Melody Bodette


Melody is a reporter/producer for VPR News, covering Addison and Franklin counties. She was formerly VPR's deputy news director and Morning Edition producer. She began at VPR as a part-time production assistant and was promoted to full-time in 2007. She has also served as a news and editorial assistant for The Burlington Free Press. After graduating from Skidmore College, she spent a year in France working as a high school teaching assistant. Melody grew up on a dairy farm in Addison County. She spends her free time gardening, cooking, and being outside as much as possible.

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In this episode of But Why we tackle the question of why people have different religions. Our answer comes from Wendy Thomas Russell, who wrote a book on how to talk about religion for secular families. Plus we visit a farm where kids of both the human and the goat variety are involved in making cheese.

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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 survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima will be speaking about reconciliation and responsibility Monday at Middlebury College. And she's be joined by the grandson of President Harry Truman, who has also been working to bring attention to the stories of survivors.

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The Turning Point Center of Addison County is looking for a new home. The peer-to-peer recovery center's lease at its current location is not being renewed and the center can't find a new location that fits with Middlebury's zoning regulations.

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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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For 40 years, the Women, Infant and Children supplemental nutrition program, better known as WIC, has delivered food to the homes of Vermont participants — pregnant and breastfeeding women, babies and young children. Now, thanks to the federal WIC Modernization Act, all states are switching to a smart card that participants can use in grocery stores. 

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Rep. Peter Welch is co-sponsoring a bill that will make changes to the program that's supposed to be a safety net for dairy farmers in times of low milk prices.

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This episode looks at a big question, a really big question. It's about the end of the world and what it might feel like. Parents: this episode is about asteroids and supernovas; some kids may find this episode a bit scary, or may have never considered those possibilities before, so you may want to listen first on your own.

The Vermont Public Service Board has approved the construction of a renewable natural gas facility on a dairy farm in Salisbury.

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After more than 60 years in their old town offices, Middlebury officials opened their new building on Monday.

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The Brandon Select Board has voted to support the development of a 20-megawatt solar project in the town. The project is one of five solar arrays proposed by Ranger Solar.

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In our very first episode, we’ve got owls and turtles and bears, oh my! It’s all about animals.

But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids is a show led by you. Kids ask questions and we find someone who can give you an answer. And that way all the rest of us listening get to learn something cool!

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It’s been over 10 years since migrant workers began arriving on Vermont’s dairy farms. Most of the workers have been young men who work for a few years and then return home to Mexico. But there are a number of families of farmworkers here in Vermont, and some, especially those with U.S. born children would like to stay. 

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It’s been over ten years since migrant workers, mostly from Mexico, started making the long trip north to work on Vermont’s dairy farms. While many stay only a few years to earn money and then return home, some have decided to stay and make a life here in Vermont.

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Representatives of a power line that would run under Lake Champlain are meeting with the Middlebury Selectboard Tuesday night  to discuss the possibility of building a converter station in the town’s industrial park.

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The CEO of Porter Medical Center in Middlebury resigned Friday.

Lynn Boggs told staff in an email that she submitted her resignation to the board of directors, adding that it was a challenging time for the organization and she wished them well.

Voters in the city of Vergennes say they want the Agency of Transportation to consider a change to the truck route to reduce traffic in the historic downtown.

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At a Public Service Board hearing Monday night in Salisbury over a dozen supporters spoke in favor of a proposed renewable natural gas plant at a dairy farm.

The Lincoln Renewable Natural Gas project will create biomethane gas that can be used in place of natural gas in homes and businesses. The gas will come from manure processed in a methane digester, which will be the first digester in Vermont to produce renewable natural gas. Others currently produce biogas that's burned to generate electricity.

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Porter Medical Center in Middlebury has laid off eight registered nurses. The small community hospital has lost $11 million since 2012. 

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On Town Meeting Day voters in Vergennes will cast ballots on a plan to reroute some truck traffic around the Little City. The vote is an advisory for the city council to decide if they will pursue the bypass plan with the Agency of Transportation.