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How Segregation Persists In 'Progressive' New England

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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


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.


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.

Joe Amon / Connecticut Public/NENC
Joe Amon / Connecticut Public/NENC
Joe Amon / Connecticut Public/NENC

Copyright 2020 Connecticut Public Radio

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