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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 rebroadcast at 9 p.m. weekdays.

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Coming up on The Exchange: 

  • Monday, Nov. 16:  Update: Opioid Crisis and Addiction Treatment in N.H.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 17:  Annual Holiday Book Show
  • Wednesday, Nov. 18:  N.H.'s Top Epidemiologists Answer Your Questions
  • Thursday, Nov. 19: How Will N.H. Restaurants Fare this Winter?
  • Friday, Nov. 20:  Weekly New Hampshire 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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What Would A Zero-Waste World Look Like?

3 hours ago
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Enjoy our earlier conversation with practical ideas about how you can "slash your trash." We’re all familiar with Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, but have we overlooked the REDUCE part? We hear about the failures of recycling, and look at practical ways we could be producing less waste in the first place. We hear from NPR reporter Laura Sullivan on her investigation: Is Plastic Recycling A Lie? Oil Companies Touted Recycling To Sell More Plastic.This program is part of NHPR's climate reporting initiative, By Degrees.

Airdate: Tuesday, November 24, 2020. It was originally broadcast on Sept. 22, 2020.

Navigating The Holidays With Civility And Empathy

Nov 22, 2020

The unconventional holidays this year present new challenges for practicing empathy with loved ones, along with the perennial issues, like talking politics. We discuss how to navigate holiday conversations, and also check in with food banks in New Hampshire about their holiday plans, and opportunities for you to give back.

Air date: Monday, November 23, 2020 at 9 a.m.

On Thursday, N.H. Governor Chris Sununu announced a mask mandate, starting Friday, Nov. 20, applying to all indoor public spaces and outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained.  State officials also announced 529 new COVID-19 cases, with all counties in the state now considered to have a substantial level of community spread.

As COVID-19 cases have surged across the country, we get an update on the pandemic in this region, including how state officials are responding in Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, with varying policies concerning masks, testing, contact tracing, and restrictions on gatherings and traveling. 

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

As COVID-19 cases surge in New Hampshire, state epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan and Dr. Elizabeth Talbot, infectious disease specialist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, continue to emphasize the importance of social distancing and wearing a mask or face covering to stop potential exposure to the virus. 

The Exchange interviewed them Wednesday. Here are some highlights of that conversation. You can listen to the full discussion here. 

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

Restaurants across New Hampshire have struggled this pandemic year, with shutdowns, phased re-openings, and now a double whammy of winter and rising COVID-19 infections. We talk with local restaurant owners about the many challenges they've faced, how they've innovated to stay afloat, and what they hope happens next. 

Air date: Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. 

Worker at Hannaford in Exeter behind a protective shield.
Annie Ropeik; NHPR

As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise around the country and New Hampshire, ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, we talk with state epidemiologists about testing, contact tracing, vaccines, and how to stay safe, and protect others, this winter. 

7 Takeaways From NHPR's Conversation with Dr. Chan and Dr. Talbot on Masks, Testing, & Vaccine News

This program aired Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Click here to read all of NHPR's coronavirus coverage. 

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John Burns says the drastic drop in the amount of people coming into his three recovery centers in Dover, Rochester, and Hampton for help worries him. Burns is director of the SOS Recovery Community Organization.

“I think they're afraid of physical contact. I don't know how they're doing – but I can guess. And the isolation is a problem.”

2020 Annual Holiday Book Show

Nov 16, 2020

It's our Annual Holiday Book Show, a little earlier than usual given the pandemic’s impact on both the book industry and  how people shop. We ask independent booksellers how they’re approaching both in-person and online sales this holiday season.  And of course we find out what books they recommend for inspiration or a little escape from reality!  How has your reading changed this year? What books are on your list - either for gifting or for reading this winter?

Airdate: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020

New Hampshire Dept. of Health and Human Services

Since the state established The Doorway, a new system for treating opioid abuse, nine hospitals in different regions now serve as entryways to organizations providing long-term support. Federal grants have helped bolster the system. But some say there are still too many gaps in care and the pandemic has worsened an already fragile situation.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: November 13, 2020

Nov 12, 2020

Earlier this month, the mayors of the state’s thirteen cities appealed to the governor for help addressing homelessness. We speak with Mayor Joyce Craig of Manchester about what’s needed. Coos County is now seeing the highest rate of community transmission of COVID-19 in the state, with over 400 new cases per 100,000 residents. We hear from Berlin Mayor Paul Grenier. Plus, who is supposed to pay for PFAS cleanup costs around the former Pease Air Force Base? And we remember the Mount Washington Observatory’s famous cat, Marty.  

