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Vermont Edition brings you news and conversation about issues affecting your life. Hosts Jane Lindholm and Bob Kinzel consider the context of current events through interviews with news makers and people who make our region buzz.

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Pot And Education Spending: What Happened In This Week's Veto Session


Published: Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000
Summary: Lawmakers could have overridden two vetoes when they returned to Montpelier on Wednesday. The governor's veto of a pot legalization bill stands, but legislators did strike a deal to approve the state budget . However, their compromise with Gov. Phil Scott..


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Social Justice And The Law: Vt. Student Joins National Leadership Group


Published: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:08:43 +0000
Summary: Brittmy Martinez, a rising second-year student at Vermont Law School, is one of three VLS students recently named to the National Black Law Students Association's executive board. She is the chief of staff of NBLSA...


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Assessing The Impact Of 45 Years Of Title IX


Published: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000
Summary: On June 23, 1972, Title IX went into effect, mandating the equal treatment of all students, regardless of gender, in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. So how much have education and professional opportunities for..


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How Do Vermont Schools Address Racism?


Published: Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000
Summary: A few recent highly publicized racial incidents at schools have left some Vermonters unsettled, but minority communities say racial bias in schools is an everyday experience, not an outlier. Vermont Edition looks at what Vermont schools should do to addre..


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Frustrated School Board Members Form A New Statewide Organization


Published: Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:43:35 +0000
Summary: Frustrated with the stance taken by the Vermont School Board Association on issues like Act 46 and statewide teacher health care negotiations,some school board members have taken the step of forming a new group. It's called the Alliance of Vermont School ..


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Previewing The Veto Session


Published: Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000
Summary: This week, lawmakers in Montpelier will hold a special veto session to address the big issues where agreement couldn't be reached before adjournment. Vermont Edition talks to top political reporters about days of behind-the-scenes negotiations between law..


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Get Your Entomology On: The Annual Bug Show


Published: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000
Summary: Even if you're not a fan of insects, you have to be intrigued by their variety, colors, and characteristics. The annual bug show is your opportunity to learn about and get more comfortable with the insects that surround you...


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With Veto Session Looming, Party Leaders Approach Divisive Issues In Montpelier


Published: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000
Summary: Disagreement over health care contracts for employees at public schools prompted next week's veto session, but it's not clear if the Republican governor and Democratic lawmakers will be able to bridge the divide between them on this issue...


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The Most Important Political Leader You've Never Heard Of: Vt. Professor Pens New Biography


Published: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 15:30:18 +0000
Summary: Former House Speaker John McCormack might be the most important political leader most people don't remember - or may not have even heard of. His time as a Massachusetts congressman spanned the presidencies of Calvin Coolidge to Richard Nixon, and he serve..


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What's On Your Summer Reading List?


Published: Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000
Summary: Vermont Edition 's annual summer reading show is here! We're offering up a smorgasbord of book recommendations from readers, which means we want to hear from you...


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'The Baker's Secret': An Interview With Author Stephen Kiernan


Published: Wed, 14 Jun 2017 17:11:41 +0000
Summary: Morally fraught historical events can lead to compulsion to wonder, "What would I have done in those circumstances?" Vermont writer Stephen Kiernan's new novel, The Baker's Secret , unspools the transformation of its heroine Emma from a normal teenager to..


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A Helmet Is Not Enough: Cycling Safety On Vt. Roads


Published: Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000
Summary: When you're driving, how closely do you pay attention to the shoulders of the road? Cyclists and pedestrians are generally aware of how vulnerable they are in traffic, but distracted drivers can forget to be on the lookout...


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Author Howard Norman's Latest Novel Is Steeped In The Noir Tradition


Published: Tue, 13 Jun 2017 20:59:39 +0000
Summary: East Calais author Howard Norman's love of noir crime literature and film is clearly evident in his latest novel, My Darling Detective ...


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Brisk Sales, Low Inventory: The 2017 Vermont Real Estate Picture


Published: Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000
Summary: The national housing market crash of 2007 was catastrophic. But now, a decade past that seismic event, we take a look at where the Vermont real estate market has gone since then...


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In New Novel, Author Jeffrey Lent Explores Lasting Impact Of WWII On A Vermont Family


Published: Mon, 12 Jun 2017 18:41:19 +0000
Summary: In his latest novel, Before We Sleep, Vermont author Jeffrey Lent tells the story of how one man's experience serving in World War II shapes not only his life, but that of his wife and daughter. Lent spoke with Vermont Edition about his writing process an..


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Can Vt. Lawmakers, Scott Administration Reach A Compromise On Marijuana Legalization?


Published: Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000
Summary: Gov. Phil Scott vetoed the Legislature's marijuana legalization bill, but said he was open to a new bill that addressed his public safety concerns. We're talking about the negotiations going on to reach a compromise, and whether a legalization bill could ..


