Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Reliving History, Musket In Hand

Members of the Champlain Valley Historical Reenactors fire their muskets at their Confederate counterparts while staging a mock battle in Orwell in 1997.
Chris Line AP

Some people like to read about history, other people like to live it. We'll talk with historical reenactors about what motivates them to put on the shoes of another era's soldiers.

We'll hear from Steve Smith, a member of the Champlain Valley Historical Reenactors. Smith runs a troop of Confederate reenactors here in Vermont. We'll also hear from Admiral Warren Hamm, co-chair of the 150th Anniversary of the St. Alban's Raid Committee.

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The Frequency
10:19 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Milne's Staff Researcher, Writer Is Disgraced Journalist

A member of Scott Milne’s remaining staff who is doing research and writing for the candidate has, in the past, lost his job for stating as fact what may have been fiction.

Milne’s run for governor suffered a setback earlier this week when his campaign manager, Brent Burns left the campaign.

The Republican candidate said Wednesday that his campaign would go on without a manager, and that he and a group of staffers would make the push through November 4th.

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The Frequency
8:49 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Attack Ad Hits Sanders With Charge of 'Golden Parachute'

The video is the latest volley in a long-running political battle between Vermont's junior senator and a gas-station owner he says is to blame for "artificially" high gasoline prices in parts of Vermont.
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Did Bernie Sanders’ wife violate her husband’s admonitions against “golden parachutes” by taking a $200,000 severance package from the college she resigned from in 2011?

That’s the premise behind a television ad set to hit network airwaves tomorrow. And it’s the latest volley in a long-running political battle between Vermont’s junior senator and a gas-station owner he says is to blame for “artificially” high gasoline prices in parts of Vermont.

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Arts & Culture
7:31 am
Thu September 18, 2014

In Waitsfield, An Unexpected Museum Of Industrial Design

This 1937 Electrolux vacuum cleaner is on display in the permanent collection at the Madsonian Museum of Industrial Design.
Mike Heney

The town center of Waitsfield in Mad River Valley is one of those postcard-perfect New England villages. White clapboard houses and shops, nestled on the river bank around a covered bridge. But one of those 19th-century farmhouses is home to something unexpected: the Madsonian Museum. Now, the Smithsonian it is not. But the Madsonian does take a collector’s approach to honoring the beauty and cleverness of industrial design.

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VPR News
5:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Clean Time: One Addict's Year Of Recovery

In July, Meghan reached a milestone in her 12-step program: one year clean.
Angela Evancie VPR

“It’s hard for me to acknowledge progress I’ve made sometimes,” Meghan said, “but when I look back and think of who I was and where I was at and what my life was like on a day-to-day basis 301 days ago, it’s like a 180.”

It was early May, and Meghan was sitting in a food court in a mall in Burlington. Stale pop music played through the overhead speakers, and groups of teenagers occasionally wandered by. A routine mid-week scene, but Meghan was celebrating; 300 days earlier, she woke up and, for the first time in a long time, didn’t go straight for the heroin.

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VPR News
5:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Twerking Still Prohibited, But Bennington High Schoolers Will Get Their Dance

MAU Class President Jessie Kuzmicki says the cancellation made students stop and think about the way they were dancing.
Susan Keese VPR

The school that canceled its homecoming semi-formal in response to a sexually suggestive dance craze has scheduled a new dance. But twerking won’t be tolerated at Bennington’s Mount Anthony Union High School.

Twerking has been around long enough to make it into online versions of Britain’s Oxford Dictionary. It’s defined as dancing “in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.”

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VPR News
6:07 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Welch Votes No On Obama Plan To Arm Syrian Forces

The U.S. House has given its approval to President Obama’s plan to arm and train Syrian forces to fight against the terrorist group known as ISIS –the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Congressman Peter Welch voted against the plan because he says it has virtually no chance of succeeding and will put the U.S. in the middle of a Syrian civil war.

Welch says this vote was one of the most difficult that he’s had to make in the eight years he’s served in the U.S. House.

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VPR News
5:35 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Long Term Broadband Goal Would Cost $1 Billion, State Calculates

The legislature this year set new broadband goals for the state, including an ambitious 10-year objective that would essentially require fiber optic broadband to every Vermont address by the end of 2024.

The Public Service Department now says reaching the goal would cost nearly $1 billion.

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The Frequency
2:11 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

In New TV Ad, Shumlin Makes Case For Third Term

Gov. Peter Shumlin is out with the first television advertisement of his reelection campaign.

The professionally produced 30-second spot features short testimonials from five residents. They tout the second-term governor’s performance on issues ranging from Tropical Storm Irene to college affordability.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

The Spartan Race: Overcoming Life’s Obstacles

Spartan Races are now held across the country and internationally.
Rachel La Corte AP

Athletes are forever testing the limits of their prowess and endurance. Runners might start with a 5K, but eventually, 10Ks, half marathons and marathons beckon. Then there are triathlons.

Now add obstacle races to the mix. These include activities like climbing up ropes, throwing spears, hurdling over walls, crawling under barbed wire and leaping over fire.

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