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 is rebroadcast at 7 PM weekdays.

Have an idea for a show topic? Click here to submit it.

Coming Up on The Exchange: 

  • Monday, 2/18:  President's Day Rebroadcast: Eliza Hamilton by Tilar J. Mazzeo
  • Tuesday, 2/19:  Special Education in N.H.
  • Wednesday, 2/20:  "Fighting Back" Concord Monitor Series Confronting Deomestic Violence
  • Thursday, 2/21:  Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster  
  • Friday, 2/22:  Weekly N.H. News Roundup

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A Conversation with U.S. Congresswoman Annie Kuster

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New Hampshire Congresswoman Annie Kuster went viral earlier this month, raising the roof during President Donald Trump's State of the Union address (pictured above.) Representative Kuster is back in Washington this term along with a historic number of women serving in Congress. With a Democratic majority in the House, the Second Congressional District representative has a number of goals for this term. She just joined the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and leads a bipartisan task force addressing the opioid epidemic.   

On Thursday, February 21, The Exchange interviews Congresswoman Annie Kuster. The following Monday, February 25, we interview Senator Jeanne Shaheen. Submit your questions, and tune in live at 9 a.m. and again at 7 p.m.

Confronting Domestic Violence In New Hampshire

Feb 19, 2019
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We follow up on the Concord Monitor’s series, Fighting Back: Confronting Domestic Violence In New Hampshire, by looking at what a person needs when they leave an abusive relationship. such as emotional, legal, and financial support, and what barriers might stand in their way. We also discuss what our state is doing well, and where it can improve, in its approach to intimate partner violence. 

Special Education Funding In The Granite State

Feb 18, 2019

After news that New Hampshire had over $10 million in unspent federal funds for special education over the last ten years, we take a look at the dynamic balance of allocating resources for special education in the state, including changing student needs, workforce shortages, and the challenge of predicting and adapting to the ever-evolving student population within a school and within a district. We also look at why special education programs can vary widely with regards to resources across the state, and how that impacts students and educators. 

Eliza Hamilton: Her Extraordinary Life

Feb 17, 2019

For Presidents Day, we re-broadcast our earlier conversation with the author of a new biography about Eliza Hamilton, and discover she was more than just Founding Father Alexander Hamilton’s devoted wife.  The biography,  "Eliza Hamilton: The Extraordinary Life and Times of the Wife of Alexander Hamilton," follows Eliza Hamilton through her early years, to the ups and downs of her married life and the aftermath of Alexander’s tragic death, to her involvement in many projects that cemented her legacy as one of the unsung heroes of our nation’s early days. 

This Valentine's Day, we asked: Why do you love New Hampshire? And your responses—your "love notes" to the Granite State—poured steadily into our submissions dashboard. Here are a few of the early ones (scroll down for more):

Some people express their love in words, or song! For our audio love notes, listen here

Weekly N.H. News Roundup - February 15, 2019

Feb 15, 2019
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We focus on the state budget following Governor Chris Sununu's budget address on Thursday, Feb. 14. We provide some context for the state's priorities and examine what new efforts the governor is highlighting. We also take a look at what was not covered in the budget address. The democratically-controlled legislature will now begin a months-long process of debate and negotiation over some $13 billion worth of spending over two years. 

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As part of NHPR's Crossroad: The N.H. Opioid Reporting Project, The Exchange went on the road on February 7, 2019 to the Nashua Public Library for a live discussion on how the city is taking a multi-pronged approach to tackle the opioid crisis. 

This discussion was recorded at the Nashua Public Library on February 7th, and an edited version of the conversation airs on Thursday, February 14th at 9 a.m. and again at 7 p.m.

The conversation is also available below. Click here to find the full, unedited discussion

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Eleven states have reported measles outbreaks, including a large one in Washington state, which allows for philosophical exemptions for families who disagree with the mandate to vaccinate.  Although all 50 states allow for medical exemptions — religious and philosophical exemptions are also allowed in many states. New Hampshire allows for religious exemptions — and according to recent immunization reports that number has risen to 4,234 from about 3,700. 

