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.

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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, 1/13:  2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate Michael Bennett/Iran 
  • Tuesday, 1/14:  N.H. Statehouse Legislative Preview
  • Wednesday, 1/15:  Modern Monarchy
  • Thursday, 1/16:  The History of N.H.'s Martin Luther King Day
  • Friday, 1/17:  Weekly N.H. News Roundup: First In The Nation Primary Edition

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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!

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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.

Air Date: Monday, Oct. 21, 2019

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: Oct. 18, 2019

Oct 17, 2019

DHHS Commissioner Jeffrey Meyers announces he's stepping down in December after a four-year term overseeing the state's largest agency.  DCYF releases new data highlighting the increasing demands on the agency, with reports of child abuse and neglect reaching a record high during the last fiscal year. And the state Supreme Court considers a case involving a controversial bail-reform statute. 

  Air date: Friday, Oct. 18, 2019.

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Help Wanted -- at your local police department.  Law enforcement agencies nationwide say they're having a hard time hiring.  Among the reasons: high stress, lower salaries, and what some in the profession see as diminished public image.  We'll hear from law enforcement leaders from around the Granite State on this challenge -- and on what they're doing to help fill their ranks. 

Air date:  Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. 

Author and political scientist Allison Stanger, who wrote Whistleblowers: Honesty In America from Washington to Trump, discusses how federal employees who blew the whistle shaped some of our biggest political reckonings, and how the role of the whistleblower has evolved within politics, the media, and national security.

Original air date: October 16, 2019. 

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In a new book, Dr. John H. Halpern and documentary filmmaker David Blistein trace opium's use over millennia, starting with the discovery of poppy artifacts in ancient Mesopotamia. In Opium: How an Ancient Flower Shaped and Poisoned Our World, Halpern and Blistein describe the global spread of opium, through trade and war, and how some medical practitioners of ancient times, while refining its power, issued warnings about opium that resonate today: "The sweeter the dreams, the rougher the awakening." 

Air date: Oct. 15, 2019

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Flies have once again forced the closure of now all three of the Manchester VA's operating rooms. This comes just as Medical Center Director Al Montoya is preparing to leave the Manchester VA for a job leading the Connecticut VA system.

Montoya took the helm as director in July 2017 when the past director was removed from her position after 11 whistleblowers came forward with allegations of mismanagement of a variety of things, including how to remove flies from the operating room. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: Oct. 11, 2019

Oct 10, 2019

Former Vice President Joe Biden and former Mass. Governor Bill Weld weigh in on the impeachment inquiry.  State Republicans see their House ranks increase by one, after a special election in Epping.  And Portsmouth passes the state's first municipal ban on disposable styrofoam cups and containers.  

Air date: Friday, Oct. 12. 

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We revisit our earlier conversation about life on the vertical with Mark Synnott, elite climber and author of "The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the Climbing Life."  The book describes Synnott's personal climbing history, beginning with his early days at Cathedral Ledge in N.H., and documents the preparation involved in Alex Honnold's historic free solo climb of Yosemite's El Capitan. 

Fifty-Two With A View: Fall Hiking in N.H.

Oct 9, 2019
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We celebrate the fall hiking season with the author of a self-published guidebook, "52 With A View: A Hiker's Guide," detailing the New Hampshire peaks under 4000-feet with trails and a rewarding vista. Originally conceived in the late 70s by a group called the "Over The Hill" hikers in Sandwich, the 52 peaks are located throughout the state, and are appropriate for different hiking abilities - lower elevation does not necessarily mean less challenging! Send us an email and photo of your favorite hike with a view in N.H.!  Air date: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019

Scanning N.H. Skies: Diminishing Bird Numbers

Oct 8, 2019
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Birds are a good indicator of environmental health, and a recent study shows a drastic decline in the North American bird population - with three billion birds gone since 1970. The numbers were drawn with help from the birdwatching community. We see how this decline is playing out in New Hampshire, and look for inspiration from some successes in the Granite State. 

Air Date: Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019


In the first in our series of New Hampshire Primary 2020 Candidate Forums, we sit down before a live audience with Republican presidential contender William Weld to get his views on domestic and foreign policies. 

Disparities in healthcare quality and outcomes for gender (including people who are transgender) and race are receiving more attention: for example, recent reports show black women have much higher mortality rates during and after pregnancy, and women and people of color receive less medical intervention for pain management and cardiovascular care. We discuss the history, systems, and personal biases that contribute, in a multitude of ways, to these disparities. 

Original air date: September 16, 2019 at 9 a.m. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: October 4, 2019

Oct 4, 2019

NHPR's Casey McDermott hosts the Weekly New Hampshire News Roundup.  New Hampshire was hit with a lawsuit over its new limits on chemicals in drinking water on the same day the new regulation took effect.  In a rare reversal, the state Attorney General's office says a Claremont fatal police shooting is no longer considered legally justified.  Syringe services were long ago adopted in some parts of the country as a useful public health tool. Why, in a state hit hard by the opioid crisis, has New Hampshire been so slow to adopt them?

"Democracy is not a spectator sport," says Kenneth C Davis, author of America's Hidden History and the new Don't Know Much About History. We discuss the role of social studies education in encouraging students to be active and informed participants in democracy. And, we take a look at the new "Moose on the Loose" social studies curriculum for New Hampshire students. 

