Ric Cengeri

Vermont Edition Producer

Ric is a Vermont Edition producer. Prior to joining VPR in 2007, Ric was the morning show host at WNCS in Montpelier. Before that, he hosted the morning show at WOXY in Oxford, Ohio.

Interwoven with his radio experience, Ric has been a senior copy writer and account supervisor for McGuire & Associates, a Florida-based advertising agency. He has also taught media writing classes at Miami University.

An expert in polo and British soccer, Ric holds a B.S. from the University of Dayton and an M.S. from St. Thomas University.

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We're talking about racism in Vermont with a panel sharing their thoughts and experiences.
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Live call-in discussion: The alleged racist harassment of former State Rep. Kiah Morris has put a spotlight on the issue of racism in Vermont. We're hearing from a panel of Vermonters to talk about their experiences and thoughts on racism in our state.

Good News Garage reports that vehicle donations are down markedly from the previous year.
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Without a statewide mass transit system, the need for an automobile is more acute in Vermont than in many other areas of the country. Especially in our most rural towns. And for many people, affording a reliable vehicle can be out of reach. Good News Garage, a nonprofit that refurbishes donated vehicles and gives them to Vermonters in need, is reporting lower vehicle donations this winter. But not a lower need for cars.

The Vermont Senate is expected to act on a number of key issues this session, including paid family leave.
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Paid family leave, a $15 per hour minimum wage and a tax-and-regulate marijuana system are expected to be some of the key issues decided on in this session of the Legislature. Vermont Edition speaks with Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe on the prospect of these and other issues.

Monica Caffrey of Jay is a three-time national champion in professional indoor surfing.
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Vermont is not known for its great surfing. But the second-ranked pro indoor surfer in the world lives in landbound — and snowbound — Jay, and she's not even out of high school yet. She's 16-year-old Monica Caffrey.

The focus turns back to Montpelier as the Legislature convenes for a new biennium.
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When the gavel sounds, the new legislative session begins. Vermont Edition will be at the Statehouse as the 75th biennial session of the Vermont Legislature convenes, broadcasting live from the Cedar Creek Room.

The makeup of Congress is vastly different as Rep. Peter Welch returns to Washington.
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The new Congress opened facing the partial shutdown of the federal government. As he returns to Washington for his seventh term, Rep. Peter Welch joins us to discuss his thoughts on the efforts to resolve the impasse.

Gov. Scott's support of new gun legislation after events in Parkland, Florida and at Fair Haven Union High School was one of the top stories in Vermont this year.
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What a year in news in Vermont. Home-grown recreational marijuana became legal. Mid-term elections drew many more voters than expected, even in the August primary. Act 46 had many communities concerned. And now the Bernie 2020 guessing is in full swing. We'll talk to some of Vermont's top reporters about the state's big news stories from 2018.

Toys can elicit fond memories of childhood. We take a look at some of what's available for kids of all ages today.
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Whether you grew up with a yo-yo, a doll, robots, race cars or video games, toys probably played some part in your childhood. And maybe into your adulthood. What better time to talk toys than at the holidays?

The Governor's Marijuana Advisory Commission is ready to share its findings and recommendations on new pot laws in Vermont.
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Even though it's now legal to possess, consume and grow small amounts of marijuana in Vermont, that doesn't mean we've seen the end of pot legislation. The Governor's Marijuana Advisory Commission has been evaluating what has happened in other states and listening to Vermonters' thoughts on the future of pot laws. We'll hear the results from the co-chairs of the commission.

We're talking about the best ways to feed birds and keep them safe.
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The bears are mostly in bed for the winter, so it's safe to bring out your birdfeeders. But what's the best way to attract birds to your yard—what kind of food should you use? How can you take steps to keep your avian visitors safe? And how do you choose bird food based on what birds you might want to see?

Vermont is the country's top slate producer. But re-opening and expanding old quarries has caused worry in neighboring communities.
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From a tiny area along the New York border called the Slate Valley, Vermont is the leading producer of slate in the country. And as old quarries are reopened or expanded, the rub between quarry owners and neighboring homeowners has gotten tense. We'll take a look at today's slate industry in Vermont.

A drive-in movie theater lights up the night in Fairlee. We're talking about the films of 2018.
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We're talking about the films of 2018 - mostly the triumphs, a few of the misfires - with an emphasis on movies you can see now, either on the big screen or at home via streaming. We'll try to cover all the bases, from Oscar-bait to blockbusters.

'Cake Lady' Gesine Bullock-Prado believes anyone who bakes or aspires to can create a 'fantastical' cake.
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Your dreams of creating a wonderful cake — delicious, decorous and delightful — are possible. And the 'Cake Lady' Gesine Bullock-Prado will provide guidance on how you can create a cake that delights the eyes and the palette.
 

Neighborhood Connections serves nine mountain communities in southern Vermont.
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In the most rural parts of this rural state, it can be difficult or confusing to access social services when you need them. Add in mountainous terrain and winter weather that can linger for months and you have a recipe for severe hardship.  Neighborhood Connections is a nonprofit designed to fill in gaps of social services and to help people navigate the confusing red tape of some agencies.

"Mister Chris and Friends" is a new locally produced children's program on Vermont PBS.
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There's a whole lot of singing, jumping and discovering on the new Vermont PBS program called Mister Chris and Friends. It's a locally-produced children's show hosted by Chris Dorman, who is Mister Chris. He joins Vermont Edition to talk about the program.

Act 250 has been around for almost 50 years. Now a commission is looking at the Act's next 50.
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Act 250 is the state's comprehensive land-use program and it's nearing it's 50th birthday. A commission is now looking at how to make it relevant for the next half century. Vermont Edition hears thoughts on the past, present and future of Act 250.

We're talking about gratitude and hearing what listeners are thankful for.
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This program originally aired on November 23, 2016.

What are you thankful for? We're talking about gratitude and what it means.

State Board of Education Chair Krista Huling looks over a school district map during a recent meeting reviewing Act 46 mergers.
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For the past three years, school districts around Vermont have been in a voluntary phase, allowing voters and school boards to work on their own Act 46 merger plans. In June, the acting Secretary of Education issued a statewide plan making a series of recommendations about unmerged districts. As the State Board of Education prepares to announce its final recommendations next week, Vermont Edition looks at how decisions are being made and what has and hasn't worked in the process.

Aqua Vodka is produced by Appalacian Gap Distillery using excess alcohol from the fermentation-process of making Aqua ViTea's kombucha.
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This time, a tale of an alcohol problem, innovation and cooperation. A delightful relationship has blossomed between a Vermont beverage company and spirit maker; Aqua ViTea and Appalachian Gap Distillery. It all started with a big problem that turned into a big win.

Congressman Peter Welch won re-election last week for his seventh term in the U.S. House.
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An azure wave did occur last Tuesday, when the Democrats took back control of the House in the midterm elections. Rep. Peter Welch will return to Washington in January as part of that Democratic majority. He joins us to discuss what that shift in power will mean.

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