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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.

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Vermont Edition
1:26 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

The Lives Of Women In Prison

Julie Brisson says the saddest day in prison is Mother's Day. This photo was taken May 3 2014 inside the Folsom Women's Facility in California.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

On any given day, there are around 160 women in prison in Vermont. That’s a small percentage of the overall population, but the number of women in prison has been steadily increasing over the last few years.

On the next Vermont Edition, we’ll talk about the specific challenges faced by Vermont women in prison with Jill Evans, Director of Women and Family Services at the Department of Corrections. We'll also talk to Julie Brisson, coordinator of the Wellness Workforce Coalition at the Vermont Center for Independent Living, who served time in Swanton prison in 2009.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Celebrating Classical Music

Aaron Copland once guest conducted the VSO.
Vermont Symphony Orchestra

Lovers of classical music are celebrating two big milestones in Vermont: VPR’s own Walter Parker marks his 30th anniversary on the air this week. And the Vermont Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its eightieth season.

We look at how Vermont’s classical music scene has grown and deepened over the decades with Walter Parker and VSO Executive Director Alan Jordan.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

And, We're In Business!

Siri Stafford Thinkstock

The dream of opening your own business can lead to satisfaction and accomplishment... or frustration and financial setback. On the next Vermont Edition, we look at what it takes to start a small business.  We talk about writing a solid business plan, the legal and financial regulations you need to learn, and how to test your product or service against the marketplace.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Incumbent Auditor Doug Hoffer

In this Jan. 10, 2013 photo, Auditor Doug Hoffer takes his oath of office in Montpelier.
Toby Talbot AP

Incumbent Vermont State Auditor Doug Hoffer is running unopposed in this election. He has accepted the nomination of both the Democratic and the Progressive parties. We'll talk to Doug Hoffer about the focus of his audits in the last two years, and why he thinks he deserves your vote in November.

Also on the show, we'll get an analysis of this election season with Paul Heintz, who writes the political column Fair Game for Seven Days.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Children And Families Commissioner Ken Schatz

Peter Hirschfeld VPR

Vermont’s Department for Children and Families has been dealing with a series of unsettling problems brought to light by the deaths of two toddlers under DCF supervision. Now, a new commissioner is working through those issues and figuring out what changes might need to be made to keep children safe. DCF Commissioner Ken Schatz is our guest to discuss these issues and take your calls.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

John Fusco: Screenwriter, Novelist, Martial Artist

John Fusco (right) with his friend, the stunt man Ju Kun, who was among the passengers who disappeared on Malaysian Airlines flight 370.
Brian Ho Ap

When John Fusco’s son insisted they ride on horseback through Mongolia, the Hollywood screenwriter was inspired to write about Marco Polo. The story of the historical Italian explorer combined two of Fusco’s great loves: horses, and martial arts.

We’ll talk to Vermont writer John Fusco about his new TV series about Marco Polo, and his new book, Dog Beach.

Also on the show, we’ll learn about the Vermont’s involvement in the War of 1812 with the new state archaeologist Jess Robinson.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Apples: From Heirlooms To The Obscure

Apples bagged and boxed at Chapin Orchards in Essex Junction.
Ric Cengeri VPR

Hewes Crab, Zabergau Reinette, Winter Banana, Twenty Ounce Pippin, Summer Rambo, Sheepnose, Westfield Seek-No-Further, Arkansas Black.

You’d be excused if you couldn’t identify these as varieties of apples. There are hundreds, from the common MacIntosh and Red Delicious to the lesser known Smokehouse and Pixie Crunch.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Climate Change And Activism

In this file photo, 350.org leader Bill McKibben talks to Montpelier students in front of solar panels in 2007.
Toby Talbot AP

This weekend, some Vermonters are in New York City for a massive protest about climate change in the United States.  Meanwhile, new research from UVM has added more data to a picture of rising temperatures and less snow in the coming century. Monday on Vermont Edition, we’ll look at the impacts of climate change in our region.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

GOP Congressional Candidate Mark Donka

Mark Donka is the Republican candidate for the U.S. House.
Angela Evansie VPR

Mark Donka won a close three-way race in the Republican primary for Vermont’s lone congressional seat. He now faces Representative Peter Welch for the second consecutive time in the general election.

Donka outlines his positions on the bill to fund Syrian rebels fighting ISIS, the federal budget, the Affordable Care Act, immigration and other issues facing Congress.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Reliving History, Musket In Hand

Members of the Champlain Valley Historical Reenactors fire their muskets at their Confederate counterparts while staging a mock battle in Orwell in 1997.
Chris Line AP

Some people like to read about history, other people like to live it. We'll talk with historical reenactors about what motivates them to put on the shoes of another era's soldiers.

We'll hear from Steve Smith, a member of the Champlain Valley Historical Reenactors. Smith runs a troop of Confederate reenactors here in Vermont. We'll also hear from Admiral Warren Hamm, co-chair of the 150th Anniversary of the St. Alban's Raid Committee.

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