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The Exchange

The Exchange is New Hampshire's only locally produced statewide call-in talk show, hosted by Laura Knoy.  It airs live at 9 a.m. and is rebroast at 9 p.m. weekdays.

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Coming up on The Exchange:

  • Monday, June 21: Replay: Stone Walls
  • Tuesday, June 22: Replay: The Last Traverse
  • Wednesday, June 23: Replay: Historical Highway Markers 
  • Thursday, June 24: Replay: Underappreciated Creatures 
  • Friday, June 25: Weekly N.H. News Roundup

You can reach the show by email at exchange@nhpr.org, by tagging us in a tweet, following us on Instagram, or sending a message to our Facebook page. You can also call in during the live show at 800-892-6477.

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Weekly N.H. News Roundup: June 25, 2021

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Sara Plourde / NHPR

We discuss the latest news about the new state budget, including the controversial 24-week abortion ban. We also explore the extension of the federal eviction moratorium and what that means for housing here in New Hampshire. And, we cover the latest COVID news in the Granite State. 

Air date: Friday, June 25, 2021. 

We focus on some of New Hampshire's under-appreciated animals: opossum, porcupine, and fisher. They don't grab headlines like the state's larger wildlife, like moose or bear. In fact, they are often viewed as nuisances. But these mammals play an important role in our ecosystem and have had their own recent struggles, including a fatal fungus affecting porcupines and a decline in fisher populations.

Air date: Thursday, June 24, 2021. This show as originally broadcast on Oct. 21, 2019. 

Replay: N.H. History through Roadside Markers

Jun 22, 2021
N.H. Division of Historical Resources

You may have zoomed right by the broad green signs, but stopping for a moment to read a historical roadside marker gives a sense of the depth and complexity of the state’s past. The markers encompass a broad range of N.H. history: Abenaki Native Americans, poets, painters, contemporary sports figures, meeting houses, stone arch bridges, and long-lost villages, as well as factories and cemeteries. Any organization or individual can propose a historical highway marker and shepherd it through to reality. We discuss the process leading to the state's latest marker in Dover, honoring John Parker Hale.

Airdate: Wednesday, June 23, 2021. This show was originally broadcast on Aug. 18, 2020.

Have you hiked Mount Lafayette in N.H.'s Franconia Notch? We talk with N.H. author Ty Gagne, about his new book “The Last Traverse: Tragedy and Resilience in the Winter Whites." It’s the true story of two friends on a winter hike that goes awry, and the search-and-rescue efforts that keep it from  becoming a bigger tragedy. What makes it especially relevant for this moment is the insight into how we make high-stakes decisions and manage risk in uncertain situations. 

Airdate: Tuesday, June 22, 2021. This show was originally broadcast on December 2, 2020.

Robert Frost famously said “good fences make good neighbors” and if you’re out for a walk in the woods in New Hampshire, you will likely find a stone wall.  We talk with Kevin Gardner, a master stone builder and author of several books on the subject, about the on-going appeal of stone walls and how to build them.  He explains the philosophy behind the craft of placing stone and examines the mythology of the stone wall and its place in the New England imagination.

Aid date: Monday, June 21. This program was originally broadcast on Sept. 26, 2017.

Although Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, the Civil War  prevented it being enacted in much of the South. Emancipation Day, now known as Juneteenth, commemorates June 19, 1865, when around 250,000 enslaved people were declared free in Texas. NHPR's Peter Biello talks with historian Annette Gordon-Reed, whose book, On Juneteenth, gives a view of the country’s road to Juneteenth, recounting both its origins in Texas and episodes from her life growing up in Texas. In 1965, she was the first child to integrate her town’s all-white schools. Juneteenth became a N.H. state holiday in 2019.

Airdate: Friday, June 18, 2021. This show was originally broadcast on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

Replay: What to Expect on the Trails This Summer

Jun 16, 2021
NH Division of Travel and Tourism

Last summer, many trails were overcrowded as outdoor enthusiasts and newcomers took advantage of the Granite State’s natural resources. In a conversation recorded before Memorial Day this year, we discussed what lessons we take from that experience and what to expect this summer. We discussed how we can balance sharing the trails with all those who want to use them, and also promote stewardship of our natural resources.

 

Airdate: Thursday, June 17, 2021. This program was originally heard on May 25, 2021

Replay: 2021 Summer Book Show

Jun 16, 2021

Have you found the time to read more this past year or have you had less time or an inability to focus on the written word lately? Our annual Summer Book Show is back, and our indie booksellers have lots of titles to add to your "To Be Read" pile. Several authors are revisiting mythology, as well as revisiting American history. There's plenty of fiction for the beach or the pool, too, of course, as well as fantasy and compelling autobiographies. What are you looking forward to reading this summer? 

