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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?


A Young Couple’s Search Narrows For A Diverse Town in New England

March 22, 2017

OPINION The Burkes – Rob and Chrissy – want to buy a home. On the surface, their home-ownership goals are pretty standard. They want something in the $250,000 range. They’d consider buying a two-family house; they’d live in one unit and rent the other while they socked away enough money for a single family home.…

Does Climate Change Mean I Can Start My Seedlings Early?

March 22, 2017

Those early hints of spring can call to a gardener like a siren song. Yet the urge to get one’s seeds into dirt can be dangerous: most seedlings won’t survive a single frost. To help with that, gardeners use 30-year averages that predict when the last frost will probably occur. The thing is, in New England, climate change has temperatures rising relatively quickly.

Along Highways, Wildlife Appears To Be Breaking Evolutionary Speed Limits

March 22, 2017

When you think of evolution, you might picture the classic textbook illustration “March of Progress” by Rudolph Zallinger. It shows how, over 25 million years, our human ancestors slowly transform from hunched apes into modern homo sapiens. But now, thanks in part to roads and highways, lots of evolution happens much quicker than that.

New Hampshire’s Immigration Detention Facility Saw Spike In February

March 22, 2017

The number of people detained in New Hampshire by federal immigration authorities since Donald Trump took office was greater than the number detained any of the previous six months.

Trump’s Travel Ban Has Serious Financial Consequences For Refugee Resettlement Agencies

March 22, 2017

Refugee resettlement agencies receive funding based on the number of people they anticipate resettling, so the uncertainty around President Trump’s travel ban has serious fiscal consequences.

Refugee Nearly Freezes To Death Fleeing To Canada Via Upstate New York Woods

March 20, 2017

Many recent immigrants living in the U.S. are scared that their claims for asylum won’t have a fair hearing by the Trump administration. Hundreds of those people are fleeing to Canada; and for one man the journey through the frigid, snowy woods nearly killed him.

Is Spring Getting Longer in New Hampshire?

March 20, 2017

Monday is the vernal equinox: that’s the beginning of spring, according to astronomers. For ecologists, spring isn’t just a matter of the earth’s rotation around the sun.  It has to do with events like melting snow, and the tree canopy.  According to new research from the University of New Hampshire, that ecological spring, also known as the “vernal window,” may be getting longer.

Lawmakers, Businesses Say Worker Visa Restrictions Will Harm Maine Tourism Industry

March 17, 2017

Summer resorts around the nation are bracing for a tough season — not because the tourists won’t come, but because the workers might not. The reinstatement of a cap on visas for temporary workers has some in the hospitality industry predicting catastrophe.

New England’s Ski Industry Prepares For A Changing Climate

March 16, 2017

For the first time in decades, the length of the U.S. ski season is shrinking.

Not For The First Time, Mass. Governor Pushes To Run Federal Water Program

March 9, 2017

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is again pushing an environmental bill that — if funded — would allow the state to take the reins of a federal water protection program.