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.

The Exchange is continuing our In Depth series by looking workforce challenges in New Hampshire. Click here for the series page to listen to the programs you might have missed.

Coming Up on The Exchange: 

  • Monday, 6/10:  N.H. Conservation Organizations Reflect On The U.N. Biodiversity Report 
  • Tuesday, 6/11: N.H.'s Parole System
  • Wednesday, 6/12:  What to Do About the "Summer Slide"
  • Thursday, 6/13:  A Look at Political Polling 
  • Friday, 6/14: 2020 Presidential Candidate Kirsten Gillibrand

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Chickens In Your Backyard

19 hours ago

With the boom in backyard chickens, New Hampshire cities and towns are trying to balance this trend with regulations aimed at safety and neighborhood peace. What have you seen in your town? We discuss the how-tos, the rules, and what raising backyard chickens means for people and their communities. 

This conversation airs live at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 20, and again at 7 p.m. Audio will be available shortly after the conclusion of the program. 

Hundreds of business are in D.C. opposing tariffs this week, so how will trade discussions with China and Mexico, among other places, impact New Hampshire?  Also, we have a preview of the state's lucrative summer tourism season, and discuss what the Federal Reserve might do with interest rates. 

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

How are the 2020 primary candidates distinguishing themselves among New Hampshire voters. There are now 23 candidates competing for the Democratic nomination, and each is trying to carve out a space in the field. Meanwhile, the first Democratic debates are next week and not all the candidates are included.  Have you attended any campaign events? Who stands out to you, and why?  What are your top issues? 

Later this summer, The Exchange will devote several shows to K-12 public education in New Hampshire. With such a large subject, we have chosen 10 different aspects of education to explore, and we want to hear from you: fill out our survey and share your thoughts and questions. 

How General Stores in N.H. are Staying Relevant

Jun 16, 2019

General stores have been part of the fabric of life in N.H. towns for over 200 years. But many of the state's traditional general stores struggle or have closed in today's competitive retail economy amid big box stores. We look at how general stores become the heart of a community, and how they are innovating to stay relevant in the 21st century.

This program will air on Monday, June 17, at 9 a.m., and will be rebroadcast again at 7 p.m.  It was originally broadcast on March 13, 2019.

Ali Oshinskie for NHPR

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand presents herself as a fighter – and a winner, seemingly unfazed by low poll numbers.  Speaking on The Exchange, the New York Senator said she believes she can win over red, blue, and purple parts of the country, touting her popularity in conservative parts of her home state.

"I've never backed down from a fight. I take on the fights that other people won't, and I actually win. And that's been my story," she said. 

Allegra Boverman for New Hampshire Public Radio

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will be on the debate stage at the Democratic National Committee June 26 or 27. The two-term senator, who has been behind in the polls, recently met the 65,000 donor mark. Gillibrand has more than a decade of experience in Congress and the highest percentage of women donors. We ask Gillibrand about paid family leave, gun control, her version of a Green New Deal, and abortion rights.

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has just secured her spot on the debate state ⁠— she tweeted Monday that her campaign passed the 65,000 donor threshold set by the Democratic National Committee. Gillibrand previously secured a spot at the Democratic debates via polling numbers but surpassing the donor criteria puts Gillibrand securely on the debate stage in Miami on June 26 or 27.

The 2020 Presidential primary has a massive field of Democratic candidates, and as even more voters shift away from using landlines, election polling has evolved as well. We talk about how we measure public opinion on political candidates, the reliability of polls, and how polling impacts both candidates and voters. 

Sara Plourde for NHPR

NHPR reports on the New Hampshire Presidential Primary every four years, but this time around we're trying something a little different.

We're inviting you to weigh in on how we should cover this campaign. 


As vacation season approaches, schools are offering ways to try to keep students from losing academic ground during the summer -- through reading, practicing math, and engaging in other activities that stimulate learning. We talk with the state's Deputy Commissioner of Education and two N.H. professors about how kids can best use their free time -- and keep learning -- during summer vacation. 

"Supervision" And Life On Parole

Jun 10, 2019
Sara Plourde; NHPR

The four-part podcast Supervision follows one New Hampshire man's life on parole. We talk about this series with reporter Emily Corwin, and discuss parole in N.H., including finding access to resources like housing, transportation, and mental health services, to finding a job and integrating back into life outside of prison.

Threats to Biodiversity in N.H.

Jun 10, 2019
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A recent report from the United Nations says the global situation is dire - that the planet will lose as many as one million species, unless we make what the study calls "transformative" change soon. We focus on Granite State bio-diversity, what it looks like now, and what the path forward might be. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: June 7, 2019

Jun 8, 2019

We hear about the latest development in the Bear Brook cold case; genetic genealogy helped to identify the likely killer but the victims remain unknown. In a ruling that could have far reaching impacts, a  judge has called the state's current method for funding public schools is unconstitutional. And The Mount Washington Observatory and the Cog Railway are going to court over property rights on the summit of Mt. Washington. 


Exploring N.H.'s Rail-Trails

Jun 5, 2019

With the warm weather here, Granite Staters are out on the rail-trails. Years ago, railroads criss-crossed New Hampshire. Now, some of those old rail corridors are making way for bikers and walkers, as well as  equestrians and inline skaters, and, in winter, cross-country skiers. We discover the etiquette for the popular multi-use trails, and hear about connecting communities from Salem to Lebanon and beyond into the White Mountains.  

