Two triple-deckers that were recently renovated with energy efficiency in mind on Stanton Street in Worcester. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Through fresh eyes, there’s a lot that’s unusual about American life and culture — from bloated wallets and giant cars to the emphasis on self. This week on NEXT, writer Roya Hakakian shares keen observations from her new book “A Beginner’s Guide To America.” Plus, how retrofitting triple-decker houses can help fight climate change. And singer-songwriter Niu Raza blends musical traditions to find her signature sound and a new sense of home.

Guests:

Roya Hakakian, author, poet and writing instructor at Yale University. Her new book is “A Beginner’s Guide to America: For the Immigrant and the Curious.”

Niu Raza, singer and songwriter living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her new album is “Mm-hmm.”

Contributors:

Brenda Leon, Report for America reporter for Connecticut Public Radio
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Callum Borchers, reporter for WBUR
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Simón Rios, reporter for WBUR
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Sarah Gibson, education and demographics reporter for New Hampshire Public Radio
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About NEXT

NEXT is produced at Connecticut Public Radio
Host/Producer: Morgan Springer
Freelance Producer: Lily Tyson
Executive Editor: Vanessa de la Torre
Senior Director: Catie Talarski
Music: Todd Merrell, “New England” by Goodnight Blue Moon, “Maria” by Francesca Blanchard, “Don’t Take Off” by Wise Old Moon, “On My Way To You” by Noelle Micarelli, “Sandbar Inn” by Wren Kitz, “FM Radio” by Chelsea Paolini and “Madagascar,” “Babo,” “So Damn Beautiful,” and “Mamay” by Niu Raza.  

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