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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, 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.

Want more of The Exchange? We have a podcast! 

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Click here to get it on Apple Podcasts, and click here to find us on Stitcher. (Don't know how to find and listen to podcasts? Click here for a handy guide created by our friends at VPR!)

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.

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Concerns about the U.S. Postal Service

Oct 21, 2020
A U.S. Postal Service truck is parked outside a home on a snowy day while a postal worker delivers mail.

The U.S. Postal Service is dealing with an unprecedented number of mail-in ballots this year, amidst political turmoil about absentee voting and the COVID-19 pandemic. Some are worried about the USPS's ability to process all of the ballots by Election Day given some staff shortages, and there are also concerns about the health and safety of postal workers. National reporters join us to clarify some of the inaccuracies they've heard about the USPS and discuss what they're covering. 

Air date: Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. 

  The issue of health insurance dominated the presidential primary, before the pandemic took over headlines. Now the Affordable Care Act and health insurance are back in the news, with the Supreme Court in focus. We talk with health policy reporters about the upcoming Supreme Court cases and the impact of the election on health insurance.

Air date: Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

Gov. Chris Sununu, a Republican seeking his third term, and challenger Dan Feltes, a Democratic state senator, debated live on NHPR's The Exchange on Tuesday.

The candidates clashed repeatedly over policy differences as they discussed the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic, New Hampshire's economic recovery, heath care, race and policing, and myriad issues the two have sparred over during Sununu's tenure as governor.

Jessica Hunt/NHPR

Election officials say that as of Oct. 13, more than 78,000 general election absentee ballots had already been returned by voters; that's more absentee ballots than were counted in total during the 2016 general election. And plenty of people are still planning to vote in person. We talk with election officials to find out how they are keeping up and what they are anticipating as Election Day, Nov. 3, approaches. We want you to be a part of the conversation, too. Let's hear your questions and comments around the voting process and your experiences so far. Email to participate or call in during the show: 1-800-892-6477.

Airdate: Monday, Oct. 19, 2020

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: Oct 16, 2020

Oct 15, 2020

As positive COVID cases are on the rise in New Hampshire, we discuss why that is and how to protect ourselves as we head into the colder winter months. Also, NHPR's reporters will update us on local voting issues and our recent live debates. We also chat about how COVID will impact Halloween festivities this year. Plus, our latest installment in our series Down Ballot. 

Air date: Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. 

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U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Republican nominee Corky Messner debated live on NHPR on Thursday.

The Senate candidates have sparred in recent weeks over health care, coronavirus relief spending, and political experience.

Related: 5 Takeaways from NHPR's U.S. Senate debate

Voter registration sign at a voting center in Portsmouth.
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 about the role of county sheriff with Ethan DeWitt, the statehouse and politics reporter for the Concord Monitor.

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.

Steve Negron, left, and Congreswoman Annie Kuster, right
File Photos, NHPR

U.S. Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, a Democrat running for a fifth term in the 2nd Congressional District, once again faces a challenge from Republican nominee Steve Negron. Tune in for a debate live on NHPR at 9 a.m. Tuesday as the candidates discuss the pandemic, economics, health insurance, and systemic racism and inequality. 

Air date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: October 9, 2020

Oct 8, 2020

Senator Maggie Hassan joins us to discuss voting issues and the upcoming committee hearings on the Supreme Court nominee, as the coronavirus spreads through the White House and reaches several Republican senators. The president calls for supporters to "watch the polls" so we find out what is allowed at N.H. voting places, and field your questions about mail-in voting. N.H. schools transition to hybrid models, but there’s some pushback from parents. And what’s going on with races for county sheriff in N.H.?

Air date: Friday, Oct. 9, 2020.


The state's long-term care ombudsman Susan Buxton is preparing to re-enter long-term care facilities as state and federal authorities continue the proccess of slowly re-opening nursing homes and assisted living facilities, allowing more visitors in hopes of alleviating social isolation.

