Russia, Unclaimed Property and Lake Champlain

Original Air Date: July 20, 2018 Friday’s Dave Gram Show begins with a conversation with Alexandre Strokanov, Northern Vermont University Professor of Russian history, literature and culture, who believes President Trump’s critics are being hysterical about his meeting with Vladimir Putin this week. State Treasurer Beth Pearce joins us to talk about Vermont’s successful unclaimed property program. In the second …

On the Road: Warren

Original Air Date: July 19, 2018 The Dave Gram Show is back on the road for the second stop in its “Small Towns — Big Development” tour, this time in Warren. Dave’s guests will include Warren Store general manager Jack Garvin, Selectboard Chairman Andy Cunningham, Sugarbush Resort President Win Smith, activist second home owner Jack Sharry and others

More Arrests at the Border, Bioblitz, and Shakespeare

Original Air Date: July 18, 2018 Elizabeth Hewitt of VTDigger joins Dave to talk about a big increase in arrests on the Vermont-Canadian border. We have a visit from leaders of this week’s Bioblitz event in Montpelier. And folks from the Vermont Shakespeare Festival stop by to give a taste of their upcoming performances of “Taming of the Shrew.”

Trump and Russia, Hamilton Davis on State and National Politics

Original Air Date: July 17, 2018 In the first hour of the show, Dave invites listeners to weigh in on President Donald Trump’s extraordinary news conference Monday with Russia’s Vladimir Putin. In the second hour, blogger and longtime journalist Hamilton Davis joins Dave to provide his take on national and Vermont politics.

News Review, Questions for Listeners, and Falling Short of Greenhouse Goals

Original Air Date: July 16, 2018 Colin Meyn of VTDigger joins Dave to talk about top Vermont stories. Dave has some questions for listeners. In the second hour, Sandra Levine of Conservation Law Foundation and Johanna Miller of Vermont Natural Resources Council come by to discuss a new report saying Vermont is falling short of its greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Nurses Strike, PFOA and Others, and Gubernatorial Candidate Brenda Siegel

Original Air Date: July 13, 2018 VTDigger health care writer Mike Faher updates us on the strike by nurses at the UVM Medical Center. Lauren Hierl of Vermont Conservation Voters stops by to talk about new state health advisories on PFOA’s chemical relatives. And gubernatorial candidate Brenda Siegel comes in to talk with Dave about her campaign.

On the Road in Morrisville

Original Air Date: July 12, 2018 For the first in a summer-long series, “Small Towns, Big Development,” The Dave Gram Show heads to Morrisville, to talk to community and business leaders about the town’s revitalization efforts. Local breweries, restaurants and manufacturing, and public investments in infrastructure, are leading the renaissance.

Leahy on SCOTUS, PFOA Update, and James Ehlers

Original Air Date: July 11, 2018 Sen. Patrick Leahy, senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, joins Dave to talk about President Trump’s selection of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. State toxicologist Sarah Vose fills us in on a newly expanded health advisory for chemicals related to PFOA. James Ehlers stops by in the second hour to talk about …

Times Argus Laments, a USDA Update, and Gubernatorial Candidate Keith Stern

Original Air Date: July 10, 2018 Times Argus Editor Steve Pappas joins Dave to talk about his paper’s coverage of last week’s domestic violence murder-suicide in Barre. USDA Vermont director Wendy Wilton talks about developments in her federal agency. And gubernatorial candidate Keith Stern comes by to talk about his bid for Vermont’s chief executive.

Nickels for Clean Water, Domestic Violence, and Hallquist’s Hopes

Original Air Date: July 9, 2018 Sen. Anthony Pollina joins Dave to talk about legislation using unclaimed bottle deposits to clean Vermont’s waters. Karen Scott talks with Dave about the events in Barre last week and domestic violence. A series of interviews with gubernatorial candidates begins with Dave’s conversation with Democrat Christine Hallquist.

