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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, Oct. 26: NHPR's Document Team: The List 
  • Tuesday, Oct. 27: Political Reporter Roundtable
  • Wednesday, Oct. 28: Coronavirus Update with NH DHHS Dr. Ben Chan and Dr. Elizabeth Talbot
  • Thursday, Oct 29: 2020 Climate Policies
  • Friday, Oct. 23: 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.

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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!)

Meet The Candidates

The Exchange will be interviewing candidates in contested races for the Sept. 8, 2020 primary Fridays on the Weekly N.H. News Roundup. This is the schedule for upcoming appearances on the show:

The Search for a COVID Vaccine

Aug 7, 2020

The race is on to develop a COVID vaccine and quickly make it accessible. We discuss the types of vaccines that are currently in the works and when they might be available. We also explore how effective these vaccines might be, how long they'll be protective, and the problems we will face with distribution. 

Air date: Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: Aug. 7, 2020

Aug 6, 2020

On the Weekly N.H. News Roundup, we'll speak with Executive Councilor and Democratic candidate for governor Andru Volinsky. We'll get his take on racial justice, handling the pandemic, and re-opening schools. Also, as the primary and general elections approach, are local polling places prepared to keep voters and poll workers safe? 

Air date: Friday, Aug 7, 2020

Allegra Boverman | NHPR

The Exchange continues its summer series of primary candidate interviews with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andru Volinsky. He currently serves on the Executive Council, representing District 2. We'll discuss his positions on the coronavirus pandemic, police reform, and school re-opening, and other issues. And we welcome  your questions, as well; send them before the show to

Air date: Friday, Aug. 7, 9-9:20

To hear this conversation, which was part of the Aug. 7th Weekly N.H. News Roundup, click here!

Sara Plourde for NHPR

In our second virtual event for The Exchange: Live From Home, we talked with economists about how our personal financial stability has changed in the short term -- and what that means for the long term health of our economy.

This is the second of four virtual events as part of "The Exchange Live From Home." It happened live on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 7 p.m.

Find more events here.

Air date: Thursday, August 6, 2020. 

Rebroadcast: Diversifying Your Summer Reading List

Aug 5, 2020

We revisit our earlier conversation with suggestions for summer reading. Many readers are being intentional about bringing diversity to that stack of books to read. On the Annual Summer Book Show, our independent bookstore owners discussed some anti-racism resources for adults as well as younger ages, and we highlight authors who might have gone unnoticed without recent activism. What’s on your list to read for this summer?

Airdate: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 (originally broadcast on Tuesday, June 30, 2020)

Re-Assessing the Legend of Hannah Duston

Jul 31, 2020
Craig Michaud

Just as the Black Lives Matter movement inspired a re-consideration of Confederate statues, Native Americans are now calling 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. Now there are efforts underway to expand the story to include Abenaki history.

Airdate: Monday, August 3, 2020

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: July 31, 2020

Jul 30, 2020
Allegra Boverman / NHPR

Sen. Maggie Hassan joins us for the first part of the Weekly N.H. News Roundup for an update on the debate over a new coronavirus relief package in the Senate. Later in the hour, NHPR reporter Annie Ropeik and Concord Monitor reporter Ethan DeWitt join us, to talk about the week's news, including Gov. Chris Sununu lifting the state's ban on reusable bags, but continuing to refuse calls for a statewide mask requirement.

Air date: Friday, July 31, 2020

Shifting Household Dynamics In A Pandemic

Jul 30, 2020
Cori Princell; NHPR

The coronavirus pandemic has forced everyone indoors, where we're in much closer quarters with our families, spouses, and roommates. Without external escapes, daily annoyances can become exasperating and tensions can run high. We chat about how we can address the shifting dynamics in our households and better communicate with each other. For those that live alone, we discuss the ways that isolation can impact us and how to find community remotely. 

Air date: Thursday, July 30, 2020.

UNH assistant professor Kabria Baumgartner talks about her research into the history of school desegregation, which began far earlier than the often-discussed movement of the 1950s, with African American girls and women in the nineteenth century who pushed for equal school rights in the Northeast. 

We also talk about the push for antiracist policies at UNH by students and faculty in the lead up to the new school year. 