Original air date: Thursday, October 3rd at 9 a.m.


The Exchange sits down with Bill Weld on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 9 a.m. before a live audience, to discuss the issues shaping the 2020 Primary. Weld served as governor of Massachusetts from 1991 to 1997. We want to hear from you.

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We talk with wildlife biologist Kristine Rines.  For three decades, she worked with  New Hampshire Fish and Game as the moose project leader.  We discuss the changes she saw during her tenure, from the ravaging of the moose population due to winter ticks and the changes in the state's habitat and public attitudes.  As a biologist, she worked with many of NH's wild creatures known as charismatic megafauna such as bear and moose.

Air date: Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Anxious Times: Helping Kids Cope

Oct 1, 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.

Air date: October 1, 2019

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Last week, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission held a federal hearing to address cracks in the concrete at Seabrook Station Nuclear Power Plant. The safety and longevity concerns around this facility raise larger questions about the role of nuclear power as an alternative to fossil fuels.  We look at the role of Seabrook as part of the New England energy grid,, and the conversations around the use of nuclear energy now and in the future. 

Original air date: Monday, September 28, live at 9 a.m. and again at 7 p.m.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: Sept. 27

Sep 26, 2019

Governor Sununu and Democratic leaders reach an agreement on the state budget, a week before the temporary spending plan was set to expire.  A federal judge denies a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a veteran challenging the display of a Bible in the lobby of the Manchester VA Medical Center.  And Senator Elizabeth Warren gains substantial support in the Granite State, edging ahead of former fruntrunner Vice President Joe Biden. 

Air date: Sept. 27, 2019

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Peter Fifield says the moment when someone struggling with addiction decides they are ready for help can be a fleeting one. The mental health and drug and alcohol counselor sees it firsthand. He manages one of nine locations around New Hampshire where people can seek help.   

These “hubs” are part of the state’s new Doorway program, launched in January with federal funding to address the state’s addiction crisis. “The walk-in access is paramount,” Fifield said on The Exchange.  “They can just walk in and get connected.”

The Enduring Appeal of "Downton Abbey"

Sep 24, 2019
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Downton Abbey, the wildly popular PBS television series, is now on the big screen.  We talk with a UNH historian about how accurately the series depicts life in that era and how it reflects the role of women in a time when being a servant was the largest occupation for women.  We consider the appeal of British royalty and why this latter-day "Upstairs/Downstairs" continues to attract such a loyal following.

Air Date: September 25, 2019

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The new statewide program for people seeking addiction treatment, The Doorway, is described as a "hub and spoke" system that  includes nine locations around the state, called "hubs," where people can just walk in and begin the process of getting help.  The system was set up about nine months ago. We're finding out how it's working in certain areas of the state.

This show airs Tuesday, Sept. 24, live at 9 a.m., with rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Sydney Bilodeau; The Music Hall

NHPR and The Music Hall in Portsmouth present Writers on a New England Stage with international bestselling author and podcast host Malcolm Gladwell, who sat down with Peter Biello to discuss his new book, Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know.

This interview was recorded on September 13, 2019. Air date: Monday, September 21, 2019. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: September 20, 2019

Sep 20, 2019

An historic number of vetoes by Governor Sununu means the legislature revisits bills on gun control, voting access laws, alternative energy and more. We get an update on continuing negotiations over the state budget.  And with a Global Climate Strike taking place Friday, we find out how New Hampshire students are participating. 


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The number of cyber attacks on municipalities is up from 2018, causing chaos and costing municipalities millions to resolve. We ask why local governments are being targeted, the impact on citizens, and the challenges for municipalities trying to protect themselves. 

Air date: Thursday, September 19, 2019, at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

NPR's senior political editor discusses covering the current presidential primary,  the role of the media in political coverage and what makes this 2020 election season unique. How do reporters decide what to cover with such a large field of primary candidates? And voters, how are you keeping up...or are you checking out? 

Millennial Home Ownership in the Granite State

Sep 16, 2019

Many millennials are at the age when people begin thinking of purchasing their first home. This generation is distinct in their needs and challenges. We look at why millennials are buying homes, or why not, and their needs, and what they are looking for. 

This show was originally broadcast on July 10, 2019.

Disparities in healthcare quality and outcomes for gender (including people who are transgender) and race are receiving more attention: for example, recent reports show black women have much higher mortality rates during and after pregnancy, and women and people of color receive less medical intervention for pain management and cardiovascular care. We discuss the history, systems, and personal biases that contribute, in a multitude of ways, to these disparities. 

Original air date: September 16, 2019 at 9 a.m. 

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 Next week, when lawmakers are expected to vote on whether to override Governor Sununu’s vetoes of dozens of bills, Forest Society President Jane Difley will be rooting for HB 183. 

 “This would help support the six biomass plants in New Hampshire for a period of time,” says Difley,  who is retiring in October after 23 years leading the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.  



(Difley recently joined The Exchange to discuss her tenure at the Society. You can hear the full conversation here.)


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

Sep 12, 2019

We discuss how 2020 candidates fare in the third Democratic Presidential debate from a national, and Granite State, perspective.  Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts share the debate stage for the first time.  We check in on any progress in negotiations on the state budget.  And we take a closer look at the mounting pressure on leaders in Manchester to deal with a crisis of homelessness and addiction.  NHPR's Southern New Hampshire reporter Sarah Gibson is guest host.