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On the final episode of NEXT, Boston Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola talks about the evolution of her poetry, and how she uses futurism to reimagine history. Plus, protesters reflect on what has changed — or not — in the year since George Floyd’s murder. We also speak with band members of Lake Street Dive about their latest album, “Obviously.” And finally, to mark the end of NEXT, Executive Editor Vanessa de la Torre joins us to explain what’s ahead for the New England News Collaborative.

STORIES FROM THE COLLABORATIVE

Most Vermonters who have yet to be vaccinated are open to getting the shot, according to surveys cited by the Vermont Department of Health. But many haven’t made the vaccine a priority. So the state has organized dozens of small community clinics, including one outside of Dan & Whit's General Store in Norwich. (Lexi Krupp/VPR)

Race Tracks, Church Dinners, Factories: Vt. Health Dept. Casts Wide Net To Reach 90K Still Unvaccinated

It was a slow morning at a recent COVID vaccine clinic in Morrisville, VT. For the first two hours it was open, no one got a shot. The clinic, organized by the nonprofit Capstone Community Action, advertised free child care and transportation, hoping to make it easier to access. But that’s not what ultimately brought…

After a tough year, Shelly-Anne Storer is looking for a new location for her business, Wild Orchid. (Alli Fam/NHPR)

Overtime: How Shelly-Anne Storer Started, Closed And Relaunched A Business During The Pandemic

Shelly-Anne Storer’s first job after moving to New Hampshire was at an assisted living facility in Concord, and though she spent long hours cooking and serving food to residents, there were parts she enjoyed. “I loved finding out what their favorite things were, so I knew exactly what to bring to their table,” she says….

Antonia Capizza distributes COVID-19 vaccination information in a Waterbury neighborhood. (Tyler Russell/Connecticut Public)

In Connecticut, Teens Confront Vaccine Hesitancy With Information And Patience

Lately, Elise Taylor is logging 10,000 steps a day, a lot of them on hills and up to front doors in Waterbury, CT to ask if residents are interested in taking the COVID-19 vaccine. On an overcast Friday in July, most knocks go unanswered. But when she sees a sign of life, a woman comes…

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