Airdate: Wednesday, June 16. This show was originally broadcast on June 1, 2021.

'On Juneteenth' With Historian Annette Gordon-Reed

Jun 14, 2021

Although Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, the Civil War  prevented it being enacted in much of the South. Emancipation Day, now known as Juneteenth, commemorates June 19, 1865, when around 250,000 enslaved people were declared free in Texas. NHPR's Peter Biello talks with historian Annette Gordon-Reed, whose book, On Juneteenth, gives a view of the country’s road to Juneteenth, recounting both its origins in Texas and episodes from her life growing up in Texas. In 1965, she was the first child to integrate her town’s all-white schools. Juneteenth became a N.H. state holiday in 2019.

Airdate: Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Laura Knoy Reflects On 25 Years Of The Exchange

Jun 13, 2021
Laura Knoy seated before a microphone during an interview.
Allegra Boverman/NHPR

In her final appearance, Laura Knoy is on the other side of The Exchange mic, as Peter Biello interviews her about her 25 years as host. We discuss the show's origins, moments that have stood out over the years, and hear her observations on how New Hampshire has changed.

 

Air date: Monday, June 14, 2021.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: June 11, 2021

Jun 10, 2021
Sara Plourde / NHPR

We explore how data errors might have inflated New Hampshire's progress on distributing the COVID-19 vaccine. We also get an update on the latest environmental news in the Granite State and hear from NHPR's CEO about the decision to cease production of The Exchange at the end of the month. And we chat with long-time Berlin Sun editor Barbara Tetreault about her upcoming retirement. 

Air date: Friday, June 11, 2021. 

Sky Crew: Missions to Venus, Space Junk & UFOs

Jun 9, 2021
NASA ODPO

 Our Sky Crew returns for a send-off for Laura Knoy’s last show as Exchange host. The Sky Crew will be at their telescopes in the wee hours prior to the show checking out the partial solar eclipse visible in our area. We discuss the goals of NASA’s newly-announced missions to our nearest planetary neighbor, Venus, the growing problem of space junk, and what to think about UFOs.

 Airdate: Thursday, June 10, 2021

Vaccination site indoors at a school.
Sarah Gibson/NHPR

We talk about what you need to know about the importance and safety of the COVID-10 vaccine in children, and the status and process of vaccination approval for children under twelve. Also, how to navigate summer activities, travel, and masks with unvaccinated children, and the impacts of the virus on kids. 

Check out all of NHPR's coverage of coronavirus in New Hampshire. 

Air date: Wednesday, June 9, 2021. 

Pride Month 2021

Jun 7, 2021
Stephen Lam / Special to The Chronicle

After the coronavirus led to virtual Pride celebrations last year, some events will be held in-person this year. We find out how Granite Staters are observing Pride this year and explore their thoughts on how our country's current political climate is affecting LGBTQ folks. 

Air date: Tuesday, May 8, 2021. 

Writers On A New England Stage: Kevin Kwan

Jun 7, 2021

The Exchange presents a special broadcast of Writers on a New England Stage with Kevin Kwan. Host Peter Biello talks with the author of the bestselling Crazy Rich Asians about his new book Sex and Vanity.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: June 4, 2021

Jun 3, 2021
Sara Plourde / NHPR

We discuss Thursday's Senate vote on the two-year state budget, including the new language for the so-called "divisive concepts" bill, tax cuts, and new policies related to abortion. We also explore an array of bills facing the House and talk about the effects of the pandemic on charitable giving in New Hampshire. 

Air date: Friday, June 4, 2021. 

Inequity in Women's Sports

Jun 2, 2021
Zhizhao Wu/Getty Images

Almost half a century after the civil rights law known as Title IX, we ask what inequity looks like in women's sports today, including why it's so hard to create systemic change. 

Air date: Thursday, June 3, 2021. 

Now hiring sign in Portsmouth.
Dan Tuohy; NHPR

As Governor Sununu chose to end federal unemployment insurance for COVID-19 starting in June, and the state has begun requiring that qualifying applicants to prove they are searching for work again, we talk with Deputy Commissioner Lavers of N.H. Employment Security about the new changes, ongoing challenges, appeals, and overpayments. 

Air date: June 2, 2021. 

