Neal Charnoff

Neal was a reporter and VPR's All Things Considered host from 2001 to 2014. He joined VPR in 1996, hosting VPR's jazz programming, including live performances from the VPR studios and the Discover Jazz Festival. Prior to VPR, Neal was a programmer and host for WNCS in Montpelier and WDEV in Waterbury. He holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College.

West Branch Gallery

The West Branch Gallery and Sculpture Park in Stowe is celebrating spring’s arrival with the opening of a new wing dedicated to landscape painting. 

The gallery has been presenting contemporary work by Vermont artists for the past 12 years, and is also home to a 3-acre sculpture park.

It appears this will be a key week at the Statehouse for legislation that addresses a school district consolidation plan.

The Vermont House is set to debate a statewide policy on training police officers before they are issued electronic stun guns.

The founders of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream are going to be at the Statehouse this afternoon backing a plan to support earned sick days and increasing the minimum wage.

Opponents of a Northeast Kingdom wind project have asked the Vermont Supreme Court to overturn a permit to install test towers on Seneca Mountain.

Vermont Health Connect website is proving difficult for those whose first language is not English.

Commentator Tim McQuistion wonders who would buy the IBM Plant in Essex Junction.

Vermont Health Connect website was down for several hours today.

Vernon residents will get a second crack at the town’s 2015 budget at a special town meeting next month.

The union that represents state workers and the Shumlin administration has struck a tentative deal on issues surrounding the use of temporary employees.

Courtesy Dana Dunnan

Dana Dunnan knows the world of education inside and out. He grew up in a family of educators. He's taught chemistry and journalism to high school students. He's worked on teacher training program at Harvard, and worked on educational reform initiatives in Massachusetts.

Dunnan has now retired, but has written several books containing advice for those entering the profession.  His latest is called Notes To A New Teacher.

Dunnan says it’s important to join a teacher’s union, for the protections that it can offer.

The union that represents state workers and the Shumlin administration have struck a tentative deal to provide up to five days of paid sick leave per year for all temporary workers working in state government.

The Vermont Senate has passed and sent to the House a bill designed to keep low-risk drug offenders out of jail and get them treatment instead.

Chittenden County Transportation Authority bus drivers plan to go on strike Monday after rejecting a proposal to resolve differences through binding arbitration.

Vermont dairy farmers are getting record high prices for their milk.

The snow that has hit Vermont over the past day has tapered off, but the effects are still being felt around the state.

Commentator Russ Weis contemplates the lessons we can learn from two scientific luminaries.

Earlier this week, Montpelier officials announced their goal of becoming the country’s first “Net Zero capitol city”.

The idea is to minimize the use of fossil fuels by investing in renewable energy alternatives such as wind, solar, hydro and biofuels.

The city has partnered with Green Mountain Power, Efficiency Vermont and a number of other groups and businesses.

The chair of the Montpelier Energy Advisory Committee, Dan Jones, says Vermonters will no longer be able to support the fossil fuel infrastructure they're used to.

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End-of-life issues form the basis of a new dance piece being presented in Burlington this weekend.

To You, Around You, About You explores the themes of aging, memory, loss and the transition to death, and will be presented at the Spotlight Theater on Saturday evening at 7 p.m.

The latest winter storm is pounding Vermont and is expected to dump more than a foot of snow on most areas of the state.

A key committee in the Vermont House has unveiled a plan to slash two cents from the statewide property tax rate.

State officials have announced a plan that they hope will control health care costs in the future by redesigning how providers are paid.

Commentator Mary McCallum on the hidden costs of sheltering animals.

One of the biggest debates of the second half of the legislative session could be over a bill that provides paid sick leave to all employees.

St. Johnsbury holds a public meeting for residents to ‘sound off’ about the school budget.

Commentator Makeline Kunin is wondering just how achievable the American Dream actually is these days.

Governor Peter Shumlin is vowing to provide property tax relief to homeowners this year

Three hundred eighty teenage cross-country skiers from 23 states spent last week competing at Trapp Family Lodge Nordic Center.

Commentator Bill Schubart is losing sleep over the state of our democracy.

Burlington’s gun-related charter changes could force a debate in the legislature.

Canadian regulators have announced that they will allow the reversal of a pipeline that some worry could bring tar sands oil from Alberta to Montreal, passing through Vermont.  

Commentator Stephanie Greene on the benefits of unplugging.

Kristen Piljay

The New England Center for Circus Arts has been teaching and inspiring people of all ages since 1977.

Now, the Brattleboro-based center looks toward the future, having just purchased three acres of land to build a custom-designed training facility.

VPR's Neal Charnoff speaks with NECCA Artistic Director Elsie Smith about the center and about this weekend's Circus Spectacular performances.

At least 34 school budgets were rejected by voters on Town Meeting Day.

Burlington mayor Miro Weinberger says he hopes lawmakers will take action to approve changes to the city charter that will restrict guns in the city.

Commentator Tom Blinkhorn on Crimea.

Town Meeting voters in Addison County have expressed opposition to the extension of the Vermont Gas pipeline.

Pomfret hosts a decidedly civil Town Meeting.

Commentator Linda Radtke reflects on the choral influence of the Trapp Family singers.

It’s town meeting day in Vermont. Many towns are holding floor meetings while other communities are voting today by ballot. In Shelburne, voters are weighing in on whether to add the town plan to the list of items on the ballot in the future. At Cornwall's Town Meeting, voters passed a non-binding resolution to oppose the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project. The owner of Santa’s Land and a caretaker have been accused of animal cruelty after police reported they found more than a dozen dead fallow deer at the Putney park.

The Shumlin Administration has made some progress with the online payment system at the state’s new health care exchange.

Six colleges in southeastern Vermont have formed a partnership that will allow students at any of the schools to take classes at the others.

Commentator Martha Molnar on what we can do about our sometimes dysfunctional politics.

Legislative leaders say it’s critical to put together a plan for single-payer health-care during the 2015 session.

The union that represents state employees says the Shumlin administration is relying too heavily on temporary workers.

The state will issue fewer regular season moose hunting permits this year.

IBM has confirmed to state officials that the company is laying off employees at its Essex Junction facility

The Senate has advanced legislation that would grant collective bargaining rights to childcare providers.

Commentator Willem Lange on the bond between athletic competitors.