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Weekly N.H. News Roundup

NHPR’s flagship call-in show The Exchange brings together journalists and experts every Friday to review the issues of the week and explore recent New Hampshire news stories during a one hour program at 9 a.m.

This show complements the current Friday line up of domestic and international news roundups hosted by 1A at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.  The Weekly NH News Roundup is hosted by Peter Biello.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: November 13, 2020

Nov 12, 2020

Earlier this month, the mayors of the state’s thirteen cities appealed to the governor for help addressing homelessness. We speak with Mayor Joyce Craig of Manchester about what’s needed. Coos County is now seeing the highest rate of community transmission of COVID-19 in the state, with over 400 new cases per 100,000 residents. We hear from Berlin Mayor Paul Grenier. Plus, who is supposed to pay for PFAS cleanup costs around the former Pease Air Force Base? And we remember the Mount Washington Observatory’s famous cat, Marty.  

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New Hampshire voters will choose a number of local political leaders, from county officers to state reps, on Nov. 3.

Every Friday leading up to the election on Weekly N.H. News Roundup, we talk about one of these down-ballot offices, from what powers they hold, to how they impact your daily life.

We talked with Josh Rogers, NHPR's senior political reporter, about the Executive Council. Check out Civics 101's in-depth explainer on the position.

Register to vote sign outside of Manchester city hall.
Dan Tuohy; NHPR

New Hampshire voters will choose a number of local political leaders, from county officers to state reps, on Nov. 3.

Every Friday leading up to the election on Weekly N.H. News Roundup, we talk about one of these down-ballot offices, from what powers they hold, to how they impact your daily life.

We talked with Paul Bergeron, current county commissioner in Hillsborough, who is not running for re-election this year, about this office. 

Court house in Nashua.

New Hampshire voters will choose a number of local political leaders, from county officers to state reps, on Nov. 3.

Every Friday leading up to the election on Weekly N.H. News Roundup, we talk about one of these down-ballot offices, from what powers they hold, to how they impact your daily life.

This time we talked with Natch Greyes, an attorney with the New Hampshire Municipal Association, about the register of probate. 

Click here for all of NHPR's election coverage.

Sign up here for The Exchange newsletter - get program and guest highlights and a look at upcoming shows.

Sign on the door of a register of deeds office.

New Hampshire voters will choose a number of local political leaders, from county officers to state reps, on Nov. 3.

Every Friday leading up to the election on Weekly N.H. News Roundup, we talk about one of these down-ballot offices, from what powers they hold, to how they impact your daily life.

This time we talked with Natch Greyes, an attorney with the New Hampshire Municipal Association, about the Register of Deeds. 

Click here for all of NHPR's election coverage.

Sign up here for The Exchange newsletter - get program and guest highlights and a look at upcoming shows.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: Oct 16, 2020

Oct 15, 2020

As positive COVID cases are on the rise in New Hampshire, we discuss why that is and how to protect ourselves as we head into the colder winter months. Also, NHPR's reporters will update us on local voting issues and our recent live debates. We also chat about how COVID will impact Halloween festivities this year. Plus, our latest installment in our series Down Ballot. 

Air date: Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. 

Voter registration sign at a voting center in Portsmouth.
Dan Tuohy; NHPR

New Hampshire voters will choose a number of local political leaders, from county officers to state reps, on Nov. 3. Every Friday leading up to the election on Weekly N.H. News Roundup, we talk about one of these down-ballot offices, from what powers they hold, to how they impact your daily life.

We talked about the role of county sheriff with Ethan DeWitt, the statehouse and politics reporter for the Concord Monitor.

Click here for all of NHPR's election coverage.

Sign up here for The Exchange newsletter - get program and guest highlights and a look at upcoming shows.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: October 9, 2020

Oct 8, 2020

Senator Maggie Hassan joins us to discuss voting issues and the upcoming committee hearings on the Supreme Court nominee, as the coronavirus spreads through the White House and reaches several Republican senators. The president calls for supporters to "watch the polls" so we find out what is allowed at N.H. voting places, and field your questions about mail-in voting. N.H. schools transition to hybrid models, but there’s some pushback from parents. And what’s going on with races for county sheriff in N.H.?

Air date: Friday, Oct. 9, 2020.

Michael Brindley / NHPR

New Hampshire voters will choose a number of local political leaders, from county officers to state reps, on Nov. 3. Every Friday leading up to the election on Weekly N.H. News Roundup, we talk about one of these down-ballot offices, from what powers they hold, to how they impact your daily life.

We talked about the role of county attorney with Paul Cuno-Booth, a reporter for the Keene Sentinel who has covered the significance of this race in New Hampshire

Click here for all of NHPR's election coverage

Sign up here for The Exchange newsletter - get program and guest highlights and a look at upcoming shows.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: Oct. 2, 2020

Oct 1, 2020
Sara Plourde

With a month to go before Election Day, we check in on the dos and don'ts of absentee ballot voting. We’ll also hear about the state of the race for Governor and US Senate in New Hampshire, plus a look at what’s happening in Maine politics. And we begin a series on down-ballot races, exploring what role county attorneys play in New Hampshire.