Air date: Wednesday, July 29th, 2020. 

The giant American chestnut tree all but disappeared 70 years ago, killed  by a blight that struck at the turn of the last century. By 1950, an estimated four billion of these magnificent trees were gone from our Eastern forests, and the tree, once dominant, is considered functionally extinct. We talk with researchers and volunteers who are working with promising new technologies to restore the American chestnut tree. There are still wild remnants of the tree in our forests - could you identify an American chestnut tree if you happened upon it? 

Airdate: Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Getting Creative During A Pandemic Wedding Season

Jul 26, 2020

It's the peak of summer wedding season, so we talk to wedding vendors in New Hampshire about how they, and couples, are getting creative with celebrations when big gatherings and travel are more difficult. How have you adapted your wedding plans this summer? Share your story, and your photos, to 

Air date: Monday, July 27, 2020. 

Sara Plourde for NHPR

Now that everyday activities, like traveling, going to the grocery store, or spending time in public spaces, carry the additional risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19, we talk about how we perceive these risks and make decisions about them... and how personal experience, demographics, and politics play into our choices about safety. 

This is the first of four virtual events as part of "The Exchange Live From Home." It happened live on Tuesday, July 21st at 7 p.m. Find information about other events here

Air date: Thursday, July 23, 2020

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: July 24, 2020

Jul 23, 2020
Sara Plourde

We continue our summer primary candidate series with Senator Dan Feltes. The Democrat from Concord is hoping to win his party's primary in September and challenge incumbent Governor Chris Sununu in November. We also discuss how COVID disproportionally affects communities of color and talk about NHPR's recent police coverage. In addition, we examine UNH's recent controversial consent agreement. 

Air date: Friday, July 24, 2020. 

Todd Bookman for NHPR

The Exchange continues its summer series of primary candidate interviews with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dan Feltes. He has served in the state Senate since 2014 and currently serves as Senate Majority Leader. We discuss his proposal for school re-opening amid the coronavirus pandemic, police reform, environmental issues, and more. 

Air date: Friday, July 24, 9 to 9:20 a.m.

"I’ve Seen a Future Without Cars, and It’s Amazing" is the title of a New York Times opinion piece exploring how to reduce the space cars take up in New York City and improve the liveability of the city. We talk with the author to explore his ideas to transform our dependence on cars and consider whether we can make public spaces friendlier and more equitable here in New Hampshire. During the pandemic, bicycle sales have soared, and parking spots are being re-imagined as outdoor dining. Can we seize this moment, when we’re using our cars less, and make these changes permanent? Sam Evans-Brown of NHPR's Outside/In podcast is the host. 

  • Airdate: Wednesday, July 22, 2020


Campaigning for President in Uprecedented Times

Jul 21, 2020
Annie Ropeik for NHPR

 Amid a nationwide racial justice movement and an ongoing pandemic, President Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden are having to adapt, while continuing to sway voters, release plans, and take swipes at each other. We’ll hear how this race is playing out nationwide and in New Hampshire.

Josh Rogers for NHPR


Donald Bolduc, Stratham Republican and retired Army brigadier general running for his party's nomination for U.S. Senate, sees some redeeming qualities to the Affordable Care Act – coverage of preexisting conditions, for instance. But he has also called it a bureaucratic mess.

(The full Exchange interview with Gen, Bolduc can be found here; the quotes in this story have been edited slightly for clarity.) 




What Will Reopening Schools Look Like?

Jul 17, 2020
Empty classroom

What will school look like this fall? The state released its school reopening guidelines last week, which leave a lot of decisions up to individual districts. We chat about how parents, teachers, and administrators are feeling about possibly returning to school in September. 

Air date: Monday, July 20, 2020. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: July 17, 2020

Jul 17, 2020

We continue or summer primary candidate series with Retired U.S. Army Brigadier General Donald Bolduc. The Republican from Stratham is hoping to win his party’s primary in September and challenge Democrat U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen in the general election this fall.  Bolduc joins us for the first segment. Then, at 9.20 a.m., we turn to the news of the week, with a look at Governor Sununu's plan for reopening schools in the fall and an update on the Commission on Law Enforcement Accountability, Transparency, and Community.

