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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 rebroast at 9 p.m. weekdays.

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Coming up on The Exchange:

  • Monday, June 14: Laura Knoy Reflects on 25 Years With The Exchange
  • Tuesday, June 15: On Juneteenth
  • Wednesday, June 16: Replay: 2021 Summer Book Show
  • Thursday, June 17: Replay: What To Expect on the Trails This Summer
  • Friday, June 18: Replay: On Juneteenth

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A N.H. Take on Biden's First 100 Days

Apr 30, 2021
Todd Bookman / NHPR

We discuss the path the new President has tried to carve on an array of issues, from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic to climate change to the immigration crisis. We also examine how the first 100 days can predict an administration's future. 

Air date: Monday, May 3, 2021. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: April 30, 2021

Apr 29, 2021

We talk with reporters about how well the state is providing vaccine access to its vulnerable populations, and an investigation into the oversight of New Hampshire's correctional facilities, which have seen a number of outbreaks of COVID-19 in the last year. We also talk about energy legislation: from funding for broadband development to a proposed ban on discussions of "low carbon fuel standards programs."

Air date: Friday, April 30, 2021. 

We talk with author and educator Jessica Lahey about her new book, The Addiction Inoculation. Part parenting manual, part memoir, her book chronicles her own struggles with addiction and how she has approached protecting her own children from their most dangerous inheritance, substance use disorder. She joins us to discuss strategies and practical tools to understand, support, and educate resilient, addiction-resistant children.  Air date: Monday, April 29, 2021

The Highs and Lows of NH's Civic Health

Apr 27, 2021
A woman hands an elderly man a bag of groceries on his porch.

Civic health extends far beyond voting and attending town meetings; it also includes volunteering, participating in public service, and helping out your neighbors. According to the 2020 New Hampshire Civic Health Index, the Granite State ranks high in some areas pertaining to civic health, but also comes out near the bottom in others. We talk about social trust, political behavior, and community building. 

Air date: Wednesday, April 28, 2021. 

How to Get Started Beekeeping in N.H.

Apr 26, 2021

The beekeeping season is short and busy in New Hampshire. Bees are vital for pollinating most of the food crops humans eat.  We discuss how to get started in beekeeping and challenges such as winter hive loss and drought. And we find out how to encourage more bees to your own backyard. Email your questions to or call during the show: 800-892-6477.

Airdate: Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Sara Plourde for NHPR

As part of NHPR's week-long focus on artists, we talk with you about what creative projects you've undertaken this last year, and what making art has meant to you. We talk with art educators and creative people from around the state about how they incorporated art into their lives in 2020. 

Read on for art created by our listeners. 

Explore our series, "The Show Goes On: How New Hampshire Artists Emerge from the Pandemic."

Air date: Monday, April 26, 2021. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: April 23, 2021

Apr 22, 2021
Sara Plourde / NHPR

We speak with NHPR reporters about the latest coronavirus news, the return to full-time in-person school this week, and an investigation into a Manchester-based video hosting website. We also talk with a summer camp director about how she's prearing to bring camp back safely this year. 

Air date: Friday, April 23, 2021. 

For Earth Day 2021, NHPR reporter Annie Ropeik hosts a roundtable of reporters from around New England. They will be highlighting innovations and signs of progress in tackling climate change that they've noticed in their state, as well as the issues that are top of mind.  What have you seen in your community that gives you hope? Send a photo along with your  comments and questions at This program is a part of NHPR's climate reporting initiative, By Degrees.

Airdate: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Christina Phillips / NHPR

Yesterday, after less than two days of deliberation, a jury in Minnesota convicted former police officer Derek Chauvin of the murder of George Floyd, a Black man who died after Chauvin placed him an illegal hold during an arrest in May 2020. We talk about what this conviction means, for our country and for New Hampshire. 

Air date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021. 

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.