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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, Mar. 1: State Epidemiologists Drs. Chan and Talbot
  • Tuesday, Mar. 2: Vaccine Equity 
  • Wednesday, Mar. 3: Taking A Toll: Part 3 - Elderly Mental Health
  • Thursday, Mar. 4: Writers on A New England Stage - Diane Rehm
  • Friday, Mar. 5: Weekly New Hampshire News Roundup

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While efficiency upgrades can save money and cut back on your carbon footprint, how much should we invest, especially during a pandemic? It’s been a big debate for N.H. utility regulators. The Public Utilities Commission delayed their decision on this issue in December 2020 and is expected to make a ruling by mid-February 2021. As part of  NHPR’s By Degrees climate reporting project, we examined the pros and cons of greater efficiency, and whether businesses and residents should have to deal with up-front costs to create savings down the road. What does this debate say about the state’s energy future? 

Airdate: Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. Original airdate: Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: January 22, 2021

Jan 21, 2021

Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president amid unprecedented security measures in Washington D.C. and at state capitols. State lawmakers in New Hampshire, still adjusting to pandemic logistics, hear public testimony on bills addressing voting issues and public access to police records and disciplinary hearings. And significant community spread of the coronavirus continues in New Hampshire and across the country as the Biden Administration works to ramp up vaccinations and expand testing.

Air date: Friday, Jan. 22, 2021

Healthcare workers get vaccinated outside at a clinic at Elliot Hospital.
Jordyn Haime/NHPR

The Exchange spoke with Dr. Beth Daly, Chief of the Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at the N.H. DHHS, Dr. Benjamin Chan, the state epidemiologist, and Dr. Elizabeth Talbot, the state deputy epidemiologist, about COVID-19 vaccine access and safety. 

NH Reacts to Biden-Harris Inauguration

Jan 20, 2021
Joe Biden photo
Todd Bookman / NHPR

We talk about the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday, Jan. 20, including Biden's inaugural speech, the biggest challenges he'll face, and the new administration. We really want to hear from you. What does this moment mean to you personally? What are your biggest concerns as Biden takes office?

Air date: Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. 

A spray painted wooded sign for COVID testing.
Dan Barrick/NHPR

We talk about the new, more contagious variant of COVID-19, and what that means for both personal and public health, and we learn more about how the vaccine protects you and others, and have to behave safely before and after vaccination. 

Air date: Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. 

N.H. Vaccine Distribution and Administration

Jan 19, 2021
Vaccine plan
Office of Gov. Chris Sununu

COVID-19 vaccine distribution continues, with national and state logistical challenges. We talk about the hurdles involved, how the state is managing the distribution process, and the latest information on how and when people will get their shots in New Hampshire. 

Air date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021

How do the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., speak to us in this tumultuous moment of American history?  Join our special call-in show in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day as we talk with Black activists and civil rights historians about recent events and what wisdom and lessons they take from King's life. How are you reflecting on the legacy and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. this year?

Airdate: Monday, Jan. 18, 2021

House lawmakers indict President Trump a week before he leaves office for inciting a deadly riot with false claims of a stolen election. It was the first time in history a president has been impeached twice. How will this play out in the Senate, which is likely to take up the debate once Trump is no longer president? Meanwhile, the Capitol is gearing up, and bracing for, the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden amid nationwide threats of armed protests, including at state captitols across the country. Biden this week meanwhile released a $1.9 trillion spending plan that includes a national vaccine program and reflects the idea that defeating the pandemic and reviving the economy are intertwined.

Air date: Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. 

Hundreds of National Guard Troops inside the Capitol Visitor Center to reinforce security on Wednesday during the impeachment vote.
J. Scott Applewhite/AP

The past four years, from the Mueller investigation, the first impeachment of President Trump, and the discussions about presidential pardons, have demonstrated the complicated Constitutional questions of how a sitting President may be held accountable. After the House voted for a second time to impeach President Trump, we talk about what's next, as we near the transition of power. What do you think Congress should do next?

Air date: Thursday, January 14, 2021. 

A signpost with markers for internet, television, radio, magazines, and newspapers.
Deccan Herald

We discuss last week's attempted coup at the U.S. Capitol in D.C. while exploring how social media and disinformation campaigns contributed to this moment. We also put the attack in historic context and talk about how news coverage is part of the discussion. 

Air date: Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. 