Public Record Disputes and a Chat with Montpelier’s Mayor

Original Air Date: July 6, 2018 Lia Ernst of the ACLU joins Dave during the first hour to talk about efforts to strengthen Vermont’s law on access to public records. She’s followed by Wendy Wilton, who has some USDA news to share. In the second hour, Montpelier Mayor Anne Watson joins Dave for an update on goings-on in the capital …

Nurses Strike and State Parks

Original Air Date: July 5, 2018 Our first hour is devoted to the labor dispute at the UVM Medical Center, where nurses could strike as soon as next week. Hospital President Eileen Whalen and nurses union Vice President Deb Snell join Dave. In the second hour, Forests and Parks Commissioner Mike Snyder stopped by to update us on happenings at …

News Review, Emerald Ash Borer, and the Supreme Court

Original Air Date: July 3, 2018 Times Argus and Rutland Herald Editor Steven Pappas joins Dave for a news review. Montpelier tree board chairman John Snell stops by to talk about the emerald ash borer’s arrival in the capital city. And lawyers Dan Richardsome and Bridget Asay join Dave in the second hour to talk about changes on the U.S. …

Guest Host Lee Kittell

Original Air Date: June 29, 2018 Guest host Lee Kittell interviews a number of candidates who are on the ballot for the August primaries. First is H. Brooke Paige, a Republican in the running in several races, including U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, State Treasurer, Secretary of State, Auditor of Accounts, and Attorney General. After Paige we hear from Dr. Daniel …

Vermont Politics, U.S. Supreme Court

Original Air Date: June 28, 2018 John Walters comes in for a review of winners and losers in the now completed legislative session. Eric Davis joins Dave for some political prognostication in the second hour.

Session Roundup, Plastic Worries, and Questions for Listeners

Original Air Date: June 27, 2018 House Speaker Mitzi Johnson joins Dave for a review of the finally completed legislative session. Paul Burns of VPIRG stops by to talk about worries over plastics in the ocean environment. Later, Randy George, owner of Red Hen Bakery in Middlesex, joins Dave to discuss the recent controversy at Red Hen Bistro in Lexington, …

Statehouse Follies, Renewable Heat, and Dave’s Questions for Listeners

Original Air Date: June 26, 2018 We begin with Xander Landen of VTDigger helping to bring listeners up to speed on the latest from the Statehouse. Then leaders of Efficiency Vermont and Renewable Energy Vermont talk up the latest in heating efficiency. Later, Dave has some questions for listeners.

Statehouse and Questions for Listeners

Senate Majority Leader Becca Balint and John Walters of Seven Days bring us up to date on what’s happening at the Vermont Statehouse. Later, Dave has questions for listeners.

News Review, Questions for Listeners, and Act 250

Original Air Date: June 22, 2018 We begin with Colin Meyn of VTDigger joining Dave for a review of top stories. Dave then has some questions for listeners. In the second hour, three guests join the program to talk about upcoming public forums to review Vermont’s Act 250 land use law.

Statehouse, Maple Labeling, Facebook, and Dan Richardson on Legal Affairs

John Walters of Seven Days joins Dave for a review of Statehouse happenings. Then Chris Curtis of the attorney general’s office stops by to talk about the latest from the FDA on maple and honey labeling. Then we have Jay Diaz from the ACLU on Governor Scott’s policy of blocking users from his Facebook page. And former Vermont Bar Association …

Border Worries, Statehouse Follies, and Energy Goals

Peter Welch joins Dave to talk about his visit to the U.S.-Mexican border, where immigrant children are being removed forcibly from the arms of their parents. Neal Goswami of WCAX helps update listeners on the situation at the Statehouse. And three energy experts talk about Vermont’s progress — or lack thereof — toward its renewable energy goals.

Lead Paint, Statehouse, and Wastewater Treatment (6/19/18)

We begin with a conversation with Assistant Attorney General Justin Kolber on efforts to help landlords comply with state standards. That’s followed by Administration Secretary Susanne Young joining us to provide the Scott administration’s perspective on its budget impasse with lawmakers. In the second hour Jessica Bulova, wastewater program manager with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, joins us to …

Statehouse Update, and a Blend of Spiritual Traditions (6/18/18)

On Monday’s Dave Gram Show, Colin Meyn of VTDigger joins Dave for an update on the impasse between lawmakers and Gov. Phil Scott, followed by a conversation with Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe. In the second hour, we take a look at Nicholas Black Elk, a spiritual leader of the last century who taught from a blend of his …

Guest Host John Walters (6/15/18)

John Walters of Seven Days hosts while Dave Gram is away. He brings us his interview with Danica Roem, the first openly transgender person elected to a state legislature. She’s a member of the Virginia House of Delegates and was in Burlington on June 14 for a fundraising event for gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist. After Danica’s interview, John talks with …

Guest Hosts Colin Meyn and Xander Landen (6/14/18)

Colin Meyn and Xander Landen host while Dave is away. They talk with Krista Huling, State Board of Education Chair about the road ahead for Act 46. After that they move to James Lyall, ACLU Director about their new states attorney initiative and how federal immigration changes impact Vermont. In the second hour, they talk to Beth Pearce about the …

Guest Host Tom Beardsley (6/13/18)

Tom Beardsley hosts the Dave Gram Show while Dave is away. In the first hour, he talks with Dillon Deloge, Digital Services Administrator at the Radio Vermont Group about big data and social media. In the second hour, Tom talks with Chris Barbieri about the upcoming Antique and Classic Car Show in Waterbury.

