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.

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.

Post your questions and comments below or email vermontedition@vpr.net

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Congressman Peter Welch is our guest on the next Vermont Edition. The Democrat was easily re-elected last week, but when the new Congress begins work in January he will have fewer Democratic colleagues and a host of issues still to decide, including immigration and the future of the Affordable Care Act.

Send your questions for Congressman Peter Welch to vermontedition@vpr.net or post below.

Broadcast live on Fri., Nov. 14 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Among scientists, there is little debate any longer about whether human activity contributes to climate change. However, in politics, and on TV, it is still a matter of debate. So how do the physicists, engineers, and climatologists who do work in this field engage with the public debate?

We talk to Mary Albert, professor of Engineering at Dartmouth and executive director of the U.S. Ice Drilling Program Office, and Jennie Stephens, Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy at the University of Vermont.  (Talk)

Avid readers often find themselves foisting their favorite titles on unsuspecting loved ones. Well, send your book suggestions our way! On the next Vermont Edition, it’s our Fall Book Show. The long, dark autumn evenings were made for curling up with a captivating story, and we are here to help you fill out your reading wish lists. We’ve invited independent Vermont booksellers to share their suggestions of great books that should be on our reading lists, and we want to hear from YOU too.

There is a section of Arlington National Cemetery where soldiers who died in Afghanistan and Iraq are buried. Section 60 has taken on a unique social and cultural identity within the cemetery, partly because the people who go their to mourn are so young, like the deceased soldiers themselves. 

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