The Exchange

Live Monday - Thursday at 9 am, rebroadcast Mon - Thu at 7 pm, Sunday at 6 am

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 is rebroadcast at 7 PM weekdays.

Have an idea for a show topic? Click here to submit it.

This year, The Exchange is continuing our In Depth series by looking workforce challenges in NH. Click here for the series page to listen to the programs you might have missed.

We also had a four-part series on K-12 education, airing on Mondays in August of 2019. Click here to see that coverage. 

Coming up on The Exchange: 

  • Monday, 4/6: N.H.'s Small Family Farms
  • Tuesday, 4/7: First Responders
  • Wednesday, 4/8:  9am: Child abuse and Neglect; 10 am, Domestic Violence
  • Thursday, 4/9:  Elder and Longterm Care
  • Friday, 4/10:  9am: America Amplified, A Collaboration with the New England News Collaborative; 10am: Weekly N.H. News Roundup

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Coffee & Community 

Host Laura Knoy and the show's producers will be hitting the road to hear about what's happening in your community and what topics you think we should be covering. We'll be taking notes and using your input to help make decisions about upcoming Exchange shows!

There are currently no upcoming events. Check back later for updates. 


Reflecting on Super Tuesday 2020

Mar 4, 2020
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Analysis and reflecting following Super Tuesday voting in fourteen states and one U.S. territory. More than 1,300 delegates — about a third of the total — are decided on Super Tuesday, more than on any other day in the primary election.  We examine the impact of huge states like California and Texas, and discuss results out of  Massachusetts, home state of Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Governor Bill Weld, whose primary challenge against President Trump continues.  

Air Date: Weds., March 4, 2020


New Hampshire schools do not have a formal sex education curriculum, and the classroom is not the only way kids learn about sex, gender, and sexuality these days. So how are they learning about sex, and what are they learning, good and bad, from their peers, their parents, and the internet? Listeners, how do you talk to your kids about sex? And what did you wish you had when you were younger? 

Check out Second Greatest Show on Earth's series about sex education in New Hampshire

Air date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

Lara Bricker for NHPR

This year, several towns, in addition to electing local officials, are debating whether to allow sports-betting at retail locations and whether to expand or build new libraries. Also on the agenda: repairing crumbling infrastructure, upgrading water treatment plants, and buying new emergency equipment.  In addition to local matters, some towns  will also consider supporting -- or opposing -- national or even global efforts, such as carbon pricing. 

Air date: March 2, 2020

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: Feb. 28, 2020

Feb 27, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that a coronavirus that has already led to quarantines in other countries, has reached the U.S. and is expected to spread. State epidemologist Dr. Benjamin Chan gives us the latest updates. N.H. joins a multi-state investigation into the vaping company Juul Labs, and we talk with Sarah Gibson about the ongoing debate over charter school funding. 


The idea of massively expanding tree planting as a solution to climate change started in the hallowed halls of academia, but has found its way to Capitol Hill. Republican lawmakers have seized on it as a climate policy they can support. 

Courtesy photos

New Hampshire remains one of the least racially diverse states in the country, but that diversity is growing. Wednesday on The Exchange, we reflect on Black History Month and talk with leaders of color in the Granite State. We'll discuss the work they're doing in the Statehouse and in local communities, and about where New Hampshire still lags in equality and representation.

 Air date: Feb. 26, 2020.         

The Sharp End: Ice Climbing in N.H.

Feb 24, 2020
Bernd Zeugswetter

The Granite State is famous for ice-climbing spots like Cathedral Ledge and Cannon Cliff. We explore the appeal of the sport and it's impact on the economy of the North Country. We talk with experienced ice climbers who guide beginners as well as advanced ice climbers and discuss the impact of climate change; they’re seeing a shorter season and less predictable ice.

