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The Frequency: Daily Vermont News

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Vermont Public Radio's daily news podcast. Get up to speed on what's happening every day in Vermont in under 15 minutes. Hosted by Henry Epp and Anna Van Dine, and available every weekday morning by 6:30 a.m.
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The town nurse

Nurses helping more than one in person in a community is becoming a new health care model, especially for older folks in rural areas. Plus, Vermont’s delegates to the Democratic National Convention can pledge their support to any candidate they want now that President Biden has withdrawn his reelection bid, the challenge Vice President Harris must meet if she’s to attract Vermont delegates and secure her party’s presidential nomination at the convention, a Bennington lawmaker will have driving under the influence charges dropped if he meets certain conditions, state officials feel confident Vermont will qualify for federal reimbursement to deal with recent flood damage even though getting individual assistance may be more challenging, and 20 more people are charged with violations connected to pro-Palestinian demonstrations at Dartmouth’s campus in May.
7/23/20249 minutes, 49 seconds
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A place to be kids again

A camp that provides a free getaway for children diagnosed with cancer looks back at its 40-year run, and ahead for what’s next. Plus, Sen. Peter Welch and Rep. Becca Balint react to the news that Joe Biden has withdrawn from the 2024 presidential race, there may be an easier path to federal money this year for Vermonters who lost personal possessions in the recent floods, the trial for a Franklin County sheriff facing charges of assaulting a shackled and handcuffed prisoner begins today, migrant workers in West Pawlet say their employer assaulted a farm worker and his teenage nephew, and nurses at University of Vermont Medical Center ratify a new contract with hospital administrators.
7/22/202412 minutes, 35 seconds
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Queer to help

Central Vermont’s queer community turns out in strong force to help clean up after recent flooding. Plus, Sen. Welch slams a plan to certify President Biden as the Democratic party's nominee weeks before the August convention, the Red Cross will open several emergency disaster supply distribution sites for flood victims, a new report says the lack of a secure treatment facility for youth in the criminal justice system is putting a strain on the state’s whole child welfare system, the newly formed Commission on the Future of Public Education met for the first time this week, and Hunger Free Vermont says more free summer meal sites are open across Vermont this year than ever before.
7/19/202411 minutes, 7 seconds
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Baby boon

Vermont launches a pilot program that uses an investment account to help kids born into low-income families. Plus, the head of Vermont’s GOP says former President Donald Trump has an opportunity to present a unifying message for the country at the Republican National Convention, the state modifies its electric vehicle incentive program to help recent flood victims, Vermont’s agriculture secretary says farmers may have experienced significant crop losses from last week’s flooding, some of Vermont’s railways were also damaged by the flooding, and a recovery group will make an opioid overdose reversal drug available in two new vending machines in Addison County.
7/18/202412 minutes, 21 seconds
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A taxing process

An update on the processes tax sales, which allow municipalities to seize the property of delinquent taxpayers. Plus, Gov. Scott asks for civility after the attempted assassination of former President Donald Trump, the state gives updates on road closures following last week’s floods, Peacham deals with its own flooding impacts, Vermont homeowners are still waiting to hear about property buyouts from last year’s flooding, and police release more information about last weekend’s shooting in Burke.
7/17/202410 minutes, 50 seconds
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High water

Some folks in the Northeast Kingdom have been displaced from their homes following last week’s flooding. Plus, hot and humid weather increases heat risks for at least another 24 hours, some towns that experienced severe flooding remain under boil water notices, a dam in Barnet appears safe after concerns it might have been heavily damaged in the flooding, the release of town highway funds is being ramped up to help communities suffering major road and bridge damage from the flooding, and Sen. Bernie Sanders reiterates his support for President Biden following an assassination attempt against former President Trump.
7/16/202411 minutes, 28 seconds
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A kick in the stomach

Barre City was among the hardest hit municipalities during last week’s flooding – just like it was last July. And we ask Vermont’s state climatologist about the link between climate change and extreme rain. Plus, police confirm a second death tied to the flooding, Gov. Scott urges Vermonters to report damages so the state can qualify for federal relief, Vermont’s health commissioner urges flood victims to prioritize their mental health, officials discourage swimming due to flood-related water contamination, and Sen. Welch hopes a group of candidates will seek the Democratic presidential nomination if President Biden drops out.
7/15/202418 minutes, 16 seconds
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Bitter irony

Our latest coverage of the severe flooding caused by the heavy rain dropped by Hurricane Beryl on the very day last summer’s flooding occurred. Plus, senior political correspondent Bob Kinzel speaks with U.S. Sen. Peter Welch after Vermont’s junior senator became the first Democrat in that body to call for President Joe Biden to withdraw from the 2024 presidential election.
7/12/202421 minutes, 20 seconds
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Preparation and adaptation

Vermont Public continues its week of coverage commemorating the one-year anniversary of last summer’s flooding, with a wary eye on potential new flooding related to the remnants of Hurricane Beryl. Plus, Montpelier business owners say they’re better prepared for a potential flood event even as painful memories of last year’s floods remain fresh, farmers across the region reflect on the community support they got to stay in business after last year’s storms, and a Northeast Kingdom ski resort tangled up in the EB-5 scandal might be sold by year’s end.
7/11/202416 minutes, 35 seconds
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The long road to recovery

Vermont Public continues its week of coverage commemorating the one-year anniversary of last summer’s flooding. Today, how businesses in Montpelier and farmers in Burlington are faring a year out. And checking in with a Barre City couple that lost their home. Plus, Vermont braces for the remnants of Hurricane Beryl, and Rep. Becca Balint says most Vermonters contacting her office are asking for President Joe Biden to withdraw as the Democratic presidential nominee.
7/10/202422 minutes, 7 seconds
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Rebuilding Barre & goats of East Calais

Vermont Public continues its week of coverage commemorating the one-year anniversary of last summer’s flooding. Today, we examine the slow pace of efforts to rebuild Barre as a place that would be more resilient to future flooding, and we travel to East Calais to check in with a farmer who used canoes to rescue part of her flood-ravaged goat herd. Plus, Vermont State Police investigate an incident in St. Johnsbury that left two people dead and several others injured, Barre City’s fire chief recalls the swiftness of the rising floodwaters last summer, why it will take several years to flood-proof the state office buildings damaged last year, a three-time Paralympic cycling medalist from Putney has been barred from competing in 2024 Paralympic trials after testing positive for a banned substance, and Vermont-made butter gets a shout-out on a hit television show.
7/9/202414 minutes, 46 seconds
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One year later

Vermont Public’s beginning a week of coverage commemorating the one-year anniversary of last summer’s flooding. Today, we’re checking in with the struggling Weston Theater Company after the troupe’s playhouse was inundated, and revisiting with a Plainfield couple after the deluge destroyed much of their property. Plus, Vermont officials have more leeway to ban people from sleeping and camping in public places following a U.S. Supreme Court decision last month, renovation of the Windsor County criminal courthouse is delayed, Amtrak says about 15 minutes will be shaved off the train ride from Burlington to New York City, Vermont is one of three states to take part in a new federal health care reform program, and Goddard’s Plainfield campus is selling for more than $3 million, but the buyer is still unknown.
7/8/202415 minutes, 8 seconds
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Making it rain

Why a multigenerational Jamaican band based in Vermont is more determined than ever to share their music. Plus, Montpelier’s holding an arts festival to commemorate the one-year anniversary of last summer’s flooding, state police identify a suspect in an October murder, Vermont has been approved to bill Medicaid for prison health care coverage, and a new film from Vermonter Jay Craven tells the story of two historical Green Mountain State figures.
7/5/202412 minutes, 39 seconds
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Floodway fears

The challenges of rebuilding – and why many think it’s wrong to do so – after a mobile home park in Berlin was washed out by historic flooding one year ago. Plus, a record number of Vermonters are currently in prison for crimes they’ve yet to be convicted of, a workplace safety complaint alleges staff at a state prison in Springfield are working in dangerously hot conditions, Sen. Peter Welch says Democratic leaders need to have honest conversations about whether President Joe Biden is the best choice for the party to defeat former President Donald Trump this November, members of the state’s congressional delegation rip the immunity ruling the U.S. Supreme Court issued in relation to the former president, and the first-ever public art installation in Vergennes has been unveiled.
7/3/202411 minutes, 45 seconds
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Mailing it in

Explaining Vermont’s early voting process for the primary in August. Plus, Vermont Emergency Management takes steps to determine if the state qualifies for federal disaster funding from flooding last month, Stowe is asking for federal financial aid to clean up from its third major flood event in the last year, a service that provides referrals for housing and health resources gets funding to operate on a 24/7 basis, the executive committee of Vermont’s Republican party backs former president Trump for the upcoming election, a new battery recycling law has gone into effect, and Vermont’s Elle St. Pierre qualifies for two events at the Paris summer Olympics.
7/2/202411 minutes, 53 seconds
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Broken promises

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s failure to deliver help and relief for many Vermonters devastated by last summer’s historic floods. Plus, seven Vermont communities receive funding to help expand child care, housing, and community centers, a Vermont emergency rescue company is honored for a swift water rescue made during flooding last summer, new zoning changes will allow for more housing development in Bennington, roads have reopened in Stowe but a lot of clean up is still needed after a weekend storm flooded a local brook and cut off some people from their homes, and a new tactile sign with Braille lettering at Burlington’s waterfront will help blind and visually impaired people orient themselves and get more information when they visit.
7/1/202411 minutes
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Uptick

What’s driving increases in tick populations and the diseases they carry in Vermont and other Northeastern states. Plus, early voting for Vermont’s primaries gets underway, New Hampshire’s population is rising even in rural areas that normally see declines, Vermont Game Wardens will be on state waters on the July Fourth holiday to deter people from operating watercraft while impaired, an estimated 70 million people nationwide are expected to travel somewhere over the next week for Independence Day, and Burlington unveils a new monument in a neighborhood park dedicated to racial equality.
6/28/202410 minutes, 20 seconds
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Sign language

A Vermont man arrested for flashing a middle finger at a state trooper settles his lawsuit against the police. Plus, mental health programs in Rutland and Randolph get federal funds to help increase access for low-income Vermonters and veterans, UVMMC nurses say they’re prepared to strike against the state’s largest hospital if agreement isn’t reached on a new contract, regional educators gather today for a summit on artificial intelligence in schools, school officials in Woodstock have dropped plans to renovate or build a new middle and high school, and the Enosburgh-Richford school budget passes on its third round of voting.
6/27/202411 minutes, 6 seconds
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A football first

Sounds from the first-ever Vermont Green FC women’s soccer match, which set records for attendance at Virtue Field in Burlington. Plus, a new payroll tax to help fund investments in child care goes into effect next month, state police say a human skull found in the Northeast Kingdom matches the identity of a Cavendish man who went missing in 2010, a multi-state study aimed at reducing opioid overdose deaths fails to achieve its goal, a groundbreaking ceremony is held for construction of a new Amtrak station in Brattleboro, and Vermonter Elle Purrier St. Pierre qualifies for the Paris Olympics after setting a record in the 5,000-meter track and field trials race.
6/26/20249 minutes, 28 seconds
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A football first

Sounds from the first-ever Vermont Green FC women’s soccer match, which set records for attendance at Virtue Field in Burlington. Plus, a new payroll tax to help fund investments in child care goes into effect next month, state police say a human skull found in the Northeast Kingdom matches the identity of a Cavendish man who went missing in 2010, a multi-state study aimed at reducing opioid overdose deaths fails to achieve its goal, a groundbreaking ceremony is held for construction of a new Amtrak station in Brattleboro, and Vermonter Elle Purrier St. Pierre qualifies for the Paris Olympics after setting a record in the 5,000-meter track and field trials race.
6/26/20249 minutes, 30 seconds
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Snake eyed

After a presumed10 year absence, a snake native to Vermont reappears in southern Windham County. Plus, the Agency of Education schedules listening sessions to weigh public feedback on the state’s new school safety law, two Vermont school districts still haven’t passed their budgets for next year, taxi drivers in Quebec win compensation in a class action lawsuit after the government allowed app-based ride services to operate in the province, New England’s power grid held up well during the first major heat wave of the season, and clean up is underway after concentrated firefighting foam spilled at a National Guard aircraft hanger in South Burlington.
6/25/20248 minutes, 33 seconds
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Fire on the mountain

Tagging along to see how a prescribed burn in Ripton helps manage the forest land there. Plus, a health care consultant says Vermont needs to make sweeping changes to its hospital network, more Vermonters will get access to rebates for energy efficient appliances to replace equipment damaged in last year's floods, UVM fires ten people from its Center for Health and Wellbeing, and the Champlain Valley Expo announces plans to upgrade its 60-year old grandstand.
6/24/20248 minutes, 21 seconds
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A French connection

A 100-year-old Vermont veteran receives the Legion of Honor for his service in northern France during World War II. Plus, two state senators are suing Gov. Scott over his appointment of an interim education secretary lawmakers had initially rejected, Rep. Balint files legislation designed to prevent what she calls deceptive small donor fundraising tactics, workers at an Essex Junction Starbucks say they’ll try to unionize, Green Mountain Transit adds five new electric buses to its Chittenden County fleet, and this week’s heat wave could lead to more cyanobacteria blooms in ponds and lakes this summer.
6/21/20249 minutes, 55 seconds
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Out at camp

A Vermont-based summer camp for LGTBQ+ youth with a years-long waitlist is expanding its footprint to serve more kids. Plus, nurses at Vermont’s biggest hospital are considering a strike if their contract demands aren’t met, high-level nuclear waste from the former Vermont Yankee plant will spend at least another 20 years in Vermont, a national conservative group and Burlington residents are filing suit to block a recent charter change allowing noncitizens to vote in local elections, and four more districts get mixed results from school budget votes.
6/20/202412 minutes, 43 seconds
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Musical money pit

The financial conundrum many young women of color face when trying to achieve stardom in the music industry. Plus, breaking down the action from yesterday’s legislative veto session, the state prepares for its first major heat wave of the season, and a Vermonter wins two Tony awards for her musical about the American suffragist movement.
6/18/202415 minutes, 22 seconds
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Bait and fish

Stopping by Vermont’s annual free fishing festival, where young people learn how to become sustainable anglers. Plus, a showdown between the Scott administration and Montpelier lawmakers comes to a head with a veto override session today, Vermont’s House speaker confirms one of the override attempts will focus on the state’s signature land-use law, Gov. Scott approves a bill that allows people who were in the foster care system to access their state records, Vermont State Police release the name of a man fatally shot by a trooper and the officer who fired their weapon, the union for UVM support staff is negotiating a new contract for higher wages, and the state prepares for the first major heat wave of the season this week.
6/17/202411 minutes, 8 seconds
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The Michael Kors Cafe

Speaking with Burlington High School’s graduating class of 2024 after students spent four years going to classes in a converted department store. Plus, redevelopment at a mobile home park in Berlin may be violating the town’s floodplain building rules, Sen. Welch calls out Republicans for blocking a bill to establish a code of ethics for the U.S. Supreme Court, a Vermont State Police trooper has been placed on leave after fatally shooting a man in Orange, state wildlife officials are again warning people about leaving food in their yards that attract bears, and rising production costs have forced local theater companies to scale back performances.
6/14/202410 minutes, 32 seconds
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Far from brittle

Listening back to poetry originally presented during a Homegoings live event at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Plus, Gov. Scott says he wants to suspend Vermont’s universal school meals program as part of a plan to pay down next year’s property tax increase, despite poor winter weather conditions Vermont’s ski resorts recorded a pretty good season, a warning to look out for election-related scams this year, Canadian border workers call off a planned strike after reaching a tentative agreement with the government on wages and benefits, and a new report shows young Vermonters crave places to hang out other than work and school.
6/13/202411 minutes, 45 seconds
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Zoning bout

Why some Londonderry residents see a threat to their way of life in proposed changes to the town’s zoning regulations. Plus, Gov. Scott meets with Democratic lawmakers to figure out how to reduce next year’s property tax rates, Vermont receives more than $3 million from a multistate settlement with Johnson & Johnson, the state’s largest city plans to distribute water, dumpsters, and portable toilets to some homeless encampments, state officials warn swimmers to avoid fishing access areas, and an Amtrak line between Saratoga Springs and Montreal will be out of service longer than originally planned.
6/12/202411 minutes, 40 seconds
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Forever ban

Breaking down the implications of Vermont becoming the first state to prohibit so-called “forever chemicals” in menstrual products. Plus, Gov. Scott signs legislation expanding health care services for Vermont veterans, a state senator gives her reason for backing a bill seeking to hold big oil companies accountable for climate change damage, the Health Department awards grants aimed at reducing tobacco use, state regulators seek public opinion on proposed rules for battery energy storage systems, and New Hampshire lawmakers are poised to tighten regulations on PFAS chemicals.
6/11/202411 minutes, 57 seconds
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Farm preservers

The struggle to preserve farmland in New England as housing developers open their pocketbooks to purchase more and more of it. Plus, an opportunity for municipalities short on cash to get federal infrastructure protection funding without needing local matching dollars, the parent company of the largest solar firm in Vermont declares bankruptcy, a new COVID vaccine is being prepared for release in the fall, a Topsham student sues her high school alleging calculating errors kept her from receiving a full scholarship to UVM, a new law prohibits selling body parts from bears hunted in the wild, and Rep. Becca Balint introduces a bill limiting the use of algorithms that can inflate rents.
6/10/20249 minutes
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Cold case closed

