A handful of courts have started to treat people charged with prostitution differently from the rest of the system.T heir goal is not to punish the women, but to help them heal from the trauma that often lead them to the streets and holds them there. The CATCH program in Columbus, Ohio, supervised by Judge Paul Herbert, runs one of the most comprehensive programs in the country for victims of sex trafficking. Program graduate Stephanie Rollins, a victim of childhood sexual assault and a former drug user who sold sex to support her addiction, tells the story of her transformation.
I produced all three segments of this episode. The highlight is a visit to a shuttered gold leaf factory in Hartford's economically troubled North End. Working from the desires of residents, a nonprofit is planning to turn the building into a hub for jobs, food and healthcare. Listen at 20:30.
Also in this episode: the complicated history of Quebec's massive hydro-electric system, and what's new about New England cuisine. Hosted by John Dankosky.
in recent years, the historically icy town-gown relationship between New Haven and Yale University has begun to thaw. NEXT producer Andrea Muraskin saw that warming trend in action at Collaboratory: New Haven, an event series that brings Yale students and community members together to brainstorm solutions to common problems.
The American Fitness Index ranked Indianapolis last out of the 50 largest cities. Indianapolis has limited resources to make changes, but grassroots efforts are working to create walkable communities.
High school senior Madyson Frame reports on the effort to create a national park on land that belonged to gun manufacturer Samuel Colt. Everyone agrees that there's not enough to do in Hartford. But Colt's legacy is complicated.
I conducted some of the interviews, served as editor, worked with Madyson to produce the radio piece, and edited the story for web publication.
Dr. Malaz Boustani, an Alzheimer’s specialist at Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis is designing a digital tool that lets patients communicate with an avatar—a virtual human technology that interfaces with people. Imagine a combination of Alexa and a character from SimCity or Second Life, connected to a database of information about mental illnesses. The idea is for the avatar to provide customized guidance to patients and caregivers, while at the same time collecting data to relay back to healthcare providers.
The Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus gave its final performance of the “Greatest Show on Earth" in May 2017. But the legacy of showman P.T. Barnum endures in Connecticut.
Phineas Taylor Barnum was born in Bethel, and was responsible for developing much of downtown Bridgeport, where he served as mayor.
Before his circus career, Barnum earned fame as a promoter for unusual touring performers, and as the curator of oddities at his American Museum i...
The scene of a heroin overdose is familiar to Michelle Hodge, a patrol officer on the Near Westside of Indianapolis: someone lying blue and unconscious on the floor, a very faint heartbeat, long pauses between breaths, and the family in a panic, begging her help. Until last spring, all she could do when she arrived was monitor the pulse and wait for an ambulance to arrive.
Then last April, the officers in Hodge’s district received a supply of naloxone, also referred to b...
In 2017, voters in both Massachusetts and Maine approved the legalization of recreational marijuana through the ballot. In Maine, voters also approved Medicaid expansion by referendum. Yet in both states, elected officials pushed back. NEXT asked: why are ballot questions becoming more popular, and how powerful are they when the will of the people is later overhauled by their legislators? In this segment, host John Dankosky spoke with Maine Public Radio political reporter Steve Misler, and Colin A. Young, Massachusetts statehouse reporter for the Statehouse News Service. Produced by me.
For this episode, I produced a discussion between two women from an affluent Western Massachusetts town, two from Kentucky coal country, and guest host Shannon Dooling. The women were part of a project to bridge the political divide between these two communities. Topics included the election of Donald Trump, immigration and rural economies. Listen at 13:05.
I also reported on an exhibition at the Boston Center for the Arts about the business of art-making. My feature encorporates insights from curator Lucas Spivey and selections from his podcast "Culture Hustlers." Listen at 41:00.
A lack of preventive dental care for poor children is a national problem. Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program, which cover children from low-income families, both pay for dental services. But fewer than half of children and teens enrolled in those programs received a preventive dental service last year.
The school district in Olathe, a suburb of Kansas City, Mo., is among a few hundred across the country that offer oral health care at school.
Is Precision Medicine The Wrong Use of Federal Heal...
When a new ethnic group moves into a more racially homogeneous neighborhood, tensions tend to arise. While well-intentioned people want to reach across that divide, they don’t always know how. Meridian-Kessler’s Zone 2 is a predominantly African-American area that’s seeing more white families move in. Can residents come together despite...