Guest Host Jim Douglas (6/12/18)

Former Governor Jim Douglas hosts the show while Dave is away. In the first hour, Jim talks with current Governor Phil Scott about the budget standoff in Montpelier. In the second hour, Jim talks with Mike Smith, former host of Open Mike and current president of VITAL.

Guest Host Ken Squier (6/11/18)

WDEV longtime owner and Vermont Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame Recipient Ken Squier fills in for Dave while he’s on vacation.

Statehouse and Immigration Troubles (6/8/18)

Xander Landen of VTDigger, Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe and House Minority Leader Don Turner provide perspectives on the impasse between lawmakers and Gov. Phil Scott. Organizers of a protest against U.S. immigration policy talk about plans to picket the ICE offices in Williston.

Rural Development, Mountain Biking, Social Security, and Child Care (6/7/18)

Paul Costello, executive director of the Vermont Council on Rural Development stops by to talk about efforts to help Vermont’s small towns, including with community members’ leadership skills. And Tom Stuessy, executive director of the Vermont Mountain Biking Association, gives up an update on growth in that industry and a preview of the summer season.

Healthcare, Statehouse, and Questions to Listeners (6/6/18)

We open with Mike Faher, health care reporter with VTDigger, talking about recent health news. That’s followed by an update on the special session in Montpelier with Sen. Richard Sears. In the second hour, we open the phone lines and ask listeners about the president’s feud with professional athletes, among other issues.

News Review, Remembering RFK, Open Phones (6/5/18)

Anne Galloway of VTDigger joins Dave for an update on Vermont news. Dave Kelley stops by to talk about Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated 50 years ago Wednesday. In the second hour, Dave puts some questions to listeners, including: Should Bill Clinton have resigned? Would he have had to if the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal had happened now?

News Review, Economic Development, and School Reform (6/4/18)

On Monday’s Dave Gram Show, we start with a news review with Colin Meyn of VTDigger. We go to a discussion of the state’s new program of paying people $10,000 to move to Vermont. In the second hour, we look at a new report on Vermont’s Act 46 school district streamlining law.

From the Statehouse (6/1/18)

Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe joins Dave for an update on the impasse between lawmakers and Gov. Phil Scott. Scott chief of staff Jason Gibbs provides the administration’s perspective. And Josh Kelly of the state Department of Environmental Conservation joins Dave for an update on the state’s solid waste laws.

Statehouse, Appliances and Lakes

We begin the Dave Gram Show with an update on Statehouse happenings with April McCullum of the Burlington Free Press. Two energy efficiency experts join us to talk about efficient appliances. The second hour features two guests talking about a daylong seminar coming up Friday on the state of Vermont’s lakes and ponds.

From the Statehouse (5/30/18)

We return to the Vermont Statehouse, where lawmakers take another stab at resolving their differences with a Gov. Phil Scott. Among Dave’s guests will be Seven Days political columnist John Walters, House Majority Leader Jill Krowinski and Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe.

News Review and a Legal Mystery Novel (5/29/18)

We start out with a look at a range of news stories with Anne Galloway of VTDigger. Assistant Attorney General Chris Curtis joins us to talk about a new law regulating data brokers. The USDA’s Wendy Wilton talks about an important deadline farmers face. And we are joined later by Bernie Lambek, author of a new legal mystery novel set …

Korea, Bigotry in Vermont, and Business Networking (5/25/18)

First up we hear from Peter Henne from UVM about the ongoing situation on the Korean Peninsula. Then we have a news Review and a discussion of recent incidents of bigotry in Vermont with Times Argus and Rutland Herald Editor Steve Pappas. Then, Vickie Wacek of BNI-Vermont joins us to talk about a different approach to business networking.

Business and Industry Expo (5/24/18)

The Dave Gram Show travels Thursday to the Vermont Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business and Industry Expo on Thursday. Topics will range from how to guard against workplace sexual harassment to the use of improv comedy in marketing to introducing the winner of this year’s Deane Davis Outsourcing Vermont Business of the Year Award.

From the Statehouse: Special Session (5/23/18)

We start with leaders of a new youth civics program called the Good Citizen Challenge. Then Jason Gibbs, chief of staff for Gov. Phil Scott and Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe join us in to talk about lawmakers’ return to the Statehouse.

