Poetry Sunday: Donna Scheer

Jan 24, 2021

Donna Scheer reads the poem, "Chart Room Snapshot."

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are being sworn in as the president and vice president of the United States. Watch the ceremony, inaugural address and other celebratory events throughout the day.

The U.S. House of Representatives is debating an article of impeachment against President Trump following the violence at the U.S. Capitol. The article charges Trump with incitement of insurrection.

Watch the debate and vote here.

The U.S. House of Representatives is debating an article of impeachment against President Trump following the violence at the U.S. Capitol. The article charges Trump with incitement of insurrection.

Watch the debate and vote here.

The U.S. House of Representatives is taking up a resolution that would call on Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and take over President Trump's duties. The effort comes as the House is also pursuing a second impeachment against the president over the insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6. Watch the House proceedings live here.

Proceedings are expected to begin around 6:30pm.

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Public school enrollment in New England is down during the pandemic. But even when kids are enrolled, it can be a struggle to get some to show up. This week on NEXT, how one district is tackling absenteeism and why doctors are increasingly concerned about youth mental health. Plus, Massachusetts school districts try to cope with a teacher shortage. And when a Vermonter’s business plummeted after COVID hit, she donned an inflatable T-Rex costume and started dancing. 

Poetry Sunday: Eliza Blanchard

Jan 10, 2021

Eliza Blanchard reads the poem, "far shores." 

NEXT Episode 231

Jan 5, 2021
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This week, in a special episode of NEXT, we listen to a collection of award-winning stories from the New England News Collaborative: from a retrospective on the couple that fought for marriage equality in Massachusetts, and later divorced, to a close look at a First Amendment dispute in New Hampshire.

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The brothers behind New England’s famous R&B group Tavares are of Cape Verdean descent. This week on NEXT, what that means in a Black and white America. And an effort to change the name of Faneuil Hall in Boston continues as New Englanders grapple with the region’s racist past. Plus, how author Jennifer De Leon’s childhood experience informed her debut novel about school desegregation.  

The Keepers: Archiving the Now

Dec 24, 2020

A new hour-long special from The Kitchen Sisters and PRX with host: Academy Award-winner Frances McDormand. Stories of can-do people. Must-do people. Get-it-done people. People who are grappling with the now, with where we are and where we’ve got to get to. As the world we all knew unravels and communities begin to re-shape themselves, The Kitchen Sisters have been gleaning, looking for those who have something to offer during these uncharted times. People who rebuild, restore, reinvent.

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The first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine are arriving, but it’s up to each state to figure out how to distribute the vaccines. This week on NEXT,  New England News Collaborative's weekly podcast, we’ll hear about who gets priority in New England. Plus, some health experts question whether contract tracing is worth the investment. And as hunting license sales boom and more people hit the trails in northern New England, the benefits of getting outside.

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This week on NEXT podcast from the New England News Collaborative: North Atlantic right whales are under threat of extinction. Scientists say entanglement in fishing lines is the main cause of death, but changing the way New England lobstermen fish won’t be easy. Plus, we hear from young climate activists pushing Massachusetts lawmakers to pass a bill requiring climate change education in K-12 classrooms. And the banner and burden of the phrase #BlackGirlMagic.

Shelly Fredman reads the poem, "Snow in April."

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We continue our MBL Falmouth Forum lecture series: this month features "Refugees and Migrants: A Test for Civilization," a conversation with James Purcell, author and former Director of the Bureau of Refugee Programs.

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On this week's episode of New England News Colaborative's podcast NEXT, the story of Bami Farm in Rhode Island. A group of immigrants started a community farm in a Yankee farming town; their presence was complicated by race and rural American identity. Plus, how the pandemic has accelerated the debate over driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants in Massachusetts. And journalist Maria Hinojosa talks about what’s at stake if public media fails to become more diverse.

Elspeth Hay

People don’t typically think about eating nuts that grow in our local woods. Before Europeans arrived, the forests of Cape Cod were more diverse. Stands of nut-bearing hickories, walnuts, beeches, chestnuts, and hazelnuts—all rich food sources—were much more common. Mashpee Wampanoag food activist Danielle Hill says that her people still use and remember these foods.

Poetry Sunday: KT Herr

Nov 22, 2020

KT Herr reads the poem, "Sea Sonnets."

Poetry Sunday: Moira Linehan

Nov 15, 2020

Moira Linehan reads the poem, "Toward."

Living in a Movie

Nov 13, 2020

The Forgetting podcast: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s

David Shenk and Greg O’Brien talk about the challenges that come with dealing with Greg’s dementia during the pandemic. Movies – including the classic Jaws – have helped Greg during some tough times, but he still grows weary from the challenges of daily life while dealing with the disease. 

J. Junker

Climate change and racial justice are increasingly understood to be intimately linked, especially in the U.S. where white men have driven the narrative and controlled power for generations. A new book makes the case that the only way to address the climate crisis is to diversify leadership, and prioritize antiracist and feminist policy. 

2020 Election Coverage

Nov 2, 2020
Sam Houghton

2020 brought an historic Election Day. Here's our roundup of local and NPR coverage. You can find local election results here

All in the Family

Oct 2, 2020

 The Forgetting podcast: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s

Greg and David welcome special guest, actor David Hyde Pierce, who has personal experience with the disease, which touched both his father and his grandfather. 

NEXT Episode 216

Sep 22, 2020
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Here’s the story that New England tells itself: Racism is a Southern problem. But our region’s abolitionist past hides a darker history of racism, slavery and white supremacy. It’s a legacy that lives with us today.

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Sep 18, 2020

The Forgetting: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s, Season 2, Episode 3

Greg and David are both feeling melancholy as they talk about Greg’s problems keeping his balance. To add a bit of humor, Greg tells the story of falling off a treadmill and feeling like George Jetson.

Next Episode 215

Sep 15, 2020

 This week on NEXT: the pandemic has been a balancing act for first-gen college students like Mikayla, who attends Brown University while worrying about her family back home. We hear her audio diaries on navigating 2020 as an Ivy Leaguer and the daughter of undocumented immigrants. Plus, when a student gets COVID, what’s it like in the “isolation dorms”? And actor Luis Guzman on making Vermont his home. .