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Our laboratory is all of New England — one of America's oldest places — at a time of change. The show is about how we power our society, how we move around, and how we adapt. It's about trends that provide us challenges and present us with new opportunities. New England has old rules and customs, with well-worn pathways forged centuries ago, and its population is aging fast. Through original reporting and interviews, we ask important questions about the issues we explore: where are we now? How did we get here? And what's next?More from NEXT »

Most Recent Episodes

Episode 133: Preserving Wetlands To Prevent Flooding; The New Hampshire Primary, One Year Out

This week on NEXT: A year before the 2020 New Hampshire Primary, we take a look at what we can expect, and how the state's impact on the election is changing. Plus, we learn about the importance of wetlands and visit one in Vermont. And as more rivers in New England move towards that rare "Wild and Scenic" distinction, we visit a river that has received the honor. Finally, we'll hear a story about how education provided a man freedom in prison. Then we'll visit a smoothie chain run by an exoneree. It's NEXT. (more...)

Episode 133: Preserving Wetlands To Prevent Flooding; The New Hampshire Primary, One Year Out

Episode 132: Battling Over Bicycling Culture; Lawsuit Targets Opioid Maker's Family Fortune

This week on NEXT: We explore the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' case against Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family. Plus, we discuss the process of getting lobster licenses in Maine and learn why some have been on the waitlist for more than ten years. Finally, we take a look back at the cultures and ideas that shaped road and mountain biking infrastructure in New England. It's NEXT. (more...)

Episode 132: Battling Over Bicycling Culture; Lawsuit Targets Opioid Maker's Family Fortune

Episode 131: States Take A Stand Over Contaminated Water; Coastal Home Prices Plunge As Seas Rise

This week on NEXT: we discuss the effect of sea level rise on home values around New England. And, we look at water quality issues in Vermont and New Hampshire. Plus, we revisit the history of the Patriots in our region. And we visit frozen lakes in Massachusetts and Vermont, where New Englanders are enjoying the cold. It's NEXT. (more...)

Episode 131: States Take A Stand Over Contaminated Water; Coastal Home Prices Plunge As Seas Rise

Episode 130: Bobcats On The Prowl In New England; Small Colleges Battle To Survive

This week on NEXT: we learn about a lawsuit levied against Dartmouth College. And, as Hampshire College seeks a "strategic partner," and as Green Mountain College closes, we discuss the future of small colleges around our region. Plus, what are the pros and cons of heating with wood? We'll hear about the health, economic and environmental impacts of the practice. Finally, we visit Harvard University where the future of a tree is up for debate, and we go with a biologist to learn more about where bobcats live, and what they're doing. It's NEXT. (more...)

Episode 130: Bobcats On The Prowl In New England; Small Colleges Battle To Survive

Episode 129: Horses, Inmates, Recover Together; States Battle Over Minimum Wage

This week we take a look at minimum wages around our region. Plus, why renewable energy credits are dropping in value in Vermont. Also, we'll look at how states around New England could make the switch to 100% renewable energy. We go to the region's largest horse rescue that is saving the lives of both horses and humans, and we visit a crane sitting high above Boston. It's NEXT. (more...)

Episode 129: Horses, Inmates, Recover Together; States Battle Over Minimum Wage

Episode 128: The Molasses Flood That Changed Boston Forever; States Battle Over Business W...

This week on NEXT: We discuss how the government shutdown is affecting individuals in New England, including through a growing backlog of cases at Boston's immigration court. Plus, we learn about how states around our region use subsidies to lure businesses. On the hundredth anniversary of the "Great Boston Molasses Flood," we hear about how the event shaped the relationship between business and government. Finally, we explore the best New England food of the past year from Yankee Magazine's Senior Food Editor, Amy Traverso. It's NEXT! (more...)

Episode 128: The Molasses Flood That Changed Boston Forever; States Battle Over Business W...

Episode 127: Stories From 2018 That Defined New England, And A Look Ahead to 2020

This week we discuss the role that New England politicians will play in the 2020 presidential election. Plus, we look back at an important year in Maine politics. Finally, we discuss some of the stories that made us smile in 2018. It's NEXT. (more...)

Episode 127: Stories From 2018 That Defined New England, And A Look Ahead to 2020

Episode 126: Doctors, New Parents Work To Prevent C-Sections; Building A Better Life Jacke...

This week on NEXT: we go inside a delivery room to hear a new project in action. Plus, we learn about a research team that's working to build a better lifejacket. And, we discuss the shipping industry and the history of pirates in our region. Finally, a New England town celebrates it's rich literary history. It's NEXT. (more...)

Episode 126: Doctors, New Parents Work To Prevent C-Sections; Building A Better Life Jacke...

Episode 125: Teaching A School To Be Trauma Informed; Advocates Work To Keep The Heat On F...

This week: we hear from a family in Rhode Island struggling to pay the bills to keep the power on. We also discuss an offshore wind auction that broke records. And, we'll travel to Tijuana, where migrants who are waiting to apply for asylum are getting legal advice from students and teachers from Boston. Plus, we visit a "trauma-informed" school in western Massachusetts. Finally, we find an unusual way to harvest Christmas trees. It's NEXT. (more...)

Episode 125: Teaching A School To Be Trauma Informed; Advocates Work To Keep The Heat On F...

Episode 124: What A Student's Deportation Reveals About School Police And Gangs; Iranian F...

This week we learn how an argument in an East Boston high school set off a series of events that led to a young man's deportation. Plus, Iranian students living in the United States who were separated from their families due to the travel ban find a place to reunite along the U.S.-Canada border. We also speak with Vermont Congressman Peter Welch about legislation he has co-sponsored that would reduce the U.S. Customs and Border Protection checkpoint zones from 100 miles down to 25. And, we learn more about the electricity market that keeps the power on throughout New England. Finally, we listen to a Middle Eastern music group in Western Massachusetts and preview a play that takes the audience into barbershops around the world. It's NEXT. (more...)

Episode 124: What A Student's Deportation Reveals About School Police And Gangs; Iranian F...

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