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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?


What Happens To That Aluminum Can You Just Recycled?

May 22, 2017

In New England, all states except for Rhode Island and New Hampshire have bottle bills. Those are recycling programs built around a system of deposits and refunds, aimed at reducing litter and protecting the environment. But when it comes to old aluminum, it’s not just environmentalists who want to see more recycling — there’s a real business case to be made for it, too.

An ICE Arrest After A Workers’ Comp Meeting Has Lawyers Questioning If It Was Retaliation

May 22, 2017

Thirty-seven-year-old Jose Flores and his longtime partner, Rosa Benitez, have been living in Massachusetts for almost seven years. The Honduran nationals both entered the United States by illegally crossing the Southern border.

We Must Not Go Back to the Bad, Old Days of Homelessness

May 18, 2017

Get ready for the future: activists and advocates say there’s a storm coming of increase in states’ homeless populations.

Build A House? Shuck An Oyster? Maine Maker Does It All

May 16, 2017

In Waterford, Maine a maker named Gardner Waldeier — who calls himself “Bus Huxley” — has been entertaining viewers with equal portions of Yankee ingenuity and video wizardry.

In Manchester, Combining Social Work and Police Work to Help Troubled Kids

May 12, 2017

A couple years ago, Manchester police lieutenant Nicole LeDoux and two colleagues decided to crunch some numbers. They found that in a single year, 400 Manchester kids had been at either domestic violence incidents or overdoses when police were called. “I remember sitting,” she said, “and being like ‘man, that’s a lot of kids. How do we deal with that?’”

New England States Could Band Together to Join Atlantic Time, Stop Changing Clocks

May 12, 2017

New England states are considering the idea of sticking with daylight saving time year ’round. Proposals to make the switch are being taken up by several legislatures, including Maine’s.

How Does Electricity Make Its Way From Power Plants To The Plugs In Your House?

May 12, 2017

Turn back the clock just a couple of centuries, and to our ancestors, the alchemy of electricity would seem like magic: with the single flip of a switch, our rooms are bathed in light.

Ringling No More: A Former Clown Reflects On The End Of ‘The Greatest Show On Earth’

May 12, 2017

Children of all ages will say their goodbyes to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus this weekend in Providence. The city is hosting the 146-year-old institution’s final New England performances, just days ahead of the grand denouement in New York on May 21.

A Haven For Refugee Children To Experience Music

May 12, 2017

Of the 530 refugees who arrived in the New Haven region last year, more than 270 were children. Many are nearing the end of their first year in a U.S. school.  A local arts organization has partnered with the region’s resettlement agency to create a special afterschool violin program for the young refugees.

Researchers Discontinue Annual Lobster Season Forecast After Complaints From Industry

May 4, 2017

A Portland-based research institute is dropping its yearly forecast of when lobster landings in Maine will begin their annual surge.