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 rebroadcasts at 7 PM weekdays.

Coming Up on The Exchange: 

Monday, 12/17 - Project Drawdown: A Comprehensive Plan to Reverse Global Warming

Tuesday, 12/18 - New N.H. State Representatives

Wednesday, 12/19  -  Marklin Candles & Bees; 9:40 U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith 

Thursday, 12/20 - Governor Chris Sununu

Friday, 12/21  -  Weekly N.H. News Roundup

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Our annual tradition is back! We're letting you, our listeners, choose the The Exchange episodes we'll replay during our holiday break.

We've chosen ten episodes comprising some of our favorites as well as some of the most popular with our audience (as measured by downloads, web clicks, and social media).

Which are your favorites? Which do you want to hear again? Which haven't you heard and would like to hear for the first time?

It's all in your hands... 

Drawdown is when global greenhouse gases in the atmosphere begin to decline on a year-to-year basis.  It's also a nonprofit organization and a book.  Project Drawdown analyzes 100 solutions to rollback greenhouse emissions and comes to some surprising conclusions about what provides the most impact.  Our discussion will focus on the solutions within the sectors of energy, food, and women and children.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: December 14, 2018

Dec 13, 2018

Eversource wins state approval to build the Seacoast Reliability Project, an $84 million dollar project includes routing the line beneath Little Bay.  The New Hampshire G.O.P. works to avoid a primary challenge to President Trump in 2020 - but should it?  And we remember the ice storm of 2008.

We're in the middle of holiday shopping season, so we take a look at how shopping trends have changed, as a result of Amazon, rapid shipping, mobile shopping, and social media. We talk about local New Hampshire retailers and national trends, and discuss how businesses are adapting and evolving to appeal to shoppers.


The Brexit agreement on Britain's withdrawal from the European Union appears to be on the brink of defeat. Facing fierce opposition in Parliament, Prime Minister Theresa May decided to delay a vote on an agreement reached after nearly two years of negotiations. The plan would have kept Britain, for the most part, within the European Union's customs and trade system for the next two years.  Now, the country's economic and political future appear uncertain. We'll discuss what led to this situation, what might happen next, and how the uncertainty surrounding Brexit might have global repercussions.

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Jonah Goldberg, senior editor at the National Review, and one of the most influential voices in American conservatism, has challenged some members of his own party, particularly those who have shown unquestioning loyalty to President Trump. Still, Goldberg has not taken the route of some other prominent Republicans, who have abandoned the GOP because of Trump. 

Meanwhile when it comes to the Mueller probe, Goldberg is witholding judgement: "I'm on nobody's side... if the truth or facts or evidence is on Trump's side, I'll defend that," he wrote recently.  "If its's not on his side, I won't be either."   

We talk with Goldberg, also a familiar voice from NPR's Morning Edition, while he's here in New Hampshire headlining the Libertas Award Dinner at the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy. 

Transracial adoption, or adoption outside of one's own race or ethnic group, has continued to grow in the U.S. in the last fifity years. We talk with adoptees and a social worker about the adoptee experience, including living and growing up in a new culture, in a family of a different race, sometimes the other side of the world from their birthplace, and how families can engage in meaninful conversations about identity, culture, and race. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: Dec. 7, 2018

Dec 6, 2018

After a dramatic day of voting and re-voting, N.H. lawmakers re-elect Secretary of State Bill Gardner for a 22nd term, by the slimmest of margins.  Police arrest a man for threatening Governor Sununu in connection with online statements targeting the state's Jewish community.  And more than 200 people turn out for a final public hearing on a proposed 10-year mental health plan and call on lawmakers to fully fund the plan.  

It's actually been talked about it for decades, but what do we mean when we say "artificial intelligence" in our time? We hear that history, and talk about new developments. How is AI impacting us now, and in the future?

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We sit down with Liza Mundy, author of Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II. The book outlines recently declassified documents that revealed the role more than 10,000 young American female code-breakers played in World War II.  Their efforts gave U.S. commanders the intelligence they needed to foil Japanese and German attacks, thereby saving countless American lives.

