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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, June 14: Laura Knoy Reflects on 25 Years With The Exchange
  • Tuesday, June 15: On Juneteenth
  • Wednesday, June 16: Replay: 2021 Summer Book Show
  • Thursday, June 17: Replay: What To Expect on the Trails This Summer
  • Friday, June 18: Replay: On Juneteenth

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Jordyn Haime for NHPR

We talk with an ICU doctor, traveling nurse, and chief nursing officer about this year of loss and struggle -- dealing with staffing and PPE shortages, working to understand and combat COVID-19 as more and more patients arrived, with so many succumbing. The new vaccines have brought hope -- but also concerns about complacency, given the spread of variants.

Air date: March 23, 2021

The Therapeutic Power of Music

Mar 19, 2021
Smooth Radio

Music's benefits for those with dementia are well-known, but it is also therapeutic across the board. We discuss the complex impacts that music has on our brains and how this knowledge is being used in medical treatment and therapy. 

Air date: Monday, March 22, 2021. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: March 19, 2021

Mar 18, 2021

The state launched its new vaccine registration site this week, known as VINI, which opened to teachers and childcare staff in the 2A vaccination group. New data on vaccine distribution shows lower vaccination rates for Black and Latino Granite Staters. And as educators get vaccinated, districts across the state are expanding in-person learning.


Air date: Friday, March 19, 2021.

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About a year ago, as the country entered a state of emergency due to the pandemic, offices shutdown - in some cases, seemingly overnight.

Those who could transfer work to their homes, set up laptops in their dining rooms, living rooms, or areas with some amount of quiet.

For many -- although at first a necessity for safety reasons -- the change has become a preference, with some unexpected benefits, including a steep decline in commuting.

It appears more emphasis on remote work is here to stay. Some research shows productivity actually increased in certain sectors. Among the downsides: Those improvised work spaces may not be designed with ergonomics in mind, leading to physical problems. Some question whether collaborative creativity suffers. And many whose jobs could not go remote have been left behind, widening existing economic divides.

Air date: March 18, 2021

It's Garden Thyme: Planning Season Is Here

Mar 15, 2021
Two cats sit in a window in winter next to two potted plants.
Erin Schaick.

Fluctuating weather and other hints of spring have arrived, so it's time to start thinking about what you need to grow the garden you want this year. We talk about the things you should do now, indoors and outside, to prepare for the warmer weather, from succession planning to seeding to learning about your soil. First time gardener, or seasoned green thumb? Send us your questions, and tips, about your current gardening projects. 

Do you have ideas for other gardening, growing, and backyard topics? Please let us know in our listener survey!

Air date: Tuesday, March 16, 2021. 

Writers On A New England Stage: Paul Krugman

Mar 14, 2021

The Exchange presents a special broadcast of Writers on a New England Stage with economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: March 12, 2021

Mar 12, 2021

The latest on the state's battle with the coronavirus, including the easing of some restrictions. The contest for Democratic party chair enters its final days before this weekend's vote. And what are the prospects for several Republican-led bills that would tighten voter eligibility laws? 

Air date: March 12, 2021

Checking In With NH's Performing Arts Scene

Mar 10, 2021
An empty indoor theater
Cinema Treasures

Many performing arts venues are struggling to figure out safe rehearsals, virtual performances, and a lack of income. Yet some performing artists are using the turmoil of the past year as inspiration. We explore how the performing arts are doing during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Air date: Thursday, March 11, 2021. 

Open house 12:30-2 p.m. sign.
Creative Commons

  For anyone looking to buy a home, or who just enjoys dream house hunting on Zillow, it’s no secret that the current housing market is extremely competitive. We talk with a realtor and a lender about what it’s like to buy, sell, or refinance a home in New Hampshire right now.

Air date: Wednesday, March 10th, 2021.

Governor Sununu
Dan Tuohy / NHPR

Gov. Chris Sununu says although the state has seen some promising trends when it comes to COVID-19, now is not the time to relax. He likens it to mile 23 of a marathon – three or so miles shy of the finish line.

Listen: Gov. Chris Sununu On The Exchange

Mar 8, 2021
Josh Rogers for NHPR

Governor Chris Sununu joins The Exchange Tuesday to discuss the pandemic -- including the recent acceleration of vaccinations -- his state budget proposal, and legislative debates.

