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Vermont Edition brings you news and conversation about issues affecting your life. Hosts Jane Lindholm and Bob Kinzel consider the context of current events through interviews with news makers and people who make our region buzz.
24 hours ago
Composting 101: What You Need To Know About Vermont's Food Scrap Ban
July is here, and with it comes mandatory composting for all Vermonters. This hour: we’re talking about the new mandatory composting law that went into effect July 1st. We’ll check in with the department of environmental conservation, answer your questions about how to start composting, whether it's through a third party or in your backyard, and learn why composting is important to begin with.
5 days ago
Drought, Pests & A Pandemic: A Summer Agriculture Update
UVM agronomist Heather Darby says the growing season in Vermont started off cold and dry. Now it's hot and dry, with drought conditions affecting everything from haying to vegetable crops. Farmers also face pests like leafhoppers and their notorious "hopper burn" on crops - all of that on top of an uncertain economy brought on by a global pandemic. We check in for a summer agriculture update.
5 days ago
Vermont Humanities Kickstarts New Conversations On Race And Racism
For years, Vermont Humanities has sponsored community readings of Frederick Douglass’ famed July 5, 1852 speech . But not this year. We talk to Executive Director Christopher Kaufman Ilstrup to find out why.
5 days ago
Vermont Supreme Court Hears Challenge To State's Ban On High-Capacity Magazines
In 2018, Vermont lawmakers passed — at the behest of Gov. Phil Scott — multiple new gun control laws. Among them was a ban on the sale, possession or transfer of long gun magazines holding more than 10 rounds, and hand gun magazines holding more than 15. Now that ban is being challenged before the Vermont Supreme Court. We talk with a reporter following the case and the arguments the court is hearing.
5 days ago
It's Not Just You, There Actually Are A Lot More Chipmunks Out There
If you’ve been spending any time hiking this summer, walking through the woods or even just driving along Vermont roads, you wouldn’t be alone in thinking: Are there chipmunks, like, everywhere this year? We turn to a small mammal biologist for answers.
7 days ago
Behind The Mask: What You Need To Know About Mask-Wearing, Making And Buying
Since the beginning of COVID-19, we've received many questions about masks. This hour: we'll have a doctor on to answer your questions about the effectiveness of masks during a pandemic. We'll also hear about how a facial covering mandate is panning out in neighboring Massachusetts, and learn about the ways Vermonters and local businesses are supplying masks to their community members.
7 days ago
Report: COVID-19 Disproportionately Impacts Women's Health, Work & Financial Security
A new state report finds women in Vermont have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus. The COVID-19 disease itself has affected their personal health, but the economic downturn associated with the pandemic has also seen a uniquely large impact on women's financial stability and economic security. This hour, we'll take a close look at the report's findings.
Jun 29, 2020
The State Of Reopening: An Update From Vermont Health Commissioner Mark Levine
As Vermont continues to reopen its economy, states like Arizona and Texas are pumping the brakes due to surges in COVID-19. This hour: it's our weekly check-in with the Vermont health department. We get the latest COVID-19 case numbers for Vermont, as well as an update on out-of-state travel restrictions, mask guidance, and much more.
Jun 24, 2020
Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy Discusses Clash Over Police Reform Bill
The U.S. Senate is considering a major police reform package to hold officers more accountable for their actions. But the future of the bill is in question because many Democrats and Republicans cannot agree on some key provisions. We talk with Senator Patrick Leahy about this issue and more, and we take your questions.
Jun 22, 2020
How The Supreme Court's DACA, LGBTQ Discrimination Rulings Affect Vermonters
The U.S. Supreme Court handed down two major rulings last week: one protecting LGBTQ employees from workplace discrimination, and another preserving DACA , a program that protects more than 600,000 so-called "DREAMers" from deportation. We look at what the rulings mean for the country and how these rulings are personally affecting some Vermonters.
Jun 22, 2020
Vermont Health Official And Winooski Mayor On Children And COVID-19
Kids are not immune to COVID-19, as we've seen in the recent outbreak centered in Winooski, where nearly half of the positive tests are in children. This hour: we'll spend some time looking at coronavirus and children with Dr. Breena Holmes, the director of maternal and child health for Vermont's Health Department. And Winooski's mayor Kristine Lott joins us as well.