Checking In With Teachers

Nov 11, 2020
A teacher writes on a whiteboard.
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In the second episode of our two-part check-in on public education, we talk with New Hampshire teachers about how this school year has been going for them as they manage a variety of learning models and try to stay safe. 

This discussion follows an interview with Commissioner Frank Edelblut on Tuesday, November 10th.

Air date: Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. 

Paul Levy

For Veterans Day, we revisit our 2016 conversation with New Hampshire author Paul Levy about his book called Finding Phil: Lost in War and Silence. Levy describes his search to uncover the life, and death, of an uncle he never knew, who died in World War II. 

Air date: Nov. 11, 2020 (this show originally aired on Sept. 28, 2016)

GUEST:

Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut

Nov 9, 2020
Commissioner Frank Edelblut speaks at a press conference for COVID-19.
Dan Tuohy; NHPR

Commissioner Frank Edelblut will answer your questions and talk with us about the ways the Department of Education is providing support for K-12 students, teachers, and staff across New Hampshire, and how the pandemic is impacting enrollment and resources. Send your questions to exchange@nhpr.org. 

Air date: Tuesday, November 10, 2020

N.H. Responds to 2020 Presidential Election Results

Nov 8, 2020
Dan Tuohy for NHPR

After days of suspense awaiting results from Pennsylvania, a key battleground state with 20 electoral votes, the Associated Press and major news networks declared Democratic nominee Joe Biden the winner in the 2020 presidential race on Saturday, Nov. 7. Biden has widened his electoral college lead since his victory in Pennsylvania. President Trump has so far refused to concede, asserting without evidence that the election was stolen. In a statement this weekend, Trump declared the election "far from over," promising more legal action. Several battleground states are headed for recounts.  Meanwhile, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have established a transition team and four major policy areas the incoming administration plans to prioritize.

For an explainer on how The Associated Press calls elections, visit here

For an explainer on how recounts work in various states, visit here.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: Nov. 6, 2020

Nov 6, 2020

With Republicans winning majorities across state government and Governor Sununu resoundingly winning a third term, how might this affect legislative and gubernatorial priorities? Meanwhile, the picture was very different on the federal level, with Democratic incumbents holding onto their seats in Congress and the U.S. Senate and former Vice President Joe Biden winning New Hampshire's four electoral college votes with some ease. Also, we check in on the voting process itself and any lessons learned for future elections in the Granite State.

Airdate: Nov. 6, 2020

Kevin Flynn

No matter how the Presidential race eventually turns out, it’s clear we’re a nation divided. We explore some philosophical questions about what that means for our future as a country and as individuals. How do we stay vigilant to misinformation in times of uncertainty, and how do we maintain trust in institutions that don't reflect our values? And given distrust in those whose politics we reject, how can we work on the nation's biggest challenges? 

Airdate: Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020

Proud to vote sticker and a ballot.
Rebecca Lavoie/NHPR

We're well into the second day of an extremely close presidential election, following record turnout in New Hampshire and across the U.S. For may people, this election season has felt more emotional and higher stakes than elections past.

So we want to know: How are you feeling today? How have you been talking with family and friends about the election results so far, and the news that continues to roll in? What is most important to you right now?

Sean Hurley for NHPR

  

We review results of the top state races and find out how the voting process itself went – with record absentee voting here and around the country. And we ask what we still don't know -- and when we might find out.

Voter Turnout in 2020

Nov 2, 2020
An "I Voted" sticker with an American flag
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Who is voting, or not voting, in 2020? We discuss how the New Hampshire electorate has changed since previous elections, examine increased participation among younger voters, and explore how civic involvement is evolving across demographic groups. 

Air date: Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, 9-10 a.m. 

Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College?

Oct 31, 2020
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 Twice in the past twenty years, the Presidential candidate who won more votes still lost the election. We discuss how the electoral college came about and how it works. We also delve into its problematic past and how it could be replaced.  But the Electoral College is not without its defenders, who feel it protects small states and reflects the wisdom of the founders. What do you think and why? 

Airdate: Monday, Nov. 2, 2020

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New Hampshire voters will choose a number of local political leaders, from county officers to state reps, on Nov. 3.

