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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 based at Connecticut Public Radio in Hartford.

With New England as our laboratory, NEXT asks questions 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, on NEXT we ask important questions about the issues we explore: where are we now? How did we get here? And what's next?

We're finding out how our six small states are tackling similar problems in different ways, and we're searching for the connections that already exist. In what ways does New England really function as one large state, instead of a collection of tiny colonial outposts? NEXT charts the changes in our populations to and from our urban areas.

NEXT is powered by the New England News Collaborative, and supported in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

And we're looking outside our New England region for new ideas and trends, all with help from other regional collaborations around the United States, and with our global news partners NPR and BBC.

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Abdul-Razak Zachariah and his younger sister.
Courtesy of Abdul-Razak Zachariah

The new children’s book The Night Is Yours by Abdul-Razak Zachariah captures a snapshot of life growing up in an apartment complex. This is Zachariah’s first book, and it’s based loosely on his childhood -- with his sister as inspiration for the main character. He and his family lived in Terrace Heights, an apartment complex in West Haven, Connecticut.

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Not all of the presidential campaigning this primary season is on the Democratic side. A few Republicans are challenging President Trump. One who’s best known to New England is Bill Weld, former governor of Massachusetts.

Weld is fiscally conservative and socially liberal. He ran for Vice President as a Liberatarian in 2016, and he says that’s the sort of thing that plays well among New England voters. He’s trailing Trump badly in the polls, but is spending a lot of time in New Hampshire talking to voters about issues like immigration and climate change.