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.

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Vermont Edition
1:24 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Vermont Town Forests To Expand

Vermont is home to more than 125 town forests, which includes roughly 120,000 acres.
Toby Talbot AP Photo

The U.S. Forest Service recently announced that it will grant about $2.3 million to establish community forests in eight states, including Vermont.

The Dorset Town Forest, whose trail network is nearly 100 years old, received $263,000 to expand its borders. Chittenden County forester Keith Thompson and Sean MacFaden at the UVM Spatial Analysis Lab join Vermont Edition to discuss this recent addition, as well as the importance of town forests for Vermont’s landscape.  

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Vermont Edition
12:30 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Celebrating Classical Music

Aaron Copland once guest conducted the VSO.
Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Lovers of classical music are celebrating two big milestones in Vermont: VPR’s own Walter Parker marks his 30th anniversary on the air this week. And the Vermont Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its eightieth season.

We look at how Vermont’s classical music scene has grown and deepened over the decades with Walter Parker and VSO Executive Director Alan Jordan.

Post your favorite classical music performances and annual festivals here or by emailing vermontedition@vpr.net.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

And, We're In Business!

Siri Stafford Thinkstock

The dream of opening your own business can lead to satisfaction and accomplishment... or frustration and financial setback. On the next Vermont Edition, we look at what it takes to start a small business.  We talk about writing a solid business plan, the legal and financial regulations you need to learn, and how to test your product or service against the marketplace.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Children And Families Commissioner Ken Schatz

Peter Hirschfeld VPR

Vermont’s Department for Children and Families has been dealing with a series of unsettling problems brought to light by the deaths of two toddlers under DCF supervision. Now, a new commissioner is working through those issues and figuring out what changes might need to be made to keep children safe. DCF Commissioner Ken Schatz is our guest to discuss these issues and take your calls.

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Vermont Edition
2:48 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Vermont And The War Of 1812

The Battle of Lake Champlain, also called the Battle of Plattsburgh was a key moment of the War of 1812 for Vermont.
Wilson Ring AP Photo

Vermont may not have been the site of the major battles of the War of 1812, but the state was still impacted by the war. Vermont Edition spoke with the new state archaeologist Jess Robinson about Vermont’s involvement in the War of 1812.

Broadcast live on Wednesday, September 24 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

John Fusco: Screenwriter, Novelist, Martial Artist

John Fusco (right) with his friend, the stunt man Ju Kun, who was among the passengers who disappeared on Malaysian Airlines flight 370.
Brian Ho Ap

When John Fusco’s son insisted they ride on horseback through Mongolia, the Hollywood screenwriter was inspired to write about Marco Polo. The story of the historical Italian explorer combined two of Fusco’s great loves: horses, and martial arts.

We’ll talk to Vermont writer John Fusco about his new TV series about Marco Polo, and his new book, Dog Beach.

Also on the show, we’ll learn about the Vermont’s involvement in the War of 1812 with the new state archaeologist Jess Robinson.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Apples: From Heirlooms To The Obscure

Apples bagged and boxed at Chapin Orchards in Essex Junction.
Ric Cengeri VPR

Hewes Crab, Zabergau Reinette, Winter Banana, Twenty Ounce Pippin, Summer Rambo, Sheepnose, Westfield Seek-No-Further, Arkansas Black.

You’d be excused if you couldn’t identify these as varieties of apples. There are hundreds, from the common MacIntosh and Red Delicious to the lesser known Smokehouse and Pixie Crunch.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Climate Change And Activism

In this file photo, 350.org leader Bill McKibben talks to Montpelier students in front of solar panels in 2007.
Toby Talbot AP

This weekend, some Vermonters are in New York City for a massive protest about climate change in the United States.  Meanwhile, new research from UVM has added more data to a picture of rising temperatures and less snow in the coming century. Monday on Vermont Edition, we’ll look at the impacts of climate change in our region.

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Vermont Edition
9:27 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Say What? Lake Champlain Is Undergoing Turnover And Seiche

Underneath that calm surface, Lake Champlain is doing a lot of moving and shaking.
Thinkstock

To the casual observer, Lake Champlain might seem pretty calm right now. But lake scientists know that it is kicking up a storm. It's undergoing turnover and seiche (sounds like saysh) as we speak.

What, exactly, are these phenomena? Breck Bowden, director of the Lake Champlain Sea Grant program, explains.

What's turnover?

Turnover is "one of the most unusual and least-known properties of water," Bowden says. It starts with the lake's stratification; the warmer water sits on top, and the cooler water sinks to the bottom.

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Vermont Edition
3:13 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

'Tis The Season... For Hand, Foot And Mouth Disease

Last week, students on the soccer and football teams at North Country Union High School were stopped in their tracks by a mysterious rash on their feet and hands. Hand, foot and mouth disease is actually more common among children under five years old, but it can affect adults too … and it is more common this time of year.

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