Keith Shields

Executive Producer, The Exchange

Born and raised in the Newark, NJ area, Keith entered the world of radio through the commercial side working overnights at the now defunct jazz station WCDJ in Boston, followed by producing news and talk programs at the AM radio powerhouse WBZ. In 1993 he migrated into public radio and spent 10 years at WBUR working as an engineer, director and producer for shows like The Connection with Christopher Lydon, One Union Station from WRNI in Rhode Island and On Point with Tom Ashbrook. He came to NHPR in 2003. In addition to his work on The Exchange, Keith also oversees major programming projects like election night coverage and debates. He also teaches several courses in journalism and radio production at the University of New Hampshire in Manchester.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Eradicating Invasive Species: Part 1 - Plants

Purple Loosestrife, Autumn Olive, Norway Maple and Multi-flora Rose may sound like plants you'd want in your garden, but actually, they're four of the 423 invasive plants currently in New Hampshire. These non-indigenous weeds, trees and shrubs, grow with a great ferocity strangling and starving the native species. Now some are fighting back against these green villains and making some progress as well. Today we begin a two part series on invasive species in New Hampshire, starting with weeds, trees and other non-native plants. 

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The Exchange
4:00 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Next Week On The Exchange - July 29, 2013

Next week on the Exchange:  We talk with wildlife experts, including a veteran moose biologist, about the steep decline in New Hampshire’s moose population.    We’ll find out how New Hampshire plans to tackle the issue.  We’ll also look at how the state plans to go about regulating and dispensing marijuana now that a compromise medical marijuana bill, minus the home-grown option, has been signed into law.  We’ll spend two days looking at the latest on invasive species of the plant and animal varieties and don't forget about our Friday New Hampshire News Roundup.

The Exchange
4:00 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Next Week On The Exchange - July 8, 2013

Next week on The Exchange, we begin with a look at school discipline in New Hampshire, as some are beginning to wonder if suspensions and expulsions are the best way to get wayward students back on track. Later we explore the tenth amendment and how over history its divided supporters of federal rights versus state’s rights and a panel of New Hampshire State and House leadership join us to look back at this wild legislative year.  Join us all next week for The Exchange every morning live at 9/nd again at 8 p m, here on NHPR!

The Exchange
4:00 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Next Week On The Exchange - July 1, 2013

Next week on The Exchange, we bring you some of our favorite Exchange shows of the past year.  We begin with the question “Should government play a role in our growing obesity problem” from nutritional labeling to super size sodas. We also look at New Hampshire downtowns, where they’re doing well and where they aren’t. We talk to former Shell Oil President John Hoffmeister on his ideas about the future of energy. For Independence Day, we bring you our program on Calvin Coolidge, a President born on the 4th of July and we end the week talking about the bullying problem in NH.

NH News
7:00 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Plymouth: 250 Years In The Making

Archive photo of Plymouth, circa 1880

The writer Susan Cheever once said that Plymouth, “is a nice enough town but… it’s a town in the middle of nowhere, a town for people on their way to somewhere else”

But many locals in the Grafton County town would disagree. After all, Plymouth has been voted one of the best small towns in America. And nowhere is this town pride more conspicuous than in “Marking the Moment”; a two and a half hour musical written to kick off the town’s 250th anniversary.

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The Exchange
4:00 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Next Week On The Exchange - June 10, 2013

Next week on The Exchange, we begin with author Ben Hewitt and his new book called Saved, a meditation on the meaning of money and the concept of wealth.  Next, we look at the charged debate over electricity in New Hampshire.  And we explore the spike in heroin use in the state; what doctors, police, and policy makers are doing about it. E-mail us at exchange@nhpr.org and join us all next week for The Exchange every morning live at 9/and again at 8 p m, here on NHPR!

The Exchange
4:00 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Next Week On The Exchange - May 27, 2013

Next week on The Exchange, with expanded gambling now off the table, we look at how that might affect the state budget, as the Governor, House and Senate all hold strong to their positions.  Then, what’s next for newspapers in New Hampshire, with recent headlines of more layoffs and cutbacks in this industry.

