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.

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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, 2/17: Rebroadcast: Avalanche Danger in NH's Backcountry
  • Tuesday, 2/18:  9 A.M. -  E.J. Dionne on "Code Red: How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite to Save Our Country”
  • Wednesday, 2/19:  Exercise and Aging
  • Thursday, 2/20:  Afghanistan
  • Friday, 2/21:  Weekly N.H. News Roundup

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Can Progressives and Moderates Unite?

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We talk with writer and liberal political commentator E.J. Dionne about his new book:  "Code Red." In it, he urges moderates and progressives to stop feuding and come together if they really want to defeat President Trump. Dionne gives examples from U.S. history when people of slightly different political persuasions got together and made major change.  He says today's Democrats could actually learn a political lesson from a Republican icon: Ronald Reagan. 

Air date: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020

Avalanche Awareness in Mt. Washington's Backcountry

Feb 17, 2020
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New Hampshire is seeing a boom in backcountry skiing and mountaineering, and that means more people are venturing into avalanche territory in mid-winter.  We talk with the director of the Mount Washington Avalanche Center about this trend, and how to explore safely. 

This program will be broadcast on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. It was originally broadcast on  Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: Feb. 14, 2020

Feb 13, 2020

Now that the presidential candidates have packed up and moved on to the next primary contest, we take a look at state politics, including Governor Chris Sununu's State-of-the-State address and bills that have been making their way through the legislature -- some more smoothly than others. 

Air date: Feb. 14, 2020.

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We talk with town managers from the southern tier to the north country about what challenges they have in common, what sets their communities apart, and what they're hoping to hear from Governor Chris Sununu when he delivers his State of the State address.

We'll cover Governor Sununu's  speech live, starting at 2 p.m.  

Air date: February 13, 2020 

N.H. Primary: What Happened & What's Next

Feb 12, 2020
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With Bernie Sanders claiming a slim margin of victory over Pete Buttigieg in last night's primary, and Amy Klobuchar notching a third place finish, we parse the numbers and trends from the N.H. primary with political reporters and analysts. As we reflect on N.H.'s moment in the limelight, we contemplate what's ahead in the presidential nominating process. 

NHPR has spent a lot of time recently exploring the fight to keep New Hampshire's first in the nation primary status, but on primary day, we focus on the New Hampshire races that made a big impact on national politics throughout history, and hear from listeners about their favorite primary memories. 

Air date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020. 

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A Friday night debate, then dozens of campaign events across New Hampshire, as primary candidates make one last effort to reach as many voters as possible. We discuss the biggest news from the final hours of the N.H. primary, and hear how voters, and candidates, are gearing up for Tuesday. 

Have questions about registering to vote or casting a ballot? Check out our voter guide. 

The N.H. Primary News Roundup: February 7, 2020

Feb 6, 2020

The 2020 presidential candidates are back in New Hampshire, following the Iowa caucus confusion that has yet to be fully resolved. Will those troubles cast a shadow over the Granite State?  What are the candidates focusing on in the remaining days before the primary?  We'll also preview the Democratic debate and President Trump's rally on Monday.

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NHPR's podcast about the New Hampshire primary, Stranglehold, held the mirror up to the media itself, and the role of local media in our first in the nation status. We talk about how the primary has impacted news rooms and reporters, and how those same newsrooms influence the election. 

Listen to the episode of Stranglehold: "The Newsroom."

Original air date: Thursday, February 6, 2020. 

Sky Crew: Life Beyond Earth?

Feb 4, 2020

Our Sky Crew returns to discuss missions to Mars in 2020 as well as new evidence of the building blocks for life elsewhere, not just on far off exo-planets but even on relatively nearby moons. We also focus on the red supergiant star Betelgeuse; why is it dimming in the night sky?  What astronomy news has caught your eye?'

Air date: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020

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  Monday night, Feb. 3, 2020 was caucus night in Iowa, but despite promises of transparency, confusion reigned in reporting results and no winner was declared.  We discuss issues coming out of the Iowa caucuses, how the 2020 Democratic campaigns react, and how the lack of clarity coming out of Iowa impacts the landscape for the New Hampshire primary.   Air date: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020


A recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll found that 41% percent of Americans "do not think the country is prepared to protect the U.S. election system from attack," says NPR's Pam Fessler.  How are federal and local officials working to secure our elections? We discuss with Fessler, and  NHPR's Casey McDermott, who covers election security and voting in N.H.  

Original air date: Monday, February 3, 2020.

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During an Exchange interview, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, who describes herself as progressive but practical, emphasized the word "progressive" in that characterization.  

"I actually pass bills and get things done," she said, referring to the 100 bills she has passed in Washington, DC. -- a frequent campaign theme.  Among the bills she is most proud of: securing funding for a collapsed Minnesota bridge, a bill on drug shortages, and her work on broadband issues. 

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Each Friday until the N.H. primary on Feb. 11, The Exchange focuses on the latest news in the presidential race. The special N.H. Primary News Roundup features state and national reporters, sound from the campaign trail, and occasional appearances by candidates.

During the second half of the show Friday, Jan. 31,  NHPR interviews Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar from Washington, D.C., before she heads back to the Senate impeachment trial.  

As the Academy Awards approach, we look back on the year in movies: from award contenders airing on the streaming service Netflix, to a reinterpretation of Little Women, to the biopic of Harriet Tubman, and the continual favoring of movies by and about white men over diverse casts and filmmakers. 

Original air date: Thursday, January 30, 2020.

As the impeachment trial of President Trump moves into the questioning phase, we look back at the arguments presented before the Senate by the House Managers and Trump's defense team, and what to watch in the next phase of the trial. 

