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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This week, Vermont was recognized by the USDA for the state's programs to support and promote breastfeeding. At the same time, the issue of a mother's decision to breastfeed - or not to - can lead to particularly charged conversations amongst parents. What is it about this aspect of parenting that can lead to such intense emotions and potential judgment?

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How's work? It's a question that when asked of a friend can open a massive can of worms. Sometimes they can't stop gushing about how great things are going and about the new promotion. Other times you'll hear a never-ending litany about a demonic boss or nonsensical company policies.

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How do you think Vermont's economy is doing?

Different economic indicators can tell different stories: from unemployment, to wages, to inequality, to the Main Street in your city or town. What are your the indicators you see that make a difference in your own economic life? What do you think of the state's economic outlook in the short and long terms?

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The gubernatorial election is more than a year away, but the list of potential candidates is already long. So far, only one person has made a formal announcement, House Speaker Shap Smith. We're talking to Speaker Smith about the race, his platform, and why he's running.

Also on the program, former governor - and presidential candidate - Howard Dean on the 2016 presidential race.

And, a visit to the Cooperman Company of Saxtons River, which keep Revolutionary War re-enactors supplied with fifes and drums.

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Stories about New Orleans ten years after Hurricane Katrina have prompted Vermonters to also reflect on the four years since Tropical Storm Irene; both anniversaries are this weekend. A UVM disaster sociologist says that social and economic advantages are the strongest indicators of how a child will do in recovering from a disaster, rather personality or character traits. 

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The state of Vermont and the EPA are collaborating on a twenty-year plan to reduce the phosphorus running into Lake Champlain by more thirty percent. That includes federal lake pollution targets and the state's plan for how to get to those goals.

We're looking at the new targets, the plan to hit them, and whether it will all be enough to keep the lake clean for coming generations.

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A marshy pond is the perfect spot for catching frogs, trying not to spook them, then scooping one into your hands and peeking between your fingers just enough to see the little guy before he jumps away. 


Earlier this year, Vermont students took the new "Smarter Balanced" standardized test, or SBAC. The results of that test are being released to the public on Monday, Aug. 24.

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Because Vermont has such a small population, it's not a surprise when lawmakers have to vote on a bill in which they have a direct interest. But that's never been too big a concern.

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Since Tropical Storm Irene and the loss of the State Hospital in Waterbury, Vermont has taken aggressive steps to address mental health care. But what about those who seek help outside the state system?