Julius Kolawole, the founder of African Alliance of Rhode Island, at Bami Farmer in Johnston. Bami is one of the Alliance’s projects. (Cheryl Adams/The Public’s Radio)

When a group of immigrants started a community farm in a Yankee farming town, their presence was complicated by race and rural American identity. This week on NEXT, the story of Bami Farm in Rhode Island. Plus, how the pandemic has accelerated the debate over driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants in Massachusetts. And journalist Maria Hinojosa talks about what’s at stake if public media fails to become more diverse.

Guests:

Maria Hinojosa is an award-winning journalist who has reported for NPR, CNN and PBS. Her newest book, “Once I Was You: A Memoir of Love and Hate in a Torn America,” came out this fall. Hinojosa is the host of the public radio show Latino USA, founder of Futuro Media and co-host of its political podcast In The Thick.

Contributors:

Simón Ríos, reporter at WBUR in Boston
Trump Lost In Massachusetts, But Built Latino Support In Gateway Cities

Chris Burrell, reporter for the GBH News Center for Investigative Reporting
Pandemic Pushes Debate Over Driver’s Licenses

Ana González, host of Mosaic, a podcast from The Public’s Radio
Mosaic: Bami Farm

About NEXT

NEXT is produced at Connecticut Public Radio
Host/Producer: Morgan Springer
Executive Editor: Vanessa de la Torre
Senior Director: Catie Talarski
Music from New England artists: Todd Merrell, “New England” by Goodnight Blue Moon, “Sandbar Inn” by Wren Kitz and “One Call Away” by Latrell James.

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