Air date: Friday, July 17, 2020

Josh Rogers for NHPR

The Exchange continues its summer series of primary candidate interviews with retired U.S. Army Brig. General Donald Bolduc of Stratham. Bolduc is seeking the Republican party’s nomination to run for U.S. Senate next November. We discuss how his military career informs his candidacy and get his views on the pandemic response, the national discussion on race and criminal justice, and more.

Air date: Friday, July 17, 2020, 9 to 9:20 a.m. 

We talk with the author of a new 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. How do we think about her legacy in Granite State politics and women's roles in shaping the modern conservative movement?

Airdate: Thursday, July 16, 2020

Annie Ropeik

Just as more people than ever were beginning to wake up to the climate emergency, our lives collided with the coronavirus pandemic and a generational reckoning on racial justice. As part of NHPR's climate change reporting initiative, By Degrees, we discuss the overlap between climate justice and racial justice. We explore where environmental racism and injustice occur in our state and our region, and examine the challenges and solutions that these intersecting crises are bringing to light. Can our response to climate change address systemic racism and improve the lives of marginalized people? 

Air date: Wednesday, July 15, 2020.

An Update on Unemployment in New Hampshire

Jul 13, 2020

As the economy has partially reopened, claims for jobless assistance have dropped. Still, tens of thousands of Granite Staters remain without work. We’ll get more detail and hear about a new program for self-employed people and efforts to reach those who face barriers in applying for help.

Air date: Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Shifting Engagement Through Virtual Events

Jul 13, 2020

For months now, many conferences, festivals, seminars, and other gatherings have shifted online. We discuss what's lost in translation and what might be gained, including new audiences who couldn't attend in person. Also, we examine why some virtual events are more engaging than others and whether they're here to stay. 

Air date: Monday, July 13, 2020. 

Bryant "Corky" Messner, an attorney and military veteran who is running for the GOP nomination in the race for U.S. Senate, says the country needs to “broadly discuss issues around race." If elected, he said, he would "bring together people from various factions, including those African Americans who view the race issue in a different way than what we hear from the left."

Speaking on The Exchange, Messner addressed issues of systemic racism, the pandemic response, and health care reform. To hear the full interview, and read the transcript, visit here

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: July 10, 2020

Jul 10, 2020

Portsmouth prepares for a presidential visit amid concerns over the coronavirus and large gatherings. The legislature sends some bills to Governor Chris Sununu's desk,  including one that would assist renters and homeowners and another that overhauls the sate's election process in response to the pandemic. And the COVID-19 Equity Response Team, a group formed by Governor Sununu to address the disproportionate impact of the pandemic,  finalizes its set of recommendations. 

File Photo, NHPR

Republican Bryant "Corky" Messner of Wolfeboro, a military veteran and attorney,  has pitched himself as a political outsider. Messner, who has been endorsed by President Trump, is seeking to become the GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate.  Messner joined us for the first in our summer series of primary candidate interviews.  For more on this series, see below. 

Air date: July 10, 2020. 

Josh Rogers/NHPR

As businesses reopen and people increase their travel and navigate the summer, we talk with our state epidemiologists about the current spread of COVID-19 in New Hampshire, and the latest information about the virus.  We also talk about risk assessment as the pandemic continues. 

Click here for all of NHPR's coverage on the coronavirus

 Air date: Thursday, July 9, 2020. 

“COVID-19: Where Does New Hampshire Go From Here?”

Virtual Summer Events Series Explores This Question 

New Hampshire Public Radio will hold a series of virtual events this summer with newsmakers and thought leaders to explore how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting people in New Hampshire right now and how it may further change our lives and our communities into the future. The Exchange, the state’s only locally-produced, statewide call-in radio talk show, will convene the conversations in a virtual format that invites listener participation and questions, a hallmark of the show’s usual in-studio broadcasts.

Dan Tuohy/NHPR

July 1st marked the end of a months-long moratorium on evictions due to COVID-19, but Granite Staters impacted by the pandemic can apply for assistance, in the form of one-time grants, or ongoing help with rent, mortgage, or utilities. We talk about this assistance, and how the pandemic is impacting affordable housing in New Hampshire. Check out our FAQ on housing assistance for COVID-19

Air date: Wednesday, July 8, 2020