Aaron Brooke-deBock

'Just Kind Of Creepy': Gnat Invasion Hits Windham County

A researcher at Middlebury College says the tick population has doubled , and in Rutland county the mosquito count is up by 30 percent. But down in southern Vermont there's an historic infestation of fungus gnats.

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Green Mountain CBD's hemp farm in Hardwick. Since this photos the hemp plants seen here have more than doubled in size.
Jon Kalish / For VPR

More than 80 Vermonters registered with the Agency of Agriculture to grow industrial hemp in 2017, the third growing season since legalization in 2013. And while more than four times the number of people who signed up last year are growing in 2017, experienced growers have had a range of experiences.

The letter signed by Vt Gov. Phil Scott and nine other bi-partisan governors from around the country, voicing concern about repealing the Affordable Care Act.
Courtesy / Gov. Phil Scott's Office

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott joined nine other governors from around the country in urging the leaders of the U.S. Senate not to go through with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. The bipartisan group of governors sent a letter to Senate leaders of both parties on Wednesday.

Nam Y. Huh / AP/file

Live call-in discussion: Type 1 diabetes is a struggle for the kids who have it, and for their parents who keep a constant watch on them. And while the risks of not precisely managing the disease are enormous, technology is making huge strides in helping patients with the illness.

Yemenis present documents in order to receive food rations provided by a local charity, in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, April, 13, 2017. A stalemated war with Saudi Arabia has pushed the Arab world's poorest country to the brink of famine.
Hani Mohammed / AP

What’s being called the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II is unfolding right now in the Horn of Africa and parts of the Middle East. And there’s a good chance that this is the first time you’re hearing about it.

A statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is removed from Lee Circle in New Orleans in May, the last of four monuments to Confederate-era figures to be removed.
Scott Threlkeld / Associated Press

The issue of how we judge historical figures has been in the news a lot lately. We're discussing how present-day perspectives can alter our view of the past.  

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Brave Little State

Men panning for gold in an 1887 photograph from the Plymouth Historical Society.
E. G. Davis / Plymouth Historical Society, courtesy

Gold In Vermont? Yup. From Dynamite To Panning, Here's How It's Worked

You've probably heard about the California gold rush of 1849 — but did you know that Vermont had its own mini-gold rush beginning around that same time?

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But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids

Researchers aren't entirely sure, but the current prevailing theory is that flamingos stand on one leg to conserve energy.
Paul Rose / Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

Why Do Flamingos Stand On One Leg?

We’re answering ten questions as quickly as we can in this episode of But Why . Why do onions make you cry? How do hummingbirds hum? Why do flamingos stand on one leg? Do moths have veins in their wings? Do cats that share a home have the same meow? What was the first book? How do libraries get money if people borrow books for free? Why do people have fidget spinners? Why can't my stuffed animal get wet? And how do pigs poop? Can we do it all in 20 minutes?!

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Planting a fruit bush, like the beach plum, is a great way to enjoy the flavors of summer if your yard is too small for a fruit tree.
KJ Murphy / iStock

Vermont Garden Journal: Fruit Bushes Are Perfect For Small Yards

Not everyone has enough yard space for growing fruit so, luckily, there are bush versions of many classic fruit trees. They grow easily in small, sunny spots and stay a manageable size.

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Eye On The Sky

Vermont Edition

The gloved hand of a biologist holds a little brown bat in Vermont.
Jane Lindholm / VPR File

Little Brown Bats, Once Common, Still Struggling After 10 Years Of Disease

Stand outside at night and you might glimpse the swift, darting profile of a bat flying overhead. That sight wasn't rare in the past, but bats in this region have had it rough for years due to white-nose syndrome, and biologists are still working to understand and protect these tiny flying mammals.

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