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 scary prospect of encountering impaired drivers on Vermont's highways and biways is more pronounced during the holidays. So what can be done to combat it?

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A big new book has more information than you may have known you wanted about cheese. We're talking about the intersection of cheese and all aspects of human civilization with a couple of the folks behind the "The Oxford Companion to Cheese."

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When Vermont journalist Theo Padnos slipped into Syria to report on the civil war there, he knew there were risks. What he couldn't have predicted was that he would be kidnapped by Al-Nusra, Al-Qaeda's branch in Syria.

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On Saturday, House Democrats nominated Grand Isle Representative Mitzi Johnson for Speaker of the House. We're talking to her about her plans and priorities in the coming session.

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Senator Patrick Leahy was easily re-elected in November to his eighth U.S. Senate term, but the Senate he is returning to has changed, and so has his role in it.

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Many communities are concerned that the Trump administration could have a negative impact on their lives. Among them are people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer, people whose rights have only recently been codified.

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Act 46 is a Vermont law that requires towns to consider school district consolidation. Some are doing it willingly. They say their students are going to have more educational options with a consolidated district. They also hope to save money through efficiencies that will be created.

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Phil Scott will be Vermont's next governor - he'll take office in January of next year. We're talking about the state of the transition to the new administration. 

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Is it that living in the far north only attracts a brave and hearty soul? Or does almost six months of winter weather start to addle the brain and motivate seemingly sane individuals to enter events like the Lake Elmore Polar Splash or the 8-Hour Polar Bear Obstacle Challenge?

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Thanksgiving is almost here. What are you thankful for? We're talking about gratitude and opening the phones to listeners.

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Rain and snow in the last three weeks have helped a bit, but low levels of precipitation from August through October have put much of Vermont in drought conditions.  We get three different scientific  perspectives on what drought means to Vermont's landscape and waterways.

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Mention drones and a variety of ideas float into people's minds. They might imagine unmanned armed military vehicles. Or the apparatus used to fly over Vermont's lush fall foliage to record videos that get posted on social media.

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Congressman Peter Welch was easily re-elected last Tuesday. But he was stunned by the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States.

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A lot of us have been in conversations lately about what it's like to be a woman in this particular political and cultural moment. On the next Vermont Edition, we're moving that conversation into the studio.

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The number of homeless individuals and families in Vermont has been dropping steadily and the state has increased the amount of emergency housing for those in need.

But the flip side is that there is still a need for temporary and transitional shelter in Vermont. And the number of individuals and families needing shelter because of domestic violence has not dropped.

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You may have been paying attention to other news, but on Election Day last week, Entergy announced plans to sell the shuttered Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. The deal still needs to be approved, but it could speed up the decommissioning process by decades.

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On Tuesday, four more states approved the legalization of the use of recreational marijuana. That included two in New England: Massachusetts and Maine.

That could have a profound effect on legalization efforts in Vermont.

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On Tuesday night, Vermonters elected Republican Phil Scott as the state’s next governor. The governor-elect joins us to talk about his plans and priorities for his time in office.

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State Senator David Zuckerman faced formidable opposition in the Democratic primary for Lieutenant Governor when he defeated House Speaker Shap Smith and Burlington State Representative Kesha Ram.

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After Election Day, finally, come the results. We're digging into the data with our panel of Vermont political reporters. We'll look at results from races at all levels: national, statewide, and local. From the presidential contest to the statewide races to your town's ballot questions.

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