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Episode 103

7/19/2018
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This week on NEXT: months after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, we check-in on life on the island. Plus, a look at conservation projects around New England, including a debate between "green" and "grey" infrastructure on Plum Island, Massachusetts, a forest in Vermont that is helping to meet greenhouse gas goals in California, and a debate about whether or not to turn an old stone quarry into a massive reservoir in Connecticut. And, we hear about a proposed development in Central Vermont,...

Duration:00:48:54

Episode 102

7/12/2018
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This week we discuss border patrol checkpoints around New England and a recent arrest that was made in New Hampshire. And, we consider sustainable infrastructure around the region, including how a small island off the coast of Maine is transforming its energy system into what they call the next, next electricity grid. Tensions rise between preservation and tourism on top of Mt. Washington, and we see the effort being made to make the marijuana industry more energy efficient in Massachusetts....

Duration:00:49:54

Episode 101

7/5/2018
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This week on NEXT: The invasive Emerald Ash Borer has made its way around the region, threatening millions of ash trees and the culture of the Penobscot Nation in Maine. And, as recreational marijuana becomes legal in Massachusetts, we hear from new populations who are considering partaking in pot. Plus, we visit a Baseball Museum in an old mall in the Berkshires, and we speak with one of the best Atlantic salmon fishers alive, who reflects on the "Presidential" history of the fish....

Duration:00:49:53

Episode 100

6/28/2018
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This week on a special 100th episode of NEXT: we hear highlights of a live panel discussion about the effects of immigration on the economy. Plus, we listen back to some of our favorite pieces from the past 100 episodes, including how one actress perfected a Boston-flavored accent, why a local chef cooks with invasive species, and what a musician is doing to make a “sound map” of the White Mountains. Finally, we revisit a conversation with a composer whose music is inspired by the New...

Duration:00:49:55

Episode 99

6/21/2018
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This week on NEXT: as housing assistance ends for Puerto Rican evacuees in Massachusetts, many families face uncertainty. Plus, a look at Massachusetts' struggling public transit, and the aging water treatment infrastructure along the Connecticut River. A rural small town in Maine wonders how it will get it's high-achieving graduating high school seniors to return, and new programs in Vermont and Maine aim to bring in young workers. Finally, an interview with Bill McKibben about the Ripton...

Duration:00:49:55

Episode 98

6/14/2018
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This week on NEXT: why is the region's largest utility buying water companies? We explore Eversource's move to get into the water business. Plus, a look at the new Hartford Commuter Rail that will link Springfield, Massachusetts to New Haven, Connecticut. And, we talk with a local author about how she is using language to preserve the changing world. Finally, a look at innovation around the region, from the booming biotech industry in Boston, to changing industrial buildings in New...

Duration:00:49:54

Episode 97

6/7/2018
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This week on NEXT we look at two sources of alternative energy: hydroelectric power along the Connecticut River, and solar power in New England. We also discuss gun deaths in Vermont and New Hampshire, and hear about an unlikely partnership that is working to reduce the rate of gun suicides. Plus, fifty years since the death of Robert F. Kennedy, we reflect on his legacy, and visit an archive of his assassination. Finally, we debate the history of stone walls in New England, and listen to...

Duration:00:49:53

Episode 96

5/31/2018
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This week on NEXT: the story of how one "unaccompanied minor" traveled to Massachusetts. Plus, a massive wind farm will open off of the coast of Martha's Vineyard. We discuss what this deal means for energy in the region. And, how the opioid crisis is effecting the African American population in Massachusetts, and pregnant women in New Hampshire. In addition, now that the New Hampshire legislative session has come to a close, we reflect back on the past few months of politics in the state....

Duration:00:49:54

Episode 95

5/24/2018
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This week on NEXT: We discuss security concerns on the Northern border of the United States. And a Vermont Supreme Court ruling touches on when an action can be construed as a threat, and when it falls under a person's right to free speech. Plus, while the Steamship Authority is performing an audit of the Martha's Vineyard Ferry, we discuss the history and the future of the shipping industry in New England. We also hear about the "living memorial" to Holocaust survivors created by one...

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Episode 94

5/17/2018
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This week on NEXT, we're focusing on the many ways climate change and rising sea levels are affecting New England. We talk with climate scientists, urban resilience experts and even artists about how they're grappling with these questions. Plus, we’ll visit eroding salt marsh islands, rivers and streams that are getting saltier, and a city that's bearing the brunt of climate worries and industrial infrastructure. It's NEXT.

