Episode 236: The Promise Of Ropeless Fishing To Save Endangered Right Whales; How Connecticut Is Working To Diversify Its Juries

This week on NEXT, why one New England state is vaccinating young researchers before older adults. Plus, a look at ropeless fishing and the hope to save the endangered North Atlantic right whale. We’ll also hear from Connecticut’s Supreme Court chief justice about racial inequities in jury selection — and what his state is doing about it. And how the pandemic led one New Englander to create an unusual fictional crime thriller.


Richard A. Robinson, Chief Justice of Connecticut’s Supreme Court

Lydia Keating, writer and performer, and creator of the fictional crime thriller “FRAN


Gabrielle Emanuel, reporter at GBH News
Why Massachusetts Is Vaccinating Young, Healthy Researchers Before Seniors

Martha Bebinger, reporter at WBUR
With Latinos Dying At Higher Rates From COVID, Brigham And Women’s Hospital Intervenes

Simón Ríos, reporter at WBUR
A Massachusetts City Sees A Flurry Of New Small Businesses Amid Pandemic

Erica Heilman, independent producer and host of Rumble Strip
How One Shelburne Volunteer Is Responding To Overdoses In Hotel Housing

Eve Zuckoff, CAI‘s Report for America reporter
Is ‘Ropeless’ Fishing the Solution to End Fatal Entanglements for Endangered Whales?

Cristela Guerra, reporter at WBUR’s The ARTery
For Young Writers, Poet Amanda Gorman Serves As Inspiration

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” and “Something Beautiful” by Goodnight Blue Moon, “The Sea” by Francesca Blanchard, “To Meet You There” by Anjimile, “Champlain” by Ben Cosgrove, “Nowhere to Run” by Billy Wylder and “On My Way to You” by Noelle Micarelli.

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