Grim news about the Ebola virus is filling the airwaves these days. And although the chances of contracting the disease outside of West Africa are extremely slim, American hospitals are preparing for a possible outbreak. Colleges are also starting to get questions from parents about whether international students could carry the virus to campuses.
While there seems to be some interest in two write-in campaigns for statewide office in next week’s primary election, state officials think that overall voter turnout will be extremely low. There are also concerns that the write-in efforts will complicate the vote counting process.
By most accounts, this has been an extremely quiet primary season in Vermont. It’s not a presidential year and it’s an off year for U.S. Senate campaigns.
This week, VPR is launching a new online music project called ‘Live From the Fort.’ We invite Vermont bands into the VPR Performance Studio to perform and talk about their music, and we’re posting the videos of these mini-concerts to vpr.net. In the coming months you’ll be able to watch and listen to acts like Kat Wright and Maryse Smith.
Today, we’re sharing a track from the first band to perform for ‘Live From the Fort’ - Waylon Speed - playing their song “Smooth the Grain."
If you’re out hiking on the Long Trail this weekend, you may be passed by a blur of motion and heavy breathing and running shorts. It’s probably Stowe resident RJ Thompson. He’s trying to break a speed record for running the length of the Long Trail. That’s 273 miles, the length of the state of Vermont.
Thompson started running Tuesday morning at the Canadian border. We caught him Monday afternoon as he was preparing. Thompson is attempting to break the record for an *unsupported run. He told us that’s different from a supported run.
Garret Keizer never really wanted to be a teacher, but he found himself wrangling high school students in the Northeast Kingdom until he was able to make ends meet as a writer. Then, fourteen years later, Keizer found himself back in the classroom again.
He’s written about his experience in a new book, Getting Schooled: The Reeducation of an American Teacher. We’ll talk to Keizer about the challenges and rewards of teaching.
When a child is removed from her family because of abuse or neglect, someone needs to advocate for her in court. That advocate is a Guardian ad Litem. There are 300 of these volunteers in Vermont.
Mary Hayden, manager of Vermont’s Guardian ad Litem Program, and Guardian ad Litem Susan Hong discuss the work of these volunteers, the training they undergo, the research they do and how they arrive at the recommendations they make to the court on whether a child should be returned to their family.
Voters in the Northeast Kingdom will have some clear choices in the upcoming primary election for state’s attorney. In Orleans County, the incumbent faces three challengers, and two of them have served as his deputies. In Essex County, the race pits a veteran of state politics against a juvenile defense attorney who wants to find alternatives to litigation.