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NEXT is a weekly radio show and podcast hosted by John Dankosky, based at WNPR in Hartford, Connecticut and powered by the New England News Collaborative.

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Through original reporting and interviews, we ask important questions about the issues we explore: where are we now? How did we get here? And what's next?


Homeless, Addicted, and Overcoming a Long History of Neglect

April 21, 2017

When he leaves his apartment in Hartford, Connecticut’s historic Asylum Hill neighborhood, Reggie Moton, 62, has two choices. He can turn right to Farmington Avenue, where he knows he can find people who could sell him drugs. Or he can turn left, and go to Asylum Avenue — which, though it’s a busy street, doesn’t have the same business traffic.

This Low-Cost, High-Level Soccer Club Turns Competition Into Opportunity

April 21, 2017

Jared Barbosa doesn’t think high level sports should exclude low-income kids.

How One Pediatric Refugee Clinic Helps Children “Move Beyond The Trauma”

April 18, 2017

The screening process for refugees entering the U.S. involves multi-layered security checks, interviews, and an overseas medical exam. After their arrival, families will undergo another health assessment, usually coordinated by a resettlement agency.

Farmworker Advocates Confront Ben & Jerry’s Board Members To Protest Labor Conditions

April 18, 2017

Protesters with Migrant Justice confronted Ben & Jerry’s board members outside the South Burlington office Tuesday morning, aiming to pressure the company to wrap up negotiations on an agreement that would outline minimum wages and labor conditions for dairy workers.

No More “Addicts?” How One N.H. City Wants To Overhaul Your Addiction Vocabulary

April 18, 2017

Nashua’s Health Department wants you to stop using the word “addict.”

Centuries Later, African-American Mainer Who Fought in Forgotten War Gets Recognition

April 18, 2017

William Brown was likely born a slave in Maryland, but he later settled in Portland, which was then a part of Massachusetts.

From Millions To Dozens: Tough Times For River Herring In Connecticut River

April 18, 2017

Millions of river herring used to return to New England’s fresh waterways to spawn, but at some collection spots today, populations have dropped into the dozens.

Former EPA Head Says China Wins Under Trump’s Executive Order On Climate

April 10, 2017

The former administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under President Barack Obama was in Connecticut on Friday. Gina McCarthy spoke to students and climate activists at Wesleyan University and was critical of the policies of President Donald Trump.

Once A High-Profile Skeptic, Western Massachusetts Man Now Sold On Obamacare

April 10, 2017

Although the Republicans pulled their healthcare bill last week, they are preparing for another push to repeal the Affordable Care Act. And since the Congressional Budget Office predicted the recent GOP plan would take health insurance away from up to 24 million people, many of the newly insured are worried.

Clinic Helps Refugees Settled In Vermont Work Through Stress, Trauma

April 5, 2017

Many refugees who arrive on U.S. soil finally feel safe after decades of war or torture or loss of family members. But just because they’re removed from physical harm, it doesn’t mean the pain is over.