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Some Vermonters are vocal in their opposition to certain big box retailers, while others celebrate when when certain shops come to town. We're looking at attitudes toward big box retail in Vermont.
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Why Vermont Is Big-Box Averse, Except When It's Not

Vermonters have a complicated relationship with big-box retail stores. Some inspire vocal opposition, while others are accepted, or even celebrated. We're talking about why Vermonters are big-box averse, except when they're not.

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Why Are There So Many African-Americans Incarcerated In Vermont?

Overall, Vermont has one of the lowest incarceration rates in the country — but one of the highest rates of African-American incarceration. So why is that?

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Work crews setting up infrastructure for the Women's World Cup at Killington Ski Resort.
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The International Ski Federation formally approved snow conditions at Killington for this weekend’s World Cup races. Now work crews are busy putting the finishing touches on grandstands, VIP tents, camera platforms and other infrastructure needed.

Two former employees of ABC 22 and Fox 44 both allege they faced sexual harassment and gender discrimination at the stations.
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The attorney for two women suing a Colchester-based TV network characterizes the stations as having a culture of harassment that stemmed from the stations’ former general manager.

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State utility regulators have taken the unusual step of making public an anonymous letter that alleges close ties between the agency that advocates for ratepayers and Green Mountain Power, the state’s largest electric utility.

We're talking about gratitude and hearing what listeners are thankful for.
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This program originally aired on November 23, 2016.

What are you thankful for? We're talking about gratitude and what it means.

Baker and author Martin Philip, head baker at King Arthur Flour in Norwich, has written a book that's part memoir and part cook book. It shares what he calls 75 recipes of "a baker's journey home."
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This program originally aired on November 6, 2017.

Before he became head baker at King Arthur Flour in Norwich, Martin Philip trained as an opera singer and worked for an investment bank in New York City. Now the baker and author is sharing his expertise and answering questions for aspiring bakers

Bishop Coyne at a June 2018 ordination ceremony at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral in Burlington.
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Bishop Christopher Coyne is leading a synod within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington. For more than a year, he's met with clergy, church officials and lay men and women to discuss low church membership and attracting young people and families to the church. 

But the past year has seen other issues arise that continue to shake the Catholic Church and Vermont's Burlington diocese specifically.

In a windowless classroom at the John J. Moran medium-security prison in Cranston, R.I., three men sit around a table to share how and when they began using opioids.

For Josh, now 39, it was when he was just 13 years old. "I got grounded for a week in my house, so I grabbed a bundle of heroin and just sat inside and sniffed it all week."

"I started using heroin at 19," says Ray, now 23. "I was shooting it. It was with a group of friends that I was working with, doing roof work."

State Board of Education Chair Krista Huling looks over a school district map during a recent meeting reviewing Act 46 mergers.
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For the past three years, school districts around Vermont have been in a voluntary phase, allowing voters and school boards to work on their own Act 46 merger plans. In June, the acting Secretary of Education issued a statewide plan making a series of recommendations about unmerged districts. As the State Board of Education prepares to announce its final recommendations next week, Vermont Edition looks at how decisions are being made and what has and hasn't worked in the process.

On an afternoon last September, a string of explosions suddenly hit Merrimack Valley, Mass. At least five homes were destroyed and a person was killed. More than 20 others were injured.

Federal investigators say they have now pinpointed what caused the sudden explosions on Sept. 13 — a natural gas company field engineer made a major mistake in the plans he developed for construction work that happened earlier that day, resulting in a disastrous chain reaction.

A painting against a dark backdrop of an extended wing leading back toward a person.
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Both Alexis and Steve were diagnosed with schizophrenia. This is the story about how meaningful, paid work plays a role in their recovery.


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Why Don't Spiders Get Stuck In Their Webs?

Why don't spiders stick to their own webs? How do spiders walk up walls and on ceilings without falling? Why do spiders have eight legs and eight eyes? How do they make webs? And silk? What's a cobweb? How do spiders eat? And why are daddy long legs called daddy long legs when they have to have a female to produce their babies?! We're talking spiders today with arachnologist Catherine Scott.

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