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Christina Phillips

Producer, The Exchange

Christina studied biology before getting her MFA in nonfiction writing at the University of South Carolina, where she used podcasts, graphic novels, and music videos to teach freshman English literature and rhetoric. Christina interned at The Exchange in summer, 2015, and before that, worked as an Emergency Medical Technician and for a university press. 

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Governor Sununu has set aside $35 million from the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund to provide housing assistance for individuals who have trouble paying their rent and utilities as a result of the pandemic.

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Updated on April 27, 2020 at 10:24 a.m.  

Following an executive order from Governor Sununu and the passage of the federal CARES Act, many more people are now able to apply for unemployment benefits as a result of COVID-19, including those who need to quarantine, and those who are self-employed.

The Exchange spoke with Deputy Commissioner Richard Lavers of N.H. Employment Security in March and April. You can find those full conversations here and here.

Read all of NHPR's coronavirus coverage here. 

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Update (April 16, 2020 at 2:40 p.m): According to their website, the SBA "is unable to accept new applications at this time for the Paycheck Protection Program or the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)-COVID-19 related assistance program (including EIDL Advances) based on available appropriations funding.

EIDL applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis."

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The Exchange spoke with attorneys and correctional facilities across the state to hear about how they are adapting to the coronavirus outbreak, and what they are doing to ensure the safety and health of incarcerated people, corrections staff, and the public. 

The following exerpts have been edited lightly for clarity. You can listen to the full conversation here.

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New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley is downplaying concerns of potential issues in the state primary next Tuesday, as delays continue around the reporting of Iowa's primary caucus results.

On this morning's edition of The Exchange on NHPR, Buckley said New Hampshire has a completely different system.

Sydney Bilodeau; The Music Hall

NHPR and The Music Hall in Portsmouth present Writers on a New England Stage with international bestselling author and podcast host Malcolm Gladwell, who sat down with Peter Biello to discuss his new book, Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know.

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Congressman Chris Pappas spoke with The Exchange on a variety of issues including climate change legislation, background checks, and the I-93 expansion.  Here are some highlights from that conversation. 

Listen to the show and read the transcript. 

As schools in New Hampshire prepare for a new law requiring suicide prevention policies, questions about how districts will implement these policies remain.

The law also requires school districts to include annual training on suicide recognition and prevention for all school staff.

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President Trump has said that an increase in tariffs on Chinese goods would boost manufacturing and bring jobs back to the United States.

Stephen Pelkey, CEO of Jaffrey's Atlas PyroVision Entertainment Group in Jaffrey, says that for industries like his, this is not easy to do. Atlas is the largest fireworks company in New England.

There are nearly 60 election-related bills in the New Hampshire legislature this session, many of which reflect national conversations around election issues.  The Exchange discussed redistricting and voting technology with Casey McDermott, NHPR's reporter covering politics and policy, and Jessica Huseman, election reporter from Politico.  

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U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith was awarded the Hall-Kenyon Prize in American Poetry at the Currier Museum in Manchester on Wednesday, December 12.

The event featured a reading by Smith from her newest collection of poetry, Wade in the Water, and a conversation with NHPR's Peter Biello about her work and time as Poet Laureate.

Smith also took questions from the audience during the event. 

Here is the full recording of Smith's reading (introduced by Wes McNair, one of the prize's founders)  and her interview with Peter Biello. 

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New Hampshire law enforcement is continuing to investigate threats made against the state's Jewish community.

"The Concord Police Department was contacted by the C.I.A. on Friday evening and made aware of numerous email-related threats that have been targeting members of the Jewish faith and possibly law enforcement," said Lt. Sean Ford, Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division at Concord Police Department.

 

Cider Bellies Doughnuts; Facebook

A listener asked,  "Does New Hampshire actually have any signature foods?" The contentious consensus, covered by Word of Mouth, is traditional boiled dinner.

But for Foodstuffs, our regular look at food and food culture in New Hampshire, NHPR’s Christina Phillips offers her own suggestion, just in time for fall:  Apple cider doughnuts. 

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Traditionally, New Hampshire's poet laureate reads a poem at the inauguration of a new governor. This year, however, Gov. Chris Sununu chose someone with a different talent.