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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.

Last Build Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2018 08:39:28 +0000


VT Satire Videos Pay For Views, May Be Produced Out-Of-State

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 20:15:49 +0000

A series of satirical videos about Vermont politics attack local political figures from a particular point of view. They claim to be by Vermonters for Vermonters but may be produced out-of-state. It’s unclear who is paying for them, and the state attorney general's office has received a complaint that they constitute illegal electioneering.

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How UVM's Stolen Rhino Horn Fits Into Global Wildlife Trafficking

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:00:00 +0000

In the past few weeks, we've seen the surprising recovery of UVM's stolen black rhinoceros horn, and a big decision out of the Trump administration allowing trophy hunters to bring some elephant and lion body parts into the country. We're talking with Laurel Neme , a local expert on wildlife and global wildlife trafficking about these new developments.

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Gov. Scott On Gun Bills, Budgets And School Spending

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:00:00 +0000

In his second year in office, Gov. Phil Scott has called for limited spending and shared his change of heart on gun control laws. We're talking with the Governor about the surprises and changing priorities in Montpelier in 2018, and what he wants to accomplish in the rest of the legislative session.

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She's From Jersey. She Tends Jerseys. She Says Vermont Dairy Regulations Make A Hard Job Harder

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:45:00 +0000

Lisa Kaiman operates Jersey Girls Dairy in Chester, and the farm comes by its name honestly: Kaiman is originally from New Jersey, and she tends a herd of Jersey cows. Like many small dairy farmers, she says the job isn't easy. But she also says Vermont's dairy regulations don't make it any easier.

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After A Year, Taking Stock Of Vermont's Paid Sick Time Law

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 16:00:00 +0000

For more than a year, Vermont has required employers to provide paid sick time to employees working at least 18 hours per week. Even businesses that already offered paid sick leave often required policy changes to comply. We're looking at Vermont's paid sick time law one year in.

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Redefining Masculinity In The Age Of #MeToo

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 16:00:00 +0000

According to, nearly 18 million women have reported a sexual assault since 1998. The #MeToo movement is successfully raising awareness, but moving forward, how do we cultivate healthier attitudes in men—and boys—to end these unwanted actions?

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Black Rhino Horn Stolen From UVM Recovered

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:33:17 +0000

In April 2017, the University of Vermont discovered a black rhinoceros horn was stolen from Torey Hall. Potentially worth hundreds of thousands of dollars on the black market, the horn has now — almost a year later — been found. But not in Vermont.

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Amtrak CEO's Safety Review Puts Vermont Rail Users On Guard

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 16:45:00 +0000

Amtrak president and CEO Richard Anderson startled rail passengers and others who regularly use trains in Vermont when he said he "doubts" Amtrak would run trains on track that doesn't have a safety protocol known as PTC, or positive train control. Vermont is among the states that doesn't have PTC on its tracks.

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'Black Panther,' 'A Wrinkle In Time' And Representation Onscreen

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 16:00:00 +0000

With Black Panther roaring at the box office to become one of the top-grossing movies of all time, some hope it's the dawn of a new era of black representation in film. We're talking to Dartmouth professor Monica White Ndounou. She studies film and media and offers a cautionary take to the film's success, suggesting ways the structure and ideology of Hollywood need to change first.

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Fake Town, Real Issues: Examining Community With 'Ralston, Vt.' Exhibit

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 16:45:00 +0000

The history of Ralston, Vermont is well-known to many: the story of feuding brothers at odds over logging and textile fortunes, a dispute that ultimately led to the digging of the Thibodeau Canal which now separates the island from Burlington. Only, there is no canal and that history isn't real. But it's all part of "Quality of Life: The Ralston Historical Museum" exhibit now at the Champlain College Art Gallery.

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Burlington Voters Don't Want The F-35s. The Guard Says They're Still Coming.

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 16:00:00 +0000

Eighteen F-35 stealth fighter jets are set to come to Vermont next year, but on Town Meeting Day, a ballot question with language rejecting the fighters passed with wide support in Burlington. We're looking at what that vote means and what happens next for the F-35s in Vermont.

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Ancient Instruments And Modern Media Tell A Tale Of Women Warriors

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 20:26:09 +0000

A group of female musicians, from the nations of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan, are visiting our region to perform a new multimedia production based on the epic story 40 Girls, or Qyrq Qyz — an oral tale from the region that dates back centuries.

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Smart, But Not Dangerous: Striking The Right Balance On Machines That Think

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 13:54:10 +0000

In order to be as useful as possible, robots need to be able to think and act for themselves. But with that autonomy can come serious concerns about human safety. We're talking about teaching machines how to be smart and independent, without kicking off a robot uprising.

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'It's Time For State Policymakers To Take Over': Scott Admin Says School Budgets Still Too High

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 17:45:00 +0000

An overwhelming majority of school budgets passed on Town Meeting Day, but the Scott administration says those budgets need be cut back further and placed in the hands of state policymakers.

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The Agony And Ecstasy Of Snow Days: How The Decision Is Made To Call Off School

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 17:00:00 +0000

There are two sides to school snow days. You've got the kids who get a day off and a chance to romp in the snow and catchup on the homework they might not have gotten done on time. And then there's the parents who might have to take a day off of work to watch the kids. But beyond that are the school superintendents who have to make the decision to close school.

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What Went Down On Town Meeting Day: A Curated Sampling

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 17:00:00 +0000

Before the glow fully fades, we're checking in with two reporters from VPR's team to talk about some of the results out of Town Meeting Day.

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Occupy, Disrupt, Walk Out: Student Activism Today

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 17:00:00 +0000

UVM students blocked a main thoroughfare to highlight their demands for greater inclusion and diversity. High school students in Montpelier and Burlington organized to raise the Black Lives Matter flag at their schools. And next week, high school students across the state plan to walk out of class to push for gun legislation. In Vermont, student activism is alive and well in 2018!

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An Early Look At The 2018 Governor's Race

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 13:48:42 +0000

There's a big election on the horizon in Vermont. Parties will choose their candidates for Governor in an August primary, with the general election in November. It's still early, but the race is starting to take shape.

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The Emerald Ash Borer: A Devastating Pest Arrives In Vermont, Now What?

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 17:00:00 +0000

A long-expected, but still dreaded, moment has arrived. The emerald ash borer, a tree-killing insect that has decimated forests in other parts of the country, has finally been officially confirmed in Vermont. We’re talking to experts about what comes next and what can be done to mitigate the damage from these invasive pests.

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Do You SkiO? Ski Orienteering World Cup Comes To Craftsbury

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 17:45:00 +0000

World class athletes from teams around the world are gathering in Craftsbury, Vermont for the final event in the Ski Orienteering World Cup this week. Never heard of SkiO? You're not alone.

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