Children from the Audubon Boston Nature Center preschool program play in the snow. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The Biden administration and state leaders are pushing to get more students into “in-person” classes again. This week on NEXT, the politics of making it happen. Plus, as the Massachusetts Audubon Society reckons with its founder’s racist past, the group’s push to create equitable access to nature. And we talk with Crystal Maldonado about her debut young adult novel “Fat Chance, Charlie Vega,” the importance of representation — and seeing herself on the page.

Guests:

Sarah Gibson, education and demographics reporter at New Hampshire Public Radio

Carrie Jung, senior education reporter for WBUR’s Edify team

Sindy Giard, principal at Anthony Carnivale Elementary School in Providence, Rhode Island

Crystal Maldonado, author of “Fat Chance, Charlie Vega

Contributors:

Nicole Leonard, reporter at Connecticut Public Radio
With Trial Data Still Limited, Pregnant Women Consider The COVID-19 Vaccine

Gabrielle Emanuel, reporter at GBH News
‘I Am Starting To Panic’: Family And Medical Leave Recipients In Mass. Face Delayed Payments, Uncertainty

Antonia Ayres-Brown, Newport bureau reporter for The Public’s Radio
Young Adults Are Struggling With Mental Illness. This New Center In Newport Wants To Intervene Earlier. 

Khari Thompson, Morning Edition field producer for WBUR
Mass Audubon Confronts Legacy Of Its Namesake As Nation Reckons WIth Race

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, “Stay Down” by Lattrell James, “Dreamin’” by The Wolff Sisters, “Fresh Like A New Dollar” by West End Blend 

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