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Geeking Out

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They were the kids who sat together in the high school cafeteria, dressed a little funny and laughed at jokes that none of the rest of the class quite understood. They were into Star Wars, Star Trek, roll-playing games and comic books. Really into it.

But now, being a geek has become more socially acceptable. Dare we say geek is now chic.

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Tell us a story! Vermont Edition's annual music show is Friday, and this year we want to know what song encapsulates 2014 for you.  What music do you associate with your strongest memories of the last year?

It can be an old or new song, funny or serious, about your personal life or our collective memory.  Tell us about the soundtrack to your year by posting below or visiting our Facebook page.

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Governor Peter Shumlin said on Wednesday that the time isn’t right for single-payer health care, and pushing for it now would likely hurt Vermont’s economy. We talk to VPR's Peter Hirschfeld and Vermont Press Bureau's Neal Goswami about the decision. And we hear from Lawrence Miller, head of the Governor's health care reform efforts.

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The Vermont Yankee nuclear plant has been operating since 1972. Now, we're less than two weeks away from the plant closing for good. And while it will stop producing energy, life will continue at the plant with the storage of spent fuel and the decommissioning of the plant.

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At the beginning of this year, Governor Shumlin used his State of the State address to discuss Vermont's opiate addiction problem. The legislature followed up with a comprehensive bill addressing treatment, prosecution, and policing.

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The Agency of Human Services is the largest division of state government, and it serves the most vulnerable Vermonters. It's also undergone a lot of turnover in leadership this year, with particular scrutiny on the Department for Children and Families. We speak with the new secretary of Human Services, Hal Cohen.  For the last 18 years, he's lead Capstone Community Action and now he brings that non-profit background into state government.

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Living in the north country, we are obsessed with weather. And for good reason. The weather can change in a hurry and can bring with it some bizarre stuff. The recent storm is a great example of that.

We devote the entire show to our weird, wicked and sometimes wonderful weather.

Greg Hanson, hydrologist for the National Weather Service, and Dr. Jay Shafer, Associate Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Lyndon State College, look at the year in weather, explains why we just got dumped on, and gives us an idea of what the months ahead have in store.

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Last month adjunct faculty at Burlington College, Champlain College, and St. Michael's College all voted separately to join the Service Employees International Union. The faculty say they are looking for stability, benefits, and increased compensation.

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Cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg are flavors that enrich holiday cooking and baking. But how did these spices make it into American dishes, and why do these flavors evoke the holiday season? On the next Vermont Edition, we’ll talk about the origins of spices and why certain flavors work together, and others don't. Our guests are Hank Kaestner, who was a spice buyer for McCormick and Company for three decades, and Jim Romanoff, the food editor at Eating Well magazine.

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First-time visitors to Vermont could be excused for thinking Winooski was settled by natives of Poland. But the name comes from the Abenaki word "winoskitegw," meaning “land of the wild onion.”

Archeologists have found one of the largest Native American dwelling sites in Winooski. It was once home of Ira Allen. Woolen mills proved a steady source of employment in the city for over a century. And for a time, there was a fleeting possibility that the city would be domed.

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