Jun 17, 2020
Census 2020: Vermont's Low Response Rate & Counting Amid A Pandemic
Just over half of Vermont residents have responded to the 2020 census. Passing the halfway mark is an important milestone, but still leaves the Green Mountain State with one of the lowest response rates in the country for the once-a-decade head count. We look at why Vermont's lagging behind, how census takers are working to improve the count and how they're reaching hard-to-count groups amid a global pandemic.
Jun 16, 2020
Vermont Child Care Centers Can Reopen But Worry About Risks
Gov. Scott allowed child care centers to reopen starting June 1, but there has been some pushback from early childhood educators and parents concerned about the health and safety of children and teachers. This hour, we speak with the Department for Children and Families as well as some child care directors and teachers about the reopening of these centers.
Jun 16, 2020
Vermont Lawmakers Discuss Plans For COVID-19 Relief
State lawmakers have been working for weeks on plans to distribute several hundred million dollars in federal COVID-19 relief funds across Vermont. The governor announced his plans last month, and says lawmakers are dragging their feet. This hour, we talk with House Speaker Mitzi Johnson and House Appropriations Chair Kitty Toll about what their COVID-19 relief efforts are for small businesses and individuals.
Jun 15, 2020
Deputy Health Commissioner: How To Stay Safe, Healthy Outdoors This Summer
As if COVID-19 wasn't enough to worry about this summer, mosquito- and tick-borne diseases are back on the radar. EEE, Lyme, Powassan: How can Vermonters protect themselves while also enjoying – socially distant – time in the great outdoors? This hour, it's our weekly update from Vermont's health department. We check in with Deputy Commissioner Tracy Dolan and take your questions.
Jun 10, 2020
Hunger Relief Organizations Call For Immediate Funding To Meet Rising Food Insecurity
Vermont Foodbank CEO John Sayles, along with other groups fighting food insecurity in the state, made a plea to state lawmakers in early June: Give us additional funds immediately in order to address a growing food crisis in Vermont this summer. We talk with Sayles about rising food insecurity in Vermont as the coronavirus pandemic continues amid an economic recession.
Jun 10, 2020
Gov. Phil Scott On Coronavirus, State Government And Measuring Progress On Diversity
Gov. Phil Scott is leading the state during a time of profound change. As the coronavirus pandemic challenges state leaders, revenues and government operations, the Governor is also pushing for progress on diversity in the state, forming a new racial equity task force to make recommendations for how Vermont can measure progress in this area. We talk with Gov. Scott about how COVID-19 and efforts to combat racism and improve diversity are changing Vermont.
Jun 10, 2020
Vermont's Chief Justice On COVID-19 And The Court System
COVID-19 has had an enormous impact on all aspects of life, including the operation of Vermont's court system. This hour, we talk to Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul Reiber about how the state's courts have responded to the pandemic, and we take your comments and questions.
Jun 8, 2020
Protests, Indoor Dining, Out-Of-State Travel: A Health And Economic Update From Vermont Officials
As protests continue over the death of George Floyd, health experts warn of further spread of COVID-19. This hour, we hear how Vermont's health department is monitoring the situation on the ground. We also answer your questions on the state’s step-by-step reopening strategy, including the return of indoor dining and end of quarantine restrictions for some out-of-state travelers.
Jun 3, 2020
How Do We Build A Welcoming Vermont?
Our nation is struggling with questions of race, political ideology, social class and identity. This hour, we pose the question: Can Vermont be welcoming to all? We talk about how Vermont has or hasn't been welcoming for those coming from far places and those who were born and raised right here in the Green Mountain State. Our guests are: Cheryl Morse, associate professor of geography at University of Vermont Curtiss Reed, Jr. , executive director of Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity Cai Xi, artist , teacher and chef based in Brattleboro Melita Sedic-Lawton, a parent, educator and artist based in Williston Broadcast live on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at noon. Rebroadcast at 7 p.m. The following has been edited and paraphrased for brevity and clarity. Let’s talk about this idea of inclusivity and being welcoming. How do you conceive of this question of inclusivity, value and diversity? Dr. Cheryl Morse : The way I consider it, there’s no single Vermont, there’s no single
Jun 2, 2020
Racism — And Anti-Racism — In Vermont
Protests erupted across the country over the killing of George Floyd in police custody one week ago. Calls for justice and the overthrowing of systemic racism in the U.S. echoed from Burlington to Seattle . In this hour, we talk about race, racism and anti-racism in Vermont, and ways Vermonters can support change amid a national crisis.