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U.S. Rep. Kuster Takes Your Questions

Ann McLane Kuster
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Second District Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster was swept into office in the last election amid a storm of anti-incumbent feeling in the Granite State. In her victory speech, she promised to work in the spirit of bipartisanship. One year later, Kuster has voted with Republicans on some major issues, including aspects of Obamacare and the scope of the NSA surveillance program.  And she has joined a bipartisan group called “No Labels” Problem Solvers.  But some of those problems are tough to solve-  the public is deeply divided over the Affordable Care Act, there’s been an uproar over cuts to food stamps, and when it comes to Democrats’ income inequality push, the devil’s proving to be in the details. 


  • Ann McLane Kuster  – New Hampshire's 2nd District congresswoman, a Democrat in her first term. She is a member of the House committees on veterans' affairs, agriculture, and small businesses. Prior to her political career, she worked as an attorney and advocate.


  • Dante Scala – associate professor of political science at the University of New Hampshire. He is also a fellow at UNH's Carsey Institute.

*For a detailed summary of the conversation with Congresswoman Kuster, check out NHPR's Michael Brindley's live-blog of 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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