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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Tues 8/13/13 at Noon & 7PM: Look across the farm fields of Vermont and corn is what you’re most likely to notice. But some growers have been experimenting with other grains and finding success.

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Tues 8/6/13 at Noon & 7 PM:

The Vermont Department of Health will receive a five-year, $9.9 million federal grant to for substance abuse prevention among young people. The state announced Monday that the funds from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will be focused on screening and early intervention of drug and alcohol dependence for young adults ages 18-25.

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Thurs 8/1/13 at Noon & 7PM: On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing in which top Obama administration officials were questioned about the National Security Agency's surveillance programs.

This summer the Shelburne Museum has created an exhibit of paintings by the three generations of the Wyeth family: N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth and Jamie Wyeth.

The Wyeths have enjoyed a popular following, but critics have been tougher on their body of work.

Tom Denenberg is the executive director of the Shelburne Museum, and curator of the Wyeth exhibit. He says all three generations of Wyeths have produced work that is more substantial and often darker than it appears at first glance.

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Tues 7/30/13 at Noon & 7PM

Depending on where you are in Vermont, your access to the internet and the speed of that connection vary dramatically. Tuesday on Vermont Edition, we look at how widely available high-speed internet is here, and the efforts to connect the so-called "final miles."

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Thurs 7/25/13 at Noon and 7PM: President Obama on Friday spoke from the White House briefing room about reactions to the Trayvon Martin verdict, and the ongoing dialog about race in the United States. Asking if people have done enough soul-searching about race, the president posed the rhetorical questions, “Am I wringing as much bias out of myself as I can? Am I judging people as much as I can not based on the color of their skin, but the content of their character?”

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Fri 7/19/13 at Noon & 7PM  Lt. Gov. Phil Scott has become accustomed to his place as the sole Republican among the state's top office holders, and his moderate politics put him in a position to influence and work with Democratic leadership on major issues.

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Speculation about the layoffs at IBM in Essex Junction last most of the week, with 419 high-tech workers looking for options at state job fair.  Mexican farmworker and activist Danilo Lopez was temporarily spared deportation. Governor Peter Shumlin championed the groundbreaking of the new Brooks House in downtown Brattleboro. Regulators considered sanctions against Green Mountain Power for violating sound limits at its Lowell wind project last winter. And a Canadian runner was in Vermont on a barefoot running journey that will take him from Montreal to Argentina.

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Tues 7/16/13 at Noon & 7PM: The All-Star Break is the mid-point of the baseball season, with the Home Run Derby kicking off Monday night at Citi Field in New York, and the annual contest between the best American and National League players on Tuesday night.

The All-Star Break also cues up the music for Vermont Edition’s Annual Baseball Show. Host Bob Kinzel talks with VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb, an ardent Red Sox fan, politician Kurt Wright, representing the Yankees, and sportswriter Anna Grearson, who feigns no allegiance.

Top stories in the news this week included the derailment of an oil train north of the border in Quebec, the announcement of a new plan to monitor mosquito born illnesses in the state, the Northeast Kingdom gets an airplane manufacturer, farmers get a lot of heartache, and environmentalists say work to clean up Lake Champlain is long overdue.

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


Friday 7/12/13 at Noon & 7PM: At least 340 IBM employees are being laid off at the Essex Junction plant this month, and the number will likely be higher when it becomes official on Friday. We talk with Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan about the state's programs to assist laid off IBMers, and with economist Art Woolf about the role of IBM in the state’s economy.


Wed. 7/10/13 at Noon & 7PM

Significant change is afoot in how much emergency housing the state will provide for homeless people. This winter the Legislature cut funding for hotel rooms when homeless shelters are full.  Last year the state spent $4 million on the General Assistance program; this year lawmakers slashed the program by more than half, to $1.5 million.

Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival

Every summer, the music scene in Vermont offers an embarrassment of riches for music lovers. And live performances can often create a power and intimacy that recordings can’t match. VPR Classical host Kari Anderson highlights three performances around the state this weekend.

See The VPR Summer Music Festivals Page

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Could you live in a tiny house? And we mean really tiny, between 64 and 300 square feet.  These small structures have been called economical, environmentally friendly, sustainable and even cute. Friday on Vermont Edition we listening back to some of our favorite interviews of the last year, starting with an exploration of the tiny house movement and why people choose to downsize so drastically.

AP Photo / Thirtieth U.S. President Calvin Coolidge.

President Calvin Coolidge is remembered almost in caricature as a ‘true Yankee’: taciturn, frugal, and dour. With deep roots in a Vermont hill farm. Coolidge never struck his peers as being ‘most likely to succeed' but he eventually served six years as a largely popular president during a time of massive social, economic and technological change. 

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Mon 7/1/13 at Noon & 7PM:  Vermonter Jody Williams won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for her work to ban landmines. She says the international treaty that was signed the same year proves the power of "normal" people doing good work, even without the support of politically powerful countries.

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Thurs 6/27/13 at Noon & 7PM:  Wednesday morning's Supreme Court ruling that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act was greeted with a lot of official comments and analysis. Thursday on Vermont Edition, we hear the reactions of Vermonters, who have been at the center of the debate since the state's own court case over marriage rights in 1997.

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Tue 6/25/13 at Noon & 7PM  The state is trying a new way of dealing with people who’ve been arrested multiple times for drunk driving: a DUI court. The goal is to change behavior, reduce addiction, and keep drunk drivers off the roads. Tuesday on Vermont Edition we learn how a pilot DUI Court in Windsor County will operate and a whether it will reduce drunk driving.

Wed 6/19/13 Noon & 7PM A new law makes it illegal to feed bears, a practice that had led to increase in nuisance bears getting too comfortable in populated areas. But state wildlife officials say it is not the bears' fault, but rather it is people who are the problem. We learn more from Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Patrick Berry and state bear biologist Forrest Hammond.

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Mon 6/17/13 Noon & 7PM  Country music has deep roots in Vermont and a small but thriving group of musicians keep the scene alive here. But to make it big, many musicians from Vermont find their way to Nashville and use the regional traditions that got them started to find success.