Police officially close a more than 40-year old investigation involving the death of an infant in Northfield. Plus, Vermont is sued for a second time by the same law firm that spearheaded efforts to overturn Roe v. Wade, as expected, Gov. Scott vetoes a property tax hike bill, Lake Champlain gets good news regarding recovery from waste and nutrient deposits that came with last year’s floods, and more than a hundred thousand pairs of glasses used to view the solar eclipse in April have been diverted from trash collections.
6/7/20249 minutes, 18 seconds
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Running up that heel

Woodstock runs a high heel race to jump start Pride Month. Plus, why the opening of a state cannabis lab has been pushed back, challenges facing new net metering projects, Gov. Scott vetoes expanded access to restorative justice programs, wildlife officials announce a deadline for this year’s moose hunting permits with an aim of reducing winter ticks that feed off the animals, and voters in Strafford reject money for repairing the town’s historic building.
6/6/20248 minutes, 54 seconds
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Learning Curve

Retiring after a nearly 30-year career with the Vermont Superintendents Association, Jeff Francis talks about the value and cost of providing high-quality public education in Vermont schools. Plus, the Vermont ACLU files a lawsuit alleging a local sheriff’s department has violated the state’s public records law, the state prepares to impose annual fees on electric vehicles, Gov. Phil Scott appoints a new top prosecutor for Lamoille County, a new resource to help the state’s dairy farm workers understand housing and employment rights, and a bear is successfully freed after getting a milk can stuck on its head.
6/5/202412 minutes, 28 seconds
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Grave disappointment

Searching for a site where former patients of a state psychiatric facility were buried in unmarked graves. Plus, Gov. Phil Scott is urged to sign legislation that would force social media companies to make their sites less addictive to kids, longtime Bennington County Sen. Dick Sears died over the weekend, Vermont’s Senate is undergoing big changes with the passing or retirement of several long-serving members, and Vermont’s health commissioner says there’s little cause for alarm despite a new COVID variant appearing in the state.
6/4/202411 minutes, 29 seconds
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Route problems

Vermont’s largest public transit provider is dealing with tough financial challenges and declining ridership. Plus, Gov. Phil Scott signs a flurry of bills into law, including one that establishes the first-ever statewide regulations on new development in river corridors, home sales in Vermont continue declining, creating gridlock for those seeking new places to live, Burlington’s police chief is reappointed to the post by the city’s new mayor, and Rep. Becca Balint remarks on the jury verdict finding former president Trump guilty of 34 felony counts for falsifying business records.
6/3/202410 minutes, 43 seconds
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Eat (wild) local

Visiting a Franklin County kitchen that’s helping reduce food insecurity by teaching people how to raise rabbits for meat. Plus, Sen. Peter Welch reacts to the felony convictions handed down against former president Trump, Gov. Scott vetoes a bill a bill that would allow for the state's first overdose prevention center, just a handful of statewide races will have contested primaries, Vermont’s largest hospital seeks approval for a new outpatient surgery building, an island in the Northeast Kingdom becomes part of Brighton State Park, and the Castleton Library will be wheelchair accessible for the first time in its nearly 100 year history.
5/31/202411 minutes, 50 seconds
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Out of court trial

A day in and out of court for a Vermont man struggling with substance abuse. Plus, Gov. Phil Scott indicates support for legislation making it easier for towns to impose local option taxes, the state sends staff to help a Windham school district deal with turnover in top administrative positions, two new bills become law, but without the governor’s signature, Vermont receives $6 million in U.S. EPA grant money to clean up brownfields, and state wildlife officials offer tips on keeping bears looking for food away from residential areas.
5/30/202410 minutes, 45 seconds
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Justice delayed

The multiple factors contributing to a backlog of cases in Vermont’s judicial system. Plus, area high school students urge Gov. Scott not to veto bills dealing with climate change, Montpelier’s new fire chief is announced , a new approach to assessing and providing wellness for Black artists in Vermont, a plant not seen in Vermont in a century is rediscovered, and a train platform in Montpelier gets an upgrade to bring it into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
5/29/202411 minutes, 58 seconds
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Doctor’s orders

A bill allowing more timely delivery of tests and medications for Vermont patients gets signed into law. Plus, Democratic state lawmaker Dick Mazza has died following a career in Montpelier that spanned more than four decades, environmental advocates aren’t pleased after Gov. Scott vetoed the largest energy bill of the recent legislative session, more and more Vermonters are turning to air conditioning to beat the heat in summer, a former longtime Democratic lawmaker launches a primary bid for lieutenant governor as a Republican, and a Chittenden County town seeks to end its service with Green Mountain Transit.
5/28/202412 minutes, 44 seconds
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'What are the priorities?'

After announcing that she won’t seek reelection, longtime Caledonia County Sen. Jane Kitchel reflects on her career. Plus, Gov. Phil Scott vetoes the biggest energy bill of the session, cannabis retail sales projections are higher than expected, a Rutland County public defender will serve as the newest federal District Court judge in Vermont, and a housing development project for UVM undergrads is scrapped.
5/24/202411 minutes, 4 seconds
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Man's best friend

A volunteer program in Chittenden County is helping older adults age in place with their pets, which can lead to a better quality of life. Plus, Vermont received a waiver to participate in a federal food program, the state is looking for feedback on plans to manage the Blueberry Hill and Birdseye wildlife management units in Rutland County, Quebec is becoming easier to navigate for English-only speakers, and the Vermont City Marathon is now offering a cash prize for the fastest nonbinary runner.
5/23/20247 minutes, 58 seconds
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All together now

Visiting a high school track team that has athletes both with and without intellectual disabilities. Plus, Gov. Scott signs a bill into law intended to result in more timely care for patients, Scott vetoes another that would restrict pesticides commonly used on corn and soy crops, a North Hero Democrat has been named to fill a vacant state Senate seat, state fiscal constraints hold back a plan to create investment accounts for babies born into low-income families, and we hear about a program that helps towns build community spaces by combining individual on-line donations with matching state funds.
5/22/202412 minutes, 55 seconds
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Redefining resilience

A hip-hop pioneer restructures his career after suffering severe vocal damage in a car accident. Plus, former Gov. Howard Dean announces he will not challenge Gov. Scott in the upcoming election for the state’s highest office, the co-chair of the Vermont Commission on Women shares her campaign priorities as she seeks to unseat the incumbent Republican, another veteran lawmaker in Montpelier will not seek reelection this year, a former television journalist announces a run for state Senate, and officials are trying to bolster the number of home reappraisers in Vermont.
5/21/202412 minutes, 35 seconds
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One in five

How college students are dealing with food insecurity on campus. Plus, the influential state senator who led budget negotiations in Montpelier for two decades announces her retirement, the official who helped oversee state finances amid an influx of federal pandemic spending is stepping down, lawmakers approve a bill that could impose the state's first tax on second home purchases, Vermont’s chief health care advocate urges public comment on proposed health insurance premium hikes for next year, and the Agency of Transportation tries out a new way to keep truck drivers from getting stuck on the winding road near Smuggler’s Notch.
5/20/202410 minutes, 14 seconds
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A bout time

Green Mountain Roller Derby prepares for its first home bout since the pandemic shuttered their season four years ago. Plus, the Vermont Medical Society urges approval of a bill allowing primary care providers to order tests and procedures without prior insurance authorization, why nursing home closures in New England are outpacing the rest of the country, state regulators nix a plan by a private water utility in Woodstock to raise its rates by more than 100 percent, Killington Resort is slated to host the Stifel Killington Cup in November, the impact of pro-Palestinian campus protests on college commencements, and a first in feline honorary degree as Vermont State University prepares a titular award for a cat named Max.
5/17/202410 minutes, 30 seconds
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Youth bet

Young people are the most active sports gamblers in Vermont since the state legalized the practice this year, which has problem gambling counselors worried. Plus, efforts to reduce Vermont’s racial and gender wage gap, why Gov. Scott plans to recruit moderate candidates for the state Legislature, Barre has a new (old) mayor, a bill that would have paused testing for airborne PCB’s in Vermont schools will not advance, and the scenic Smuggler’s Notch route opens for the season with warnings for too-large vehicles to keep out.
5/16/20249 minutes, 7 seconds
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Love at the end of a pet's life

The intimate, delicate and love-filled work of one veterinarian who makes house calls to euthanize pets. Plus, new flood disclosure requirements, Gov. Phil Scott says he will veto a bill that raises property taxes, Amtrak is temporarily suspending service on part of its Adirondack route and drivers beware of crossing turtles.
5/15/202411 minutes, 31 seconds
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Fostering creativity through rest

A preview of Inclusive Arts Vermont’s upcoming annual arts summit. Plus, Gov. Phil Scott announces he will run for a fifth term, a data privacy bill that passed last week could put Vermont on the national stage, Sen. Bernie Sanders says history could be repeating itself when it comes to the Democratic party splitting over war, and the Plainfield Co-op is relocating.
5/14/202410 minutes, 58 seconds
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The art of justice

A Vermont man’s decades-long fight for the return of artwork stolen from his grandfather during the Holocaust. Plus, Gov. Scott signals vetoes for a number of bills after the legislative session wrapped up Saturday, lawmakers pitch changes to Vermont’s medical cannabis program, veterans could see expanded services under new legislation, shoplifters may see stiffer penalties for repeat shoplifters, lawmakers target timber thieves, and two student journalists arrested while covering pro-Palestinian demonstrations at Dartmouth will not face charges.
5/13/202417 minutes, 29 seconds
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All inn the family

A New Hampshire author creates a one-woman stage show to temper the grief of losing a parent to dementia. Plus, Vermont House and Senate leaders try to hash out details of a property tax bill to pay for school budgets despite facing a potential veto, a protest at the Statehouse calls for lower taxes and fewer hunting restrictions, advocates say they’ll rally again next legislative session for a bill banning flavored tobacco and vaping products, lawmakers approve legislation revamping how the state responds to natural disasters, and an Upper Valley newspaper moves to nonprofit status to increase donations and keep publishing.
5/10/202410 minutes, 34 seconds
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Prison conundrum

A tour of Vermont’s only women’s prison – a half century old and in need of replacement – and the problems associated with trying to build a new one. Plus, Gov. Scott says he’ll veto a bill that would set up a safe injection site in Burlington, pro-Palestinian student protesters take down their encampment at UVM, the Slate Valley Union School District prepares for a third round of voting on its yet-to-pass school budget, a consumer protection warning is issued for cannabis sold at a Northeast Kingdom dispensary, and the Vermont Senate passes a bill increasing penalties for repeat shoplifting convictions.
5/9/202410 minutes, 45 seconds
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Age old question

Child advocates try to revise a public safety bill they say could result in more juveniles winding up in adult prisons. Plus, a bill to set up a safe injection site in Burlington gets final approval, state budget writers lift the cap on households that can access Vermont’s emergency motel voucher program during winter, Vermont’s home market remains tight, the Vermont Book Award winners are announced, and House lawmakers consider a bill to lower the age for children to confidentially access public library materials.
5/8/202411 minutes, 29 seconds
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Breaking barriers

Remembering a beloved New York state forest ranger who was a trailblazer in the LGTBQ outdoors community. Plus, Sen. Bernie Sanders announces he’ll seek a fourth term, pro-Palestinian demonstrators at Middlebury College take down their encampments after reaching an agreement with school administrators, UVM begins conduct processes for some students who took similar actions at the Burlington campus, the Vermont House passes a climate superfund act, and Gov. Phil Scott appoints a new state representative.
5/7/202412 minutes, 40 seconds
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Of equal importance

Civil rights advocates push to add an equal protection clause to the Vermont Constitution. Plus, a COVID-era law that changed Vermont’s open meeting statute is set to expire, state recovery officials say last summer’s flood victims still need more help despite money raised from special license plate sales, Vermont House lawmakers are moving a bill that gives primary health care providers more flexibility to order tests and procedures and another that bans exposed polystyrene foam in new floating docks, and a poetry festival will replace the canceled Bookstock event in Woodstock.
5/6/202411 minutes, 54 seconds
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Capitol Recap: Spending spat

A lot of the activity in Montpelier is framed around tension between Democrats in the Legislature and Republican Gov. Phil Scott. But policy disagreements between Democrats in the Vermont House and Senate are now dominating the final weeks of the session. In this week’s edition of the Capitol Recap, we’ll break down why the Senate is rejecting tax increases proposed by the House.
5/4/20247 minutes, 49 seconds
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Minding the gender gap

The University of Vermont is one of the college campuses most impacted by a nationwide problem of declining enrollment among men. Plus, police arrest multiple pro-Palestinian demonstrators at Dartmouth College and the University of New Hampshire, Vermont’s senior senator makes a speech to his colleagues defending the rights of peaceful protesters, the first woman to be president of Middlebury College says she’s stepping down, and the Vermont senate approves a bill allowing the use of safe injection sites.
5/3/20249 minutes, 24 seconds
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Wave little state

Delving into the local custom of waving to drivers you pass on rural Vermont roads. Plus, why Gov. Scott says he’s leaning towards running for another term, UVM says it will publicly release its endowment investments in response to pro-Palestinian demonstrators, the potential benefit for Vermont cannabis growers if the federal government changes its classification, the state distributes and thousands of gun safety locks acquired last year, and Vermont has a new poet laureate.
5/2/202411 minutes, 11 seconds
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Pick-up lines

How small, independent transit services are helping fill in travel gaps for Vermonters in hard to reach areas. Plus, the Vermont Senate rejects Gov. Scott’s pick for education secretary, a communications union district is having financial issues building out broadband infrastructure, a bill to discourage speeding in highway construction zones gets strong House backing, and a St. Johnsbury teenager prepares to compete in a national poetry competition.
5/1/202412 minutes
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Aging in place

An excerpt from the Vermont Public podcast Homegoings, featuring a unique idea of elder care. Plus, University of Vermont and Middlebury College students camping out on campus in support of Palestinians say they’re in it for the long haul, former Gov. Howard Dean teases another run for the state’s top leadership post, current Gov. Phil Scott signs into law a policy expanding access to breast cancer screening, and a Bennington state representative pleads not guilty to a drunken driving charge.
4/30/20249 minutes, 34 seconds
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The unsolved

Vermont has more than 80 cold cases, which present unique challenges for police. Plus, the Vermont Senate supports a cap for the emergency motel housing program, lawmakers advance a ban on pesticide-coated agricultural seeds, the city of Burlington faces a larger-than-expected budget deficit, U.S. Rep Becca Balint tours a redevelopment project in Bennington, and state lawmakers are collecting public testimony on a proposed constitutional amendment.
4/29/202410 minutes, 1 second
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Saving green

One small New Hampshire town is training a workforce to install high-efficiency heat pumps and other climate-friendly home upgrades – which can also save homeowners money. Plus, Education Secretary Zoie Saunders gets a thumbs up from the Senate Education Committee, Gov. Phil Scott endorses an annual fee for electric vehicle owners, a new University of Vermont study links supporting climate initiatives with experiencing extreme weather, and the Agency of Transportation is installing barriers to prevent tractor trailers from getting stuck on the Notch.
4/26/20248 minutes, 53 seconds
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Getting covered

How recent storms and updated federal flood maps are leading some coastal Maine residents to consider flood insurance. Plus, the Vermont Senate approves a proposed equal protection constitutional amendment, the man accused of setting fire to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Burlington office pleads not guilty, the Vermont House passes new regulations for so-called ghost guns, and Norwich University appoints a new president.
4/25/20249 minutes, 19 seconds
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The incentive problem

Renters have a lot to gain from things that reduce emissions in their space – so why is it so hard to do this work in rental properties? Plus, the Vermont Senate approves a new fee for EV owners, a case of measles has been discovered in Vermont, Sen. Jane Kitchel has been appointed to a powerful committee, and health care organizations are encouraging more people to volunteer for hospice care.
4/24/20248 minutes, 51 seconds
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Let it in

Homeowners are taking more precautions to protect their property from flooding in the face of climate change – but it’s resulting in some counterintuitive choices. Plus, one of the Vermont Legislature’s longest-serving lawmakers won’t seek reelection, President Biden approves a disaster declaration tied to January storm, Efficiency Vermont has a new tool to help Vermonters figure out weatherization and EV incentives, and the Vermont Center for Ecostudies is studying how tick pesticides impact other insects.
4/23/20249 minutes, 26 seconds
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Sustainable building

Constructing apartment buildings with mass timber, which is touted as an environmentally friendly alternative to steel and concrete. Plus, local reaction to new EPA rules on so-called forever chemicals, Addison County’s top prosecutor gets her law license reinstated, new state unemployment numbers are in, and rabies is on the rise in Caledonia County.
4/22/20248 minutes, 49 seconds
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Capitol Recap: Going slow to go fast

Property tax burdens are forecast to spike amid rising school budgets. What state lawmakers are — and aren’t — doing to draw down tax burdens. And how Gov. Phil Scott is responding.
4/20/20247 minutes, 42 seconds
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Pass/fail

The hard choices education officials will need to make as numerous school budgets continue to get voted down. Plus, Vermont’s new education secretary indicates she wants to explore school consolidation, why Gov. Scott isn’t satisfied with a new bill updating Act 250, a federal grand jury indicts a man for setting fire to the door of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ office, volunteers are asked to help clean up the Burlington waterfront ahead of Earth Day, and the tentative sale of an independent Vermont book publisher to a huge international counterpart.
4/19/202412 minutes, 48 seconds
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Farm to prison