We get his thoughts on various bills under discussion among state lawmakers, including challenges from some fellow Republicans on his use of emergency powers. And we get the governor's take on the recent debate on Capitol Hill over the $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief package.

Carbon Pricing in New Hampshire

Mar 5, 2021
Annie Ropeik / NHPR file photo

Some New Hampshire towns are considering warrant articles in support of a federal carbon fee and dividend at their town meetings this year. We discuss how it works, concerns about equity, and what carbon pricing could look like in New Hampshire. This is a By Degrees program, part of NHPR's climate reporting initiative. 

Air date: Monday, March 8, 2021. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: March 5, 2021

Mar 4, 2021

  It’s been a busy week in New Hampshire news, as the state crosses into its second year of the coronavirus pandemic. We’ll talk about the latest vaccine news, about controversy at the Statehouse over bigoted remarks from lawmakers during virtual sessions, and much more.

This show is hosted by NHPR's Annie Ropeik, who covers climate, energy, the environment, and the Seacoast.

Air date: Friday, March 5, 2021.

What Are Your Questions For Gov. Chris Sununu?

Mar 4, 2021
Dan Tuohy for NHPR

On Tuesday, March 9, Gov. Chris Sununu joins The Exchange to address a range of topics, including his proposed state budget, the state's pandemic response, and legislative debates. 

Writers On A New England Stage: Diane Rehm

Mar 3, 2021

The Exchange presents a special broadcast of Writers on a New England Stage with Diane Rehm.

Host Peter Biello speaks with the former NPR host about her new book, "When My Time Comes," which explores the moral and legal framework of medical aid in dying laws.

The interview was recorded during a virtual event on  Tuesday, Feb. 23. 

In this hour, Rehm discusses her personal interest in the subject. She watched her husband die a protracted death, and has since advocated for medical aid in dying laws. 

Taking A Toll: Elderly Mental Health

Mar 2, 2021
Desert Parkway Behavioral Healthcare Hospital

For the final show in our three-part series about the mental health impacts of the past year, called Taking A Toll, we talk about older adults. With many facing technological barriers and cognitive issues, elderly people are struggling with isolation and depression. We discuss solutions and resources to help. 

Air date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021. 

Casey McDermott for NHPR

Public health workers and others around New Hampshire are working to improve access to vaccines for groups that can face additional barriers, including low-income households, those without transportation, the homebound, and immigrant and refugee populations. We explore what has been working, including mobile-health clinics and more community outreach workers, and where more help is needed.   

Air date: March 2, 2021

Doctor Ben Chan
Dan Tuohy / NHPR

As we begin the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic in New Hampshire, scientists continue to learn more about the virus, and the race to vaccinate people as quickly as possible continues. We talk Monday about the new mask recommendations from the CDC, vaccine development and efficacy, and how to safely transition to in-person learning, work, and life. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: Feb. 26, 2021

Feb 25, 2021

During a two-day session held in a sprawling indoor sports complex with chairs arranged to allow for social distance, the Republican-led New Hampshire House passed bills expanding the state's Stand Your Ground law, banning some abortions, and allowing patients licensed for therapeutic cannabis to grow their own plants. The House also voted to refund fines issued to businesses that violated COVID-19 orders, prompting a rebuke from some Democrats and from Governor Sununu who suggested in a statement that the bill could "incentivize law-breaking and reward those who do not follow the rules." At times, debate became rancorous, with some Democrats walking out in protest. Party leaders tried to set a somewhat conciliatory tone at the start of the second day.  

Air date: Feb. 26, 2021

Home in a winter storm in Portsmouth.
Emily Corwin/NHPR

The state is set to begin distributing millions of dollars in additional aid for tenants who are struggling to pay housing costs because of COVID-19. As the state finalizes new guidelines for what the assistance can be used for, and how people can apply, we check in on what we've learned from the previous housing assistance package. What have we learned about that program, and how will this shape the next year? 

This program begins March 15, and details about the program are available through the N.H. Housing Finance Authority. 

Air date: Thursday, February 25, 2021. 

