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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?


Learning To Love The Water: Teaching Resettled Refugees Swimming Safety

June 26, 2017

Many children who come to Vermont as refugees are from cultures where swimming isn’t practiced. That could be for religious guidelines that necessitate that bodies remain covered, or it could be that open water is simply too dangerous:


Nari Ward Exhibit At Boston’s ICA Captures Tension Of Immigrant Experiences

June 26, 2017

In a time of divisive political discourse an art show currently featured at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art opens up a space for dialogue.

Calculator Seeks To Help Prospective Students Understand The True Cost Of College

June 19, 2017

Fifteen colleges, including seven in New England, are now offering an easy way for college applicants to figure out how much their education will cost.

What to Do About New England’s Affordable Housing Crisis

June 13, 2017

In a session that ended earlier this month, Connecticut legislators voted to relax a controversial state law geared toward creating more affordable housing in the state. No one is arguing that Connecticut and New England need more affordable housing. The region – from Portland, Maine, to Stamford, Connecticut – is struggling with offering an array of housing choices that won’t break the bank.

New England Fishermen Put Down Their Bait for Day of Safety Training

June 13, 2017

Commercial fishermen in Northern New England face their fair share of challenges. Along with declining fish stocks and tight catch regulations, the occupation also remains one of the most dangerous in the country.


Man Arrested By ICE Following Workers’ Comp Meeting Is Released From Custody

June 13, 2017

A man arrested by federal immigration officials after a workers’ compensation meeting is out of federal custody after nearly two weeks in jail.

Concord Refugee Faces Charges, Barriers, And Misunderstanding

June 5, 2017

Nine months ago, Joyce Chance left a refugee camp in Uganda where she had spent the last eleven years. Chance, who was born in Congo, boarded a plane with her two kids, and came to the United States.

Number Of Immigrants Without Criminal Records Arrested By ICE Triples In New England

June 5, 2017

Under President Trump, officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are casting a broader net when it comes to who they’re prioritizing for arrest. According to ICE data, the focus in New England appears to be more on immigrants with no criminal record.

Easiest Nitrogen Fix For Long Island Sound Is Not Necessarily The Fairest

May 30, 2017

Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont wastewater plants along the Connecticut River are waiting to hear from the Environmental Protection Agency. Even without specifics, managers at the larger plants know they will be required to adjust the amount of nitrogen in their treated wastewater, considerably lowering the levels, potentially at a high cost.

High Tensions In New London, Connecticut Over Federal Rail Plans

May 30, 2017

Communities along Connecticut’s southeastern shore want faster, reliable train service to Washington, D.C, New York, and Boston — but not if it skips their local train stations. A proposed federal plan for high speed rail would do just that.