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Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018

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Vermont State Parks' Rebecca Roy gave VPR's Mary Engisch a night tour of Burton Island.
Mary Engisch / VPR

Since the 18th century, Burton has been used as pasture for sheep and cows, and as farmland growing beans and peas. Now, the park is home to more than a dozen campsites and twice as many lean-tos, in addition to cabins, a bistro and even a 100-slip marina.

Incumbent Gov. Phil Scott, left, and primary challenger Keith Stern debate their case to be the Republican candidate for governor.
VPR file

We're beginning our series of live debates for selected statewide and federal offices with the Republican candidates for governor: incumbent Gov. Phil Scott and challenger Keith Stern.

The Berlin Mall is working on a revitalization project to better serve the community.
Kyle Martel / KSE Partners, LLP

The age of malls seems to have passed. But what do you do to enliven or rejuvenate malls that are still in place? They represent an incredible investment in real estate, usually in a prime location with excellent access. Berlin has one of Vermont's few malls and it is undertaking a plan called the HUB Project to make the mall relevant again and serve the community. 

The Coventry landfill is in the process of approving a 51 acre expansion.
Jane Lindholm / VPR

When you throw away a piece of garbage, where does it end up? On a compost pile? Recycled into a new object ready to use again? Or decomposing in a landfill? Vermont has many different ways of handling its waste, but with the state's only landfill at near capacity, it's worth reviewing just where our trash goes when we're done with it.

Eugene Jarecki's new documentary is "The King."
Eugene Jarecki, courtesy

Eugene Jarecki is an Emmy Award- and Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker who has looked at America from many different angles. His latest work, The King, unpacks the American dream through a road trip visiting key sites from the life of Elvis Presley. We're talking to Jarecki about Elvis, music, culture and where he sees the country going.

A vehicle in Canada waits for a gate to rise while crossing into Derby Line, Vermont from Stanstead, Quebec in July 2018.
Charles Krupa / AP

Arrests of immigrants attempting to cross the Canadian-Vermont border have more than doubled this year, with most of those arrests coming from people trying to enter the U.S. illegally, according to reporter Elizabeth Hewitt's story with VTDigger

An illustration of people with speech bubbles featuring question marks above them.
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Vermont's 2018 primary election is being held Tuesday, Aug. 14. Ahead of that date, Vermont Edition will host a series of three debates featuring gubernatorial and U.S. House candidates — and we'd like to know what you want to ask the candidates.

Anya Tynio is one of two Republicans vying for the GOP nomination for Vermont's seat in the U.S. House.
Matthew Smith / VPR

Anya Tynio is one of two candidates in the Republican primary for the U.S. House seat currently held by Peter Welch. Vermont Edition spoke to her about her run, her support for President Trump and where she stands on issues including immigration, tariffs, gun control and health care.

Author Rick Winston's book "Red Scare In The Green Mountains" looks at the era of McCarthyism in Vermont from 1946 through 1960.
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Blacklists and attacks on the free press. Intolerance and fear used for political gain. The Red Scare and anti-communist McCarthyism flourished across America—and Vermont—in the 1940s and 50s. We're talking with author Rick Winston about his new book looking at instances of "red scare" and "red-baiting" in Vermont.

Dr. Paul Seward has written a new book about his long career as an emergency room physician.
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Doctors have been providing emergency care for patients for as long as there have been doctors. But emergency medicine as a specialty is a relatively new development. On this Vermont Edition, we're talking to Dr. Paul Seward, one of the first physicians to specialize in emergency medicine.

Jeff Tolbert lounges among the cast of Aunt Jack, which will be performed at the Chandler in Randolph on Saturday, July 28.
courtesy of Jeff Tolbert

Every year since 2011, the Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph has hosted a Pride Theater Festival to highlight LGBTQ playwrights and productions. This year, the festival is staging three plays including Aunt Jack, a play about family and intergenerational tension in the LGBTQ community.

The Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program office in Colchester requires overseas health screenings before refugees arrive in the U.S., but increasing rates of suicide among resettled Bhutanese refugees is alarming health officials.
Meg Malone / VPR

More than 92,000 Bhutanese refugees now live in the U.S., relocated after enduring years of deplorable and often deadly conditions in refugee camps after being expelled from their home country. Now, federal health officials have tracked a troubling trend among this group of New Americans: a rate of death by suicide nearly twice the national average. And Vermont's 2,500 Bhutanese refugees are not immune. 

According to a 1996 sudy, students lose an average of two months worth of knowledge over summer break every year.
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Anyone who's been through school remembers the glory of summer vacation -- and the blues of the following fall. Well that slow return to school is actually a documented phenomenon with a name: the "summer slide."

Bristol Democrat Ethan Sonneborn is 14 years old and running in the Democratic primary to be the party's pick for governor.
courtesy Ethan Sonneborn

Bristol Democrat Ethan Sonneborn is one of four registered candidates seeking the party's nomination for governor in the Aug. 14 primary. At 14 years old, he's by far the youngest, which he hopes will engage more young people in politics. We're talking with the candidate about his platform and why he's seeking the job of governor.

"Breakfast on the Farm" gives the public a glimpse into how their breakfast gets to the table.
Ric Cengeri / vpr

It isn't every day that you get to tour one of Vermont's dairy farms. But twice this summer, a program called Breakfast on the Farm invites you to do just that, and enjoy a fresh farm breakfast.

The masala dosa is one of "Huffington Post's" foods from around the world that you must try before you die.
Kristen Teig / Clarkson Potter/Publishers, Courtesy

Since 2014, southern Vermonters have had the pleasure of experiencing the tastes of southern India, courtesy of the Dosa Kitchen food truck. A new cookbook now takes the recipes for these flavorful and aromatic dishes beyond Brattleboro.

Manchester real estate broker Lawrence Zupan is one of four Republicans vying to win the party’s nomination for U.S. Senate.
courtesy Lawrence Zupan

Lawrence Zupan is a Manchester-area real estate broker and self-described “political novice” who’s one of four candidates to be the Republican nominee to the U.S. Senate. We're talking to him about his background, experience and what he would aim to achieve as Vermont's junior senator.

An image of the Vermont state flag.
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A new VPR-Vermont PBS Poll out Monday takes the pulse of Vermonters ahead of the upcoming 2018 elections. We're digging into the poll results and looking at what issues Vermonters say are most important.

The aftermath of a fire at the Vermont Standard office.
David Jordan / Associated Press

The conventional wisdom in journalism is that a reporter or news organization shouldn't make the story about themselves — but sometimes there's no choice. 

Such was the case for the Vermont Standard, the state's oldest weekly newspaper, which had to do some reporting on a story about its own misfortune when a fire swept through its Woodstock offices Monday in a complex that also houses other businesses and apartments.

Gov. Phil Scott is up for re-election this year, facing opposition in the GOP primary. He joins "Vermont Edition" to outline why he should return to the governor's office.
Chuck Barton / Associated Press

Gov. Phil Scott was elected two years ago with a promise to make Vermont more affordable. He now faces opposition in the Republican primary. We'll hear why the governor believes he deserves a second term in Montpelier.

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