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Another Look At The Death Penalty

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The legislature is again considering a repeal of the state’s capital punishment statute. While supporters say that their cause has gained momentum over recent years, others argue that the death penalty still plays an important role in state’s justice system.


  • Arnie Alpert - New Hampshire Director for the American Friends Service Committee and a member of the Board of the NH Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
  • Nick Willard – Assistant Chief for the Manchester Police Department, which opposes a repeal to the death penalty in New Hampshire


  • Renny Cushing – Democratic representative from Hampton and executive director of Murder Victims' Families For Human Rights. He sponsored the bill to repeal the death penalty.
  • John Reagan – Republican senator from Deerfield. He opposes a repeal of the death penalty.
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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