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?
This summer, the people at New Haven, Connecticut’s Careways Shelter for Women and Children, made a stunning announcement. After 27 years, the 10-bed emergency shelter’s doors would close – once the shelter residents had been placed in either temporary shelters or permanent homes.
Maine is home to hundreds of dams that have fallen out of use, a legacy of the heyday of its mills.
The future for thousands of young people in Massachusetts is unclear after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday that the Trump administration would end the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.
For more than half a century, a massive, oil-fired plant has been churning out electricity from an island in the heart of Maine’s Casco Bay, where sailors use its towering smokestack for navigation.
In a small church in one corner of Connecticut, a massive musical project has been underway this summer.
Calvary Episcopal Church in Stonington is installing a new organ.
The more than half-million-dollar project began as a gift from a former member of the choir in memory of her brother.
For the past six months, Chastity Kerr has lived at a 27-bed family shelter in Hartford, Connecticut, with her three children, ages 14, 11, and 8. Her current address, the Salvation Army’s Marshall House, is in Hartford’s historic Asylum Hill neighborhood. This is the neighborhood Mark Twain once called home. So did Harriet Beecher Stowe.…
This week, Newport is hosting a first in the sailing world: the J Class world championships. J Class yachts are rare, and they’re huge.
While New Hampshire isn’t seeing much debate over old confederate monuments, at a post office in Durham, a 1950’s-era mural is raising questions about race and another uncomfortable chapter from our nation’s history.
In New England, 22 percent of the region’s native plants are considered rare. Some of them are on the federal list of endangered species. Biologists worldwide and locally have been saving crop seeds, and seeds from other plants important to the ecosystem.
Police estimate that 40,000 people converged on Boston Common on Saturday to protest a few dozen people attending what organizers called a free speech rally.