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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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AP/Toby Talbot / Gov. Peter Shumlin points to supporters during his inauguration to a second term on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 in Montpelier.

Governor Peter Shumlin chose one topic only for his inaugural address - education. The governor will be our guest Friday on Vermont Edition to explain the education priorities he set out in Thursday's speech. We also talk with Shumlin about whether he'll push for gun control and the potential for a gas tax increase to generate revenue for the Transportation Fund.

Toby Talbot / AP

Vermont's Legislature knows super majorities. The Republicans held one in the House and Senate for over 100 years from the mid-1800s through the mid-20thCentury. At times during that span, the House had over 200 Republicans and the Senate didn't have a single Democrat. More recently, the Democrats have enjoyed the uber-advantage. So how big a deal is having a supermajority?

Kirk Carapezza / VPR

Today Vermont Edition is broadcasting live from a little alcove in the Statehouse. It's the opening of Vermont's legislative session, and what happens at the statehouse has far reaching effects. As the politicians, lobbyists, reporters and gadflies come pouring into Montpelier today, we'll be there too to make sure you know what's in store this upcoming session.

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Roughly seventy percent of the homes in Vermont have already been installed with smart meters which will let consumers (and utility companies) monitor their power usage on a daily basis. With a smart meter, consumers will be able to tell how much power they used doing laundry,or cooking dinner, rather than just finding out how much they used per month,in a bill.

VPR/Ric Cengeri / Part of the Race: Are We So Different? exhibit at ECHO

When you identify yourself by race, what do you think that's based on? A cultural definition? Or a scientific one? Does race even exist?

UVM Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics John Burke discusses why science now questions whether race is really an accurate way of identifying people. And Molly Loomis describes the current exhibit on race at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center and how it has fostered a wider discussion in the community.

Vermont and Lincoln

Jan 4, 2013

The new movie about President Abraham Lincoln has raised a lot of interest about Lincoln's role in the Civil War and the difficult decisions he had to make. We'll discuss some of the key Vermont connections to Lincoln and how Vermonters responded to Lincoln's leadership with historian Howard Coffin and Hildene Executive Director Seth Bongartz.

Also, we'll hear from Congressman Peter Welch about his vote on the last minute 'fiscal cliff' legislation.

AP/Toby Talbot / Yep, we've got those. This file photo shows a moose looking up from grazing in a marshy wood in Calais.

Courtesy of Macmillan/Gary Matthews / Author Louise Penny

Quebec author Louise Penny has now completed eight of her Chief Inspector Armand Gamache murder mysteries. The series follows the exploits of the sincere Surete du Quebec officer as he solves murders throughout the province, including in the small, secluded Eastern Township village of Three Pines. 

She discusses her latest book, The Beautiful Mystery, the next chapter in the Gamache series and details of her first book becoming a CBC movie.

AP/Musadeq Sadeq

In a way, haiku poems are the original 'tweets'. They're short distillations of impressions, observations and insights.

As we close out 2012, we're looking for your summary of the year in haiku form.

Just as there was plenty to tweet about in 2012, there is much that lends itself to haiku. Politics, the weather, sports, and personal trials and triumphs are rich with haiku possibilities.Vermont Poet Geof Hewitt and poet and VPR jazz host Reuben Jackson join us to talk about haiku and power of poetry.

AP/Toby Talbot / The Democratic primary for Attorney General between incumbent Bill Sorrell and challenger T.J. Donovan was one of the biggest

The debate over basing the F-35s in Burlington raged this year. As did the construction of industrial wind farms. The merger between Green Mountain Power and CVPS also had its detractors. A heated primary campaign for Attorney General didn't stop the Democrats from a near sweep of statewide races. The state almost fully recovered from Tropical Storm Irene,but FEMA funding was short of what was expected. And the governor had a much-publicized encounter with some bears.

Read Me A Story

Dec 27, 2012
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Those of you who opened Christmas gifts yesterday may have had the treat of receiving a book or two. And for kids especially, a new book can be a treasure-an entre into a new world full of bright colors and magical experiences.

