Melody Bodette

Producer, 'But Why' podcast

Melody is a Producer for But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids.

She was formerly VPR's deputy news director, Morning Edition producer and a reporter covering Addison and Franklin counties. 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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There’s not a lot of time left in the legislative session, but the House could still vote on a bill that would require labeling of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs in food. Addison County State’s Attorney David Fenster and Attorney General William Sorrell say Middlebury Police officers were justified in the use of deadly force in an incident last October.  A man has pleaded guilty in federal court to charges connected to a scheme to defraud hundreds of investors in a movie.

Before the Vermont House closes the legislative session sometime next month, it could still vote on a bill that would change the way food sold in Vermont is labeled. Time is short, but a key House committee turned quickly this week to genetically engineered organisms – or GMOs – as it considered a bill that would require labeling of such products.

People in Rutland are still talking about a hit and run accident in Rutland that killed a well-known Mendon woman. Jane Outslay owned a popular Rutland restaurant.

The driver left the scene, and was later identified as Christopher Sullivan, who is a former city attorney.

Charges have not been filed, and that prompted a lot of response from readers of the Rutland Herald

Reporter Brent Curtis joins VPR’s Neal Charnoff for our Friday Regional Report.

Legislation aimed at protecting water quality by controlling development along lakes and ponds will likely be delayed for a year. The bill has already passed the House. Senate leaders want to postpone passage so lawmakers can spend the summer on public education efforts. The mother of a Thetford man killed last June by a state police officer firing a stun gun said her son would be alive today if a mental health counselor had been called to the confrontation.

Let's face it, aging and death are not conversation topics people really look forward to, but Jane Brody says it's crucial to talk about the inevitable before it occurs.

Brody is the Personal Health Columnist for the New York Times. She'll be in Westminster on Tuesday, to give a talk called "The Great Beyond Can Wait, but You Can't. Helping Your Loved Ones Prepare Medically, Legally and Emotionally For the End of Life." It's part of the Speaking of Aging Series presented by Westminster Cares.

The Vermont House is expected to give final approval to a bill that would remove criminal penalties for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana - and a key member of the Senate says that chamber is likely to follow suit.

In Vermont, maple syrup is growing jobs and allowing farmers to make a profit.

When most people imagine maple syrup production, they think of buckets hanging from trees collecting sap. But these days, most of that sap is collected by pipeline and vacuum pumps.

VPR/Melody Bodette / David Marvin holds a fresh bottle of maple syrup at Butternut Mountain Farm in Morrisville. The company handles 50 percent of

Sap is flowing, the buckets are hanging from trees and the steam is billowing from country sugarhouses all over the state.

It's an image that helps sugarmakers market their syrup. But it's no longer a very accurate picture.

Maple has become big business. In the past ten years, the number of trees that aretapped has tripled and technological advancements have doubled the amount of syrup produced for each tap. Boom_040113_Melody Bodette.mp3