Sage Van Wing

Vermont Edition Producer

Sage Van Wing was a Vermont Edition producer.


Among the 435 representatives in the US House, only one represents the interests of the Green Mountain State. That position has been held by Democrat Peter Welch since 2007. This year he faces a challenge from Republican Mark Donka and Liberty Union candidate Matthew Andrews. His opponents argue that it’s time for new blood in Washington. All three candidates meet in a live hour-long debate on VPR.


The agencies that serve homeless and runaway youth in Vermont have been noticing a trend recently: the youth they serve are getting older. That means the agencies can’t simply work with the family to help the young person return home. These youth often have no home to go back to. Instead, they need help finding housing, and learning how to live independently.

We’ll talk to Calvin Smith of the Vermont Coalition of Homeless Youth Programs and Danielle Southwell of Youth Services in Brattleboro, about the challenges faced by homeless youth in Vermont.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

On any given day, there are around 160 women in prison in Vermont. That’s a small percentage of the overall population, but the number of women in prison has been steadily increasing over the last few years.

On the next Vermont Edition, we’ll talk about the specific challenges faced by Vermont women in prison with Jill Evans, Director of Women and Family Services at the Department of Corrections. We'll also talk to Julie Brisson, coordinator of the Wellness Workforce Coalition at the Vermont Center for Independent Living, who served time in Swanton prison in 2009.

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The city of Vergennes has a proud history of boat building. At the base of the falls on Otter Creek, Commodore Macdonough built the ships that would defeat the British in the War of 1812. Many of the steamships that plied the waters of Lake Champlain were built there too. And now, another boat building tradition thrives in Vergennes: hand-built wooden boats, in the Japanese tradition.

If you’ve ever had a procedure done at a hospital, you know that hospital billing can get very complicated, very quickly.

You can imagine, then, that budgeting for an entire hospital is a difficult task. Some of a hospital’s income comes from private insurers, some from the state via Medicaid reimbursement, and some from the federal government in the form of Medicare reimbursement.

Toby Talbot / AP

Incumbent Vermont State Auditor Doug Hoffer is running unopposed in this election. He has accepted the nomination of both the Democratic and the Progressive parties. We'll talk to Doug Hoffer about the focus of his audits in the last two years, and why he thinks he deserves your vote in November.

Also on the show, we'll get an analysis of this election season with Paul Heintz, who writes the political column Fair Game for Seven Days.

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When John Fusco’s son insisted they ride on horseback through Mongolia, the Hollywood screenwriter was inspired to write about Marco Polo. The story of the historical Italian explorer combined two of Fusco’s great loves: horses, and martial arts.

We’ll talk to Vermont writer John Fusco about his new TV series about Marco Polo, and his new book, Dog Beach.

Also on the show, we’ll learn about the Vermont’s involvement in the War of 1812 with the new state archaeologist Jess Robinson.

Chris Line / AP

Some people like to read about history, other people like to live it. We'll talk with historical reenactors about what motivates them to put on the shoes of another era's soldiers.

We'll hear from Steve Smith, a member of the Champlain Valley Historical Reenactors. Smith runs a troop of Confederate reenactors here in Vermont. We'll also hear from Admiral Warren Hamm, co-chair of the 150th Anniversary of the St. Alban's Raid Committee.

Going back to your childhood home to visit your parents can be awkward at the best of times. Especially if your 38-year-old brother still lives at home and your mother is a hoarder … But sometimes going back home again is exactly what you need to do to move forward with your life. That’s the theme of Vermont author Sarah Healy’s new novel, House of Wonder. Sarah Healy spoke with Vermont Edition about the book. Healy starts off reading a passage.

Toby Talbot / AP

A visit to the hospital can be terrifying…and then you get the bill. Right now, hospitals receive money by billing for each patient visit, but sometimes those charges can seem out of synch with the services received.

We’ll talk to Tom Huebner, President and CEO of Rutland Regional Medical Center, about whether it would be possible to bring costs down by changing the way they budget.

We’ll also hear from Richard Slusky, Director of Payment Reform for the Green Mountain Care Board, and Joe Woodin, CEO and President of Gifford Medical Center.