Taking A Toll: Kids' Mental Health

Feb 23, 2021
A young boy sits with his head down in his arms.
Good Housekeeping

For the second show in our three-part series about the mental health impacts of the past year, called Taking A Toll, we focus in children. As kids struggle through remote learning and isolation, many are feeling lonely and anxious. We discuss solutions and resources to help. 

Air date: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. 


Advocates say now is the time to pursue lasting solutions for youth homelessness, a growing problem that may soon become unmanageable. That's according to Erin Kelly, Director of Homeless Youth and Young Adult Services for Waypoint, a private, nonprofit agency. A major study, Kelly says, estimates 14,000 to 15,000 young people are likely to  experience some form of homelessness or housing instability in New Hampshire this year. Contributing factors include addiction, mental illness, and generational poverty, Kelly says. Waypoint is now planning to establish two new drop-in centers -- in Rochester and in Concord -- where young adults who are homeless can go during the day for food and shelter. Manchester has had such a drop-in center for 20 years.  But there are no overnight shelters for these young people, and some end up in adult shelters, which are not appropriate settings for them, Kelly says. "We need investment now," she says. "Or things will worsen."

If you or someone you know is in need of help, you can call Waypoint  at 1-800-640-6486. Or you can also call 211. 

Air date: Feb. 23, 2021

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A number of New Hampshire towns is looking at community power as a way to provide energy that could lower costs for residents, help tailor their energy mix, and provide room for innovation. We explore how community power came about, how it would work, and the challenge to it in this year’s legislative session. 

Airdate: Monday, February 22, 2021

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: February 19, 2021

Feb 18, 2021

  How the N.H. Legislature will conduct its business continues to be a point of contention for lawmakers, after Democrats filed a lawsuit to allow legislators with serious health issues to attend next week’s house session remotely. We also discuss how the “covid effect” is impacting school budget funding, and the latest spike in cases on university campuses across the state.

Air date: Friday, February 19, 2021. 

Tedd S. Warren, The Associated Press

Mutations in viruses occur continually and though many don't result in changes in disease severity or immune response, COVID-19 has mutated in some ways that concern scientists. These variants apparently originated in the United Kingdom, Brazil, and South Africa, though recently scientists have found evidence of about seven variants in the U.S. How and where are these variants developing -- and how well is the U.S. tracking them compared with other countries?  How do current vaccines hold up against these variants and what work is being done now to prepare for new, potentially more virulent strains? We explore these questions and more. 

Air date: Feb. 18, 2021


In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, racial injustice protests, and political uncertainy, many Americans are feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and lonely. Meanwhile, many of us are grappling with financial pressure while balancing work from home with all of our other responsibilities. We begin a new three-part series, called Taking A Toll, about the mental health impacts of the past year.  We discuss solutions and resources to help you make it through this difficult time. 

Air date: Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. 

Writers On A New England Stage: Rebecca Carroll

Feb 15, 2021

The Exchange presents a special broadcast of Writers on a New England Stage with Rebecca Carroll. Carroll is an award-winning author, podcast host and Black culture critic.

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This program originally aired on Jan. 27, 2021

The performance of inaugural poet Amanda Gorman during last week's swearing in ceremony of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris was a call for unity - for, as Gorman put it, "bridges" not "blades." We talk with a panel of poets about that moment, about why certain poems stay with us, about why the art of poetry matters - and how it is evolving.

New Hampshire's Chris Viaud to Appear on Top Chef

Feb 12, 2021
Greenleaf Milford

Chris Viaud is the Chef and Owner of Greenleaf and Culture, both located in Milford. He grew up in Massachusetts, then attended culinary school at Johnson & Wales University. He has been instrumental in starting four restaurants in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and, on April 1, he will appear on Bravo's Top Chef, a show where chefs compete against each other and have their work judged by established industry professionals. 

Viaud spoke with NHPR's Peter Biello on The Exchange

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: Feb. 12, 2021

Feb 11, 2021
Sara Plourde

We discuss Governor Sununu's 2021 Budget Address. We also explore how the COVID-19 vaccine rollout is going in New Hampshire, including the state's new method for scheduling appointments for second doses. And, we chat with Granite Stater Chris Viaud about competing on Top Chef. 

Air date: Friday, Feb. 12, 2021.