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
1:51 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Bartender, Make Mine A Rattle-Skull! Mixing Up Forgotten Cocktails

The Ale Flip was a cocktail made with beer and heated with a red-hot poker.
The History Press

What if the Revolutionary War happened just because all the colonists were rowdy drunks ginning one another up at the various taverns liberally sprinkled around New England? That’s taking it too far, of course, but those early colonists did enjoy their beverages.

The Green Mountain Boys hatched their plans for liberty and freedom over tankards at the Catamount Tavern in Bennington. And the Continental Army gave a ration of spruce beer to all its soldiers on a daily basis.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

The Return Of The Stay-At-Home Mom

After decades of decline, the percentage of stay-at-home moms is on the rise.
Jupiterimages Thinkstock

In 1970, nearly half of all mothers stayed home to raise their children. In the next several decades though, more and more women returned to work after having children. Pew Research Center has released a new study that shows the number of stay-at-home moms has risen to 29 percent.

D’Vera Cohn, senior writer for Pew Research, and Kathryn Flagg, staff writer for Seven Days, discuss the findings and why we’re seeing a return to stay-at-home parenting.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Provenence Of Produce: New Ideas In Buying Local Food

AP Dean Fosdick

When it comes to eating local, the very definition of “local” is changing. Movers and shakers in the local food movement are reframing the concept of local food from being strictly about mileage to one that incorporates a set of implied values — like how the workers or animals were treated, and land stewardship.

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Vermont Edition
1:53 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Update: Deer Ticks In Vermont

Ticks like this are now emerging with warmer spring temperatures and can carry a number of bacteria like Borrelia burgdorferi which causes Lyme disease.
Victoria Arocho AP

Lyme disease was first diagnosed in 1975 in Connecticut. Over the last 40 years, the disease and the insect that carries it, blacklegged tick, have become part of the popular nomenclature.

One person in Vermont who has studied the blacklegged tick, more commonly known as the deer tick, is Lyndon State Biology Professor Alan Giese. Giese spoke with Vermont Edition about his research.

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Vermont Edition
1:47 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Gettysburg Address Documentary Premieres

In Putney, the Greenwood School has been educating boys with significant learning differences since 1978. And for most of those years, the boarding school has maintained a tradition of teaching their students to memorize and recite the Gettysburg Address.

Lincoln delivered the speech at the dedication of the Gettysburg battlefield more than 150 years ago. But the speech and the act of reciting it in a formal hall to hundreds of assembled adults has real significance to Greenwood’s modern-day students.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Herpetology Today: What Our Amphibians And Reptiles Are Up To

A red eft, or eastern newt, frolics in the Vermont environment.
Jane Lindholm VPR

The long-awaited spring has arrived. And for herpetologists, it’s like baseball’s opening day.

Snakes, salamanders, toads, turtles and frogs are either on the move or about to venture out from their winter hiding places. Choruses of critters will soon be in full voice, and we’ll all be reveling in the songs of peepers.

Jim Andrews, Coordinator of the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas, brings into focus what’s going on around us.

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Vermont Edition
2:19 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Mississquoi National Wildlife Refuge Receives New Designation

Franklin County, in northwestern Vermont, is home to an expansive wetland and river delta called the Mississquoi National Wildlife Refuge.

The area is a gem in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service portfolio, and now it’s received a new distinction: the Mississquoi Delta, Bay and Wetlands have been named a “Wetland of International Importance.”

Ken Sturm is the refuge manager at the Mississquoi National Wildlife Refuge. He spoke with Vermont Edition about the new designation.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Sugar Free: Life Without The Sweet Stuff

Last week the staff at VPR celebrated "Cake Week." This cake likely had well more than the daily recommended dose of sugar.
Patti Daniels VPR

The average American consumes about 22 teaspoons of sugar a day. That’s more than three times what’s recommended by the American Heart Association.

Much of that extra sugar comes from foods we don’t think of as sweet: it’s added to things like tomato sauce and bacon and low-fat salad dressings.

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Vermont Edition
3:17 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Kinsey's Poetry Explores Family, Time And The Landscape Of Vermont

In his latest book of poetry, Winter Ready, Leland Kinsey continues to explore the themes of family, time, and landscape that have occupied his previous works. They serve him well, as he examines the Northeast Kingdom he lives in and that his family has called home for generations.

Kinsey spoke with Vermont Edition about the book.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Update With Attorney General Bill Sorrell

Bill Sorrell discusses a raft of issues facing his office.
Toby Talbot AP

The Attorney General’s office is wrangling with a number of key issues right now, including GMO labeling legislation and the Vermont Yankee decommissioning plans and fund.

Attorney General Bill Sorrell will discuss these issues as well as campaign financing, patent trolling and recent law enforcement officer-involved shootings.

Also on the program, Northeast Kingdom poet Leland Kinsey discusses his seventh and newest book of poetry, Winter Ready.

Broadcast live on Thursday, April 10 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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