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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.