High Legal Fees and an Abortion Gag Rule (5/22/18)

The first hour of Tuesday’s show features a panel of lawyers talking about why their rates are so high — often $250 to $300 per hour, and what that means for access to justice for low- and moderate-income people. In the second hour, our guest is Lucy Leriche of Planned Parenthood, talking about the serious negative impacts on that organization …

News Review and Labor Issues (5/21/18)

We begin with a review of top Vermont stories. Then Mike Spillane joins us to talk about contract talks between Consolidated Communications and its unionized employees. In the second hour, we’re joined by retired Green Mountain Power executive Steve Terry and Steve Howard of the Vermont State Employees’ Association to talk about the Senate’s rejection of Gov. Phil Scott’s appointment …

Gun Rights and Special Olympics (5/18/18)

Paul Heintz of Seven Days talks about his story this week on gun rights advocates saying they’ve been betrayed by a Gov. Phil Scott. And Sue Minter of the Special Olympics talks about upcoming events and about the movement for greater inclusion for people with disabilities.

Statehouse Impasse, Freilich on Welch, and Mid-East Flare-Up (5/17/18)

Retired Middlebury College political science professor Eric Davis talks with Dave about the impasse between lawmakers and Gov. Phil Scott. Congressional candidate Dan Freilich talks about Peter Welch and PhRMA money. Vermont Jewish leaders talk about the rift in their community over Israel/Palestine.

News Review, PFOA, and Farming in the Forest (5/16/18)

Colin Meyn of VTDIGGER joins us for a news review, Jim Therrien of Digger and The Bennington Banner joins us for an update on the PFOA situation in Bennington. In the second hour, Dave talks with Cornell University expert Steve Gabriel about a course he’ll be guest-teaching soon on farm operations run on forested landscapes. Pigs love foraging in woods, …

From the Statehouse (5/11/18)

The Dave Gram Show broadcasts live from the Statehouse in Montpelier, where House Speaker Mitzi Johnson, Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe and Jason Gibbs, chief of staff to Gov. Phil Scott join Dave for a discussion of the week’s events. Dave will then turn to John Walters of Seven Days for some analysis.

Hoff Remembered and Jazz Fest (5/10/18)

With late Gov. Phil Hoff’s memorial set for Saturday, some of those who knew him join Dave to share memories. That’s followed by a preview of the upcoming Burlington Discover Jazz Festival.

Consumer Protection and the Hippie Invasion (5/9/18)

On Wednesday’s Dave Gram Show, three state senators join us to talk about consumer protection legislation they’re hoping to pass in the waning days of the session. In the second hour, writer Yvonne Daley joins us to talk about her book “Going Up The Country,” about the influx of hippies into Vermont in the 1960s and 1970s.

GMO Foods, Rural Schools, and News Review (5/8/18)

Dave talks with Paul Burns of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group and Margaret Laggis of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization about new federal labeling rules for genetically modified foods. Jon Margolis of VTDigger and Paul Cillo of the Public Assets Institute join Dave for a conversation about the impact on rural schools of Gov. Phil Scott’s education funding proposals. Colin …

Ticks and Solar Energy (5/7/18)

Pat Bannerman of vtlyme.org joins Dave for a discussion of ticks and Lyme disease. James Moore of SunCommon talks about a recent state decision to reduce payments to owners of solar energy owners.

From the Statehouse (5/4/18)

From the Statehouse in Montpelier, Dave moderates an informal debate between Gov. Phil Scott’s chief of staff, Jason Gibbs, on school funding. Dave and VTDigger’s Anne Galloway analyze the debate. Digger’s Allen Keyes joins Dave to talk about criminal justice legislation. And Minority Leader Don Turner discusses Republicans’ ability to sustain Scott’s vetoes.

Schools, Sports, and Trump (5/3/18)

Political columnist John Walters of Seven Days joins Dave for analysis of Gov. Phil Scott’s school funding plan. WDEV’s Jon Noyes and Dave dig into the New England sports scene. And Dave is joined by two national correspondents in a discussion of the latest legal twists and turns surrounding President Donald Trump.

Maple, Schools, and Socially Responsible Business

Original Air Date: May 2, 2018 Congressman Peter Welch talks about maple labeling; state Rep. Scott Beck discusses school funding. In the second hour, we hear from Jane Campbell and Dan Barlow of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility.

