NEXT New England
About This Show
NEXT is a weekly radio show and podcast about New England, one of America’s oldest places, at a time of change. It’s hosted by John Dankosky at WNPR in Hartford, Connecticut. 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?
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Episode 25: Yankee Go Home
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When nonviolent arrestees can’t afford even a low bail, should the bail system be done away with? Plus, an investigation into asbestos exposure in Boston’s renovation boom. We check back in with author Colin Woodard to learn why some in the region he calls “Yankeedom” flipped from blue to red in the presidential election. And one woman remembers the 2007 ICE raid in New Bedford, MA.
Chris Webber studies for his GED while held on $500 bail at the Valley Street Jail in Manchester, New Hampshire. Photo by Emily Corwin for NHPR.
“Now, I Have to Gasp for Breath”
On an given day in Manchester’s Valley Street Jail, several dozen people are being held on bail of $1000 or less. Most are charged with low level offenses, and would be back at home if they could pay their bail. New Hampshire Public Radio’s Emily Corwin reports on New Hampshire’s money bail system, a process some courts in other states have abandoned.
South of Manchester, all across the greater Boston area, demolition crews are taking down walls, sometimes entire buildings, in one of the biggest construction booms in decades.
But there are concerns that this rampant renovation is creating a new wave of workers that are exposed to an old enemy – asbestos.
Mike Dennen, a former construction worker, has mesothelioma, a disease linked to asbestos. Photo by Jesse Costa for WBUR.
An investigation by WBUR and The Eye found that while asbestos abatement projects are on the rise, there are big gaps between the mandated safety standards and what’s happening on the ground. Martha Bebinger and Beth Daley report. Just out: a follow up story about allegations of unpaid wages by asbestos removal companies.
Rural Yankees Defect
When we launched this show about New England, we knew we wanted writer Colin Woodard on our fir