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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Ok, it is pretty chilly still, but that won't stop the hard-core gardeners among us from getting ready for the growing season.

Monday on the program, garden expert Charlie Nardozzi, of VPR's Vermont Garden Journal, dishes his best advice for getting the most out of your vegetable rows, berry patches and flower beds. You will be putting your hands in warm soil soon!

Post your questions below, or on Vermont Edition's Facebook page.

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This week marks two important dates for William Shakespeare: Although his actual birth date is unknown, he was baptized on April 26, 1564, and died almost 400 years ago on April 23, 1616.

David Evans, president of Southern Vermont College in Bennington, argues that everyone – literary scholar or not – should be acquainted with Shakespeare, and not just on the anniversary of his death.

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The theory is that if organizations like colleges, state governments and religious organizations changed the way they managed their investment portfolios, they could put pressure on companies that produce fossil fuels. Those pushing for divestment hope this will change the way we produce energy.

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The University of Vermont hockey program has turned out a number of players who’ve made it to the National Hockey League. Among them is Tim Thomas, a goaltender who went on to play with three NHL clubs and lifted the Stanley Cup in 2011 as a member of the Boston Bruins. Now there’s another UVM goalie who hopes to follow in Thomas’ footsteps: Brody Hoffman.

The Saskatchewan native has decided to forego his senior year at UVM to sign with the Minnesota Wild. He joined Vermont Edition to talk about his decision to go pro just shy of his degree.

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The iconic Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit 25 years ago this week. Since 1990, it’s been capturing crystal clear images of stellar nurseries, planetary rings and much more. It has been responsible for some major astronomical breakthroughs and has helped shape our knowledge of the universe.

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The Vermont Crime Information Center has a wide range of responsibilities: maintaining the state's sex offender registry, overseeing marijuana dispensaries, running criminal record checks, and more. 

What's more, in the past several years, a lot under the VCIC's purview has been changing. The sex offender registry has gone through big changes, and has come up short in state audits of its accuracy.  And the arrival of medical marijuana dispensaries has added a complex new layer of oversight to the center's responsibilities.

We're discussing it all with VCIC director Jeffrey Wallin -- first hearing from Allen Gilbert of the ACLU Vermont about his concerns about the sex offender registry.

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Vermont Health Connect, the state's health care exchange, has been expensive to build, frustrating to use, and a target of criticism ever since it went online in October 2013. 

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Although nights may not be as bitter cold, new challenges face Vermont’s homeless population now that spring has sprung.

Elizabeth Ready, director of the John Graham Shelter in Vergennes, sees those challenges every day and is working to help find a safe, permanent home for Vermont’s homeless population.

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A bill mandating that businesses offer their workers paid days off for illnesses or emergencies is alive again at the Statehouse, but in a watered-down state.

But does providing paid sick days make smart business sense and is it a benefit to the community at large? Or is it an onerous demand on small businesses that can easily be abused?

Michelle Fay, director of the Vermont Paid Sick Days Campaign, and William Driscoll, Associated Industries of Vermont vice president debate the merits of the bill.

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April is National Poetry Month, and poetry enthusiasts around Vermont have embraced the occasion with readings and new publications. This April, nominations are open for Vermont's next poet laureate, which gives an appointed poet a chance to spread the word about poetry. 

Vermont's current laureate, Sydney Lea of Newbury, has spent his time promoting the literary form at libraries around the state. He'll retire from the position in a few months, when the next poet laureate takes the helm.

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