Efforts by an organic farmer and men serving time in a Maine prison to grow fresh produce for the incarcerated population there. Plus, Vermont House lawmakers move a bill that will only slightly reduce property taxes this year, a lawsuit is filed over a school district’s handling of its budget vote on Town Meeting Day, controlled springtime burns get underway in the Green Mountain National Forest, doctors at UVM are studying new ways to treat rectal cancer, and two Vermonters win coveted Guggenheim fellowships.
4/18/202412 minutes, 47 seconds
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Hope and feathers

Good news on the health of birds in the northern woods of Maine. Plus, Vermont ski resorts rebound from a tough winter with help from the eclipse and late season snowstorms, what this year’s early ice out at Joe’s Pond signifies for algae blooms this summer, Vergennes is chosen as the site for a new juvenile treatment center, a mentoring program in Randolph helps high school students with their transition to college, and a program to help BIPOC Vermonters become homeowners is expanding.
4/17/20249 minutes, 25 seconds
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Closing times

Pondering the future of Goddard College’s campus after the school announced it’s closing down after 86 years in operation. Plus, volunteers helping with long-term flood recovery relief say they need help, an annual book festival in Woodstock is canceled just two months before it was set to begin, a Fair Haven school district budget fails on a second vote, Vermont welcomes its unofficial start to spring as a cinder block falls through the ice at Joe’s Pond in Danville, and amphibians begin their seasonal breeding migrations.
4/16/202410 minutes, 11 seconds
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Communication breakdown

An initiative to make health and safety information more accessible to Vermont’s immigrant and refugee communities has proven its worth – but funding is running out. Plus, lawmakers pump the brakes on a major education overhaul plan, advocates to improve migrant farmworker housing call on the state to provide more funding, Chittenden County officials issue a warning about a jury duty phone scam, and exploring ways to make a New England shellfish more sustainable as ocean temperatures continue to rise.
4/15/202412 minutes, 3 seconds
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Capitol Recap: At odds over housing

The Vermont House wants to set up another decade of major spending on the housing crisis — and tax increases to go with it. Meanwhile, the Senate and Gov. Phil Scott would rather focus on regulatory changes making housing easier to build.
4/13/20247 minutes, 38 seconds
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Higher callings

How Franklin County’s newly appointed top prosecutor hopes to bring stability to a position that’s gone through a recent rough patch. Plus, the state treasurer reiterates support for a superfund bill to make big oil companies pay a share of damages related to climate change, the Vermont Bond Bank creates a flood resiliency fund, the EPA sets federal limits on so-called forever chemicals that go beyond state requirements, Rep. Becca Balint urges the Biden administration to withhold weapons shipments to Israel, and Goddard College will shut down after 86 years of operation.
4/12/202410 minutes, 21 seconds
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Musical catharsis

A young singer-songwriter from Norwich discusses his musical upbringing and how one of his songs emerged after a tragic event. Plus, a bill to reduce administrative burdens for health care providers advances in Montpelier, concerns rise about a strain of avian flu affecting cows around the country, Quebec forestry officials look to hire more firefighters before the fire season begins, and Vermont businesses get a boost from eclipse tourism.
4/11/202410 minutes, 20 seconds
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Currency of fairness

Lawmakers reflect on the resignation of Grand Isle Sen. Dick Mazza, which signals a potentially generational change in the Senate. Plus, backers of a bill to ban the sale of flavored tobacco and vaping products look for votes to override a gubernatorial veto, lawmakers abandon impeachment of the Franklin County sheriff, rescue crews breathe a sigh of relief after eclipse day, and a warning for trail hikers as mud season ramps up.
4/10/202411 minutes
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Totality recall

Vermonters and the throngs of visitors who traveled to see the event recount how it felt to witness Monday’s total eclipse of the sun. Plus, Vermont’s longest serving member of the state Senate announces his retirement, I share a few thoughts on my own eclipse watching experience, and we’ll have an update on traffic as the visiting post-eclipse crowds head out of the state.
4/9/202415 minutes, 36 seconds
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Dark day

Vermonters and state officials prepare for today’s total eclipse of the sun, and we visit Alburgh where they’re holding a totality festival. Plus, a suspect is arrested in connection with a fire at Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Burlington office, a bill banning the use of so-called forever chemicals in many products is sent to House lawmakers in Montpelier, an earthquake that hit New Jersey last week was felt by some in Vermont, and the effect today’s eclipse may have on some bird species.
4/8/202417 minutes, 36 seconds
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Capitol Recap: The cost of public safety

Republican Gov. Phil Scott and Democratic state lawmakers agree that public safety should be a priority this session. But there's little agreement in Montpelier on how to move the needle.
4/6/20246 minutes, 52 seconds
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Ramadan in Vermont

Checking in with the Islamic Society of Vermont just before the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Plus, Vermont moves a step closer to creating a fund that would force big oil companies to pay a share of damages related to human-caused climate change, the state moves to curb online betting tied to performances by individual college athletes, two Vermont sports teams wrap up their seasons with losses in the playoffs, why Vermont’s first responders don’t want eclipse watchers to go hiking on Monday, and clear skies are forecast for the total solar eclipse.
4/5/202414 minutes, 52 seconds
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The write stuff

Revealing the finalists for this year’s Vermont Book Awards. Plus, Copley Hospital gets approval for a rare mid-year service price increase, Gov. Scott vetoes a bill to ban flavored tobacco and vaping products, strategies for getting kids to wear safety glasses during the eclipse, and the state Senate moves a bill to screen students earlier for learning differences like dyslexia.
4/4/20249 minutes, 56 seconds
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Pets, sound and vision

Prepping pets for the total solar eclipse, and helping the visually impaired experience the historic celestial event. Plus, the state Senate approves a bill to create a new disaster mitigation fund, Vermont moves closer to a statewide vote that would protect the rights of workers to organize and collectively bargain, how New England power grid operators are preparing for the solar eclipse, and a plan to turn the former campus of Green Mountain College into condos and a destination hotel.
4/3/202416 minutes, 46 seconds
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School's out

Why Vermont has an educator shortage, and how it’s affecting schools. Plus, Montpelier is finally poised to have a post office again, the owner of the Green River Reservoir dam doesn’t want to operate it for electricity anymore, state lawmakers consider overhauling Act 250, and town officials are preparing to close trail access roads during next week’s solar eclipse.
4/2/202411 minutes, 28 seconds
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Feeling seen

Two Vermont youth reflect on International Transgender Day of Visibility. Plus, The Vermont House approves a state budget proposal, the Senate supports a bill that would create a climate superfund program, Copley Hospital is running out of money, and Emma Mulvaney-Stanak is giving up her House seat to take over as mayor of Burlington.
4/1/20249 minutes, 18 seconds
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Capitol Recap: A tax fight in Montpelier

Democrats in the Vermont House have passed three bills that would raise taxes and fees by $130 million per year, and Republican Gov. Phil Scott is sounding the alarm. We'll break down that dynamic for this week's edition of the Capitol Recap, and share how it could impact local elections in November.
3/30/20247 minutes, 7 seconds
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Nice day for a night wedding

A couple from Craftsbury has been planning for years to get married on the day of the total solar eclipse. Plus, a major Act 250 overhaul bill appears headed to the state Senate, House lawmakers vote to indefinitely pause Vermont’s PCB testing program for schools, two state police troopers accused of using excessive force have their cases transferred to diversion, a college professor’s quest to visit as many Vermont public libraries as possible while on sabbatical, and a new rescue vehicle for the Swanton Village Fire Department.
3/29/202411 minutes, 56 seconds
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Exit interview

The outgoing mayor of Vermont’s largest city reflects on his 12-year tenure. Plus, Vermont House lawmakers approve a bill that would reduce out-of-pocket health care costs for low-income seniors, Addison County’s top prosecutor moves the case of a 14-year-old charged with murder to juvenile court–a decision made two days before the Vermont Supreme Court suspended her law license, Rep. Becca Balint officially announces she’ll seek a second term in the U.S. House, and thoughts on the Boston Red Sox as the 2024 MLB season gets underway.
3/28/202416 minutes, 23 seconds
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Hard sell

A woman from Calais laments rising taxes and fuel costs that led her to sell off land she’s lived on for more than three decades. Plus, more on taxes, as Vermont House lawmakers prepare bills that would raise rates for high-income earners and corporations, the Burlington City Council gets pushback after approving rezoning measures they say will create hundreds of new homes, a bill is moved allowing medical cannabis stores to provide special services and products, the Vermont senate backs legislation that lets the state study the possible health benefits of psychedelic drugs, and Vermont companies brace for changes now that the conglomerate that owns Ben & Jerry’s has announced it’s spinning off its ice cream divisions.
3/27/202411 minutes, 58 seconds
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Following recognition

Where Vermont lawmakers stand on calls to investigate the state’s recognition process for native tribes. Plus, Vermont House lawmakers move a bill to give people more control over their private web data, Central Vermont Medical Center staff are among the latest health care workers to unionize, Northfield police settle in a case alleging officers used excessive force against a woman with physical disabilities, and prepping for reliable cell phone service on the day of the solar eclipse.
3/26/202422 minutes, 23 seconds
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Dark money

The potential to capitalize on tourism spending as tens of thousands of out-of-staters are expected to visit Vermont next month for the total solar eclipse. Plus, Vermont gets a new education secretary, the state Senate gives initial approval to legislation that would remove rulemaking power from the Fish and Wildlife Board, the House advances a bill to ban seeds treated with pesticides harmful to pollinators, lawmakers ponder a new fund to support community access television stations, and a big week ahead for Vermont’s best young spellers.
3/25/20249 minutes, 17 seconds
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Capitol Recap: Crossing over

We’ll break down which climate and environment bills made it past the crossover deadline at the midway point in the legislative session.
3/23/20247 minutes, 39 seconds
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Dancing with the Blue Devils

Speaking with University of Vermont head basketball coach John Becker as his team hopes to upset Duke University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Plus, state House lawmakers pass a bill requiring every electric utility to get its power from renewables by 2035, the House also moves a bill to grant people state-regulated professional licenses regardless of immigration status, the owner of a military-style training facility in West Pawlet pleads not guilty to assault, northern area ski resorts prepare for what to do when the sky goes dark during eclipse day, and a Vermont actor who appeared in several highly acclaimed films has died.
3/22/202412 minutes, 6 seconds
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Vast importance

Heading out on the VAST trail to gauge the economic impact of snowmobiling in Vermont. Plus, state House lawmakers move a bill requiring homeowners and landlords to disclose if they have property previously damaged by flooding, the owner of a West Pawlet military-style training facility is arrested after an altercation with a local constable, an existing statewide contract for teachers’ health care is extended, fewer students in Vermont are applying for college financial aid, and a former president thinks UVM is going to bust some brackets in the opening round of the men’s NCAA basketball tournament.
3/21/202412 minutes
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Phishing lessons

Anticipating thousands of tourists for next month’s solar eclipse, Vermont officials hope to avoid a repeat of the massive traffic jams that occurred 20 years ago when Phish held its Coventry concerts. Plus, a bill to ban cell phones in Vermont schools is rejected, but another providing privacy rights for children who use social media platforms moves forward, the FBI issues a new reward in connection with the disappearance of a Vermont teenager 20 years ago, global conglomerate Unilever announces a split from Ben & Jerry’s, and what led to one of the warmest winters on record this year.
3/20/202412 minutes, 22 seconds
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Fellowship of the wing

A unique collaboration links college students in Burlington with elementary school kids to learn birding skills. Plus, plans to build a locked juvenile facility in Newbury are dropped, Vermont’s House speaker pushes back on criticism that Democrats aren’t doing enough to ease the state’s housing crisis, weather is the X factor in determining how many tourists come for the total solar eclipse,dogs rescued from a facility in New York are now up for adoption, and a big week for Vermont college basketball fans.
3/19/202412 minutes, 50 seconds
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A taxing process

The pressures faced by a family in danger of losing their farm to a tax sale auction. Plus, lawmakers advance a bill that would force big oil to pay a share of damages the state has suffered due to climate change, UVM’s effort to add more highly trained nurses to the workforce, Sen. Welch says he’s lost confidence in Israel’s prime minister, and a bill that would give adults previously in foster care greater access to their past records.
3/18/202411 minutes, 26 seconds
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Capitol Recap: Seeing red

Democrats in the Vermont House have identified more than $250 million in new initiatives to tackle in the next fiscal year, despite warnings from Republican Gov. Phil Scott to keep the budget lean. Now, lawmakers must let some of those priorities go – or find new ways to cover the extra spending, like tax increases.
3/16/20247 minutes, 17 seconds
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She’ll always have Vermont

Where moderate Vermont Republicans go after Nikki Haley suspended her presidential campaign. Plus, how much the state received from its first weeks of online sports betting, Casella Waste responds to criticism after reporting a leachate spill, three school districts decide to keep kids home for the day when next month’s solar eclipse takes place, and biologists are urging you to avoid peregrine falcons during nesting season.
3/15/20249 minutes
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Shadow work

How immigrants who are in the country without legal permission are advocating for better conditions on Vermont dairy farms. Plus, a bill making big changes to state wildlife regulations moves forward, U.S. Rep. Becca Balint votes in favor of a bill that could lead to a ban of TikTok, and announces her intention to run for reelection, the Vermont group that oversees a Middle East sister city program calls for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, a man accused of killing two people in Orleans County pleads not guilty, and New Hampshire experiences its warmest winter on record.
3/14/202414 minutes, 17 seconds
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Eclipse redux

A Vermonter recalls the last total solar eclipse from 1932. Plus, expanding educational opportunities for refugees and other New Americans, state lawmakers call for reopening Montpelier’s post office as soon as possible, another Vermont prisoner held at an out-of-state correctional facility has died, relatives of a man who died half a year ago after overdosing at a Vermont prison are still seeking answers, and a fully electric aircraft developed in part by a Vermont-based company takes center stage at a Cape Cod air base.
3/13/202410 minutes, 32 seconds
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Age old problem

The wide-ranging implications of Vermont’s rapidly aging demographic. Plus, Sen. Sanders calls for blocking additional military aid to Israel, Vermont gets a stronger than expected report on the state’s economy, a skier who died after a fall at Mount Washington is identified as a UVM student, and a surge in children and teens turning to injectable weight loss drugs.
3/12/202411 minutes, 57 seconds
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Ice out

How climate change is disrupting a longtime tradition at a New Hampshire camp. Plus, a leachate spill at the Coventry landfill, arraignment is delayed for a state lawmaker accused of DUI, bears are emerging from hibernation, and officials want public feedback on a management plan for the Telephone Gap area in the Green Mountain National Forest.
3/11/202410 minutes, 50 seconds
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Capitol Recap: The tipping point

Why nearly a third of school budget votes failed on Town Meeting Day, and where state lawmakers go from here.
3/9/20247 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ski change

Climate change is making it harder for Vermont’s high school cross-country skiers to get in a full season of competition. Plus, Gov. Scott says the large number of school budgets voted down on Town Meeting Day is a wake-up call for state lawmakers, some legislators say the entire education funding system may need to change, a disaster declaration request for storms that hit Vermont in January, and support staff and technical workers at Porter Medical Center form a union.
3/8/202413 minutes, 6 seconds
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Spending priorities

Towns that received federal rescue funding for housing and development projects debate how to spend the money. Plus, voters reject a large number of school budgets, how Nikki Haley managed to win Vermont’s Republican presidential primary before suspending her campaign, how several towns voted on a ceasefire resolution for the war between Israel and Hamas, Barre Opera House’s executive director is stepping down, and cases of Norovirus are on the rise in the northeast.
3/7/202412 minutes, 23 seconds
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Queen City history

A woman has been elected mayor of Burlington for the first time in the city’s history. Plus, communities around the state struggled with issues regarding property tax hikes, and questions of whether some schools with low enrollment should be closed, we have results on some school budgets that did make the cut, Montpelier approves eviction protection for renters and re-elects its mayor, several communities pass ceasefire resolutions for the war between Israel and Hamas, and Nikki Haley wins the Vermont Republican presidential primary, but is reportedly suspending her campaign.
3/6/202413 minutes, 56 seconds
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Town talk

Property taxes and school budgets pose big challenges for voters on Town Meeting Day. Plus, a push for a law banning guns from polling stations, voters in Cabot will again decide whether to close the town’s high school, Addison County’s top prosecutor returns to work following arraignment on a DUI charge, 16- and 17-year-olds in Brattleboro can cast Town Meeting Day votes for the first time ever, and incentives to vote today in Bethel include pie – and a local cheerleading squad.
3/5/202413 minutes, 3 seconds
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Deferred maintenance

A school bond vote in Woodstock illustrates the difficulties of dealing with Vermont’s massive backlog of building maintenance. Plus, the state’s emergency motel shelter program appears on solid footing despite advocate concerns, Vermont’s health commissioner comes out in support of overdose prevention sites, cannabis advocates aren’t excited about a bill moving through the Legislature, and state parks will be open in a limited capacity during next month’s solar eclipse.
3/4/202411 minutes, 9 seconds
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Fostering inclusion

At least six Vermont communities will consider adopting declarations of inclusion on Town Meeting Day. Plus, lawmakers consider relief for Vermont orchards, Gov. Scott wants you to vote for Nikki Haley, a stretch of I-91 is closed after a rockslide, Montpelier farmers market organizers are trying to regain access to their usual location, and heavy winds led to thousands of power outages this week. And now that Mitch Wertlieb is settling in as the new host of The Frequency, we want to hear your feedback on the show. What’s working for you? What doesn’t? What do you wish was in the podcast that you’re not hearing? Your input helps us make the best show we can – one you’ll look forward to hearing every day. So please share your thoughts at [email protected].
3/1/202411 minutes, 45 seconds
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Uneasy access

