If I were teaching a humanities course this term, I would focus on the Second Amendment: what it does – or doesn’t mean.

The Jericho town meeting in 2017. We're talking about whether town meeting still make sense in the modern era.
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Town Meeting Day is almost here, and every year the question gets raised: does town meeting still make sense in the modern era? We're looking at this unique Vermont tradition, how it's changed and how it fits in with Vermont's democracy today. 

Getting enough sleep is really important for the development of your brain, muscles, and emotional health.
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Why do people need to sleep? How do we actually go to sleep? How does sleeping get rid of toxins in the brain? And how come when it's nighttime I don't want to go to sleep but when it's morning I don't want to wake up?! Those questions and more, all about sleep. We're joined by pediatric sleep psychologist Dr. Lisa Meltzer.

We're checking in on the status of key bills in Montpelier at the legislature's town meeting break.
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The legislature is nearing its Town Meeting Day break. At this halfway mark, we're talking to top political reporters on the status of key bills, including gun control, education financing, paid family leave, raising the minimum wage and water quality efforts.

Young Writers Project: 'February 21, 2018'

Mar 2, 2018
 Senior Ben Stoll writes about his personal experience with school violence this past February at Bellows Free Academy, St. Albans.
YWP Photo Library, photo by Kassidy Mannings, Essex Junction, Vermont


Vermont's attendant services program, or ASP, is up for elimination in Governor Scott's budget.
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Vermont's attendant services program — or ASP — directs $1.38 million in state funds to help Vermonters with permanent and severe disabilities. It’s been targeted for elimination by Gov. Scott’s latest budget.

Pussy willows are bushes native to the area that grow fuzzy gray buds, known as 'catkins.' The plants thrive in our cold early-year climate and are a welcome sign of spring.
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There's nothing more hopeful and exciting this time of year than running across a wild patch of pussy willows. It's a sure sign spring is coming! Pussy willows are native bushes that thrive in our cold climate. Like all willows they like a moist area to grow and perform best in full sun. While we're familiar with the native pussy willow or Salix discolor, there is also a European pussy willow Salix caprea that has slightly larger catkins, those furry buds. Both types are hardy to zone 4.

This episode was originally broadcast in August 2017: Michelle Wallace, who owns Nature Mandala Art :: Vermont, spoke to VPR about the process and intention behind her artwork. Wallace creates mandala patterns out of natural materials, photographs them and then allows the mandala to be taken away by the wind.

Courtesy, Don and Vickie Herzberg

This weekend, you can see etchings and hear poetry, see a movie that was lauded at the Sundance Film Festival and hear works for piano and voice, composed by Beethoven.

We're talking with Vermont gun owners about how their use of firearms informs their views on gun laws and gun control.
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Conversations about firearms and gun control are often dominated by extreme views, leaving many in the middle whose voices aren't heard. That includes voices informed by their own gun ownership. We're talking with Vermont gun owners about recent shifts in the discussion around guns and our gun laws. 

In 1981, a year after the Religious Right abandoned Jimmy Carter, a born-again evangelical Christian, for Ronald Reagan, Billy Graham remarked, “It would disturb me if there was a wedding between the religious fundamentalists and the political right. The hard right has no interest in religion except to manipulate it.”

In 1981, a year after the Religious Right abandoned Jimmy Carter, a born-again evangelical Christian, for Ronald Reagan, Billy Graham remarked, “It would disturb me if there was a wedding between the religious fundamentalists and the political right. The hard right has no interest in religion except to manipulate it.”

photo by Bethany Dunbar; courtesy of the Artist

...the month of March!  Celebrating the beginning of one of the longest months of the year with local Francophones, country roads from Jamaica to Oahu, and much much more!

This program will air on Sunday March 4, 2018 from 7 - 10 p.m.

This week's calendar announcements:

Annabelle Chvostek and her band will be performing at the Richmond Congregational Church on Sunday March 11th at 4 p.m.

The Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Theater will be giving a special matinee family show at the Chandler Music Hall in Randolph on Sunday March 11th at 4 p.m.

It’s Town Meeting time. But so what? Why should we care?

As soon as the smoke had cleared in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, the cry went up - how could such a rampage, claiming 17 lives, finally be prevented?

Mo, a recurring character from Bechdel's comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, is drawn in black and white with an exasperated facial expression on the wall of Bechdel's exhibtion at the Fleming Museum
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Vermont has laid claim to cartoonist Alison Bechdel, making her its third (and current) cartoonist laureate. And now fans of Bechdel and those who are Bechdel-curious can see an exhibition of her work at UVM's Fleming Museum through May 20.

Clark: Robert's Rules

Feb 27, 2018
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A neighbor told me recently that his fifth-grade son was interested in Town Meeting. “He wants to learn more about – what’s that ‘order’ thing?”

Mares: Common Ground

Feb 27, 2018

I wish Americans today might follow the sensible example of an organization I’ve belonged to for quite a few years now.

Medication-assisted treatment is one of the most effective ways to combat opioid addiction, but access to MAT in Vermont prisons can be limited.
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Dealing with addiction in prison is complicated. For some, it helps them get away from the drugs and into treatment. But treatment while incarcerated can be limited, and those leaving prison often face the greatest risk of a relapse.

Angela McDevitt is being credited with helping to thwart what could have been a deadly school shooting in Vermont.
Angela McDevitt

On the day a shooter in Florida killed 17 people at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, 18-year old Jack Sawyer of Poultney, Vermont was allegedly texting with his friend Angela McDevitt. "That's fantastic. 100% support it" he is reported to have written about the Parkland shooting. "It's just natural selection, taken up a notch."