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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When Sen. John McCain released a report called "America's Most Wasted," a small Vermont theater company was surprised to see itself listed as one of the worst examples of government spending.

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The French first came to Vermont with Champlain in the early 17th century. And ever since, French Canada and the state of Vermont have been trading people, goods, and ideas. We've got the names to prove it - of both people and places - from Grand Isle to the state's families of Bodettes, Greniers, and Levesques. 

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Most of us - like it or not - are awash in intersecting worlds of social media. And many of us are putting out our thoughts online, on a wide variety of topics, throughout the day. But how do you decide what to post and what to keep to yourself?

Fleming Museum

Pablo Picasso's masterpiece Les Demoiselles d'Avignon was one of the 20th century's most controversial pieces of art. Reviled and revered, it's been studied by art historians, railed against by other artists and used as inspiration for new paintings, sculptures and photographs.

The Fleming Museum of Art at the University of Vermont has put together a multi-media exhibit exploring Picasso's influences and why Demoiselles has engendered such strong reactions for more than 100 years.

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Think about cybersecurity, and you'll likely think about some of those headline-making data breaches at big corporations. Superstores and credit card companies losing control over long lists of customers and data.

But the majority of companies that suffer data breaches are small businesses, with fewer than 100 employees. And it's just those businesses that often have the least access to resources needed to guarantee the security of their data online. What can they do to keep their data - and their customers - safe?

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders officially kicks off his campaign to become the Democratic nominee for President with a big event on the Burlington waterfront Tuesday afternoon. Live at noon, we talk to politics watchers about Senator Sanders' career, chances and the campaign to come.

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Steven Jeffrey is outgoing executive director of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns. He's held that position for over thirty years. On his way out, we're talking to him about Vermont's local governments and the issues they face, and how the state's towns and cities have changed over the years.

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As recent as a few decades back, many may have scoffed at the notion that the common birds flying among us are in fact close living relatives of the dinosaurs that roamed the earth over 60 million years ago.

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A new study of religion in America has a few big takeaways. The number of Christians is declining, though still very much a majority. The number of those who call themselves religiously "unaffiliated" is on the rise. Vermont, meanwhile, has a higher percentage of those unaffiliated than any other state. What accounts for that statistic?

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Vermont Congressman Peter Welch has re-introduced legislation that would reveal intelligence spending that's currently classified. Meanwhile, the USA Freedom Act - another bill co-sponsored by Rep. Welch, that would rein in the government's bulk collection of personal data - passed in the House.

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A new study is offering a detailed picture of how geographic location affects future income. Researchers at Harvard University’s Equality of Opportunity Project went back to a set of data collected in an experiment from the early 1990s, when the U.S. government gave vouchers to help poor families move to better neighborhoods, and then compared the outcomes with families who stayed where they were.

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  The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo - target of the deadly Paris attack in January - just received a PEN Freedom of Expression award, in a decision which some big-name authors have criticized. And just a few days earlier, two attackers were shot dead after opening fire on a so-called "Draw Muhammad" contest.

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Cirque du Soleil is the dreamlike, traveling human circus that got its start more than 30 years ago in Québec. It’s been headquartered in Montreal for a long time and is considered a cultural treasure. But just recently, it was sold to a group of investors from the U.S. and China.

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Two performance projects have been spurring big discussions about race and identity in Vermont in recent weeks. The Vermont Stage production of The Mountaintop depicts the imagined last night of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. And Sandglass Theater recently brought the collaborative Race Peace project storytelling and performance project to Brattleboro.

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The Vermont Senate passed a budget and approved $34.2 million in new taxes last week - rejecting most most of the cuts proposed late in the game by Governor Shumlin. The Governor, meanwhile, quietly signed the gun bill that he called a "shadow" of the legislation that was originally proposed.

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With the Waking Windows music festival in Winooski coming up, we take the opportunity to listen in on Vermont's big and broadening music scene: from rock to funk to EDM to hip hop.

Pablo Lopez Luz / "Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot"

Every day, the world's population increases by more than 200,000 people. There are now over 7 billion people who call this increasingly crowded planet home. Whatever you think about that, this level of population growth is fundamentally changing the world - with big impacts on the environment and on human society.

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The Vermont Crime Information Center has a wide range of responsibilities: maintaining the state's sex offender registry, overseeing marijuana dispensaries, running criminal record checks, and more. 

What's more, in the past several years, a lot under the VCIC's purview has been changing. The sex offender registry has gone through big changes, and has come up short in state audits of its accuracy.  And the arrival of medical marijuana dispensaries has added a complex new layer of oversight to the center's responsibilities.

We're discussing it all with VCIC director Jeffrey Wallin -- first hearing from Allen Gilbert of the ACLU Vermont about his concerns about the sex offender registry.

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April is National Poetry Month, and poetry enthusiasts around Vermont have embraced the occasion with readings and new publications. This April, nominations are open for Vermont's next poet laureate, which gives an appointed poet a chance to spread the word about poetry. 

Vermont's current laureate, Sydney Lea of Newbury, has spent his time promoting the literary form at libraries around the state. He'll retire from the position in a few months, when the next poet laureate takes the helm.

Emergent Media Center at Champlain College

Champlain College's trailblazing Game Studio -- which offered the nation's first four-year degree in making video games -- is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Since the program began, a lot has changed in the world of gaming. You're as likely to be playing Angry Birds on your phone as blasting away at aliens on your home console or PC. The community of people who play video games has become more diverse, not without some resistance. And a growing world of independent developers are experimenting with new ideas and forging their own paths.

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