Vermont Public Radio http://digital.vpr.net en On The Eve Of A Possible Lockout, Met Opera Talks Remain Contentious http://digital.vpr.net/post/eve-possible-lockout-met-opera-talks-remain-contentious At the Metropolitan Opera, drama is usually onstage. But for the past several months, it's been in the newspapers.<p>Contract deadlines for 15 of the 16 unions at the Met in New York are set to expire at midnight tonight, and negotiations will likely go down to the wire. A lockout shutting down the world's largest opera house seems imminent.<p>Management wants concessions from the unions to offset dwindling ticket sales. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:07:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 30758 at http://digital.vpr.net On The Eve Of A Possible Lockout, Met Opera Talks Remain Contentious Welch One Of Few Democrats To Work With House Republicans http://digital.vpr.net/post/welch-one-few-democrats-work-house-republicans <p>Congressman Peter Welch has one of the most liberal voting records in Washington. At the same time, he’s one of the few Democrats to work closely with some of the most conservative Republicans in the House.</p><p></p><p>Welch’s work on the House Oversight Committee serves as a good example of his approach to politics. For the past year, the committee has been the scene of some extremely partisan behavior.</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Bob Kinzel 30753 at http://digital.vpr.net Welch One Of Few Democrats To Work With House Republicans Lack of Medicaid Coverage Hampers Addiction Treatment http://digital.vpr.net/post/lack-medicaid-coverage-hampers-addiction-treatment <p>As an ever increasing number of people seek help with alcohol and drug addiction, a payment loophole is preventing many of those patients from getting timely treatment. That’s in part because Medicaid does not reimburse private providers who treat their patients for addiction, unless they are also diagnosed with a mental illness.</p><p></p><p>But not every patient who abuses alcohol or drugs is mentally ill.</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Charlotte Albright 30748 at http://digital.vpr.net Lack of Medicaid Coverage Hampers Addiction Treatment Kreis: New Theater, New Word http://digital.vpr.net/post/kreis-new-theater-new-word <p>I learned a new word recently, and now I’m gonna roll it out for you: Vomitory. I picked it up while talking to the folks at Northern Stage, the nonprofit professional theatre company in White River Junction. So I knew right away that it had nothing to do with reverse peristalsis. Vomitories are a feature of ancient Roman amphitheatres, Fenway Park, and car dealerships – or, at least, the former car dealership where Northern Stage is constructing its new theatre.</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 02:34:11 +0000 Don Kreis 30757 at http://digital.vpr.net Kreis: New Theater, New Word Richard Thompson Meets Mary McCaslin http://digital.vpr.net/post/richard-thompson-meets-mary-mccaslin <p>A "summer salad" of music, including a new album of acoustic classics by Richard Thompson, a preview of the 9th annual Valley Stage Music Festival in Huntington, some rare Beatle&nbsp;tracks, and Wu Man tearing it up on the Pipa, a Chinese lute.</p><p><em>This program will air on Sunday August 3rd&nbsp;from 7 to 10 p.m.</em></p><p>This week's calendar announcements:</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:51:01 +0000 Robert Resnik 30756 at http://digital.vpr.net Richard Thompson Meets Mary McCaslin Female State Workers Allege Pay Discrimination http://digital.vpr.net/post/female-state-workers-allege-pay-discrimination <p>Lawyers for three female employees say the state of Vermont has violated its own Equal Pay Act. And a Washington County judge will now decide whether the state has run afoul of a law designed to prevent gender-based pay inequities in the workplace.</p><p></p><p>No one disputes that the man in this case was making more money than his women counterparts for performing nearly identical functions – $6,000 to $10,000 more per year than the three female Department of Corrections employees who filed suit against the state in 2012.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:46:22 +0000 Peter Hirschfeld 30751 at http://digital.vpr.net Female State Workers Allege Pay Discrimination Tourism Survey Finds Most Effective Marketing is Word Of Mouth http://digital.vpr.net/post/tourism-survey-finds-most-effective-marketing-word-mouth <p>A first ever <a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/vpr/files/201407/Vermont_Visitor_Survey_Summary_7-24-14.pdf">in-depth survey</a> of visitors to Vermont sheds light on how they make their travel decisions. Visitors to Vermont welcome centers, state parks and local attractions filled out more than 8,500 questionnaires over a two year period.</p><p></p><p>Researchers say the results present a fairly comprehensive picture of why they decide to come and what they like to do once they arrive.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:42:27 +0000 Steve Zind 30750 at http://digital.vpr.net Tourism Survey Finds Most Effective Marketing is Word Of Mouth China Philharmonic at the BBC Proms http://digital.vpr.net/post/china-philharmonic-bbc-proms <p>From the 2014 BBC Proms,&nbsp; featuring world orchestras:<br />The China Philharmonic Orchestra<br />Long Yu, conductor</p><p>Elgar: <em>Pomp and Circumstance</em> March No. 4<br />Tchaikovsky: <em>Romeo and Juliet</em> Fantasy-Overture<br />Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat&nbsp; (Hoachen Zhang, piano)<br />Qigang Chen: <em>Joie eternelle</em>&nbsp; (Alison Balsom, trumpet)<br />Mussorgsky (orch. Ravel): <em>Pictures at an Exhibition</em></p><p><em>Broadcast Friday August 1 at 8 p.m.</em></p><p></p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:36:20 +0000 Walter Parker 30754 at http://digital.vpr.net Chester Still Assessing Damage After Worst Flooding Since Irene http://digital.vpr.net/post/chester-still-assessing-damage-after-worst-flooding-irene <p>Town officials in Chester are still assessing the damage from Monday afternoon’s flash flooding. They say more than three inches of rain fell on Chester and the Williams River, creating the worst flooding since Tropical Storm Irene hit the area almost three years ago.</p><p></p><p>Town Manager David Pisha says a number of roads have washed out and culverts are plugged.</p><p><strong>"</strong>The river moved up on Potash Brook Road, to the extent that we will probably be constructing a new bridge just to accommodate the move in the river," Pisha says.</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:12:34 +0000 Neal Charnoff & Lynne McCrea 30752 at http://digital.vpr.net Chester Still Assessing Damage After Worst Flooding Since Irene Photographing Vermont's Semi-Pro Wrestling Scene http://digital.vpr.net/post/photographing-vermonts-semi-pro-wrestling-scene <p>When then-<em>Burlington Free Press</em> photographer Emily McManamy captured the scenes at a monthly pro-wrestling event in St. Albans a few years back, she thought it would just be for a newspaper story. But with the help of the Folklife Center in Middlebury, she’s turned it into a multi-media exhibit that the Center is currently hosting.</p><p>“Hitting the Mat” features photographs, audio interviews and looping video clips of the office workers and carpenters turned villains and superheroes that turn out for Slam All-Star Wrestling each month at the Moose Lodge in St. Albans.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:19:01 +0000 Jane Lindholm & Angela Evancie 30747 at http://digital.vpr.net Photographing Vermont's Semi-Pro Wrestling Scene