Geeking Out

Dec 20, 2014

They were the kids who sat together in the high school cafeteria, dressed a little funny and laughed at jokes that none of the rest of the class quite understood. They were into Star Wars, Star Trek, roll-playing games and comic books. Really into it.

But now, being a geek has become more socially acceptable. Dare we say geek is now chic.

We speak with self-identified geeks Andrew Liptak, co-founder of the group Geek Mountain State, (on Facebook and Twitter), and writers Kristin Dearborn and Brian Staveley about what it's like to live the geek life and where geeks hang out in Vermont.

Post your questions or comments about Vermont's geek culture here or email them to vermontedition@vpr.net.

Also on the program, another extension was given to sign up for the new federal Margin Protection dairy insurance program. Vermont's Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Diane Bothfeld provides an update on how many dairy farmers in the state have enrolled.

Plus, the Vermont Veterans’ Home in Bennington has been in financial trouble for years. This year the administration gave the home $1.3 million dollars from the General Fund. But with a $100 million dollar deficit, at the state level, more support for the Veterans’ Home is off the table for next year. CEO Melissa Jackson provides an update on the Home's options.