The Exchange
4:00 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Next Week On The Exchange - May 20, 2013

Next week on The Exchange, we begin with the end of NECAPs, the standardized tests that Granite State students have long taken are being replaced by a whole new system.  Then, an energy plan for New Hampshire with so many proposals on the table now, some say it’s time to look at “the big picture”.  And we’ll close out the week with our Friday New Hampshire news roundup.  E-mail us at NHPR dot org and join us all next week for The Exchange every morning live at 9/and again at 8 pm, here on NHPR!

The Exchange
10:00 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Next Week On The Exchange - April 29, 2013

Next week on The Exchange, we begin with a new biography of our thirtieth President Calvin Coolidge. The stoic Vermonter known as Silent Cal.  Then the one-hundredth birthday of the Federal Income tax, we’ll look at its history and controversy. Later, we sit down with New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Commissioner, Tom Burack.  And we end the week with our Friday New Hampshire News roundup.  E-mail us at NHPR dot org and join us all next week for the exchange every morning live at 9/and again at 8 p m, here on NHPR!

NH News
4:00 pm
Sun April 14, 2013

Henri Renaud: The Only Granite Stater To Ever Win The Boston Marathon

Henri Renaud wins the 1909 Boston Marathon

There was hardly a single person who thought that Henri Charles Renaud would win the 13th running of the Boston Marathon in 1909.  He was just 19 years old, a son of French Canadian immigrants who worked in the Nashua mills. And is his great grandson, Brett Misenor says he had only started running seven months earlier.

His father urged him to run only about 2 weeks before the race. Henri had begun running the September before and won the first race he ever ran and he entered the Boston Marathon and ended up out running some of the world’s best Olympic runners.

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NH News
7:00 am
Fri April 12, 2013

New Boston: 250 Years in the Making

Welcome to New Boston
Archive photo

New Boston is a town that sounds like it could or should be in Massachusetts, and at one time, it actually was. In the 1730s Boston proprietors were granted a charter to the town, but never did much with it, mostly because of the presence of Native Americans in the area. By 1741, when new borders were drawn up New Boston became part of New Hampshire, with a brand new set of residents says historian Stu Wallace:

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The Exchange
4:00 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Next Week On The Exchange - April 1, 2013

Next week on the exchange, we begin with the latest over the debate on the stand your ground law. House Democrats narrowly repealed this Gun-rights legislation recently, but the repeal faces a tough climb in the senate.  Later in the week we look at the Free State Movement. Ten years ago, its members began to move to New Hampshire to make political change, we’ll look at their impact and why their movement remains controversial. E-mail us at NHPR dot org and join us all next week for the Exchange, every morning live at 9/and again at 8 p m here on NHPR!

The Exchange
4:00 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Next Week On The Exchange - March 25th, 2013

Next week on The Exchange, we begin with the question of government’s role in fighting obesity, given the recent challenge to New York City’s super-size-soda ban.  Then, we sit down with Mark Huddleston, President of the University of New Hampshire.  And on Friday,  a new tradition in the making on “The Exchange”, our weekly news roundup where we look at the issues Granite Staters are talking about. E-mail us at NHPR dot org and join us all next week for the Exchange, every morning live at 9/and again at 8 p m....here on NHPR!

NH News
8:30 am
Mon March 11, 2013

1763: A Landmark Year In New Hampshire History

This year, 13 New Hampshire towns are celebrating their 250th anniversaries.  As part of a new series called “250 Years In The Making: Stories From 13 New Hampshire Towns," NHPR’s Keith Shields will travel to each of these places, learn more about their founding and find the unique stories buried within their borders. But before we do, we begin with a look back two and a half centuries to the year 1763.

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The Exchange
4:00 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Next week on the Exchange - March 4th, 2013

Next week on The Exchange, we begin with frustration over sequestration, we’ll catch up on the latest news and what it means for the Granite State.  Then, a roundtable of Granite State Catholics reflect on changes at the Vatican. The Exchange’s “Book Buffs” join us, our independent booksellers for a special program during our March fund-drive.  And later, gossip over the Gas Tax, and whether New Hampshire should raise it or not, to pay for highway, road and bridge repair.  Join us all next week for the Exchange every morning live at 9/and again at 8 p m  here on NHPR!

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