Vermont Edition

Weekdays at Noon & 7:00pm

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.

Steve Zind / VPR

He took over the post of Vermont State Police director as the state was in the throes of an opiate abuse epidemic. He's had to answer questions about a new study showing racial disparities in VSP traffic stops.

Charles Krupa / AP

Donald Trump's campaign continues to divide many Republicans across the country, with the candidate's controversial stances and statements leading some to decide not to vote for their own party's nominee. We're looking at how this is playing out closer to home.

Kent McFarland / Flickr

Are you a butterfly watcher? A beekeeper? Do you want to broaden your scope of bug knowledge to the lives and habits of moths, dragonflies and tiger beetles? You're in luck: it's our annual bug show!

ShaneKato / iStock

Your brain needs fructose and glucose. But your body can really do without the high fructose corn syrup or sucrose. And all those other added sugars hiding in processed foods and sweetened drinks.

Meg Malone / VPR

On August 28, 2011, Tropical Storm Irene brought torrential rain and historic flooding to Vermont. The storm stranded thousands behind washed out roads, destroyed dozens of homes, and changed the landscape of Vermont.

Andrey Popov / iStock

The state of financial literacy in America could use some improvement. How do Vermonters stack up? We're looking at financial literacy in our state. 

LanternWorks / iStock

Families have spent countless hours playing Monopoly, Sorry, and Chutes and Ladders. And while those games are timeless, board games and table-top games have evolved and have seen a resurgence.

Jane Lindholm; Courtesy of Dana Walrath

We continue to highlight past segments from Vermont Edition, and we're sharing again our conversations from the spring with librarian Jessamyn West and writer Dana Walrath.

VPR question wheel at the 2015 Champlain Valley Fair.
Patti Daniels / VPR File

The 2016 Champlain Valley Fair begins on Friday, Aug. 26, so join Vermont Edition in revisiting our trip to the fair from last summer. In late August 2015, VPR spent a day at the Champlain Valley Fair in Essex Junction and then shared the stories we captured in early September.

Emily Alfin Johnson / VPR File

During the next few weeks, we'll be sharing a few memorable past Vermont Edition segments. We invite you to listen again to an interview with the members of the slam poetry group "Muslim Girls Making Change," as well as to a discussion about the ukulele. Plus, a new conversation about an old painting in St. Johnsbury that will soon undergo major repairs.

wistechcolleges / Flickr

With a tricky job market and college tuition at daunting levels, career and technical education - once called vocational education - may be looking more and more appealing to today's students.

Xurzon / iStock

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. It ensured that people with disabilities had the same rights and opportunities as all Americans.

Vermont Department of Health

What has this summer looked like so far in terms algae blooms and the health of Lake Champlain? We're getting an update on the latest on the lake: the science of algae blooms and the state of the state's clean-up plan. 

BasieB / iStock

All that planting you did once the winter ended was invigorating. You dug, hoed and sowed, putting in vegetables, herbs, flowers, shrubs, and trees.

Peter Hirschfeld, Bob Kinzel / VPR

The statewide races for the general election are now set, and there are open races for governor and lieutenant governor.  We're hosting  a reporter’s roundtable to look at the key factors that could influence these races. We’ll talk about the candidates and the issues in all the major contests this fall. 

Nina Keck / VPR File

The family that owns the Rutland Herald announced late last night that it's selling the Herald and the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus to a company based in Maine that owns several newspapers and news web sites there. The announcement followed speculation about the papers' future after reports of financial problems surfaced last week.

Ric Cengeri / VPR

This primary campaign always promised to be wild and wide open with the governor's and lieutenant governor's offices up from grabs. It drew three candidates in both of the Democrat's primaries for top seats and two in the Republican gubernatorial race.

John Phelan / Wikimedia Commons

As debate continues over Syrian refugees resettling in Rutland, we're taking a look at the history of immigration into Vermont. We'll look at waves of immigration into the state throughout the past centuries, and how the pre-existing population has received new Vermonters: Irish, French Canadians, Jews, and more.  And we'll talk about how immigration is tied to internal debates about our identity as a state.

Robert Ray / AP/file

"The exercise started out with the plague," says Chris Herrick, Vermont director of the Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security, "then we had earthquakes." Herrick is describing the limit-testing scenarios that Vermont emergency responders managed during a massive 10-day drill that just concluded.

Yi Chen / iStock

Low voter turnout aside, Tuesday's primary election will be very important. Vermonters will decide on who will be on the ballot in November when a new governor and lieutenant governor are elected.