Episode 229: Deadly Outbreaks Persist At Nursing Homes; How Transportation Emissions Harm Our Health

Four Seasons Care Home residents from left, Judy West, John Williams, Shirley Scribner, Lillian Corriveau and Maude Ducharme, plus co-owner Ashley Hudson, stand for a portrait on Thursday, Dec. 10. Everyone in this photo contracted COVID-19 this fall. (Elodie Reed/VPR)

Most COVID-19 deaths in New England can be tied to long-term care facilities. This week on NEXT, how a nursing home – spared from the virus for months – got hit this fall. Plus, the number of lives we could save if we cut our transportation emissions. And we’ll hear how the “Fauci effect” is driving up medical school applications.


Kathy Fallon Lambert, a senior advisor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and expert on the health impacts of transportation emissions.

Zulmalee Rivera-Delgado, a Springfield, Massachusetts organizer on the prevalence of asthma in her community.

Phillip Martin, senior investigative reporter for The GBH News Center for Investigative Reporting who appears in the Netflix docuseries “Trial 4.”


Liam Elder-Connors, reporter at Vermont Public Radio
Vermont Works To Slow COVID-19 Outbreaks At Nursing Homes As Vaccine Approaches 

Lauren Chooljian, senior reporter/producer for New Hampshire Public Radio’s Document team
Clients, Staff Say Major New Hampshire Addiction Treatment Center Mishandled COVID Outbreak

Kirk Carapezza, managing editor and correspondent for higher education at GBH News
Med Schools Are Seeing A Surge Of Applications. It’s Called The ‘Fauci Effect’

Fred Bever, reporter at Maine Public
State Workers’ Switch To Telework During Pandemic Brings ‘Seismic’ Drop in CO2 Emissions

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Host/Producer: Morgan Springer
Freelance Producer: Lily Tyson
Executive Editor: Vanessa de la Torre
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Music from New England artists: Todd Merrell, “New England” by Goodnight Blue Moon, “Zero Gravity” by Goodnight Blue Moon, “On My Way To You” by Noelle Micarelli and “Nowhere To Run” by Billy Wylder.  

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