Sage Van Wing

Vermont Edition Producer

Sage Van Wing was a Vermont Edition producer.

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This week, Governor Peter Shumlin officially launched his reelection bid. We'll ask the Governor to explain his positions on the key issues facing the state.

Also on the show, we'll get an overview of the general election as it stands so far from VPR's Peter Hirschfeld.

Broadcast live on Friday, September 12 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Five states held their primaries on Tuesday, including New York. The race for governor in that state has a local connection: Vermont native Zephyr Teachout mounted an upstart campaign against popular Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo.

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Many of us have found comfort and fellowship in online communities via social media and the internet. But how do those online communities interact with our real-world geographic communities? These days, a small incident in a small town can quickly become fodder for an international firestorm on the internet, and that can make local communities and local businesses feel harassed or overwhelmed.

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You’ve graduated from high school and you feel pretty good about yourself, but now the real test begins: college. First year students are showing up on campuses all over the state this time of year and realizing they don’t know much of anything at all. What classes should you take? How do you make friends? Where is the free food? Are textbooks really that expensive?

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You may have gone out to farms this summer to pick your own blueberries or strawberries. Did it seem like you were doing all the work for the farmer? Well it turns out running a Pick Your Own farm can be a lot of work in its own right.

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Students of all ages are returning to school in the next couple of weeks, and along with them are all the administrators that make schools work. One of those administrators is Bennington College President Mariko Silver.

She’s been at Bennington College for just over a year, having taken over from long time president Elizabeth Coleman.

President Silver spoke with Vermont Edition about her first year in charge and her plans for the school.

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Stone walls cross the Vermont landscape, but building them has become something of a dying art. So that’s what we learn in today’s installment of Summer School! Thea Alvin is a dry stonemason who lives on a small farm in Morrisville, which is adorned with stonewalls and arches. She says there’s a mixture of skill and of creativity involved.

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Police shootings elicit strong feelings in the affected communities and give people elsewhere pause to think about the wider implications. They also raise questions about how police are trained.

We looked at what police training looks like in Vermont with Richard Gauthier, Executive Director of the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Center, and we spoke with Allen Gilbert, Executive Director of the ACLU of Vermont about where he thinks that training might fall short. We also heard from Rutland Police Chief Jim Baker about how police training is put to use on the ground.

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Sociologists have been worried for a while about a phenomenon called "rural brain drain." The best and the brightest young students are leaving rural areas in search of jobs and opportunities elsewhere.

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Garret Keizer never really wanted to be a teacher, but he found himself wrangling high school students in the Northeast Kingdom until he was able to make ends meet as a writer. Then, fourteen years later, Keizer found himself back in the classroom again.

He’s written about his experience in a new book, Getting Schooled: The Reeducation of an American Teacher. We’ll talk to Keizer about the challenges and rewards of teaching.