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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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.

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Thu 6/13/13 Noon & 7PM  Last summer, Vermont lawmakers were vocal in their criticism of the state's implementation of electronic medical records. Disparate technologies meant the systems used by various health care providers couldn't easily communicate information. We get a progress report from John Evans, who took over last fall as president of VITL, the organization that is building out Vermont's electronic health information system.

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Wed 6/12/13 Noon and 7PM:  The cicadas a few hundred miles south of here have gotten a lot attention this spring, but on the next Vermont Edition, we show some love to the bugs and insect that are crawling, flying and skittering around in our region.  Our guests are naturalist Bryan Pfeiffer and Kent McFarland, a conservation biologist and co-founder of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies.

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Fri 5/31/13 Noon & 7PM. Vermont may have been physically far-removed from the battles of the Civil War, but towns across the state felt the war’s impact locally through soldiers who served in it, and the civilians who volunteered support.

Top stories in the news this week included debate again over whether F-35 fighter jets should be based in South Burlington. The state rejected a new health insurance co-operative. Head Start programs prepared for federal budget cuts. And on Memorial Day, a World War 2 veteran in Randolph reflected on his service.

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

Guard Defends F-35 In Advance Of New Environmental Impact Statement

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Thu 5/30/13 at Noon and 7PM  One farm in Mad River Valley has been a place of experimentation for the idea of “permaculture” – an ecosystem that renews itself through careful design and planning.  On the next Vermont Edition, we talk with the man behind Whole Systems Design research farm, Ben Falk, about sustainable land practices and his new book on farm permaculture, "The Resilient Farm and Homestead."

Nearly 40,000 runners and spectators will be in Burlington this Sunday for the annual KeyBank Vermont City Marathon. Security is tighter than in past years due to the bombing nearly six weeks ago at the Boston Marathon.

Days after the tragedy, race officials and the Burlington Police Department met to reassess security protocols for the Vermont City Marathon.  Run Vermont Executive Director Peter Delaney says the plan is set by police, with information from race officials.

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High school students who have autism now have more options than ever for enrolling in college and succeeding there. On the next Vermont Edition, we look at programs that provide social and academic support for college students on the autism spectrum.

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: