's Insight Mars Lander just launched a mission to study the planet's interior. In 2020, NASA will attempt to fly a tiny helicopter drone in the thin Martian atmosphere.  SpaceX is on track to launch more rockets than any other country...and may soon begin testing short trips to Mars next year.  Amid all this speculation: could the first man on Mars...be a woman? 

Welcome to Adulthood, High School Graduates!

May 11, 2018

High school commencement ceremonies mark the passage to adulthood as much as turning 18 years old does.  The New Hampshire Bar Association has published it's guidebook to becoming an adult, "Beyond High School," for 20 years.  "Beyond High School" describes the rights of young adults, as well as the responsibilities.  The publication is distributed by N.H. lawyers and judges to high school seniors each Law Day (May 1) and covers issues like establishing credit and renting an apartment as well as legal issues, like what to do if you're arrested.

To learn more about the book Beyond High School and to find out how you can get a copy, contact the N.H. Bar Association here.

Lincoln Soldati for Congress Facebook Page

In this Race for the 1st conversation, The Exchange on Monday interviews Lincoln Soldati, a Democrat running in the closely watched race for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District. 

Soldati served nine terms as Strafford County Attourney, and has worked as a trial lawyer, teacher, and public servant. As Strafford County Attourney, he created the Victim Assistance protocol. Soldati is a U.S. Army veteran, and served from 1969 to 1971. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: May 11, 2018

May 10, 2018

The state's new Child Advocate launches an investigation into the Sununu Youth Center following allegations of a pattern of illegal use of restraints on juveniles there.  For the third time this year, the New Hampshire House of Representatives votes against a bill to create education savings accounts. Voting laws and Medicaid expansion are on the governor's desk to be signed into law.  And it's that time of year - bears are out, looking for easy pickings at your bird-feeder...even in Manchester.

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Two documentaries, Intelligent Lives, and a companion film about New Hampshire native Garrett Shows (forthcoming in the fall), challenge our perception of people with intellectual disabilities, which resulted in systemic segregation and limited them from participating fully in school, work and society.  We talk with those who created these films, and those whose stories, struggles and triumphs are portrayed.

Will N.H. Repeal the Death Penalty?

May 8, 2018
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For the first time since 2000, state lawmakers are sending a bill repealing the death penalty to the governor's desk, despite his vow to veto it.  We examine the arguments on both sides, recap the history of the death penalty in N.H., and look at how a repeal might affect the state's sole inmate on death row, Michael Addison.  

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Alumni Sue St. Paul's School Alleging Sex Abuse

May 8, 2018
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We look at a lawsuit brought by two alumni against St. Paul’s School, saying the school failed to protect them from sexual abuse by faculty members in the 1960s and 70s. Their lawsuit calls the Concord prep school a “haven for sexual predators” that has failed to protect children for decades.  We also examine a recent agreement between the private school and the Concord Police Department about reporting sexual assault.

N.H. Debates Changes to Animal Cruelty Laws

May 7, 2018
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After several cases revealed animals found in squalid conditions in recent years, the state legislature set about tightening laws. However, the Senate and House have come up with vastly different versions. We'll hear the arguments behind each, and whether there's room for compromise. 

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As the school year winds down, many parents are having to "wind up," making plans to care for, and entertain, their children during the long weeks of vacation.  We talk with two Granite State parents, who write about parenting, about navigating the sometimes steep price of summer.

We take a break from our Race for the 1st series to look at the candidates for Congressional District 2. Annie Kuster (D), the incumbent, will be challenged by Steve Negron, a State Representative from Nashua, VA whistleblower and physician Dr. Stewart Levenson of Hopkinton, and Captain Lynne Blankenbeker, who recently retired from a career as a military nurse and lives in Concord. Political reporter Paul Steinhauser joins us to discuss the race. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: May 4, 2018

May 4, 2018

Statehouse lawmakers make decisions on a number of contentious issues, including Medicaid Expansion, education freedom accounts, voting eligibility, transgender rights, and marriage age.  The House-passed version of an animal cruelty bill conflicts with the Senate version - compromise is necessary, but is it likely?  And two more candidates enter the crowded race for Congress in the first congressional district.

The Marshall Plan: Dawn Of The Cold War

May 2, 2018
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A recent book by Benn Steil re-examines this massive effort to revive post-World War II Europe and thwart the influence of the Soviet Union, seen as the next ideological threat on the world stage.  The author explores how echoes of those struggles are heard in today's debates, including how best to handle Russia.

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