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Vermont Edition
1:20 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Progressive Legislative Roundup

House Progressive Caucus leader Representative Chris Pearson.
VPR/Peter Hirschfeld

When the 2014 legislative session started, leaders in the Progressive Party were expressing concern with some of the policies of Governor Shumlin. How do they feel about the Governor now as the session winds down?

We’ll talk with the House Progressive Caucus leader, Burlington Representative Chris Pearson, and with Enosburg Representative Cindy Weed and Senator David Zuckerman about the progressive legislative priorities for the end of the session.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

The Return Of The Stay-At-Home Mom

After decades of decline, the percentage of stay-at-home moms is on the rise.
Jupiterimages Thinkstock

In 1970, nearly half of all mothers stayed home to raise their children. In the next several decades though, more and more women returned to work after having children. Pew Research Center has released a new study that shows the number of stay-at-home moms has risen to 29 percent.

D’Vera Cohn, senior writer for Pew Research, and Kathryn Flagg, staff writer for Seven Days, discuss the findings and why we’re seeing a return to stay-at-home parenting.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Provenence Of Produce: New Ideas In Buying Local Food

AP Dean Fosdick

When it comes to eating local, the very definition of “local” is changing. Movers and shakers in the local food movement are reframing the concept of local food from being strictly about mileage to one that incorporates a set of implied values — like how the workers or animals were treated, and land stewardship.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Herpetology Today: What Our Amphibians And Reptiles Are Up To

A red eft, or eastern newt, frolics in the Vermont environment.
Jane Lindholm VPR

The long-awaited spring has arrived. And for herpetologists, it’s like baseball’s opening day.

Snakes, salamanders, toads, turtles and frogs are either on the move or about to venture out from their winter hiding places. Choruses of critters will soon be in full voice, and we’ll all be reveling in the songs of peepers.

Jim Andrews, Coordinator of the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas, brings into focus what’s going on around us.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Sugar Free: Life Without The Sweet Stuff

Last week the staff at VPR celebrated "Cake Week." This cake likely had well more than the daily recommended dose of sugar.
Patti Daniels VPR

The average American consumes about 22 teaspoons of sugar a day. That’s more than three times what’s recommended by the American Heart Association.

Much of that extra sugar comes from foods we don’t think of as sweet: it’s added to things like tomato sauce and bacon and low-fat salad dressings.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

One Month To Go: Legislative Update

House Chamber seen from the visitor's gallery at the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier.
Toby Talbot AP

Lawmakers say they need four to five weeks to finish the business of this legislative biennium. That puts a deadline on the bills that will pass and those that won't. Legislators, lobbyists and activists continue to work on issues like banning on drivers using cell phones, requiring GMO products to be labeled, consolidating school systems, and requiring paid sick days. 

We talk with some of Vermont’s best Statehouse reporters learn the details. The panel is Neal Goswami of the Vermont Press Bureau, Terry Hallenbeck of the Burlington Free Press and VPR's Peter Hirschfeld.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Update With Attorney General Bill Sorrell

Bill Sorrell discusses a raft of issues facing his office.
Toby Talbot AP

The Attorney General’s office is wrangling with a number of key issues right now, including GMO labeling legislation and the Vermont Yankee decommissioning plans and fund.

Attorney General Bill Sorrell will discuss these issues as well as campaign financing, patent trolling and recent law enforcement officer-involved shootings.

Also on the program, Northeast Kingdom poet Leland Kinsey discusses his seventh and newest book of poetry, Winter Ready.

Broadcast live on Thursday, April 10 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Shattering The Ice Ceiling: The Adventurous Life Of Jan Reynolds

Jan Reynolds is a world-record breaking skier.
Inner Traditions Publishing

Jan Reynolds is a world-record breaking skier and adventurer who lives in Stowe. She has climbed some of the highest peaks in the world, often as the only woman in the expedition. She says the success of her adventures depended on learning to embrace her strengths as a woman, rather than imitating the men she traveled with.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Bill Would Expand Vt. Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Marijuana plants grow under special lights inside the grow facility at marijuana dispensary in Colorado.
Brennan Linsley AP

Vermont’s medical marijuana dispensaries have been in operation for just under year. But lawmakers are already considering a bill to expand the number of dispensaries, remove the cap on the total number of patients and allow for home delivery of medical marijuana. We discuss the details with the bill's sponsor, Sen. Jeanette White, and with Shayne Lynn of Champlain Valley Dispensary.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

How Can Young Vermonters Become More Financially Savvy?

Many young people feel under-prepared for managing their own money, figuring out financial aid and saving for retirement.
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Financial literacy is a required topic in Vermont's educational standards, but many young people still feel under-prepared for managing their own money, figuring out financial aid and saving for retirement. The State Treasurer’s Office has partnered with the Vermont Department of Libraries to declare April 5th-12th Money Smart Week and April as a whole Financial Literacy Month.

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