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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
Thu August 21, 2014

GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Debate

Pomfret businessman Scott Milne is a GOP candidate for governor.
Angela Evancie VPR

Steve Berry, Scott Milne and Emily Peyton are the three candidates on the Republican ballot running for governor of Vermont.

In advance of next Tuesday’s primary election, they debate their positions and platforms in the hope of becoming the GOP candidate to face incumbent Governor Peter Shumlin.

Post your questions for the candidates here or email them to vermontedition@vpr.net.

Broadcast live on Friday, August 22 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Garret Keizer Goes Back To School

High School doesn't look much like this any more.
Stowe Free Library Flickr

Garret Keizer never really wanted to be a teacher, but he found himself wrangling high school students in the Northeast Kingdom until he was able to make ends meet as a writer. Then, fourteen years later, Keizer found himself back in the classroom again.

He’s written about his experience in a new book, Getting Schooled: The Reeducation of an American Teacher. We’ll talk to Keizer about the challenges and rewards of teaching.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

The Work Of The Guardians Ad Litem

Around 300 volunteers serve as Guardians ad litem in Vermont.
Artishokcs Thinkstock

When a child is removed from her family because of abuse or neglect, someone needs to advocate for her in court. That advocate is a Guardian ad Litem. There are 300 of these volunteers in Vermont.

Mary Hayden, manager of Vermont’s Guardian ad Litem Program, and Guardian ad Litem Susan Hong discuss the work of these volunteers, the training they undergo, the research they do and how they arrive at the recommendations they make to the court on whether a child should be returned to their family.

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Vermont Edition
4:20 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

The Legacy Of Jim Jeffords

From left, Sen. Jim Jeffords, Rep. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Patrick Leahy celebrate the passing of the Northeast Dairy Compact in Montpelier on Nov. 22, 1999.
Toby Talbot AP

Jim Jeffords was a GOP stalwart in Vermont, serving seven terms as a Republican in the House before moving to the Senate. Jeffords made headlines in 2001 when he renounced his Republican Party affiliation and became an Independent, caucusing with the Democrats. His decision shifted the balance of power in the Senate and made him a target of national devotion and disdain.

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Vermont Edition
1:22 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Republican Congressional Candidates Debate

Mark Donka says he thinks it is not the government's place to say who can and cannot be married.
Angela Evancie VPR

Republicans Mark Donka, Don Russell and Donald Nolte are all vying for the chance to unseat Democrat Peter Welch in the US Congress in this fall’s elections. Vermont Edition heard from all three candidates in the first of VPR’s primary debates.

Don Russell and Donald Nolte are newcomers to Vermont politics; Mark Donka ran as the Republican nominee in 2012, losing to incumbent Peter Welch.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Grammar: Whom Cares?

What was the benefit of diagramming sentences and should it still be taught today?
PR Newsire AP

All those grammar rules that were drilled into you in elementary school seemed so onerous and boring. Until they wormed their way into your mind and they became second nature.

But was it all worth it? In this age of 140-character tweets and LOL social media messages, is grammar still relevant? And what’s the difference between further and farther again?

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Designing Your Yard

A vermont landscape designed by Julie Moir Messervy
Bill Sumner Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio

When you move into a new place, you might know you want the walls to be a different color, or the bookshelves to go in a certain place. But most of us don’t know where to start when it comes to designing the backyard. What kind of plants will attract birds to your backyard? Are there environmentally friendly design solutions that don't look terrible?  Why should you spend a bunch of money on a deck if you can only use it a few months of the year?

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Beyond The Office: Telecommuting In Vermont

A growing number of Vermonters now work from home.
Stanley Leary Associated Press

Today, employees can consult with their bosses in New York, make sales in Europe and end their day in rural Vermont. How you might ask? By commuting to work digitally. Nationally, over 3 million people can be classified as telecommuters. With a growing number moving into the state, telecommuters are bringing with them resources that can help boost our local economy.

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Lake Champlain's Boating Culture

With just under 500 square miles of water, Lake Champlain is a boater's paradise.
Ric Cengeri VPR

Lake Champlain is 125 miles long and 14 miles across at its widest point. It offers boating enthusiasts almost 500 square miles of water to traverse. But how does the culture of the "6th Great Lake" compare to others in the state like Memphremagog, Willoughby and Bomoseen?

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Vermont Edition
12:00 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

The Spice Of Life: All About Spices

Vanilla pods on a plant in Madagascar.
David Darricau Flickr

Did you know that cinnamon is actually the bark from a tree? Imagine walking through a cinnamon forest...Hank Kaestner knows just what a that smells like. He spent 33 years buying spices around the world. He can also tell us about the unique way that vanilla plants are fertilized, and how much vanilla is actually in your vanilla extract.

We’ll talk to Hank Kaestner, who was a spice buyer for McCormick & Co., the world’s largest spice company, for 33 years.

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