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.

Publicly held companies have a financial responsibility to their shareholders: they have to make money. But benefit corporations can be responsible to the environment, their employees, and their communities. Businesses that have become benefit corporations say they are taking it into their own hands to make the world a better place.

We’ll talk to Tom Payne of King Arthur Flour and Ashley Orgain of Seventh Generation, two Vermont companies who have gone through the certification process to become benefit companies.

Election Day is a little more than two weeks away. That has candidates and parties scrambling to connect with voters.

As part of our ongoing coverage of Campaign 2014, we hear from Vermont Republican Party Chairman David Sunderland, Progressive State Representative and House Caucus Leader Chris Pearson, and Democratic State Representative Kesha Ram.

They discuss their priorities as voters go to the polls to elect members of the Legislature. And we look at whether  the Democrats will be able to maintain their large majority in the Vermont House and Senate. 

He was the first Chief Justice of Vermont, a Governor of the early republic (before Vermont became a state), and one of the first Senators elected to represent Vermont in nation's the capitol. Yet many people don't know his name.

We talk to Judge Robert Mello, author of a new book about Moses Robinson, who he calls a founding father of Vermont.

Broadcast live on Thursday, October 16 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Some people love to hear the howl of the coyote in the wild. Others chill at the sound of it, fearing that their livestock and pets might be at risk.

Having first arrived in Vermont in the 1940s, there are as many as 8,000 Eastern Coyotes in the state.

UVM Professor Jed Murdoch and State Wildlife Biologist Chris Bernier discuss the role coyotes play in our ecosystem and how the state manages the coyote population.

Among the 435 representatives in the US House, only one represents the interests of the Green Mountain State. That position has been held by Democrat Peter Welch since 2007. This year he faces a challenge from Republican Mark Donka and Liberty Union candidate Matthew Andrews. His opponents argue that it’s time for new blood in Washington. All three candidates meet in a live hour-long debate on VPR.

We take today's show in three acts:

First, how far would you go to help those who are being taking advantage of? We hear of a Bangladeshi woman who is helping girls in her country escape lives of servitude and she’s doing it by climbing the highest peak on each continent. Wasfia Nazreen started the Bangladesh on Seven Summits Foundation to raise awareness, and she’s been in Vermont this Fall to further her cause.

Vermont’s Secretary of State oversees election law, voter rights, state archives and record administration, professional regulation, the registration of business entities, notaries public, municipal programs and the filing and publication of administrative rules by all state agencies.

Pumpkins are ready for picking, garlic is settling in for a long winter underground, and gardeners are starting to pull out dying and frost-bitten plants.  On the next Vermont Edition, we get advice on putting our gardens to bed for the winter, and laying the groundwork for next spring from garden expert Charlie Nardozzi. Nardozzi is host of the Vermont Garden Journal, and a garden consultant.

The agencies that serve homeless and runaway youth in Vermont have been noticing a trend recently: the youth they serve are getting older. That means the agencies can’t simply work with the family to help the young person return home. These youth often have no home to go back to. Instead, they need help finding housing, and learning how to live independently.

We’ll talk to Calvin Smith of the Vermont Coalition of Homeless Youth Programs and Danielle Southwell of Youth Services in Brattleboro, about the challenges faced by homeless youth in Vermont.

The Attorney General is called the top legal officer in the state, which includes everything from defending state laws in court, to protecting consumers to reviewing the actions of police.  Incumbent Democrat Bill Sorrell and Republican challenger Shane McCormack meet in a live hour-long debate on VPR. (Liberty Union candidate Rosemarie Jackowski was invited but is unable to attend.)