Vermont Public Radio en Businesses Give Big To Shumlin Campaign <p>Political campaigns in this state are almost always funded by private money. Figuring out where exactly the cash is coming from, however, can be difficult.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Unlike federal elections statutes, which require major contributors to list the businesses they might represent, Vermont mandates no such disclosures. So </span>VPR<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> decided to dig in to the numbers.</span></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:12:24 +0000 Peter Hirschfeld 30983 at Businesses Give Big To Shumlin Campaign Primary Election Hasn't Excited Voters, Turnout May Hit Record Low <p>While there seems to be some interest in two write-in campaigns for statewide office in next week’s primary election, state officials think that overall voter turnout will be extremely low. There are also concerns that the write-in efforts will complicate the vote counting process.</p><p>By most accounts, this has been an extremely quiet primary season in Vermont. It’s not a presidential year and it’s an off year for U.S. Senate campaigns.</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:10:08 +0000 Bob Kinzel 30984 at Primary Election Hasn't Excited Voters, Turnout May Hit Record Low Boil Water Order Lifted In Fair Haven <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State officials lifted a boil water notice in the town of Fair Haven Wednesday, a day after it was declared.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Water samples tested positive for fecal </span>coliform<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (E. coli) on Monday, causing officials to issue the notice Tuesday.</span></p><p>A positive E. coli test indicates "that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes," according to <a href="">a release</a>.</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:23:59 +0000 Taylor Dobbs 30972 at Waylon Speed Gets 'Live From The Fort' Rolling <p>This week, VPR is launching a new online music project called ‘Live From the Fort.’&nbsp; We invite Vermont bands into the VPR Performance Studio to perform and talk about their music, and we’re posting the videos of these mini-concerts to In the coming months you’ll be able to watch and listen to acts like Kat Wright and Maryse Smith.</p><p></p><p>Today, we’re sharing a track from the first band to perform for ‘Live From the Fort’ - Waylon Speed - playing their song “Smooth the Grain."</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:37:25 +0000 Jane Lindholm & Ric Cengeri 30982 at Waylon Speed Gets 'Live From The Fort' Rolling Stowe's Thompson Trying To Break Long Trail Record <p>If you’re out hiking on the Long Trail this weekend, you may be passed by a blur of motion and heavy breathing and running shorts. It’s probably Stowe resident RJ Thompson. He’s trying to break a speed record for running the length of the Long Trail. That’s 273 miles, the length of the state of Vermont.</p><p></p><p>Thompson started running Tuesday morning at the Canadian border. We caught him Monday afternoon as he was preparing.&nbsp; Thompson is attempting to break the record for an *unsupported run. He told us that’s different from a supported run.</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:24:31 +0000 Jane Lindholm & Sage Van Wing 30981 at Garret Keizer Goes Back To School <p>Garret Keizer never really wanted to be a teacher, but he found himself wrangling high school students in the Northeast Kingdom until he was able to make ends meet as a writer. Then, fourteen years later, Keizer found himself back in the classroom again.</p><p>He’s written about his experience in a new book, <em>Getting Schooled: The Reeducation of an American Teacher</em>. We’ll talk to Keizer about the challenges and rewards of teaching.</p><p></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:24:00 +0000 Jane Lindholm & Sage Van Wing 30980 at Garret Keizer Goes Back To School The Work Of The Guardians Ad Litem <p></p><p>When a child is removed from her family because of abuse or neglect, someone needs to advocate for her in court. That advocate is a Guardian ad Litem. There are 300 of these volunteers in Vermont.</p><p>Mary Hayden, manager of <a href="">Vermont’s Guardian ad Litem Program</a>, and Guardian ad Litem Susan Hong discuss the work of these volunteers, the training they undergo, the research they do and how they arrive at the recommendations they make to the court on whether a child should be returned to their family.</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Jane Lindholm & Ric Cengeri 30968 at The Work Of The Guardians Ad Litem Jonathan Biss Plays Schumann <p>Roberto Abbado, conductor</p><p>Schumann: <em>Genoveva</em> Overture, Op. 81<br />Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, op. 54&nbsp; (Jonathan Biss, piano)<br />Ivan Fedele: <em>Scena</em><br />Schubert: Symphony No. 3 in D<br />Liszt: <em>Lamento e Trionfo </em>from <em>Tasso</em>&nbsp; (Michael Tilson Thomas)</p><p><em>Broadcast Thursday August 21 at 8 p.m.</em></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:49:53 +0000 Walter Parker 30979 at Russian Music at the Blossom Festival <p>From the Blossom Festival<br />Jahja Ling, conductor</p><p>Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances<br />Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3&nbsp; (Yuja Wang, piano)<br />Rimsky-Korsakov: <em>Capriccio espagnole</em></p><p><em>Broadcast Wednesday August 20 at 8 p.m.</em><br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:42:28 +0000 Walter Parker 30978 at Lots Of Choice In Northeast Kingdom State's Attorney Races <p>Voters in the Northeast Kingdom will have some clear choices in the upcoming primary election for state’s attorney. In Orleans County, the incumbent faces three challengers, and two of them have served as his deputies. In Essex County, the race pits a veteran of state politics against a juvenile defense attorney who wants to find alternatives to litigation.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Charlotte Albright 30971 at Lots Of Choice In Northeast Kingdom State's Attorney Races