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How's work? It's a question when asked of a friend can open a massive can of worms. Sometimes they can't stop gushing about how great things are going and about the new promotion. Other times you'll hear a never-ending litany about a demonic boss or nonsensical company policies.

So what is it that separates the good from the bad when it comes to jobs?

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How do you think Vermont's economy is doing?

Different economic indicators can tell different stories: from unemployment, to wages, to inequality, to the Main Street in your city or town. What are your the indicators you see that make a difference in your own economic life? What do you think of the state's economic outlook in the short and long terms?

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An innovative program first launched by the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps in Richmond is expanding to other parts of Vermont to make it easier for needy families to get locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Getting published in the New Yorker is a high honor for any author, and that’s particular true for literary fiction. This week a Johnson State College professor achieved that honor with his story “The Apartment,” published in the Aug, 31 issue of the magazine.

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Vermont’s small farms have always been subject to state clean water standards, but now the state’s near 7,000 small farms are facing a new reality: farm inspections.

For the first time small farms will have to certify with the state and undergo routine farm inspections to make sure they're doing everything they can to keep pollutants out of the water.

For small dairy farmer Frank Hutchins, this means big changes -- and big costs.  Hutchins’ farm has about 70 milker cows, and he grows crops to feed them on a couple of hundred hilly acres on his farm.

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Things are looking up in the Upper Valley city of Lebanon, New Hampshire. A large building in the heart of its retail district left vacant by the abrupt closure of Lebanon College will become a satellite campus for Claremont-based River Valley Community College

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A high-end hotel could soon be coming to Burlington International Airport. The City of Burlington has asked prospective developers to submit proposals for what could be a 120-room hotel on airport grounds. Officials envision a unique destination for the region’s jet set.

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Revolutionary War battles were accompanied by the simple music of wooden fifes and drums. The instruments are less in demand today, except among select audiences like drum corps and war re-enactors.

Lucky for them, Cooperman Company of Saxtons River still produces fifes, drums, tambourines, and other musical instruments. The modern process of making period instruments is a blend of historical technique and modern machinery.

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School lunches now have more fruits and vegetables but a new study shows that doesn't mean that kids are necessarily eating more healthy foods - at least in the short run.  Federal law requires public school students who get school lunches to add a fruit or vegetable to their trays.  But no one can force them to actually eat those healthy choices.

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The gubernatorial election is more than a year away, but the list of potential candidates is already long. So far, only one person has made a formal announcement, House Speaker Shap Smith. We're talking to Speaker Smith about the race, his platform, and why he's running.

Also on the program, former governor - and presidential candidate - Howard Dean on the 2016 presidential race.

And, a visit to the Cooperman Company of Saxtons River, which keep Revolutionary War re-enactors supplied with fifes and drums.