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.
It’s the holidays, a time when friends, families and co-workers unite to celebrate. Quite often with alcohol flowing.
We take a look at some of Vermont’s liquor laws and how they developed with Department of Liquor Control Director of Enforcement Bill Goggins. And we’ll hear how law enforcement agencies around the state work to keep impaired drivers off the highway from Ted Minall, Chief of the Governor's Highway Safety Program and Vermont State Police Sergeant Gary Scott.
Last week, some business leaders called for a one year delay in implementing Vermont Health Connect, the state health care exchange. State officials were hoping that the exchange would be fully operational at the beginning of December but the online payment program still hasn’t been put into place. Some individuals and small businesses are concerned that time is running out for them to purchase policies through the exchange in order to have coverage beginning in January.
After years of gathering data, filing reports and debating where to base the F-35 fighter jets, a decision has been made. The Vermont Air National Guard at Burlington International Airport will serve as a base for the planes beginning in 2020.
But rather than ending the debate, the decision may just change the discussion. Supporters and opponents of the decisions will weigh in on the Air Force’s choice. And we’d like to hear from you.
If your idea of a perfect winter evening involves a basket of yarn and the rhythmic click of knitting needles, you’ll want to tune in to Vermont Edition, Tuesday at noon. We’ll be talking with fiber artists of all kinds about their crafts and the community that forms around weavers, felters, and, yes, knitters. Our guests include Eric Robinson, a knitter and pattern designer with Green Mountain Spinnery, and Phillis Bont, a weaver with Six Loose Ladies.
Vermont state Department of Corrections has beds for sixteen hundred inmates. But the prison population has remained higher than that for years, despite efforts by the Governor and lawmakers to reduce it.
Monday, December 2nd, we'll talk with Andy Pallito, the Commissioner of the Department of Corrections, about the prison population, recidivism, and efforts to reduce incarceration.
Those early Thanksgiving participants who were so thankful to have made it through the previous year, with the help of their Native American neighbors, were especially grateful for the bountiful food they had before them. There were no grocery stores selling shrink-wrapped frozen turkeys and gelatinous cans of cranberry sauce.
Work on the state’s health care exchange web site will continue through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend to meet a December deadline. Governor Peter Shumlin set Monday, Dec. 2, as the date for the web site’s payment function to go live. Since the exchange launched in October, consumers have been able to browse the web site for insurance packages, but they have not been able to complete the purchase of insurance online.
Why are sandwiches considered lunch food, and pancakes served only for breakfast? And did you know that we used to only eat a big meal in the middle of the day? Now we’ve got breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Also, Turkey wasn’t always the most prominent meat on the Thanksgiving table. We talk with Abigail Carroll, a food historian, about the history of the American meal and how we ended up eating what we eat, and when.
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.