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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
12:30 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

The Spartan Race: Overcoming Life’s Obstacles

Spartan Races are now held across the country and internationally.
Rachel La Corte AP

Athletes are forever testing the limits of their prowess and endurance. Runners might start with a 5K, but eventually, 10Ks, half marathons and marathons beckon. Then there are triathlons.

Now add obstacle races to the mix. These include activities like climbing up ropes, throwing spears, hurdling over walls, crawling under barbed wire and leaping over fire.

Joe DeSena of Pittsfield is the creator of the Spartan Races. He discusses how the races came about and have grown into international events.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Gov. Candidate Dan Feliciano

Libertarian candidate for govenror Dan Feliciano.
Bob Kinzel VPR

Dan Feliciano is the Libertarian candidate for governor, and he’s gained more attention than Libertarians usually do in Vermont thanks to a write-in campaign in the Republican primary. Feliciano has been making sharp attacks on incumbent Governor Peter Shumlin, and says Shumlin's health care policy is driven by "fantasy." Feliciano is our guest to discuss his campaign for governor, and why he wants to lead the state.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

What Can Hospitals Do To Control Costs?

Rutland Regional CEO Tom Huebner
Toby Talbot AP

A visit to the hospital can be terrifying…and then you get the bill. Right now, hospitals receive money by billing for each patient visit, but sometimes those charges can seem out of synch with the services received.

We’ll talk to Tom Huebner, President and CEO of Rutland Regional Medical Center, about whether it would be possible to bring costs down by changing the way they budget.

We’ll also hear from Richard Slusky, Director of Payment Reform for the Green Mountain Care Board, and Joe Woodin, CEO and President of Gifford Medical Center.

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Vermont Edition
4:39 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Governor Shumlin's Reelection Bid

Governor Shumlin faces Republican candidate Scott Milne, Libertarian candidate Dan Feliciano, and Liberty Union candidate Peter Diamondstone in the general election.
Peter Hirschfeld VPR

This week, Governor Peter Shumlin officially launched his reelection bid. We'll ask the Governor to explain his positions on the key issues facing the state.

Also on the show, we'll get an overview of the general election as it stands so far from VPR's Peter Hirschfeld.

Broadcast live on Friday, September 12 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Hands Off: The Logistics Of The Hand-Held Cell Phone Ban

As of October 1, the use of hand-held electronic devices while driving will be outlawed.
Toby Talbot AP

On October 1, Vermont’s new cell phone law goes into effect. This will prohibit the use of hand-held electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle. While some people have wondered if they’d need to trade in their vehicle for one that is compliant with the new law, there are other options.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

GOP Candidate Scott Milne

Republican candidate for governor Scott Milne.
Angela Evancie VPR

Scott Milne is the Republican nominee for governor. He says the Shumlin Administration has put Vermont on a path to become the most radical state in the nation, while ignoring serious economic challenges. On the next Vermont Edition, we get Milne’s perspective on the right direction for Vermont and why he wants to be governor.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Community In The Digital Age

How do our online communities affect our geographic communities, and visa versa?
Mike Lee Flickr

Many of us have found comfort and fellowship in online communities via social media and the internet. But how do those online communities interact with our real-world geographic communities? These days, a small incident in a small town can quickly become fodder for an international firestorm on the internet, and that can make local communities and local businesses feel harassed or overwhelmed.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Creatas Thinkstock

Thousands of children in Vermont are being raised by their grandparents. Experts in the field of family care-giving say that in the vast majority of these cases, the parents’ drug addiction prompted grandparents to step in to care for the grandchildren. On the next Vermont Edition, we explore the complicated legal, family and social issues that arise when grandparents raise their grandkids. Our guests are Lynn Granger and Brenda Hamlin of Vermont Kin As Parents.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

General Election Campaigning Begins In Earnest

Taylor Dobbs VPR

The Primary Election results have been certified and Labor Day weekend has signaled the start of campaign season in Vermont. We've invited some of the state's top political reporters to examine the candidates and issues in statewide races. Our guests are VPR's Peter Hirschfeld, Terri Hallenbeck of the Burlington Free Press and Anne Galloway of VTDigger.org.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

The Wide World Of Adaptive Sports

Handcycilsts led last year's Kelly Brush Century Ride.
2013 Raj Chawla Photography Kelly Brush Foundation

Vermont is full of outdoor activities to take part in. But it could be frustrating if you use a wheelchair or have lost the use of arms or legs.

There are a number of groups that are making it easier to ski, hike, bike, sail or play hockey or tennis using adaptive equipment.

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