Episode 166: New Hampshire Holds Tight To First National Primary; Syrain Refugees Settle Into Their New City

Hazar Mansour takes a look at what will be the roof of her family’s new home, which they are purchasing with the help of Habitat For Humanity. (Elodie Reed/VPR)

This week on NEXT:

The Trump administration took away deportation deferrals for seriously ill immigrants and then gave them back.

Plus, after three years of adjustment, a Syrian family is feeling settled in Vermont.

And a new podcast from New Hampshire looks at how the state clinched the first-in-the-nation primary and held fast.

Finally, we hear from residents of one of the easternmost U.S. towns.

New Hampshire’s “Stranglehold” On The First National Primary

Stranglehold is a new podcast from New Hampshire Public Radio. (Sara Plourde/NHPR)

As presidential candidates gear up for the primary election, there’s one state they all come back to again and again: New Hampshire. Campaigning hard in New Hampshire is a given. A primary win there is often seen as a bellwether for what’s to come. But that wasn’t always the case. A new podcast called “Stranglehold” from New Hampshire Public Radio looks at how New Hampshire gained all that power in presidential elections and held fast.


Syrian Family Find New Home In Vermont

Hazar Mansour watches as her kids Layan, 12, center, Mohammad, 9, left, and Danyal, 16 months, right, play in their Rutland apartment. It’s been two and a half years since the family, including Hazar’s husband, Hussam (not pictured), arrived in Vermont. (Elodie Reed/VPR)

Three years ago, Rutland was planning to become Vermont’s newest resettlement community. A hundred refugees – most from Syria – were expected to arrive with more to follow. But a halt to resettlement by the Trump Administration meant only three Syrian families made it to Rutland. We hear from one of those families about how they’ve adjusted and settled in over the past few years.

Capturing the voices of year-round Mainers


The First Coast is a multimedia project based in Maine. The project began when Galen Koch got a grant to renovate her parents’ old airstream and turn it into a mobile studio.

Now, for the past year and a half, Galen has traveled to Maine communities, recording oral histories and collecting photographs of year-round Mainers. The First Coast will host its first soundwalk and exhibit in Lubec, Maine, featuring photos and recordings of residents’ voices. The exhibit is October 5 – 14.

Also in this week’s show:

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Host: John Dankosky
Producer: Morgan Springer
Digital Producer: Carlos Mejia
Senior Director: Catie Talarski
Contributors to this episode: Lucy Soucek, John Keimel 
Music: Todd Merrell, “New England” by Goodnight Blue Moon, “King Vice” by Binger and “Slow Summer Days” by Audio Jane.

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