Stories of our connected and rapidly changing region.


How The Marathon Bombing Helped Bring Innovation To Amputation

April 13, 2018

Army veteran Brandon Korona pulls up his pant leg, rearranges a protective sleeve, and twists off the plastic socket on top of his prosthetic left leg. It comes off with a suction cup-like pop.

New Vermont Distillery Run By Veterans For Veterans

April 12, 2018

A new distillery in northern Vermont isn’t just manufacturing spirits. It’s raising the spirits of the community, especially when it comes to veterans.


Author Amy Bass On How A High School Soccer Team United A New England Town

April 12, 2018

Amy Bass tells the story of a changing soccer team, and town in her new book: One Goal: A Coach, A Team, And the Game that Brought A Divided Town Together, where she follows the Lewiston Blue Devils as they pursue the state championship for the first time in their history. 

After A Tragedy Like The Marathon Bombing, What Do We Do With All The Stuff Left Behind?

April 12, 2018

As Boston’s Copley Square gets ready for Marathon Monday, there are only a few reminders of the massive outpouring of grief that once stood there. On the sidewalk, someone’s written “Boston Strong” on poster board, along with a pair of sneakers and a few American flags.

Renewal In Store For Two Former Town Halls In The Southern Berkshires

April 11, 2018

With so many old buildings in New England, it’s not unusual to see old mills or even churches transform into retail space or condominiums. But what about town halls taking on a new purpose?


Lawyers Say Esty’s Workplace Leadership Doesn’t Work In A #MeToo Moment

April 5, 2018

Earlier this week, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty said she will not seek re-election to a fourth term. Esty announced the decision following criticism over how she handled a workplace harassment case involving her former chief of staff.

How Do We Keep College Graduates In New England?

April 4, 2018

New England is losing young millennials  in record numbers.

Vermont Farmers Look North Of The Border For Solution To Dairy Crisis

April 4, 2018

While Vermont dairy farmers are experiencing some of the hardest times in recent memory, their counterparts in Quebec are thriving. The reason is a complex system that regulates the supply of milk and sets the price farmers receive.


Trying Out For The Hartford Yard Goats, Microphone In Hand

April 3, 2018

If you were to get to every game of the Hartford Yard Goats this season — which starts this week — and arrive before the first pitch, you’d hear 70 different renditions of “The Star Spangled Banner.”

How The New England Aquarium Seeks To Urge Visitors To Act On Climate Change

April 3, 2018

The Aquarium MBTA station was closed due to flooding, and the aquarium itself, nearby on Boston’s Central Wharf, was closed out of caution for its visitors.


NEXT is a weekly radio show and podcast hosted by John Dankosky, based at Connecticut Public Radio 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?


Episode 90: The Question

April 19, 2018

Episode 89: Marathon

April 12, 2018

Episode 88: Saved

April 5, 2018

Episode 87: Northeast Kingdom

March 29, 2018