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. 


Medicare: How Well Is It Actually Working?

Jan 22, 2020

"Medicare-for-all" is a phrase we hear a lot lately on the presidential trail, but we're taking a step back to talk about how Medicare, which was designed to provide health insurance for older Americans and those with disabilities, has evolved since its creation. We look at how Medicare is working now. 

Original air date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020.

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The Exchange sat down with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders on Sunday, Jan. 19, before a live audience to discuss the Senator's views on Medicare for All, gun policy, foreign policy and other issues on voters' minds this election cycle. 

Sanders, who won the 2016 New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary by a large margin, finds himself in a close race for the 2020 contest. He was recently endorsed again by the SEA SEIU Local 1984, one of the largest labor unions in the Granite State. 

Sara Plourde; NHPR

This week we saw the latest, smallest, and whitest Democratic debate of the cycle. How'd it go? And with the Iowa caucuses just weeks away, who has the momentum, how are candidates ramping up their door-to-door campaigning, and where does the Senate impeachment trial fit in?

Original air date:  Friday, January 17, 2020

Minnesota Historical Society

We examine the history of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in New Hampshire.  Twenty years ago, The Granite State was the last in the nation to attach King's name to its holiday, previously called Civil Rights Day.  We'll discuss that period with some of the people responsible for the change. And we'll explore what the holiday means now for older -- and younger -- generations.  

"The Crown" and The Role of Modern Monarchy

Jan 14, 2020
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What is the role of modern monarchy? With the third season of "The Crown" on Netflix, we continue to be fascinated by the royal family. The announcement last week by Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, that they intended to step back from official royal duties and move to North America, overshadowed even the British parliament vote on Brexit. Is this the beginning of the end of the monarchy? We look at the role of today's royals through the lens of the popular Netflix series "The Crown."

Air date: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020

NH Public Radio

We find out what New Hampshire state lawmakers hope to accomplish this year.  Many bills from last year have been revived, concerning guns, energy, transportation, health care and more.   Last week, for instance, House Democrats voted again to establish and gradually increase the state's minimum wage -- an effort vetoed last year by Gov. Sununu.  We'll explore how this debate -- and many others -- might play out this year.

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We begin our Jan. 13 show  with U.S. Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado.  A former Superintendent of Schools in Denver and co-sponsor of the Green New Deal, with a keen interest also in immigration reform, Bennet is running on a platform that includes a public option for helath care, expanding tax credits for the middle class, and repairing the country's infrastructure.   

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It's been a volatile period in the Middle East, with the U.S. and Iran trading threats and attacks.  In just the last few weeks, an American contractor in Iraq was killed in an attack the U.S. blamed on an Iran-backed militia; the U.S. responded with airstrikes in Iraq that killed at least 25 fighters; hundreds of Iran-backed militiamen and their supporters held violent protests at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad; and a U.S. airstrike in Iraq killed a top Iranian general, setting off massive protests and a retaliatory strike by Iran.  We'll discuss the latest on this conflict, the history behind it, and what's at stake for U.S. foreign policy in the region.

Original Air Date: Jan. 13, 9:30 a.m. 

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The former two-term Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick, who filed for the New Hampshire primary a day before the deadline, says he felt the need to jump into the presidential race because he offers a different approach – and not just from President Trump.


“I've been concerned that we have been offering, and this is a gross generalization, but either nostalgia, meaning we'll just get rid of, as they say, President Trump and go back to doing what we used to do, which is not what we need right now,” Patrick said on The Exchange. “Or our version of anger and division instead of theirs, which I also think sort of misses the moment. And so I think there is still a path.”


(For the full conversation, visit here.)


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The Exchange sits down with Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont on Sunday, January 19, at 11 a.m. before a live audience to discuss health care, the environment, conflict in the Middle East and more.  Although he calls himself a Democratic Socialist, Sanders caucuses with Democrats and is running for president as a Democratic candidate. Among his top issues: Medicare for All, the Green New Deal,  cancelling student debt, and taking on the "billionaire class."   

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Each Friday until the N.H. primary on Feb. 11, The Exchange will focus on the latest news in the presidential race.  The special Weekly N.H. Primary Roundup will feature state and national reporters, audio from the campaign trail, and occasional appearances by candidates.

For the show's first segment on Friday, Jan. 10, NHPR will welcome Democratic presidential hopeful Deval Patrick, the former Massachusetts governor who jumped into the race about two months ago. Patrick left his job at the private equity firm Bain Capital before launching his campaign.   

We'll also talk with CBS News reporter Nicole Sganga and SNHU Civic Scholar Dean Spiliotes about the week's Primary news, including how candidates have responded on the campaign trail to recent unrest in the Middle East.  

Air date: Friday, Jan. 10, 2020

The Truth About College Admission

Jan 8, 2020
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We talk to the authors of a new book, "The Truth About College Admission: The Family Guide to Getting In and Staying Together."  As college admission professionals, they see how the college search process has turned into a grim pressure cooker, when it should offer a positive opportunity for growth and self-discovery.  They also push back on many common beliefs, such as the notion of a  "perfect" school and the value of college rankings. 

Is 2020 The Year of Resilience?

Jan 7, 2020
Jim Salge

Northeasterners, notably New Yorkers, have it. Westerners, including Californians, much less so. Resilience is now a top priority of the World Health Organization and an increasingly important component of our own health and wellness. One of the authors of a new, national study from Everyday Health, joins us to define resilience and discuss what it takes to increase our capacity.

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As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker says he will demand to see intelligence reports that may have led President Trump to authorize the airstrike that killed Iran's top security and intelligence commander, Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani.

