Vermont Edition brings you news and conversation about issues affecting your life. Hosts Jane Lindholm and Bob Kinzel consider the context of current events through interviews with news makers and people who make our region buzz.
Garret Keizer never really wanted to be a teacher, but he found himself wrangling high school students in the Northeast Kingdom until he was able to make ends meet as a writer. Then, fourteen years later, Keizer found himself back in the classroom again.
He’s written about his experience in a new book, Getting Schooled: The Reeducation of an American Teacher. We’ll talk to Keizer about the challenges and rewards of teaching.
When a child is removed from her family because of abuse or neglect, someone needs to advocate for her in court. That advocate is a Guardian ad Litem. There are 300 of these volunteers in Vermont.
Mary Hayden, manager of Vermont’s Guardian ad Litem Program, and Guardian ad Litem Susan Hong discuss the work of these volunteers, the training they undergo, the research they do and how they arrive at the recommendations they make to the court on whether a child should be returned to their family.
Jim Jeffords was a GOP stalwart in Vermont, serving seven terms as a Republican in the House before moving to the Senate. Jeffords made headlines in 2001 when he renounced his Republican Party affiliation and became an Independent, caucusing with the Democrats. His decision shifted the balance of power in the Senate and made him a target of national devotion and disdain.
Republicans Mark Donka, Don Russell and Donald Nolte are all vying for the chance to unseat Democrat Peter Welch in the US Congress in this fall’s elections. Vermont Edition heard from all three candidates in the first of VPR’s primary debates.
Don Russell and Donald Nolte are newcomers to Vermont politics; Mark Donka ran as the Republican nominee in 2012, losing to incumbent Peter Welch.
When you move into a new place, you might know you want the walls to be a different color, or the bookshelves to go in a certain place. But most of us don’t know where to start when it comes to designing the backyard. What kind of plants will attract birds to your backyard? Are there environmentally friendly design solutions that don't look terrible? Why should you spend a bunch of money on a deck if you can only use it a few months of the year?
Today, employees can consult with their bosses in New York, make sales in Europe and end their day in rural Vermont. How you might ask? By commuting to work digitally. Nationally, over 3 million people can be classified as telecommuters. With a growing number moving into the state, telecommuters are bringing with them resources that can help boost our local economy.
Lake Champlain is 125 miles long and 14 miles across at its widest point. It offers boating enthusiasts almost 500 square miles of water to traverse. But how does the culture of the "6th Great Lake" compare to others in the state like Memphremagog, Willoughby and Bomoseen?
Did you know that cinnamon is actually the bark from a tree? Imagine walking through a cinnamon forest...Hank Kaestner knows just what a that smells like. He spent 33 years buying spices around the world. He can also tell us about the unique way that vanilla plants are fertilized, and how much vanilla is actually in your vanilla extract.
We’ll talk to Hank Kaestner, who was a spice buyer for McCormick & Co., the world’s largest spice company, for 33 years.
What would summer be without sticky cotton candy fingers, winning giant stuffed animals, and feeling slightly queasy on carnival rides? It’s the start of summer fair season we'll celebrate the age-old tradition of the county fair.