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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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Vermont Edition
1:38 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Live From Bennington

Bennington is the third largest town in Vermont, after Essex and Colchester.
C Hanchey Flickr

The Southwestern corner of Vermont is geographically closer to Albany, Concord, Hartford than it is to Montpelier, but many of the challenges facing Bennington are familiar to the rest of the state. We’ll talk with community leaders about Bennington's challenges and opportunities in front of a live audience at Madison Brewing Company on Main Street.

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Vermont Edition
3:31 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Baseball At The Break

The Red Sox are at the wrong end of the division as the All-Star Break looms.
Charles Krupa AP

Baseball heads into the All-Star Break with the Red Sox fading, the Yankees staying afloat and World Series dreams very much alive in Los Angeles, Oakland and Milwaukee. Milwaukee?

State Representative Kurt Wright and VPR's Mitch Wertlieb assess the season so far, size up the second half and surmise what trades might be made. We also check in with the Vermont Mountaineers of the NECBL and the New York-Penn League's Vermont Lake Monsters.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

The Consequences Of Hoarding

Excessive hoarding can cause emotional distress and isolation from friends and family.
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What might start out as simple collecting or the inability to throw something out, can eventually lead to overloading a home or apartment with stacks of unwanted junk. And that can eventually result in isolation, unsafe conditions and even squalor.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

'Fraud, Force Or Coercion': Human Trafficking in Vt.

Belinda A. Stojanovic Thinkstock

Vermont's law against human trafficking went into effect in 2011, and the Task Force that's implementing it is still working to understand the scope of the problem here, and raise public awareness about how vulnerable young women can become victims of sex traffickers in Vermont.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

After Freedom Summer: Vermonters Reflect 50 Years Later

A memorial in Philadelphia, Miss. on June 15, 2014, during a commemorative service for three civil rights workers, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, all killed in Mississippi in 1964.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Fifty years ago, with the help of hundreds of volunteers, over 17,000 African Americans attempted to register to vote in the state of Mississippi. Only 1,600 of the applications were accepted by local registrars.

That kind of disenfranchisement was well understood in the rural south, but for the mostly white, mostly northern volunteers who came to Mississippi in the summer of 1964, the segregation and oppression they experienced there were eye opening.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

UVM Research Helps Predict Teen Binge Drinking

Edward White Thinkstock

Teen alcohol use has long been a concern for public health officials. But now researchers at University of Vermont have zeroed in on one aspect of teen drinking: how to predict which teens will become problem drinkers as they get older.

We talk with UVM psychiatry professor Hugh Garavan, who co-authored a new study published in the journal Nature, that shows how a variety of factors combine to predict binge drinking in 16 year olds with 70 percent accuracy.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Summer At The Museum

An acrobat performs at Shelburne Museum's Circus-Palooza
Shelburne Museum

While many museums observe the mantra, “look, don’t touch,” some museum educators in Vermont prefer a hands-on approach to learning. From milking cows at Billings Farm to tinkering with LED lights at the Montshire Museum, Vermonters can experience learning firsthand through the diversity of museum programs offered across the state.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

What Does A Knee Replacement Cost? A Database Could Tell You

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A report from the Auditor’s Office says Vermont is falling short when it comes to giving consumers a way to research the prices of medical procedures from different health care providers around the state. Wednesday on Vermont Edition, we talk with Auditor Doug Hoffer what the report says about VHCURES, the current database the state is using, which the Green Mountain Care Board plans to revamp.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Nice Gneiss: The Geology Of Vermont

A fossil preserved in what was once the bottom of a warm equatorial sea- now Fisk Quarry in Isle La Motte.
Toby Talbot AP

At the end of the last ice age, a good part of Vermont was under the sea. The retreating glaciers had pushed down the bedrock, allowing water from the Atlantic Ocean to stretch as far as southern Vermont. As the continental rock rebounded, the Champlain Sea eventually became lake Champlain, though fossils from that era can still be seen at Chazy reef in Isle La Motte.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Waste Not, Want Not: Vt. Gets Serious About Food In Trash

In this Nov. 15, 2013 photo, Ted Coles dumps a truckload of food scraps at Vermont Compost in Montpelier. 'Food for animals' is third in the state's hierarchy of reducing food in the waste stream.
Toby Talbot AP

On July 1, 2014, the first mandate of a new state law goes into effect that will ultimately ban all food scraps from landfills.  As Act 148 is phased in, organizations that work in Vermont's food systems are rallying around the idea of 'food rescue' - redirecting wasted food to a higher purpose to feed people, animals or be composted. Monday on Vermont Edition: food rescue, and the effort to keep food on plates and out of the trash.

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