Air Date: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020

2020: From Nevada On To South Carolina

Feb 21, 2020

We recap results from caucuses in Nevada with political observers and journalists on the ground in Nevada as they pivot to South Carolina primary on Saturday, Feb. 29. We gauge the impact of last week's debate and consider voter turnout in these states, widely recognized as being more diverse than New Hampshire or Iowa.   Air Date: Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: February 21, 2020

Feb 21, 2020

Seven Republican lawmakers were reprimanded on the floor of the New Hampshire House for not completing newly mandatory anti-harassment and discrimination training in a contentious debate.  Lawmakers advance what they're calling a new compromise on net energy metering, and put forth new bills on gun laws and marijuana legalization. And we get an update on the seal rescued from the roadway in Rye Harbor a few weeks ago.

U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Klye Davis

Granite Staters reflect on Afghanistan, America's longest war. Just last month USAF Pilot, Ryan Phaneuf, a graduate of Alvirne High School in Hudson, was killed in a plain crash while serving in Afghanistan. We talk with those deeply involved in this conflict about why the U.S. is still there, nearly two decades after the war began. We'll also ask about recent news - including a contested election that has raised uncertainty about a possible U.S. peace deal with the Taliban.

Scientists agree: one of the best ways to delay the health issues related to getting older is exercise. We talk with author Judy Foreman, who's compiled the latest and most compelling research in her new book, Exercise is Medicine: How Physical Activity Boost Health and Slows Aging.

Air date: Wednesday, February 19, 2020. 

Can Progressives and Moderates Unite?

Feb 18, 2020

We talk with writer and liberal political commentator E.J. Dionne about his new book:  "Code Red." In it, he urges moderates and progressives to stop feuding and come together if they really want to defeat President Trump. Dionne gives examples from U.S. history when people of slightly different political persuasions got together and made major change.  He says today's Democrats could actually learn a political lesson from a Republican icon: Ronald Reagan. 

Air date: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020

Avalanche Awareness in Mt. Washington's Backcountry

Feb 17, 2020
Frank Carus/MWAC

New Hampshire is seeing a boom in backcountry skiing and mountaineering, and that means more people are venturing into avalanche territory in mid-winter.  We talk with the director of the Mount Washington Avalanche Center about this trend, and how to explore safely. 

This program will be broadcast on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. It was originally broadcast on  Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: Feb. 14, 2020

Feb 13, 2020

Now that the presidential candidates have packed up and moved on to the next primary contest, we take a look at state politics, including Governor Chris Sununu's State-of-the-State address and bills that have been making their way through the legislature -- some more smoothly than others. 

Air date: Feb. 14, 2020.

Courtesy, town of Londonderry

We talk with town managers from the southern tier to the north country about what challenges they have in common, what sets their communities apart, and what they're hoping to hear from Governor Chris Sununu when he delivers his State of the State address.

Watch the live broadcast of Governor Sununu's  speech.

Air date: February 13, 2020 

N.H. Primary: What Happened & What's Next

Feb 12, 2020
Sara Ernst/NHPR

With Bernie Sanders claiming a slim margin of victory over Pete Buttigieg in last night's primary, and Amy Klobuchar notching a third place finish, we parse the numbers and trends from the N.H. primary with political reporters and analysts. As we reflect on N.H.'s moment in the limelight, we contemplate what's ahead in the presidential nominating process. 

NHPR has spent a lot of time recently exploring the fight to keep New Hampshire's first in the nation primary status, but on primary day, we focus on the New Hampshire races that made a big impact on national politics throughout history, and hear from listeners about their favorite primary memories. 

Air date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020. 

Annie Ropeik; NHPR

A Friday night debate, then dozens of campaign events across New Hampshire, as primary candidates make one last effort to reach as many voters as possible. We discuss the biggest news from the final hours of the N.H. primary, and hear how voters, and candidates, are gearing up for Tuesday. 

Have questions about registering to vote or casting a ballot? Check out our voter guide. 

