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Next Forum: Elizabeth Warren on October 30

New Hampshire Public Radio, in collaboration with New Hampshire PBS, is holding series of forums with presidential primary candidates to explore in-depth the issues that impact New Hampshire voters. Forums are open to the public, broadcast on NHPR live, and then broadcast on New Hampshire PBS.  

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The Exchange sits down with Tom Steyer on Monday, Oct. 28, at 9 a.m. before a live audience to discuss the issues shaping the 2020 Primary.  Former hedge-fund investor, billionaire, and major Democratic donor, Steyer has founded  two organizations: Need to Impeach and NextGen America, which mobilizes young people to vote and take action on such issues as climate change.  

What questions do you have for Tom Steyer? Submit your questions below and click here to attend this event.

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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. 


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. 

First Forum October 8 – with Bill Weld

New Hampshire Public Radio, in collaboration with New Hampshire PBS, will hold a series of forums with presidential primary candidates to explore in-depth the issues that impact New Hampshire voters. Forums will be open to the public, broadcast on NHPR live, and then broadcast on New Hampshire PBS.

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Federal health officials are tracking clusters of serious health issues among mostly young people.  Analysts have linked these lung conditions and breathing problems with vaping.

But some health officials suspect certain unlicensed vaping substances that included contaminated liquids. The Exchange on Wednesday gets the latest on what we know and what we don't about vaping.  As of Tuesday, Aug. 20, N.H. health officials said they were not aware of any cases in the Granite State but they are monitoring the situation.



The state park system is thriving, with a 30% increase in visitors since 2013, according to Philip Bryce, director of the N.H. Division of Parks and Recreation, which includes 93 sites. 

“It's nice because our mission is to get people outdoors, enjoying the outdoors, because it’s good for your health; it's good for your frame of mind, and it's wonderful to see that,” Bryce said on The Exchange.  (For the full conversation, listen here.)

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: Aug. 9, 2019

Aug 8, 2019

After mass shootings in El Paso, Texas,  and Dayton, Ohio, New Hampshire's Congressional delegation calls for federal action on gun control. And activists in New Hampshire urge Governor Sununu to sign three gun-related bills.  The N.H. Attorney General concludes that racism did not motivate a 2017 attack on a biracial boy in Claremont. And Dartmouth College reaches a $14 million settlement with seven current and former students who alleged Dartmouth adminstrators failed to protect them from harassment by three former neuroscience faculty members. 


Phillip Bryce, Director of New Hampshire Parks and Recreation, oversees 93 parks and their infrastructure, including beaches, lakes, forests, trails, and buildings.  We ask how healthy our parks are and what the balance is, between attracting visitors and preserving natural resources.  

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Five generations, one workplace: That's the unprecedented scenario now at some companies: Millennials (also known as Geneartion Y), Baby Boomers, Traditionalists, Generations X and Z working together. But while certain values and descriptions are often attached to these groups, to what extent are these labels true?  And how is everybody getting along at work?


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In the three weeks since Governor Sununu vetoed a $13 billion state budget passed by Democrats in the Legislature, the state has been operating on a three-month "continuing resolution" and political leaders have  gone back and forth between pointing fingers and signaling progress on reaching agreement, as negotiations and meetings have continued. Governor Sununu recently met privately with municipal leaders who have expressed concern over the veto's impact on essential programs and services. We take a close look at what the budget right now contains, key areas of disagreement, and prospects for compromise. 

Join The Exchange Team For 'Coffee & Community'

Jul 11, 2019

Come meet The Exchange team for a new series called "Coffee & Community." 

Host Laura Knoy and the show's producers will be on hand 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! 

Writers on a New England Stage: Lidia Bastianich

Jul 3, 2019
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NHPR and The Music Hall in Portsmouth present Writers on a New England Stage with author Lidia Bastianich. She spoke with NHPR's Peter Biello about her latest book, My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food. 

In her memoir, Bastianich explores her relationship to Italian cuisine, describes her upbringing in communist Yugoslavia, her time as a refugee in Italy, and her experience living and working in New York City, where she discovered her passsion for food. 

Host of the cooking show, Lidia's Kitchen, Bastianich owns four restaurants in New York City and is co-founder of the Italian marketplace chain, Eataly.  

This interview was recorded March 12, 2019 at The Music Hall.

Weekly N.H. News Roundup: June 28, 2019

Jun 27, 2019
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A crash in Randolph leaves 7 motorcyclists dead, stunning the state and making national news. After a bitter debate, state lawmakers pass a $13 billion budget along party lines and prepare for a promised gubernatorial veto. And Retired Brigadier General Don Bolduc announces he is running for U.S. Senate, the first Republican to challenge incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen in her bid for re-election in 2020.