Don't miss Civics 101's "Extra Credit" on presidential impeachments, and listen to their episode on impeachment

Original air date: Wednesday, January 29th, 2020.

Courtesy, NTI, the Nuclear Threat Initiative

We talk with former U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest  Moniz about the threat of nuclear weapons and strategies for strengthening nonproliferation policies. We'll also discuss  his work on a dramatic plan called "Clearing the Air," which describes how to remove many gigatons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Air date: Jan. 27, 2020

The N.H. Primary News Roundup: January 24, 2019

Jan 24, 2020
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Sidelined by the impeachment trial this week, several Democratic presidential candidates are working on alternative ways to connect with voters, including sending out surrogates and planning satellite interviews and remote events over Skype.  

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Will large-scale solar energy take off in New Hampshire? Although far behind its New England neighbors in producing solar energy, there are several major projects in the works that could significantly boost capacity here.  But these expansive installations can face challenges and opposition, even among renewable energy supporters. 

Medicare: How Well Is It Actually Working?

Jan 22, 2020

"Medicare-for-all" is a phrase we hear a lot lately on the presidential trail, but we're taking a step back to talk about how Medicare, which was designed to provide health insurance for older Americans and those with disabilities, has evolved since its creation. We look at how Medicare is working now. 

Original air date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020.

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The Exchange sat down with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders on Sunday, Jan. 19, before a live audience to discuss the Senator's views on Medicare for All, gun policy, foreign policy and other issues on voters' minds this election cycle. 

Sanders, who won the 2016 New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary by a large margin, finds himself in a close race for the 2020 contest. He was recently endorsed again by the SEA SEIU Local 1984, one of the largest labor unions in the Granite State. 

Sara Plourde; NHPR

This week we saw the latest, smallest, and whitest Democratic debate of the cycle. How'd it go? And with the Iowa caucuses just weeks away, who has the momentum, how are candidates ramping up their door-to-door campaigning, and where does the Senate impeachment trial fit in?

Original air date:  Friday, January 17, 2020

Minnesota Historical Society

We examine the history of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in New Hampshire.  Twenty years ago, The Granite State was the last in the nation to attach King's name to its holiday, previously called Civil Rights Day.  We'll discuss that period with some of the people responsible for the change. And we'll explore what the holiday means now for older -- and younger -- generations.  

"The Crown" and The Role of Modern Monarchy

Jan 14, 2020
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What is the role of modern monarchy? With the third season of "The Crown" on Netflix, we continue to be fascinated by the royal family. The announcement last week by Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, that they intended to step back from official royal duties and move to North America, overshadowed even the British parliament vote on Brexit. Is this the beginning of the end of the monarchy? We look at the role of today's royals through the lens of the popular Netflix series "The Crown."

Air date: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020

NH Public Radio

We find out what New Hampshire state lawmakers hope to accomplish this year.  Many bills from last year have been revived, concerning guns, energy, transportation, health care and more.   Last week, for instance, House Democrats voted again to establish and gradually increase the state's minimum wage -- an effort vetoed last year by Gov. Sununu.  We'll explore how this debate -- and many others -- might play out this year.

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We begin our Jan. 13 show  with U.S. Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado.  A former Superintendent of Schools in Denver and co-sponsor of the Green New Deal, with a keen interest also in immigration reform, Bennet is running on a platform that includes a public option for helath care, expanding tax credits for the middle class, and repairing the country's infrastructure.   

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It's been a volatile period in the Middle East, with the U.S. and Iran trading threats and attacks.  In just the last few weeks, an American contractor in Iraq was killed in an attack the U.S. blamed on an Iran-backed militia; the U.S. responded with airstrikes in Iraq that killed at least 25 fighters; hundreds of Iran-backed militiamen and their supporters held violent protests at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad; and a U.S. airstrike in Iraq killed a top Iranian general, setting off massive protests and a retaliatory strike by Iran.  We'll discuss the latest on this conflict, the history behind it, and what's at stake for U.S. foreign policy in the region.

Original Air Date: Jan. 13, 9:30 a.m. 

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The former two-term Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick, who filed for the New Hampshire primary a day before the deadline, says he felt the need to jump into the presidential race because he offers a different approach – and not just from President Trump.


“I've been concerned that we have been offering, and this is a gross generalization, but either nostalgia, meaning we'll just get rid of, as they say, President Trump and go back to doing what we used to do, which is not what we need right now,” Patrick said on The Exchange. “Or our version of anger and division instead of theirs, which I also think sort of misses the moment. And so I think there is still a path.”


(For the full conversation, visit here.)


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The Exchange sits down with Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont on Sunday, January 19, at 11 a.m. before a live audience to discuss health care, the environment, conflict in the Middle East and more.  Although he calls himself a Democratic Socialist, Sanders caucuses with Democrats and is running for president as a Democratic candidate. Among his top issues: Medicare for All, the Green New Deal,  cancelling student debt, and taking on the "billionaire class."   

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Each Friday until the N.H. primary on Feb. 11, The Exchange will focus on the latest news in the presidential race.  The special Weekly N.H. Primary Roundup will feature state and national reporters, audio from the campaign trail, and occasional appearances by candidates.

For the show's first segment on Friday, Jan. 10, NHPR will welcome Democratic presidential hopeful Deval Patrick, the former Massachusetts governor who jumped into the race about two months ago. Patrick left his job at the private equity firm Bain Capital before launching his campaign.   

We'll also talk with CBS News reporter Nicole Sganga and SNHU Civic Scholar Dean Spiliotes about the week's Primary news, including how candidates have responded on the campaign trail to recent unrest in the Middle East.  

Air date: Friday, Jan. 10, 2020