CATCH Neighborhood Housing

To some extent nonprofit organizations address the affordable housing shortage differently from the private sector, from financing construction to the relationships they maintain with residents.  We examine the role of nonprofits in addressing the scarcity of affordable housing that affects individuals, families, and the state's economy, as businesses seek workers who need affordable homes. 

Sara Plourde

The number of refugees being resettled in New Hampshire has dropped dramatically under the Trump administration.

There were 162 refugees resettled in the state in Fiscal Year 2018, according to an annual report from the N.H. Department of Health and Human Services. That's down from 518 two years prior. 

An Update On The 2020 Census

Jun 4, 2019
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The 2020 Census' citizenship question is but one of the problems for the once-a-decade nationwide count. Amid a  labor shortage in the Granite State, the census here will partially rely on a volunter workforce. Funding for the count hasn't grown adequately since 2010 and a decision on a proposed question about citizenship is expected from the Supreme Court this month. We get an update on the Census on the state level and hear arguments on how the citizenship question could impact the count.

Exploring N.H.'s Refugee Program In Manchester

Jun 2, 2019

The number of refugees being resettled in New Hampshire has dropped significantly under the Trump administration. There were 162 refugees resettled in the Granite State in FY 2018; that's compared to 518 two years prior. We'll explore what that means, and also talk with former refugees living in New Hampshire's largest city about their experiences. We'll also look at the city's school system, and how it works with refugee families arriving in the city.


Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Over his first five months on the job, Congressman Chris Pappas has experienced the country’s longest government shutdown and a spiraling controversy around President Trump.  

“This president operates like no other president in history,” Pappas said this week on The Exchange. “He flouts the law, flouts the conventions of our democracy. And I think it's really important that he doesn't set a precedent for future presidents to be able to conduct themselves in a similar fashion.”

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: May 31, 2019

May 31, 2019

We recap the fate of the state's death penalty and the efforts to override the governor's veto. The state files two statewide lawsuits against eight companies, including 3M, DuPont and its spinoff, Chemours, for environmental contamination caused by PFAS chemicals. Senate budget writers try to wrap up the state spending plan with a close eye on education funding. And we preview the events in celebration of the bicentennial of the New Hampshire State House.


How Should We Preserve And Repurpose Old Churches?

May 29, 2019

New Hampshire's landscape includes many old houses of worship, and while some are being restored, while others are being adapted for new use, as homes, businesses, or meeting spaces.  We examine the importance of these structures to communities, and the debate around what their future should be. 

Hospital Mergers In New Hampshire

May 28, 2019

Across New Hampshire, hospitals have been combining forces, with one another and with larger healthcare networks. This is part of a larger national trend of hospitals teaming up. We look at what is driving these mergers, and the impact on patients and the larger community. 


A Conversation with U.S. Congressman Chris Pappas

May 27, 2019
Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Much has happened in the nearly five months since New Hampshire First District Democratic Congressman Chris Pappas was sworn in. Freshmen Democrats made waves with ambitious plans for tackling climate change. The Democratic-led  US. House passed two gun laws that received bipartisan support. The Democratic field of presidential candidates keeps growing -- by latest count, reaching 23. Also, the Mueller report arrived, and, with it, debates on whether to start impeachment hearings. Join us with your questions for U.S. Congressman Pappas. 

Laid-Back Hiking

May 24, 2019

With temperatures warming up, you may be itching to get outside. But where to go and how to get started - especially with kids? New Hampshire is blessed with plenty of hiking trails, especially in the White Mountains, as well as networks of trails around its cities and towns. We discover favorite trails and uncover some new discoveries, and discuss how to keep it fun for everyone involved.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: May 24, 2019

May 23, 2019

With more states passing restrictive abortion laws, we look at local reaction and examine where New Hampshire stands on this issue. Also, the New Hampshire votes to override Gov. Chris Sununu's veto of a death penalty repeal, while the Senate signs off on a series of gun control measures. Also this week, Gov. Sununu signed a bipartisan mental health bill into law. 



Submit Your Questions For Congressman Chris Pappas

May 23, 2019
Allegra Boverman/New Hampshire Public Radio

Congressman Chris Pappas ran in 2018 on policies such as a $12 national minimum wage, reducing medical costs and enacting nationwide paid family leave. Now it's time to check in with Pappas about his first term in the House. On Tuesday, May 28, at 9 a.m., Pappas gives us an update and answers questions on The Exchange.

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

If New Hampshire is having workforce issues today, where will the Granite State be in 10 years? All signs are pointing to trouble: dwindling young adult population, highest in-state tuition in the country, and the almost certain disruptions from automation. In this series, we've heard about efforts aimed at building a more robust workforce, today we ask which methods might bear the most fruit. And can New Hampshire make our regional destinations more attractive for remote workers? We talk about which populations to focus on, what towns and cities can do and how education might shift to better meed the needs of the workforce. 

Send an email is or call in to 1-800-892-6477. 

Ellen Grimm / NH Public Radio

Our In-Depth series on New Hampshire's workforce shortage continues with: untapped workers. We ask: what groups of potential employees are being overlooked?  These might include recent immigrants, people with criminal records, people with disabilities, and older workers. 


We continue our series on New Hampshire's labor shortage.  Skilled labor, manufacturing, and healthcare are three sectors facing serious workforce shortages. We look at the specific challenges for these industries and others, the types of jobs they are struggling to fill, and the efforts they are making to recruit employees.