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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
1:05 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Health Exchange Woes Continue Unabated

Lawrence Miller, right, director of state health reform, faced tough questions from legislators.
Steve Zind VPR

Fifteen-thousand Vermonters people who are enrolled in the state's Health Care Exchange, Vermont Health Connect, can't change any of their information at the website,  and thousands of Medicaid enrollees can't renew their coverage online.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Acting Very Locally: Vermont’s Town Energy Committees

Projects like this solar barn have been completed through the efforts of town energy committees.
Vermont Natural Resources Council

Groups of volunteers in over 100 towns have been educating and facilitating home owners and municipalities transition to small-scale renewable energy or to find ways to reduce energy consumption. It’s the work of Vermont’s town energy committees.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Citizen Scientists, Unite!

Alison Wagner records the bird count in Fayston, as she takes part in The National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count in 2008. The annual event is one of the longest-running citizen science data collection projects in the country.
Toby Talbot AP

When scientists need massive volumes of data or they need data collected over a huge geographic range, they often turn to well-trained citizen scientists for help. From counting the populations of species, to monitoring water quality, citizen scientists are contributing to research and learning about science in the process. We dive into some of the research projects in Vermont that are boosted by citizen-gathered data. Our guest is Larry Clarfeld, an environmental educator at the North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Returning Out-Of-State Prisoners To Vermont

Vermont houses almost 500 prisoners in private out-of-state facilities.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Vermont sends nearly 500 prisoners to privately run out-of-state facilities in Kentucky and Arizona. The contract with the company that operates these jails, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), comes up for renewal next year.

Now, a group of concerned Vermonters is proposing that room be made here to return these prisoners to the state.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

A Search For Meaning In A Life Close To Nature

In this photo taken Friday, July 13, 2012, stone pillars delineate the actual site of Henry David Throeau's cabin on the shores of Walden Pond in Concord, Mass.
Michael Dwyer AP

The 1960s and '70s saw a lot of people arrive in Vermont with the back-to-the-land movement. Their idealism followed the legacies of people like Helen and Scott Nearing, and even Henry David Thoreau well before them. On the next Vermont Edition, we discuss the impulse to find meaning in a life close to nature. Our guest is Rebecca Kneale Gould, a writer and senior lecturer at Middlebury College.

Professor Gould recommends these titles for further reading:

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Making Kids Count

Vermont is ranked second in the country in childhood well being.
yaruta Thinkstock

Vermont ranks second in the country in child well being. That’s according to the most-recent Kids Count Data Book, which is published annually by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The state is among the top 10 in all four of the ranked categories – economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.

Voices for Vermont’s Children Research Associate Sarah Teel and Marianne Miller, Head Start and Early Head Start director for Capstone Community Action Council, discuss the report’s findings and look at areas of well-being that still have children’s advocates concerned.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Alvarez To Receive National Medal Of Arts

In this Jan. 24, 2006 file photo, writer Julia Alvarez poses for a photo on her farm, Altagracia, in Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic.
Ramon Espinosa AP File

Writer and Vermont resident Julia Alvarez captured critical acclaim with her novels How the García Girls Lost Their Accents and In the Time of the Butterflies. Now, she’s about to receive the National Medal of Arts in a White House ceremony on Monday. Alvarez joins us to discuss her work.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

English Language Learners In Vermont Schools

With as many as 60 different languages spoken in some Vermont schools, educators are having to adapt to teach English language learners.
Fengyuan Change Thinkstock

If you had to take a standardized test right now, how do you think you would score? Now imagine that test is in a language you can barely read. Since the English language dominates our educational system, a gap in English language ability is often equated with a gap in intelligence.

We talk to Shawna Shapiro, assistant Professor of Writing & Linguistics at Middlebury College, and Susan Blethen, an ELL teacher at Burlington High School, about the challenges facing English language learners and what some educators are doing to bridge the gap.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Hit The Road! (Or Trail!)

Leaders in the the fifteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race on Sunday, July 20, 2014.
Peter Dejong AP

Summer is a great time to get on the bike. From new technology and gear, to ever-present concerns about safety, on the next Vermont Edition, we get an earful from cyclists who take to paved roads, back roads and mountain trails throughout the state. We talk with Emily Boedecker, executive director of Local Motion, which advocates for bike access and helps people get into the sport of cycling.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Oenophilia 101

Wine has the ability to enhance the flavors of a meal.
Luis Hidalgo AP

When you’ve been to a restaurant where you’re handed a wine list that is a tome as thick as the book you’re reading, you might decide to just order a beer. Or when you’ve needed to pick a wine to take to a friend’s house for dinner, you’ve probably considered just taking a bouquet of flowers instead. Choosing wines can be intimidating.

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