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

With the pandemic still surging, state lawmakers have had to figure out new ways to meet and vote, let alone how to vote on the substance of hundreds of bills -- addressing education funding, taxes, voting issues, energy and the environment, and more. Also on the agenda: crafting a new two-year budget. Last week, about 400 House members met in a UNH parking lot, voting from their cars to elect Rep. Sherman Packard, a Republican from Londonderry, Speaker of the House. The same day, In Washington D.C., a mob of pro-Trump extremists attacked the U.S. Capitol, leading to to the deaths of several people, including a Capitol police officer. In the aftermath, state capitols have been at heightened alert, including in Concord. We get a preview of what's likely to dominate discussion at the Statehouse in the upcoming months.

Air date: Monday, Jan. 11, 2021.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: January 8, 2021

Jan 7, 2021

After Wednesday's storming of the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump extremists, we take stock of where we are now. Many were arrested, including one from New Hampshire. What do local Republicans say about the President of their party being labeled an instigator? What are your reactions to Wednesday's attack? Email us at  

Air date: Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. 

Pro-Trump extremists in D.C. stormed the U.S. Capitol.
Julio Cortez/AP

As Congress conducted a formal count of electoral votes Wednesday afternoon, a mob of pro-Trump extremists stormed Capitol Hill, leading to an armed standoff, at least one death, and curfew in Washington D.C. While the story unfolds, The Exchange wants to hear from listeners: how are you feeling about the ongoing situation in D.C.? Email 

Air date: Thursday, January 7, 2021.

File Photo / NHPR

U.S. Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen spoke on NHPR's The Exchange this morning, before chaotic events unfolded at the nation's capitol.

For Republican members of Congress contesting Electoral College votes, Shaheen had stern words: 

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

The 117th Congress was sworn in Sunday and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., began her third term in the U.S. Senate. We will speak with Shaheen on Wednesday, Jan. 6, about some of America's major domestic and foreign policy challenges - including the pandemic, the political tumult surrounding the presidential election, and increasing tensions with Iran and Russia.

Shaheen has worked on pandemic relief legislation with a focus on helping small businesses and increasing funding for substance misuse treatment. She has also indicated there could be more federal help on the way as coronavirus infection numbers remain high amid the vaccine rollout. We also get her take on President-elect Joe Biden's agenda, which includes ambitious plans to tackle climate change.

Air date: Jan. 6, 2021

 COVID-19 has proven to be more deadly than the seasonal flu, but over the past year, we’ve learned about significant long term impacts of the virus, both on those who are hospitalized and those with milder cases, including breathing issues, extreme fatigue, and neurological and psychological symptoms. We discuss what we know, and don’t know, about living with the impacts of COVID-nineteen long after infection.

Air date: Tuesday, January 5, 2021.

A New Year's Economic Forecast

Dec 31, 2020
Patrick Patterson places the open flag out in front of the Portsmouth Brewery on April 1, 2020.
Dan Tuohy / NHPR

We look ahead to what 2021 might bring for both New Hampshire's and the national economy. That includes how sectors hit hardest by the pandemic might recover and what's included in Congress's most recent relief package. 

Air date: Monday, January 4, 2021. 

Have you hiked Mount Lafayette in N.H.'s Franconia Notch? We talked with N.H. author Ty Gagne about his new book “The Last Traverse: Tragedy and Resilience in the Winter Whites." It’s the true story of two friends on a winter hike that goes awry, and the search-and-rescue efforts that keep it from becoming a bigger tragedy. What makes it especially relevant for this moment is the insight into how we make high-stakes decisions and manage risk in uncertain situations. 

Airdate: Friday, January 1, 2021. Originally aired December 2, 2020.

Are We Overdoing Democracy?

Dec 30, 2020

We talked with philosopher Robert Talisse about his book, Overdoing Democracy: Putting Politics In Its Place. He argues that politics is dominating our lives and minds right now, at a moment when we might make more of a difference by nurturing social connections, cooperation and civic engagement. We find out more, and ask: Has the pandemic increased political polarization? 

