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what's easier to keep off your property: a federal railroad, or beavers?


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?


‘Hit First And Worst’: Region’s Communities Of Color Brace For Climate Change Impacts

July 27, 2017

The consequences of climate change, experts say, will disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color.

From ‘Sewer’ to Beautiful: Paddling 400 Miles on New England’s Longest River

July 27, 2017

The Connecticut River springs to life in Pittsburg, New Hampshire, just a few hundred yards from the Canadian border.

Mass. High Court Rules Local Authorities Can’t Detain People Solely On ICE Detainers

July 27, 2017

Massachusetts’ highest court ruled Monday that local law enforcement officials do not have the authority, under state law, to detain a person based solely on a request from federal immigration authorities.

For Farmers Looking To Make Ends Meet, The Sun Provides A Controversial Harvest

July 27, 2017

As Kevin Sullivan slowly rumbles his pickup truck across his 60 acres of property near the Connecticut-Massachusetts border, he leans in and asks a question: What’s farmland?


As Vermont Solar Grows, National Companies Want In On The Market

July 27, 2017

After years of encouraging solar development, Vermont seems to be attracting the attention of national solar companies.


To Preserve Rustic Way Of Life, Maine Islanders Clamor For Modern Internet Access

July 27, 2017

Maine is the most rural state in the nation and, also, one with some of the poorest internet access. Out on the coastal islands, internet service ranges from lousy to nonexistent.


Ultra-Efficient Apartment Buildings In Portland And Boston Are Part Of “Big Wave”

July 19, 2017

A new type of energy-efficient construction is drawing attention in the U.S. It’s called “passive housing” — residences built to achieve ultra-low energy use. It’s so efficient that developers can eliminate central heating systems altogether.


In Connecticut And Rhode Island, Federal Rail Decision Seen As Win For Preservationists

July 19, 2017

Residents in Connecticut and Rhode Island’s coastal communities are cheering the Federal Railroad Administration’s decision to back away from a controversial rail plan that would have re-routed a section of the Northeast Corridor through historic towns and important ecosystems along New England’s southern coast.

At NGA, Governors Outline Long Fight Against Opioid Crisis

July 19, 2017

More than 30 governors from across the U.S. are gathering in Providence for the summer meeting of the National Governors Association. An epidemic of opioid abuse in the states is one of the top problems facing the elected officials.


The Challenge and Necessity of Providing Health Care for People Who Are Homeless

July 17, 2017

OPINION To prepare for an outdoor church service last month, volunteers at Shiloh Baptist Church knocked on every door within a 10-block radius of the Hartford, Connecticut church. They weren’t proselytizing, per se. Instead, they were trying to draw their Clay Arsenal neighborhood’s attention to the health fair after that June service. The fair would…