Liza Mundy is a staff writer at the Washington Post and author of Michelle: A Biography and Everything Conceivable. 

2018 Annual Holiday Book Show

Dec 4, 2018

Our indie bookstore owners are back for our annual Holiday Book Show to discuss the books that flew off the shelves in 2018, and which might make for great gift-giving or to keep for yourself!  Novelists tackled the idea of American identity, with characters who don't quite fit in, while history writers revealed hidden stories from our past, from code-breakers to the Korean War.  And non-fiction covered famous figures including Ronald Reagan and Michelle Obama.  Scroll down for the list of books mentioned on the show.

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Former President George H. W. Bush died this past weekend at age 94. We talk with those who knew and worked with him, and political analysts, about his life, his achievements, and his impact on American politics. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: Nov. 30, 2018

Nov 29, 2018

A new federal report on climate change includes some dire news for this region but a leading author of the report says there are some hopeful signs to be found in how some local communities are adapting and working to mitigate the effects. The race for N.H. Secretary of State enters its final lap. And a jury delivers its verdict in an art forgery case involving a prominent collector and a N.H. mother and son. 

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With winter weather here, superintendents around the state have had to make the call on whether or not to close schools in their districts.  And even with advances in forecasting, it can be a tough decision to make.  We ask how they do it  and also why some districts use so-called "blizzard bags," which allow students and teachers to work from home.   

The Complicated History Of The Overpopulation Debate

Nov 27, 2018
Sara Plourde; NHPR

Population growth has been a concern for environmentalists, and other interest groups, for more than a century. But the anxiety over the loss of space, and resources, as a result of human growth and consumption, is not simple. We talk with Sam Evans-Brown, host of Outside/In, NHPR's podcast about the natural world and how we use it, about his two-part show on the history of the anxiety of overpopulation. 

Listen to the episodes of Outside/In on overpopulation here

The Power and Potential of Fungi

Nov 26, 2018
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We learn about the miracle of fungi, from mushrooms, to yeast, to mold on your shower curtain. Fungi are in a vast yet little-known kingdom of their own, closer to animals than plants, and one of the oldest and largest organisms on earth.  In addition to tasty mushrooms foraged in fall, we learn about the important role fungi plays in the ecosystem, their relationship to trees, and promising areas of research for the future. 

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Joshua Johnson, host of NPR's 1A, has been hosting focused, incisive conversations about all manner of subjects since early 2017, and recently he paid a visit to New Hampshire to host a few hours of the program here.

While he was here, NHPR's Peter Biello spoke with him on stage at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord. They discussed the art of interviewing, how he started in public radio, and the place of public radio in the media landscape.

Lakes Region General Hospital is just the latest hospital in New Hampshire to close its unit that cares for women in labor and delivers babies. It's the ninth hospital since 2000 to do so. We examine what's behind this national trend and how the state is responding. Among the solutions: freestanding birth centers and maternity training for emergency dispatchers. 

For the most American holiday, steeped in tradition, a new book on "The Mayflower: The Families, The Voyage and The Founding of America."  British historian Rebecca Fraser focuses on Edward Winslow, who she calls the most important, but least remembered, of the group of separatists known as the Pilgrims.  We discuss the challenges they faced in England and in the New World, as well as the role of women and their changing relationship with the Native Americans.  

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Gone are the days when shopping required visiting multiple establishments -- the butcher, the baker, the fishmonger. Now, we can find just about everything under one roof. But there are major changes underway in how we gather food -- including both high-tech innovations and the revival of some traditional ways of shopping.  We take a deep dive into shopping trends -- from meal kits and in-store drinking and dining to no-frills shopping and self-scanning. What grocery stores do you gravitate to -- and why?

