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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.

Our laboratory is all of New England — one of America's oldest places — at a time of change.

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?

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Immigration Tribunals Stressed As Refugee Applicants Arrive In Canada On Foot

December 11, 2017

The flow of people seeking refugee status in Canada has grown exponentially in recent months. More people have walked into the province of Quebec since August than in all of 2016 across the entire length of the Canadian border.

 

Maine To Set Up New Collaborative To Research Lobster Fishery

December 11, 2017

Maine’s Department of Marine Resources is launching a half-million-dollar project to get a more comprehensive scientific assessment of one of the state’s most valuable resources — lobster. The new Maine Lobster Research Collaborative will focus on the lobster fishery’s biological, physical and social dynamics, as the request for proposals puts it.

 

What’s Been The Impact Of Connecticut’s Gun Laws After Sandy Hook?

December 11, 2017

Five years ago, 20 first graders and six adults were gunned down at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Following the massacre, the state enacted some of the toughest gun laws in the nation.

 

A Cawful Examination Of Connecticut’s Crows

December 11, 2017

At twilight in late fall, thousands of crows take wing above highways running through Hartford. These crow “commuters” are headed home to roost, but where, exactly, do they go?

 

The Other Side of Roxham Road: Canada Grapples With Border Refugees

December 11, 2017

Washington D.C. has ended a temporary residency program for almost 60,000 Haitians allowed to legally enter the United States following an earthquake in 2010. The affected Haitians will have to leave the U.S. by 2019. The program has also been revoked for 2,000 Nicaraguans and it’s unclear if other groups, including 300,000 Salvadorans, will be allowed to remain.

 

In Bid To Sell Wind Energy To MA, Bay State Wind To Hold Community Meetings

December 11, 2017

A company with plans to build an offshore wind farm in waters off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard is holding community meetings over the next week. The company, Bay State Wind, is one of three expected to bid for the chance to sell wind energy to Massachusetts.

 

New Study Says Wood Pellets Are the Greenest Heat in New England

December 8, 2017

New research from the University of New Hampshire says the greenest way to heat your home this winter is a wood pellet stove.

 

A Tougher 21st Century Elm Makes A Comeback

December 8, 2017

There are thousands of Elm Streets in America, but not many surviving elms, for which the streets were named. Starting in the mid-20th century, Dutch elm disease killed off millions.

New England Researchers Race To Turn Seaweed Into Biofuel

December 8, 2017

For the last 10 years, scientists all over the world have been racing to figure out how to convert massive quantities of seaweed into biofuel. UConn Professor Charles Yarish is one of them. He’s spent his career studying seaweed, and he just got news that the federal government is going to fund one of his dream projects.

 

Finding A Place To Live Is Main Concern For Many Puerto Rican Evacuees

December 8, 2017

Marlene Hernandez shuffled through winter coats with her cousin Kaliel Diaz at a hurricane relief center in Hartford. Diaz arrived from Puerto Rico with three other family members just days before. As the New England winter starts to set in, many families displaced by Maria have come to the center to get warmer clothing and other supplies. Hernandez said an even bigger concern is where the family will live, especially if more relatives arrive.

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