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Courtesy of UVM Special Collections / Boys from Burlington’s Jewish neighborhood, 1920s.

In the 1880s, a group of families from Kovno, Lithuania, escaped persecution by emigrating to the United States. They settled in Burlington, surrounded by a landscape that reminded them of home.

They were the original families of Burlington's Jewish community, and for decades they preserved the Yiddish language and orthodox religious traditions in one compact Burlington neighborhood. That history will be presented in a documentary, Little Jerusalem, on Vermont Public Television.

The Senate Health and Welfare committee plans to take a detailed look at a bill creating a publicly financed primary care system for all Vermonters
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Vermont is moving towards a single payer health care system, and doctors trying to imagine how an overhauled system will change the way they treat and interact with patients. Among the issues are the possible rationing of health care, and who decides some of the critical budgetary decisions that will have to be made. We hear from two doctors debate the possible ramifications of single-payer health care: Dr. Robert Emmons and Dr. Jonathan Weker.

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Children are often teased or bullied for behavior that doesn't fit within gender stereotypes-boys who like to dress up; girls who prefer GI Joes and trucks to Barbies. Some children realize early on that they don't fit within traditional gender norms. Transgender and gender variant youth have a hard time knowing where they belong. We'll talk with Melissa Murray, Executive Director of Outright Vermont, and Kim Jordan, a theater educator, about how children are taught about gender.

AP/Toby Talbot / UVM skier Kevin Drury competes in the giant slalom during the 2011 NCAA Championships in Stowe.

UVM's ski team is the defending national champion. Middlebury College will be hosting this season's championships. The Norwich University and Plattsburgh State women are dominating the Division 3 hockey ranks. While Dartmouth College has the country's highest athletic graduation rate.

We check in with local sports reporters and coaches to see what we can expect from area colleges and high schools during this winter's sports season.

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More people are overweight and unhealthy in this country every year- and Vermont is no exception. Being overweight can contribute to health problems including diabetes. Yet people who are overweight often experience prejudice and stigma in this society.Our guests include Deputy Commissioner of Public Health Tracy Dolan; Naomi Fukagowa, professor at the UVM College of Medicine.

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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.

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