The Exchange: Top Picks of 2018

Dec 19, 2018

New Hampshire Public Radio’s The Exchange will close out a year of terrific programs by broadcasting encores of the top five shows of 2018, chosen by listeners. In addition, The Weekly N.H. News Roundup will reflect on the top stories of the year during the Friday, Dec. 21, program from 9 to 10 a.m.

This year-end gift to listeners kicks off with a second airing of The Exchange’s popular Holiday Book Show episode. On Christmas Day, as per tradition, the program will air a classic 2005 interview between Host Laura Knoy and the great-great-great grandson of “A Christmas Carol” author Charles Dickens.

The complete recap schedule:

Friday, Dec. 21 – Panelists and Host Peter Biello will reflect on the stories that stood out in 2018.

Monday, Dec. 24 – Holiday Book Show: Local booksellers share the page-turners that flew off the shelves this season—tune in for some last-minute gift ideas for the bookworms on your list.  

Tuesday, Dec. 25 – Gerald Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”: This 2005 interview between Laura Knoy and Charles Dickens’s great-great-grandson, Gerald Charles Dickens, gets listeners in the Christmas spirit each year. Dickens chats about his one-man performance of “A Christmas Carol” and the legacy of his namesake.

Wednesday, Dec. 26 – New Hampshire’s 4,000-footers: Hikers from far and wide come to New Hampshire to complete peak-bagging challenges like the “List” and the “Grid”—this episode gives listeners insight into what draws so many to the state’s 48 4,000-footers.

Thursday, Dec. 27 – Waking Up White, Community Discussion with Author Debby Irving: Debby Irving, author of Waking Up White: Finding Myself in the Story of Race, joins a panel discussion on how New Hampshire—a mostly white state—fits into the national conversation around race.

Friday, Dec. 28 – The Power and Potential of Fungi: This fascinating discussion focuses on the tiny yet vast organisms of fungi—from their role in the ecosystem to emerging research that shows promise for the future.

Monday, Dec. 31 – Preserving New Hampshire’s Barns: Laura chats with experts on barn preservation and the significance of old barns to New Hampshire’s history and picturesque landscape.

Tuesday, Jan. 1 – Critical Hours: Search and Rescue in the White Mountains: Another hiking-related show chosen by listeners, this in-depth look at the book Critical Hours: Search and Rescue in the White Mountains chronicles the history of rescue work in this popular hiking area and the integral part technology plays in finding lost and injured hikers.

The Exchange airs Monday through Friday on New Hampshire Public Radio from 9 to 10 a.m., and is rebroadcast from 7 to 8 p.m. each weekday evening. You can find all of The Exchange episodes here, or listen to the podcast wherever you subscribe.