The Exchange

Live Monday - Thursday at 9 am, rebroadcast Mon - Thu at 7 pm, Sunday at 6 am

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.

This year, The Exchange is continuing our In Depth series by looking workforce challenges in NH. Click here for the series page to listen to the programs you might have missed. We also have a four-part series on K-12 education, airing on Mondays in August of 2019. Click here to see that coverage. 

Coming up on The Exchange: 

  • Monday, 8/19:  Education Series: "Learn Everywhere"
  • Tuesday, 8/20:  Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster 
  • Wednesday, 8/21: Sharks & Seals with Outside/In
  • Thursday, 8/22: Economic News Roundup: Recession Rumors and International Trade
  • Friday, 8/23: Weekly N.H. News Roundup

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Coffee & Community 

Host Laura Knoy and the show's producers will be hitting the road this summer to hear about what's happening in your community and what topics you think we should be covering. We'll be taking notes and using your input to help make decisions about upcoming Exchange shows!

We hope to see you on the following dates:

The Franklin Studio 

366 Central St., Franklin, NH

Tuesday, Aug. 13, noon-1:30 


Exploring Education: 'Learn Everywhere' in N.H.

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We conclude our "Exploring Education" series with the N.H. Department of Education's Learn Everywhere program.  This initiative would allow the state school board to approve credits for students' outside experiences, from internships to dance classes.  Supporters say the goal is wider academic and economic opportunity, but many teachers and local administrators are opposed. 


On Tuesday, Aug. 20, U.S. Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster is joining The Exchange to discuss legislation and policies she's been working on in Washington, D.C., as well as recent state and national news. She serves on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. What issues do you want to hear about? Submit your questions below. 

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

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

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: August 16, 2019

Aug 15, 2019

President Trump returns to New Hampshire, and we hear about his rally in Manchester as well as some national perspective on the 2020 Presidential Primary from NPR White House Correspondent Tamara Keith. With the Iowa State Fair wrapping up, a parade of Democratic candidates are coming back through the state and we catch up on the Democratic primary here. We also discuss whether Claremont is the new Dixville Notch; a bellwether for primary watchers.  NHPR Reporter Casey McDermott is guest host.


The Role of Schools In Suicide Prevention

Aug 14, 2019

A new law requires schools in New Hampshire impliment suicide prevention policies, which include prevention training for school staff.   The measure comes amid concern about New Hampshire's high youth suicide rate.  We find out how schools are preparing, and what some are already doing, and discuss the value this training brings to school staff and students. 

If you or someone you know may be considering suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text 741741. Find more information for teens and young adults about warning signs and what to do. 

Rebroadcast: Author And Naturalist Sy Montgomery

Aug 13, 2019

Sy Montgomery, author of 28 books, including the recent How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals, and The Magnificent Migration: On Safari with Africa's Last Great Herds, talks about her work, her life, and the importance of learning from animals. 

Montgomery recently appeared at the New England Aquarium to talk about How to Be a Good Creature. You can watch a video of that talk here

This show previously aired on July 23, 2019. 

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Veteran  and novice teachers agree: Anyone considering a career in teaching should start working as early as possible with students – either as student teachers or as tutors – to see if it’s a good fit.  One may love and excel at math but not necessarily know how to best teach it. Today's teachers are also expected to deal with challenges unrelated to the subjects they teach. 

Hate rhetoric online has been linked to several recent incidents of mass violence in the United States and internationally. But even when this kind of speech doesn't lead to physical harm, it is damanging to the targeted group and the wider community. We look at how hateful language has impacted people over time, and what our legal system says. 

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We examine how teachers themselves are educated, including how aspiring teachers are certified. We'll also explore how teacher training programs have changed to meet the needs and ambitions of today's students, and why many educators say professional development over the course of their careers is often not useful.



The state park system is thriving, with a 30% increase in visitors since 2013, according to Philip Bryce, director of the N.H. Division of Parks and Recreation, which includes 93 sites. 

“It's nice because our mission is to get people outdoors, enjoying the outdoors, because it’s good for your health; it's good for your frame of mind, and it's wonderful to see that,” Bryce said on The Exchange.  (For the full conversation, listen here.)

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: Aug. 9, 2019

Aug 8, 2019

After mass shootings in El Paso, Texas,  and Dayton, Ohio, New Hampshire's Congressional delegation calls for federal action on gun control. And activists in New Hampshire urge Governor Sununu to sign three gun-related bills.  The N.H. Attorney General concludes that racism did not motivate a 2017 attack on a biracial boy in Claremont. And Dartmouth College reaches a $14 million settlement with seven current and former students who alleged Dartmouth adminstrators failed to protect them from harassment by three former neuroscience faculty members. 

What's Next for Renewable Energy Projects in N.H.?

Aug 7, 2019
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The recent defeat of Northern Pass was a major setback for the import of large-scale hydropower into the region.  Meanwhile, efforts to build more solar and wind power are still underway… and some towns and cities have set their own renewable goals. We'll look at the reliability of these technologies… and  talk about their role in the future of our region’s power grid. 


Phillip Bryce, Director of New Hampshire Parks and Recreation, oversees 93 parks and their infrastructure, including beaches, lakes, forests, trails, and buildings.  We ask how healthy our parks are and what the balance is, between attracting visitors and preserving natural resources.  

We follow up on a recent NPR series, "The Other Side of Anger," which explores the physiology and psychology of this powerful emotion. We look at how we define anger, and how it manifests in our personal lives and our broader society.