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Sen. Bernie Sanders Discusses Transforming The Democratic Party And Other Issues


Published: Fri, 09 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000
Summary: Sen. Bernie Sanders joins Vermont Edition Friday to take your questions and discuss key issues being debated in Washington...


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Lyme Disease Prevention Drug In Development At UMass Medical School


Published: Wed, 07 Jun 2017 21:11:26 +0000
Summary: A group of researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School are hoping to make Lyme disease in humans a thing of the past. They are working on an antibody drug that would prevent people from contracting the tick-borne disease...


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Coming To Terms With Vermont's Dark History Of Eugenics


Published: Wed, 07 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000
Summary: Vermont's prominent role in the American eugenics movement of the early 20th century is an often overlooked part of the state’s history. The state's brutal history of sterilization, forced institutionalization, and racist pseudoscience is the focus of a..


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UVM Student Examines Cultural Appropriation Of Poutine


Published: Tue, 06 Jun 2017 21:06:31 +0000
Summary: Poutine originated in Quebec, but over time has come to be seen by many as a Canadian dish. One University of Vermont student is now making the case that this modern association of poutine with Canada at large is an instance of cultural appropriation...


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BTV Airport Director Concerned About Air Traffic Privatization Plan


Published: Tue, 06 Jun 2017 19:51:39 +0000
Summary: President Trump announced on Monday a plan to turn air traffic control at the nation's airports over to a non-profit corporation, a plan that worries Gene Richards, director of aviation at Burlington International Airport...


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The Outsized Role Of Opossums In Controlling The Tick Population


Published: Tue, 06 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000
Summary: With the spread of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, communities have become more concerned with the level of tick activity in their area. But nature does have a way of keeping things in balance. In this case, the hero is the opossum...


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'Immersing One's Self In History': Exploring The Inn At Shelburne Farms


Published: Mon, 05 Jun 2017 20:02:17 +0000
Summary: In the late 19th century, Dr. William Seward Webb and his wife, Lila Vanderbilt Webb, built an estate on the shores of Lake Champlain. A new book dives into the history of that estate, which became Shelburne Farms...


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Saving For Retirement In An Era Of Financial Uncertainty


Published: Mon, 05 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000
Summary: The good news is; people are living longer than ever. Unfortunately that means you're even more likely to outlive your retirement savings - assuming you have any in the first place...


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What's The Solution To Trucks Getting Stuck In Smugglers' Notch? VTrans Has Ideas


Published: Fri, 02 Jun 2017 19:06:30 +0000
Summary: If there's one place in Vermont a big truck should never go, it's Smugglers' Notch. But since trucks still do get stuck in the notch, the Vermont Agency of Transportation is working on figuring out new ways to warn approaching drivers...


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Sen. Patrick Leahy On Budget, Russia Probe


Published: Fri, 02 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000
Summary: President Donald Trump has submitted a $4.1 trillion budget for fiscal year 2018. Sen. Patrick Leahy offers his reaction to the president's first federal budget...


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With Bids Due Soon, Here's What's Next In Burlington Telecom Sale


Published: Thu, 01 Jun 2017 21:15:49 +0000
Summary: The financial and ownership future of Burlington Telecom has been in flux for the past several years. The city is actually required to sell Burlington Telecom, and bids are due on Monday...


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Living In The Era Of Fake News


Published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000
Summary: It all seemed so easy when you could trust your daily news sources. And for the edgier, sensationalized reports, you grabbed the supermarket tabloid. This was real, that was fake...


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Protest: Past, Present And Future


Published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000
Summary: Marches are planned in Washington and across the country this week as Donald Trump takes office. In Vermont, simultaneous protests against Trump are also being organized. We're talking about the history of political protest: what forms it has taken and wh..


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How Can Vermont Come Up With The Money For Lake Champlain Cleanup?


Published: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000
Summary: One-point-three billion dollars. That's the total amount the state thinks it needs to clean up Lake Champlain and other waterways over the next 20 years. So where does the money come from? The Treasurer's Office has just released a report that maps out ho..


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Gov. Scott On Vermont Edition


Published: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000
Summary: Vermont's new governor Phil Scott is our guest Friday at noon on the next Vermont Edition for a live, one-hour interview...


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Meeting The Mysterious Lake Sturgeon


Published: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000
Summary: Lake sturgeon look like the fish you don't want to meet in a dark alley. They are big, old, and mean looking...


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Getting Doctors And Patients To Speak The Same Language


Published: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000
Summary: If you feel like you and your healthcare provider speak different languages, how do you get on the same page about your health? We’re talking about how to facilitate the tough conversations that need to happen for the healthcare system to work and for V..


