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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How many times has the sight of long antennae, a shiny exoskeleton or a frenetically flying insect prompted the phrase, "What is that?!"

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"Kwai!" is an Abenaki greeting that even fewer people are going to understand in upcoming years. Language is constantly evolving, just as humans do. However, this means that as some languages become more dominant, others come to an end.

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Vermont's solar boom is here, and it's only getting bigger. The state's push for renewable energy means more solar projects, of many different scales, coming down the line. And there's a lot left to work out, on many fronts.

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The killing of Cecil the lion by an American big game hunter in Zimbabwe has enraged many people on social media. It also raises questions about the legal protections and social norms around hunting and poaching wild animals.

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In 1839, Bennington cabinet-maker Hastings Kendrick placed an advertisement in the Vermont Gazette. His tagline? "Rich and tasty furniture." The Shelburne Museum used that phrase as the title for their big new exhibit: "Rich and Tasty: Vermont Furniture to 1850."

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In her 104 years, the enigmatic storyteller and poet Daisy Turner became an important figure in Vermont folklife. Both her oration skills and attention to family history made her a compelling narrator of the African American experience in Vermont. Her family members also shared her passion for storytelling and documenting their family history from slavery to their 150-acre homestead in Grafton.

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Gov. Peter Shumlin is our guest for an hour-long interview on a range of policy issues he's trying to manage, including the state's GMO labeling law, a proposed Ethics Commission and ongoing efforts to transform the state's health care system.

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At this point in your summer garden, you might be on the edge of having more lettuce than you can possibly eat, while the tomatoes and new potatoes are just coming in. On the next Vermont Edition, it's our mid-summer garden check-in with Charlie Nardozzi.  We get his expert advice on growing beautiful vegetables, fruits and flowers.  Plus, we visit the NEK Community Action Head Start office in Barton, where the employees are received a garden grant to build their raised vegetable beds at work.

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Finding the motivation to change your lifestyle for the better can sometimes be a challenge. But what if you were getting paid to do so? The Vermont Center on Behavior and Health is an interdisciplinary hub for research on the impact personal behaviors and choices have on lifelong health. They look at why certain populations are more at risk for making decisions that cause health complications in the long run, and what actions can be taken to intervene.

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Few issues can cause as much tension within a town as the accumulation of items in someone's yard. To some it's junk, to others it's valuable possessions. And to the state, it could be considered a salvage yard.

We discuss the differences between junk and salvage, how a municipality can craft ordinances or bylaws to address these issues and the motivation behind the gathering of this stuff.