The N.H. Primary News Roundup: February 7, 2020

Feb 6, 2020

The 2020 presidential candidates are back in New Hampshire, following the Iowa caucus confusion that has yet to be fully resolved. Will those troubles cast a shadow over the Granite State?  What are the candidates focusing on in the remaining days before the primary?  We'll also preview the Democratic debate and President Trump's rally on Monday.

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

NHPR's podcast about the New Hampshire primary, Stranglehold, held the mirror up to the media itself, and the role of local media in our first in the nation status. We talk about how the primary has impacted news rooms and reporters, and how those same newsrooms influence the election. 

Listen to the episode of Stranglehold: "The Newsroom."

Original air date: Thursday, February 6, 2020. 

Sky Crew: Life Beyond Earth?

Feb 4, 2020

Our Sky Crew returns to discuss missions to Mars in 2020 as well as new evidence of the building blocks for life elsewhere, not just on far off exo-planets but even on relatively nearby moons. We also focus on the red supergiant star Betelgeuse; why is it dimming in the night sky?  What astronomy news has caught your eye?'

Air date: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020

Phil Roeder / Flickr/cc

  Monday night, Feb. 3, 2020 was caucus night in Iowa, but despite promises of transparency, confusion reigned in reporting results and no winner was declared.  We discuss issues coming out of the Iowa caucuses, how the 2020 Democratic campaigns react, and how the lack of clarity coming out of Iowa impacts the landscape for the New Hampshire primary.   Air date: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020


A recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll found that 41% percent of Americans "do not think the country is prepared to protect the U.S. election system from attack," says NPR's Pam Fessler.  How are federal and local officials working to secure our elections? We discuss with Fessler, and  NHPR's Casey McDermott, who covers election security and voting in N.H.  

Original air date: Monday, February 3, 2020.

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

During an Exchange interview, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, who describes herself as progressive but practical, emphasized the word "progressive" in that characterization.  

"I actually pass bills and get things done," she said, referring to the 100 bills she has passed in Washington, DC. -- a frequent campaign theme.  Among the bills she is most proud of: securing funding for a collapsed Minnesota bridge, a bill on drug shortages, and her work on broadband issues. 

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Each Friday until the N.H. primary on Feb. 11, The Exchange focuses on the latest news in the presidential race. The special N.H. Primary News Roundup features state and national reporters, sound from the campaign trail, and occasional appearances by candidates.

During the second half of the show Friday, Jan. 31,  NHPR interviews Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar from Washington, D.C., before she heads back to the Senate impeachment trial.  

As the Academy Awards approach, we look back on the year in movies: from award contenders airing on the streaming service Netflix, to a reinterpretation of Little Women, to the biopic of Harriet Tubman, and the continual favoring of movies by and about white men over diverse casts and filmmakers. 

Original air date: Thursday, January 30, 2020.

As the impeachment trial of President Trump moves into the questioning phase, we look back at the arguments presented before the Senate by the House Managers and Trump's defense team, and what to watch in the next phase of the trial. 

Don't miss Civics 101's "Extra Credit" on presidential impeachments, and listen to their episode on impeachment

Original air date: Wednesday, January 29th, 2020.

Courtesy, NTI, the Nuclear Threat Initiative

We talk with former U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest  Moniz about the threat of nuclear weapons and strategies for strengthening nonproliferation policies. We'll also discuss  his work on a dramatic plan called "Clearing the Air," which describes how to remove many gigatons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Air date: Jan. 27, 2020

The N.H. Primary News Roundup: January 24, 2019

Jan 24, 2020
Sara Plourde For NHPR

Sidelined by the impeachment trial this week, several Democratic presidential candidates are working on alternative ways to connect with voters, including sending out surrogates and planning satellite interviews and remote events over Skype.  

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Will large-scale solar energy take off in New Hampshire? Although far behind its New England neighbors in producing solar energy, there are several major projects in the works that could significantly boost capacity here.  But these expansive installations can face challenges and opposition, even among renewable energy supporters.