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Valentine’s Day is Thursday. But for the Hallmark-holiday naysayers, fear not! You'll always have New Hampshire.

Granite Staters are devoted to New Hampshire. Let’s hear from you: Why do you love New Hampshire? Where did your love of the Granite State begin?

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Vaccination safeguards both personal and community health. But a recent outbreak of the measles in Washington state is revealing the necessity for high vaccination rates. Every state allows medical exemptions  and many allow religious exemptions. But Washington state, along with about 20 other states, allows for a philosophical exemption for families who disagree with the mandate to vaccinate.

 New Hampshire allows no such exemption — and the Granite State boasts one of the highest vaccination rates nationally. But the number of religious exemptions are on the rise. On the verge of a Hepatitis A outbreak in the state, we talk to medical providers in state about vaccines in early childhood and what risks unvaccinated youth pose to the greater community. 

The marijuana legalization debate returns to the Granite State.  Advocates have been trying to legalize pot here for years, and this session, lawmakers are again taking up the issue.  On Tuesday, we examine the arguments. Advocates say legalization could lead to a decline in the use of more dangerous drugs.  But opponents warn of unintended consequences, including the impact on babies born to mothers who consume cannabis while pregnant. We'll also examine the broader context, as New Hampshire's three neighboring states have all legalized.   


Streaming services like Netflix have already established themselves as content curators, and in the last few years, they increasingly make their own original content. How are streaming services impacting the way we watch movies, and how movies get made? We also look at what makes this year's Academy Awards season, and the last year of film, unique. 


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A little over a year ago, former Speaker of the N.H. House Shawn Jasper traded in his Speaker’s gavel  for the job of Commissioner of the N.H. Department of Agriculture, Markets, and Food.

Jasper suggested on The Exchange this week that he doesn’t miss the tussle of Statehouse politics -- dealing with 399 lawmakers, constant deadlines, and the scheduling of bills.

When it comes to his new job, Jasper said, “There are still issues here, of course, but I feel I’m able to help people a lot more directly." 

Jasper also outlined what he feels his department can and cannot do when it comes to resolving disputes over agritourism and advising farmers with concerns about the effects of climate change.  On the latter, Jasper said: "That is more UNH Cooperative Extension's role. That’s not something we’re able to do."

What Are Your Questions About Vaccines?

Feb 8, 2019

Measles outbreaks are popping up in other parts of the country, most recently in Washington state,  which has reported 55 cases so far this year. Most of those cases have been in unvaccinated children under 10. Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: February 8, 2019

Feb 8, 2019

A bill to legalize recreational marijuana gets a hearing in Concord.  A seemingly routine request for a pay raise at the Executive Council became a tense discussion of the financial management of the state's Liquor Commission.  And Dover school officials stand by their decision to NOT fire a teacher at the center of a controversy over racist song lyrics. 

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We talk with Shawn Jasper, the Commissioner of N.H.'s Department of Agriculture, Markets, and Food.  A little over a year ago, Jasper handed in his gavel as Speaker of the New Hampshire House to head the wide-ranging agriculture department, which encompasses produce and dairy farms, farmer's markets, maple syrup and more. We find out what he's keeping an eye on as he assesses a changing agricultural landscape.

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In his address last year, President Trump emphasized his "America first" approach on issues such as immigration and trade. We assess what the President lists as his achievements in this year's speech, as well as his plans for the future.  We also hear responses from leaders of the N.H. Young Republicans and Young Democrats. 

A New National Strategy for Managing Pain

Feb 4, 2019
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In the midst of the opioid epidemic, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is addressing the need for alternative pain management. The department recently released a draft federal report on best practices — and opened a public comment period. Pain specialists recommend an interdisciplinary approach, combining physical treatments, pharmacology and mental health therapy. Many Granite Staters encounter hurdles with insurance coverage, access to health care providers, and stigma in treating their pain holistically.

