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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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Screen capture, CCTV / CCTV broadcasts a community forum at Saint Michael's College on the proposed basing of F-35s at the Burlington airport.

Long before You Tube, cable access television provided a place where people could tell stories and talk about issues in their own self-produced programs. The origins of public access television were a desire for open media and social change. We talk with Lauren-Glenn Davitian, executive director of CCTV and co-founder of public access in Vermont. And we're joined by David Bagnall, a documentary filmmaker and collaborator of George Stoney, who is widely credited as the founding father of public access television in the U.S.

Lt. Governor Phil Scott, left, and Progressive/Democrat Cassandra Gekas.

The lieutenant governor's office does not come with a lot of authority, unless the office holder is suddenly required to fill in for the governor.

We host a debate between the major party candidates for lieutenant governor: Republican incumbent Phil Scott and Progressive/Democrat Cassandra Gekas.

Jane Lindholmrsquo;s questions to the candidates:

AP/Toby Talbot / Canada geese lift into flight from a pond in East Montpelier.

Flocks of birds are crossing the skies. Which means it's time for the fall migration bird show. Naturalist and bird enthusiast Bridget Butler joins us to explore mysterious bird calls and bird behavior, explain how birds know when to migrate and the science behind the tell-tale V of Canada geese in migration.

AP/Seth Perlman / About 80 percent of Vermont teens take driver's education classes through their high schools.

Learning to drive is a rite of passage and huge responsibility for the 5,500 or so teens who get junior operator licenses each year in Vermont. Now, a new guide from the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles aims to help parents reinforce safety lessons as their teens get behind the wheel. We talk about the with Marty Dexter, who coordinates driver education for the Vermont DMV, and Jeff Larson of the Safe Roads Alliance, which authored The Parent's Supervised Driving Guide.

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Vermont's Attorney General is called the state's top law enforcement officer. Seven-term incumbent Bill Sorrell (D) is running for re-election and faces major party opposition from Jack McMullen (R) and Ed Stanak (P).

Video Deep Links - Attorney General's Debate

Listen to the entire debate, orc lick the topics below to jump to that section.

Bob Kinzel's questions to thecandidates:

Alcoholic. Writer. Marathoner. Caleb Daniloff has worn all of these labels, some of them more comfortably than others. His new memoir, Running Ransom Road recounts how he recovered from years of hard drinking, and how long distance running has helped his sobriety. We talk with Daniloff about his running, writing and recovery, on the next Vermont Edition.

State Auditor candidates Republican Vince Illuzzi (left) and Democrat/Progressive Doug Hoffer (right).

Vermont's Auditor of Accounts tracks how the state spends taxpayer money, and makes sure that government programs are performing the way they should. Current Auditor Tom Salmon is not seeking re-election this year, creating an open race for the position.

Candidates Vince Illuzzi (R) and Doug Hoffer (D/P) debate what they'd bring to the office of state auditor and explain why they'd be best to fill this role.

Video Direct Links - State Auditor's debate

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AP/Toby Talbot / Temporary voting booths stand in the city council chambers in Montpelier during the 2010 primary.

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After serving for 10 years in the Vermont Senate, Phil Scott became the highest-ranking Republican in the state when he was elected Lieutenant Governor. Scott is now seeking re-election against Progressive/Democrat candidate Cassandra Gekas.

We talk with Phil Scott about how he's defined the role of second-in-command, and why he wants your vote in November.

Also on the program, VPR's Steve Zind provides an update on His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama's recent visit to Middlebury.

AP Photo / Sen. Bernie Sanders, left, and challenger John MacGovern, right.

The major party candidates for U.S. Senate,incumbent Bernie Sanders (I) and challenger John MacGovern (R), met in a live debate Friday, Oct. 12, on Vermont Edition, moderated by VPR's Bob Kinzel.

Listen to the entire debate, or click to specific topics.

Bob Kinzel's questions to the candidates:

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Democrat Peter Welch, left; Republican Mark Donka, right

The major party candidates for Vermont's congressional seat, Democratic incumbent Peter Welch and Republican challenger Mark Donka, met in a live debate live Oct. 10, 2012 on Vermont Edition. Listen to the entire debate, or click the topics below to jump to that section.

Jane Lindholm's questions to the candidates:

Courtesy Travis Peckham / Rock climbing is becoming more popular in Vermont now that established routes are better publicized.

AP/Toby Talbot / Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell prepares for a debate during the August 2012 primary.

Bill Sorrell has been elected to seven consecutive terms as Vermont's Attorney General. This summer he faced his toughest campaign yet in a primary battle for the Democratic nomination. Now Sorrell, Republican Jack McMullen and Progressive Ed Stanak are vying for the role as Vermont's top law enforcement officer. VPR's Mitch Wertieb talks with Sorrell about some of the high-profile controversies in the AG's office, including how police shooting and Taser deployments are reviewed and a federal lawsuit over the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.

Fiscal Cliff Looms

Oct 5, 2012
Senator Patrick Leahy
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Congress put off decisions about several tax and budget issues when it adjourned last month. If those bill aren't passed soon after the election, the tax burden on the average Vermont household will go up 6 percent, about $3,500, starting January 1, 2013.Our guest on Vermont Edition is Senator Patrick Leahy to discuss the stalemate over these bills, and what it will take to resolve these critical issues during Congress' lame-duck session after the November election.

AP/Alex Brandon / Gourds and pumpkins are part of fall's garden bounty.

The air is brisk, the nights are getting colder are the leaves are changing. Soon it will be time to putaway your garden gloves and spades for the winter.

Before you do, horticulturist Charlie Nardozzi joins us for Vermont Edition's annual fall gardening show to share tips on fall lawn care, storing the harvest, saving seeds, fall planting and getting ready for next season. He also discusses planting bulbs, cover crops, shrubs and trees and how to put your garden to bed for the long months ahead.

Kirk Kardashian / Paul Godin and the Lely Astronaut robotic milking machine.

Last year, the number of Vermont dairy farms dipped below 1,000 and it continues to drop. Is this a Vermont problem or a by-product of a system heavily weighted in favor of mega-farms? In the localvore age, shouldn't the trend be a return to the small family-run farm and away from the corporate-style operation?

AP/Steven Senne / Dairy cows chew their feed at the Rhoman-Wai Farms in Chester.

In the puzzle of restoring Lake Champlain's health, the reduction of phosphorous in stormwater runoff is an important piece. Now, the Agency of Natural Resources is preparing to launch a new initiative that focuses on building green infrastructure to prevent stormwater runoff. We talk with Environmental Conservation Commissioner David Mears about in a preview of the program announcement to be held on Wednesday.

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A $500 million development proposal that backers say could create 10,000 temporary and permanent jobs across the Northeast Kingdom would be historic. But it could also bring big changes to Jay, Newport,Coventry and Burke, the communities where all the development is targeted. Even some political leaders from the region have described the potential for change as scary.

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