Today's Vermont Edition is dedicated to children's literature, and we have four stories to bring you of writers, illustrators and devotees of those early books that can spark a life-long love of reading.

Courtesy of the Boutin family. / One year after Isabella's transplant, the Boutins released lanterns to honor the 16-year-old donor who gave Isabella a new

Courtney and Steve Boutin live in Fletcher. In 2009, they were ready to welcome their third daughter to the family. Addie was 6, Lily was 4 and Isabella was born in July of that year at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. In the three and half years since, the Boutins have learned what it's like to have a child with a rare and deadly disease, Urea Cycle Disorder, and how to survive the experience with a strong family intact. Courtney and Steve Boutin recently came to the VPR studio to tell Vermont Edition the story of how a liver transplant saved their toddler's life.

The shootings in Newtown, Connecticut put the issue of gun control back in the headlines. This week, Senator Patrick Leahy said he'd hold hearings on gun control legislation. We hear from Senator Leahy on what he thinks should happen with gun laws.

And retired Middlebury College political science professor Eric Davis discusses how politics influences gun control legislation in Vermont and Washington.

Flickr/ Marcio Cabral de Moura / The Burlington Earth Clock

In the middle of winter, in the darkest days of the year,people have always celebrated the light. This Friday is the winter solstice:the day the sun stands still. Celebrating the solstice is not just for Druids and Wiccans. Many people mark the return of the light in their own way.

We'll learn about the plants of the winter solstice from Leonard Perry, horticulturalist at the University of Vermont. We'll also learn about the history of Christmas in early America from Stephen Nissenbaum, author of the Battlefor Christmas.

AP/Jason DeCrow / Mourners arrive at a funeral service for 6-year-old Noah Pozner, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, in Fairfield, Conn. Pozner was killed

Circumpolar Vermont

Dec 18, 2012
Sage Van Wing / Flickr

Outside of Alaska,people don't often think of the an arctic nation. In fact we are one of only 8 members of the Arctic Council. As glaciers melt and temperatures change, the study of arctic regions is becoming more popular.

AP/Matt Rourke

We crack open the toy box of old with Chris Bensch, Chief Curator at the Strong National Museum of Play, to understand how toys and games became such an integral part of our culture and why children find solace in toys and play. We also check in with a company in Vermont that makes paper toys and flip books.

Also on the program, as they place their vote with the Electoral College, we check in with Windsor State Representative Kevin Christie, one of Vermont's three electors.

Annual Music Show!

Dec 14, 2012
Korean rapper Psy performs "Gangnam Style" at Tao nightclub on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, in Las Vegas.

Each December on the Annual Music Show, Vermont Edition invites you to recommend the songs, albums and downloads that caught your ear and made you sing out loud. What song captures 2012 for you? Tell us all about it!

We aren't able to podcast this episode of Vermont Edition, but here are the songs we played during the broadcast. (Don't forget to read through the tons of listener suggestions below in the discussion forum!)

AP/Toby Talbot / A trash hauler drives to the Moretown landfill on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 in Montpelier, Vt.

Horrendous stench. That's how neighbors of the Moretown landfill describe the odor that has been wafting onto their property.Officials at the Agency of Natural Resources have given the landfill owners an ultimatum: clean up, or shut down.

The Moretown site is one of only two landfills in the state.Justin Johnson, the Deputy Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources, and Tony Klein, chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, discuss how the state deals with its solid waste, and what will happen to the Moretown landfill.


The numbers align perfectly today, so it's the ideal time to delve into what's happening in the world of mathematics. We'll hear about or bifolds, phylo genetics and Math-O-Vision as we discuss practical applications of math.

Middlebury College Associate Professor Emily Proctor discusses the shape of space, Williams College Associate Professor Satyan Devadoss looks at the close personal relationship between math and biology and Dartmouth College Math Department Chair Dan Rockmore tells us about a new math-based competition for high school students.