"We are now in the process of putting together our plan to be able to go back into the facilities," Buxton said.

For information on how to reach the ombudsman, visit here.

Front entrance of UNH Law.
Jessica Hunt/NHPR

College has been back in session for a little over a month. How are things going, for students, staff, and college towns? We talk with leaders at the University System of New Hampshire, and take your questions, and stories, about this new, unprecedented school year. Students, professors, and staff members, tell us: what has been going well, and not so well, this year? And what questions do you have for the university system?

Air date: Thursday, October 8, 2020. 

Mowers and Pappas

Matt Mowers, a Republican who has worked for the Trump administration, and Democratic Congressman Chris Pappas, who is seeking a second term, have both made a special pitch to moderate and independent voters. In a debate live on NHPR on Wednesday at 9 a.m., the two candidates shared their views on the many challenges facing the country, including the pandemic, an economic crisis, and racial issues.

Michael Brindley / 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 about the role of county attorney with Paul Cuno-Booth, a reporter for the Keene Sentinel who has covered the significance of this race in New Hampshire

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.

Democracy In Turmoil & Election Stress

Oct 5, 2020
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The U.S. presidential election is just four weeks away. There is confusion about the president's COVID-19 diagnosis and timeline, with a widening circle of advisors falling ill. The president has refused to commit to the peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election, and impugned the electoral process, even as unprecedented numbers of voters are opting to use mail-in ballots. We examine the threats to American democracyand the role of the media in battling disinformation. Then we talk with the therapist who coined the term "election stress disorder." Symptoms include “irritability and resentment, covering up anxiety and a sense of powerlessness" and he has some suggestions for how to cope. Air date: Tuesday, October 6, 2020

How New Hampshire's Housing Market Is Changing

Oct 2, 2020
A residential street with brick row houses.
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The housing market in New Hampshire has been dramatically impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. In some communities, people are moving in from Boston or New York City to escape the pandemic and pricing out local residents. Meanwhile, across the state, affordable rental housing continues to be in short supply. We get the latest on home ownership, rentals, and evictions. 

Air date: Monday, Oct. 5, 2020. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: Oct. 2, 2020

Oct 1, 2020
Sara Plourde

With a month to go before Election Day, we check in on the dos and don'ts of absentee ballot voting. We’ll also hear about the state of the race for Governor and US Senate in New Hampshire, plus a look at what’s happening in Maine politics. And we begin a series on down-ballot races, exploring what role county attorneys play in New Hampshire.

Air date: Friday, Oct. 2, 2020


Phosphine, a toxic gas commonly produced by organic life forms, was recently discovered in the Venusian atmosphere. The Sky Crew returns to discuss how it might have gotten there, and the tantalizing possibility that it is a sign of life on Venus. Closer to home, we discuss how  to get started skygazing in your own backyard and what you can see in the night sky this fall. It's a perfect time to look skyward, and we consider whether satellites and space junk might be getting in the way.

Air date: Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. 

Analysis of the First 2020 Presidential Debate

Sep 29, 2020
Patrick Semansky/AP

We discuss the first presidential debate between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden of the 2020 general election. Among the topics on the agenda, as chosen by moderator and anchor of "Fox News Sunday" Chris Wallace: the candidates' records, the economy, the coronavirus pandemic, the Supreme Court, race and violence in cities, and the integrity of the election.   

Air date: Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020

School Funding: A New Lawsuit and COVID-19

Sep 28, 2020
Three students sit at desks completing worksheets.
The City Journal

Though it has been the subject of debate for decades, school funding is back in the limelight in New Hampshire. The state Supreme Court heard oral arguments last week after four districts sued the state for not funding an adequate education for students. We examine the history and nuances of this discussion and explore how the issue is complicated by COVID-19. 

Air date: Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. 

Find all of our coverage and share your experiences with NHPR's COVID & The Classroom.

