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, 11/5 -  What You Need To Know About Voting In N.H.'s Midterms

Tuesday, 11/6 -  9 A.M. Morning Edition Programming; 7 P.M. Election Night Preview: What Races We're Watching; 8 P.M. Live Election Coverage

Wednesday, 11/7 - Post Midterms: The Winners, The Losers, The Biggest News, And More

Thursday, 11/8 -  Fungi

Friday, 11/9  -  Weekly N.H. News Roundup

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Sara Plourde

NHPR’s flagship call-in show The Exchange is bringing together journalists and experts every Friday to review the issues of the week and explore recent New Hampshire news stories during a one hour program at 9am.   This show will complement the current Friday line up of domestic and international news roundups hosted by Diane Rehm at 10am and 11am.  The Friday NH News Roundup will be hosted by The Exchange host Laura Knoy.

Crisis Coverage In Real Time.

Apr 22, 2013

Last week’s bombing and the search for the bombers kept many of us glued to the news, with constant updates on TV, radio, news web pages, and social media . But with all this immediacy comes split-second mistakes that seem to reverberate exponentially, leading some media watchers to call this the Age of Retraction. But others say such errors are nothing new, and there are definite pluses to this proliferation of information.


Revisiting Voter ID

Apr 18, 2013

Today on The Exchange, revisiting New Hampshire's Voter ID laws. With stricter ID provisions ready to kick in at the polls this September, a new house bill looks to pull back on these requirements. Supporters cite disproportionate toll on certain groups of voters, such as minorities and the elderly, while opponents voice concerns about potential fraud. We're talking to both sides of this issue, taking place not only in the Granite State, but states across the country.


Understanding Autism

Apr 16, 2013

The numbers have been growing dramatically to the point where today one in eighty-eight children is identified with an autism spectrum disorder. Now new research suggests that some of these kids may outgrow this diagnosis. We’ll look at that and at the impact of autism, how it’s treated, and what the future may hold.


Yesterday, celebration turned to fear, concern and anguish for many Granite Staters who were running in the Boston Marathon, watching it, working it or just cheering on loved ones from afar. Several deadly explosions occurred  near the race's finish line creating pandemonium As of now 3 are dead, and about 140 are injured. Many frantically tried to search for loved ones to make sure they were safe.

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We sit down with New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan, as she passes her first one hundred days in office.  Hassan started out with a long list of priorities -- from restoring funding to public universities and the mental health system to bringing in a casino to help pay for these.  We’ll get her take on progress made and some the push back she’s received, including from her fellow democrats.

Sara Plourde / NHPR

Today on The Exchange, our Friday New Hampshire News Roundup. Granite State reporters talk about the latest goings-on in our state, including the state budget, the Emerald Ash Borer, and the Telegraph of Nashua's new ownership.


Kevin Landrigan - State House and political reporter for the Telegraph of Nashua and lead writer for

Norma Love - State House reporter for the Associated Press

Dan Tuohy - Assistant Regional Editor for in New Hampshire

Designing Downtowns

Apr 11, 2013

Cities and towns around New Hampshire have been working to revitalize and even resurrect their central cores, renovating abandoned  buildings, creating walk-able main streets and affordable housing. We’ll look in on these efforts and also the challenges of financing them, while attracting businesses and others to take up the downtown lifestyle.


Battling Bullying

Apr 10, 2013

Although long an unfortunate part of childhood, many feel it’s become more serious and more complicated, given expanded opportunities through the internet and social media.  But there’s also more scrutiny, tougher policies, and anti-bullying campaigns out in force.  We’ll get the latest from Granite Staters involved in this issue.


After an election that saw unprecedented amounts of money spent – the call for limits has come up again, whether on dollar amounts…or more disclosure, so voters will know who’s funding what.  But these efforts, including one recently in New Hampshire, often bump into a variety of concerns.  We’ll look at the state of campaign finance in the Granite State.


An Astronomy Update

Apr 8, 2013

Twenty-thirteen has been dubbed the “Year of the Comet”, with three major visitors expected to give us a show.   Also, there's new findings on Mars and on Jupiter’s moon Europa that are leading scientists one step closer to the possibilities of life elsewhere in our solar system.  And a private venture hopes to send a husband and wife team to the Red Planet by twenty-eighteen.  We'll look at the top stories from space.


The House voted to send its budget to the state Senate.   The governor has unveiled her choice for a new Attorney General.  The first Exeter-Hospital Hepatitis-C civil cases are now scheduled for trial.  And the Windham school board “takes aim” at dodge ball.  We’ll look at the top stories for the week of April 1st.


Ten years ago, New Hampshire was chosen by members of the libertarian minded group, the Free State Project, to move here en-masse and make change.  A decade later, they’ve had some influence, on state and local politics but have also faced criticism.   We’ll look at where the Free-State movement is now…and its plans for the future.


The European economy has been struggling for the past half-decade, now the latest trouble comes from Cyprus. Although tiny in size, many worry that its problems will spill over to larger countries and even across the Atlantic to the United States.  We’ll look closer at what’s happening and whether we’ll feel an impact in New Hampshire.


