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
3:01 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Vermont Mosquito Season Update

All the rain we’ve had this summer has been great for gardeners, but it’s also been good news for the species of mosquitoes that like to breed in artificial containers: the little pools created in your drain spouts, bird baths, and garbage can lids. Those are the mosquitoes that carry some of the diseases we all worry about, like West Nile, and Eastern Equine Encephalitis, also known as EEE.

Alan Graham is the Vermont State Entomologist, and he joins us again today to tell us about this year’s mosquito season.

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Vermont Edition
1:31 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Advice To First Year College Students

Moving into the dorm rooms is just the beginning. What advice would you give to college freshmen?
Siena College Flickr

You’ve graduated from high school and you feel pretty good about yourself, but now the real test begins: college. First year students are showing up on campuses all over the state this time of year and realizing they don’t know much of anything at all. What classes should you take? How do you make friends? Where is the free food? Are textbooks really that expensive?

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Douglas Reflects On Political Life In New Autobiography

Former Gov. Jim Douglas speaks during a meeting of the State Budget Crisis Task Force at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, June 2013. Douglas' memoir is 'The Vermont Way.'
Matt Rourke AP File

Former Governor Jim Douglas says people still ask him how he, a Republican, could be repeatedly re-elected in a liberal state like Vermont. He says the question stems from deep political divisions that see "red states" growing redder and "blue states" turning deeper blue.  Douglas reflects on that political trend and how to rebuild a moderate center in his new autobiography, The Vermont Way: A Republican Governor Leads America's Most Liberal State. We talk with Douglas about his book and his career in Vermont politics, on the next Vermont Edition.

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Vermont Edition
1:28 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Resiliency After Irene

Sue Minter hopes we can make Vermont's roads more resilient in the future.
VPR

Tropical Storm Irene is phrase we have spoken on this program an uncountable number of times in the three years since devastating floods tore apart a third of the state on this date in 2011. Since then, the name “Irene” has become shorthand for huge issues like disaster recovery, flood plain management, climate change and personal loss.

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Vermont Edition
1:22 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

The Business Of U-Pick Farms

Picking raspberries in Monkton
Rob Friesel Flickr

You may have gone out to farms this summer to pick your own blueberries or strawberries. Did it seem like you were doing all the work for the farmer? Well it turns out running a Pick Your Own farm can be a lot of work in its own right.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Neurology, Research And Care For ALS Patients

Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, second from left, and Gov. Peter Shumlin, second from right, take the "ice bucket challenge" on Aug. 14, 2014. The challenge is aimed at raising funds to fight ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Dave Gram AP

Maybe you have poured a bucket of ice on your head, or maybe you have just seen videos of friends doing it. Either way, the viral "ice bucket challenge" has accomplished its goal this summer: raising awareness and money for ALS, a fatal illness that was little-known a month ago.

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Vermont Edition
2:24 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

President Silver Charts Course For Bennington College

Dr. Mariko Silver is the tenth president of Bennington College.
Bennington College AP

Students of all ages are returning to school in the next couple of weeks, and along with them are all the administrators that make schools work. One of those administrators is Bennington College President Mariko Silver.

She’s been at Bennington College for just over a year, having taken over from long time president Elizabeth Coleman.

President Silver spoke with Vermont Edition about her first year in charge and her plans for the school.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

You’re Fired! The Right Way And The Wrong Way

Firing someone can be one of the most challenging tasks in business.
Stuart Ramson AP

Hiring a new employee is a positive time. Everyone looks forward to the work the employee will do and how he or she will move the company forward. But the reverse – having to fire someone – is a challenge for an organization, the person being fired and their co-workers who are still with the company.

We look at the right and wrong methods of firing an individual, and the proper decorum of those being fired and their former co-workers.

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Vermont Edition
3:25 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Inside J.D. Salinger's Former New Hampshire Home

Reclusive author J.D. Salinger's former home in Cornish, NH, is now listed for sale.
Martha E. Diebold Real Estate

Author J.D. Salinger, the enigmatic author of The Catcher in the Rye, was secretive and reclusive. And his neighbors in Cornish, New Hampshire guarded his privacy fiercely. So, just about anything that gives us a peak into his world is of interest to those who loved his work. Recently, a home he once owned in Cornish, New Hampshire was put up for sale by its current owner.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Training The Police

Full time police personnel in Vermont must go through a 16 week training academy.
Nina Keck VPR

Police shootings elicit strong feelings in the affected communities and give people elsewhere pause to think about the wider implications. They also raise questions about how police are trained.

We looked at what police training looks like in Vermont with Richard Gauthier, Executive Director of the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Center, and we spoke with Allen Gilbert, Executive Director of the ACLU of Vermont about where he thinks that training might fall short. We also heard from Rutland Police Chief Jim Baker about how police training is put to use on the ground.

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