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.

Ways to Connect

A diagnosis and prescription for problems like ADHD have become commonplace, but one leading child psychiatrist in our region argues that temperament and behavior is a spectrum, not an all-or-nothing diagnosis.

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Captain Richard Phillips was held hostage by Somali pirates four years ago, an experience that’s now a major movie starring Tom Hanks. His cargo ship, the Maersk Alabama, was the target of pirates off the coast of Somalia in April 2009. Tuesday on Vermont Edition, we talk with Richard and Andrea Phillips  about how true to life the big screen version of his story is, and what was unfolding at home in Underhill while Captain Phillips was held hostage off the Somali coast.

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Former NPR Capitol Hill reporter Andrea Seabrook now runs the blog and podcast DecodeDC. She talks with Vermont Edition about what's broken in Washington and how it might be fixed.

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Vermont’s two senators and one representative are certainly important to Vermonters - they’re the only representatives the state has in Washington.  But just how much influence do they have on national politics?

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Senator Patrick Leahy, Senator Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter Welch come together for a rare joint interview in a 90-minute live broadcast of Vermont Edition live from NPR's studios in Washington, D.C.

We'll examine government gridlock from the perspective of Vermont's congressional delegation, and hear them discuss how they advance the interests of Vermonters and their own political convictions while serving in Congress.

VPR's Bob Kinzel and Jane Lindholm co-host this special broadcast from Studio 32 at NPR's new world headquarters in Washington, D.C. 

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Fri 10/4/13 at Noon & 7PM: The health care exchange launched in Vermont, and the federal  government began a partial shutdown amidst a budget fight in Congress.  The week's two biggest stories are closely tied together, and we unravel the details Friday on Vermont Edition.

Our guests are some of the top reporters in the state:  David Gram of the Associated Press, Paul Heintz of Seven Days and Nancy Remsen of the Burlington Free Press. And political analyst Eric Davis of Middlebury College joins us to look at the political fallout.

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Wed 10/2/13 at Noon & 7PM:  Here we go again: another congressional stalemate over the budget, but this time it’s led to a partial government shutdown.  What does a “partial shutdown” look like? Wednesday on Vermont Edition, we learn about federal programs and services that are affected in Vermont.

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The Vermont National Guard says 450 of its employees are being furloughed as part of the federal government shutdown, about half of the Army and Air Guard’s full-time workforce.

Major General Steve Cray, the adjutant general of the Vermont National Guard,  says that, as of Tuesday, there is no budget authorization for many key activities.  "Right now, there’s not an appropriation to do anything," Cray told reporters at a press conference Tuesday evening at Camp Johnson in Colchester. "So we’re not flying, we’re not doing any maintenance, we’re not doing any training.”

App developers in Vermont are working in diverse sectors -- from the great outdoors to health care delivery. We spotlight a few apps in development here with David Bradbury of the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies.  VCET was recently named one of the 11 best tech incubators in the world by UBI

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Fri 9/27/13 at Noon & 7PM: Vermont's health insurance exchange, known as Vermont Health Connect,  goes online October 1. It's one of the first state exchanges to do so.

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Mon 9/23/13 at Noon & 7PM:  An inexpensive home DNA test can give you a complete profile of your health risks and ancestry. But do you really want to know what your genetics say about you? On the next Vermont Edition, we look at the ethical and practical considerations of commercial DNA testing, which reveals both ancestry and health profiles.

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Thurs 9/19/13 at Noon & 7PM:  Addiction to painkillers often hits the headlines when addicts are arrested for theft and break-ins. But a new documentary focuses on the life stories of young addicts, and one pediatrician in St. Albans who tries to treat their addiction. 

Green Mountain Club

When you imagine hiking the Long Trail, the sound of traffic speeding by probably doesn’t come to mind. But hikers who’ve trekked from Camel’s Hump north to Mount Mansfield know the stretch of the trail in Bolton, through the Winooski River Valley.  Here, Long Trail hikers cross Route 2, Interstate 89 and the Winooski River on an unpleasant road detour out of the woods.

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Wed 9/11/13 at Noon & 7PM: The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant will go offline permanently in 2014, but there are still a lot of questions about the process of decommissioning the plant. 

Tues 9/10/13 at Noon & 7PM:  One year ago, the Red Cross of Vermont and the  New Hampshire Upper Valley started a program to train and equip towns to set up their own emergency shelters, an experience familiar to some towns during Tropical Storm Irene. Doug Bishop of the Red Cross updates us on the 40 towns that have participated in the Local Disaster Shelter Initiative's first year.

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Thurs 9/5/13 Noon & 7 PM  Head Start programs are best known for providing pre-school education for low-income families. But Head Start also supports children’s development, and family relationships.

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Fri 8/16/13 at Noon & 7PM:  Family history can be a mix of photos and stories passed from generations, with a little mythology thrown in. But when people want to get serious about learning their lineage, they join the ranks of genealogists who use state records and research databases to uncover details about their family's past.

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

Court Rules Against State In Vt. Yankee Federal Preemption Case

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Thurs. 8/15/13 at Noon & 7PM:  A federal appeals court has handed the state of Vermont a significant defeat in its efforts to close the state’s only nuclear power plant.  Entergy, the corporation that owns Vermont Yankee, sued the state in 2011 over two state laws that would have forced the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant to close when its original 40 year license expired in 2012.

Grain growers in Vermont are reporting a particularly tough season. Growers says grains like wheat don’t do well in wet conditions, particular like those Vermont had in the early summer when wheat is flowering.

Ben Gleason of Gleason Grains says this is the worst season he’s ever had. Gleason grows wheat, mills it into flour and sells the finished product.

He says he may resort to buying grain from another farm in order to keep his flour business running: