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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Rep. Welch On Syria, U.S. Role In Middle East

Congressman Peter Welch.
AP File/Toby Talbot

Congressman Peter Welch is our guest on the next Vermont Edition. We discuss the Islamic State in Syria and what he thinks the United States' military response should be. We take your calls on domestic issues facing Congress.

Also in the program, the role that write-in votes played in Tuesday's Primary Election. Political analyst Eric Davis discusses the results of voting in an election that saw extremely low voter turnout.

Broadcast live on Fri., Aug. 29 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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Vermont Edition
1:22 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

The Business Of U-Pick Farms

Picking raspberries in Monkton
Rob Friesel Flickr

You may have gone out to farms this summer to pick your own blueberries or strawberries. Did it seem like you were doing all the work for the farmer? Well it turns out running a Pick Your Own farm can be a lot of work in its own right.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Neurology, Research And Care For ALS Patients

Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, second from left, and Gov. Peter Shumlin, second from right, take the "ice bucket challenge" on Aug. 14, 2014. The challenge is aimed at raising funds to fight ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Dave Gram AP

Maybe you have poured a bucket of ice on your head, or maybe you have just seen videos of friends doing it. Either way, the viral "ice bucket challenge" has accomplished its goal this summer: raising awareness and money for ALS, a fatal illness that was little-known a month ago.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

You’re Fired! The Right Way And The Wrong Way

Firing someone can be one of the most challenging tasks in business.
Stuart Ramson AP

Hiring a new employee is a positive time. Everyone looks forward to the work the employee will do and how he or she will move the company forward. But the reverse – having to fire someone – is a challenge for an organization, the person being fired and their co-workers who are still with the company.

We look at the right and wrong methods of firing an individual, and the proper decorum of those being fired and their former co-workers.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Training The Police

Full time police personnel in Vermont must go through a 16 week training academy.
Nina Keck VPR

Police shootings elicit strong feelings in the affected communities and give people elsewhere pause to think about the wider implications. They also raise questions about how police are trained.

We looked at what police training looks like in Vermont with Richard Gauthier, Executive Director of the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Center, and we spoke with Allen Gilbert, Executive Director of the ACLU of Vermont about where he thinks that training might fall short. We also heard from Rutland Police Chief Jim Baker about how police training is put to use on the ground.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Debate

Pomfret businessman Scott Milne, Emily Peyton of Putney and retired Wolcott businessman Steve Berry are vying for a chance to face incumbent Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin.
Angela Evancie VPR

Steve Berry, Scott Milne and Emily Peyton are the three candidates on the Republican ballot running for governor of Vermont.

In advance of next Tuesday’s primary election, they debate their positions and platforms in the hope of becoming the GOP candidate to face incumbent Governor Peter Shumlin.

Broadcast live on Friday, August 22 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Garret Keizer Goes Back To School

High School doesn't look much like this any more.
Stowe Free Library Flickr

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.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

The Work Of The Guardians Ad Litem

Around 300 volunteers serve as Guardians ad litem in Vermont.
Artishokcs Thinkstock

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.

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Vermont Edition
4:20 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

The Legacy Of Jim Jeffords

From left, Sen. Jim Jeffords, Rep. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Patrick Leahy celebrate the passing of the Northeast Dairy Compact in Montpelier on Nov. 22, 1999.
Toby Talbot AP

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.

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Vermont Edition
1:22 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Republican Congressional Candidates Debate

Mark Donka says he thinks it is not the government's place to say who can and cannot be married.
Angela Evancie VPR

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.

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