NEXT New England
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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 38: Uncovered
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This week the Boston Globe Spotlight team shines light on sexual abuse at elite New England boarding schools, and it prompts more investigations and more allegations. Connecticut’s unpopular Democratic governor says he’s not running for re-election. We’ll find out why and ask “why are so many blue New England states now being run by Republicans?” And we’ll hear about “duckling diplomacy” in Boston, and Moscow.
St. George’s School in Middletown, Rhode Island. After a former student at St. George’s told the Boston Globe she had been raped by an athletic coach at St. George’s, the paper began an investigation of sexual abuse at private schools across New England. Photo by Dina Rudick for the Boston Globe.
Painful Secrets Continue to Come to Light at New England Boarding Schools
Steven Starr, a former student at the Fessenden School in Newton, Mass., shows photos of him at 11 taken by teacher James Hallman, who Starr says molested him. Image courtesy of the Boston Globe Spotlight Team.
A new internal report from Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut names 12 former educators who allegedly sexually assaulted students at the elite boarding school between 1963 and 2010. It’s the latest school to release it’s own findings since a Boston Globe Spotlight Team investigation last year revealed allegations of sexual abuse at over 110 private schools in New England.
In many cases, the alleged abusers were fired or allowed to resign without being reported to law enforcement. Like Choate Rosemary Hall, other schools have launched their own investigations after the Spotlight report was published last year, uncovering more disturbing stories.
Our guest is Jonathan Saltzman, a reporter on the Globe Spotlight Team who took part in the investigation and authored an article on Choate Rosemary Hall’s report last week.
Why Does Blue New England Love GOP Governors?
When political observers look at a map of the US, most of them put a blue placeholder on New England. For many reasons, our region is both in reputation and reality a place where democratic politicians and liberal id