We talk to physicians about the best approaches to acute and chronic pain. We also hear how health insurance companies are adjusting coverage to meet changing trends in pain management.

  

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Bills at the Statehouse would add the Granite State to a handful of others providing this benefit. But questions remain: Who pays, how much, and whether these plans should be voluntary or mandatory.  We look at competing proposals, including a bi-state plan between New Hampshire and Vermont.

When the New England Patriots take the field Sunday in their Super Bowl LIII matchup against the L.A. Rams, it will mark a sports reporting milestone for a New Hampshire journalist.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: February 1, 2019

Feb 1, 2019

The N.H. Republican Party gets a new leader, who's now charged with building up the party's bank account. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announces she'll seek a third term.  We check out who's already on the campaign trail in the Granite State for the first in the nation presidential primary, and who will sit this one out.  And we get some insight into Sunday's Superbowl LIII from the Nashua Telegraph's Tom King, who is covering his tenth Superbowl.

Winter Bugs: The Viruses, Infections & Illnesses

Jan 30, 2019

With cold weather comes more stuffy noses, fevers, and bugs.  Why do we tend to get sick in the winter, and why are some people more affected than others? We get some answers, as well as how to protect yourself and those around you.  And we find out about coping with seasonal affective disorder. 

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Two years into The Trump Administration, what's been the impact here in New Hampshire?  We examine the local effects of the President's policies on health care, tax reform, the environment, and immigration.  We find out what changed in the Granite State as a result, including the impact on New Hampshire politics.

 

On the Lookout for Bald Eagles in N.H.

Jan 29, 2019

We examine results from New Hampshire's 39th Annual Mid-winter Eagle Population Survey and learn more about these iconic birds, whose numbers in the state have been growing.  N.H. Audubon monitors bald eagles as part of an annual contract with the NH Fish and Game Department's Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program.  Bald eagles are now listed as “Special Concern” in the state since their official removal from NH’s Threatened and Endangered Wildlife List in March 2017. And we look at the impact of the eagle's success on another beloved symbol of New Hampshire, the loon.  

A Conversation with UNH President James W. Dean Jr.

Jan 28, 2019
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James W. Dean Jr. was installed as the 20th president of the University of New Hampshire in June 2018, and recently outlined his strategic priorities to guide the university's future. Before joining UNH, Dean served as executive vice chancellor and provost at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, where he was a professor of organizational behavior.  In addition to his vision for the future of UNH, we focus on perennial issues concerning the UNH community, especially high tuition and lack of diversity.  

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The Office of The Child Advocate, established in 2018 as an independent agency to oversee the Division of Children, Youth and Families, issued its first annual report recently. Among its recommendations:  The state should fund more DCYF staff to help relieve overloaded case workers – a problem that has long beset the agency. But OCA Director Moira O'Neill says the job of protecting children includes the broader community -- though not all Granite Staters may realize they're required by law to report suspicions of child neglect and abuse.  

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  Sunset Heights Elementary School in Nashua has a newly-elected state official walking its halls.

Fifth grader Lola Giannelli was sworn in at the Statehouse last week as New Hampshire’s first ever "Kid Governor."

 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: January 25, 2019

Jan 24, 2019

Some federal workers in New Hampshire log another week of work without pay as the partial government shutdown continues. Debate continues in Concord over new pieces of legislation, including one that would create an independent commission to draw boundaries for state elections. And we'll have a chat with New Hampshire's first Kid Governor.

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Home Heating for the New Hampshire Winter

Jan 24, 2019
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New Hampshire winters are cold but that doesn't mean you have to be. Granite Staters face unique problems in heating their homes: some of the nation's oldest housing stock, little access to natural gas and extreme weather. New Hampshire ranked 21st on the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s State Energy Efficiency Scorecard while nearby Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont scored in the top ten.

But local programs are working to close the gap with discounted energy audits and rebates for energy efficiency home upgrades.  Plus, earth-friendly fuel options are getting more affordable. We discuss ways Granite Staters can keep warm and stay on budget. 

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