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A Roundtable Of Granite Staters With Connections To Egypt

As unrest continues in Egypt, we'll get the thoughts of Granite Staters with an affiliation to the country. We’ll get their thoughts about the recent unrest in that country after the army ousted President Mohammed Morsi last month.  We’ll find out what they’re hearing from friends and family in Egypt and hear their hopes and concerns for the country’s future, including its relations with the U.S.


  • Jeannie Sowers - Associate Professor of political science at UNH.  She was in Egypt in March of this year.  
  • Nadine Farag - Secretary of NEGMA, an Egyptian group from Harvard and MIT that is looking for long-term solutions to Egypt’s problems. Nadine has Egyptian parents and spends summers in Egypt. 
  • Bahaa Elaidi - An engineering consultant, Bahaa was born in Egypt, came to US in 1982, and has lived in NH since 2002.  He was in Egypt for the last 2 weeks of July, visiting family. 
  • Wayne Lesperance - Professor of political science at New England College and director of the Center for Civic Engagement; follow him on twitter @NECPro.

Laura is well known in New Hampshire for her in-depth coverage of important issues and is widely regarded for her interviews with presidential hopefuls. Laura is a graduate of Keene High School in New Hampshire. Prior to hosting The Exchange, Laura worked in public radio in Washington, D.C. as a local reporter and announcer for WAMU and as a newscaster for NPR. Before her radio career, she was a researcher for USA Today's "Money" section, and a research assistant at the Institute for International Economics. Laura occasionally guest hosts national programs such as The Diane Rehm Show and Here and Now. In 2007 Laura was named New Hampshire Broadcaster of the Year by the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters.
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