This year, several states have passed or are debating to pass more restrictions on abortion, The toughest being in North Dakota’s which has banned the procedure after six weeks.  But in New Hampshire some predict the long time abortion-rights stance of Governor Maggie Hassan should mean a status quo here..  We’ll examine what’s behind these trends, statewide and nationwide and what it could mean for the future of laws in the Granite State.


Jennifer Frizzell – Senior policy advisor for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England

Stand your ground - the controversial gun law that passed last year removed the obligation that a person first consider retreating before using deadly force in a public place. Last week, the New Hampshire house narrowly voted to repeal the law, but this effort faces a steep challenge in the Senate, while the  national debate over gun laws continues.


Next Week On The Exchange - April 1, 2013

Mar 29, 2013

Next week on the exchange, we begin with the latest over the debate on the stand your ground law. House Democrats narrowly repealed this Gun-rights legislation recently, but the repeal faces a tough climb in the senate.  Later in the week we look at the Free State Movement. Ten years ago, its members began to move to New Hampshire to make political change, we’ll look at their impact and why their movement remains controversial. E-mail us at NHPR dot org and join us all next week for the Exchange, every morning live at 9/and again at 8 p m here on NHPR!

House budget writers this week got closer to a final tax-and-spending plan.  The Stand-your-Ground debate is stirring up in the legislature.  A moratorium on wind farms was proposed and New Hampshire lost a statesman…former House Speaker Harold Burns.   A roundtable of reporters discusses the top stories of the week. 


A Republican Re-boot

Mar 28, 2013

The Grand Old Party recently released a sweeping report on strategies for the next big election.  It’s been described as a hard hitting manifesto for the GOP, addressing problems ranging from a failure to attract younger voters and minorities, to a major re-vamp of the way the party chooses its President nominee.  We’ll find out what Granite State Republicans and state political analysts think.


As the U.S. Supreme court hears two cases concerning same-sex marriage this week, we’ll get reaction from New Hampshire people involved in this issue.  Our state is among the nine which allow same-sex couples to marry.  We’ll talk with those involved in making this happen and those who believe it was the wrong choice.


After years of dealing with state budget cuts, now UNH President Mark Huddleston is hoping his school will receive more funding.  We’ll talk about that as well as pressure on him to keep costs down, in light of burgeoning student. We’ll also cover some major ongoing initiatives at UNH including a focus on sustainability.


Dr. Mark Huddleston - President of the University of New Hampshire

Mayor Bloomberg’s attempt to ban super-sized sugary drinks in New York City was thwarted by a judge recently, but he plans to appeal.  Its brought up the question, once again, of how much of a role should government play in the fight against obesity. Supporters of this approach say it's such a serious problem that government needs to get involved, but others say these efforts amount to a nanny state and  that personal responsibility is the best approach.


Next Week On The Exchange - March 25th, 2013

Mar 22, 2013

Next week on The Exchange, we begin with the question of government’s role in fighting obesity, given the recent challenge to New York City’s super-size-soda ban.  Then, we sit down with Mark Huddleston, President of the University of New Hampshire.  And on Friday,  a new tradition in the making on “The Exchange”, our weekly news roundup where we look at the issues Granite Staters are talking about. E-mail us at NHPR dot org and join us all next week for the Exchange, every morning live at 9/and again at 8 p on NHPR!

Attorney General Michael Delaney announced this week he’s stepping down. Meanwhile, the New Hampshire House has been a hive of activity” with votes in favor of medical marijuana and a higher tobacco tax…while soundly rejecting one casino gambling bill. Will check in with those stories and others that happened in the Granite State this week with a new weekly feature on our show, the New Hampshire News Roundup.


Josh Rogers - NHPR’s State House reporter, Senior Political Reporter and Editor

Diagnosing Depression

Mar 20, 2013

A recent article in the Concord Monitor outlines the often-hidden but serious problem of this mental illness. An estimated one-in-ten Americans have this disease and have to deal with not only the symptoms, but managing the health care system and the stigma around depression. We’ll look at this issue and how it’s addressed in New Hampshire. 


Although the Supreme Court upheld most of the Affordable Care Act, it said states could choose whether to expand Medicaid. Supporters say doing so helps low income Americans gain coverage and boosts the economy. Critics warn it’s government overreach and is simply unaffordable. We’ll get New Hampshire’s take on this debate.


In March of 2003, the U.S. began air strikes in what officials said would be a short war. Eight years later, our forces pulled out with a death toll of more than 4000 Americans and 100,000 Iraqis.  We’ll talk with Granite Staters who served in Iraq, what they experienced and their reflections a decade later.


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A leading expert finds a large drop in these cases and suggests likely factors include improved prevention and treatment programs. But there are several ways to interpret these numbers, and in some cases, they don’t match up with what child advocates see in the courts and elsewhere.  We’ll take a new look at this longstanding issue.


Next week on the Exchange, we begin with a new look at an old problem: preventing child abuse; then, on the tenth anniversary of the Iraq war, we sit down with Granite State veterans of that conflict and get their outlook on the war a decade after it began; and later, should New Hampshire expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act? We'll talk with lawmakers on both sides of this issue.

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Friday on the Exchange, a news roundup. We’ll look at some of the big happenings in the statehouse over the past week. These include votes on arming teachers, increasing the speed limit on I93, and legalizing marijuana. We’ll find out what happened and also get a quick overview of some of the big themes from town meetings this year.