Baseball heads into the All-Star Break with the Red Sox fading, the Yankees staying afloat and World Series dreams very much alive in Los Angeles, Oakland and Milwaukee. Milwaukee?
State Representative Kurt Wright and VPR's Mitch Wertlieb assess the season so far, size up the second half and surmise what trades might be made. We also check in with the Vermont Mountaineers of the NECBL and the New York-Penn League's Vermont Lake Monsters.
What might start out as simple collecting or the inability to throw something out, can eventually lead to overloading a home or apartment with stacks of unwanted junk. And that can eventually result in isolation, unsafe conditions and even squalor.
Vermont's law against human trafficking went into effect in 2011, and the Task Force that's implementing it is still working to understand the scope of the problem here, and raise public awareness about how vulnerable young women can become victims of sex traffickers in Vermont.
Fifty years ago, with the help of hundreds of volunteers, over 17,000 African Americans attempted to register to vote in the state of Mississippi. Only 1,600 of the applications were accepted by local registrars.
That kind of disenfranchisement was well understood in the rural south, but for the mostly white, mostly northern volunteers who came to Mississippi in the summer of 1964, the segregation and oppression they experienced there were eye opening.
Teen alcohol use has long been a concern for public health officials. But now researchers at University of Vermont have zeroed in on one aspect of teen drinking: how to predict which teens will become problem drinkers as they get older.
We talk with UVM psychiatry professor Hugh Garavan, who co-authored a new study published in the journal Nature, that shows how a variety of factors combine to predict binge drinking in 16 year olds with 70 percent accuracy.
While many museums observe the mantra, “look, don’t touch,” some museum educators in Vermont prefer a hands-on approach to learning. From milking cows at Billings Farm to tinkering with LED lights at the Montshire Museum, Vermonters can experience learning firsthand through the diversity of museum programs offered across the state.
A report from the Auditor’s Office says Vermont is falling short when it comes to giving consumers a way to research the prices of medical procedures from different health care providers around the state. Wednesday on Vermont Edition, we talk with Auditor Doug Hoffer what the report says about VHCURES, the current database the state is using, which the Green Mountain Care Board plans to revamp.
At the end of the last ice age, a good part of Vermont was under the sea. The retreating glaciers had pushed down the bedrock, allowing water from the Atlantic Ocean to stretch as far as southern Vermont. As the continental rock rebounded, the Champlain Sea eventually became lake Champlain, though fossils from that era can still be seen at Chazy reef in Isle La Motte.
On July 1, 2014, the first mandate of a new state law goes into effect that will ultimately ban all food scraps from landfills. As Act 148 is phased in, organizations that work in Vermont's food systems are rallying around the idea of 'food rescue' - redirecting wasted food to a higher purpose to feed people, animals or be composted. Monday on Vermont Edition: food rescue, and the effort to keep food on plates and out of the trash.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife works to protect habitat and help Vermonters access the state's woods and streams. But the Department faces declining revenues as fewer people are taking to the outdoors to hunt and fish. We talk about some of the challenges the department faces with new Commissioner Louis Porter and Wildlife Director Mark Scott.