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Steffen Gillom, Sha'an Mouliert, Tabitha Pohl-Moore, Beverly Little Thunder and Wafic Faour, from left, are among the leaders of color asking Bernie Sanders to do a better job bringing social justice advocates from Vermont into his "progressive movement."
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After 'Calling Out' Sanders Over Event Snub, Vermont Leaders Of Color Offer Path Forward

Sen. Bernie Sanders has in many ways become the figurehead of the national progressive movement, but leaders of color in Vermont say his spotty track record on racial justice issues could undermine his status as its leader. Now, those same advocates are trying to lay the groundwork for what they hope will be a more collaborative relationship with Sanders in the future.

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Antoinette and Clint Hunt, co-founders of Abracadabra Coffee Co. in Woodstock, stand in front of their coffee roaster.
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What Does It Take To Start And Run A Successful Small Business In Vermont?

What do you do when you want to start something new, but you don’t know exactly how?

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The site of where a new mall is set to be built in downtown Burlington.
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If you’ve been in downtown Burlington this year, you’ve probably seen a big empty lot. It's right where a new mall is supposed to be built.

A mall with lots of space for new stores and offices, plus 288 apartments — and at 14 stories, it would be the tallest building in the city. But construction on the big project hasn’t started, and city officials are frustrated by the lack of progress and communication from the developers.

Vermont is the country's top slate producer. But re-opening and expanding old quarries has caused worry in neighboring communities.
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Live call-in discussion: From a tiny area along the New York border called the Slate Valley, Vermont is the leading producer of slate in the country. And as old quarries are reopened or expanded, the rub between quarry owners and neighboring homeowners has gotten tense. We'll take a look at today's slate industry in Vermont.

Lawmakers unveiled the much-anticipated farm bill compromise Monday night, ending the months-long impasse over whether a critical piece of legislation that provides subsidies to farmers and helps needy Americans buy groceries could pass before the lame-duck session concludes at the end of the year.

We're talking about weatherizing your home for the winter.
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We're talking weatherization: how to keep your home warm for less and address other health and comfort issues at the same time. Plus, when to go do-it-yourself and when to bring in the professionals.

Male sage grouse, pictured in Colorado in April 2014, in a snowy field.
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The Trump administration announced plans last week to open millions of acres of land to drilling and mining by removing protections for the sage grouse, an imperiled ground-nesting bird that resides in the American West.

Bill Gardner survived the toughest challenge of his more than four decades as New Hampshire's Secretary of State.
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Bill Gardner has served as New Hampshire’s Secretary of State for more than 40 years, and last week, New Hampshire legislators—not voters—elected him to his 22nd term in office.

But his re-election was no sure thing, and victory came only after a contentious and unprecedented day in the legislature. Tied up in Gardener’s reappointment are questions about election reforms, the state’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary and even President Donald Trump.

A statue of George Frideric Handel is pictured here at night in Halle, Germany.
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The season for George Frideric Handel's Messiah is upon us! Although it was actually first performed around Easter, in our time it has become a December holiday tradition.

This year, VPR is again rounding up performances and sing-alongs of Handel's beloved oratio in our area. 

Don't be like this piggy bank and fear the coming year. We're getting a financial check-up with a financial counselor to navigate recent stock market turbulence.
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It's been a tumultuous few weeks in the stock market. We're checking in with a financial counselor to talk about investments, savings and strategies to start 2019 on firm financial footing.

Clockwise from top left, scenes from Vermont in 2018: Amanda Pelkey with her Olympic gold medal; an embrace at a Morristown barn raising; looking at the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge; a child sleds in July; a sturgeon caught in the Winooski River.
Clockwise from top left: Peter Hirschfeld, Amy Noyes, Lynne McCrea, Amy Noyes, John Dillon / VPR

The year is wrapping up, and throughout 2018 we heard a number of stories from our state that put a smile on the faces of Vermonters. Need a pick me up? Take a look through this list of 2018 highlights (in no particular order).

Alex Pial sitting at a table with one of his children during a memorial service for his cousin Silic Yial Nai.
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A man is found dead in the Winooski River. Three days later, police announce his death to local news media. The man’s family says: they should have been told first.

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Why Do We Poop And Fart?

How does your body make poop? How many germs are in an ounce of poop? Why do people fart and why are farts stinky? Look, everybody does it, so today we're going to tackle one of the areas kids seem to find fascinating: why and how we poop! Plus, we get some help from Chicago public radio station WBEZ's Curious City to learn about what happens after you flush the toilet. Loading... Let's zero in on the very impressive and efficient system our body uses to take in food, use what it needs, and...

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