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Call-In Special: Are New Englanders Becoming More Territorial During The Pandemic?

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A "locals only" sticker was posted on a car in Vermont with New Jersey license plates. In response, the car's owner wrote, "Love they neighbor as I do you."

Across New England, tensions already existed between year-round residents and "part-timers."

Now, as coronavirus pushes more people from crowded cities to rural second homes, it's raised the question: "Whose town is this anyway?"

Air Date: May 14, 2020

Join us for an America Amplified special from the New England News Collaborative. We’ll bring together voices from around the region, and we want to hear yours.

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  • As a year-rounder, is now an opportunity to welcome visitors to your community?
  • Or should states be doing more to deter people from coming?

Call us between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on May 14 during our live, regional broadcast. The call-in number is 866-999-4626.

You can also join the conversation by tweeting us at @NENCNewEngland, or emailing AmericaAmplified@nepr.net.


  • Smita Lahiri, a lecturer of anthropology and international affairs at the University of New Hampshire.
  • Julian Cyr, a Massachusetts state senator representing Cape Cod and the Islands and a member of the Cape Cod Reopening Task Force.


Host: Mindy Todd of WCAI’s “The Point”
Coordinating Producer: Morgan Springer
Executive Producer: John Dankosky for America Amplified
Executive Editor: Vanessa de la Torre

Additional support: Elsa Partan, Dan Tritle, Mark Manuelian, WCAI, New England Public Radio, Maine Public, New Hampshire Public Radio, Vermont Public Radio and Connecticut Public.

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