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The Exchange

Live Monday - Thursday at 9 am, rebroadcast 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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Coming up on The Exchange: 

  • Monday, 7/13: Virtual Events
  • Tuesday, 7/14:  Update on Unemployment in N.H.
  • Wednesday, 7/15: By Degrees: Climate Justice & Racial Justice
  • Thursday, 7/16: Political Godmother: Nackey Scripps Loeb biography
  • Friday, 7/17: Weekly N.H. News Roundup/Meet the Candidates: Don Bolduc

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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. 


Andre Belanger




New Hampshire artists and arts organizations have been struggling during the pandemic, despite coming up with creative ways to stay afloat, including drive-by art shows.

Speaking on The Exchange, Russ Grazier, CEO of the Portsmouth Music and Arts Center, says shifting to online classes has been successful at the Center, even attracting new students – but that hasn't made up for severe losses in other sources of income, such as concerts, theater productions, and gallery showings.  

U.S. Army

As Granite Staters isolate themselves, many individuals, businesses, and organizations are in need of assistance and searching for help during a tumultuous time.

Have you been helping out in your own community? Have you seen friends or neighbors helping others in special ways? Do you know of a way that residents can get involved?

We'll discuss ways that you can help out during the coronavirus pandemic, whether that be by sewing face masks, volunteering, or making a donation. 

Air date: Tuesday, April 28, 2020.

Mediaweek via Flickr CC

Updated on April 27, 2020 at 10:24 a.m.  

Following an executive order from Governor Sununu and the passage of the federal CARES Act, many more people are now able to apply for unemployment benefits as a result of COVID-19, including those who need to quarantine, and those who are self-employed.

The Exchange spoke with Deputy Commissioner Richard Lavers of N.H. Employment Security in March and April. You can find those full conversations here and here.

Read all of NHPR's coronavirus coverage here. 

Ellen Grimm

Even during the best of times, making a living can be a challenge for artists.  During this pandemic, artists and arts groups have been cancelling and postponing events, closing galleries and studios, and trying to find new ways to connect with each other -- and their audiences. Some are also pondering during a time like this: What is the role of the arts and the artist?

Air date: April 27, 2020.

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

Apr 23, 2020

Two top state lawmakers fill us in on what they've been working on these weeks, with the Statehouse shuttered and the economy on hold because of COVID-19.  Despite this, there has been some political activity and some turmoil, with top Democrats suing Governor Sununu over who should control huge sums of money the federal government is sending for coronavirus relief. This week, a judge ruled the Democrats do not have standing to sue the governor.   Meanwhile, there's bipartisan concern over the damage this crisis is doing to the state budget -- but differences of opinion when it comes to solutions. 

Air date: April 24, 2020. 

Special Broadcast: Checking In On N.H. Unemployment

Apr 22, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has left thousands of Granite Staters suddenly out of work, furloughed, or with reduced hours. The state is seeing a record number of unemployment claims. The Exchange will air a special extended hour Thursday at 1 p.m., as we answer your questions about unemployment. What's been your experience navigating the system?

Air date: 1 p.m., Thursday, April 23, 2020 

Dan Tuohy; NHPR

As coronavirus leads to record unemployment, many people are struggling to pay rent. We talk about the rights of tenants and landlords during the pandemic, and how COVID-19 is impacting access to safe, reliable, and affordable housing. 

Air date: Thursday, April 23, 2020.

Jordyn Haime

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change seemed to have captured global attention. Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, celebrated amid a global pandemic and stay-at-home orders. How has COVID-19 changed things for climate activists and policymakers - and what do these two global crises have in common, here in New Hampshire and beyond? 

Airdate: Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Todd Selig

As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in the Granite State, and questions remain about resources, safety, and the longevity of stay-at-home orders, we talk with state epidemiologists to get the latest recommendations and information about the coronavirus pandemic. 

Air date: Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

In the second hour of our special on how N.H. students are adjusting to distance learning during stay-at-home orders, we focus on higher education.  College students, professors, and administrators (not to mention parents) are learning to cope with remote learning, but what is lost without campus life? We discuss academics challenges and look at plans for commencement and summer programs as well as the prospects for Fall. 

Airdate: Monday, April 20, 2020 from 10-11am

Remote Learning: How Are Grades K-12 Faring?

Apr 17, 2020

It’s been one month since schools in New Hampshire were shuttered to stem the spread of coronavirus, and now, they'll be closed for the remainder of the academic year.

Since then, teachers, parents, and administrators have been working to implement remote learning for students in kindergarten through high school. Teachers have had to re-work their curricula while coordinating with parents about students' academic needs.

Meanwhile, students are feeling the pressure, and many are already weeks behind on their schoolwork. In the first hour of our special on how N.H. students are adjusting to remote learning during stay-at-home orders, we'll talk with teachers, parents, and administrators about how it has been going for them and what changes might be made in the future.

Air date: Monday, April 20, 2020, from 9-10 a.m.

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

Apr 16, 2020

Gov. Chris Sununu has ordered schools remain closed for the rest of the school year, and there's a court challenge to determine who has authority over distributing federal COVID-19 relief funds in New Hampshire. We'll get the latest on those stories, plus we'll dig into the impact the coronavirus is having on voting, both here in the state and nationally. We'll also hear from the town administrator of Bristol, which was the focus of a recent New York Times article.

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

U.S. Sen Maggie Hassan says although she is eager to get the economy up and running again, that decision should be based on science and data.  

Hassan was among a bipartisan group of senators who spoke with President Trump Thursday about reopening the economy – a move Trump has been eager to get underway.  Hassan spoke with The Exchange hours before that discussion.  

“What experts tell us is that as we reopen the economy, the way we will prevent a further surge of this illness or a resurgence of it, and the need to then shut everything down again, which would also be disastrous for our small businesses, for individuals, for the whole economy, we will need to have a truly robust diagnostic testing system and public health resources to do contact tracing," Hassan said.

(To hear the full Exchange conversation, see below. )

Dan Tuohy; NHPR

Update (April 16, 2020 at 2:40 p.m): According to their website, the SBA "is unable to accept new applications at this time for the Paycheck Protection Program or the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)-COVID-19 related assistance program (including EIDL Advances) based on available appropriations funding.

EIDL applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis."

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The Exchange is NHPR's daily call-in talk show where listeners get to engage and ask their questions about the issues of the day.

Now, we want to hear your ideas for what topics you'd like to hear on The Exchange.

Please fill out the form below to share your show idea with us - we may follow up with you to hear more about your suggested topic. As always, we promise not to share your responses or information without your permission.

Dan Tuohy; NHPR

The CARES Act, a record-setting federal stimulus package, is funneling $2 trillion into the U.S. economy, including hundreds of millions for small businesses and nonprofits hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. We look at how the package aims to help these organizations get through the next few months. 

Click here to read all of NHPR's coronavirus coverage. 

Air date: Wednesday, April 14, 2020. 

Ellen Grimm for NHPR

For "essential retail workers," exposure to the public is part of the job -- scanning and bagging groceries, filling prescriptions. 

But protective measures vary from state to state and even within a single state. Some stores are allowing only a certain number of customers in at a time; many are setting safety-distance markers at check-out lines.

We look at what precautions New Hampshire and nearby states are taking, along with federal guidelines. Recently, meanwhile, the Union of Food and Commercial Workers asked the CDC to issue new mandatory guidance on safety protocols for grocery stores, pharmacies, food processing and meatpacking facilities.

Air date: 9 - 10 am, Tuesday April 14, 2020

Gail Frederick/flickr

Whether you’re religious or not, Spring is a time of rebirth. We talk with faith leaders and philosophers about how they find resilience and connection while facing the grief and loss of this time. Let us know how you have been celebrating your faith, exploring spirituality or simply finding strength during this pandemic.

Airdate: Monday, April 13, 2010

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

Apr 9, 2020

As the federal goverment looks for ways to protect people and businesses from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, we'll speak with Congressman Chris Pappas about those efforts and what's likely to gain traction in the House. We'll also get an update from state epidimiologist Dr. Ben Chan. And we'll check in with newspaper editors from the Seacoast and the North Country about how the coronavirus is impacting those regions.  



Air date: 10-11 am, Friday, April 10, 2020


Sheryl Rich-Kern for NHPR


Thousands of elderly Granite Staters live in long-term care facilities that have been taking precautions to keep this particularly vulnerable population safe from COVID-19, incuding restricting visits from family members. 


But COVID-19 has now shown up in alarming numbers in some N.H. nursing homes, as reported by state officials yesterday, with cases increasing substantially in just about a week. Both residents and staff have tested positive, and there have been several deaths.  More cases are expected. We look at what can be done to better protect residents and health care workers in these settings.


Family caretakers, meanwhile, who tend to family members living in their own homes, are also trying to protect their loved ones, abiding by such guidelines as social distancing, while trying to maintain a feeling of connectedness.  We discuss the challenges of caring for the elderly in various settings during these precarious times. 


Air Date: Thursday, April 9, 2020


Cori Princell; NHPR

Stay-at-home orders and quarantine measures may have life-threatening consequences for those experiencing domestic/intimate partner violence, and also present challenges for law enforcement and support organizations. 

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 866-644-3574.

Air date: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 from 10-11 a.m.

For children experiencing abuse or neglect, schools and support services are essential. With schools closed and stay-at-home orders in place until at least the beginning of May, we talk with those working with vulnerable children about how they're adapting to these challenges, and what we all can do to keep kids safe. 

If you suspect a child is experiencing abuse or neglect, please call 800-894-5533 or 603-271-6562.

Air date: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 from 9-10 a.m.

Connecting with Nature While Social Distancing

Apr 7, 2020
NHPR listener Alex Weech

It’s warming up and signs of Spring are beginning to emerge. How can we connect with nature safely and responsibly during this pandemic? We discuss where to find less-travelled trails, and how to find inspiration in your own backyard. Hosted by Sam Evans-Brown.


Air Date: Thursday, April 2, 2020


First Responders Grapple With Danger of Coronavirus

Apr 6, 2020
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While first responders often face danger under normal circumstances, the COVID-19 pandemic has added another threat to that line of work.

We'll discuss how New Hampshire's first responders are coping with the new demands that coronavirus has put on them and what safety measures are in place to protect them. 

Air date: Tuesday, April 7, 2020

N.H. Farmers Face An Uncertain Spring

Apr 5, 2020

If you thought being a New Hampshire farmer was challenging before, imagine doing it in the midst of a global pandemic. Farmers are well-acquainted with uncertainty, but this Spring, Granite State farmers are being challenged to find new ways to produce and sell their products. We talk with small family farms to find  out how they're coping, if federal subsidies are available, and if strong local connections will endure.

Air date: Monday, April 6, 2020

Health care workers in New England are facing incredible challenges on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, from long hours and dangerous conditions to shifting public policies.

Cheryl Senter / NHPR

The Exchange spoke with attorneys and correctional facilities across the state to hear about how they are adapting to the coronavirus outbreak, and what they are doing to ensure the safety and health of incarcerated people, corrections staff, and the public. 

The following exerpts have been edited lightly for clarity. You can listen to the full conversation here.

Managing Coronavirus In Correctional Facilities

Mar 31, 2020

How do you achieve physical distancing in jail or prison?  We look at how correctional facilities and the criminal justice system are adapting to the coronavirus, to ensure the safety of inmates, correction employees, and the public. 

Air date: Wednesday, April 1, 2020 

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New Hampshire continues to see unpredecented claims for unemployment benefits, as non-essential businesses across the state have been forced to close until May 4 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The federal coronavirus stimulus package, known as the CARES Act, includes funding that will provide a boost to those seeking assistance while out of work.

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We'll talk with Rich Lavers, deputy commissioner of New Hampshire's Employment Security office, about these changes, what they mean for you, and help to answer your unemployment questions. 

Air date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020 from 10-11 a.m.

The Mental Health System Adjusts to COVID-19

Mar 30, 2020
Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester

For Granite Staters struggling with mental illness -- and those caring for them -- fears about COVID-19 have added layers of anxiety. Telemedecine can help but not in all cases, and protective gear needed for in-home visits is scarce.  Community mental health centers, considered essential services, remain open around the state, with as many services as possible being provided remotely. But case managers must still at times drive patients to get their prescribed injections, and mobile crisis team members must respond in person in crisis. We talk with those managing these situations, trying to help while also keeping themselves safe. 

Air date: Monday, March 30, 9 a.m.