Episode 245: A Non-Binary Child And Their Family Explore Identity; The Impact Of Banning Race-Based Hair Discrimination

Hallel with their mother in the family’s living room. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

A few years ago, Hallel came out as a “boy-girl” to their parents. This week on NEXT, 9-year-old Hallel and their family explore gender identity. Plus, we learn about a new Connecticut law banning race-based hair discrimination in the workplace and in schools. And we hear from newcomers to New Hampshire about whether they plan to stay in the state after the pandemic. 


Aigné Goldsby, staff attorney at the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority and the founder of Black Esquire, a company that coaches BIPOC pre-law and law students.

Leigh Weisenburger, vice president for enrollment and dean of admission and financial aid at Bates College, which adopted a standardized test-optional admissions policy in 1984.


Martha Bebinger, reporter for WBUR
‘I Just Feel Like Myself’: A Nonbinary Child And Their Family Explore Identity

Karen Brown, reporter, producer and host at New England Public Media
New Englanders Bring Targeted Approach To Reparations Movement

Sarah Gibson, education and demographics reporter for NHPR
In N.H., Questions About Whether Out-Of-State Pandemic Migrants Are Here To Stay

Andrea Shea, senior arts reporter for WBUR’s The ARTery
How A Piano Tuner Is A Barometer For Boston’s Battered Music Scene

Todd Bookman, senior reporter for New Hampshire Public Radio
‘The Old Lady’ Of Kensington, A Record-Holding Tree, Comes Down

About NEXT

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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, “Tracphone” by Latrell James, “Nowhere to Run” by Billy Wylder, “Illudere” by Latin Heartbeat Orchestra and “Rock with Me” by West End Blend.

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