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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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Vermont's Attorney General is called the state's top law enforcement officer. Seven-term incumbent Bill Sorrell (D) is running for re-election and faces major party opposition from Jack McMullen (R) and Ed Stanak (P).

Video Deep Links - Attorney General's Debate

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Bob Kinzel's questions to thecandidates:

Alcoholic. Writer. Marathoner. Caleb Daniloff has worn all of these labels, some of them more comfortably than others. His new memoir, Running Ransom Road recounts how he recovered from years of hard drinking, and how long distance running has helped his sobriety. We talk with Daniloff about his running, writing and recovery, on the next Vermont Edition.

State Auditor candidates Republican Vince Illuzzi (left) and Democrat/Progressive Doug Hoffer (right).

Vermont's Auditor of Accounts tracks how the state spends taxpayer money, and makes sure that government programs are performing the way they should. Current Auditor Tom Salmon is not seeking re-election this year, creating an open race for the position.

Candidates Vince Illuzzi (R) and Doug Hoffer (D/P) debate what they'd bring to the office of state auditor and explain why they'd be best to fill this role.

Video Direct Links - State Auditor's debate

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(Host) Concerns related to conflict are widespread and very much in the news these days. Commentator Marilyn Webb Neagley is an education consultant and author with thoughts on the way words can influence conflicts.

AP/Toby Talbot / Temporary voting booths stand in the city council chambers in Montpelier during the 2010 primary.

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