The hosts of NHPR's Civics 101, a podcast refresher course on the basics of our democracy, have written a new book, A User's Guide to Democracy: How America Works.  We talk with them about what people should, and often don't, know about American government, and we hear from leaders in NH who are working to improve civics education for students and new Americans. 

Air date: Monday, September 28, 2020. 

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Some long-term care facilities are slowly reopening to allow visits from family members, recognizing that residents have been suffering both emotionally and physically after months of isolation.  The facilities have been doing so according to guidelines released recently by the state, as well as by federal authorities. 

Still, it can be a precarious balancing act: Allowing more people in – especially when adequate testing is lacking – can mean introducing the virus.  

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New Hampshire's high death rate from COVID-19 in elder-care facilities has exposed gaps in protective gear, testing, and staffing. Improvements have come in some areas but challenges remain. Meanwhile, both the state and federal government recently issued new visitation guidelines to help ease the severe mental and physical health effects of isolation. We examine how these facilities are preparing for this change.

Air date: Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020.

Sara Plourde / NHPR

NHPR will host a series of debates in October, leading up to the Nov. 3 election.

Election 2020: The Exchange Candidate Debates from NHPR will air live during The Exchange on NHPR from 9-10 am. They will also broadcast on NHPR Facebook Live, and will air on NHPBS at a later date. The dates for the debates are as follows: 

CD1: Wednesday, 10/7

CD2: Tuesday, 10/13

US Senate: Thursday, 10/15

Governor: Tuesday, 10/20

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman to serve on the highest court and a champion of gender equality, died Friday at the age of 87. Her death was announced by the US Supreme Court, saying the cause was complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas. 

Monday on The Exchange, we'll discuss Ginsburg's life and legacy. We'll also look at the immediate impact of her loss to the court with a high-profile health care case set to heard in November, and the political debate unfolding over how and when her seat should be filled.

Air date: Monday, Sept. 21, 9 a.m.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: September 18, 2020

Sep 18, 2020

Smoke from West Coast wildfires has dimmed our sunshine - could we see extensive fire damage here, and what’s the link to climate change? The New Hampshire Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in a case that will decide if a list containing the names of more than 250 law enforcement officers with credibility issues should be disclosed to the public. We also find out about inconsistencies in psychological evaluations used in the hiring process at N.H. police departments. We find out about a demonstration at Cathedral Ledge in the Mt. Washington valley. And what will leaf-peeping be like this this fall?


Air date: Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. 

We talk with members of a team formed especially to study disparities in the state's pandemic response. Topmost among their messages, in a report issued this summer: Health has to do with much more than clinical care; it is a matter of housing, schooling, employment -- areas where members of racial and ethnic minority groups have suffered from discrimination. Still, the report proposes some simple starting points toward improving health outcomes. Some have already been set in motion. We look at these, as well as other more long-term goals included in the report. 

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Whether remote, hybrid, or in person, back-to-school is a bit more complicated for students with additional needs. We talk with educators and families about how back to school is going for them, as they adapt special education services for the new school normal.

Air date: Wednesday, September 16, 2020. 

Dos And Don'ts Of Getting Outdoors

Sep 14, 2020
Annie Ropeik, NHPR

As fall hiking season begins, and more people are opting outside than ever, we talk about how to explore the outdoors safely and responsibly, and about ways to enjoy hiking with your family. 

Air date - Monday, September 14, 2020. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: Sept. 11, 2020

Sep 10, 2020

Democratic Congressman Chris Pappas joins us to discuss his campaign for re-election to represent the first congressional district.  We get an update from NHPR education reporter Sarah Gibson on how students, teachers, and parents are adjusting to a new school year under pandemic conditions.  And we talk with longtime Republican party leader Steve Duprey about former governor Stephen Merrill and his political legacy. Merrill died last Saturday, Sept. 5, in his Manchester home at the age of 74.