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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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With Christie Out, New Jersey Poised To Rejoin New England In Climate Pact

November 15, 2017

New Jersey’s Governor-elect Phil Murphy has vowed to “immediately” bring his state back into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI. It’s a move that could strengthen the pollution-fighting partnership.

On New Hampshire’s Coast, Preparing for Future Storms with Grass, Sand and a Bit of Time

November 15, 2017

As New Hampshire’s coastline prepares for a world with rising seas and stronger storms, communities and homeowners have different options, none of them simple: seawalls, raised structures, a retreat from the shoreline.

But some scientists in New Hampshire are pitching a more natural approach. All it takes is a little grass and some time.

 

 

Live Free? Die? Decades-Old Fight Over N.H. Motto to Get Supreme Court Shout-Out

November 15, 2017

George and Maxine Maynard have what you might call a complicated relationship with New Hampshire’s state motto.

And when the U.S. Supreme Court takes up a controversial free speech case next month, the Maynards’ decades-old legal battle over the state’s ubiquitous “Live Free or Die” will be back in the spotlight.

A Puerto Rican Family Is Reunited In Holyoke, Where It Tries To Find Stability

November 15, 2017

Seven weeks ago, Hurricane Maria roared through the center of Puerto Rico. Winds battered the palm leaves and rain poured over the houses in the town of Barrancas.

Local Immigrants With Special Protective Status Learn To Live With Uncertainty

November 15, 2017

An estimated 8,000 immigrants in Massachusetts are awaiting decisions that will determine their fate in the United States.

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Stocks Are Rebounding — But Should The Quota Be Raised?

November 15, 2017

Fishermen up and down the New England coast say it has been decades since they’ve been able to catch so many Atlantic bluefin tuna, so fast. Once severely depleted, populations of the prized sushi fish appear to be rebuilding.

 

From San Juan to Humacao, Recovery in Puerto Rico Can Come at Different Paces

November 6, 2017

Angel Rodriguez stood on the porch of his apartment overlooking the bay of San Juan. In the distance, a military helicopter was lifting off from an airstrip near the city’s convention center where the hurricane relief effort was being staged.

It was mid-October, more than four weeks after Maria, and San Juan was still recovering. But Rodriguez said that compared to the east side of the island where he grew up — where the hurricane first made landfall — the city looks like “Disneyland.”

 

How Massachusetts Providers Are Responding To A Call For ‘Sanctuary Hospitals’

November 6, 2017

For immigrants in the country illegally, the fear of running into U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents has made some public places appear threatening. In the current environment, that can include a visit to the emergency room.

Massachusetts Sea Turtle Hospital Braces For ‘Cold Stunning Season’

October 31, 2017

During a July morning at the New England Aquarium Animal Care Center in Quincy, Massachusetts, a clinical volunteer checked the heart rate of a Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle with a Doppler instrument as a part of its physical exam.

 

Weeks After Maria, Bringing The Basics To Puerto Rico

October 31, 2017

We drove to Caguas, a city south of San Juan, four weeks after Hurricane Maria hit. Our guide was Luis Cotto — a former Hartford city councilman now living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We traveled to Puerto Rico to tell stories; he traveled to deliver thousands of dollars in inflatable solar lights and water filters to people who need them, including members of his family.

 

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