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
4:30 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Studying The Rural Brain Drain: Where Aspirations Outpace Opportunity

A Penn State study concluded that the brain drain pulling young people away from rural communities like Montpelier was a result of rural under-investment.
ErikaMitchell Thinkstock

Sociologists have been worried for a while about a phenomenon called "rural brain drain." The best and the brightest young students are leaving rural areas in search of jobs and opportunities elsewhere.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Garret Keizer Goes Back To School

High School doesn't look much like this any more.
Stowe Free Library Flickr

Garret Keizer never really wanted to be a teacher, but he found himself wrangling high school students in the Northeast Kingdom until he was able to make ends meet as a writer. Then, fourteen years later, Keizer found himself back in the classroom again.

He’s written about his experience in a new book, Getting Schooled: The Reeducation of an American Teacher. We’ll talk to Keizer about the challenges and rewards of teaching.

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Vermont Edition
2:37 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Waylon Speed Gets 'Live From The Fort' Rolling

Waylon Speed prepare to play "Live From the Fort."
Ric Cengeri VPR

This week, VPR is launching a new online music project called ‘Live From the Fort.’  We invite Vermont bands into the VPR Performance Studio to perform and talk about their music, and we’re posting the videos of these mini-concerts to vpr.net. In the coming months you’ll be able to watch and listen to acts like Kat Wright and Maryse Smith.

Today, we’re sharing a track from the first band to perform for ‘Live From the Fort’ - Waylon Speed - playing their song “Smooth the Grain."

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Vermont Edition
2:24 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Stowe's Thompson Trying To Break Long Trail Record

If you’re out hiking on the Long Trail this weekend, you may be passed by a blur of motion and heavy breathing and running shorts. It’s probably Stowe resident RJ Thompson. He’s trying to break a speed record for running the length of the Long Trail. That’s 273 miles, the length of the state of Vermont.

Thompson started running Tuesday morning at the Canadian border. We caught him Monday afternoon as he was preparing.  Thompson is attempting to break the record for an *unsupported run. He told us that’s different from a supported run.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

The Work Of The Guardians Ad Litem

Around 300 volunteers serve as Guardians ad litem in Vermont.
Artishokcs Thinkstock

When a child is removed from her family because of abuse or neglect, someone needs to advocate for her in court. That advocate is a Guardian ad Litem. There are 300 of these volunteers in Vermont.

Mary Hayden, manager of Vermont’s Guardian ad Litem Program, and Guardian ad Litem Susan Hong discuss the work of these volunteers, the training they undergo, the research they do and how they arrive at the recommendations they make to the court on whether a child should be returned to their family.

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Vermont Edition
1:34 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Blue-Green Algae Blooms In Lake Champlain?

Algae bloom in St. Albans Bay
Vermont Department of Health

It’s that time of year when swimmers and boaters in Lake Champlain can  enjoy water temperatures that have finally become bearable. And when they have to be concerned about blue green algae blooms.

Vermont Edition spoke with David Mears, commissioner of the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation, about the algae blooms occurring in Lake Champlain, and if we could see what’s happening in Lake Erie here.

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Vermont Edition
4:20 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

The Legacy Of Jim Jeffords

From left, Sen. Jim Jeffords, Rep. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Patrick Leahy celebrate the passing of the Northeast Dairy Compact in Montpelier on Nov. 22, 1999.
Toby Talbot AP

Jim Jeffords was a GOP stalwart in Vermont, serving seven terms as a Republican in the House before moving to the Senate. Jeffords made headlines in 2001 when he renounced his Republican Party affiliation and became an Independent, caucusing with the Democrats. His decision shifted the balance of power in the Senate and made him a target of national devotion and disdain.

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Vermont Edition
1:22 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Republican Congressional Candidates Debate

Mark Donka says he thinks it is not the government's place to say who can and cannot be married.
Angela Evancie VPR

Republicans Mark Donka, Don Russell and Donald Nolte are all vying for the chance to unseat Democrat Peter Welch in the US Congress in this fall’s elections. Vermont Edition heard from all three candidates in the first of VPR’s primary debates.

Don Russell and Donald Nolte are newcomers to Vermont politics; Mark Donka ran as the Republican nominee in 2012, losing to incumbent Peter Welch.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Grammar: Whom Cares?

What was the benefit of diagramming sentences and should it still be taught today?
PR Newsire AP

All those grammar rules that were drilled into you in elementary school seemed so onerous and boring. Until they wormed their way into your mind and they became second nature.

But was it all worth it? In this age of 140-character tweets and LOL social media messages, is grammar still relevant? And what’s the difference between further and farther again?

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Designing Your Yard

A vermont landscape designed by Julie Moir Messervy
Bill Sumner Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio

When you move into a new place, you might know you want the walls to be a different color, or the bookshelves to go in a certain place. But most of us don’t know where to start when it comes to designing the backyard. What kind of plants will attract birds to your backyard? Are there environmentally friendly design solutions that don't look terrible?  Why should you spend a bunch of money on a deck if you can only use it a few months of the year?

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