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More than 50 commentators provide perspective and opinion about current events, topics of interest, and often showcase the work of writers and storytellers.

More than 50 commentators provide perspective and opinion about current events, topics of interest, and often showcase the work of writers and storytellers.
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More than 50 commentators provide perspective and opinion about current events, topics of interest, and often showcase the work of writers and storytellers.

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English


Episodes

Watts: Enemy Of The People

8/16/2018
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Picture this: a group of news reporters assigned to cover a large rally. Roped off from the event at the back of the room, they type away, writing their news stories until the speaker draws the crowd’s attention to them. Then the crowd turns hostile, chanting, pointing and yelling.

Duration:00:02:46

Weis: The Last Straw

8/16/2018
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Einstein famously said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” And lately, I’ve been trying to apply that deceptively simple-sounding bit of wisdom to the significant environmental problem of accumulating plastic.

Duration:00:02:33

Oppenheim: Social Media Monster

8/15/2018
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I’m preparing to teach a course this fall about social media. And I’m beginning to think it’s going to resemble something akin to a science fiction movie in which the creators of a vast new technology lose control over what they’ve made.

Duration:00:02:38

Schubart: Supporting The Arts

8/14/2018
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Efforts to defund the National Endowment of the Arts are a quadrennial budget issue here at home. And in many countries, artists, like journalists, are censored, jailed, or even assassinated.

Duration:00:02:50

Luskin: Survivors Gift

8/14/2018
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On his ninety-second birthday just over a year ago, Dad announced, “This is my last birthday. No more.”

Duration:00:02:29

Hogan: Paying It Forward

8/13/2018
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Vermont has some very major long term problems to solve - like serious unfunded pension liabilities and increasing pollution of Lake Champlain.

Duration:00:02:47

Molnar: Lady In The Lake

8/13/2018
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When we moved to the so-called Lake District in south central Vermont, we didn’t realize what that meant. A full decade later, we’re still discovering the beautiful lakes and their generous four-season offerings.

Duration:00:02:34

Markowitz: Heat Wave

8/9/2018
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This summer, I’ve been spending a lot of my free time swimming in the lakes and rivers of Vermont, and if the filled parking lots and packed beaches are any indication – so are most Vermonters.

Duration:00:02:15

Moats: In Defense Of The United Nations

8/9/2018
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It was 1965 when the delegates of the United Nations gathered in San Francisco to celebrate the founding of the U.N. in that city 20 years before. I was a curious teenager, so together with my pal Pete, we snuck into the Opera House as anniversary preparations were under way — to get a glimpse of history.

Duration:00:02:45

Greene: Voting Machines

8/8/2018
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In light of suspected tampering with 2016 election, it’s easy to be jittery around voting innovations involving the internet. But new machines for voters with disabilities, called The Accessible Voting System, enable the homebound to vote by touch screen, joystick, keypad, or breath controlled sensor.

Duration:00:02:24

Slayton: McCarthy Era In Vermont

8/8/2018
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We like to think of Vermont as an honest, open-hearted place. Would national politics ever cloud or distort that? Perish the thought!

Duration:00:02:43

Vogel: The FHA Mortgage Process

8/7/2018
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In recent dealings with the Federal Housing Administration or FHA, I am reminded that ten of the most feared words in the English language are: “I’m from the government and I’m here to help you.”

Duration:00:02:48

Nadworny: What Numbers Tell Us

8/7/2018
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Unlike other states, Vermont doesn’t get a lot of polling, political or otherwise. That’s why a new poll right before election time has political journalists and opinionators jumping into this one like a thirsty person at a dessert oasis.

Duration:00:02:35

Kunin: Women Running

8/7/2018
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Women are setting new records in running for office. The high bar for governor was set in 1994 when 35 women ran. This past May, seventy seven woman set a new record - more than double that of the past.

Duration:00:02:40

Lange: Quiniktikut

8/6/2018
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Thanks to Daniel Webster, the border of the United States in New Hampshire is a few rods north of a tiny abandoned beaver dam that's the source of the Connecticut River.

Duration:00:02:37

Spencer Rendahl: Outside The Bubble

8/6/2018
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I have friends in liberal bubbles - like Brooklyn, Boston, and Berkeley - who claim they’ve never personally met a Donald Trump supporter. I tell them that in my neighborhood, Trump supporters are as close as the school bus stop.

Duration:00:02:29

McCallum: Personal Flotation Devices

8/2/2018
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One recent pristine summer afternoon, two people drowned on a popular southern Vermont lake. From a festive plastic float, they’d waved hello to others passing by on kayaks, paddle boards and canoes, including me.

Duration:00:02:37

Mares: Memorial Auditorium Survey

8/2/2018
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The city of Burlington is polling residents for ideas on how to re-develop Memorial Auditorium, hopefully an easier task than trying to save the hulking Moran Plant on the lakefront.

Duration:00:02:54

Krupp: Crazy Snake Worms

8/1/2018
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When I dig in my garden soil in spring, I look forward to seeing earthworms, since I know they add to the humus in the soil with their castings.

Duration:00:02:56

Hogan: The Fisher Ruling

8/1/2018
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I was a member of the original Green Mountain Care Board, put in place in 2011, where I served the maximum term of six years.

Duration:00:02:38