Efforts to ease voting accessibility for people with disabilities in Middlesex. Plus, housing advocates express concern over a new rate cap for emergency motel housing, Vermont’s chief of emergency medical services is taking a leave of absence after allegedly responding to a call while impaired, state aid appears headed for communities hit hardest by recent floods, Vermont’s Department of Corrections launches an internal investigation unit, and a man who’s technically both 26 and 104 years old reflects on his Leap Year birthdays. And now that Mitch Wertlieb is settling in as the new host of The Frequency, we want to hear your feedback on the show. What’s working for you? What doesn’t? What do you wish was in the podcast that you’re not hearing? Your input helps us make the best show we can – one you’ll look forward to hearing every day. So please share your thoughts at [email protected].
2/29/202410 minutes, 1 second
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Beyond books

How one Vermont library diversifies its offerings to appeal to a wide cross section of patrons. Plus, a potential extension of the emergency motel housing program, some state lawmakers sign a letter asking the president to demand a ceasefire in Gaza, Dartmouth College’s president may be called to testify in the trial of two students arrested during an on campus protest of the Israel-Hamas war, a Vermont man dies while being held in an out-of-state prison, and a high wind and flash flood advisory is issued for parts of the region., And now that Mitch Wertlieb is settling in as the new host of The Frequency, we want to hear your feedback on the show. What’s working for you? What doesn’t? What do you wish was in the podcast that you’re not hearing? Your input helps us make the best show we can – one you’ll look forward to hearing every day. So please share your thoughts at [email protected].
2/28/202413 minutes, 29 seconds
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Cultivating opportunity

Farmers and foresters in Vermont say old land regulations are stifling efforts to innovate and sustain both sectors. Plus, parts of Vermont and New York are likely to set records for warmest winters, a Medicaid cyber security breach threatens access to medical prescriptions, a teenager has been arrested for the alleged murder of a St. Johnsbury woman, Rutland voters ponder whether to keep municipal water fluoridated, and a court rules again that an affordable housing project in Putney does not need at Act 250 review. And now that Mitch Wertlieb is settling in as the new host of The Frequency, we want to hear your feedback on the show. What’s working for you? What doesn’t? What do you wish was in the podcast that you’re not hearing? Your input helps us make the best show we can – one you’ll look forward to hearing every day. So please share your thoughts at [email protected].
2/27/202411 minutes, 50 seconds
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Before the next flood

A town narrative on flooding and how the community of Calais responded to it. Plus, the state Senate passes a flood resilience bill, Richmond prepares to vote on a multi-million dollar loan to renovate its town center, Bennington County may soon have its first addiction recovery facility, a new exhibition showcases art by people with disabilities, and Gov. Scott appoints a new superior court judge. And now that Mitch Wertlieb is settling in as the new host of The Frequency, we want to hear your feedback on the show. What’s working for you? What doesn’t? What do you wish was in the podcast that you’re not hearing? Your input helps us make the best show we can – one you’ll look forward to hearing every day. So please share your thoughts at [email protected].
2/26/202411 minutes, 53 seconds
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Capitol Recap: Becoming flood resilient

Lawmakers want to lean on Vermont’s natural landscape to make the state more flood resilient. A new bill ramps up environmental regulations on development in wetlands and near rivers, and looks to beef up – or remove – dams. And now that Mitch Wertlieb is settling in as the new host of The Frequency, we want to hear your feedback on the show. What’s working for you? What doesn’t? What do you wish was in the podcast that you’re not hearing? Your input helps us make the best show we can – one you’ll look forward to hearing every day. So please share your thoughts at [email protected].
2/24/20248 minutes, 21 seconds
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Sister city limits

The challenges facing Burlington’s relationship with sister cities in the Middle East. Plus, new recommendations for people testing positive for COVID, Montpelier moves closer to finally getting postal service restored, trying to reduce the impact of winter ticks on moose, and considering whether participation in Town Meeting Day is affected by how people cast their votes. And now that Mitch Wertlieb is settling in as the new host of The Frequency, we want to hear your feedback on the show. What’s working for you? What doesn’t? What do you wish was in the podcast that you’re not hearing? Your input helps us make the best show we can – one you’ll look forward to hearing every day. So please share your thoughts at [email protected].
2/23/202412 minutes, 2 seconds
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Snow woes

Why an increase in rainy winters is affecting snowpack, and in turn, the quality of water. Plus, the state Senate moves a bill to let towns postpone budget votes until after Town Meeting Day, a shortage of nursing home beds puts a strain on hospitals, a state representative is charged with driving under the influence, state substance misuse prevention funds will benefit organizations in northwestern Vermont, and U.S. House Representative Becca Balint visits Israel with a congressional delegation. And now that Mitch Wertlieb is settling in as the new host of The Frequency, we want to hear your feedback on the show. What’s working for you? What doesn’t? What do you wish was in the podcast that you’re not hearing? Your input helps us make the best show we can – one you’ll look forward to hearing every day. So please share your thoughts at [email protected].
2/22/202411 minutes, 37 seconds
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Helping the helpers

An effort to make sure all of Vermont’s first responders get the mental health care they need. Plus, Gov. Scott asks for a federal disaster declaration to help counties devastated by December flooding, efforts to build resilience after summer floods destroyed crops grown by refugee and immigrant farmers, trying to increase the voting power of lower- income Vermonters, how much money state residents bet on-line for this year’s Super Bowl, and a group of Dartmouth students go on a hunger strike. And now that Mitch Wertlieb is settling in as the new host of The Frequency, we want to hear your feedback on the show. What’s working for you? What doesn’t? What do you wish was in the podcast that you’re not hearing? Your input helps us make the best show we can – one you’ll look forward to hearing every day. So please share your thoughts at [email protected].
2/21/202413 minutes, 42 seconds
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Losing Wi-Fi

A federal program subsidizing high-speed internet for thousands of Vermonters is running out of funding. Plus, the state receives feedback on a management plan for the Worcester Range, A Ukrainian man pleads guilty to a cyberattack against University of Vermont Medical Center, a new study highlights how gardening, foraging, and hunting can help people facing food insecurity, and an early mud season has made it tough on road workers. And now that Mitch Wertlieb is settling in as the new host of The Frequency, we want to hear your feedback on the show. What’s working for you? What doesn’t? What do you wish was in the podcast that you’re not hearing? Your input helps us make the best show we can – one you’ll look forward to hearing every day. So please share your thoughts at [email protected].
2/20/20249 minutes, 57 seconds
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Capitol Recap. Screen timeout

More than half of Vermont middle schoolers spend at least three hours a day on their screens, and a lot of that time is devoted to social media. Yet there’s growing evidence that social media is bad for kids’ mental health. That’s why Vermont lawmakers are considering regulating major apps. And now that Mitch Wertlieb is settling in as the new host of The Frequency, we want to hear your feedback on the show. What’s working for you? What doesn’t? What do you wish was in the podcast that you’re not hearing? Your input helps us make the best show we can – one you’ll look forward to hearing every day. So please share your thoughts at [email protected].
2/17/20247 minutes, 7 seconds
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Where to go

Debate over when to roll out a law that would allow 19-year-olds to enter the juvenile justice system instead of adult court. Plus, lawmakers advance legislation to tweak the state’s education finance formula, they consider lowering the reimbursement rate for hotels and motels in the state’s emergency housing program, Addison County’s state’s attorney takes a medical leave, and some confusion over the Addison Selectboard. And now that Mitch Wertlieb is settling in as the new host of The Frequency, we want to hear your feedback on the show. What’s working for you? What doesn’t? What do you wish was in the podcast that you’re not hearing? Your input helps us make the best show we can – one you’ll look forward to hearing every day. So please share your thoughts at [email protected].
2/16/202410 minutes, 27 seconds
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An artists' refuge

Exploring a former artists’ workshop in Montreal through our Made Here film series. Plus, lawmakers are asked to spend more money on the state’s judicial system, weighing whether to ban seeds coated with pesticides, delays finding space in Dartmouth Health’s emergency department, and a new study shows growing food and foraging helped with food insecurity during the pandemic. And now that Mitch Wertlieb is settling in as the new host of The Frequency, we want to hear your feedback on the show. What’s working for you? What doesn’t? What do you wish was in the podcast that you’re not hearing? Your input helps us make the best show we can – one you’ll look forward to hearing every day. So please share your thoughts at [email protected].
2/15/202412 minutes, 13 seconds
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Friend zone

Description: A new non-profit strives to fight loneliness. Plus, both Vermont senators vote against an aid package for Israel and Ukraine, changes coming to the state’s education funding system are making things difficult for municipal clerks as Town Meeting Day nears, a no-snow record not seen since the 19th century, and a Vermonter breaks her own record for the fastest indoor mile run by an American woman. And now that Mitch Wertlieb is settling in as the new host of The Frequency, we want to hear your feedback on the show. What’s working for you? What doesn’t? What do you wish was in the podcast that you’re not hearing? Your input helps us make the best show we can – one you’ll look forward to hearing every day. So please share your thoughts at [email protected].
2/14/20249 minutes, 50 seconds
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Weaving community

Remembering a Middlebury craftsperson known for her creativity and generosity. Plus, sports betting is exceeding revenue projections in Vermont, the Addison County state’s attorney is arraigned for alleged drunk driving, one of Vermont’s wealthiest residents weighs in on a wealth tax, and some potential changes to USPS service here. And now that Mitch Wertlieb is settling in as the new host of The Frequency, we want to hear your feedback on the show. What’s working for you? What doesn’t? What do you wish was in the podcast that you’re not hearing? Your input helps us make the best show we can – one you’ll look forward to hearing every day. So please share your thoughts at [email protected].
2/13/20247 minutes, 35 seconds
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Throwing shade

Description: Veteran meteorologist Mark Breen talks about the upcoming and historic total solar eclipse and why Vermont is a prime viewing spot. Plus, the Vermont Senate approves direct financial aid to towns and cities slammed by summer flooding, the House advances a bill scuttling a tax break in an effort to reduce education spending, why two local substance abuse programs are shutting down, and GE Aerospace takes a financial hit for alleged hiring discrimination against women at its facility in Rutland. And now that Mitch Wertlieb is settling in as the new host of The Frequency, we want to hear your feedback on the show. What’s working for you? What doesn’t? What do you wish was in the podcast that you’re not hearing? Your input helps us make the best show we can – one you’ll look forward to hearing every day. So please share your thoughts at [email protected].
2/12/20249 minutes, 34 seconds
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Capitol Recap: Overhauling education funding

With Town Meeting Day just one month away, Democratic lawmakers announced a plan to rewrite the state’s education tax laws to induce at least some districts to go back to the drawing board and cut their budget proposals. And now that Mitch Wertlieb is settling in as the new host of The Frequency, we want to hear your feedback on the show. What’s working for you? What doesn’t? What do you wish was in the podcast that you’re not hearing? Your input helps us make the best show we can – one you’ll look forward to hearing every day. So please share your thoughts at [email protected].
2/10/20247 minutes, 39 seconds
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Growing concerns

Vermont lawmakers may tweak the state’s medical cannabis program and potency limits for retail weed. Plus, Town Meeting Day votes on school budgets may face delays as lawmakers ponder major changes to education funding, developers of a big housing project in Burlington scale back apartment construction in favor of hotels, the head of Vermont’s Criminal Justice Council blasts comments made about migrant workers by a former council member, new details on setting up temporary shelters for unhoused Vermonters exiting the state’s motel housing program, and a stretch of warm days scuttles an annual pond hockey game. And now that Mitch Wertlieb is settling in as the new host of The Frequency, we want to hear your feedback on the show. What’s working for you? What doesn’t? What do you wish was in the podcast that you’re not hearing? Your input helps us make the best show we can – one you’ll look forward to hearing every day. So please share your thoughts at [email protected].
2/9/202413 minutes, 42 seconds
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More than numbers

Why it’s difficult tracking how many Vermonters don’t have a place to live. Plus, Republican Gov. Phil Scott agrees with Democrats who want to postpone school budget votes this year, why there aren’t more Vermonters signed up for a program covering the cost of health screenings, there’s still no date for an anticipated methadone clinic to open in Bennington, and January was the cloudiest month in the Burlington region in more than seven decades. And now that Mitch Wertlieb is settling in as the new host of The Frequency, we want to hear your feedback on the show. What’s working for you? What doesn’t? What do you wish was in the podcast that you’re not hearing? Your input helps us make the best show we can – one you’ll look forward to hearing every day. So please share your thoughts at [email protected].
2/8/202411 minutes, 56 seconds
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Screen time

What it’s like experiencing a mammogram for the first time, and why the screening is so important. Plus, fast-tracking changes to Vermont’s school funding mechanism, a grant provides financial planning and literacy services to survivors of domestic violence, union membership in Vermont reaches an all-time high, Dartmouth’s men’s basketball team clears a hurdle toward possible unionization, and a Vermont House bill in would ban the licensing of cannabis cultivation in densely populated areas. And now that Mitch Wertlieb is settling in as the new host of The Frequency, we want to hear your feedback on the show. What’s working for you? What doesn’t? What do you wish was in the podcast that you’re not hearing? Your input helps us make the best show we can – one you’ll look forward to hearing every day. So please share your thoughts at [email protected].
2/7/202417 minutes, 2 seconds
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Still waiting

Relatives of a man who died in a Vermont prison from a fentanyl overdose are frustrated at the pace of the investigation into his death. Plus, the Vermont House considers a ban on a pesticide beekeepers say is killing pollinators, local lawmakers are in the dark about USPS plans to replace the damaged Montpelier post office, efforts to resolve air quality and contamination problems at a farm food center in Rutland near completion, and a Vermonter heads home from Los Angeles with a Grammy Award. And now that Mitch Wertlieb is settling in as the new host of The Frequency, we want to hear your feedback on the show. What’s working for you? What doesn’t? What do you wish was in the podcast that you’re not hearing? Your input helps us make the best show we can – one you’ll look forward to hearing every day. So please share your thoughts at [email protected].
2/6/202411 minutes, 41 seconds
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Stormy weather

Vermont’s farmers and sugarmakers struggle with the cumulative impact of a series of damaging storms. Plus, short-term rental bookings are piling up in advance of April’s solar eclipse, a delay in the construction of a state-run cannabis lab, revenues from retail cannabis sales are higher than expected, a family settles a lawsuit against the Green Mountain Union School District, and the Vermont House approves a bill prohibiting racial discrimination based on hair types and styles. And now that Mitch Wertlieb is settling in as the new host of The Frequency, we want to hear your feedback on the show. What’s working for you? What doesn’t? What do you wish was in the podcast that you’re not hearing? Your input helps us make the best show we can – one you’ll look forward to hearing every day. So please share your thoughts at [email protected].
2/5/202411 minutes, 1 second
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Capitol Recap: The Medicare cliff

Most Vermonters experiencing financial difficulties are eligible for publicly-funded insurance to cover health care costs. But there's a class of Vermonters that isn't allowed to enjoy the full benefits of the state's Medicaid program, and there's no getting around the factor that disqualifies them. Learn what it is in this week’s edition of Capitol Recap.
2/3/20248 minutes
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Stumped

State regulators encounter resistance as they craft plans to manage forests along the Worcester Range. Plus, a bill that could make middle- class Vermonters eligible for government-subsidized health insurance, a coalition of Vermont-based businesses pushes for action on three climate bills, a state’s attorney arrested for alleged drunk driving declines an upcoming meeting with Addison County police chiefs, Vermont gets poor grades from federal education officials for violating the Every Student Succeeds Act, and school board support for educators choosing to discuss the ongoing violence in Gaza.
2/2/202413 minutes, 40 seconds
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Pulling through

A new documentary explores the relationship behind a legendary towing service in the Northeast Kingdom. Plus, the Vermont Medical Society wants Medicaid coverage for new weight loss drugs, the state Health Department calls for public schools to have access to an overdose-reversal drug, a rare fungal infection is increasingly showing up in Vermont, and early voting for Vermont's presidential primary gets underway.
2/1/202411 minutes, 47 seconds
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Beyond the classroom

UVM will partner with rural communities to address economic, housing, and climate related challenges. Plus, betting on more revenue than first projected from Vermont’s new online sports wagering, a campaign to help Vermont farmers recover from damage caused by severe flooding, care for those who offer aid to people with dementia, Vermont arts and culture organizations get a financial boost, and new flight routes from Burlington.
1/31/202410 minutes, 53 seconds
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Home team

Two statewide housing organizations have joined forces to help combat homelessness. Plus, why winter this year is becoming more associated with rain than snow in the Northeast, concern over new requirements mandating predominantly French signage for Quebec businesses, a journalist with a 40-year career covering Vermont is retiring, and a new report shows the number of Americans struggling to make rent payments has reached a record high.
1/30/202412 minutes, 10 seconds
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A boy and his dog

A Calais author wins a Newbery Honor for his children’s book about a boy and his magical dog. Plus, lawmakers consider making it more difficult for neighbors to block housing development, the top prosecutor in Addison County is arrested after refusing a DUI test, Montreal gets ready to celebrate the winter season, and two Burlington chefs are semifinalists for James Beard awards.
1/29/202412 minutes, 2 seconds
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Capitol Recap: Time out on school funding