Airdate: Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020. Originally aired Nov. 30. 2020

All this week on The Exchange, it's another opportunity to hear some of our most interesting discussions of the year. NHPR's Peter Biello talked with the author of a biography of Nackey Scripps Loeb. She headed the Union Leader Corporation in the 1980s and 1990s, one of the most unusual and influential local newspapers in the U.S. Her unapologetic conservatism and position in the first-in-the-nation primary state gave her an outsized and now largely forgotten role in American politics. Although she initially had no interest in the newspaper business, she wrote more than a thousand front-page editorials, drew political cartoons, and became a regular on C-SPAN. We discussed her legacy in Granite State politics and women's roles in shaping the modern conservative movement.

Airing Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020. Originally aired July 16, 2020

How well do you really know George Washington? If you’re picturing wooden teeth and a cherry tree, you will want to tune in for NHPR reporter Casey McDermott's conversation with historians Alexis Coe and Erica Armstrong Dunbar. Their work challenges conventional wisdom about this founding father and brings to the forefront Ona Judge, the runaway enslaved person he pursued to Portsmouth, N.H..

Air date: Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020. Originally aired June 24, 2020

A Reassessment of the Legend of Hannah Duston

Dec 27, 2020

All this week on The Exchange, we bring you some of our most thought-provoking discussions of the year. The national conversation about how we consider confederate statues came to New Hampshire, as Native Americans called for a closer look at the history of Hannah Duston’s statue in Boscawen. Her tale of native slaughter made her a colonial era heroine, but controversial in our time. And we learned about efforts to expand Duston’s story to include Abenaki history.

Airdate: Monday, December 28, 2020. Originally aired August 3, 2020.

On Christmas Day, we listen back to a seasonal favorite, our 2005 conversation with Gerald Charles Dickens, Charles Dickens's great-great-grandson and an actor. He toured America with his one-man performance of "A Christmas Carol," and we speak with him about the legacy of his namesake and the magic of "A Christmas Carol." He also performs a handful of scenes from his show.

The solstice on December twenty-first brought us the official start of winter. To help keep you going through the holidays and the shorter days of this season, The Exchange brings you inspiration from our discussion with outdoor enthusiasts about continuing to exercising safely, and maybe even picking up a new activity. Plus, we hear from the Mount Washington Observatory, on how summit observers stay fit at the "home of the world's worst weather."

Airdate: Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020: Originally aired Dec. 9, 2020

Holiday Cooking: Old Favorites and New Traditions

Dec 22, 2020
A chocolate cake sits on a table decorated with pine boughs.

With many restaurants closed down, people spent more time cooking and baking in the kitchen this year. Although we cannot hold our usual holiday parties, we explore what you're cooking this year, what new recipes you're trying, and how you've scaled down your traditional holiday favorites. 

Air date: Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. 

Holiday Movies Bring Some Cheer As 2020 Winds Down

Dec 21, 2020

It isn’t the holiday season without holiday movies! With family gatherings curtailed, many are taking solace in the holiday movies being offered by Hallmark, Lifetime and Netflix. We’ll discuss why they’re so appealing, and learn about the business behind the movies: how can so many be produced during a pandemic? We also discuss how they’re changing to address diversity and gender roles, as well as the picture they paint about romantic relationships and how we talk about them with our children. What’s your favorite holiday movie?

Airdate: Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020.

Lauren Chooljian | NHPR

As 2020 closes, we check in with past guests and Morning Edition host Rick Ganley, and hear from listeners, about what this year’s been like, and what you’ll take with you into 2020.

Air date: Monday, December 21, 2020. 

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

Dec 17, 2020
Sara Plourde

Rather than focusing on just this week, we look back at the biggest stories of the year. NHPR's reporters join us to unpack the news of 2020, their favorite stories they covered, and what topics they'll be following in the new year. 

Air date: Friday, Dec. 18, 2020.

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Energy efficiency upgrades can save money and cut back on carbon footprints. but how should much should we invest, especially during a pandemic? It’s been a big debate for N.H. utility regulators in recent weeks.  As part of  NHPR’s By Degrees climate reporting project, we unpack this issues and examine the pros and cons of greater efficiency. Should businesses and residents have to deal with up-front costs to create savings down the road? And what does this debate say about the state’s energy future?

Airdate: Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020

Administration of vaccines outside Elliot Hospital.
Jordyn Haime / NHPR

With the first recently-approved vaccine for Covid-19 arriving this week in New Hampshire, we talk with epidemiologists about plans for the vaccine within New Hampshire, and answer your questions about vaccine logistics and access, the latest information about the virus, and how the state is managing the rise in cases. 

Air date: Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020.