“I'll be asking, did this meet the standards of using military force?” Booker said during an Exchange 2020 Primary Forum.

N.H. Economic News Roundup: Forecasting 2020

Jan 3, 2020

2019 was a big year in economic news, from a trade war with China to rumors of a recession, to booming growth in some sectors, and lagging in others. We look at the big takeaways from last year, and what to watch in 2020, from real estate to workforce growth.

Original air date: Monday, January 6, 2020.

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The Exchange sits down with U.S. Sen. Cory Booker before a live audience at NHPR's Concord studio.

The Democratic presidential candidate and former mayor of Newark, New Jersey, has been calling for national unity, criminal justice reform, and closing the racial wealth gap. We'll talk with the senator about these issues and more, including foreign policy.

Watch a video of the forum:

Sara Plourde; NHPR

Beginning Monday, Dec. 30, NHPR is airing a special 4-part broadcast of "Stranglehold," the podcast about New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary, at 9 a.m.

The podcast is a project from NHPR's newsroom, and explores the history and controversy around the New Hampshire primary, and the role our state has played in presidential elections.

Rebroadcast: Anxious Times - Helping Kids Cope

Dec 26, 2019

We talk with a psychologist and author about how to approach conversations about frightening world events and help children process distressing news they inevitably hear about. With anxiety on the rise in kids, we hear strategies for young people and the adults who take care of them.

Original Air date: October 1, 2019

Andrew Drummond/Ski the Whites

In addition to hikers on N.H.'s many trails, there are also a growing number of  trail runners, backcountry skiers, bikers and climbers. As adventurers in New Hampshire's backcountry press at limits previously untested or left alone, this trend is joined by modern technology in presenting a new series of challenges for rescuers and for society in general.   

Original Air date: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019

Rebroadcast: A N.H. Farmer Roundtable

Dec 23, 2019

  We talk with a few of the farmers who produce our food in this state to find out about the challenges that come with making a living off the land, take a look at challenges for farming in the future, especially in a warming climate, and we discover the joys of working with the earth and animals. Original Air Date: Monday, November 25, 2019

We focus on some of New Hampshire's under-appreciated animals: opossum, porcupine, and fisher. They don't grab headlines like the state's larger wildlife, like moose or bear. In fact, they are often viewed as nuisances. But these mammals play an important role in our ecosystem and have had their own recent struggles, including a fatal fungus affecting porcupines and a decline in fisher populations.

Original Air Date: Monday, Oct. 21, 2019

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: Top Stories of 2019

Dec 19, 2019

With NHPR's news director and a panel of NHPR reporters who cover politics, health, education, and the environment, we revist some of the top N.H. stories of 2019  --  the prolonged budget impasse that ended just a week before the state's temporary spending plan was set to expire;  the escalating battle against PFAS; and the launching of the federally funded statewide addiction treatment system, The Doorway.  

We follow up on Annie Ropeik's reporting on the 2020 Democratic candidates' climate change proposals, and talk about the trends in climate policy discussions, from taxes, to incentives, to new technology, and the improvement of existing infrastructure. We also hear what issues New Hampshire voters think are most important, when it comes to climate change, energy, and the environment. 

Original air date: Thursday, December 19, 2019. 

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Last week, Congressional Democrats and President Trump announced major progress in forging a new North American trade deal, called the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement by President Trump.  The USMCA includes some hard-fought changes such as greater environmental and labor protections and has so far gained approval from some of the staunchest opponents of the original NAFTA.

However, some Republican lawmakers reportedly feel the president conceded too much to House Democrats. And some big-tech critics are disappointed in expanded protections for the industry under the agreement.  

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Just about a year after starting his first term in Congress, Manchester Democrat Chris Pappas finds himself in the midst of an impeachment process, as the House prepares to vote on two articles of impeachment against President Trump -- abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. 

The debates have been bitter. Pappas has called for a "bipartisan response to uphold the rule of law,"  indicating he will consider the facts presented by Congress while maintaining his focus also on the concerns of Granite Staters. 

We talk with him about this tumultuous political period -- as well as the new U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement on trade, military spending, and more. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: December 13, 2019

Dec 13, 2019

Medicaid funding challenges for public school districts, charter school funding controversy, the latest in the debate over marijuana legalization, and updates in the trial over voter registration in NH, and the law known as SB3 - we discuss these big stories in New Hampshire news, and more. 

Original air date: Friday, December 13, 2019. 

A New Season: N.H.'s Ski Industry

Dec 11, 2019
Dan Tuohy

New Hampshire had a robust season last year, with more than two million skier visits. Still, there are questions about the future: including climate change, an aging skier demographic, and workforce shortages.  

Original air date: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. 

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During his seven months serving in Afghanistan, Pete Buttigieg, who joined the Naval Reserve in 2009, worked for the Afghanistan Threat Finance Cell. His duties included blocking funding flowing to the insurgency from narcotics activities. Buttigieg, who took a seven month leave from his job as mayor of South Bend, Indiana to serve in Afghanistan,  has been careful not to call himself a combat veteran, but his experience in the military informs his opinions on the war, military spending, and foreign policy.



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Our N.H. 2020 Primary Forum series continues with Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. We sit down with the South Bend, Indiana mayor and Afghanistan war veteran before a live audience to discuss a range of domestic and foreign policy issues and address listener questions submitted before the event.

2019 Annual Holiday Book Show

Dec 4, 2019

The gift-giving season is suddenly upon us, and our independent bookstore owners are back with the best books of 2019 and recommendations for holiday shopping - including for yourself!  What were your favorite books of the year? All the titles that come up in our conversation, as well as our guest picks, will be posted as soon as possible after the show.

Air Date: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019