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Episode 91: Finding Home

The front of the Vermont Statehouse, prior to the Gov. Phil Scott's guns-reform bill signing Wednesday. The governor made an open invitation on Twitter for people to join him for at the bill signing. Photo by Emily Alfin Johnson for VPR.

The front of the Vermont Statehouse, prior to the Gov. Phil Scott’s gun-reform bill signing Wednesday. The governor made an open invitation on Twitter for people to join him for at the bill signing. Photo by Emily Alfin Johnson for VPR.

A Brazilian immigrant who has lived on Martha’s Vineyard for over 15 years is now facing deportation. But it’s not a clear-cut case. WBUR’s Shannon Dooling reports on the story behind the Supreme Court Case, “Pereira v. Sessions.” And, while states across New England are debating gun control regulations, Vermont passed a series of reforms earlier this month. VPR’s John Dillon walks us through what these new laws mean, and how Vermonters are reacting. Are young people leaving Vermont? That’s what VPR’s “Brave Little State” podcast set out to find out. We listen to an excerpt from their investigation and hear from NHPR’s Robert Garrova about the effort a small town in New Hampshire is going through to spark a creative economy. Plus, a look at the history of Yale University’s secret societies, including the notorious Skull and Bones. It’s NEXT.

Stopping The Clock

Wescley Pereira and Gail Meister chat about a yard project. The two have been neighbors on Martha’s Vineyard for more than a decade. Photo by Shannon Dooling for WBUR.

Wescley Pereira and Gail Meister chat about a yard project. The two have been neighbors on Martha’s Vineyard for more than a decade. Photo by Shannon Dooling for WBUR.

WBUR’s Shannon Dooling reports on the story behind the Supreme Court case, “Pereira v. Sessions.” Wescley Pereira is a Brazilian immigrant who has lived on Martha’s Vineyard for 16 years. The case comes down to what information needs to be included in the “Notice to Appear” document sent by immigration officials. Shannon traveled to hear the Supreme Court’s oral arguments for the case, and reports back on the key issues in their discussion, and what this could mean for other immigrants around the country.

Vermont Governor Passes Strict Gun Control Regulations

Gov. Phil Scott signs three pieces of gun control legislation amid boos and cheers on the front steps of the statehouse Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Photo by Emily Alfin Johnson for VPR.

Gov. Phil Scott signs three pieces of gun control legislation amid boos and cheers on the front steps of the statehouse Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Photo by Emily Alfin Johnson for VPR.

Vermont’s Governor Phil Scott signed gun control regulations into law a few weeks ago, despite his previous promises that he would not make such a move. VPR’s John Dillon reports on what this legislation means, and how Vermonters reacted to the news. For more information on the specifics of the bill, check out VPR’s coverage.

Young People In New England

Credit American Community Survey, 5 Year Estimates 2006-2010, 2011-2015 (data). Illustration by Emily Corwin for VPR.

Credit American Community Survey, 5 Year Estimates 2006-2010, 2011-2015 (data). Illustration by Emily Corwin for VPR.

Is Vermont really losing young people? That’s the question VPR’s people-powered podcast, “Brave Little State,” set out to answer in their most recent episode. VPR’s Angela Evancie and Liam Elder-Connors talk to people in and out of Vermont who explain why they decided to stay or go.

Many towns in New England are working hard to attract young people and keep them. Here are some useful resources if you are thinking of returning home, or hoping to stay.

Maine

Massachusetts

Rhode Island

Vermont

And we’d like to hear from you on this issue. Are you planning on leaving the region? Or maybe you just got settled? Tell us your story. Send a voice recording or email to NEXT@wnpr.org.

Creative Economy In Keene

Contemporary embroidery artist Sarah Benning at her home studio in Keene, New Hampshire. Photo by Katherine Garrova for NHPR.

Contemporary embroidery artist Sarah Benning at her home studio in Keene, New Hampshire. Photo by Katherine Garrova for NHPR.

Keene, New Hampshire is working to build its reputation as a destination for young, creative people. NHPR’s Robert Garrova describes why some believe that attracting this group should be a priority.

The Not-So-Secret History of Yale’s Secret Societies

The Tomb, the windowless headquarters of the secret society, Skull and Bones, on the campus of Yale University. Photo by BoolaBoola2 from Wikimedia Commons.

The Tomb, the windowless headquarters of the secret society, Skull and Bones, on the campus of Yale University. Photo by BoolaBoola2 from Wikimedia Commons.

There are lots of stories and rumors about secret societies at elite colleges. And one of the nation’s oldest secret societies lies here in New England at Yale University: the notorious Skull and Bones. Not much is known about what goes on at Skull and Bones, but you can easily find its headquarters on Yale’s campus in New Haven. The building, known as “The Tomb,” has an interesting history. WSHU’s Davis Dunavin tells the story of the building’s architecture and the society’s history as part of the podcast “Off the Path from New York to Boston.”

About NEXT

NEXT is produced at Connecticut Public Radio.
Host: John Dankosky
Produced with help this week from Lily Tyson, Ali Oshinskie
Special thanks to Carlos Mejia
Executive Producer: Catie Talarski

Contributors to this episode: Shannon Dooling, John Dillon, Angela Evancie, Liam Elder-Connors, Robert Garrova, Davis Dunavin
Music: Todd Merrell, “New England” by Goodnight Blue Moon

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