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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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Steven Jeffrey is outgoing executive director of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns. He's held that position for over thirty years. On his way out, we're talking to him about Vermont's local governments and the issues they face, and how the state's towns and cities have changed over the years.

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In his inaugural address, Governor Peter Shumlin focused on the cleanup of Lake Champlain and a renewed focus on the expansion of renewables like small-scale solar. He promoted a .7 percent payroll tax in his budget address to help reduce the Medicaid cost shift.

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"This has probably been the strangest year that I've served in the Legislature," Rep. Tony Klein told reporters as lawmakers left the Statehouse for the year on Saturday night. It began with an unresolved governor's election, and ended with disturbing allegations of sexual assault, and in between several major issues demanded attention from lawmakers and their constituents.

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A new study of religion in America has a few big takeaways. The number of Christians is declining, though still very much a majority. The number of those who call themselves religiously "unaffiliated" is on the rise. Vermont, meanwhile, has a higher percentage of those unaffiliated than any other state. What accounts for that statistic?

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To think that some of our parents lived through the advent of television, watched the explosion of cable, the introduction of HD and are now streaming several seasons of Veep on their computer, it’s safe to say that television has changed massively over the decades. It can also be said that it has changed us as well.

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Lawmakers are aiming to adjourn the current legislative session on Saturday, and numerous bills are meeting their fates in the Vermont House and Senate.  Speaker of the House Shap Smith is our guest for the full hour to discuss how key issues are being decided, like taxes, the state budget, school consolidation, Lake Champlain cleanup and changes to the child protection system.

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Vermont Congressman Peter Welch has re-introduced legislation that would reveal intelligence spending that's currently classified. Meanwhile, the USA Freedom Act - another bill co-sponsored by Rep. Welch, that would rein in the government's bulk collection of personal data - passed in the House.

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When a group of researchers started the Vermont Roots Migration Survey, they hoped to get 75 responses. The final tally was about 50 times that. The survey asked people who attended high school while residing in Vermont questions about where they've lived since graduating, why they left, why they returned or why they stayed.

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Catching sight of a tightly curled, bright green fiddlehead can turn turn an ordinary walk along the river into a foraging adventure.  This is fiddlehead season, and foragers are trying to find the balance between gathering their favorite treats, and leaving enough behind to guarantee a healthy crop next season.  We talk with botanist Arthur Haines of the New England Wildflower Society, Shelburne Farms head chef David Hugo, and VPR's own expert forager Robert Resnik about how to find, eat and protect wild edibles like fiddleheads, mushrooms and ramps.

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  The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo - target of the deadly Paris attack in January - just received a PEN Freedom of Expression award, in a decision which some big-name authors have criticized. And just a few days earlier, two attackers were shot dead after opening fire on a so-called "Draw Muhammad" contest.