Sam Gale Rosen

Vermont Edition Managing Editor

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

Sam studied history and literature at Harvard University and was born and raised in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

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Both the Republican and Democratic parties will have primaries for the open governor's seat in next year's election. Today we're talking to former Transportation Secretary Sue Minter about her run in the three-way contest for the Democratic nomination for governor, and the issues that she thinks are the most important in the race.

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Vermonters are familiar with roadkill, and with the tension points between wildlife and human transportation. One woman with Vermont ties has addressed the issue head-on by starting her own business.

Katie Webster / From "Maple: 100 Sweet and Savory Recipes Featuring Pure Maple Syrup"

Maple syrup has a place in many Vermont kitchens - and it can be used for a whole lot more than topping pancakes and making candy. We're exploring the world of cooking with maple with the help of a big new cookbook. There are some recipes you might expect - fudge and glazed carrots, but also soups, cocktails, desserts, meat, fish, and more - all with a maple kick.

Katie Webster / From "Maple: 100 Sweet and Savory Recipes Featuring Pure Maple Syrup"

Maple syrup chef extraordinaire Katie Webster is bringing two dishes from her new cookbook Maple: 100 Sweet and Savory Recipes Featuring Pure Maple Syrup to Tuesday's Vermont Edition: smoky and sweet turkey chili and maple apple almond torte with maple cinnamon glaze.

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Individual educational road maps are on the way for Vermont's students. Schools around the state are working to comply with a new law that will eventually require them to have personalized learning plans in place for all students in grades 7 through 12. We're talking about how these plans can work in practice, and talk about why the Agency of Education thinks this approach helps students learn better. 

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On Saturday, Burlington's Fletcher Free Library held its annual Dewey Day Parade, in which a ten-foot puppet of Dewey is marched up and down Church Street.

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The state of Vermont is asking for public input on a draft of an updated Comprehensive Energy Plan for how to get to 90 percent renewable energy by 2050. It's a chance for Vermonters to weigh in on where the state is heading on energy, and how we can get there. What sources do we want in the mix, and what policy and infrastructure do we need?

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First of all, Vermont native John Dewey did not invent the Dewey Decimal System. That was another guy. He was however, one of the most important thinkers in all of American history, changing the world with his far-reaching insights into philosophy, education, politics, psychology, art, and more.


Almost a year after its shutdown, the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant is still sparking debate over safety, spending and the disposal of nuclear waste.

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House Speaker John Boehner has announced that he will step down - but the future of House leadership is newly complicated by Rep. Kevin McCarthy abruptly dropping out of the race. What's happening at the House of Representatives? And will a change in leadership - whatever it may be turn out to be - improve bipartisan efforts, or will it make it even more difficult for Congress to deal with critical issues in the coming months? 

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By October 1st every year, colleges and universities around the country are required to report statistics about crime on their campuses, including sexual offenses. We're taking a look at those numbers, and talking about sexual assault at our local colleges - and how some of those schools are taking on the issue.

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Anyone who lives in Vermont sees roadkill. From porcupines and squirrels littering the sides of roads to the more dangerous deer on the highway. But squashed critters are just one part of a discussion about how important it is that wildlife can move around the state - to feed, mate, hunt, and maintain genetic diversity. We're talking about the effort to make driving safer for Vermonters and help the state's wildlife thrive as well.

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A massive scandal shook the auto industry when Volkswagen admitted that some of its diesel cars use software to fool state emissions tests. And there are nearly 3,000 cars in Vermont that could be affected. 

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Campaign 2016 in Vermont is now underway. There are five candidates already in the governor's race - more may join - and at least that many people are considering a run for Lieutenant Governor. We're talking to some of the state's best political reporters to discuss the people and issues of these races.


  This weekend, Secretary of State John Kerry pledged to increase the number of refugees the U.S. will accept each year - up to 100,000 in 2017. Here in Vermont, upwards of 7,000 refugees have resettled through a federal program since 1980: from Bosnia, Vietnam, Somalia, Bhutan, Iraq, Congo, Sudan, and many more.

'The farm-yard club of Jotham' (1881) / Flickr/Library of Congress

It's not about to displace the cow as the go-to image people have when they think of the most iconic Vermont animal, but the Merino sheep has a deep and rich history of its own in the Green Mountain State.

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Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott announced last week that he would enter the gubernatorial race. Now in his third term as Lieutenant Governor, he's currently one of two Republicans and five candidates in total who have announced that they're running. 

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  House speaker and now gubernatorial candidate Shap Smith has come out in favor of the legalization of  marijuana and says he'll push for a bill in the 2016 session. Momentum for legalization has been building in the state and many proponents have hopes for action next year.


This weekend, Miss Vermont decided to forgo dance shoes and sheet music during the talent portion of Miss America 2016 for more unconventional props: beakers, protective goggles and a lab coat.

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Vermont is known for many things; racial diversity is not one of them. The state has one of the whitest populations in the country. As the U.S. navigates hard discussions of race and racism, it's worth asking: how exactly do we define what it means to be white? We’re looking at white identity, what it means, and why it's worth examining.