The Future of Food? Aquaculture & Aquaponics

Nov 20, 2018

We learn about new ways of growing our food. There's aquaculture; growing fish and crops in coastal waters and the open ocean.  At the mouth of the Piscataqua River, a UNH-led team has designed a raft that serves as a pen for steelhead trout, with mussels and sea kelp that benefit from the fish.  Then there's aquaponics - using the wastewater from farming fish to provide nutrients for plants grown without soil. And then, we hear Peter Biello's interview with Joshua Johnson of 1A when he visited New Hampshire last month. 

Bear Brook Podcast, Genetic Genealogy and Privacy

Nov 16, 2018

Two barrels. Four bodies. And the decades-long mystery that led to a serial killer. A podcast about a cold case that's changing how murders will be investigated forever.  D.N.A testing was crucial in identifying the victims and finding the killer, and has become a powerful new tool for crime investigators and law enforcement. But should we be concerned about privacy issues? 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: November 16, 2018

Nov 16, 2018

We discuss leadership changes at the New Hampshire House, after Democrats gain control of both chambers in the midterm elections. The New Hampshire ACLU is filing a federal lawsuit against the Northwood Police Department for what they say was an illegal immigration stop based on racial profiling.  Another ACLU lawsuit contends that mental health patients in New Hampshire are routinely denied their constitutional rights by being detained in emergency rooms without a hearing. And a judge has ruled that New Hampshire authorities investigating the stabbing deaths of two women can examine recordings made by an Amazon Echo speaker with the Alexa voice assistant.

Author Howard Mansfield: "Who Owns Property?"

Nov 14, 2018

We talk with New Hampshire author Howard Mansfield about his new book, "The Habit of Turning the World Upside Down: Our Belief in Property and the Cost of That Belief." Mansfield was struck by the emotional nature of battles over natural gas pipelines and transmission lines. He focuses on the essential American experience of property and questions over "who decides the best use?" and "who owns property?" 

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We sit down with Taylor Quimby, senior producer of Outside/In, NHPR's show about the natural world and how we use it, to talk about the latest episode, "The Meat Matrix." In the episode, Quimby spent time with a listener who gives frequent feedback to the station about her vegan advocacy; he also explored the world of vegan activism and what some call "the meat matrix." Listen to the episode of Outside/In here

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We sit down with Lulu Garcia-Navarro, host of NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday, and former foreign correspondent who has reported from Israel, Brazil, Mexico, and Libya, among others. She is in New Hampshire to speak about James Foley, a journalist who was killed by the Islamic State in 2014, and who is being honored by the N.H. Supreme Court Society. We discuss Foley, international reporting, and diversity in newsrooms. 

The Race For New Hampshire Secretary Of State

Nov 12, 2018
Allegra Boverman; NHPR

The midterms might be over, but there's yet another important election coming up in New Hampshire: state lawmakers will soon pick our next Secretary of State. Bill Gardner has had the job for more than 40 years but now - he faces TWO challengers.  We talk to all three candidates, and discuss how lately that office has become more prominent, and political.  This show is hosted by Lauren Chooljian, NHPR's politics and policy reporter for the State of Democracy project. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: November 9, 2018

Nov 9, 2018

The so-called "blue wave" flipped the New Hampshire legislature and Executive Council to Democrat - we look at what's ahead after Tuesday's midterm elections, and the impact of increasing diversity at the N.H. statehouse. We also look at midterm results in neighboring states plus some non-election New Hampshire news.

The Pull of N.H.'s 4,000-Footers

Nov 8, 2018
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There are 48 New Hampshire peaks over 4000 feet, drawing hikers from all over.  The  official Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) Four Thousand Footer Club was formed in 1957 to introduce hikers to some of the less known sections of the White Mountains of New Hampshire. For most hikers, it's about the experience and the view, but for some, it's that and more: peak-bagging to complete "the List", or the much tougher "Grid".  We explain the terms and hear tales of those drawn to N.H.'s 48.

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The mid-term elections are over, and New Hampshire Republicans will hold onto the corner office, with Governor Sununu's victory. Meanwhile, Democrats celebrated holding onto the state's two congressional seats and Democrats now hold the balance of power in the state House, Senate and Executive Council.