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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, April 19: Impacts of Expired Mask Mandate
  • Tuesday, April 20Looking Ahead for New Hampshire's Restaurant Industry 
  • Wednesday, April 21: New Hampshire Reacts to the Chauvin Verdict
  • Thursday, April 22: Earth Day: Signs of Progress Around New England
  • Friday, April 23: Weekly New Hampshire News Roundup

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Looking Ahead with N.H.'s Restaurant Industry

Apr 19, 2021

As the vaccine rollout continues and we head into warmer weather, we check in with Granite State restaurants on outdoor dining, changes to statewide mandates, and what the future holds for their businesses. 

Air date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021. 

Will You Wear A Mask Without A Statewide Mandate?

Apr 18, 2021

Will you be wearing a mask now that Governor Sununu has ended the statewide mask mandate? Many New Hampshire cities and towns, businesses and organizations say they’ll continue their own mask requirements. We look at the impact these mandates have had and gauge reaction across the state.

Airdate: Monday, April 19, 2021

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: April 16, 2021

Apr 15, 2021
Sara Plourde / NHPR

We speak with Senate Democratic Leader Donna Soucy about the governor's lifting of the statewide mask mandate, the current legislative session, and the state budget. We also learn about the resignation of a Rochester City Councilor in the midst of a sex abuse investigation. And, we talk with NHPR reporters about the state's pause of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and school reopening efforts. 

Air date: Friday, April 16, 2021. 

Crescent City Kitchen Food Truck lit up at night.
Chris Kozlowski

Food trucks fill a unique role in New Hampshire's food industry, including at catered events, festivals, and on roadsides. We talk with food truck owners from across New Hampshire about why they got into the business, what they're looking forward to this summer, and the logistical and regulatory challenges of operating a food truck in the Granite State.

Air date: Thursday, April 15, 2021.


With the upcoming delayed Academy Awards, we reflect on which films received recognition and why. Also, we discuss the pandemic's impact on how audiences watched and how the industry itself will emerge after a tumultuous year. 

Air date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021. 

A hundred-year mystery lured N.H. climber Mark Synnott into an unlikely expedition up Mount Everest. The mystery? On June 8, 1924, George Mallory and Sandy Irvine set out to stand on the "roof of the world," where no one had stood before. They were last seen eight hundred feet below the Everest summit. Did they summit decades before Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953? Irvine is believed to have carried a Kodak camera with him to record their attempt; could the frozen film reveal Mallory and Irvine on the summit? Synnott's new book, "The Third Pole," is an adventure story that also describes the modern innovations and geopolitical, economic, and social forces at play in an Everest expedition.

Airdate: Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Replay: Pregnancy During COVID-19

Apr 9, 2021
Credit Jess Hutchins

We focus on pregnancy and giving birth during the coronavirus pandemic. Over the past year, some doctor's appointments have shifted to telehealth, loved ones have not been able to meet the newest member of the family, and many parents of newborns have felt isolated. 

Air date: Monday, April 12, 2021. This show was originally broadcast on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: April 9, 2021

Apr 8, 2021
Sara Plourde / NHPR

We speak with Senate President Chuck Morse about New Hampshire's budget, gubernatorial powers in a state of emergency, and school funding. We also meet New Hampshire's first Director of Outdoor Recreation Industry Development and learn about the foundation of The New Hampshire Bulletin, a new nonprofit news organization. And, we check in on the state's vaccine rollout and the rise of the new coronavirus variant. 

Air date: Friday, April 9, 2021. 

Sign inside window of Newfields post office that says "No mask, no service, mandatory by Governor Sununu."
Annie Ropeik, NHPR

The new federal stimulus package extends the number of weeks Granite Staters can receive unemployment insurance, but confusion and frustration about the application process remain, and some people are now getting bills for overpayment. We take your questions for the Deputy Commissioner of N.H. Employment Security. Find the full audio and a transcript of the conversation below.

Air date: Thursday, April 8, 2021.

Annie Ropeik for NHPR

Granite State Farmers reflect on what they learned this year -- and how they're planning for seasons to come. In response to the pandemic, many made changes they plan to keep, such as taking reservations for pick-your-own visits and making home deliveries. They say demand for locally grown food has been strong. The big worry now: an early spring drought.


Air date: April 7, 2021

A Closer Look at the Mount Washington Observatory

Apr 5, 2021

Don’t like the weather? Wait a minute! Nowhere is it more true than on Mount Washington, “the home of the world’s worst weather." And thanks to the non-profit research facility on the summit, we can look at weather data records dating back to 1935. We learn more about what it is like to work at the observatory and discuss the meteorological data and anomalies that exist at 6288 feet.

Airdate: Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Replay: Valuable Advice in a Difficult Year

Apr 2, 2021
Dobie News

In an overwhelming year, we all could use some words of wisdom. So we discussed how to give and receive good advice and why timing matters. 

Air date: Monday, April 5, 2021. This show was originally broadcast on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. 

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster says there will be plenty of opportunities to make changes in President Biden’s American Jobs Plan, unveiled this week.  Biden called it a “once-in-a -generation investment in America.”

The $2.3 trillion plan, the first of a two-part recovery package, includes investments in fixing the country’s roads, bridges, and ports, as well as expanding high-speed internet access and investing in clean energy and climate change research.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: April 2, 2021

Apr 1, 2021
NHPR / Sara Plourde

We discuss how vaccine registration went this week, including another mass vaccination clinic and questions about eligibility for out-of-state college students. We also talk about baseball's opening day and chat with Manchester's Fire Chief, who is retiring after 36 years in the department. And we'll meet NHPR's new community engagement producer. 

Air date: Friday, April 2, 2021. 

