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About the show: Vermont Edition brings you news and conversation about issues affecting your life. Hosts Jane Lindholm and Bob Kinzel cover current events with news makers and people who make our region buzz.

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Kitchen Disasters

Nov 21, 2012
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The turkey is in the oven, you've just finished mashing the sweet potatoes, and the cranberries are simmering away on the stove. Any minute now your guests will start arriving, including your mother-in-law, and your daughter's new boyfriend. You've remembered to do everything, except turn on the oven.

Cooking can be a stressful experience for all of us, especially this time of year. Remember that time you put salt in the pie, instead of sugar? Share your stories of Thanksgiving kitchen disasters.

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The frenzied preparations that mark Thanksgiving can serve to distance us from the very food we're celebrating. So Tuesday on Vermont Edition, we talk with two people who have thought extensively about the meaning of food and what it reveals about our cultural priorities and values. Our guests are Tovar Cerulli, a vegan-turned-hunter and author of The Mindful Carnivore; and Ben Hewitt, author of The Town That Food Saved, which explores agricultural enterprise in Hardwick.

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One out of every seven people across America receives food stamps. And that number is rising every month. In Vermont, over 37,000 households receive food assistance money, although nearly a third of the people who qualify for the program do not sign up.

Have food stamps or food shelves helped your family get by in tough times? Today we'll hear YOUR stories about the challenges of going hungry in Vermont. Do you make choices between paying for heating or for food? Tell your story, below.

Long dark evenings are turning chilly, and we are tucking into piles of great new books coming out during this, the fall publishing season. Tell us what books you're reading,recommending and buying as gifts.

Books recommended on today's show.

Jane:

Lie Down in Darkness- William Styron
Ashes to Dust- Yrsa Siguroardottir
The Beautiful Myster- Louise Penny
This is How You Lose Her- Junot Diaz

Linda:

Focus On Brattleboro

Nov 15, 2012
VPR/Ric Cengeri / The new Brattleboro Food Co-Op opened downtown in June.

Over the past several years, Brattleboro has had its share of setbacks. It seemed as if the only news coming out of the southeastern Vermont town was bad news.

The historic Brooks House was severely damaged by fire.Tropical Storm Irene caused extensive damage. A Brattleboro Co-Op employee was murdered by a co-worker. The iconic Latchis Theater marquee was destroyed by a passing truck. But lately, the news from Brattleboro has been much more positive.

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flickr/Sam T / Maine is one of the states that has voted to approve same-sex marriage.

Gay marriage supporters won big on election night. Same sex marriage laws were upheld in Maine and Maryland, and in Minnesota, a proposed constitutional amendment to limit the definition of marriage was defeated. We'll consider what's next for gay marriage rights in the U.S. Vermont legalized civil unions more than a dozen years ago now and gay marriage in 2009. Have your opinions about gay marriage changed in the last decade? What lessons can activists in other states- on both sides of the issue- take from the battles here in Vermont?

Middlebury College Political Science Professors Bert Johnson and Matt Dickinson.

Once again, Vermont was the first state that was declared as a victory for President Obama when he wasre-elected Tuesday. In addition, Vermont gave the President one his most lopsided victories, second only to Hawaii.

Middlebury College political science professors Matt Dickinson and Bert Johnson - known as the Professor Pundits - discuss some of the key factors in the presidential race,the future of the Electoral College and the influence of money on our political system.

Tangled Up In Blue

Nov 8, 2012
AP/Andy Duback / Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Brock gives his concession speech alongside his daughter Natalia Brock, left, and wife

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Vermont was once a state of rock-ribbed Republicans, but its; Blue-state; status was solidified on Tuesday, with Republicans losing all but one statewide contest.So where does the Vermont GOP go from here? We take up that question Republican Representative Patti Komline and Oliver Olsen, a Republican who chose not to run for re-election to the House.

