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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?


Closing Homeless Shelters For The Right Reasons

September 21, 2017

This summer, the people at New Haven, Connecticut’s Careways Shelter for Women and Children, made a stunning announcement. After 27 years, the 10-bed emergency shelter’s doors would close – once the shelter residents had been placed in either temporary shelters or permanent homes.


These Young Entrepreneurs See Opportunity Flowing Through Maine’s Decaying Dams

September 11, 2017

Maine is home to hundreds of dams that have fallen out of use, a legacy of the heyday of its mills.


Trump’s Decision To End DACA Leaves Thousands Of Mass. Young People In Limbo

September 11, 2017

The future for thousands of young people in Massachusetts is unclear after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday that the Trump administration would end the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.


Gigantic Batteries Help Grow Renewable Energy In Maine, New England

September 11, 2017

For more than half a century, a massive, oil-fired plant has been churning out electricity from an island in the heart of Maine’s Casco Bay, where sailors use its towering smokestack for navigation.


In Connecticut, An Ancient Art Brings Music To Life

August 28, 2017

In a small church in one corner of Connecticut, a massive musical project has been underway this summer.

Calvary Episcopal Church in Stonington is installing a new organ.

The more than half-million-dollar project began as a gift from a former member of the choir in memory of her brother.

A Place of Their Own: Ending Family Homelessness in New England

August 25, 2017

For the past six months, Chastity Kerr has lived at a 27-bed family shelter in Hartford, Connecticut, with her three children, ages 14, 11, and 8. Her current address, the Salvation Army’s Marshall House, is in Hartford’s historic Asylum Hill neighborhood. This is the neighborhood Mark Twain once called home. So did Harriet Beecher Stowe.…

Steeped In History, Majestic J Class Boats Return To Newport

August 25, 2017

This week, Newport is hosting a first in the sailing world: the J Class world championships. J Class yachts are rare, and they’re huge.


Post Office Mural Depicting ‘Cruel’ Native Americans Sparks Debate In N.H. Town

August 22, 2017

While New Hampshire isn’t seeing much debate over old confederate monuments, at a post office in Durham, a 1950’s-era mural is raising questions about race and another uncomfortable chapter from our nation’s history.


Building An Ark For New England’s Rare Plants, Seed By Seed

August 22, 2017

In New England, 22 percent of the region’s native plants are considered rare. Some of them are on the federal list of endangered species. Biologists worldwide and locally have been saving crop seeds, and seeds from other plants important to the ecosystem.


A Debate Over Speech As A Boston Common Rally Is Cut Short

August 22, 2017

Police estimate that 40,000 people converged on Boston Common on Saturday to protest a few dozen people attending what organizers called a free speech rally.