Episode 244: A High School Senior’s Journey Back To School After A Year Online; Author Jennifer De Leon On Returning To Her Roots

Bridget Donovan on the stage at the Framingham High School auditorium, March 8, 2021. (Joanie Tobin/GBH News)

After a year of online school, high school senior Bridget Donovan is back in the building and feeling like “a freshman again.” This week on NEXT, we tag along with Bridget and visit a New Hampshire school that’s experiencing the social benefits of learning outdoors. Plus, we hear about Massachusetts’ new climate legislation and how it compares to other New England states. And author Jennifer De Leon reflects on language and heritage in her new book of essays.


Annie Ropeik, climate, energy and environment reporter for New Hampshire Public Radio

Miriam Wasser, reporter for WBUR’s Earthwhile

Jennifer De Leon, author of “White Space: Essays on Culture, Race, & Writing.” De Leon is an assistant professor of creative writing at Framingham State University in Massachusetts.


Tori Bedford, reporter for GBH
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Sarah Gibson, education and demographics reporter for NHPR
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Patty Wight, news producer for Maine Public
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Amelia Mason, reporter for WBUR’s The ARTery
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Anna Van Dine, reporter for VPR
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