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AP/Toby Talbot / Governor Peter Shumlin seeks to win his second gubernatorial campaign next Tuesday.

VPR/Susan Keese / Wilmington as the rain and wind from Sandy started to hit the state.

From Vermont's perspective, Sandy was no Irene. But the superstorm did have some impact on the state.

We hear from Eye on the Sky Meteorologist Mark Breen on why Vermont was spared a major hit by Sandy. VPR's John Dillon reports on the Governor's update on the state of the state post-Sandy. And we get an update on power outages, volunteer opportunities and how Mad River Valley residents prepared for the storm.

  Why climb Mount Everest, George Leigh Mallory was asked? Because it's there, he supposedly replied.

Those haunting words have been with me since my mother read me an account of the British Everest expedition of 1924 that nearly succeeded in climbing, for the first time, the world's highest mountain. On June 8, 1924, Mallory and Andrew Sandy Irvine had been spotted less than 1,000 feet from Everest's 29,000 foot summit. Then clouds rolled in and the two were never again seen alive. Had they reached the top? Nobody, apparently, will ever know for certain.

AP/Jim Cole / Hurricane Sandy has caused flooding in many coastal towns. Here, Hampton, New Hampshire feels Sandy's wrath long before the

As Hurricane Sandy makes itself felt in our area, we hear from emergency management personnel, weather forecasters and VPR reporters on the impact of the weather system on our region.

VPR / State Senator Randy Brock.

State Senator Randy Brock is the Republican challenger to Governor Peter Shumlin's re-election bid. The two candidates disagree on a number of issues: from health care to renewable energy. We ask Brock what he would do as Governor of the state.

We also check in with the Red Cross and the state Department of Public Safety about their efforts to prepare for Hurricane Sandy.

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When Governor Peter Shumlin named Jeb Spaulding as his Secretary of Administration, Beth Pearce was elevated to fill his position as Treasurer. She now faces challengers Republican Wendy Wilton and Progressive Don Schramm, in what has been the most contentious race of this election cycle.

Bob Kinzel hosts a debate of the three major party candidates as they outline their qualifications for the position.

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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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