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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
1:13 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Climate Change And Activism

In this file photo, 350.org leader Bill McKibben talks to Montpelier students in front of solar panels in 2007.
Toby Talbot AP

This weekend, some Vermonters are in New York City for a massive protest about climate change in the United States.  Meanwhile, new research from UVM has added more data to a picture of rising temperatures and less snow in the coming century. Monday on Vermont Edition, we’ll look at the impacts of climate change in our region.

Did you attend the climate march in New York this weekend? Join the conversation: post comments and questions below or write to vermontedition@vpr.net

Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

GOP Congressional Candidate Mark Donka

Mark Donka is the Republican candidate for the U.S. House.
Angela Evansie VPR

Mark Donka won a close three-way race in the Republican primary for Vermont’s lone congressional seat. He now faces Representative Peter Welch for the second consecutive time in the general election.

Donka outlines his positions on the bill to fund Syrian rebels fighting ISIS, the federal budget, the Affordable Care Act, immigration and other issues facing Congress.

Post your questions or comments for Mark Donka here or email them to vermontedition@vpr.net.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Reliving History, Musket In Hand

Members of the Champlain Valley Historical Reenactors fire their muskets at their Confederate counterparts while staging a mock battle in Orwell in 1997.
Chris Line AP

Some people like to read about history, other people like to live it. We'll talk with historical reenactors about what motivates them to put on the shoes of another era's soldiers.

We'll hear from Steve Smith, a member of the Champlain Valley Historical Reenactors. Smith runs a troop of Confederate reenactors here in Vermont. We'll also hear from Admiral Warren Hamm, co-chair of the 150th Anniversary of the St. Alban's Raid Committee.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

The Spartan Race: Overcoming Life’s Obstacles

Spartan Races are now held across the country and internationally.
Rachel La Corte AP

Athletes are forever testing the limits of their prowess and endurance. Runners might start with a 5K, but eventually, 10Ks, half marathons and marathons beckon. Then there are triathlons.

Now add obstacle races to the mix. These include activities like climbing up ropes, throwing spears, hurdling over walls, crawling under barbed wire and leaping over fire.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Gov. Candidate Dan Feliciano

Libertarian candidate for govenror Dan Feliciano.
Bob Kinzel VPR

Dan Feliciano is the Libertarian candidate for governor, and he’s gained more attention than Libertarians usually do in Vermont thanks to a write-in campaign in the Republican primary. Feliciano has been making sharp attacks on incumbent Governor Peter Shumlin, and says Shumlin's health care policy is driven by "fantasy." Feliciano is our guest to discuss his campaign for governor, and why he wants to lead the state.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

What Can Hospitals Do To Control Costs?

Rutland Regional CEO Tom Huebner
Toby Talbot AP

A visit to the hospital can be terrifying…and then you get the bill. Right now, hospitals receive money by billing for each patient visit, but sometimes those charges can seem out of synch with the services received.

We’ll talk to Tom Huebner, President and CEO of Rutland Regional Medical Center, about whether it would be possible to bring costs down by changing the way they budget.

We’ll also hear from Richard Slusky, Director of Payment Reform for the Green Mountain Care Board, and Joe Woodin, CEO and President of Gifford Medical Center.

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Vermont Edition
4:39 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Governor Shumlin's Reelection Bid

Governor Shumlin faces Republican candidate Scott Milne, Libertarian candidate Dan Feliciano, and Liberty Union candidate Peter Diamondstone in the general election.
Peter Hirschfeld VPR

This week, Governor Peter Shumlin officially launched his reelection bid. We'll ask the Governor to explain his positions on the key issues facing the state.

Also on the show, we'll get an overview of the general election as it stands so far from VPR's Peter Hirschfeld.

Broadcast live on Friday, September 12 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Hands Off: The Logistics Of The Hand-Held Cell Phone Ban

As of October 1, the use of hand-held electronic devices while driving will be outlawed.
Toby Talbot AP

On October 1, Vermont’s new cell phone law goes into effect. This will prohibit the use of hand-held electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle. While some people have wondered if they’d need to trade in their vehicle for one that is compliant with the new law, there are other options.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

GOP Candidate Scott Milne

Republican candidate for governor Scott Milne.
Angela Evancie VPR

Scott Milne is the Republican nominee for governor. He says the Shumlin Administration has put Vermont on a path to become the most radical state in the nation, while ignoring serious economic challenges. On the next Vermont Edition, we get Milne’s perspective on the right direction for Vermont and why he wants to be governor.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Community In The Digital Age

How do our online communities affect our geographic communities, and visa versa?
Mike Lee Flickr

Many of us have found comfort and fellowship in online communities via social media and the internet. But how do those online communities interact with our real-world geographic communities? These days, a small incident in a small town can quickly become fodder for an international firestorm on the internet, and that can make local communities and local businesses feel harassed or overwhelmed.

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