Every Friday leading up to the election on Weekly N.H. News Roundup, we talk about one of these down-ballot offices, from what powers they hold, to how they impact your daily life.

We talked with Josh Rogers, NHPR's senior political reporter, about the Executive Council. Check out Civics 101's in-depth explainer on the position.

Register to vote sign outside of Manchester city hall.
Dan Tuohy; NHPR

New Hampshire voters will choose a number of local political leaders, from county officers to state reps, on Nov. 3.

Every Friday leading up to the election on Weekly N.H. News Roundup, we talk about one of these down-ballot offices, from what powers they hold, to how they impact your daily life.

We talked with Paul Bergeron, current county commissioner in Hillsborough, who is not running for re-election this year, about this office. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: Oct 30, 2020

Oct 29, 2020

With only four days to go until Election Day, we discuss poll watchers and other voting issues. Then, we dig into why advocates in New Hampshire are rethinking the role of county attorney and how the Black Lives Matter movement is working to translate momentum into policy change. We also have our final installment of our Down-ballot series. 

Air date: Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. 

Photo of Dr. Benjamin Chan and Dr. Elizabeth Talbot on March 5, 2020.
Dan Tuohy / NHPR

State epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan and Dr. Elizabeth Talbot, infectious disease specialist at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, joined The Exchange on Oct. 28 to answer listener questions about COVID-19 in New Hampshire ahead of the holiday season. 

Here are some highlights from that conversation. You can also listen to the full show on demand, and read a transcript of the discussion. 

David Murray

The 2020 election finds the U.S. at a crossroads with the two presidential candidates miles apart on combating climate change. As part of NHPR’s By Degrees climate reporting initiative, we look at the prospects for carbon reduction in each candidate's approach. Closer to home, we examine how the plans offered up by New Hampshire gubernatorial candidates differ. How important is climate change as an issue for New Hampshire voters?

Airdate: Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020

A mannequin wearing a "masks please" sign and mask outside a store in Littleton.
Dan Tuohy; NHPR

The state is seeing a significant increase in daily new infections reported - the most since mid-May, and the third-most since the pandemic began.

With that rising case load, and the upcoming holidays and cold weather, we talk with our state epidemiologists about how to keep yourself safe while moving indoors, traveling, and building "pandemic pods" with those outside your household. 

Click here to read all of NHPR's coronavirus coverage. 

Air date: Wednesday, October 28, 2020. 

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

Heading into the final week before the election, we talk with political reporters and analysts about some of the major themes of this political season, including the pandemic response and what looks like a record level of civic engagement based on early voting counts.  And we want to hear from you -- decided and undecided voters.  What are your top issues as you consider this year's candidates for Congress, the Presidency, and Governor?

Air date: Tues., Oct. 27, 2020

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: Oct. 23, 2020

Oct 22, 2020

As coronavirus cases increase in states across the country, New Hampshire has also seen an alarming surge in cases. We examine what may be contributing to this surge, including smaller gatherings that lead to community-wide spread, and we get an update on how schools are coping with Covid-19 positive cases.  Nursing homes, which have borne the brunt of this pandemic, have also been experiencing a resurgence of outbreaks; we talk with InDepthNH.org about their recent series on the challenges facing nursing homes in this state. And we get an update on voting-related issues, with the election just about a week away. 

Air date: Friday, Oct. 23, 2020

Court house in Nashua.

New Hampshire voters will choose a number of local political leaders, from county officers to state reps, on Nov. 3.

Every Friday leading up to the election on Weekly N.H. News Roundup, we talk about one of these down-ballot offices, from what powers they hold, to how they impact your daily life.

This time we talked with Natch Greyes, an attorney with the New Hampshire Municipal Association, about the register of probate. 

Click here for all of NHPR's election coverage.

Sign up here for The Exchange newsletter - get program and guest highlights and a look at upcoming shows.

Sign on the door of a register of deeds office.

New Hampshire voters will choose a number of local political leaders, from county officers to state reps, on Nov. 3.

Every Friday leading up to the election on Weekly N.H. News Roundup, we talk about one of these down-ballot offices, from what powers they hold, to how they impact your daily life.

This time we talked with Natch Greyes, an attorney with the New Hampshire Municipal Association, about the Register of Deeds. 

Click here for all of NHPR's election coverage.

Sign up here for The Exchange newsletter - get program and guest highlights and a look at upcoming shows.

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