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Here's what we know about public radio listeners: they are also avid readers. Monday on Vermont Edition, it's our Winter reading show!

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With the holiday season, comes performances of Handel's Messiah

Know of a Messiah performance or sing-along not listed here?  Tell us about it! 

Fred Wiseman

Almost a decade ago, Abenaki scholar and paleoethnobotanist Fred Wiseman started working with Abenaki communities as part of the documentation process for federal tribal recognition. While he was in these communities, Wiseman noticed crops that had long been thought to have disappeared growing on the hillsides. It led him to start the Seeds of Renewal Project.

If there's one thing most doctors, patients and lawmakers agree on when it comes to health care, it's that the fee-for-service model simply isn’t working. That model has been the standard for many years, but it creates an economic pressure for doctors and hospitals to administer more tests – which don’t necessarily make people any healthier.

But there’s little consensus on just how to set up a medical system that gives people the health care they need, and ensures that doctors and hospitals stay in the black.

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Every farmer knows that eventually the expensive equipment that once gleamed bright green or orange when it was new will succumb to age, hard use and rust.

Farmers also know that there’s still a lot of life left in old rusted equipment, if they can just get it apart to repair it.

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Ronald Read's story went viral earlier this year when it was reported that the thrifty Vermonter left an estate of more than $8 million when he died.

Brattleboro's Brooks Memorial Library received part of it, and now the library is starting a renovation project thanks to Read's gift.

You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. December 1 is Giving Tuesday, a worldwide celebration of philanthropy during this season of gratitude. This year, VPR has partnered with the Vermont Foodbank to provide healthy meals to hungry Vermonters.

With every gift to VPR today and tomorrow, a generous supporter in Shelburne will donate 15 meals to the Foodbank.

An artists’ cooperative gallery is facing closure in Enosburg Falls because of declining membership.

Amtrak Police are investigating a train accident that left one man dead and another injured. Both were hit by an Amtrack train just before noon, police said. No passengers on the train were injured.

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Most of us start to draw at a young age and it can be an important skill especially in math and science. 

However, for people who are blind, getting that early exposure to drawing is difficult. A Burlington company called E.A.S.Y. is working to change that by giving the blind much needed tools to draw.