The Exchange

Live Monday - Thursday at 9 am, rebroadcast 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 had 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, 5/25: Rebroadcast - Finding Connection in Physical Distancing
  • Tuesday, 5/26:  Summer Programs and Camps
  • Wednesday, 5/27:  TBD
  • Thursday, 5/28:  The New Summer Wedding Season
  • Friday, 5/29:  WNR

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Coffee & Community 

Host Laura Knoy and the show's producers will be hitting the road 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!

There are currently no upcoming events. Check back later for updates. 


Jessica Hunt; NHPR

  In the midst of the pandemic, the importance of human relationships has become clearer than ever. We talk with people who have been thinking about how to maintain relationships and create community as we work from home and remain physically apart.  We also look at how our view of technology is evolving, and what is lost when life is online. 


This is a rebroadcast. Original Airdate: Thursday, May 14, 2020








Coronavirus outbreaks at New Hampshire facilities serving the elderly continue unabated. Just two days after state officials announced a major outbreak of COVID-19 cases at a Manchester long-term care facility, the number increased from 51 to 84, with four deaths attributed to the coronavirus.  




In Depth: COVID-19 and Long-term Care in N.H.

May 21, 2020

We wrap up our In-Depth series on COVID-19 and health care with:a look at long-term care. The coronavirus has taken an especially high toll on residents and staff at nursing homes and assisted living facilities. This week, state officials announced 51 cases in a single facility. We explore why these outbreaks are occurring and what’s being done about it.

In Depth: Health Care Workers and COVID-19

May 20, 2020
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

This week on The Exchange:  An in-depth series on the impact of COVID-19 on our health care system. Among those most vulnerable to this disease are health care workers; many have dealt with shortages of testing supplies, equipment, and staff, as well as shifting guidelines from authorities. We talk with three New Hampshire caregivers, all in the early years of their careers, about how this pandemic has affected them and their workplaces, as well as how these experiences might help shape the future of their fields. 

Air date: May 21, 2020

Dan Tuohy/NHPR

The pandemic has highlighted the gaps in our health insurance system, such as Americans who remain uninsured, or under-insured, even after decades of debate on health insurance policy. Now, with millions of people losing their jobs, some will also lose coverage, adding into the complexity of this problem – and sparking a search for new solutions. 

Air date: Wednesday, May 20, 2020. 

In Depth: COVID-19 and Telemedicine in N.H.

May 18, 2020
Joint Base Andrews

This week, The Exchange goes in-depth with a special series on the impact of COVID-19 on our healthcare system. On Tuesday, we discuss telemedicine.

In-person visits to doctors, dentists, and other providers are not permitted for most of the population, so providers are turning to telemedicine to treat patients via computers, mobile devices, and other technologies.

What has your experience been like? We explore the pros and cons of telemedicine and its potential lasting impact on patient care.

Air date: Tuesday, May 19, 2020. 

In Depth: Rural Healthcare and COVID-19

May 15, 2020

This week, The Exchange goes in-depth with a special series on the impact of COVID-19 on our  healthcare system, beginning with a look at rural healthcare.  As a largely rural state, New Hampshire already had service challenges prior to the crisis in providing health care options for rural and underserved communities. Many rural hospitals were already struggling financially, and the coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll. We discuss precautions taken in anticipation of the pandemic, how non-COVID-19 patient needs are being handled, and ideas for improving the strength of the rural health system. If you live in a rural community, how has health care in your town been affected?  

Airdate: Monday, May 18, 2020

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: May 15, 2020

May 14, 2020

As some sectors of the economy begin to reopen, we’ll speak with Taylor Caswell, Commissioner of the NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs. We'll talk about what types of regulations and safety measures are in place for businesses that are reopening, and what the next steps may look like. We’ll also continue to hear from reporters in neighboring states about what reopening looks like there - this week, we talk with a reporter from Massachusetts.

Air date: Friday, May 15, 2020 


How Do We Create Connections in an Online World?

May 13, 2020
Jessica Hunt

In the midst of the pandemic, the importance of human relationships has become clearer than ever. We talk with people who have been thinking about how to maintain relationships and create community as we work from home and remain physically apart.  We also look at how our view of technology is evolving, and what is lost when life is online. 


Airdate: Thursday, May 14, 2020


Election Policy During A Pandemic

May 13, 2020
Sara Ernst; NHPR


Elections must go on, even in a pandemic. We talk with state and local officials about the upcoming elections - from ballot access to how to keep people safe at the polls, and how the pandemic may change the way we do elections now, and in the future. 

Air date: Wednesday, May 13, 2020. 


While some childcare centers in New Hampshire have stayed open during the pandemic, others have shuttered and are now considering reopening.

We'll discuss what factors centers are weighing as they make this difficult decision and talk about what the reopening process will look like.

Air date: Tuesday, May 12, 2020. 

Annie Ropeik for NHPR

From quarantines to stay-at-home orders, state and federal officials have been intervening in our daily activities in unprecedented ways. We examine the rights and powers of the federal government, state governors, and individuals - in the midst of a public health emergency.

Air date: Monday, May 11, 2020

Dan Tuohy/NHPR

While New Hampshire gradually loosens COVID-19 restrictions in hopes of restoring some sense of economic normalcy, the state should also be assembling an army of public health officials to trace the contacts of people infected with the coronavirus.

That's according to Dr. Michael Calderwood of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine. "That's going to require a public health infrastructure we have not yet had and we need to develop,  he says. 




Weekly N.H. News Roundup: May 8, 2020

May 7, 2020

With longterm care facilities accounting for over 3 out of 4 COVID-19 deaths in the state, we discuss how the state is responding. Hospitals are beginning to allow elective surgeries and other procedures. And we go to the Seacoast and the state of Maine to see what “re-opening” efforts look like there.