Air date: Friday, Oct. 2, 2020

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: September 18, 2020

Sep 18, 2020

Smoke from West Coast wildfires has dimmed our sunshine - could we see extensive fire damage here, and what’s the link to climate change? The New Hampshire Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in a case that will decide if a list containing the names of more than 250 law enforcement officers with credibility issues should be disclosed to the public. We also find out about inconsistencies in psychological evaluations used in the hiring process at N.H. police departments. We find out about a demonstration at Cathedral Ledge in the Mt. Washington valley. And what will leaf-peeping be like this this fall?

 

Air date: Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: Sept. 4, 2020

Sep 3, 2020

Just days before the September 8 primary, we take a look at themes and issues playing out among campaigns, including for Governor, U.S. Congress, Districts 1 and 2, and U.S. Senate.  We also explore aspects of the final report of the Commission on Law Enforcement Accountability, Community, and Transparency, a group formed by Governor Sununu in the aftermath of George Floyd's killing to examine issues of police training, racial bias, and commmunity relations. And we talk with the editor of The New Hampshire, the student newspaper of UNH, about a recent spike in coronavirus cases on campus and an increase in the number of students quarantined.  

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: August 28, 2020

Aug 27, 2020

Ahead of the September 8 primaries, we talk with two candidates. Steve Negron, a Republican from Nashua, hopes to challenge incumbent Democratic Congresswoman Annie Kuster in New Hampshire’s second district. And Republican Matt Mayberry hopes to clinch his party’s nomination for New Hampshire’s first Congressional district. And we hear about how one very average N.H. strip mall is riding out the pandemic and what it tells us about the health of our economy.

Air date: Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. 

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The Exchange continues its series of primary candidate interviews with Steve Negron, Republican candidate for 2nd Congressional District. Negron, of Nashua, is a former state lawmaker, serving in the House from 2016 to 2018. He served in the Air Force and works in the defense industry. He ran for the 2nd Congressional District seat in 2018.  We discuss his positions on the coronavirus pandemic, police reform, and other issues. We welcome  your questions: send them before the show to exchange@nhpr.org.

Air date: Friday, Aug. 28 9:00-9:20 a.m.

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The Exchange continues its series of primary candidate interviews with Matt Mayberry, Republican candidate for Congress in the 1st district. A former N.H. GOP vice chairman, Mayberry is a decorated Air Force veteran and has been active in politics, serving on the Dover City Council and, in 2018, on the N.H. Commission for Human Rights. We discuss his positions on the coronavirus pandemic, police reform, and other issues. We welcome  your questions: send them before the show to exchange@nhpr.org.

 Air date: Friday, Aug. 28, 9:20 -9:40

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: August 21, 2020

Aug 21, 2020

The Meet the Candidates series continues with Lynne Blankenbeker, Republican candidate for the second Congressional District.  NHPR’s Casey McDermott takes a look at preparations for the September primary and what the state is anticipating. We also visit with State Representative Denny Ruprecht who was tapped as a rising star to be a part of  the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention. And we go to Laconia, to learn about preparations for Laconia Motorcycle Week.

Air date: Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. 

Todd Bookman/NHPR

The Exchange continues its summer series of primary candidate interviews with Republican Lynne Blankenbeker. She's running in New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District. Blankenbeker has served in the Middle East for the U.S. Air Force as an officer and trauma flight nurse, and later in the Navy Reserve Nurse Corps. She is an attorney and a former N.H. State Representative, and served as a healthcare policy advisor at the Pentagon.  As always, we welcome your questions - send them before the show to exchange@nhpr.org.

Air date: Friday, Aug. 21, 9-9:20 am

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: Aug. 14, 2020

Aug 13, 2020

We continue our series of conversations with candidates running in contested primaries with Republican Matt Mowers. He's seeking his party's nomination in New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District. We'll also check in on the news of the week, including Governor Sununu implementing a mask requirement for large gathers, and New Hampshire reaction to Joe Biden's selection of Kamala Harris as his running mate.

Air date: Friday, Aug. 14, 2020.

Josh Rogers | NHPR

The Exchange continues its summer series of primary candidate interviews with Republican Matt Mowers. He's running in New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District. Mowers, who lives in Bedford, is a former executive director for the New Hampshire Republican Party. He worked as a state department official in the Trump administration. As always, we welcome your questions - send them before the show to exchange@nhpr.org.

Air date: Friday, Aug. 14, 9-9:20 am

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 exchange@nhpr.org.

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!

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

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.

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

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. 

Bryant "Corky" Messner
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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. 

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: June 19, 2020

Jun 19, 2020

Juneteenth celebrations, to commemorate the end of slavery in the U.S., are happening around New Hampshire and online this Friday, and protests against police brutality have led to increased scrutiny of law enforcement practices in the Granite State. And at the end of the first week of reopening since the COVID-19 pandemic reached the state, we check in on the latest health updates. 

Air date: Friday, June 19, 2020.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: June 12, 2020

Jun 11, 2020

We look at how protests of racial injustice and debates over transparency on police procedures are playing out in New Hampshire. For the second time in history, the New Hampshire House meets somewhere other than the State House. The Executive Council nixes Governor Sununu's nomination for the state Board of Education. And the Secretary of State's Select Committee on 2020 Emergency Election Support outlines recommendations for voting this year.

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