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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Cardboard has been around since the early 1800s, but a couple of Vermonters who have been working with cardboard for awhile now have come up with a novel use of the old packaging material: building cardboard pinball machines.

"Steampunk" combines the style of the Victorian era with the futuristic ideas of writers like Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. Beginning on Friday, Springfield will be hosting its second annual Steampunk Festival.

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Vermont is an eclectic place, and we're serving up an eclectic mix of topics in today's program - from technology that's changing the way we think about cardboard, to the fantasy sci-fi world of steampunk, to the serious work of protecting civil liberties.

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What do you think is the most memorable public art in Vermont? But before answering that, let's back up even a bit further – how does one define public art?

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The 1970s were a time of huge change in Vermont, as the back-to-the land movement swept the country and communes dotted the state. We’re hearing stories from that era of transformation and looking at how 1970s counterculture shaped the state we know today.

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Vermont is a pretty dog-friendly state. That’s great for pet-lovers, but can come with some issues as well. We’re looking at the ins, outs and etiquette of dogs in public places.

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Are Vermont's independent doctors an endangered species? As the state's health care system continues to evolve, many independent physicians worry they'll be gobbled up by a few large organizations or simply left in the lurch.  We're talking about the current landscape for Vermont's independent doctors and looking at what the future may hold.

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Researchers are starting to take a closer look at what people are posting on social media and why – and they are finding some interesting things. 

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Donald Trump's campaign continues to divide many Republicans across the country, with the candidate's controversial stances and statements leading some to decide not to vote for their own party's nominee. We're looking at how this is playing out closer to home.

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Monarch butterflies are known for epic migrations, traveling thousands of miles every year. Their route can span from Mexico to Canada, which makes it difficult to protect monarchs, because there's no one single habitat to preserve.

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Are you a butterfly watcher? A beekeeper? Do you want to broaden your scope of bug knowledge to the lives and habits of moths, dragonflies and tiger beetles? You're in luck: it's our annual bug show!

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Central to the campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders was a critique of the role of money in politics, especially large donations from wealthy individuals to help candidates who support their policies or principles.

Clearly, millions of people agree with Sanders and supported him, yet more and more money – including "dark money" from undisclosed donors – is pouring into politics in the hope of influencing elections.

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The state of financial literacy in America could use some improvement. How do Vermonters stack up? We're looking at financial literacy in our state. 

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We continue to highlight past segments from Vermont Edition, and we're sharing again our conversations from the spring with librarian Jessamyn West and writer Dana Walrath.

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During the next few weeks, we'll be sharing a few memorable past Vermont Edition segments. We invite you to listen again to an interview with the members of the slam poetry group "Muslim Girls Making Change," as well as to a discussion about the ukulele. Plus, a new conversation about an old painting in St. Johnsbury that will soon undergo major repairs.

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With a tricky job market and college tuition at daunting levels, career and technical education - once called vocational education - may be looking more and more appealing to today's students.

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While the calls of loons echo across many lakes in the region, it is not guaranteed to be something that you'll always be able to hear. The loon population has rebounded somewhat recently, but the birds are still at risk from many factors.

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What has this summer looked like so far in terms algae blooms and the health of Lake Champlain? We're getting an update on the latest on the lake: the science of algae blooms and the state of the state's clean-up plan. 

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The course of history is often shaped by the outcome of battles, even small ones.  That's the case with the Battle of Bennington, which was fought back in August 1777.  Phil Holland is an English teacher at Community College of Vermont and the author of the new book A Guide to the Battle of Bennington and the Bennington Monument.

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The statewide races for the general election are now set, and there are open races for governor and lieutenant governor.  We're hosting  a reporter’s roundtable to look at the key factors that could influence these races. We’ll talk about the candidates and the issues in all the major contests this fall. 

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