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Housing issues affect everyone in Connecticut, from those who are searching for a safe place to live, to those who may find it increasingly difficult to afford a place they already call home.WNPR is covering Connecticut's housing and homelessness issues in a series that examines how residents are handling the challenges they face. We look at the trends that matter most right now, and tell stories that help bring the issues to light.

How Segregation Persists In 'Progressive' New England

Despite New England's progressive reputation, residential segregation still exists in communities throughout the region. 

In this second episode of a special radio series on "Racism In New England," we look at how housing laws and discrimination influence where we live — from the predominantly white states of northern New England to cities and suburbs in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Premieres: Thursday, September 24, 2020

Check your station here for specific air dates in New England.

This series is produced by the New England News Collaborative and America Amplified. For an upcoming episode, we want to hear from you:

  • How does racism affect mental health and treatment? What experiences have you had?

Leave us a voicemail on our comment line: 860-275-7595. Or email us at AmericaAmplified@nepm.org.

GUESTS:

Reuben Jackson, former Vermont resident and host of Friday Night Jazz on Vermont Public Radio. He left the program in 2018 and now lives in Washington, D.C. 

Sara Bronin, land-use expert, architect and UConn professor who is part of Desegregate CT.

Steve Harris, retired firefighter, Vietnam vet and former city councilman who has witnessed the impact of segregation in his Hartford, Conn., neighborhood.

Maria Eveleth, fair housing test coordinator for New Hampshire Legal Assistance.

Michele Miller and Matthew Andrews, two of the lead sponsors of a “Reparations” petition launched by some residents in Amherst, Mass.

CREDITS:

Hosts: John Dankosky of New England Public Media and Traci Griffith
Producers: Lydia Brown of Vermont Public Radio and Daniela Luna
Coordinating Producer: Morgan Springer
Executive Producer: John Dankosky for America Amplified
Executive Editor: Vanessa de la Torre
Theme Music: Latrell James

Additional support: Connecticut Public, New England Public Media, Vermont Public Radio, Maine Public Radio, New Hampshire Public Radio and CAI Cape and Islands. America Amplified and the New England News Collaborative are funded, in part, by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Vanessa de la Torre is executive editor of the New England News Collaborative, a regional hub of nine public media stations producing news and in-depth storytelling throughout New England. Previously, Vanessa was a reporter for Connecticut Public and the public radio collaborative Sharing America, covering issues of race, identity and culture. Before joining the public media world, Vanessa wrote for newspapers such as the Hartford Courant, where her investigative storytelling on Hartford education won regional and national awards. She also was part of the Courant team that was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting. Vanessa grew up in El Centro, Calif., a desert town near the U.S.-Mexico border, and is a graduate of Princeton University. She received her master's degree from Stanford University’s Graduate Program in Journalism.
Morgan Springer is the host/producer for the weekly show NEXT and the New England News Collaborative, a ten-station consortium of public radio newsrooms. She joined WNPR in 2019. Before working at Connecticut Public Radio, Morgan was the news director at Interlochen Public Radio in northern Michigan, where she launched and co-hosted a weekly show Points North.
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