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U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand presents herself as a fighter – and a winner, seemingly unfazed by low poll numbers.  Speaking on The Exchange, the New York Senator said she believes she can win over red, blue, and purple parts of the country, touting her popularity in conservative parts of her home state.

"I've never backed down from a fight. I take on the fights that other people won't, and I actually win. And that's been my story," she said. 

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NHPR reports on the New Hampshire Presidential Primary every four years, but this time around we're trying something a little different.

We're inviting you to weigh in on how we should cover this campaign. 


As vacation season approaches, schools are offering ways to try to keep students from losing academic ground during the summer -- through reading, practicing math, and engaging in other activities that stimulate learning. We talk with the state's Deputy Commissioner of Education and two N.H. professors about how kids can best use their free time -- and keep learning -- during summer vacation. 

CATCH Neighborhood Housing

To some extent nonprofit organizations address the affordable housing shortage differently from the private sector, from financing construction to the relationships they maintain with residents.  We examine the role of nonprofits in addressing the scarcity of affordable housing that affects individuals, families, and the state's economy, as businesses seek workers who need affordable homes. 

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As employers complain about a labor shortage and a tight job market, they may be overlooking a large group of potential workers that face certain barriers or stigmas – among them, people with criminal records or who are in recovery, recent immigrants, older workers, or people with disabilities.

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Our In-Depth series on New Hampshire's workforce shortage continues with: untapped workers. We ask: what groups of potential employees are being overlooked?  These might include recent immigrants, people with criminal records, people with disabilities, and older workers. 


National Endowment for the Humanities

With a background in both the sciences and literature, Jon Peede has been chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities for about a year. He'll be in New Hampshire next week, discussing the importance of the humanities in rural America,  building cultural infrastructure through NEH grants. 

He'll be in New Hampshire next week for several New Hampshire Humanities events. And he'll be giving the commencement address at Manchester Community College on the evening of May 22.                

The Exchange, New Hampshire Public Radio’s daily news talk show, will explore how New Hampshire’s workforce shortage impacts the economic and social fabric of life in the state, with a special broadcast series beginning Monday, May 20.

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Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld said he’s “not a fan of the Republican Party in Washington, D.C. today,” but he’s running for that party’s nomination for President. Weld spoke on The Exchange about his platforms as well as his distaste of President Trump. He has made a number of comments, sometime contradictory, about whether he’s running to win or to weaken Trump among Republicans. In an interview with Peter Biello, Weld said he “would never support Mr.

Community College System of New Hampshire

While many still see commuity colleges as technical and vocational training schools, on these campuses in New Hamphsire, there's a robust conversation now about the broader value of that two-year degree -- and what courses it should include, to develop not just skilled workers but well-rounded citizens.


Dr . Robert Feder says he spends about a quarter of his time on the phone with insurance companies trying to get care approved for his patients.

These requests are often denied, he says, and criteria for "medically necessary"  care are often overly restrictive or not transparent. 


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The Exchange is working on a series of shows about workforce shortages in New Hampshire. New Hampshire boasts one of the nation’s lowest unemployment rates, but the state is also facing a serious workforce shortage.

The Exchange will spend several shows exploring how we got here, the sectors and regions most affected, and discussing possible solutions.

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On Friday, April 26, The Exchange will interview Republican Bill Weld, the former Massachusetts Governor, who is running against President Trump in the Republican Presidential Primary in 2020. Submit your questions for Weld below.

Weld is the former Governor of Massachusetts, serving from 1991 to 1997, and he was the Libertarian Party's nominee for Vice President in the 2016 with Gary Johnson. 

2020 Candidate Conversation: Marianne Williamson

Apr 16, 2019
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Marianne Williamson's campaign is based on some of the same themes that brought her acclaim and finanicial success for the past 30 years. She is calling for a "moral and spiritual awakening" in this country. The best-selling author and lecturer on such topics as spirituality and miracles is calling for a new American revolution, a "politics of love." We'll ask Marianne Williamson what that means in terms of policy, including health care, immigration, education.  


In 2008, Congress passed the landmark Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, considered a major achievement in expanding access to care for mental illness and substance abuse. Ten years later, advocates say there has been progress in addressing some of the more obvious barriers to treatment but disparities remain -- including reimbursement for mental health care providers. Also, in some cases, state oversight has been lacking. We'll look at the situation in New Hampshire. 

In her new book, Under The Starry Flag, Lucy Salyer tells the story of a group of 40 Irish Americans who sailed to Ireland in 1867 to join the effort to end British rule. But the men, many of whom had fought in the American Civil War, were arrested by British authorities for treason as soon as they landed.  Their arrests sparked an international conflict that brought the United States and Britain to the brink of war. The legal saga, a prelude to today's immigration battles,  dramatized the idea of citizenship as an inalienable right and provoked a human-rights revolution.