Patti Daniels

Executive Producer, Vermont Edition

Patti is an integral part of VPR's news effort and part of the team that created Vermont Edition. As executive producer, Patti supervises the team that puts Vermont Edition on the air every day, working with producers to select and research show ideas, select guests and develop the sound and tone of the program.

Patti has produced public affairs programs like VPR's symposia and election night coverage, and special projects like the documentaries, Phish: The Final Curtain and States of Marriage. A graduate of Bates College, Patti worked for several years on civil society projects in the former Soviet Union and the Balkans.  Patti is a marathoner and native San Diegan.

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Former journalist Stephen Kiernan is the author of three novels and two works of nonfiction.
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Morally fraught historical events can lead to compulsion to wonder, "What would I have done in those circumstances?" Vermont writer Stephen Kiernan's new novel, The Baker's Secret, unspools the transformation of its heroine Emma from a normal teenager to a clever, but desperate, survivor of German occupation.

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When you're driving, how closely do you pay attention to the shoulders of the road? Cyclists and pedestrians are generally aware of how vulnerable they are in traffic, but distracted drivers can forget to be on the lookout.

Shelburne House is located at Shelburne Farms and is one element of the property explored in Glenn Suokko's new book, "Shelburne Farms: House, Gardens, Farm, and Barns."
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In the late 19th century, Dr. William Seward Webb and his wife, Lila Vanderbilt Webb, built an estate on the shores of Lake Champlain. A new book dives into the history of that estate, which became Shelburne Farms.

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The state's nearly $6 billion budget faces a veto and a lot of uncertainty after that – all because a $26 million question over teachers' health insurance wasn't solved. On Vermont Edition, we talk with the teachers union and the Vermont School Boards Association about what this debate means to the health plans of teachers and to the bottom lines of school districts.

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This weekend a seminar is being held in Stowe that critics say will spread misinformation about the risks of vaccines. It's topic in which science and emotion collide for parents and communities.

A gigantic pillar of smoke with the familiar mushroom top climbs above Yucca Flat during nuclear detonation in Las Vegas, Nev., April 22, 1952.
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"The alternatives are to dig, die or get out — and we certainly don't want to die." That assessment in 1954 by a Midwestern governor encapsulates the massive but deeply problematic redundancy planning civilian and military leaders undertook to prepare for a Soviet nuclear attack. This shadowy legacy of the Cold War is explored in the new book Raven Rock by Vermont-based journalist Garrett Graff. 

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The highest ranking military officer in the United States says the risk in letting Afghanistan destabilize further is the possibility of more terrorist attacks against the West.

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President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday night has provoked strong responses, including from members of the U.S. Senate. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says he's troubled by the firing and wants an independent prosecutor to investigate Trump's ties to Russia.

Susan Hartman at the VPR Studios in Colchester
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One of the state's leading advocacy organizations for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community has new leadership: Susan Hartman is executive director of the Pride Center of Vermont as of May 1.

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VPR's comprehensive coverage of the last days of the legislative session continues on Monday when House Speaker Mitzi Johnson is our guest on Vermont Edition.  We get her perspective on the dramatic last-minute twists in state budget negotiations, teacher health care and marijuana legalization.

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The University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington is one of four hospitals that have agreed to get reimbursed for Medicaid patients based on a pre-set per-patient per-month fee.

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Adoption is emotional process that's even more layered when parents adopt a child from another culture. The family's attention to race, privilege, language and cultural expectations will be forever changed. Those are some of the themes of a current production by Vermont Stage.

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How do you define an 'employee' versus a 'contractor'? This is a debate that has gone on for years at the Statehouse, but if the question were simple, it would have been solved already.

A street corner in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont
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Think about ideal images of downtowns and village centers, and a few ideas will come to mind – thriving storefronts, neighbors bumping into each other and public places for people to gather. Author Philip Langdon might argue that's the result when we design our downtowns to be walkable.

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Poetry and music are inextricably linked in the new album by Vermont musician Tyler Daniel Bean, On Days Soon to Pass. The songs on the album were poems that Bean wrote as part of his master's degree in literature and they're a deep exploration of his struggle with depression.

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As concerns increase over internet privacy and the safety of personal information, Vermont is considering a bill to look closer into the activities of "data brokers."

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Erica Hecht now lives in Stowe, but was born in Hungary in 1934. She is a child survivor of the Holocaust, and Hecht's mother converted from Judaism to Catholicism in an attempt to protect her family from persecution.

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Sunday began the annual observance of Yom HaShoah, a day of remembrance for victims and survivors of the Holocaust.  In communities around Vermont, people gathered to share their own families' history of escape and survival from the genocide of Jews during World War II.

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A few thousand students and parents in the Essex High School community lived through a scary morning last week. A suspected threat to the high school triggered safety procedures for all the schools in Essex Junction. It was a scenario that teachers and students drill for but rarely experience in real life.

The Vermont Center for Ecostudies tracked local forest birds for a 25-year period and has now released an extensive study of the data. One overall finding of this new report was a more than 14 percent decline in the forest bird population in the study areas.

Steve Faccio joined Vermont Edition Monday to elaborate on the findings, including a breakdown of which bird species experienced declines and which ones had increasing or stable populations. Faccio is lead author of the report, a conservation biologist and director of the forest bird monitoring program at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies.

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