News and Analysis

Original Air Date: May 1, 2018 News review with Colin Meyn of VTDigger.org; legal analyst Vince Illuzzi on could the Jack Sawyer case be prosecuted at the federal level? In the second hour, physician and historical novelist Jack Mayer talks about his book “Before the Court of Heaven.”

The Dave Gram Show – April 25, 2018

In the first hour today, we’ll be talking with Defender General Matt Valerio about alleged school shooting planner Jack Sawyer and the public reaction to that case. Was there an over-reaction? In the second hour, it’s the (former) mayors. Barre’s Thom Lauzon and Montpelier’s John Hollar join us for a discussion of local option taxes and other municipal matters.

The Dave Gram Show – April 23, 2018

On Monday’s Dave Gram show on WDEV: Karl Marx famously called religion “the opiate of the people.” With religious involvement in decline in America and opiate abuse and overdose deaths on the rise, is it time to turn Marx’s dictum on its head? Are we getting to the point where opiates are the religion of the people? Our guests will …

The Dave Gram Show – April 18, 2018

April is National Financial Literacy Month, and we have two experts coming on to talk about it: Vermont state Treasurer Beth Pearce and Tom Leavitt, president and CEO of Northfield Savings Bank.

The Dave Gram Show – April 17, 2018

Does Vermont need a new layer of regulation to protect children from toxic chemicals? On Monday, Gov. Phil Scott vetoed S.103, which called for the commissioner of health to have new authority to ban children’s products found to contain chemicals of high concern. On Tuesday’s Dave Gram Show, we’ll have Paul Burns of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, who …

The Dave Gram Show – April 11, 2018

“If you break it, you own it,” then-Secretary of State Colin Powell said about invading Iraq, and 15 years later, that ancient land along the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers appears still to be broken. On Wednesday’s Dave Gram Show on WDEV, Dave talks with members of a distinguished panel of speakers who have gathered for the 2018 William E. Colby …

The Dave Gram Show – April 6, 2018

The Dave Gram Show is back broadcasting live from the Vermont Statehouse on Friday. We’ll have a look at plans for a new mental health facility in Berlin and a decision by the Vermont Labor Relations Board to impose contract terms on state employees. We’ll also hear from both sides in the debate over raising Vermont’s minimum wage to $15 …

The Dave Gram Show – April 4, 2018

On Wednesday’s Dave Gram Show, Bernie Sanders talks about the state of race relations in the United States, and about his own relations with leaders of communities of color in Vermont. We’ll also ask him how to avoid a repeat of the Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign. Later, we’ll talk with University of New Hampshire Professor Elizabeth Burakowski on …

The Dave Gram Show – April 2, 2018

Should little boys always get the construction toys and girls the dolls? Or is it time to use toys to teach the little ones about changing gender roles? We hear from a toy store owner and a children’s center director. Then, April is the cruelest month, the poet says, but Vermont’s capital is using poetry to make it a bit …

The Dave Gram Show – March 30, 2018

The Dave Gram Show on Friday returns to the Statehouse in Montpelier, where guns and efforts to control them remain the top story. Guests for the March 30 show include House Speaker Mitzi Johnson, Congressman Peter Welch, 2nd Amendment advocate Bill Moore, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Sears and Sen. Peg Flory, who announced this week she’ll be retiring from …

The Dave Gram Show – March 26, 2018

On the one month anniversary of the Dave Gram Show, Dave is in Craftsbury talking with Olympic Skiers about the future of the sport. Interviews include skiers Kikkan Randall, Ida Sargent, Andy Newell, and Caitlin Patterson as well as Judy Greer, co-owner of the Craftsbury Outdoor Center.

The Dave Gram Show – March 20, 2018

On Tuesday we lead off with 2 in-studio guests: Dustin Degree and Sarah Buxton, co-leaders of Gov. Phil Scott’s Interagency Workforce Expansion Team. They’ll talk about efforts to grow Vermont’s labor pool to keep employers happy and the economy vibrant.

The Dave Gram Show – March 14, 2018

In the first hour, Annette Smith executive director of Vermonters for a Clean Environment, talks about a report released by her group Monday saying Vermont has been going about the development of renewable energy in all the wrong ways. Then we hear from Olivia Campbell-Anderson of Renewable Energy Vermont, who thinks the state is largely on the right track. In …

The Dave Gram Show – March 9, 2018

In the first hour, Norwich University computer science professor Jeremy Hansen talks about the new public effort supported by a dozen towns this week to bring high-speed internet service to residents and businesses. In the second hour, Vermont Rep. Kiah Morris visits be phone from Bennington to talk about challenges faced by African-Americans in Vermont.