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Episode 69: Home Again

On this Thanksgiving week, we’re presenting a few favorite segments from our archives. We dig into our energy series “The Big Switch” with stories about solar power on homes and farms, and profile a new large-scale passive housing movement. And singer-songwriter Dar Williams tells us what she’s learned about making a vibrant community while writing…

Duration: 00:49:51

Episode 68: Referendum

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

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

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

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

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

Episode 63: Hometown

We check in with New Englanders and their loved ones in Puerto Rico. And with everything we now know about opioid addiction, are doctors still over- prescribing painkillers? Also, after Las Vegas, one gun shop owner says the industry should self-regulate. Plus, we chat with singer-songwriter Dar Williams about her new book on rebuilding America’s towns. All that and more this week on NEXT.

Duration: 00:49:54

Episode 62: On Patrol

This week, we walk the US-Canada border with Border Patrol agents, and hear the concerns of civil rights lawyers who worry about their ability to stop people they suspect of living in the country without documentation. We'll also hear the story of an unusual experiment proposed for Martha's Vineyard, one that asks residents to trust a scientist who's trying to stop the spread of Lyme disease. We meet a man who's become a Boston institution while playing music in a bear suit. And we go to...

Duration: 00:49:54

Episode 61: Heart of Gold

New England communities prepare for an influx of hurricane refugees from Puerto Rico, and worry about family back home. We'll learn what Germany can teach us about welcoming immigrants, and we'll tour an old Hartford factory that's preparing for a new life as a food and jobs hub for a struggling neighborhood. Plus, the craft beer industry is exploding in New England, but another time-honored trade is in danger of disappearing.

Duration: 00:49:51

Episode 60: Geology is Destiny

This week, immigrants facing domestic violence take a chance applying for a special visa. Plus, a nervous look at Vermont's outdated flood maps, and a new study that finds New England is losing forestland fast. Also, how does geology influence human behavior? We go WAY back into the history of our region to find out. And it's time once again for The Big E - the massive agricultural fair that ties together the New England states. We'll give you a taste.

Duration: 00:48:57

Episode 59: Dammed

Dams clog rivers and streams all over New England. Environmentalists want to take many of them down to improve habitat for fish, but some entrepreneurs want to put them back to work doing their original jobs: making power. Plus, with the Trump Administration's voter fraud commission meeting in New Hampshire this week, we revisit our conversation about the wacky political world of the Granite State. And, we take trips to two places that are trying to attract tourists: the factory site of a...

Duration: 00:49:56

Episode 58: Under the Gun

This week: in Vermont, suicides account for 89% of gun-related deaths. Why is that percentage so high, and what's being done to lower the risk? Also, we learn how the region is reacting to President Trump's decision to end the DACA program. And, we'll explore the wide variety of accents that colors the speech of New Englanders - and how those sounds are changing. Finally, we wade into an offshore war between Maine and New Hampshire - and visit a summer camp with a colonial flair.

Duration: 00:49:54

Episode 57: Storm

This week, we revisit New England’s most devastating weather event, the hurricane of 1938 – and find out what we’ve learned about protecting against storms. We’ll also learn about the new deal struck by Northeastern states to combat climate change, and about a big battery that could be the future for energy storage. Plus, we…

Duration: 00:49:45

Episode 56: Protest

The events in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this month have echoes in New England. This week, we hear local reactions to seeing a Keene, New Hampshire local featured in a documentary about white supremacists at Charlottesville, and we recon with a quieter kind of racism in Boston in the wake of the “Free Speech” rally and…

Duration: 00:49:55

Episode 55: On the Grid

A new draft federal climate report forecasts warmer temperatures, higher seas, and more precipitation for the Northeast than predicted just three years ago. We speak with a UNH climatologist. And one town is host to a surprising amount of resources New Englanders, and that's taking a toll on local residents. We find out how Massachusetts’ big renewable energy procurement is shaping up, and learn about local efforts to save seeds from disappearance. Plus, visits to a West Indian food fest...

Duration: 00:49:52

Episode 54: Overflow (Updated)

From Lake Champlain to the Connecticut River, overtaxed sewage systems are being pushed to filter out more pollutants. This week, we look into what it takes to clean up our water systems. Following the announcement that Los Angeles will host the 2028 Summer Olympics, we revisit Boston’s aborted Olympic bid in search of lessons about…

Duration: 00:49:51

Episode 53: Whistleblowers

Untreated spinal conditions, rusty medical equipment, and a fly infestation are a few of the complaints alleged by a group of doctors at the VA Medical Center in Manchester, New Hampshire. We speak with a reporter who's following the story. And a Massachusetts man, in prison for murder, fights to get a new trial after over 30 years in prison. Plus, we bring you the brief and fascinating history of a little-known anti-immigration party that swept the Massachusetts government in 1854, and more.

Duration: 00:49:54

Episode 52: Yes, In Your Backyard

Lyme disease has been on the rise in New England, and early data suggests this is a particularly risky summer. We speak with a doctor who’s been trying to track the history, and discuss why preventing transmission can be so tricky. And we consider an immigration ruling by the high court in Massachusetts and how it may come into conflict with Trump administration directives. Plus, a 400-mile kayak trip, and other recreational opportunities.

Duration: 00:49:53

Episode 51: Not in My Backyard

New England has been waiting for years for real, high speed rail to get travelers more quickly from New York to Boston, but the path of that new line caused big headaches in some small towns. Now, federal railroad officials have backed off part of a new high speed rail plan. We'll get an update. And it may be easier to keep a railroad from intruding on your property than a more dogged adversary- beavers. Plus, we visit an ultra low energy use apartment building that's so well insulated...

Duration: 00:49:53

Episode 50: Like a Rolling Stone

The New Hampshire state parole board often addresses inmates using "indelicate language." Is it defensible? Plus, an investigation into the long-term fallout from Rhode Island's disastrous deal with former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling. And, we look back at the history of the Newport Folk Festival, and Vermont's short-lived gold rush.

Duration: 00:49:54

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