Victoria Valente of Derry

As part of NHPR's series on trauma in the time of COVID-19, "Lifelines," The Exchange focuses on New Hampshire's refugees. Refugees who resettle to New Hampshire may experience trauma before, during, and after resettlement, and as they build new lives in the Granite State, we look at how the pandemic fits into this process of establishing stability, wellbeing, and community in a new place. 

Click here to find more of "Lifelines: Addressing Trauma in the Time of COVID-19."

Air date: Thursday, May 7, 2020


College seniors face a lot of uncertainty these days, not only about their final grades and graduation, but also about a job market in upheaval.

We talk about the challenges facing the Class of 2020 and hear from New Hampshire students who are leaving school and heading out into the real world. 

Air date: Tuesday, May 5, 2020.

Dan Tuohy; NHPR

Governor Sununu announced plans for a slow reopening of the New Hampshire economy after more than a month of stay-at-home orders, yet many businesses remained closed and people rethink their summers. We talk about the summer economy in New Hampshire and what to expect this year, from tourism to real estate. 

Air date: Monday, May 4, 2020. 

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Senator Jeanne Shaheen says scientific guidelines suggest it's not yet time to phase out social distancing, despite President Trump's decision to phase it out at the federal level after April.

"The guidelines that were issued earlier by the administration to open up the economy suggested that you need to see 14 consecutive days of numbers of coronavirus cases going down before they reopen their economy," Shaheen said. "What's been reported is that there aren't any states in the country that have reached that milestone."

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: May 1, 2020

Apr 30, 2020

We'll hear from Laconia Mayor Andrew Hosmer, after city officials decided to postpone Bike Week, and the Lakes Region faces economic uncertainty heading into the critical summer tourism season. We'll also check in on the decision over how and when to reopen New Hampshire's economy. Gov. Chris Sununu has said he will make an announcement Friday. And we'll check in on what's happening in Vermont, as officials there discuss a gradual reopening of the state.


Flckr Creative Commons

They may have closed their doors due to the coronavirus but libraries have been busy on behalf of patrons and the wider community, from lending laptops and hot spots to using 3 D printers to make parts for masks. Libraries and librarians across the country are also pondering the future, collaborating with researchers to determine best practices for handling books and other materials while protecting the health and safety of staff and the communities they serve.

Has the coronavirus pandemic made you think more about end-of life-planning... like advanced directives, a living will, or power of attorney?  We talk about the different options, how the pandemic has impacted the process, and how to bridge these conversations with your loved ones. Read on for a list of end-of-life planning terms and resources.

Air date: Wednesday, April 28, 2020. 

Andre Belanger




New Hampshire artists and arts organizations have been struggling during the pandemic, despite coming up with creative ways to stay afloat, including drive-by art shows.

Speaking on The Exchange, Russ Grazier, CEO of the Portsmouth Music and Arts Center, says shifting to online classes has been successful at the Center, even attracting new students – but that hasn't made up for severe losses in other sources of income, such as concerts, theater productions, and gallery showings.  

U.S. Army

As Granite Staters isolate themselves, many individuals, businesses, and organizations are in need of assistance and searching for help during a tumultuous time.

Have you been helping out in your own community? Have you seen friends or neighbors helping others in special ways? Do you know of a way that residents can get involved?

We'll discuss ways that you can help out during the coronavirus pandemic, whether that be by sewing face masks, volunteering, or making a donation. 

Air date: Tuesday, April 28, 2020.

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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. 

Ellen Grimm

Even during the best of times, making a living can be a challenge for artists.  During this pandemic, artists and arts groups have been cancelling and postponing events, closing galleries and studios, and trying to find new ways to connect with each other -- and their audiences. Some are also pondering during a time like this: What is the role of the arts and the artist?

Air date: April 27, 2020.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: April 24, 2020

Apr 23, 2020

Two top state lawmakers fill us in on what they've been working on these weeks, with the Statehouse shuttered and the economy on hold because of COVID-19.  Despite this, there has been some political activity and some turmoil, with top Democrats suing Governor Sununu over who should control huge sums of money the federal government is sending for coronavirus relief. This week, a judge ruled the Democrats do not have standing to sue the governor.   Meanwhile, there's bipartisan concern over the damage this crisis is doing to the state budget -- but differences of opinion when it comes to solutions. 

Air date: April 24, 2020. 

Special Broadcast: Checking In On N.H. Unemployment

Apr 22, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has left thousands of Granite Staters suddenly out of work, furloughed, or with reduced hours. The state is seeing a record number of unemployment claims. The Exchange will air a special extended hour Thursday at 1 p.m., as we answer your questions about unemployment. What's been your experience navigating the system?

Air date: 1 p.m., Thursday, April 23, 2020 

Dan Tuohy; NHPR

As coronavirus leads to record unemployment, many people are struggling to pay rent. We talk about the rights of tenants and landlords during the pandemic, and how COVID-19 is impacting access to safe, reliable, and affordable housing. 

Air date: Thursday, April 23, 2020.

Jordyn Haime

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change seemed to have captured global attention. Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, celebrated amid a global pandemic and stay-at-home orders. How has COVID-19 changed things for climate activists and policymakers - and what do these two global crises have in common, here in New Hampshire and beyond? 

Airdate: Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Todd Selig

As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in the Granite State, and questions remain about resources, safety, and the longevity of stay-at-home orders, we talk with state epidemiologists to get the latest recommendations and information about the coronavirus pandemic. 

Air date: Tuesday, April 21, 2020.