Sage Van Wing

Vermont Edition Producer

Sage Van Wing was a Vermont Edition producer.


The Howard Center provides services to over 15,000 Vermonters every year. With over 8,000 clients, it's the largest social services organization in the state. Though many of their clients are in Chittenden county, they also provide services in St. Albans and Rutland, along with a statewide crisis hotline. Howard Center was founded in 1873, but for the last 13 years it has been helmed by Todd Centybear, who will retire at the end of this year.

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December 1 is World AIDS Day, and while many health workers and activists around the world are fighting for a voice for the AIDS epidemic, the issue also affects many close to home.

The Vermont Health Department estimates that there are at least 100 people in the state who are unaware that they are infected with HIV or AIDS.

In a memo to lawmakers and the Scott administration, State Treasurer Beth Pearce, right, warned of dire consequences if they don't soon resolve their budget impasse.
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The Governor and the Legislature decide how the state spends its money, but it’s the treasurer’s job to oversee the funds in the state’s bank accounts. Treasurer Beth Pearce says the state employees pension fund has recovered well from the financial crisis, and that important changes have been made to the Teacher's Retirement System to make it more sustainable.

We'll ask Treasurer Beth Pearce about pensions, bond sales,  and what the state does with unclaimed financial property.

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You've got your favorite turkey recipe, your favorite pecan pie recipe, and your favorite side dish. But what wine do you serve to go along with all those dishes? What wine to you bring to your friend's house for the big dinner?

Don't feel stumped! Our wine experts are here to help. We'll talk to Kevin Clayton, owner of Village Wine and Coffee in Shelburne, and Keven Ring, wine director at Twin Farms Resort in Barnard, about how to choose the right wines for your holiday meals.

Bennington College

Walk into a gallery space in Bennington right now and you'll be surrounded by a thirty-five foot long curved painting of a valley in Afghanistan outside Bagram air base. The gallery is filled with sounds from the bazaar's and villages in the valley. Interviews with local Afghans hang on the walls. It's an immersive, complicated portrait of a complicated place created by an anthropologist and an artist working together as a team.


Nov 18, 2014
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A new study from the Human Rights Campaign rates cities around the country for LGBT equality. They looked at things like non-discrimination laws, relationship recognition and municipality employment policies. Burlington rates pretty highly, as you might imagine, but other towns in Vermont do not fare so well.

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If you're rushed to the hospital in Burlington this week, you won't be going to Fletcher Allen Health Care. Instead, you'll be driven up the hill to the University of Vermont Medical Center. It's the same place; it just has a different name. But there's more to it than just a change in name. John Brumsted is president and CEO of what's now called the University of Vermont Medical Center and the University of Vermont Health Network. And he filled us in on what's behind the name change.


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Among scientists, there is little debate any longer about whether human activity contributes to climate change. However, in politics, and on TV, it is still a matter of debate. So how do the physicists, engineers, and climatologists who do work in this field engage with the public debate?

We talk to Mary Albert, professor of Engineering at Dartmouth and executive director of the U.S. Ice Drilling Program Office, and Jennie Stephens, Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy at the University of Vermont. 

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In the 1800’s, Vermont was known as the birthplace of the modern machine shop. Nowadays, not many people would put Vermont and manufacturing in the same sentence. We talk about the landscape for the manufacturing industry here in Vermont with Lisa Gosselin, Commissioner of the Department of Economic Development.

Sec. of State Jim Condos discusses how states like Vermont could be vulnerable to election meddling, and what's needed to secure future elections.
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Participation in midterm elections is typically much lower than Presidential election years. Why is that? What does it take to get you to the polling place?

We talk to Middlebury Political Science Professor Matt Dickinson about voting habits. And we hear from two groups who are working to get voters to the polls in Vermont: The Chamber of Commerce, and Vermont Public Interest Research Group.

Also on the show, we get an update on the plague of winter ticks affecting Vermont's moose population.

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Maddie Magnant of South Burlington tells us what she loves about each of Vermont's distinct — sometimes lovely, sometimes taxing — seasons.

Spring? "I love animals." Summer? "I'd have to go with some of the kids classics: ice cream, swimming in pools." Fall? "Red, gold, tiger orange, jade." Winter? "I can finally have some time to myself."

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Traverse the state on our highways and back roads and you’ll be treated to a display of historic barns. It’s believed there are as many as 10,000 historic barns and farm buildings in the state, dating as far back as the late 1700s. Some are still in daily use. But time and Vermont’s severe weather have taken a toll on these buildings.


School consolidation is something a lot of towns are considering, even without a legislative mandate.  We’ll get a close up look at one community’s conversations about the possibility of school consolidation with members of the consolidation study committee at Windsor Central Supervisory Union.

We’ll talk to Alice Worth, Windsor Central Supervisory Union Superintendent, and Greg Greene, member of the Joint Elementary Study Committee and chair of the Pomfret Elementary School Board.

Broadcast live on Wednesday, October 29 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

The Countryman Press

Sure, we’ve all heard of apple pie and pumpkin pie… but what about Marlborough pie, and Osgood pie? Have you ever tried grape pie, or Chess pie? These were all common sweet pie recipes back when our great grandmas were baking pies. At that time, it was not uncommon for women to bake a pie or two a day.

We learn all about the history of sweet pies, and get a few recipes with Anne-Haynie Collins. Her new book Vintage Pies: Classic American Pies for Today’s Home Baker.

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Earlier this month, the rideshare service Uber appeared in Burlington. Uber is an app-based service that allows passengers to use mobile and other devices to call for a ride when they need one. 

But last week, Burlington’s city attorney announced that Uber and its drivers were in violation of city law.  That’s not new for Uber, which has faced regulatory challenges nearly everywhere it operates.

Mike Isaac, technology reporter for the New York Times, spoke with Vermont Edition about the roadblocks Uber has faced in other markets.

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Efficiency Vermont might seem like a non-profit that helps you get cheaper, more environmentally friendly light bulbs, but actually, it is a utility. Efficiency Vermont was created by the Public Service Board in 2000 to help Vermonters use less electricity. That savings is the energy Efficiency Vermont, as a utility, produces. It’s about 13% of our total electric consumption.

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Publicly held companies have a financial responsibility to their shareholders: they have to make money. But benefit corporations can be responsible to the environment, their employees, and their communities. Businesses that have become benefit corporations say they are taking it into their own hands to make the world a better place.

We’ll talk to Tom Payne of King Arthur Flour and Ashley Orgain of Seventh Generation, two Vermont companies who have gone through the certification process to become benefit companies.

James Gustave “Gus” Speth grew up in South Carolina blissfully unaware of the racial tension that was roiling around him.

It wasn’t until he went to college “up north” that he saw some of the injustice that he was shielded from as a child.

Though he did do a little work organizing in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, Gus Speth has long felt that he didn’t do enough.

Vermont Historical Society

He was the first Chief Justice of Vermont, a Governor of the early republic (before Vermont became a state), and one of the first Senators elected to represent Vermont in nation's the capitol. Yet many people don't know his name.

We talk to Judge Robert Mello, author of a new book about Moses Robinson, who he calls a founding father of Vermont.

Broadcast live on Thursday, October 16 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

For most people living in rural America, electricity in the home didn’t come along until the late 1940s. Big electric companies were reluctant to invest in the infrastructure needed to get energy all the way out to a few farmers living at the end of a dirt road.

So the government loaned money to start Rural Electric Cooperatives - ratepayer owned non-profits that provided electricity to rural America. And Rural Electric Cooperatives still provide energy to over 42 million customers in this country, including two cooperatives in Vermont.