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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Dr. Robert Shapiro, a neurologist at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, is one of the foremost researchers on the causes and symptoms of migraine. He and a team of other doctors from around the country recently discovered a gene that can make people susceptible to migraines when it mutates.

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Vermont will become the fourth state to approve the practice that supporters call “death with dignity” and opponents call “physician-assisted suicide.” The Vermont House and Senate passed a bill this week that includes elements of an Oregon-style law that spells out procedures for patients and doctors to follow before the drugs can be prescribed.

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Fri 5/10/13 at Noon & 7PM The legislative session is in its final days and the fate of a number of bills will be decided soon. On the next Vermont Edition, our guest is House Speaker Shap Smith. We discuss the latest on a budget plan that would lower taxes for many people, marijuana decriminalization and legislation to restrain education spending.

Also, VPR's John Dillon recaps the strange twists and turns taken by a bill that supporters had hoped would  allow what they call "death with dignity" and what opponents call "physician assisted suicide."

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Around the country, many beekeepers checking in on their hives after the winter found staggering losses. As many as 40 percent of commercial bee hives were lost this winter. In Vermont, though, losses have been closer to 10-15 percent bee die-off, which is in the range of normal.  In an interview with VPR's Vermont Edition, state apiculturist Steve Parise explains why.

One reason? Vermont bees have a greater diversity of crops to feed on than commercial bees in monoculture crops do, like the California almond industry:


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Wed 5/8/13 Noon & 7 p.m. As you keep an eye on the price of gas, do you wonder how that price is set? On the next Vermont Edition, we dive deep into the global oil market and learn how the bets of energy traders set the price for a barrel of oil. Our guest is Leah McGrath Goodman, author of “The Asylum: Inside the Rise and Ruin of the Global Oil Market.”

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Fri 5/3/13 Noon & 7pm The 2013 Legislative session is winding down and the fate of many key issues will be decided in the next few weeks. Friday on Vermont Edition, we get a status update on issues like taxes, marijuana decriminalization and end of life care with Statehouse reporters Peter Hirschfeld of the Vermont Press Bureau and VPR’s John Dillon.

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Tues 4/30/13 Noon & 7pm Wind power is a hot topic around the state, and it’s also part of the focus of a special commission that was asked review how, where and who approves energy projects in the state.  Our guests are commission chair Jan Eastman and Chris Recchia, commissioner of the Department of Public Service, to discuss the five key recommendations the commission made last week:

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Organizers estimate that more than a thousand people gathered at the Burlington Waterfront on Saturday afternoon for a 5-K run-walk to show support for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Get Moving for Boston was created by Ryan Polly of Williston, who ran the 117th Boston Marathon last Monday, but was stopped on the course less than a mile from the finish line after the bombs exploded.

Vermont has a strong running community and there were quite a few Vermonters who were in Boston either running or watching the marathon yesterday. We hear from a few of them.

A recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation showed that most Americans are uninformed about the federal health care changes that are coming, and about how health care exchanges are going to work. That situation appears to bear out in Vermont, too, given the types of questions VPR listeners posed to two leaders of Vermont's health care exchange on VPR's Vermont Edition on Friday:

While the governor fought criticism of his plan to change the low-income tax credit, there were others issues at the Statehouse this week. The annual Doyle Survey showed support for decriminalizing marijuana, and treatments for Lyme Disease became a subject of legislative debate. FEMA said updating Vermont flood maps is a low priority. The House passed a bill to ban wild boar. And industrial maple sugaring operations were at work.

These were some of the voices in the news this week: