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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The election in November 2000 put President George W. Bush in the White House, but it also created a peculiar set of circumstances in the U.S. Senate: it was the first time since 1881 that the Senate was evenly split between two parties. And then, on May 24, 2001, Vermont Sen. Jim Jeffords changed everything.

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On Tuesday, Gov. Peter Shumlin will sign into law a bill proclaiming the Gilfeather Turnip the Vermont state vegetable. The town of Wardsboro, the mysterious turnip's ancestral home, couldn't be more pleased.

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If you like cheese, you're in luck. There's currently a surplus of cheese in the United States. But that extra cheese is actually a sign that milk prices are going down, and this is a problem for Vermont dairy farmers.

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New federal rules from the Department of Labor mean that millions more Americans — and many thousands more Vermonters — will be eligible for overtime pay. 

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Meet Jessamyn West, the radical librarian. She just got a big award from the Vermont Library Association for her role in the selection process for the next Librarian of Congress. She's behind one of the first librarian blogs, she's annoyed the FBI, and she's a crusader for keeping both sides of the digital divide in mind as we move further into the information age. Cory Doctorow of "Boing Boing" has called her an "internet folk hero."

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The debate over transgender rights and equity is now focused on schools with a federal guideline last week that directs school districts to uphold the rights of transgender kids.  Meanwhile, Vermont has its own set of best practices for schools to support transgender youth.

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It's well-known that the US has a problem with high rates of obesity and related health issues. Less well-understood are some of the basic mechanisms at the core of gaining and losing weight - how metabolism works, and the ways our bodies store and expend energy. 

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When Alzheimer's Disease led Dana Walrath to care for her mother Alice at home, Alice told Dana, "Promise me you will do something else when it gets too hard." The story of Alice's decline, and how it changed their family and social relationships is told in Walrath's new book, Aliceheimer's: Alzheimer's Through the Looking Glass.

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On But Why we let you ask the questions and we help find the answers. One of the things that many of you are curious about is language. How we speak, why we speak and what we speak.

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A potpourri of topics on Vermont Edition today: a local sartorial controversy, medical science, one town's prized root vegetable and great music to end the hour.

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It's an increasingly common way Vermonters get their pets: dogs brought up from so-called "high-kill" shelters in Southern states to find homes here. It saves animals' lives, but can also pose challenges: from disease to behavior problems to insufficient vetting of potential owners. We're looking at the Southern pet pipeline.

Gearing Up For Universal Pre-K

May 10, 2016
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Throughout the state, teachers are meeting with parents and their young children for registration in pre-K programs. Some of those kids will be there because of Act 166 - the state's new law mandating universal access to pre-K education - which goes into full implementation in July. We're looking at what will and won't change, and concerns over funding and equality issues.

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Lawmakers concluded the two-year biennium at 12:20 a.m. on Saturday morning, leaving behind months of debate over issues like legalizing pot, who gets a say in where energy projects are sited and the perennial issues of budgets and taxation.

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The Augustus Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, New Hampshire is getting a new cast of one the great 19th century sculptor's most famous works, the monumental "Abraham Lincoln: The Man" or "Standing Lincoln."  It turns out the man who posed for the statue - it wasn't Abraham Lincoln - was a Vermont man named Langdon Morse. And now the site is looking for living relatives of Morse.  

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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?