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.
Congressman Peter Welch is our guest on the next Vermont Edition. We discuss the Islamic State in Syria and what he thinks the United States' military response should be. We take your calls on domestic issues facing Congress.
Also in the program, the role that write-in votes played in Tuesday's Primary Election. Political analyst Eric Davis discusses the results of voting in an election that saw extremely low voter turnout.
Broadcast live on Fri., Aug. 29 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.
You may have gone out to farms this summer to pick your own blueberries or strawberries. Did it seem like you were doing all the work for the farmer? Well it turns out running a Pick Your Own farm can be a lot of work in its own right.
Maybe you have poured a bucket of ice on your head, or maybe you have just seen videos of friends doing it. Either way, the viral "ice bucket challenge" has accomplished its goal this summer: raising awareness and money for ALS, a fatal illness that was little-known a month ago.
Hiring a new employee is a positive time. Everyone looks forward to the work the employee will do and how he or she will move the company forward. But the reverse – having to fire someone – is a challenge for an organization, the person being fired and their co-workers who are still with the company.
We look at the right and wrong methods of firing an individual, and the proper decorum of those being fired and their former co-workers.
Police shootings elicit strong feelings in the affected communities and give people elsewhere pause to think about the wider implications. They also raise questions about how police are trained.
We looked at what police training looks like in Vermont with Richard Gauthier, Executive Director of the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Center, and we spoke with Allen Gilbert, Executive Director of the ACLU of Vermont about where he thinks that training might fall short. We also heard from Rutland Police Chief Jim Baker about how police training is put to use on the ground.
Garret Keizer never really wanted to be a teacher, but he found himself wrangling high school students in the Northeast Kingdom until he was able to make ends meet as a writer. Then, fourteen years later, Keizer found himself back in the classroom again.
He’s written about his experience in a new book, Getting Schooled: The Reeducation of an American Teacher. We’ll talk to Keizer about the challenges and rewards of teaching.
When a child is removed from her family because of abuse or neglect, someone needs to advocate for her in court. That advocate is a Guardian ad Litem. There are 300 of these volunteers in Vermont.
Mary Hayden, manager of Vermont’s Guardian ad Litem Program, and Guardian ad Litem Susan Hong discuss the work of these volunteers, the training they undergo, the research they do and how they arrive at the recommendations they make to the court on whether a child should be returned to their family.
Jim Jeffords was a GOP stalwart in Vermont, serving seven terms as a Republican in the House before moving to the Senate. Jeffords made headlines in 2001 when he renounced his Republican Party affiliation and became an Independent, caucusing with the Democrats. His decision shifted the balance of power in the Senate and made him a target of national devotion and disdain.
Republicans Mark Donka, Don Russell and Donald Nolte are all vying for the chance to unseat Democrat Peter Welch in the US Congress in this fall’s elections. Vermont Edition heard from all three candidates in the first of VPR’s primary debates.
Don Russell and Donald Nolte are newcomers to Vermont politics; Mark Donka ran as the Republican nominee in 2012, losing to incumbent Peter Welch.