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What Greenland's Past And Present Tell Us About The Earth's Future


Published: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000
Summary: That map that was hung at the front of your grade school classroom included one large land mass close to Canada and the United States that went virtually ignored. There it was to the north and the east and covered with ice. Yes, Greenland...


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New Report Details Racial Data In Vermont Police Stops


Published: Mon, 09 Jan 2017 16:32:00 +0000
Summary: On Monday morning, new data was released on police traffic stops from more than two dozen local police departments in Vermont. The researchers who compiled the data say black and Hispanic drivers are significantly more likely to be stopped by police in Ve..


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Farewell, Inauguration And The Supreme Court: The Week In Politics


Published: Fri, 06 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000
Summary: It’s been a busy week in Montpelier. The state Supreme Court blocked Gov. Peter Shumlin from making an appointment to the Court. Shumlin gave his farewell speech to lawmakers. There are new leaders in both the House and the Senate. And Gov. Phil Scott o..


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Previewing Vermont's Senate Priorities


Published: Thu, 05 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000
Summary: The Vermont Legislature is back in session. We spent Wednesday checking in with the House. Now, we'll give the Senate a nod...


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Live From Montpelier As Vermont Legislature Convenes With New Leadership


Published: Wed, 04 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000
Summary: On Wednesday, an era begins in Vermont state government when the new Legislature convenes, and new leadership takes over in the House and Senate. Vermont Edition is broadcasting live from the ornate Cedar Creek Room at the Statehouse for the opening day o..


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Organ Donation: I Checked The Box, Now What?


Published: Tue, 03 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000
Summary: When it's time to renew your driver's license, there is that one question you have to answer about whether you agree to have your vital organs used upon your death to save some else's life...


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A Farming Movement To Promote Environmental And Social Balance


Published: Mon, 02 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000
Summary: There's an idealized image of agriculture that has animals, the environment, food and farmers themselves thriving in a balanced ecosystem...


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The Past Repeats Itself: Parallels Between 1850s Know Nothings And Today


Published: Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0000
Summary: A populist and nativist political movement stunned skeptics when it swept into office after a fiercely contested election. That might describe the victory of President-elect Donald Trump, but it’s also true of the 1854 election, when the Know Nothing Pa..


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Hacks Put A Spotlight On Cybersecurity


Published: Fri, 23 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0000
Summary: News of hacks are filling the headlines: from election-shaking political intrusions to huge breaches at companies like Yahoo. It means that many people are paying new attention to questions about cybersecurity...


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Tracking Wildlife In The Winter


Published: Thu, 22 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0000
Summary: When a forest floor or an open meadow is covered in snow, there is a magical story being written on that blank slate. It's a ballet of movement by voles, fishers, otters, deer, and raptors...


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When Winter Hits, We Play!


Published: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:00:00 +0000
Summary: Is it that living in the far north only attracts a brave and hearty soul? Or does almost six months of winter weather start to addle the brain and motivate seemingly sane individuals to enter events like the Lake Elmore Polar Splash or the 8-Hour Polar Be..


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Political Reporters Look Back On The Shumlin Governorship


Published: Tue, 20 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0000
Summary: Peter Shumlin first became governor in January of 2011. We're looking back at his time in office with a panel of Vermont political reporters...


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Governor Shumlin: The Exit Interview


Published: Mon, 19 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0000
Summary: Six years ago, Peter Shumlin became the new governor of Vermont. His three-term tenure was marked by natural disaster and major policy debates over health care and energy. We look back on Shumlin's time in the governor's office in a live, hour-long interv..


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Should We Ditch The Electoral College?


Published: Fri, 16 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0000
Summary: This year marks the second time in the past five presidential elections when the candidate who won the popular vote nationally did not receive a majority of votes in the Electoral College. Should the system be changed to a national popular vote system?..


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New Leader Named For ANR; State Adoptions Are Up; Teaching Children About Death


Published: Wed, 14 Dec 2016 23:05:50 +0000
Summary: The new leader of the state's environmental agency is no stranger to the cleanup effort for Lake Champlain. Julie Moore is the newly named Agency of Natural Resources secretary and she's among our guests on the next Vermont Edition...


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Sanctuary Cities In Vermont


Published: Wed, 14 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0000
Summary: Burlington, Montpelier, and Winooski are all at various points in the process of becoming so-called "sanctuary cities," with South Burlington in discussions as well. So what does that mean?..


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More Than Clutter: How To Understand And Intervene In Hoarding


Published: Tue, 13 Dec 2016 17:00:00 +0000
Summary: Hoarding is a problem that can lead to serious safety and health concerns in its most extreme forms. And as hoarding becomes better understood, more people are seeking resources to intervene in the most serious cases...


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