Lawmakers are grappling with a forecasted 17% jump in school taxes next year. Meanwhile, superintendents are worried voters will reject their budgets on Town Meeting Day.
1/27/20248 minutes, 41 seconds
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Dealing with the elephant

A Richmond author talks about the inspiration behind a children’s book that imagines grief as different animals. Plus, Vermont changes course on a federal food benefits program, a wide swath of the northern Green Mountains is conserved, a Dartmouth study shows bad news for New England winters, and state lawmakers can’t override the governor’s veto on a bill to expand Vermont’s bottle deposit law.
1/26/202411 minutes, 55 seconds
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No Vacancy

Vermont’s housing squeeze and rising rents are making it tough to find places to resettle refugees. Plus, improperly held security deposits will be returned to hundreds of former motel residents, the system funding Vermont’s EMS first responders is on the verge of financial collapse, Vermont’s largest hospital wants to buy a health care campus in Colchester, and Democrats in Montpelier want more initiatives from Gov. Scott on reducing education costs.
1/25/202412 minutes, 22 seconds
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Green for Mother Earth

Lawmakers try to create a climate superfund to make fossil fuel companies pay their share of damages caused by their products. Plus, Republican Gov. Phil Scott pleads for Democrats to lower state spending growth, Democrats respond by calling the governor’s stance confrontational, Vermonters currently relying on motel shelters for emergency housing might get a longer stay, and plans for a new president to take over at Norwich University are put on hold.
1/24/20249 minutes, 54 seconds
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The bee’s needs

Controversy over an insecticide many beekeepers say is decimating the state’s population of honeybees. Plus, a grant to provide housing options for people with developmental disabilities, fewer refugees may resettle in Vermont this year due to a lack of affordable housing, fake robocalls imitating President Biden just before the New Hampshire primary, and Killington rescue crews work overtime to save more than 20 skiers and boarders who got lost in the backcountry.
1/23/202411 minutes, 59 seconds
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Uncomfortable history

A Vermont Public reporter discovers a contemporary personal connection to an old murder. Plus, the state Fish and Wildlife Department is sued over new trapping rules, registry requirements for Vermont fuel dealers, the Public Utility Commission gets a new commissioner, and how demographic shifts could affect New Hampshire’s primary and general elections.
1/22/202411 minutes, 17 seconds
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Capitol Recap: Budgeting for the future

Economists for the Legislature and Scott Administration gave a presentation showing a positive outlook for state's economy, though Gov. Phil Scott is still likely to make a budget proposal that rises by less than the rate of inflation.
1/20/20246 minutes, 20 seconds
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Class and consequence

A woman who grew up around poverty and abuse explains how those with means escape consequences of their actions when those without can’t. Plus, a lack of motel rooms for sheltering unhoused people this winter, legislators want to improve Vermont’s animal welfare laws, a bill to reform regulations on electric utilities, a women’s ice hockey team dons pink jerseys to raise money for breast cancer research, and a boost in membership for an organization that supports BIPOC skiers and snowboarders.
1/19/202413 minutes, 4 seconds
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Working for change

In the next entry in our occasional series on class, a Vermont writer and poet who’s written extensively on the history of labor unions discusses income inequality. Plus, a renewed push for Vermont to adopt a universal health care system, a move to create a climate change superfund program, the U.S. Senate blocks a resolution put forth by Bernie Sanders on Israel’s use of U.S. military aid in Gaza, and a Putney paper mill lays off its workers.
1/18/202412 minutes, 26 seconds
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Class reflection

In the next entry in our occasional series on class, a St. Albans woman talks about having relatives known for criminal activity and how it’s affected the way people view her. Plus, a push for disclosure on properties at risk for flooding, Brattleboro residents at least 16 years old can cast votes in local elections for the first time, Barre City moves the date for its Town Meeting Day, a new non-profit aging group partnership, and Amtrak will build a new train station in Brattleboro.
1/17/202411 minutes, 24 seconds
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Class perspective

A man whose family settled in Vermont after fleeing war in Bosnia discusses class differences in the U.S. Plus, contention over whether Vermont is on track to meet its first big deadline for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, a Vermont House bill that would allow safe injection sites for drug users, local hospitals resume staff masking requirements, and hopes for lower COVID rates this winter even as a new variant takes hold.
1/16/202411 minutes, 51 seconds
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Capitol Recap: It's school budget season

Education property tax bills are expected to rise more than 18 percent this year, on average, which could give voters pause when they consider school budgets in March. In this week’s edition of Capitol Recap, learn how decision-makers at the Statehouse are reacting to the news.
1/13/20246 minutes, 48 seconds
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Pain management

An independent dairyman talks about dealing with–and managing–pain. Plus, a bill that would stiffen penalties for people who deal drugs leading to fatal overdoses, another that would speed up housing development, a new coalition calls for reserving a portion of all state-subsidized housing for people exiting homelessness, six state police troopers in St. Johnsbury are placed on temporary leave, and a local media mainstay gets new ownership.
1/12/202413 minutes, 5 seconds
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The big cheese

A small Windham County cheese maker is among the top prize winners at the World Cheese Awards. Plus, assessing damage from a major wind storm, Rep. Becca Balint agonizes over whether to support a supplemental budget bill, US postal officials tour sites in Montpelier for a potential temporary post office, and a big price tag looms for school construction, and a bill to phase out the use of an agricultural insecticide.
1/11/202412 minutes, 22 seconds
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Road age

The risks for older drivers, and how to reduce them. Plus, U.S. Rep. Becca Balint expresses optimism for avoiding a government shutdown, younger state lawmakers try to stake a new political claim in Montpelier, state Senate lawmakers work on a bill to make Vermont more resilient to flooding, warnings for ice anglers, and Newbury wants the state’s highest court to reconsider a decision on where to build a locked juvenile facility.
1/10/202414 minutes, 8 seconds
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The H factor

Anti-Trump Republicans pin hopes on Nikki Haley pulling off an upset in the New Hampshire primary. Plus, police investigate a series of hoax bomb threats, protesters demand a reopening of the Montpelier post office, Vermont declines taking part in a federally funded nutrition assistance program, and a winter storm driven by high winds could cause widespread power outages.
1/9/20249 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ten years on

Revisiting former Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin’s state of the state address about the opioid epidemic, which drew national attention a decade ago Plus, some Democratic lawmakers say Republican Gov. Phil Scott needs to devote more money to flood victims, Vermont loggers say a changing climate is rattling the timber industry, much of the Northeast experienced the hottest year on record in 2023, Daniel Banyai has left Vermont, and the first person to seek the state’s highest office announces her candidacy.
1/8/202411 minutes, 46 seconds
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Capitol Recap: The political climate

Mitigating the effects of climate change will be front and center for lawmakers in Montpelier this legislative session. How to prepare – and how much to spend in the effort – will be a bone of contention between Democratic lawmakers and Republican Gov. Phil Scott.
1/6/20246 minutes, 22 seconds
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No easy answers

Analyzing Gov. Phil Scott’s state of the state address. Plus, the Governor highlights Vermont’s ongoing demographic dilemma, pushes for Act 250 reform with resistance from some Democrats, the House votes to override Scott's veto of an expanded bottle bill law, and faculty and staff protest proposed cuts at Vermont State University.
1/5/202411 minutes
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Sports betting is coming

How online sports betting will work and be regulated in Vermont. Plus, state lawmakers list their top priorities on day one of the new legislative session, the House introduces a flood recovery bill, new restrictions on hunting and trapping coyotes with dogs, and a hot 2023.
1/4/202412 minutes, 18 seconds
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They’re back

Lawmakers return to Montpelier to face a host of big issues in the new legislative session. Plus, Vermont’s troubling numbers on homelessness, a shelter for the unhoused will open soon in the Upper Valley, concerns about oversupply for Vermont’s cannabis growers, an open enrollment deadline approaches for Vermont’s health insurance marketplace, and a Brattleboro farm says goodbye to a beloved gentle giant.
1/3/202412 minutes, 54 seconds
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Climate cost

A new report shows possible roadmaps for updating Vermont's renewable energy policy. Plus, the state requests a federal disaster declaration for mid-December flooding, why changes could be coming to Vermont’s medical cannabis program, 2024 comes with a hike in the minimum wage, a call for the state to start funding swift water search and rescue teams, and a local high school skier gets a chance to shine in the Junior Olympics.
1/2/202412 minutes, 18 seconds
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Sure beats mowing

Revisiting a couple in Chittenden who converted their huge lawn into a field of wildflowers. Plus, a court decision clears the way for a juvenile treatment facility in Newbury, Sen. Bernie Sanders tests positive for COVID, how outdoor recreation has contributed to Vermont’s economy, and renovations are planned for a nearly century-old bridge that spans the Winooski River.
12/29/20238 minutes, 33 seconds
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Reverent slaughter

Revisiting the intimate and emotional work of a shearer, shepherd, and butcherer of sheep. Plus, priorities in the new year for Vermont’s prison system, calls for reviewing the management at the newly formed Vermont State University, using AI to help medical school students practice interviewing patients, and why public school students in Quebec won’t be allowed to bring cell phones into class next year.
12/28/202311 minutes, 49 seconds
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Saving the pets

Revisiting a Barre City ice arena turned into a temporary pet shelter after the historic summer floods. Plus, studying whether maple production contributes to climate change, birders flock to the annual Christmas Bird Count, and a New Hampshire lawmaker wants the state’s motto to appear on the official Granite State flag.
12/27/20239 minutes, 23 seconds
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The PFAS whisperer

A longtime state employee assists Bennington residents whose water is contaminated with dangerous chemicals. Plus, a floodplain in Brattleboro holds up, public health officials urge Vermonters to stay COVID safe over the holidays, Sen. Welch speaks on a humanitarian crisis in Gaza, and Lake Champlain is nearing flood stage.
12/22/202310 minutes, 38 seconds
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Home again

The story of a Somali refugee who now lives in Burlington. Plus, a man with severe mental illness is sentenced for murdering his wife, FEMA says it has a new plan to house people displaced by the July floods, Green Mountain Transit adjusts its schedule for resuming fare collections, and a proposal to create a “baby bonds” program.
12/21/202311 minutes, 41 seconds
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Water water everywhere

Vermont deals with the aftermath from more flooding. Plus, Gov. Scott says the recent flooding is less severe than the July floods, how much Vermont expects to receive in revenue since passing an online sports betting law, a community center for Afghan refugees opens in Bennington, and sobriety road checkpoints.
12/20/202310 minutes, 46 seconds
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More flooding

Some communities had to evacuate and swift water rescues were needed as another wave of floodwaters hits Vermont. Plus, the governor activates the state emergency operations center, the persistent rains cause the Winooski and Lamoille rivers to overflow their banks, and FEMA scraps plans to set up temporary housing in Montpelier for July’s flood victims.
12/19/202310 minutes, 2 seconds
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Beyond books

The increasing pressure on librarians to provide social services. Plus, new incentives for contractors doing flood recovery work, Canadian students from outside Quebec will need to learn French at English-language universities there, concern from animal advocates after another beluga whale death at a New England aquarium, and staffing issues force the temporary closure of Windham Elementary School.
12/18/202310 minutes, 20 seconds
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Night moves

The Middlebury Snowbowl is offering night skiing for the first time. Plus, Sen. Welch pleads for compromise on border security to get aid for Ukraine and Israel, tips on recycling, a correction to a computer glitch that prevented some weekly unemployment claims from being filed, and why the Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts will not open next year.
12/15/20238 minutes, 33 seconds
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A mother speaks

The mother of a Palestinian-American college student severely injured after a shooting in Burlington provides an update on his condition. We’ll also have the latest on the man charged in the shooting. Plus, distrust over work removing so-called “forever chemicals” from the Coventry landfill, Vermont’s congressional delegation wants the state to have its own facility for people transitioning out of federal prison, and high demand leads to the suspension of an organic food exchange program.
12/14/202312 minutes, 23 seconds
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Turning a new leaf

A centuries-old family farm switches from dairy to cannabis. Plus, three on-line sports betting companies will open shop in Vermont next year, why an influx of new residents isn’t slowing Vermont’s aging demographic, local manufacturers strive for more efficiency to mitigate worker shortages, and a wind turbine project in Stamford gets scrapped.
12/13/202311 minutes, 50 seconds
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Screen out

Maine teens cut back on social media to improve mental health. Plus, Vermont’s signature land-use law may be headed for big changes, calls to resign for a Franklin County sheriff accused of kicking a shackled and handcuffed man, Burlington High School names a new interim principal, and a mapping tool for safe gun storage.
12/12/20239 minutes, 38 seconds
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Best laid flood plans

Why a floodplain plan along the Winooski River never came to fruition. Plus, funding mental health programs for first responders, a large swath of land is held for conservation in the Northeast Kingdom, looking for public feedback on managing state land in central Vermont, and avian flu shows up in Orleans County.
12/11/202310 minutes, 58 seconds
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Warranted

A second arrest warrant is issued for the man behind an unauthorized paramilitary training facility. Plus, a Franklin County sheriff’s law enforcement certification gets revoked, JetBlue pledges to reinstate its Burlington-JFK route, Sen. Welch wants fellow Democrats to compromise with the GOP on border security, and Montreal’s mayor collapses at a press conference.
12/8/202311 minutes, 20 seconds
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Out at Fox Market

Dropping into queer speed dating in East Montpelier. Plus, a propane truck fire in Irasburg finally goes out, worries over education spending, veterinarians warn a mysterious respiratory illness affecting dogs is probably in Vermont, and a Burlington lawyer who brought sex abuse claims against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Vermont has died.
12/7/202311 minutes, 18 seconds
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Guiding pride

The Pride Center of Vermont’s new executive director shares her vision and mission for the group’s future. Plus, Sen. Sanders says he won’t support additional U.S. military aid to Israel, Hinesburg police investigate the presence of a gun at a local school, good news on the timeline for restoring three flood-damaged government buildings in Montpelier, and a judge reissues an arrest order for Daniel Banyai.
12/6/202312 minutes, 44 seconds
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Big Apple tree

A Quebecois realizes his dream of selling Christmas trees in New York City. Plus, Vermont is home to the country’s most popular governor, Rutland county’s top prosecutor touts the benefits of a drug treatment court program, the Vermont Truth and Reconciliation Commission shares its work publicly for the first time, and why we love sports – the almost too amazing to be true finish to the UVM-Yale men’s basketball game.
12/5/202312 minutes, 41 seconds
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Aging forests faster

Turning younger forests into older ones faster to make them more resilient to climate change. Plus, Gov. Scott is not pleased with a projected property tax hike, BETA Technologies expands in Plattsburgh, how wood chips might help remove “forever chemicals” from the environment, a wrongful death lawsuit against Stowe Mountain resort, and seeking public input to fight climate change.
12/4/202310 minutes, 19 seconds
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Political paradigm shift

How Vermont’s congressional delegation has changed its political stance since the Israel-Hamas war started. Plus, an update on the health of three young men shot in Burlington, a lawsuit challenging noncitizen voting is rejected, the push for a rental registry in Burke, and why Montpelier still has no post office following July’s floods.
12/1/20238 minutes, 24 seconds
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An elder care crisis

The growing lack of residential care facilities for older Vermonters. Plus, the high bar for hate crime convictions, a program to save flood-hit communities millions in loan interests for recovery projects, a new chancellor for the Vermont State Colleges system, and a Vermonter is nominated for a Heroes of the Year award.
11/30/202312 minutes, 32 seconds
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Art row

A display of LGBTQ-inspired art in Littleton, New Hampshire causes a stir. Plus, Sen. Welch calls for an indefinite ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war, Gov. Scott remarks on the shootings of three young Palestinian men in Burlington, a Vermonter being held in a Kentucky prison has died, and a plan to allow the sale and use of recreational cannabis in New Hampshire goes up in smoke.
11/29/202312 minutes, 5 seconds
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An arrest in Burlington

Investigators continue to probe the shooting of three men of Palestinian descent in Burlington. Plus, Chittenden County’s State’s Attorney on how she’ll conduct the investigation, reaction from the victim’s families, a statement from president Biden, a woman dies in a Brattleboro house fire, and wintry weather causes power outages.
11/28/20238 minutes, 14 seconds
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Rollin' on the river

A western Massachusetts man attempts to break the world record for distance paddled in a pumpkin. Plus, Burlington police investigate the shooting of three men of Palestinian descent, reforming Act 250, Montpelier’s post office woes, and grants for specialty crop farmers.
11/27/202311 minutes, 14 seconds
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Saving the turkeys–for now

A Thanksgiving Day tradition in Richmond is preserved after nearly being lost to flooding. Plus, Gov. Scott’s plan for dealing with rising crime rates, the Burlington City Council faces push-back on an energy plan for the state’s largest hospital, Montpelier’s post office woes worsen, matching state funds for broadband, and where to find free community Thanksgiving meals.
11/22/202310 minutes, 47 seconds
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Shot short

Why new COVID vaccines are hard to come by. Plus, the Vermont Community Foundation raises money for flood victims, demand at food banks has been up even before Thanksgiving, some messy weather on the way, and help for folks seeking dental care in Rutland and Addison counties.
11/21/202310 minutes, 24 seconds
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Building faith

The volunteer-based HOPE Coalition helps flood victims in Barre City. Plus, more options for youth COVID vaccines, grant matches to build out broadband services, a hot October, and Thanksgiving travel.
11/20/20239 minutes, 58 seconds
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Remembering a Vermont radio legend

Ken Squire’s broadcasting legacy in Vermont and beyond. Plus, a bill that would reimburse towns for potential tax money lost from summer flooding,, Rep. Becca Balint calls for a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war, Vermont’s Senate delegation votes for a short-term budget bill, and Vermont prepares to mark the Transgender Day of Awareness.
11/17/202311 minutes, 59 seconds
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Reflecting life

Exploring the humanitarian vision of a documentary photographer in Montreal. Plus, Congress passes a one-year extension of the Farm Bill, Rep. Becca Balint explains why she voted to avert a government shutdown, more extreme weather forecast for Vermont in a new climate report, and Vermont’s apprentice partnership program with Austria.
11/16/202311 minutes, 52 seconds
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Can Weston Market Place survive?