Duration:00:49:53

Episode 93

5/10/2018
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This week on NEXT: why the opioid crisis is hitting Latinos in Massachusetts especially hard. Police are setting up stings to catch bootleggers in New Hampshire. Political news from around New England, including the new ranked-choice voting system in Maine, and a new bill in Connecticut that pledges the state's electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote. We also hear from a New Hampshire judge about how his son's mental illness changed his life and visit a Palestinian art...

Duration:00:49:55

Episode 92: Belonging

5/3/2018
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This week on NEXT, we visit a Hartford elementary school that is going to great lengths to make evacuees from Puerto Rico feel welcome. And, a mural in the Durham, New Hampshire post office that led to controversy last year is still causing concern. Plus, have you ever gotten a speeding ticket in Vermont? We dig into the three towns that gave the most tickets in 2017, and learn how their speed limits were set. In Maine, a police officer was shot, setting off a four-day manhunt for the...

Duration:00:49:45

Episode 91: Finding Home

4/26/2018
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A Brazilian immigrant who has lived on Martha’s Vineyard for over 15 years is now facing deportation. But it’s not a clear-cut case. WBUR’s Shannon Dooling reports on the story behind the Supreme Court Case, “Pereira v. Sessions.” And, while states across New England are debating gun control regulations, Vermont passed a series of reforms…

Duration:00:49:54

Episode 90: The Question

4/19/2018
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The next U.S. Census isn’t till 2020. But already, there’s controversy over a plan to ask all U.S. households about their citizenship status. The Mayor of Springfield, Mass. has been trying to shut down a church housing an undocumented woman from Peru. The Trump Administration has imposed tariffs on a number of products coming from…

Duration:00:49:52

Episode 71: Go or Stay

12/7/2017
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This week, we get an update the flow of migrants leaving the US to go to Quebec, and meet Puerto Ricans deciding whether to stay on the island or come back to New England. We’ll talk about housing for a rapidly aging population in Vermont, and learn how a the settlement dollars from a Volkswagen…

Duration:00:48:47

Episode 68: Referendum

11/16/2017
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This week, we’re talking ballot questions. Why are more of them showing up in voting booths in states like Maine and Massachusetts, and how much power do elected officials have to tinker with citizen-passed laws? Plus, a Puerto Rican family is reunited in Holyoke, Mass., and a Vermont veteran with PTSD finds a way to heal,…

Duration:00:49:48

Episode 67: Woods and Waters

11/9/2017
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We've got lots for you this week. Fishermen clash with offshore wind developers, once-depleted bluefin tuna experience a resurgence, and 3D printing brings manufacturing back to Massachusetts. Meanwhile, off-road vehicles bring money and grumbles to White Mountain towns. Plus, the fascinating story of when "Live Free or Die" bumped heads with the First Amendment -- and why it could prove relevant in an upcoming Supreme Court case. Last, an appreciation of the sticky sweet snack of many a...

Duration:00:49:54

Episode 66: Nor’easter

11/2/2017
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New England is recovering this week after a big storm knocked out power for days in some places. How do we keep the power on today, and make our communities more resilient in the long term? We also ruminate lyrically on fickle New England weather with writer Will Dowd. A story from Texas puts the…

Duration:00:49:52

Episode 65: Border Battle

10/26/2017
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This week, we talk Amazon HQ2: whether Boston has a good shot at becoming the home of the corporation's second headquarters, and why New Hampshire slings so much dirt at Beantown in its bid. We’ll also get an update on how Puerto Ricans with Connecticut connections are coping with hurricane recovery on the island. Plus, we’ll learn how Massachusetts volunteers help keep wild sea turtles alive when the seas turn cold. And in time for Halloween, we visit a haunted tavern to hear tales from...

Duration:00:49:51

Episode 64: Living with Pain

10/19/2017
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Utility companies face allegations that they drove up the cost of electricity in New England, and they're pushing back. A rural doctor is told by the state she has to quit - in part because of her prescribing practices. Her patients ask, "who will help me with my pain?" We have the story of a wildfire that ravaged Maine 70 years ago. And we find out what the deal is with wild turkeys that are bugging residents around Boston.

Duration:00:49:47