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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Women are significantly more likely than men to live in poverty or economic insecurity in Vermont. And 43 percent of Vermont women who work full-time do not make enough to cover basic living expenses.

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Thirteen hydroelectric dams on the Connecticut and Deerfield Rivers are for sale, again. TransCanada outbid the state of Vermont in 2003 when these dams were last sold at auction. Now the state is opening a fresh debate over whether it wants to purchase and operate the power generating facilities.

Always wanted to grow your own mushrooms, but didn't know where to start? Start with a log!

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Spring is when a Vermonter's fancy lightly turns to ramps. Also fiddleheads, nettles and more. We're getting tips on foraging for edibles in the great outdoors, and how to do it in a sustainable way. 

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We’re turning things around! Instead of you sending us the question, this time we’re asking the question and looking to you for some answers. We wanted to explore why music moves us.

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Two weeks ago, shockwaves struck the Northeast Kingdom. The offices of Jay Peak and Q Burke were raided because of alleged improprieties involving the misuse of EB-5 funds.

So how has the news affected the psyche and the economic hopes of the region?

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The best-known native of Vermont's Plymouth Notch is probably still President Calvin Coolidge.

But if you visit the little village's graveyard, someone else's grave is arguably more intriguing. At the bottom of the stone slab is the inscription "I Still Live." This is the final resting place of Achsa Sprague. 

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The Jay Peak fraud allegations have drawn attention to a visa program for foreign investors called EB-5, by which a foreign citizen who invests $500,000 in a U.S. business can receive a green card. And if that has you thinking, 'Really? That's a legal path to immigration?' then you're not the only one.

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After a push from Governor Shumlin and a bill passed by the Senate, many people saw legal marijuana on its way in Vermont. Now, after many twists and turns, it's unclear what form any final bill on the issue might take. We’re coming back to the legalization debate and asking people on both sides about where the legislative process has taken us.

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As Vermont embraces the idea of renewable energy like wind and solar, the inevitable impact on the local landscape and community is inescapable. The question then becomes, how can towns weigh in on where these projects go?

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Word problems in math tend to be where many students take an exit from the subject. They find them to be confounding and confusing.

But what about stories of seemingly random coincidence? Once someone in a group shares one, it starts an avalanche of similar tales.

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The bombshell allegations last week surrounding development projects in the Northeast Kingdom point to a $200 hundred million scheme to defraud investors. On the next Vermont Edition, Vermont's top financial regulator Commissioner Susan Donegan explains what happened at Q Burke and Jay Peak ski resorts.

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This episode looks at a big question, a really big question. It's about the end of the world and what it might feel like. Parents: this episode is about asteroids and supernovas; some kids may find this episode a bit scary, or may have never considered those possibilities before, so you may want to listen first on your own.

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We tackle two big stories in Vermont news in today's program.

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You can vote and serve in the military at age 18, but you have to wait until 21 to drink alcohol.

A bill that passed the Vermont House last week would raise the smoking age to 21 over a period of three years.

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There's a new, live-action movie coming out of Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book." That work - and some of Kipling's other famous works like "Captains Courageous" and the "Just So Stories" - were written right here in Vermont: at Naulakha, the author's Dummerston home.

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In a series of conflicting conversations and press releases, it appeared that Vermont's Department of Public Safety was getting out of the 911 call handling business. But a joint communique from Public Safety and the Enhanced 911 Board said that might or might not be the case.

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As you approach many of Vermont's towns, a church spire is poking through the tree tops to signal your arrival.

While many are reminiscent of the traditional New England house of worship, Vermont's churches have been built in a variety of styles. And they've been designed by many important architects like George Guernsey,  Ruth Reynolds Freeman, and the firm of McKim, Mead and White.

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Ret. Col. Jon Coffin spent ten years debriefing soldiers who were returning from war zones to help identify potential cases of PTSD. He led group debriefings of soldiers while they were still intact with their platoons, after they left the combat theater but before they reunited with their families.

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Tuition for the Vermont State College system ranks as the second highest in the country for in-state students in public four-year colleges. We're talking about the funding challenges for public higher education here in Vermont. The legislature is tackling the issue this year; and not for the first time. We'll also look further afield and see how other states around the country fund higher ed.