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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.






'Sorry,' But Study Finds Apologizing Doesn't Help With Rejection

Rejection is hard. It's not easy to accept, and for a lot of people, it's not easy to deliver a rejection. So why not mix in an apology to soften the bad news? Well, a recent study found that actually makes it worse.

Duration: 00:08:06

Talking Dirty: Discussing Your Septic System

We know it's not your favorite subject. But over half of the state has to deal with them. Yes, your septic system.

Duration: 00:31:40

Flood Insurance: Hard Realities And An Uncertain Outlook

Flooding is a serious business, and VPR's Howard Weiss-Tisman has been looking at the vital topic of flood insurance — which may not even continue to exist in its current form, with change occurring both in the climate and in Washington. He joins this Vermont Edition to talk about his reporting.

Duration: 00:08:34

How Do You Get Your Baby To Sleep Through The Night?

Live call-in discussion : Parents of small children will know the angst of figuring out the best way to try to get them to sleep through the night.

Duration: 00:33:42

With Help From Health Department, Area Hospitals Prepare For Emergency Situations

Last Tuesday, people across New Hampshire and Vermont held their collective breath after word spread that there was an active shooter at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. A hospital is different from a school or other places where, at least in theory, everyone can evacuate if necessary. So what happens at a hospital in a situation like that?

Duration: 00:07:43

Cause For Concern? Vermont Students Faring Worse On Test Scores

The report card is in, and we didn't do well. In the results from the 2016-17 Smarter Balanced Assessment test , Vermont students' average scores dropped at every grade level tested (3rd through 8th and 11th) in math and all but one grade in English.

Duration: 00:28:30

How Vermont Schools Manage Food Allergies

Serious — potentially deadly — food allergies are on the rise among kids . We're looking at how schools manage these situations, with limited resources and a diverse population of children to keep educated and fed.

Duration: 00:29:45

What Governor Scott's Marijuana Commission Might Tell Us

Governor Phil Scott created a special marijuana advisory commission to review a number of key issues surrounding the legalization of marijuana in Vermont. Neal Goswami, bureau chief at the Vermont Press Bureau, told Vermont Edition how the commission's report, to be issued in December of next year, could affect the legalization debate.

Duration: 00:09:31

Secretary Of State Condos On Election Integrity Commission, Same-Day Voter Registration

In May, President Trump signed an executive order creating the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. Secretary of State Jim Condos joins us to share his thoughts on the need for the commission.

Duration: 00:27:40

A Closer Look At Thom Lauzon: Barre's Mayor And Top Developer

The city of Barre has had the same mayor, Thom Lauzon, for more than a decade now. He's also one of the area's largest real estate developers. Some people have been questioning whether there's an inherent conflict of interest between his roles as a businessman and a civic leader.

Duration: 00:08:16

Grace Potter Comes Home For Grand Point North

It's been a long time and a lot of touring since Grace Potter and the Nocturnals got together at St. Lawrence University and were a Vermont band. But Grace is back home this week for the music festival she started in 2011 - Grand Point North .

Duration: 00:29:19

Rebroadcast: The Secrets Of Spider Silk

This interview originally aired in May 2017: Scientists and engineers take spider silk very seriously. It has a combined strength and elasticity that humans manufacturing still can't match. And it's a still mystery exactly how the arachnids pull that off. University of Vermont biology professor Ingi Agnarsson , an expert on spiders, is trying to figure out this impressive trick by sequencing the genetic code of the spiders themselves. Back in May, Ingi spoke to Vermont Edition about his...

Duration: 00:06:53

Rebroadcast: The Science Of Sleep

This interview originally aired in May 2017: We all know what it's like to be cranky the morning after a lousy night's sleep. But the consequences of a lot of people missing those few hours of shut-eye can be much more dire - including serious physical and mental health complications. We're listening back to our conversation with Dr. Michael Sateia , a top expert on the science of sleep - and exploring the impact of sleeplessness on a modern society that might not value the importance of a...

Duration: 00:37:26

Negotiations And Potential Strikes In Burlington, South Burlington School Districts

For teachers in some school districts around the state, these last few weeks have been not just back-to-school time but back-to-the-bargaining-table time. In two of the state's largest communities - Burlington and South Burlington - negotiations between teachers and the school boards have hit snags. In Burlington, teachers have set a strike date for this Wednesday.

Duration: 00:07:41

Attorney General TJ Donovan On Joining The DACA Lawsuit

President Donald Trump's decision to end DACA - the program that protects young undocumented immigrants from deportation - has been met with strong reactions. That includes a multi-state lawsuit challenging the ending of the program. We're talking to Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan about his decision to join that lawsuit and the impact that the DACA phase-out would have in our state.

Duration: 00:31:39

Sen. Patrick Leahy On DACA, North Korea And Other Issues

Senator Patrick Leahy says that President Trump is making a mistake in moving to rescind DACA - or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Sen. Leahy joins us to discuss the "dreamers" whom this would affect.

Duration: 00:43:09

The Politics Of Sen. Sanders' 'Medicare For All' Push

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has a proposal for a taxpayer-financed, universal healthcare program. It's called "Medicare for all" and basically would expand Medicare to include all Americans.

Duration: 00:11:06

Baby Lake Trout Surviving In Lake Champlain For The First Time In Decades

For over a century, lake trout offspring were not surviving through their first winter in Lake Champlain — so the state of Vermont has been stocking the lake with yearling trout for the past 45 years. But over the last three years, there's been a seemingly positive and significant change in the survival of the lake's young trout.

Duration: 00:08:22

Taking Stock Of 40 Years Of VPR With President And CEO Robin Turnau

It's been 40 years since Vermont Public Radio first signed on the air, broadcasting from studios in Windsor and a transmitter on Mount Ascutney. We're talking to President and CEO Robin Turnau about how the times and technology have changed what VPR does, and the challenges of keeping pace with the myriad new ways we get our news and entertainment.

Duration: 00:31:43

Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman On DACA And Other Issues Facing The State

With his first legislative session as lieutenant governor under his belt, Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman joins us to discuss the major issues facing the state and his focus going forward.

Duration: 00:35:03

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