Debate over whether Weston should keep its only grocery store. Plus, Sen. Welch’s concerns about public support for Israel, a hearing on abuse allegations against a Franklin County Sheriff, the president of Vermont College of Fine Arts steps down, checking deer for COVID, and the Notch closes for the season.
11/15/202310 minutes, 50 seconds
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Filling the gaps

A philanthropic fund is rebooted for flood victims who aren’t receiving enough help from FEMA. Plus, a police update on a double murder in Burlington, COVID guidance, UVM grad student efforts to unionize, and another candidate announces their campaign for Burlington mayor.
11/14/202310 minutes, 50 seconds
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Losing a place to heal

Unpacking the closure of a Burlington medical respite program. Plus, a new-old fund for flood victims, a case management program for households still facing flood damage, high-speed internet in the Upper Valley, and a new long-term care center in Bennington for people with complex needs.
11/13/202312 minutes, 12 seconds
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The Lyric at 50

A local volunteer-run arts group celebrates half a century of performances. Plus, a plan to raise taxes on the state’s wealthiest residents, calls to bring back a mobile vaccine service for home-bound Vermonters, two long-serving Progressives won’t seek re-election for Burlington City Council, and a new invasive tick approaches just as deer season begins.
11/10/202312 minutes, 18 seconds
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Skate park talent

A visit to Vermont’s only indoor skate park. Plus, floating a new approach for more affordable housing, plans for turning back systemic state discrimination, Middlebury college reports the death of a student, and a report on needed aid for state libraries.
11/9/202312 minutes, 19 seconds
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Hunger in Vermont

Why the rate of food insecurity continues to rise. Plus, a plan to shelter unhoused Vermonters this winter, an attempted second-degree murder charge after a shooting in Rockingham, wet weather a wet blanket for Vermont’s outdoor cannabis crops, trying to contain an oil spill in Putney, and how offering farmers free tire sidewalls can cut down on mosquitoes.
11/8/20238 minutes, 23 seconds
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Not heard, but deeply felt

Vermont’s deaf community reacts to deadly shootings in Maine. Plus, hundreds rally in Burlington against Israel’s military actions in Gaza, there’s been another state prison death, Vermont sees a population influx, and assessing the status of food assistance in the federal Farm Bill.
11/7/20239 minutes, 56 seconds
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Seeing stars

An impromptu stargazing event in the Northeast Kingdom. Plus, a short supply of shots to protect infants from respiratory viruses, Vermont’s only public university-published literary magazine is shutting down, advice for regulating short-term rentals, and Killington opens the gate on ski season.
11/6/20239 minutes, 38 seconds
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Homeless in Vermont

Vermont’s shockingly high rate of homelessness. Plus, investigators try to find out the cause of a fire that destroyed a Montpelier lumberyard, a new bill aims for electric utilities to get all their power from renewable sources, mental health services for teachers, UVM approves a tuition rate hike for out-of-state students, and the long wait list for housing vouchers.
11/3/20239 minutes, 43 seconds
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A teenager’s murder charge

A Burlington teenager is released to his family following a second-degree murder charge. Plus, Gov. Scott says drug trafficking is a common thread in recent murders, trouble enforcing state highway speeding laws, seeking ideas for a more bike-friendly roadway, a popular flooded out campground remains closed, and finding more resilient crops in a changing climate.
11/2/20239 minutes, 31 seconds
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Back to the earth

A different kind of final resting place. Plus, a juvenile suspect is arraigned on a Bristol murder charge, rethinking the cost of Vermonters’ basic needs, a shortage of new COVID vaccines, and Sen. Welch wants a combined aid package for Ukraine and Israel.
11/1/202310 minutes, 12 seconds
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Powering up

Green Mountain Power’s plan to end outages by 2030. Plus, a Vermont State Police official comments on recent murders, St. Michael’s College gets a new president, rising demand for pediatric mental health support, and the deadline to apply for FEMA aid.
10/31/202317 minutes, 15 seconds
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A bad find in Bennington

More toxic chemicals discovered in Bennington. Plus, Vermont State University unveils part two of its cost-reduction plan, lawmakers in Montpelier may consider new gun laws following the mass shooting in Maine, talking to kids about troubling current events, and more money to soundproof homes from F-35s.
10/30/202310 minutes, 24 seconds
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Shelter from the storm

The Northeast Kingdom gets its only shelter for people experiencing homelessness. Plus, Sen. Welch calls for gun control after the Lewiston shooting, state employees call for a state of emergency, a committee clears Burlington’s police chief of professional misconduct, and the Agency of Education wants to get more women in the trades.
10/27/20239 minutes, 42 seconds
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Art for everyone

Art as community in Flux. Plus, redesigning Barre City, a call for better treatment of children with mental health conditions, no more JetBlue flights from Burlington to New York, and salmon begin their annual migration from Lake Champlain.
10/26/202312 minutes, 15 seconds
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Poll position

Political scientists and Vermont’s congressional delegation weigh in on President Biden’s unfavorable poll numbers. Plus, the Vermont Attorney General’s Office files suit against Meta, UVM cancels a lecture by a Palestinian writer, the Scott administration provides an update on state buildings damaged in the summer floods, and a new strategy for preventing trucks from getting stuck on the Notch.
10/24/202311 minutes, 32 seconds
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Small time

An older Vermonter decides it’s time to downsize. Plus, Vermont gets more housing– but not enough of it is affordable, the percentage of people without any home at all is on the rise, postal workers out in the cold, and the season’s first snow sighting.
10/24/202311 minutes, 4 seconds
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Weathering the storm

State lawmakers prepare to address disaster resilience in the upcoming session. Plus, the state of homelessness with winter approaching, a free speech case, a potential compromise on the U.S House speaker search, and Vermont Public’s CEO announces his resignation.
10/23/202312 minutes, 10 seconds
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From advocate to victim

A private investigator probes her own robbery, and the feelings that come afterward. Plus, a proposed state fund for disaster mitigation projects, FEMA recovery aid totals, Sen. Sanders urges humanitarian aid for Gaza, and state regulators want to know about your experiences with the health care system.
10/20/202312 minutes, 10 seconds
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Flying high

A conversation about a new documentary focused on legendary hot air balloon pilot Brian Boland. Plus, U.S. Census data shows New England is a hard place to age in place, Gov. Scott mulls a fifth term in office, a Vermont school district approves a new policy for trans and nonbinary students, and detecting algae blooms from the sky.
10/19/202311 minutes, 37 seconds
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Adapting Watership Down

A beloved classic work of fiction retold as a graphic novel – with Vermont ties. Plus, a proposal for a new state fund to pay for disaster mitigation, more Bennington wells tested for so-called forever chemicals, Vermont’s largest private health insurer comes under control of its parent company, and a new sculpture of a famed civic leader in Rutland.
10/18/202312 minutes, 22 seconds
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Vanishing villages

What Vermont loses without its villages. Plus, Vermont’s largest health care provider rejects United Health Care, a progressive state rep wants to be Burlington’s next mayor, the current mayor will explore a statewide office run, and mail-ordering for an opioid reversal drug.
10/17/202311 minutes, 33 seconds
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After the flood

Vermont towns struggle with river debris removal. Plus, helping first-generation homebuyers, a lack of housing for seniors, black bear numbers reach a five-year high, and seeking a long-term lease for the Vermont Air National Guard.
10/16/202310 minutes, 6 seconds
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The (Dave) Morse Code

Remembering a legendary Vermont sportswriter. Plus, Vermont’s top three health insurers pay back improperly charged customers, allegations of Casella Waste violating its water quality permit, still no House speaker for Congress, and get ready for the annular solar eclipse.
10/13/202312 minutes, 11 seconds
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What lies beneath

Plumbing the depths of Lake Champlain. Plus, A FEMA disaster relief deadline extension, a police update on the Castleton murder probe, making fire towers safer to climb, and dismantling the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.
10/12/202311 minutes, 37 seconds
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When your boss is your landlord

Vermont employers are increasingly providing housing for workers in a tight rental market – but the practice can get messy. Plus, a potential new winter homeless shelter in Burlington, fears that a two-state solution in the Middle East is out of reach, the need for more tech work spaces, and the Boston Bruins drop the puck on their centennial anniversary season.
10/11/202312 minutes, 22 seconds
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What’s next for motel residents?

State officials face a deadline for the motel housing program, which supports about 1,200 low-income households. Plus, a police update on a homicide in Castleton, disaster relief for Addison County, Vermont State University seeks feedback on proposed cuts, and Sen. Sanders floats a primary care bill.
10/10/202311 minutes, 9 seconds
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A welcome sign at MASS MoCA

A new exhibit at MASS MoCA features an American Sign Language tour. Plus, worries over U.S. aid to Ukraine, celebrating natural burials, UVM marks its first net zero energy building, and picking weeds for spiny soft-shell turtles.
10/9/20238 minutes, 9 seconds
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Set but not filmed in Vermont

Why movies are set in Vermont, but not filmed here. Also, re-imagining Vermont’s motel housing program, two ski resorts pause plans for a connector lift, Gov. Scott agrees with big proposed cuts at Vermont State University, more access to mental health services, and where to see birds of prey before they head south. (Plus some bonus Celtics talk).
10/6/202319 minutes, 26 seconds
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Music of the mountains

A visual and musical appreciation of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Plus, heating woes for many Vermont flood victims, a FEMA flood assistance deadline approaches, more health problems linked to “forever chemicals”, and Burlington breaks an October heat record.
10/5/202312 minutes, 41 seconds
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Pay to stay

Vermont’s plan to entice more young workers to the state. Plus, Vermont’s sole U.S. representative comments on efforts to oust the GOP House Speaker, lawmakers want faster certification for tradespeople, honoring Burton Snowboards’ birthplace, and police investigate more bomb threats.
10/4/20237 minutes, 53 seconds
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Seniors dodging dodgy actors

How seniors can avoid scammers. Plus, Vermont passes a big benchmark tied to flood recovery funding, late summer heat in early autumn, a debate on sentencing opioid dealers who also use drugs, public feedback on police traffic stops, and new rules on energy storage.
10/3/202310 minutes, 13 seconds
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The steep cost of flood insurance

Why do so many Vermonters go without flood insurance? Plus, so-called forever chemicals in Bennington water, potential new banking options for cannabis businesses, the search for a new education secretary, a crisis of loneliness, and Colchester’s longtime police chief retires.
10/2/20239 minutes, 51 seconds
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Small town, big resignations

Town government troubles in Isle La Motte. Plus, Burlington’s mayor won’t seek reelection, Sen. Sanders pushes Ukraine aid, why a government shutdown won’t stop FEMA workers in Vermont, the looming deadline for FEMA assistance, and seeking alternatives to motel housing.
9/29/202311 minutes, 57 seconds
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River at risk

Documenting the declining health of New Hampshire’s Merrimack River. Plus, a whopping donation for Vermont housing, hope for hay crops, the continuing rise in opioid overdose deaths, and funding incentives to retain community mental health staff.
9/28/202310 minutes, 41 seconds
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Water worries in Woodstock

Woodstock’s water future in flux. Plus, Vermont’s governor preps for a federal government shutdown as federal workers in the state grow more anxious, Vermont’s junior senator calls for a Democratic colleague’s resignation, and testing for “forever chemicals” in Bennington water.
9/27/20239 minutes, 39 seconds
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Vermont's wetlands aren't sunk

It sounds like Vermont’s wetlands are well protected from a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Plus, Washington gridlock threatens paychecks for federal workers, Vermont’s poor climate ranking on per capita emission rates, Dartmouth inaugurates its first woman president, and federal student loan repayments resume.
9/26/202310 minutes, 44 seconds
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A new direction for the VSO

Andrew Crust debuts as Vermont Symphony Orchestra’s new music director. Plus, a push for expanded FEMA mental health services, more grant money for flood-damaged businesses, a contract for support staff at Vermont’s biggest hospital, and a new interim president for Vermont State University
9/25/20239 minutes, 9 seconds
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Rock stars in southern Vermont

The best stone skippers show up in Bennington. Plus, FEMA extends flood disaster eligibility, the damage flooding did to rare plants, fall’s foliage outlook, and rapids in Jamaica
9/22/202311 minutes, 56 seconds
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Carving into the Bear’s Den

Bears “Made Here” from chainsaws. Plus, emergency flood relief threatened by gridlock in Washington, a plan to get more state aid to flood- damaged businesses, why Brattleboro’s fire department will handle EMS calls, and Hannaford supermarkets joins an organic dairy partnership.
9/21/202311 minutes, 17 seconds
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Hiking to find a rare root

Combing the Lincoln Gap with a retired botanist. Plus, more wet weather threatening outdoor cannabis, Vermont’s State Colleges System chancellor steps down, congressional lawmakers support more Ukraine aid, and a final round of COVID relief grants for Vermont’s creative sector.
9/20/202310 minutes, 43 seconds
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Tinning the big one

One fisherman’s unique reverence for bluefin tuna. Plus, Vermont State Police investigate a fatal shooting in Waltham, a South Burlington motel reinvented as affordable housing, renewed calls for the arrest of a man who built a military-style training facility, a push for disability rights in health care, and the big rake-in from Vermont’s retail cannabis market
9/19/202311 minutes, 29 seconds
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The high price of post-flood repair

There’s a massive bill looming to fix flooded state buildings. Plus, racist and anti-Semitic vandalism at a museum in Brownington, a call for more inclusion at State Board of Education public hearings, Vermont’s congressional delegation wants FEMA relief flexibility, and a last ditch round of contract talks at Vermont’s largest hospital.
9/18/202311 minutes, 56 seconds
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Ani-mania

Ani DiFranco opens up about a fan’s obsession. Plus, finding temporary living spaces for Montpelier flood survivors, Colchester police explain a school shooting threat, why Vermont needs electricians more than ever, and thoughts on the Red Sox firing Chaim Bloom
9/15/202314 minutes, 52 seconds
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Now, it’s nothing but flowers

An ordinary lawn becomes a wildflower oasis. Plus, UVM Medical Center gets bad news on its rate hike request, up-to-date covid vaccines are coming, a funding plan for low-interest affordable housing loans, and the governor renews a push for land-use reform.
9/14/20238 minutes, 4 seconds
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Something in the water

Scientists hope genetics can solve the mystery of cancerous fish lesions in Lake Memphremagog. Plus, Congresswoman Becca Balint calls foul on GOP impeachment and government shutdown plans, a state report on drug overdoses, and the biases faced by Alzheimer’s patients
9/13/202311 minutes, 8 seconds
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So long, and thanks for all the flowers

A long-time volunteer flower tender in Brattleboro retires. Plus, the huge repair bill for flood-damaged state government buildings, Montpelier’s post office shuttered til next year, another state prison death, and a Vermonter is nominated to head the FAA.
9/12/20239 minutes, 25 seconds
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To build–or conserve?

Vermont’s housing crunch bumps up against the benefits of protecting floodplains. Plus, thousands lose power in a thunderstorm, remembering the first Black woman elected to the Vermont Legislature, and a case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in New York.
9/11/20239 minutes, 52 seconds
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Red tape around Vermont flood relief

Two months later, government support is still elusive for some Vermont flood victims. Plus, Vermont’s top housing official is stepping down, the Vermont Supreme Court plans for a remote fall docket, and the heat wave sends some students home early while increasing traffic at homeless shelters
9/8/202311 minutes, 18 seconds
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Slim but still picking at Vermont orchards

A spring freeze has threatened this year’s apple yield. Plus, low-interest government loans for flood-affected farmers, a federal credit requirement threatens Vermont’s broadband buildout, and Robert Frost is back in Middlebury.
9/7/20238 minutes, 43 seconds
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Collecting back-to-school supplies for flood victims

Volunteers band together to support students impacted by July flooding. Plus, hard-liners in Congress could delay flood recovery funds, test strips to detect a dangerous animal tranquilizer in street drugs, checking in on Afghan refugees who escaped the Taliban, and cooling centers for an ongoing heatwave.
9/6/20238 minutes, 20 seconds
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Montpelier’s Bear Pond Books reopens after July’s devastating floods

Bear Pond Books makes a comeback. Plus, an extended deadline for federal FEMA flood help, a prison sentence for an fraudulent alpaca farm buyer, Vermont wetlands could be vulnerable after federal regulations are lifted, Vermont’s Truth and Reconciliation Committee introduces its team, recommendations for improving racial equity in teaching, a probe into whether Vermont limited local school masking mandates and, unlocked cars lead to thefts at Burlington’s airport.
9/5/20239 minutes, 58 seconds
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Despite a changing climate, the show must go on

New England summer theater shows struggle to take the stage in a changing climate. Plus, a flood recovery fund doles out millions to businesses affected by flooding, a Coventry lawmaker wants to make sure there’s enough PPE for the next natural disaster, why older people especially need to drink more water, a federal flood recovery information event for BIPOC Vermonters, unlocked vehicles are behind recent car thefts at the BTV airport, and a new owner takes over a popular food stand at the Champlain Valley Fair.
9/1/202312 minutes, 54 seconds
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As school starts, how one flood-impacted district is helping students.

