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Friday N.H. News Roundup - Week Of November 18th

Sara Plourde

We’re looking at some of the top stories of the week, from the downfall of a Medicaid expansion compromise, to the Business and Industry Association’s release of a Strategic Economic Plan. Also this week, a New Hampshire coffee roaster scored a major victory against Starbucks,  and Granite Staters observe the half-century anniversary of the Kennedy assassination.


  • Jeff Feingold - editor of NH Business Review
  • Ben Leubsdorf – staff reporter at the Concord Monitor, covering New Hampshire politics and state government
  • Dean Spiliotes: Civic Scholar in the School of Arts and Sciences at Southern New Hampshire University and author of the website


  • Brady Carlson- NHPR’s All Things Considered host. He is working on a project to visit all the gravesites of the US presidents and find the unique and unusual stories connected to each one – which he will publish in a book with the working title Dead Presidents: An American Adventure.   Brady is talking with us from Dealey Plaza in Dallas Texas.

More on some stories we covered on the show:

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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