Exploring Education: Learning Disabilities

Aug 4, 2019

What distinguishes a learning disability, and what accomodations are available? How do schools, teachers, and students approach learning disabilities, and how have philosophies and strategies changed? What are the challenges students and their educators and parents continue to face?

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: August 2, 2019

Aug 2, 2019

Voting issues are back in the news with Governor Sununu vetoing two Democratic-backed election law bills. Meanwhile a federal judge gives the go-ahead for two Dartmouth College students to sue the state over increased regulations for student voters. 

The recent heat wave with high humidity and temperatures in the 90s may be  the weather of the future for New Hampshire.  And a bobcat burger burglar is nabbed at a Seacoast drive-through restaurant. 

Rebroadcast: The 2019 Summer Book Show

Aug 1, 2019

Three local booksellers talk about the best new books for summer 2019, from historical fiction to humorous essays, first-time authors to well-established storytellers and journalists. Read on for our complete list of recommendations.

This show originally aired on June 26, 2019.

Three Takeaways On Financial Literacy As Part Of Education

Jul 30, 2019

In the first part of the series, "Exploring Education in New Hampshire," The Exchange asked: "Should schools be responsible for teaching students financial literacy, and what should students learn?" Read on for some takeaways. Listen to the full conversation here

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Five generations, one workplace: That's the unprecedented scenario now at some companies: Millennials (also known as Geneartion Y), Baby Boomers, Traditionalists, Generations X and Z working together. But while certain values and descriptions are often attached to these groups, to what extent are these labels true?  And how is everybody getting along at work?


A Look At Poverty In Rural And Urban N.H.

Jul 29, 2019
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What does poverty look like in New Hampshire? How does living in a rural part of the state versus a city impact access to services, including food programs, housing, transportation, and health care?

In the first part of our 4-part series on K-12 education, we look at what role schools should play in helping students learn life skills for money management. Several states require financial literacy classes for high school students, and Senator Hassan has co-sponsored federal legislation to support financial literacy classes in schools. We look at the role of schools in helping students learn to manage money: what skills do students need, and what are N.H. schools doing? 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: July 26, 2019

Jul 26, 2019

We discover why Vice President Mike Pence abruptly cancelled a recent trip to N.H. Former Republican House Speaker Bill O’Brien jumps into the U.S. Senate race, hoping to unseat Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen in 2020. And Governor Sununu sets a modern record for the number of gubernatorial vetoes in a single year. 


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Last week, the Supreme Court of New Hampshire delivered a unanimous "no" to the Northern Pass Project, a proposal to bring hydro-power from Canada through New Hampshire and onto the New England grid.  The justices affirmed the Site Evaluation Committee's 2018 denial of the Eversource proposal, ruling the SEC had acted legally. 

Eversource had argued that the SEC did not properly consider all of the criteria presented to them in support of the project.  For years, Northern Pass has met with fierce opposition from groups concerned about the project's aesthetic and environmental impacts.  On The Exchange, we will look at what led to the Project's defeat and what it might mean for the future of hydropower in New England. 

The Exchange In-Depth: Exploring Education in N.H.

Jul 24, 2019

The Exchange is launching a new four-part series on K-12 education in New Hampshire. Our series begins Monday, July 29th, and will air every Monday through August 19th. We chose the topics with listener input. We put together a survey with ten subjects to explore, and our listeners helped us narrow the list to four: financial literacy, learning disabilities, teacher training, and the proposed "Learn Everywhere" program. Many listeners also submitted questions and comments about these, which will help quide our discussions. "The Exchange In-Depth: Exploring Education" is part of our continuing coverage of education issues in the Granite State. Read on for information about each show. 

Author and Naturalist Sy Montgomery

Jul 22, 2019

Sy Montgomery, author of 28 books, including the recent How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoir in Thirteen Animals, and The Magnificent Migration: On Safari with Africa's Last Great Herds, talks about her work, her life, and the importance of learning from animals. 

Montgomery recently appeared at the New England Aquarium to talk about How to Be a Good Creature. You can watch a video of that talk here

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As state political leaders seek compromise on the stalled state budget, towns and cities are grappling with fiscal uncertainty that could have some long-term ramifications. 

Governor Chris Sununu vetoed the budget passed by Democrats in the legislature about three weeks ago.  It’s unclear when both sides will reach agreement.

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In the three weeks since Governor Sununu vetoed a $13 billion state budget passed by Democrats in the Legislature, the state has been operating on a three-month "continuing resolution" and political leaders have  gone back and forth between pointing fingers and signaling progress on reaching agreement, as negotiations and meetings have continued. Governor Sununu recently met privately with municipal leaders who have expressed concern over the veto's impact on essential programs and services. We take a close look at what the budget right now contains, key areas of disagreement, and prospects for compromise. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: July 19, 2019

Jul 19, 2019

The governor signs a bill into law to protect New Hampshire children from discrimination at school. He also signed into law a bill requiring public schools to provide tampons or pads in all gender neutral and female restrooms. We discuss the controversy in Newington over Pride Month lawn signs. And the Supreme Court releases its decision on the Northern Pass appeal of the denial of its $1.6 billion high-transmission power line project.


New Hampshire has a rich history, and many unique museums around the state that highlight historic homes, authors, art, science, and unique collections. We talk about the role of these museums in their communities, and the challenges, and joys, of running a small, local museum. 

Look below for a map of museums around the state. 


Fifty years ago, the Apollo 11 team travelled farther than humans had ever been before, using technology less sophisticated than the average smartphone. Our Sky Crew recalls the launch of Apollo 11, and some of N.H.'s connections to the Apollo voyage in the summer of 1969. They also consider NASA missions today, including efforts to return humans to the Moon and Mars.