Jane Lindholm

Host, Vermont Edition

Jane Lindholm hosts the award-winning Vermont Public Radio program Vermont Edition. Jane joined VPR in 2007 to expand Vermont Edition from a weekly pilot into the flagship daily newsmagazine it is today. She has been recognized with regional and national awards for interviewing and use of sound.

Before returning to her native Vermont, Jane served as director/producer for the national program Marketplace, based in Los Angeles.  Jane began her journalism career in 2001, when she joined National Public Radio (NPR) as an Editorial/Production Assistant for Radio Expeditions, a co-production of NPR and the National Geographic Society. During her time at NPR, she also worked with NPR's Talk of the Nation and Weekend Edition Saturday.

Jane graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in Anthropology and has worked as writer and editor for Let’s Go Travel Guides. In her free time, Jane enjoys nature writing and photography. She has had her photojournalism picked up by the BBC World Service and combines photography and nature writing on her blog, CommonWanderer.com. She lives in Monkton.

Ways To Connect

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Nina Totenberg has been NPR’s legal affairs correspondent for almost 40 years. And even if you don’t follow the courts or the law, you’ve probably found yourself enjoying Totenberg’s reenactments of Supreme Court justices making the lawyers before them squirm.

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Vermont Congressman Peter Welch has re-introduced legislation that would reveal intelligence spending that's currently classified. Meanwhile, the USA Freedom Act - another bill co-sponsored by Rep. Welch, that would rein in the government's bulk collection of personal data - passed in the House.

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A new study is offering a detailed picture of how geographic location affects future income. Researchers at Harvard University’s Equality of Opportunity Project went back to a set of data collected in an experiment from the early 1990s, when the U.S. government gave vouchers to help poor families move to better neighborhoods, and then compared the outcomes with families who stayed where they were.

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When a group of researchers started the Vermont Roots Migration Survey, they hoped to get 75 responses. The final tally was about 50 times that. The survey asked people who attended high school while residing in Vermont questions about where they've lived since graduating, why they left, why they returned or why they stayed.

A new law that makes it easier for Vermonters to invest smaller amounts in local businesses has opened up opportunities for both groups to come together. And some entrepreneurs are capitalizing by making these connections easier.

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Catching sight of a tightly curled, bright green fiddlehead can turn turn an ordinary walk along the river into a foraging adventure.  This is fiddlehead season, and foragers are trying to find the balance between gathering their favorite treats, and leaving enough behind to guarantee a healthy crop next season.  We talk with botanist Arthur Haines of the New England Wildflower Society, Shelburne Farms head chef David Hugo, and VPR's own expert forager Robert Resnik about how to find, eat and protect wild edibles like fiddleheads, mushrooms and ramps.

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  The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo - target of the deadly Paris attack in January - just received a PEN Freedom of Expression award, in a decision which some big-name authors have criticized. And just a few days earlier, two attackers were shot dead after opening fire on a so-called "Draw Muhammad" contest.

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You may be of the belief that a spoonful of maple syrup helps the medicine go down – and now preliminary research from McGill University suggests that maple syrup may also help the medicine do its job.

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In his first book, Tomatoland, Vermont food writer Barry Estabrook took on Big Ag that has destroyed that fruit. Now in Pig Tales: An Omnivore's Quest for Sustainable Meat, he uncovers methods large pork producers are using to raise their pigs, including feeding them animal byproducts, hormones and drugs and keeping them in cramped individual cages.


Cirque du Soleil is the dreamlike, traveling human circus that got its start more than 30 years ago in Québec. It’s been headquartered in Montreal for a long time and is considered a cultural treasure. But just recently, it was sold to a group of investors from the U.S. and China.