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
1:48 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Returning Out-Of-State Prisoners To Vermont

Vermont houses almost 500 prisoners in private out-of-state facilities.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Vermont sends nearly 500 prisoners to privately run out-of-state facilities in Kentucky and Arizona. The contract with the company that operates these jails, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), comes up for renewal next year.

Now, a group of concerned Vermonters is proposing that room be made here to return these prisoners to the state.

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Vermont Edition
1:51 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

The Ultimate Selfie, On Toast

Courtesy Vermont Novelty Toaster Corporation

Four years ago, Jesus was all the rage. Now it’s selfies. We’re talking toasters, of course, that burn these images into your morning slice of bread. They’re the products of St. Johnsbury company called Vermont Novelty Toaster Corporation, and CEO and President Galen Dively talked with Vermont Edition about what it takes to get your face imprinted on... toast.

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Vermont Edition
1:42 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Oldest Serving Canine Cop Retires

Chris Morrell and his dog Buck retired from police work in June.
Jane Lindholm VPR

Chris Morrell is the oldest serving police canine handler in the country, and in June he and his German Shepherd Buck retired from police work. Morrell's career spanned more than 40 years, working most recently with the Shelburne Police Department, and before that the Hinesburg Community Police Department.

Morrell and Buck visited the VPR studios, where Morrell described his work with police K9s over his career.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Alvarez To Receive National Medal Of Arts

In this Jan. 24, 2006 file photo, writer Julia Alvarez poses for a photo on her farm, Altagracia, in Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic.
Ramon Espinosa AP File

Writer and Vermont resident Julia Alvarez captured critical acclaim with her novels How the García Girls Lost Their Accents and In the Time of the Butterflies. Now, she’s about to receive the National Medal of Arts in a White House ceremony on Monday. Alvarez joins us to discuss her work.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

English Language Learners In Vermont Schools

With as many as 60 different languages spoken in some Vermont schools, educators are having to adapt to teach English language learners.
Fengyuan Change Thinkstock

If you had to take a standardized test right now, how do you think you would score? Now imagine that test is in a language you can barely read. Since the English language dominates our educational system, a gap in English language ability is often equated with a gap in intelligence.

We talk to Shawna Shapiro, assistant Professor of Writing & Linguistics at Middlebury College, and Susan Blethen, an ELL teacher at Burlington High School, about the challenges facing English language learners and what some educators are doing to bridge the gap.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Hit The Road! (Or Trail!)

Leaders in the the fifteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race on Sunday, July 20, 2014.
Peter Dejong AP

Summer is a great time to get on the bike. From new technology and gear, to ever-present concerns about safety, on the next Vermont Edition, we get an earful from cyclists who take to paved roads, back roads and mountain trails throughout the state. We talk with Emily Boedecker, executive director of Local Motion, which advocates for bike access and helps people get into the sport of cycling.

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VPR News
10:44 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Some Food Producers Are Quietly Dumping GMO Ingredients

While mainstream companies such as Ben & Jerry's are taking a vocal stand on GMO labeling, others are calibrating their recipes more quietly. General Mills' original plain Cheerios are now GMO-free, though there's no label on the box saying so.
RonOrmanJr Thinkstock

On busy summer weekends at the Ben and Jerry's Factory in Waterbury, crowded tours leave every 10 minutes. Tourists from all over the world laugh at the peppy video explaining the origins of the quirky ice cream company and groan at the tour guides' bad cow puns. After the tour of the factory floor, they wander up to the "Flavor Graveyard," where combinations that didn't make the cut are put to rest under the shade of big trees. Each "gravestone" eulogizes the flavor-gone-by.

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Vermont Edition
1:56 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Early Returns Encouraging On Yearly Loon Count

A lone loon relaxes on Curtis Pond in Calais.
Toby Talbot AP

For a while, the iconic laughing call of the loon was rare in Vermont waters, but the bird population has been rebounding in recent years.

Saturday was the annual loon watch: More than 200 volunteers spread out across the state to survey loons. Eric Hanson, a conservation biologist with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies and the coordinator of the Vermont Loon Conservation project, joined Vermont Edition to talk about how this reclusive bird is faring in Vermont waters.

On the results of Saturday's loon watch

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Vermont Edition
1:50 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Summer School: Pizza Tossing

Dough awaits the transformation to pizza at Pizza On Earth in Charlotte.
Sage Van Wing VPR

Pizza is an American tradition like ice cream and apple pie, or hot dogs at baseball games. Most of us order a pie when we don’t feel like cooking, but it turns out pizza can be pretty fun and easy to make at home. As long as you get the dough right.

For a Summer School lesson in how to make pizza dough, we met up with Jay Vogler, owner of Pizza On Earth. He serves wood-fired pizza on Thursdays and Fridays throughout the summer at his Charlotte farm.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Oenophilia 101

Wine has the ability to enhance the flavors of a meal.
Luis Hidalgo AP

When you’ve been to a restaurant where you’re handed a wine list that is a tome as thick as the book you’re reading, you might decide to just order a beer. Or when you’ve needed to pick a wine to take to a friend’s house for dinner, you’ve probably considered just taking a bouquet of flowers instead. Choosing wines can be intimidating.

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