A conversation with a school resource officer at Montpelier-Roxbury Public Schools. Plus, Vermont’s FEMA director on the trouble finding temporary housing for flood victims, the race to remove flood debris from streets, a new FEMA phone helpline, attorneys for defrauded EB-5 investors get a windfall, and it’s time to watch out for moose.
8/31/20239 minutes, 10 seconds
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New plant varieties help farmers deal with climate change.

Farmers turn to new plant varieties as the climate changes. Plus, Vermont asks FEMA for an extended flood assistance deadline, Washington D.C. gridlock could scuttle supplemental flood recovery funding, COVID cases remain relatively low in Vermont, and Rutland moves on traffic safety measures.
8/30/20237 minutes, 52 seconds
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The flood disclosure info Vermonters do – or don’t – get when buying a home

Vermont lags behind most states in flood disclosure laws. Plus, lawmakers drop the impeachment inquiry into the Franklin County State’s Attorney, the reason Northeast Kingdom residents might have to pay more for energy, and why Lebanon’s fire chief says the city needs a new firehouse.
8/29/202310 minutes, 25 seconds
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Staying put in Plainfield

A couple changes course after last month’s catastrophic flooding. Plus recovery spending, Middlebury College paying students to take the year off, and a surge in COVID numbers.
8/28/202311 minutes
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Discovering Iranian identity by way of Bristol, VT

Franklin County’s top prosecutor resigns, starting a kind of Craigslist for animal feed, Narcan comes to a vending machine in Johnson, and a new bumblebee species is discovered in Vermont.
8/25/20239 minutes, 53 seconds
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Investing in climate-proof hiking trails

How increasingly common extreme weather is influencing trail building. Plus temporary shelter for flood victims, grant programs for recovery efforts, a mosquito-borne virus resurfaces, and cyanobacteria.
8/24/202311 minutes, 12 seconds
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New practices for an old profession

How farmers in New Hampshire are heading off threats from climate change. Plus, wastewater treatment in Johnson, a boil notice is lifted in Middlebury, difficulties harvesting hay, and out-of-tune pianos.
8/23/20238 minutes, 10 seconds
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To rebuild – or get a buyout

Vermont flood victims are considering home buyouts, but the process is complicated. Plus, a utility moratorium, extreme rain and the feasibility of electric buses.
8/22/20239 minutes, 32 seconds
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Aid for Vt. farmers in the face of climate change

A late season freeze and devastating flooding this year has shown more state and federal aid is needed for farmers to survive these extreme weather events. Plus, floods show up in the state’s unemployment data, a nasal spray COVID vaccine, Franklin County Field Days ramps up its search for a new spot, and counting turkey poults.
8/21/202311 minutes, 55 seconds
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Remembering chef Ahmed Omar

After being hit by the July floods, some state buildings in Montpelier may not reopen for a year. And remembering Burlington chef Ahmed Omar. Plus, a UVMMC doctor on the uptick in COVID cases and a bridge closure in Chittenden County.
8/18/202314 minutes, 10 seconds
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The Hotline That Helps Immigrant Dairy Farmworkers

Recent research finds one grassroots workers’ rights program in Vermont improves conditions for both workers and employers. Plus, an update on FEMA aid, new disaster recovery center hours and a new fully adaptive mountain bike trail system in Bolton.
8/17/202315 minutes, 30 seconds
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Wet Mosquito Summer

Vermont's recent influx of rain has lead to big summer for mosquitos. Plus, Gov. Phil Scott asks to reopen the state's flood disaster relief application, protests against an audit of a Juneteenth event, UVM announces more undergraduate housing.
8/16/202310 minutes, 39 seconds
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Forced Out

A couple in Hardwick who owned their home weighs what to do now after it was flooded. Plus, the USDA undersecretary visits flood-impacted farms, Gov. Phil Scott on damage in Addison County and possible bus fare increases for some Green Mountain Transit riders.
8/15/202310 minutes, 50 seconds
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What’s Behind Consolidated’s Layoffs

Telecom company Consolidated Communications’ recent layoffs are raising questions. Plus, results of a review of Burlington’s Juneteenth events, a major data breach, more money for school meals and translation services at an upcoming farmers market.
8/14/202312 minutes, 38 seconds
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How This Summer’s Floods Could Affect Vermont’s Housing Crisis

We already didn’t have enough housing. Then the floods destroyed hundreds of homes. Plus, state officials say it could be up to a year before some state buildings reopen in Montpelier, a new emergency meals program and Green Up Vermont joins flood cleanup efforts.
8/11/20239 minutes, 13 seconds
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After Flooding, Saving Strafford’s Historical Collection

Meet the volunteer network that deploys after natural disasters to save historical collections. Plus, a former St. Albans police officer pleads guilty to assault, free legal services for flood survivors, how Vermont’s rural water systems are faring after the floods and how to make your garden soil healthy again if it was flooded.
8/10/202311 minutes, 9 seconds
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Claiming indigeneity without proving ancestry

A French-Canadian scholar discusses recently published research on the heritage of New England’s Abenaki tribal leaders. Plus, the latest on a Pawlet military-style training facility, health insurance rate increases, repairing flood-damaged backroads and checking out meteor showers.
8/9/202312 minutes, 37 seconds
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Flooding in Addison County – again

Checking in with a local journalist on last week’s flash flooding in Middlebury. Plus, an interest windfall, Rutland flooding, FEMA help and an obituary for a beloved cat.
8/8/202311 minutes, 15 seconds
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Harvesting ice in 2023

How a few diehard New Englanders are keeping a tradition from the 1800s alive. Plus, flash flooding in Addison County, the last Red Cross shelter closing, a new readiness center in Lydon and an obituary for a beloved cat.
8/7/20238 minutes, 6 seconds
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Recovering in the Northeast Kingdom

Orleans County residents impacted by last month’s flooding are now eligible for financial help from FEMA, but other challenges remain. Plus, a new flood recovery officer, an update in a Burlington use-of-force incident, a special health insurance enrollment period and fundraising in the cannabis industry.
8/4/202311 minutes, 47 seconds
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Breaking the food supply chain

How recent flooding is hurting food assistance programs. Plus, hoping for a disaster declaration in Addison County, testing well water, a new mayor in Newport and a slight uptick in COVID numbers.
8/3/20238 minutes, 48 seconds
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Losing everything in Berlin

Berlin Mobile Home Park residents face an uncertain future following last month’s flooding. Plus flood-induced crop losses, a zoning standoff in West Pawlett, a grant program to replace appliances ruined in the floods and a state recovery czar.
8/2/20239 minutes, 39 seconds
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Flood mitigation in Brattleboro

How a southern Vermont housing group dealt with flood risk after Tropical Storm Irene. Plus state finances in light of recent flooding, opioid overdose rates, a death being reclassified as a homicide and record-breaking rain in Montpelier.
8/1/20238 minutes, 10 seconds
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Rebuilding a Health Center After Floods

The Johnson Health Center works to rebuild after being hit by floods earlier this month. Plus, FEMA officials encourage Vermonters to continue to report flood damage, federal aid for farmers affected by the floods and state wildlife officials ask residents to leave logs in the river.
7/31/202310 minutes, 17 seconds
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Mitch Wertlieb, your soon-to-be Frequency host

Incoming Frequency host Mitch Wertlieb reflects on his 20-year Morning Edition tenure with his successor on the show, Jenn Jarecki.
7/29/202315 minutes, 8 seconds
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A Guide to Getting FEMA Aid

How Vermonters can apply for individual assistance from FEMA after the recent floods. Plus, Orleans County is added to the federal disaster declaration, nine incarcerated Vermonts have now died this year, and the first woman to be promoted to brigadier general in the Vermont Army National Guard.
7/28/20239 minutes, 29 seconds
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Surviving a landslide in Barre

While some Vermonters are now repairing their homes after catastrophic flooding, others don’t have a place to return to. Plus, the federal government’s role in flood recovery, anti-abortion advocates suing the state and a big donation to Vermont Law and Graduate School.
7/27/20239 minutes, 6 seconds
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Infrastructure in a post-Irene Vermont

How communities that rebuilt – and didn’t rebuild – after Tropical Storm Irene held up to this month’s flooding. Plus, patience in Orleans County, repairs to transportation infrastructure, flood relief for artists and potential legal action against an embattled sheriff.
7/26/20239 minutes, 30 seconds
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Landslides in Barre

After heavy rains and multiple flood warnings, the city of Barre is now contending with the effects of landslides. Plus: A lawsuit against the town of Bennington, high waters in Lake Champlain and more.
7/25/20237 minutes, 50 seconds
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Inside a temporary pet shelter

How an ice rink is being repurposed to house the beloved pets of flood victims in central Vermont. Plus, more counties are declared disaster areas, a business grant program, what to do with a flooded car and hospital budget requests.
7/24/202310 minutes, 14 seconds
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A Week in Waterbury

Plus, boil water notices, wildfire relief, and student loan forgiveness.
7/21/20239 minutes, 7 seconds
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Farmland Losses for Refugees

Dealing with flooded land in the New Farms for New Americans program. Plus, the governor says not to relax yet, business relief, FEMA letters, hazmat caution and cleaning up Montpelier.
7/20/20238 minutes, 57 seconds
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Undeclared Counties

Where Vermont’s major disaster declaration extends – and doesn’t. Plus farmer relief, mental health funding, mutual aid and more rain in the forecast.
7/19/202310 minutes, 19 seconds
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Thru Hiking a Natural Disaster – Or Not

What some Appalachian Trail hikers did in the face of historic flooding. Plus, an update on the Northeast Kingdom, FEMA assistance, recovery in Montpelier and mold remediation.
7/18/20239 minutes, 33 seconds
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A Soggy Weekend + Federal Aid

Heavy rainfall hit Vermont Sunday as residents continued to dig out from devastating floods last week. Some flooding and some landslides were reported. Plus, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg tours damaged infrastructure today, an interview with Sen. Bernie Sanders on federal aid and some homes in Waterbury that flooded during Tropical Storm Irene flooded again.
7/17/202316 minutes, 56 seconds
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Extreme Flooding, Day Four

Severe thunderstorms rolled through Vermont last night hitting already water-logged communities. Early indications are that additional damage looks minimal. Plus, tips for staying safe while cleaning up and the view from residents in Barre and Plainfield.
7/14/202315 minutes, 26 seconds
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Extreme Flooding, Day Three

On the ground in Vermont’s capital after the flood. Plus, emergency crews continue to conduct water rescues, state officials urge Vermonters to remain vigilant, and flooding temporarily closes some state parks.
7/13/20238 minutes, 36 seconds
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Extreme Flooding, Day Two

Swift water teams have rescued more than 100 Vermonters trapped in flooded homes and cars. Plus: How to volunteer and return to your house, safely.
7/12/20237 minutes, 21 seconds
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Extreme Flooding In Vermont

Barre and Montpelier are waking up to significant flooding. The Wrightsville Dam might soon run out of capacity. President Joe Biden has approved an emergency declaration for Vermont.
7/11/202311 minutes, 23 seconds
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The Vermont Inventor You’ve Never Heard Of

A Brandon-based blacksmith was the first to patent an electric motor in 1837. Plus, the state prepares for possibly life threatening flash flooding, relief funds for organic dairy farmers and staying cool.
7/10/202310 minutes, 35 seconds
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A $16.5 million deal to resolve EB-5 litigation

Vermont Attorney General Charity Clark weighs in on this week’s proposed settlement with hundreds of defrauded EB-5 program investors. Plus, a lawsuit against the U.S. EPA over pollution standards for wood burning stoves, introducing Vermont State University, a low-COVID summer, how trout are faring in this heat and the Vermont Summer Festival.
7/7/202310 minutes, 30 seconds
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Fighting Fires in Quebec

A Vermonter firefighter talks about helping fight wildfires in Quebec. Plus, a possible settlement with EB-5 investors, a police shooting in Rutland, more schools sue Monsanto and it’s baby bird season.
7/6/202311 minutes, 6 seconds
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100 Years of Donuts in Rutland

A beloved local donut shop celebrates 100 years. Plus, the state wants to renegotiate how much it pays motels that provide emergency housing, beefing up cybersecurity and the first truck of the season gets stuck in Smugglers Notch.
7/5/20237 minutes, 12 seconds
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Discovering a carnivorous plant

How a small white flower uses its stem to eat insects. Plus, Governor Phil Scott on mobile housing, affirmative action is ruled unconstitutional, and how Vermonters experiencing homelessness can escape the smoky air
7/3/20237 minutes, 27 seconds
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A queer comic strip turns 40

A queer comic strip turns 40. Plus, reducing overdose death rates among people released from prison, Governor Phil Scott vetoes an expansion of the state’s bottle deposit law, and Secretary of State Sarah Copeland-Hanzas on a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
6/30/202311 minutes, 20 seconds
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Why scientists are helping a vampiric fish.

Why the “scary” sea lamprey is worth conserving in the Connecticut River Valley. Plus: millennial career shifts, charter changes tied to voting and a program to make solar power more affordable.
6/29/20239 minutes, 24 seconds
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A Windfall for Broadband

An unexpected win in the fight to get more money for Vermont broadband. Plus, getting paid to recycle, a play about medical aid in dying and the end of train service to Montreal.
6/28/20239 minutes, 30 seconds
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Visiting Motel Residents in Orleans County

What life is like for some of the people still in the state’s motel emergency housing program. Plus, air quality from wildfire smoke, record deaths from opioid overdoses, and how much money Vermont got from taxes.
6/27/20238 minutes, 38 seconds
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Black Landownership in the 1850s Adirondacks & Feminist Mini Golf

New research shows just how widespread Black land ownership was in the Adirondacks in the 1850s. And putt and learn at a new feminist mini golf course in Middlebury. Plus, one year after the U.S. Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade out-of-state visits for abortion care are up, Gov. Phil Scott seeks federal help for farmers after the spring freeze and Sen. Peter Welch calls for an ethics policy for the country’s highest court.
6/26/202313 minutes, 45 seconds
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‘We All Need Bouquets”

How a 93-year-old Burlingtonian fills her days. Hint: It will probably make you cry. Plus, a settlement in the EB-5 case, physician residents at the University of Vermont Medical Center get a contract and farmworkers plan to protest Saturday in Maine.
6/23/202310 minutes, 57 seconds
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One Supermarket, Many Different Pronunciations

How to pronounce Waitsfeild’s Mehuron’s Supermarket. Plus, the vetoed bills that didn’t get overridden by the Legislature and sailing on Lake Champlain for Juneteenth.
6/22/202310 minutes, 57 seconds
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Baseball and Loose Bulls

Sportscaster Tim Hagerty on his new book about wild and unique stories from Minor League Baseball. Plus, Vermont State Police are investigating after an officer shot and killed a man Monday, updates from the veto session and good news for broadband funding.
6/21/202312 minutes, 2 seconds
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Testing for PCBs in Vermont’s Schools

Vermont is moving forward with testing its older school buildings for PCBs – a class of highly carcinogenic chemicals. Plus, the veto session begins, the state sues Monsanto over PCB contamination, a new report estimates possible species loss due to climate change, and nesting loons.
6/20/202310 minutes, 6 seconds
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Anna’s Last Day

Recentering the legacy of a historical gay bar in Bellows Falls. Plus, movement on extended funding for the motel housing program, online sports betting is legalized, drought conditions and to-go cocktails are here to stay.
6/16/202315 minutes, 8 seconds
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Breaking Down Biodigesters

How some farms in Vermont are giving their cow poop a second life. Plus, Scott allows a bill extending the universal school meal program to go into law without his signature, Burlington’s climate plans, a buyer emerges for Burke Mountain and why maple syrup production is down.
6/15/202311 minutes, 56 seconds
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Songs of the Humpback Whale

Remembering famed whale biologist and South Woodstock resident Roger Payne. Plus, the transportation bill becomes law, a new federal grant for building out local supply chains, Rep. Becca Balint gets a new committee assignment and actor Treat Williams dies.
6/14/20238 minutes, 48 seconds
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Using Tech To Help See

New technology and services are helping older Vermonters with vision problems. Plus, a biodiversity bill becomes law, a former Vermont State Police trooper is sentenced to probation, firefighters from the EU are headed to Canada and IRS data shows Vermont has thousands of new residents.
6/13/20239 minutes, 27 seconds
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The Poetry Experience

Meet a Burlington-based poetry group where strangers gather to share words and inspiration. Plus, multi-million dollar opioid settlements, drought is back, layoffs at Dartmouth Health and Loving Day.
6/12/20239 minutes, 56 seconds
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Memories from senior year: Addey

The final installment in our series of stories from high school students. Plus, how air quality could affect schools, goals for New England’s food system, a shortage in blood supply and the cottonwood fluff blanketing Burlington.
6/9/202311 minutes, 12 seconds
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Memories from senior year: Xavier

Another story from our series this week from high school students. Plus, new EV incentives in the works, Sen. Welch says one debt ceiling compromise doesn’t mean bipartisanship is here to stay, a new public retirement savings plan and Burlington’s annual homes tour is back.
6/8/20239 minutes, 31 seconds
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Memories From Senior Year: Arianna