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Months of endless campaigning have finally concluded. So now we get down to looking at the statewide results and what they will mean for the direction of the state and the nation over the next several years.

Treasurer Beth Pearce and her opponent Wendy Wilton, Auditor-elect Doug Hoffer and Vince Illuzzi, House Speaker Shap Smith and Attorney General Bill Sorrell reflect on their races and look at what's ahead.

And VPR's Ross Sneyd and Valley News Editor John Gregg provide analysis of the Vermont and New Hampshire races.

AP / Vermont-born Presidents Chester A. Arthur and Calvin Coolidge.

Election Day has finally arrived and as voters head to thepolls, we learn about the American Presidency. Historian and Author Kenneth C. Davis' new book is Don't Know Much About the American Presidents. He joins usto explain why we have a President and not a king and sorts out the electoral college idea. He also looks at the accomplishments of the two Vermont-born Presidents - Chester A. Arthur and Calvin Coolidge.

Stuck In The Middle

Nov 5, 2012
Flickr/Photo Dean / Owning a home was once the hallmark of the middle class American Dream.

There's always a lot of talk about the 'middle class' during election season. But who exactly is the middle class? Do you consider yourself middle class? Can you afford to buy a house, send your kids to college, and take a vacation every year? We'll explore what the idea of middle class means in Vermont, and to you. Our guests are Elaine McCrate, professor of economics at the University of Vermont, and Marc Dixon, professor of sociology at Dartmouth College.

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All the campaign calls, handshakes, honk-and-waves and debates end Tuesday with the election. We take one last opportunity to evaluate this year's races.

VTDigger's Anne Galloway, Pete Hirschfeld of the Vermont Press Bureau and VPR's John Dillon join Bob Kinzel to look at the people and issues in all the statewide races. They also discuss the impact that Super PAC money has had in this campaign, particularly in the race for Treasurer.

VPR/Charlotte Albright / State Police Lieutenant Mike Henry and two St. Johnsbury Police officers during the search of a suspected meth lab.

We've seen a number of methamphetamine cases in Vermont lately. The ability to manufacture meth at home is one of the reasons for this rise. So, could someone in your neighborhood be running a meth lab?

U.S. Attorney Tristram Coffin and Spectrum Youth amp; Family Services' Annie Ramniceanu discuss the lure of this drug, why it's so easy to produce and the threat it may pose to your community.

AP/Toby Talbot / Governor Peter Shumlin seeks to win his second gubernatorial campaign next Tuesday.

VPR/Susan Keese / Wilmington as the rain and wind from Sandy started to hit the state.

From Vermont's perspective, Sandy was no Irene. But the superstorm did have some impact on the state.

We hear from Eye on the Sky Meteorologist Mark Breen on why Vermont was spared a major hit by Sandy. VPR's John Dillon reports on the Governor's update on the state of the state post-Sandy. And we get an update on power outages, volunteer opportunities and how Mad River Valley residents prepared for the storm.

AP/Jim Cole / Hurricane Sandy has caused flooding in many coastal towns. Here, Hampton, New Hampshire feels Sandy's wrath long before the

As Hurricane Sandy makes itself felt in our area, we hear from emergency management personnel, weather forecasters and VPR reporters on the impact of the weather system on our region.

VPR / State Senator Randy Brock.

State Senator Randy Brock is the Republican challenger to Governor Peter Shumlin's re-election bid. The two candidates disagree on a number of issues: from health care to renewable energy. We ask Brock what he would do as Governor of the state.

We also check in with the Red Cross and the state Department of Public Safety about their efforts to prepare for Hurricane Sandy.

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When Governor Peter Shumlin named Jeb Spaulding as his Secretary of Administration, Beth Pearce was elevated to fill his position as Treasurer. She now faces challengers Republican Wendy Wilton and Progressive Don Schramm, in what has been the most contentious race of this election cycle.

Bob Kinzel hosts a debate of the three major party candidates as they outline their qualifications for the position.

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