Sam Gale Rosen

Vermont Edition Producer

Sam Gale Rosen is a producer for Vermont Edition. He joined VPR in 2015 after working for six years at WBUR Boston as a producer for On Point.

Sam has also written for Newser.com and Let's Go travel guides. He graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in History and Literature. He was born and raised in Gloucester, Mass., and enjoys travel, cats, fiction, history, radio drama, frogs and peaches.

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Toby Talbot / AP

Gov. Phil Scott's plan to have a statewide teachers' health care contract is emerging as a key issue at the end of the session. But many Democrats want these negotiations left at the local level. A roundtable of political reporters is with us to look at the latest developments from the Statehouse.

A table displays rhino horns seized by Thai Customs officials at a press conference at the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand on March 14.
Associated Press (Sakchai Lalit)

On Wednesday, the University of Vermont Police Services announced that a rhinoceros horn had been stolen from the UVM campus. The demand for rhino horns has led to a global black market and a string of crimes – from museum thefts to the gruesome killings of threatened rhinos. In March, a rhino was even slaughtered inside of a zoo in Paris.

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Is it ever against the law for something to be ugly? If you don't like a building going up next to your house, do you have any power to stop it?

 We're talking about what rights individuals, communities and regions have to control the appearance of a changing landscape - and who gets to decide what passes muster.

Taylor Dobbs / VPR

The 2017 legislative session is winding down. What initiatives will become top priorities in the final few weeks before adjournment?

Chris and Martin Kratt performing their live 'Wild Kratts' show on stage.
Courtesy of Wild Kratts Live

The Kratt brothers have introduced kids across the country to a love of animals and nature through a series of wildly popular TV shows, including Kratts' Creatures, Zoboomafoo and now Wild Kratts.

A bootprint in the mud.
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Vermonters may be looking for a chance to explore the great outdoors now that it's springtime, but venturing out on a hike during the mud season could actually cause damage to trails.

Rebecca Sananes / VPR

If a vegetable is grown using hydroponics, should that count as organic? Should it be able to carry  an organic label in the supermarket? It's a question that's driving a lot of debate nationally - and the resistance to hydroponics getting organic certification is being led by some local Vermont farmers.

Courtesy of Nancy Stearns Bercaw

Nancy Stearns Bercaw is a Vermonter and a championship swimmer who struggled for years with alcohol addiction. She found a path to recovery in an unlikely – and very dry – place: Abu Dhabi. 

In the wake of the EB-5 scandal that broke a year ago this week, Newport was left with a big hole in the ground where Ariel Quiros and Bill Stenger had planned to build a block of office space, restaurants and other mixed uses.

White and Burke is a firm that's been hired to evaluate the "Renaissance Block" that was supposed to be developed with EB-5 money, and David White spoke to Vermont Edition about it on Tuesday.

Tony Sutton, an EB-5 investor, is suing the State of Vermont for being complicit in multi-million-dollar fraud allegedly perpetrated by those in charge of Jay Peak.
Lisa Rathke / AP

A year ago this week, a wide-reaching scandal was revealed in the Northeast Kingdom surrounding the federal EB-5 program. That damage from the alleged fraud is still unfolding, and new developments continue to surface, including a new lawsuit filed against Jay Peak's former parent company.

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What does it mean - legally - to be a parent?  The answer to that question is changing with shifting culture and technology. We're looking at the new face of parenthood, and at how the legal framework is struggling to keep up.

The Trump administration has said that the United States will be withdrawing funding for the United Nations Population Fund, or UNFPA – an organization that promotes family planning and maternal and child health around the world, and is supported voluntarily by various government contributions.

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In the midst of a national discussion about whether the tech industry is welcoming to women, we're plugging into the local community and asking what's top of mind for women in tech.

Toby Talbot / AP

Renewables are booming, but a new report says that the electrical grid will continue to need other sources of power for the foreseeable future. We're checking in on the state of the grid.

As it stands, Vermont is one of three states in the country without any kind of ethics commission. At the end of February, a bill was approved by the Senate that would form one, along with addressing a number of other ethics issues.

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The effects of a mental illness almost always stretch beyond just one person. Being the family member of someone with a mental health condition comes with unique challenges, and providing support to a struggling loved one can be both draining and heartbreaking.

One thing common to many people with mental health conditions is that they can be helped by a strong support network of friends and family. But keeping those folks in the loop can be hard. And if doctors are involved, things can be complicated by a strict federal privacy law known as HIPAA.

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Why is mental health so hard to talk about? If conditions like depression, anxiety, or even schizophrenia can have such massive impacts on people's lives, why can it feel like weakness to get help? We're continuing our week of mental health coverage by focusing in on the stigma around mental health, and how to move past it.

Angela Evancie / VPR/file

Vermont has had some well-documented challenges with big IT projects over the years. But these digital infrastructure projects are important to a functioning and efficient state government, and Governor Phil Scott has formed a team to tackle the issue.

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Across the state on Town Meeting Day last week, voters signed off on - or rejected - their local school budgets. We're looking at the level of education spending in Vermont, and where that money goes. 

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