Have you found the time to read more this past year or have you had less time or an inability to focus on the written word lately? Our annual Summer Book Show is back, and our indie booksellers have lots of titles to add to your "To Be Read" pile. Several authors are revisiting mythology, as well as revisiting American history. There's plenty of fiction for the beach or the pool, too, of course, as well as fantasy and compelling autobiographies. What are you looking forward to reading this summer?

Airdate: Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: May 28, 2021

May 27, 2021

 This week, the GOP-led legislature pushed several conservative measures forward, including limiting abortion rights, and broadening gun rights. The state continues to grapple with how to solve the shortage of emergency mental health resources, and many Granite Staters prepare to lose COVID-19 unemployment insurance.

Air date: Friday, May 28, 2021.

Last fall, the commission on Law Enforcement Accountability, Community, and Transparency (LEACT), appointed by Governor Sununu and made up of law enforcement and community leaders from across the state, released a number of recommendations for police reform in New Hampshire. We check in with four members of that commission on which recommendations have been put into action, which haven't, and what's next. Listen to our show with commission members in September 2020, shortly after the recommendations were released.

Air date: Wednesday, May 26, 2021. 

What to Expect on the Trails This Summer

May 24, 2021
NH Division of Travel and Tourism

With Memorial Day coming up, New Hampshire kicks off the summer season. Last summer, many trails were overcrowded as outdoor enthusiasts and newcomers took advantage of the Granite State’s natural resources. What lessons can we take from that experience and what do we expect this summer?  We discuss how we can balance sharing the trails with all those who want to use them, and also promote stewardship of our natural resources.

 

Airdate: Tuesday, May 25, 2021

How Do We Recover from a Year of Anxiety and Grief?

May 21, 2021
Jessica Hunt/NHPR

It’s been a year of anxiety and grief, and even the sense of a light at the end of the tunnel brings its own confusion. We explore the mental and physical health effects of the pandemic’s constant stress with clinical psychologist Christine Runyon. She explains how the last 14 months has disrupted our nervous system and how we can recover and adapt to new realities. Airdate: Monday, May 24, 2021.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: May 21, 2021

May 20, 2021

  After last summer’s protests over systemic racism and policing, the state legislature took up bills on body cameras, more data collection, and officer misconduct. We talk about where those efforts stand, and Governor Sununu's decision to cut off federal funding for unemployment insurance for those impacted by COVID-19, and other news of the week.

Air date: Friday, May 21, 2021.

N.H.’s Fish and Game Department not only serves hunters and anglers but also oversees conservation of endangered species; land and habitat management; search and rescue; law enforcement, and more. We talk with the new director, Scott Mason, an outdoorsman and dairy farmer from Strafford, who took on the challenging position almost a year ago.  We discuss his vision for the agency as well as how impacts of climate change are being seen in the agency's work in wildlife and habitat management.

Airdate: Thursday, May 20, 2021.

Drinking During the Pandemic

May 18, 2021
Wikimedia Commons

With many people feeling increased isolation, depression, and anxiety, alcohol misuse has increased over the past 14 months. Plus, the pandemic has made it more difficult to find help and harder for those who are struggling with substance abuse to control it. We examine the warning signs that signal when alcohol consumption has become excessive and where you can go for assistance. 

Air date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021. 

Election Laws in the 2021 N.H. Legislature

May 17, 2021

There are almost a dozen election law bills under consideration in the New Hampshire legislature this session.  We look at bills at the statehouse concerning voter verification, absentee voting, and more. We also get an overview of the Democratic voting bill in the U.S. Senate, the “For The People” act. 

Airdate: Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Domestic Summer Travel

May 14, 2021
Forbes

Many Americans are planning to hit the road, as domestic destinations seem within reach this summer, given rising vaccinations across the country. We discuss protocols and precautions and even get some recommendations. 

Air date: Monday, May 17, 2021. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: May 14, 2021

May 13, 2021

Earlier this week, New Hampshire’s Supreme Court ruled that boarding people with mental health crises in the emergency room is a violation of their due process, and the state’s first post-election audit in recent history is underway in Windham. We talk about these news stories and much more.

Air date: Friday, May 14, 2021. 

Dr. Ben Chan stands behind a podium during a press conference for covid-19.
Dan Tuohy; NHPR

New Hampshire’s top epidemiologists update us on the pandemic in our state, including the recent federal approval of the Pfizer vaccine for children ages twelve to fifteen, and whether the chance for herd immunity has slipped away.  

Producer's note: This conversation happened before the CDC changed it's guidelines to say fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks or social distance. Click here to read Dr. Chan's statement about this news during the Governor's press conference on Thursday afternoon. 

Click here for all of NHPR's COVID-19 coverage. 

Air date: Thursday, May 13, 2021. 

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