Maine Sen. Susan Collins on the campaign trail in September. The Republican is seeking her fifth term in a highly-contested race. (Fred Bever/Maine Public)

After years of strong support from Maine constituents, Republican Sen. Susan Collins is in one of her greatest political fights. This week on NEXT, how a few highly contested races in New England could impact party control at the national level. Plus, we’ll talk about how New Englanders are coping with a severe drought.

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Guests:

Steve Mistler, Maine Public Radio chief political correspondent.

Anna Kellar, executive director of the League of Women Voters of Maine.

Contributors:

Angela Evancie, host of Vermont Public Radio’s Brave Little State
These Vermonters Voted For Trump In 2016. What About 2020? 

Anthony Brooks, senior political reporter at WBUR
The Race For N.H.’s 1st Congressional District Is A National Bellwether — And A Challenge For Republicans

Annie Ropeik, environmental reporter for New Hampshire Public Radio
As Climate Change Drives Droughts, Water Conservation & Infrastructure Become Key

Martha Bebinger, health care and general assignment reporter at WBUR
Teaching Doctors In Training To Connect Climate Change And Health Care

Sean Hurley, New Hampshire Public Radio‘s North Country reporter
Where Do You Get Your News? Ever Heard Of Daybreak?

Erica Heilman, independent producer and host of Rumble Strip Vermont
‘Living The Dream’: Father-Son Dairy Farmers Keep It Small, Simple In Essex County

About NEXT

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Host/Producer: Morgan Springer
Executive Editor: Vanessa de la Torre
Senior Director: Catie Talarski
Music from New England musicians: Todd Merrell, “New England” by Goodnight Blue Moon, “King Vice” by Binger, “Brain Disease” and “Golden Hands” by Anjimile, and “Salt” by Ben Cosgrove.

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