A high school senior gives a behind the scenes look at a school production. Plus, Scott vetoes the child care bill, the Secretary of State calls for moving forward with a charter change for Brattleboro, hazy skies and Beetlejuice 2.
6/7/202310 minutes, 48 seconds
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Memories From Senior Year: Ellie

Tag along to family game night with a 17-year-old high school senior. Plus, cannabis regulators put the kibosh on issuing licenses for large indoor growers, Burlington officials want state funding for a new overnight shelter and a rare butterfly.
6/6/20238 minutes, 35 seconds
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Memories From Senior Year: Adam

A day in the life of a Waterbury 18-year-old. Plus, Burlington settles allegations of police brutality, a Smuggler's Notch to Stowe gondola, and the return of the wedding industry.
6/5/202311 minutes, 41 seconds
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After 50 Years, One Last Show

After a half century, two Central Vermont musicians prepare to leave the Green Mountain State. Plus, a judge rejects a request to delay the end of emergency housing, the governor signs off on sheriff reforms, and the UVM Health Network looks to expand mental health services.
6/2/20238 minutes, 26 seconds
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The First Motel Evictions

How housing advocates are preparing for the first wave of evictions from Vermont’s emergency motel housing program. Plus Democratic lawmakers call for a state of emergency, a veto override attempt, and Ben & Jerry’s gets a union.
6/1/202310 minutes, 11 seconds
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Slow Fashion

A Burlington designer turns vintage grain sacks and flour bags into upscale fashion. Plus, two Vermont State Police troopers pleaded not guilty to excessive force charges, free bus rides in Chittenden County live another day, Vermont’s low-unemployment rate, and wildfires in Quebec.
5/31/20239 minutes, 46 seconds
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A Vermont Gatsby

A graphic novel reimagines The Great Gatsby in modern times. Plus, Vermont veterans celebrate Memorial Day, a busy week at the Burlington airport, and a possible night train from Montreal to Boston.
5/30/202310 minutes, 25 seconds
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Disputed Ancestry

An NHPR investigation failed to find support for claims of Abenaki ancestry by a New Hampshire state rep and other local leaders who identify as Abenaki. Plus, funding for opioid abuse treatment, follow up on a social worker’s murder in Brattleboro, and efforts to name a permanent police chief in Burlington.
5/26/202314 minutes, 25 seconds
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A Northeast Mountain Biking Circuit

A look at a series of mountain biking events throughout the northeast. Plus, a judge dismisses assault charges against two Vermont State Police troopers, the state polls municipalities on their plans once the emergency housing program ends, and efforts to avoid the spread of the emerald ash borer.
5/25/20239 minutes, 40 seconds
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3,000 More Deaths Than Expected

Why thousands more Vermonters died than expected since 2020, on top of COVID cases. Plus, a case against a Vermont State trooper dismissed, a rare rebuke for the head of the Department of Mental Health, and surveying damages to apple and grape crops.
5/24/20239 minutes, 30 seconds
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Preparing for the Next Winter Storm

Building resilience in power lines and as storms become more damaging. Plus, state troopers face criminal charges, Barre considers creating temporary shelters, and demolishing a Burlington high school.
5/23/20239 minutes, 35 seconds
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Holding the State Budget Hostage

If Gov. Phil Scott vetoes the budget, a small group of left-leaning lawmakers may gain considerable leverage in their bid to extend the state’s motel housing program. Plus, a settlement with U.S. Border Patrol, a wrongful death lawsuit moves forward, Sen. Peter Welch pushes heat pumps and climate migration in New England.
5/22/202310 minutes, 42 seconds
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Social Stepping

Socializing through square dancing. And a push to move a proposed juvenile detention center, a possible bottle bill veto, new solar and trapping rules and a new hotline for farm workers.
5/19/20239 minutes, 8 seconds
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Tying flies in Vermont

Anglers mimicking fish bait. And potential legislative vetoes, U.S. Supreme Court ethics, agroecology and a long-delayed road in the Queen City.
5/18/20238 minutes, 55 seconds
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Warhol Comes To Town

An exhibit of Andy Warhol’s paintings in southern Vermont. Plus, the Franklin County impeachment committee, a shrinking number of small pharmacies, Molly Gray’s new job, and a rabies bait drop.
5/17/202310 minutes, 55 seconds
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‘A Resource For The Community’

A visit to a blacksmith in Marshfield. Plus, lawmakers continue to push for funding for emergency housing, Senator Welch’s concerns about the debt ceiling, police investigate a shooting in Brookfield, and additional housing at CityPlace in Burlington.
5/16/20239 minutes, 23 seconds
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The Undertow

An interview with journalist and professor Jeff Sharlet about the political headwinds in America. Plus, vending machines that dispense naloxone, a program to increase the number of respiratory therapists in the state, a nonprofit director caught stealing from his organization, and a kids’ museum in Rutland reopens its doors.
5/15/202312 minutes, 6 seconds
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The Cable Guys

Meet some of the line workers bringing broadband to rural Vermont. Plus, a veto override, legislation that would make it easier for employees to pursue harassment claims, and arraignment results from a basketball brawl.
5/12/20238 minutes, 14 seconds
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‘Language To Talk About It’

English language programs for Afghan refugees in Vermont. Plus, Gov. Scott signs bills that would protect abortion providers in Vermont, the senate approves bills on bottle deposits and hazardous products, and the investigation into a death at the prison in Springfield.
5/11/202311 minutes, 23 seconds
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Impeachment 101

What the impeachment process would look like for two Franklin County law enforcement officials. Plus, legislative updates on the Affordable Heat Act, online sports betting, universal school meals, and a state retirement program.
5/10/202310 minutes, 52 seconds
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‘A Different Vibe’

A visit to an inclusive adult store in Burlington. Plus, the senate approves youth voting in Brattleboro, a new building to house Indigenous art at the Shelburne Museum, and a superbloom of tulips.
5/9/20239 minutes, 40 seconds
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Dorm Delay

A proposal to increase student housing in Burlington has been stalled for months. Plus, the Vermont Senate approves universal school meals, seven towns receive revitalization grants, COVID test results for deer, and remembering Dean Corren.
5/8/20238 minutes, 38 seconds
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Capitol Recap: Crunch Time

Dispatches from the final sprint of the 2023 legislative session.
5/6/20236 minutes, 37 seconds
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‘These Birds Are Telling Us Something’

Bird migration patterns are changing as the climate warms. Plus, Gov. Scott vetoes the Affordable Heat Act, impeachment proceedings to begin for Franklin County officials, and a push to decriminalize magic mushrooms.
5/5/20238 minutes, 21 seconds
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Building Out Broadband

Broadband projects are making headway – and hitting roadblocks. Plus, a compromise on Act 250 changes, the motel housing program set to end, possible impeachments in Franklin County, and Green Up Day at Jay Peak.
5/4/20239 minutes, 36 seconds
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The Impairment Effects Of Cannabis

Research from a St Michael’s College professor into the effects of cannabis. Plus, officials call for the Franklin County State’s Attorney to resign, Vermont allows out-of-staters to access medical aid-in-dying, electric vehicle infrastructure.
5/3/202310 minutes, 16 seconds
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The Hottest Of Sauces

A visit to a Barre bakery that makes hot sauce. Plus, Gov. Scott’s concern about the price tag of a child care bill, Narcan vending machines, DOC and the state employees union make a deal, and the Vermont Quilt Festival calls it quits.
5/2/20238 minutes, 4 seconds
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Crow City

Why Burlington seems to have become a hot spot for crows. Plus, opioid overdose deaths are up a third year in a row, Senator Peter Welch favors term limits for the Supreme Court, the state senate gives preliminary approval to a waiting period for gun purchases, and No Mow May.
5/1/202310 minutes, 14 seconds
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Capitol Recap: Motel Housing

Federal funding that has been paying for motel rooms for unhoused Vermonters is about to expire, and advocates are asking the legislature to step in.
4/29/20237 minutes, 7 seconds
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Ashton Answers: What Class Are You?

The final installment of our series on class in Vermont. Plus, legislative updates on the Affordable Heat Act, paid family leave, and relief for organic dairy farmers.
4/28/202316 minutes, 8 seconds
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John Answers: What Class Are You?

A former state legislator on making ends meet. Plus, a state senate committee approves a waiting period for gun purchases, the high costs of fertility care, Sanders endorses Biden, and a fly fishing festival in Arlington.
4/27/202311 minutes, 35 seconds
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Kate Answers: What Class Are You?

Class divides in Vermont, and what it takes to buy land here. Plus, a bill that would allow opioid users to test their drugs, advocates call for a problem gambling treatment fund, Vermont State University to keep its libraries (for now), and Casella Waste expands.
4/26/202311 minutes, 41 seconds
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Mike Answers: What Class Are You?

A lawyer contemplates class divides. Plus, housing advocates raise concerns about the state budget, a workforce development program that will pay some student loans, and remembering photographer Peter Miller.
4/25/202311 minutes, 41 seconds
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Kathleen Answers: What Class Are You?

The return of the series where Erica Heilman asks Vermonters: what class are you? Plus, the Affordable Heat Act advances in the legislature, concerns about a bill that would reserve already-limited psychiatric beds for violent offenders, increased police incidents in Burlington, and March unemployment numbers.
4/24/20239 minutes, 49 seconds
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Capitol Recap: The Home Stretch

A look at some of the significant bills lawmakers are hoping to pass before the session ends in May.
4/22/20237 minutes, 14 seconds
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Home Runs In A Changing Climate

A new study explores a connection between Major League Baseball and climate change. Plus, legislation to protect Vermont workers, a bill that would require universal pre-kindergarten, a gathering in Randolph dedicated to queer health care, and increased air pollution in Burlington.
4/21/20239 minutes, 8 seconds
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Letting The Dead Decompose

The rise of natural burials in cemeteries around the state. Plus, the Scott administration pushes for a cybersecurity council, an unsuccessful prison escape attempt, UVM plans to go carbon-neutral, and an especially bad allergy season.
4/20/20238 minutes, 41 seconds
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Housing In Hartford

A fire at a shelter in the Upper Valley highlights some of the tensions of Vermont’s housing crisis. Plus, lawmakers advance protections for abortion providers, another person held at a state prison has died, and Rep. Balint introduces her first piece of legislation.
4/19/202310 minutes, 4 seconds
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‘Incredibly Disruptive And Stressful’

What ongoing legal battles mean for access to an abortion medication. Plus, a sentencing in a high-profile killing, legal protections for people involved with drug-checking, and an interim president for the Vermont State Colleges System.
4/18/202310 minutes, 17 seconds
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Remembering Ed Koren

The cartoonist and Brookfield resident died Friday. Plus, a pay raise for lawmakers, new Superior Court appointees, the resignation of the Vermont State Colleges president, and fire season precautions.
4/17/20238 minutes, 16 seconds
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Capitol Recap: Act 250 Reforms

A disagreement over the extent to which Act 250 has impeded the construction of affordable housing in Vermont has fueled a debate in Montpelier.
4/15/20236 minutes, 25 seconds
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‘This Is The Ultimate Help’

The one pharmacist in Vermont who fills prescriptions under the state’s medical aid in dying law. Plus, the Affordable Heat Act advances, Planned Parenthood will continue to offer an abortion medication facing legal challenges, and remembering Michael Pfaff.
4/14/20239 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Path Of Totality

People are already planning for how they want to watch a solar eclipse that will pass over Vermont in 2024. Plus, a rally in support of child care legislation, a new medical residency program, and a high school student urges lawmakers to pass a school construction bill.
4/13/202310 minutes, 56 seconds
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Vermont’s Role In The New Movie ‘Paint’

The new movie “Paint” pokes good-spirited fun at Vermont. Plus, a federal court ruling that could impact access to an abortion medication, lawmakers consider a bill that could increase access to teletherapy, and a really fast firefighter. Take our survey: vermontpublic.org/survey
4/12/20238 minutes, 46 seconds
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Mount Ascutney Is Not A Volcano

A geologic fact-checking mission. Plus, the Cannabis Control Board seeks to regulate the market, the U.S. and Canada are trying to limit migrants crossing the border, and updates to hunting and trapping regulations. Fill out our survey: vermontpublic.org/survey
4/11/20238 minutes, 20 seconds
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‘I Have Some Questions For You’

A new novel explores a fictional unsolved murder at a New Hampshire boarding school. Plus, Gov. Scott speaks out against anti-trans legislation introduced on Friday and criticizes proposed DMV fee increases. Take our survey: vermontpublic.org/survey
4/10/20239 minutes, 6 seconds
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Capitol Recap: Ranked Choice Voting

The state Senate has approved legislation that could have major implications for the future of both local and statewide elections in Vermont. Take our survey: vermontpublic.org/survey
4/8/20237 minutes, 4 seconds
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Public Money, Religious Schools

How legislators tried to address the fact that public education funds go to religious schools. Also in the statehouse: a committee recommends how to spend opioid settlement money, an overdose prevention bill, and legislation intended to reduce the theft of catalytic converters. Fill out our survey: vermontpublic.org/survey
4/7/20239 minutes, 36 seconds
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Mammograms: Why The Decline?

Why fewer women are getting routine breast cancer screenings. Plus, a new medical services provider in Vermont prisons, a bill of rights for people experiencing homelessness, and mental health advocates speak out against a bill that would allow warrantless arrests in hospitals. Take our survey: vermontpublic.org/survey
4/6/202311 minutes, 29 seconds
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Bringing Colonel Preston’s Uniform Home

A high schooler’s effort to bring Civil War artifacts home to Danville. Plus, the end of some SNAP benefits, and the Vermont Senate approves a state-run retirement savings program as well as a ban on chemicals in some products.
4/5/202310 minutes, 7 seconds
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In The Hoop House

The process of growing greens in the wintertime. Plus, legislation advances that would give agricultural workers the right to unionize, former governor Jim Douglas speaks out against “cancel culture,” and new employees of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Take our survey: vermontpublic.org/survey
4/4/202310 minutes, 56 seconds
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The Story Of Mac Steel

Why the iconic Rutland business is closing after 70 years. Plus, two state troopers resign, the Vermont Senate wants to strengthen enforcement of fair housing laws, and the AG’s office distributes opioid settlement money to towns and cities.
4/3/20239 minutes, 2 seconds
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Capitol Recap: The Child Care Bill

In a vote that some advocates say could “change the trajectory” of Vermont, the State Senate on Thursday gave preliminary approval to legislation that would increase child care subsidies to Vermont parents by more than $120 million a year.
4/1/20237 minutes, 34 seconds
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‘We’re Just People’

The owners of a binder shop in Brattleboro reflect on their business and the significance of Transgender Day of Visibility. Plus, a sales tax surplus, COVID’s health impacts in Vermont, and a large patch of private land preserved in the Green Mountain National Forest.
3/31/202311 minutes, 29 seconds
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Beware Of Bears

Tips to avoid run-ins with bears this spring. Plus, an audit finds a need for more oversight at elder care facilities, a long standing egg farm to cease operations, and the return of migratory birds.
3/30/202310 minutes, 42 seconds
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Dalem’s Chalet

COVID relief money turned an old motel into housing, but its future is uncertain. Plus, the Vermont Senate approves bills on flavored tobacco products and young offenders, and advocates call for more housing for people with developmental disabilities.
3/29/202310 minutes, 32 seconds
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‘Sand, Imagination, And Some Sweat’

A visit to a Burlington glassblower. Plus, some more notable bills moving through the Vermont legislature.
3/28/20239 minutes, 23 seconds
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Craft Beer In A Cheese Cave

A visit with a man who brews craft beer with foraged ingredients. Plus, updates from the Vermont Legislature on the cannabis marketplace, sports betting, and universal school meals.
3/27/202310 minutes, 34 seconds
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A Card Game For Connection

Why two friends developed a card game for people with dementia. Plus, a plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the Vermont House approves a controversial gun bill, and Bill Stenger’s early release from prison.
3/24/20237 minutes, 53 seconds
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Abandoned Copper Mines: Part 2

The history of the copper mining industry in Vermont. Plus, a record number of fatal opioid overdoses, another incarcerated person has died, and challenging the FCC’s broadband map.
3/23/20239 minutes, 34 seconds
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Abandoned Copper Mines: Part 1

A controversial effort to clean up long-abandoned copper mines in Orange County. Plus, a push for changes to Act 250, a new tick-borne illness on the rise, and remembering Betsy Pratt.
3/22/202311 minutes, 46 seconds
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Pigs In Heat

What the word “heat” means to a pig farmer. Plus, a former state trooper faces criminal charges, Dartmouth adds more hospital beds, and experimenting with a four-day workweek.
3/21/20239 minutes, 21 seconds
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A Ride With A Plow Guy

Go for a ride with a snow plow driver in East Calais. Plus, an audit of state paving projects, legislation that would give farmworkers the right to unionize, and an investigation into electric utilities’ response to power outages.
3/20/202311 minutes, 26 seconds
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Motel Housing Conditions

An investigation reveals poor conditions for many residents in the state’s emergency motel housing program. Plus, the Scott administration announces millions of dollars in community grants, gun control legislature advances and lawmakers look to ban so-called forever chemicals from products.
3/17/202310 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Soundtrack Of A Sauna

A visit to a backyard sauna. Plus, changes to a major housing bill, lawmakers push for the “right to repair,” and a housing project for UVM graduate students breaks ground.
3/16/20238 minutes, 31 seconds