Melody Bodette

Reporter/Producer

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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This episode is all about bugs! We've gotten a lot of questions from you about insects and other critters. So we're tackling them with the help of Jessica Honaker and Kristie Reddick, otherwise known as the Bug Chicks.

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It's all about bikes in this episode of But Why? Why bicycles can stay up when you're riding them, but fall over when stopped. Olympian Lea Davison tells how to get started when riding, and we learn how a bike chain moves a wheel.

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Democrats opened their national convention in Philadelphia by front-loading some of their highest profile speakers on the event's first night.

First Lady Michelle Obama made an impassioned speech; Massachusetts Senator and progressive darling Elizabeth Warren spoke as well. But there was no more anticipated speaker on stage Monday night than Vermont's own Bernie Sanders.

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All eyes were on Sen. Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia Monday night, and perhaps no contingent of supporters was more engaged than the group Vermonters who traveled to Philadelphia to support their hometown senator.

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Seven-year old Sawyer wants to know: how does an engine work? We learn about chainsaws from Ashleigh Belrose, an instructor the Center for Technology in Essex, Vermont.

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New state water quality rules could soon apply to all of Vermont's farms. The rules will cover not just dairy farms, but also other livestock operations, as well as vegetable and crop farms.

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Officials implementing Vermont's universal recycling law say they've seen a 5 percent decrease in trash statewide. Act 148 has banned recyclable materials from landfills for over a year now, and the state is now implementing the next phase of requirements in the law, dealing with yard and leaf debris.

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Families grow and change. What does that feel like? We asked kids to tell us about their families, and we speak with author Amy Bloom about how love is not something that needs to be divided up, like a pie, but can expand and multiply.

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Vermont's immigrant farm workers experience hunger and food insecurity at a higher rate than the rest of the population. That’s especially true in Franklin County near the Canadian border, where many still avoid leaving their farms because of the presence of federal immigration enforcement agents.

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Somewhat buried in an avalanche of big recent news stories was a U.S. Supreme Court decision that upheld the affirmative action admissions policies at the University of Texas.

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Why is the sky blue? We get an answer from a science writer for NASA's Space Place. And what are Saturn's rings? Carolyn Porco of the Cassini Imaging Team explains.

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The Agency of Agriculture is holding public hearings on its final proposed new rules required under Vermont's new water quality law, Act 64.

The rules are expected to take effect in September 15, but some farmers are still concerned about some of the provisions.

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We are kicking off our "Summer School" series with a lesson in archery. It’s a sport that gets a lot of practice at this time of year, since learning to shoot a bow and arrow is a staple of summer camp programming.

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For at least half a century, the Green Mountain Conservation Camp has offered middle school-aged kids the opportunity to learn about hunting, fishing, outdoor safety, camping and canoeing.

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Voters in Orwell will head to the polls on Tuesday to decide whether they want to form a unified union school district with the other towns in the Addison Rutland Supervisory Union.

In April, the five other towns in the supervisory union agreed to become the Slate Valley unified union school district. Orwell was the only town where the measure failed.

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The New York State Legislature is wrapping up its session, one that's been chock full of bills, with some far-sweeping and controversial legislation on the agenda. 

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This is a special episode just for parents. It’s about how to address violence and tragedy in the news with your children. This podcast comes the day after and in response to the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida.

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A year ago, Richard Matt and David Sweat broke out of Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York. The escape was like something out of a movie. The two convicted murders dug a tunnel with stolen tools, left a dummy in their cot to fool the guards and were on the run for three weeks.

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In this episode of But Why we're learning how to make paint from an artist who wild-crafts his own pigments, and we're visiting the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum to learn about the value of art.

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The developers of a 60-mile power line under Lake Champlain have notified towns that they plan to file with Vermont regulators to build the project.

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