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster joins The Exchange on Thursday to discuss the $2 trillion infrastructure spending plan unveiled by President Biden this week.

Unusual For Their Time: America's First Ladies

Mar 30, 2021
Dan Tuohy photo / NHPR

American First Ladies are some of the most powerful unpaid and unelected women in the world. Many of their  accomplishments have gone unrecognized. We discuss how these women were partners in the nation’s leadership from the very beginning, and in many instances, continued their leadership after leaving the White House. Which first lady do you find inspiring?   Airdate: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 

Demostrator holds sign that says Stop Asian Hate.
Cori Princell; NHPR

Violent attacks against Asian Americans have invigorated an examination of our nation's long history of racism against people from this wide, diverse group. In New Hampshire these conversations arose at Stop Asian Hate rallies earlier this month. We reflect on this current moment, and welcome Asian American Granite Staters to join the conversation.

Air Date: Tuesday, March 30, 2021.

Allegra Boverman

On Thursday, April 1, U.S. Representative Ann McLane Kuster joins The Exchange to discuss federal pandemic efforts and major spending proposals by the Biden administration that include upgrading the country's infrastructure and investing in renewable energy, as well as boosting the social safety net with plans for free community college and a national paid leave program. 

Spring Birding in N.H.

Mar 26, 2021
NH Audubon

We explore ways to attract birds and the best birdwatching spots in the state. We also discuss more casual birding and ways to start if you've never done it before. 

Air date: Monday, March 29, 2021.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: March 26, 2021

Mar 25, 2021

Governor Chris Sununu announces he will renew the state's mask mandate that was set to expire this week, given the rise in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. A second mass vaccination effort is planned for this weekend at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. As the House continues its work the state budget, Republican leaders add an amendment that would give the legislature more power over a governor’s emergency orders -- a move criticized by Governor Sununu.  And the state Supreme Court weighs in on the school funding issue and considers a case involving the legal rights of those held against their will because of alleged psychiatric concerns.

Air date: March 26, 2021

Reopening Public Education

Mar 24, 2021
Sarah Gibson, NHPR

As school staff across the state are vaccinated, many districts are considering a return to fully in-person learning. We ask how these decisions are being made, what the hopes and concerns are, and what changes to education might be here to stay. 

This show is part of NHPR's COVID & the Classroom coverage. 

Air date: Thursday, March 25, 2021. 

A hand dispenses covid 19 vaccination into a syringe.
Todd Bookman; NHPR

We talk with Dr. Benjamin Chan and Dr. Elizabeth Talbot about the latest news related to COVID-19 in New Hampshire, including new variants of the virus, vaccination progress, and how to behave after vaccination, from travel to school to expanding quarantine pods. 

Air date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021. 

Jordyn Haime for NHPR

We talk with an ICU doctor, traveling nurse, and chief nursing officer about this year of loss and struggle -- dealing with staffing and PPE shortages, working to understand and combat COVID-19 as more and more patients arrived, with so many succumbing. The new vaccines have brought hope -- but also concerns about complacency, given the spread of variants.

Air date: March 23, 2021

The Therapeutic Power of Music

Mar 19, 2021
Smooth Radio

Music's benefits for those with dementia are well-known, but it is also therapeutic across the board. We discuss the complex impacts that music has on our brains and how this knowledge is being used in medical treatment and therapy. 

Air date: Monday, March 22, 2021. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: March 19, 2021

Mar 18, 2021

The state launched its new vaccine registration site this week, known as VINI, which opened to teachers and childcare staff in the 2A vaccination group. New data on vaccine distribution shows lower vaccination rates for Black and Latino Granite Staters. And as educators get vaccinated, districts across the state are expanding in-person learning.


Air date: Friday, March 19, 2021.


About a year ago, as the country entered a state of emergency due to the pandemic, offices shutdown - in some cases, seemingly overnight.

Those who could transfer work to their homes, set up laptops in their dining rooms, living rooms, or areas with some amount of quiet.

For many -- although at first a necessity for safety reasons -- the change has become a preference, with some unexpected benefits, including a steep decline in commuting.

It appears more emphasis on remote work is here to stay. Some research shows productivity actually increased in certain sectors. Among the downsides: Those improvised work spaces may not be designed with ergonomics in mind, leading to physical problems. Some question whether collaborative creativity suffers. And many whose jobs could not go remote have been left behind, widening existing economic divides.

Air date: March 18, 2021

It's Garden Thyme: Planning Season Is Here

Mar 15, 2021
Two cats sit in a window in winter next to two potted plants.
Erin Schaick.

Fluctuating weather and other hints of spring have arrived, so it's time to start thinking about what you need to grow the garden you want this year. We talk about the things you should do now, indoors and outside, to prepare for the warmer weather, from succession planning to seeding to learning about your soil. First time gardener, or seasoned green thumb? Send us your questions, and tips, about your current gardening projects. 

Do you have ideas for other gardening, growing, and backyard topics? Please let us know in our listener survey!

Air date: Tuesday, March 16, 2021. 

Writers On A New England Stage: Paul Krugman

Mar 14, 2021

The Exchange presents a special broadcast of Writers on a New England Stage with economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: March 12, 2021

Mar 12, 2021

The latest on the state's battle with the coronavirus, including the easing of some restrictions. The contest for Democratic party chair enters its final days before this weekend's vote. And what are the prospects for several Republican-led bills that would tighten voter eligibility laws? 

Air date: March 12, 2021

Checking In With NH's Performing Arts Scene

Mar 10, 2021
An empty indoor theater
Cinema Treasures

Many performing arts venues are struggling to figure out safe rehearsals, virtual performances, and a lack of income. Yet some performing artists are using the turmoil of the past year as inspiration. We explore how the performing arts are doing during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Air date: Thursday, March 11, 2021.