Vermont Edition

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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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The Governor and the Legislature decide how the state spends its money, but it’s the treasurer’s job to oversee the funds in the state’s bank accounts. Treasurer Beth Pearce says the state employees pension fund has recovered well from the financial crisis, and that important changes have been made to the Teacher's Retirement System to make it more sustainable.

We'll ask Treasurer Beth Pearce about pensions, bond sales, and what she can do to improve the budget deficit.

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The Thanksgiving holiday weekend embodies a few big themes: a festive meal with family, perhaps a long car trip to get there, and time to reflect - sometimes uncomfortably - on our founding history that gave rise to Thanksgiving. Wednesday on Vermont Edition, we're taking all of it on!  From food to travel to history to culture, we'll get your Thanksgiving weekend started right.

Anthropology of a shared meal

Library of Congress

Today, the term farm-to-table signifies the epitome of local food. But nearly 200 years ago, it meant something entirely different when Thanksgiving turkeys traveled hundreds of miles from Vermont farms to Massachusetts tables — on foot.

"Turkey drives" were an autumnal tradition from the 1800s to the early 1900s, and involved the overland strolling of flocks of turkeys from all corners of Vermont to their destination — and demise — in Boston.

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You've got your favorite turkey recipe, your favorite pecan pie recipe, and your favorite side dish. But what wine do you serve to go along with all those dishes? What wine to you bring to your friend's house for the big dinner?

Don't feel stumped! Our wine experts are here to help. We'll talk to Kevin Clayton, owner of Village Wine and Coffee in Shelburne, and Keven Ring, wine director at Twin Farms Resort in Barnard, about how to choose the right wines for your holiday meals.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders voted against the Keystone XL pipeline, and he supports President Obama's decision to protect some undocumented immigrants from deportation. Those are two of the issues we'll discuss with Sanders when he joins us on the next Vermont Edition. We'll also look at two of Sanders' priorities: addressing suicides among military veterans, and bringing down the prices of generic prescription drugs.

Broadcast live on Mon., Nov. 24 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Office of Sen. Patrick Leahy

President Obama wants to implement an immigration package through his powers of executive order and this decision has set off a controversial debate in Congress. Friday on Vermont Edition, Sen. Patrick Leahy was our guest to discuss immigration and other issues facing the U.S. Senate, such as this week's vote on the Keystone XL pipeline. We also discussed the failure this week of a bill Leahy sponsored to restrict government surveillance.

Broadcast live on Fri. Nov., 21 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Bennington College

Walk into a gallery space in Bennington right now and you'll be surrounded by a thirty-five foot long curved painting of a valley in Afghanistan outside Bagram air base. The gallery is filled with sounds from the bazaar's and villages in the valley. Interviews with local Afghans hang on the walls. It's an immersive, complicated portrait of a complicated place created by an anthropologist and an artist working together as a team.

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When the notice arrives that you've been selected for jury duty, some people wonder, "Why me?". Others look at it as their civic duty and as an opportunity to see the court system in action.

We speak with Stephanie Limoge, jury coordinator for the Vermont's Jury Administration Office, and Attorneys David Sleigh and Ritch Berger and Addison County State's Attorney Dave Fenster to get an idea of how people get picked for duty, how they might get out of serving and what goes into lawyers' decisions on who should sit in the jury on their case.

LGBTQ In VT

Nov 18, 2014
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A new study from the Human Rights Campaign rates cities around the country for LGBT equality. They looked at things like non-discrimination laws, relationship recognition and municipality employment policies. Burlington rates pretty highly, as you might imagine, but other towns in Vermont do not fare so well.

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The latest iteration of the Farm Bill created an insurance program for dairy farmers that takes milk prices and the prevailing feed costs into account. And the deadline to sign up for the insurance is just a few weeks away.

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