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
10:00 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Next Week on the Exchange: July 23

Next week on the Exchange– We begin looking at our state's Great Bay region. Pollution is taking over and communities, activists and officials can't agree how best to eradicate it. Then we sit down with one of the biggest players in New Hampshire politics this year, Republican House Speaker Bill O’Brien, on what he feels his party accomplished, and some of the session’s controversies.

The Exchange
10:00 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Next week on the Exchange - Week of July16th

Next week on the Exchange, we begin with a conversation with Marco Werman, the host of PRI's "The World" who will be speaking in the Granite State and has a new documentary out on Senegalese musician and activist, Youssou N'Dour.  Then we look at the Medicaid expansion debate. Last month's Supreme Court decision on President Obama's health care law, left the door open for states to opt out of expanding Medicaid enrollment.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Taking the Temperature of the Tea Party

Several years ago, a grass-roots movement called "the Tea Party", united around fiscal conservatism and played a pivotal role in the republican resurgence.  More recently though, some suggest that its political clout is waning, but Tea Party members say they’re just working more strategically, and will be as influential as ever in twenty-twelve. Monday we're joined by a roundtable of Tea Party members to talk about the direction of the movement.

Guests

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The Exchange
10:00 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Next week on the Exchange - Week of June18th

Next week on the Exchange, we begin with the Northern Pass project, the headlines may have quieted down, but progress hasn’t both in getting it off the ground and stopping it in its tracks. Then a roundtable of House and Senate Leadership joins us to discuss the biggest achievements and disappointments of this legislative session. We look a constitutional amendment that you'll be voting on this fall that would bar any sort of income tax.

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The Exchange
10:00 am
Thu June 7, 2012

The Wage Gap War

This week, a highly-politicized bill titled the “Paycheck Fairness Act”, died in the U.S. Senate.   The bill was aimed at the so-called “wage gap”, between men and women.   It would have given workers greater legal rights, if they found evidence of pay disparities between male and female employees.   Republicans voted against the measure, saying it would have encouraged a flood of workplace lawsuits, while Democrats called the bill an important tool aimed at closing the divide between men’s and women’s paychecks.   We'll look at that, also what might cause this gap?

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NH News
4:00 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

The Darjees and One Year of Granite State Living

The Darjee family with Interpreter Neilharri Bhandari.

Originally broadcast on Friday, May 25.

(Sound of Keith trying to take their picture and messing up...Darjees laugh)

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NH's Immigration Story Finale
11:05 am
Sat May 26, 2012

Documentary: New Hampshire's Immigration Story

NHPR presents a one-hour special that takes a look at immigration in New Hampshire.  This program is the culmination of NHPR’s year-long editorial initiative that has explored immigration in New Hampshire from a variety of different perspectives, from legal and legislative issues to real-world experience from a refugee family adjusting to their new life in the U.S.  This program will give us a glimpse into New Hampshire’s immigrant history with stories of our past that will provide context and depth for the issues and stories that are changing the face of New Hampshire today. 

NH News
8:00 am
Thu May 24, 2012

New Hampshire's Immigration Story - The Anti-Russian Revolution

 World War One was great for New Hampshire’s immigrant workforce, the mills were booming and jobs were plentiful.  But as thousands of American returned home from war, there was a growing distrust of the immigrant in general and of Russians in particular.

unemployment is high In 1919, there was something like 3600 strikes in America. So we’re looking for a scapegoat. 

New Hampshire Historian, Stu Wallace

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NH News
6:00 am
Wed May 23, 2012

New Hampshire's Immigration Story - Come to Amoskeag!

Weave Room, No. 11 Mill, Amoskeag Manufacturing Company, Manchester, NH; from a c. 1910 postcard.
Photo: Weave room Wikimedia Commons

By the early 1900's, the Amoskeag mill was earning its reputation as the textile capital of the world. There may have been other cities that produced more cloth, but none had a mill that compared to Manchester’s.

No other single textile factory in the world had 17,000 workers, and it had around 30 buildings at one time and it was turning out cloth 50 miles per hour.

Robert Perrault is a Manchester based historian and author of the book "Vivre la Difference: Franco-American Life and Culture in Manchester, New Hampshire”

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Arts & Culture
8:00 am
Tue May 22, 2012

New Hampshire's Immigration Story - La Survivance and the Franco Americans

Monsignor Pierre Hevey

(Robert Perreault talking to his granddaughter)

As first generation French Canadian mill workers turned to second and third generation, Franco Americans outnumbered all immigrant groups in New Hampshire. And their presence is felt today.  Even though it was Robert Perreault’s grandfather that emigrated from French Canada, he still carry’s on many of his culture’s traditions. He speaks fluent French and so does his son. Now, they’re passing that tradition to his granddaughter.

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NH News
8:00 am
Mon May 21, 2012

New Hampshire's Immigration Story - The Influence of the Irish

Irish men and women started trickling over to New Hampshire in the 1820 and 30s, and by the 1840s, they become the Granite State’s first major population of immigrantsBy 1850 there was over thirteen hundred Irish in Manchester alone and by 1860 that number triples. More than one quarter of the city’s residents are now foreign born and of that, the Irish made up seventy three percent of them.  But as New Hampshire’s first major immigrant group settled, the first major anti-immigrant feelings started brewing in our state as well.

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NH News
5:00 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Dreaming again

As part of our yearlong series, New Hampshire’s Immigration Story, NHPR’s Keith Shields attended a performance of “Dreaming Again’ and brings you this report.

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NH's Immigration Story
10:00 am
Fri April 13, 2012

How Refugees Fuel One New Hampshire Business

D. S. Cole Growers in Loudon, New Hampshire bills itself as a ‘wholesale greenhouse facility’. That means, they grow a lot of the potted plants that are then shipped to garden centers and landscapers across New England.  Looking across the facility you see greenhouses filled up with row upon rows of annuals, while flower baskets hang in long lines above your head

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Blogs
1:44 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Socrates Exchange Makes Some Progress Of Its Own

A few years back, we started this little ole series called the Socrates Exchange - originally the idea was six shows that had a really neat angle and could possibly be great radio for our listeners.  Over time the project's direction grew, and we decided to reach out to younger people, got schools discussing the topics in the classroom, and invited high schools to come and participate in live shows.

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NH News
5:00 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

How the Darjees Pay the Bills

It’s a Friday night at the Darjee home. After a long work week, Ram, his wife Saraswarti, their daughter Angel and Ram’s mother are preparing for a fun evening with relatives.

(sound up)

Sitting with the Darjees, it’s hard to imagine that just 9 months ago they were living in squalor in a refugee camp in Nepal.  Their apartment now has comfortable furnishings, colorful decorations lining the walls, a computer and lots of cooking equipment to prepare a nice meal.

(sound of cooking and talking )

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