Impeachment and Growing Saffron in Vermont

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Retired St. Michael’s College political science professor John Hughes joins Dave to talk about impeachment. Later, this week’s Seeds to Society segment looks at whether Vermont could become fertile ground for the world’s most expensive spice — saffron.

Food Waste and Feed a Family

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Lee Kittell hosts the show while Dave recovers from an illness at home. Steve Pappas, editor at the Times Argus, talks about his recent editorial about waste during the holiday season which prompts a discussion about Vermont’s upcoming waste law that makes composting mandatory as of July 1, 2020. In the second half of the show, Vermont Foodbank CEO John …

Fuel Your Neighbor and Go Easy on Pot

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It’s Giving Tuesday, and the Dave Gram Show starts with a visit from Sue Minter, CEO with Capstone Community Action, on that agency’s Fuel Your Neighbors program. Later, Dr. Mark Levine, Vermont commissioner of health, talks about a new public information information campaign about cannabis.

News Review and Homelessness in Vermont

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VTDigger’s Colin Meyn joins Dave to start Monday’s show with a review of recent Vermont news stories. Later, Judi Joy, Executive Director of Barre’s Good Samaritan Haven stops in to talk about why homelessness is increasing in Washington County when it is declining elsewhere in Vermont.

Black Friday Music Special

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Dave takes a break from the political talk and news on the day after Thanksgiving to talk about music. He plays a selection of original pieces and covers of the same songs. Which version of each do you prefer?

Trump Court Rulings, George Aiken, and Voting Rights

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Tuesday’s Dave Gram Show starts with legal analyst Dan Richardson talking with Dave about two key court rulings concerning President Trump. Writer Steve Terry stops in to talk about his new book on Vermont Sen. George Aiken.  Later, Secretary of State a Jim Condos talks about his call to pass new voting rights legislation.

News Review; Legislative Agenda: Human Services

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Colin Meyn of VTDigger.org joins Dave to open Monday’s show with a review of recent Vermont news. Later, Sen. Ginny Lyons, chair of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee talks about how the upcoming session of the Legislature might tackle some human services issues.

A Review of This Week’s Impeachment Hearings

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Friday’s Dave Gram Show focuses throughout on impeachment proceedings in Washington. Dave’s guests include Congressman Peter Welch, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, Bob Ney of Talk Media News and retired Middlebury College political science professor Eric Davis. 

News Review, Mike Smith’s New Post

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Monday’s Dave Gram Show starts with VTDigger’s Colin Meyn talking with Dave about recent Vermont news developments. Blogger and political observer Kevin Ellis stops by to talk about the impeachment proceedings in Washington. And former host Mike Smith stops in to talk about his new role as Vermont secretary of human services.

Harwood Schools, Dam Safety and Agritourism

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Thursday’s Dave Gram Show starts with a visit from Josh O’Gorman of the Waterbury Record and an update on a key vote of the Harwood school board set for Wednesday night. Dan Green, director of dam safety with the Department of Environmental Conservation, joins Dave to talk about safety issues with some Vermont dams. Later, our weekly Seeds to Society …

News Review and Unclaimed Property

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Wednesday’s Dave Gram Show starts with a conversation about recent news events between Dave and Times Argus Editor Steve Pappas. Then state Treasurer Beth Pearce stops in to talk about her office’s unclaimed property. 

Remote Worker Grants, UVM Board Makeup, and a Legal Review

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Tuesday’s Dave Gram Show starts with state Auditor Doug Hoffer talking about his review of the Remote Worker Grant Program. A UVM Board of Trustees member and two legislators join Dave to talk about gender parity on a board that currently lacks it. Legal analyst Dan Richardson comes in for a review of recent court cases.

News Review, Veterans’ Affairs, and Act 46

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Monday’s Dave Gram Show opens with a discussion on recent Vermont news with Colin Meyn of VTDigger.org. Robert Burke, Director of the State Office of Veterans’ Affairs, joins Dave to talk about what programs the state makes available to veterans. Later, education activists Margaret MacLean and David Kelley stop in to voice their concerns about the Act 46 school consolidation law.

Impeachment, Marlboro College, and DNA in Medicine

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Friday’s Dave Gram Show starts with a conversation with Peter Galbraith reviewing recent developments in the impeachment inquiry underway in Washington. Marlboro College board chairman Dick Saudek stops in to deliver some big news about that institution. In the second hour, Dr. Bob Wildin of the University of Vermont Medical Center joins with Dave to talk about using DNA testing …

Access to Justice and Salmonella

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Thursday’s Dave Gram Show begins with the Vermont Bar Association’s Mary Ashcroft and Vermont Law School’s Erin Jacobson, along with attorney Dan Richardson, talking about the economic impact of Vermont’s Access to Justice program, which provides legal assistance to low-income people. Later, it’s our weekly “Seeds to Society” segment, in collaboration with the UVM College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. …

1800 and Froze to Death

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Howard Coffin joins Dave to talk about his new historical research into “1800 and Froze to Death.” Later, Commissioner Chris Cole of the Department of Buildings and General Services talks about storing and selling firearms seized by the state.

LGBT Families, Steven Wright, and Sen. Dick Sears

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Tuesday’s Dave Gram Show begins with a discussion of a Trump administration proposed rule that would allow faith-based foster care and adoption agencies to continue getting taxpayer funding even if they exclude LGBT families based on religious grounds. Justin Marsh of the Pride Center of Vermont joins Dave to discuss. Later, comedian Steven Wright shares some of his hilarity with …

Veterans and Economic Development

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Three veterans’ town halls, sessions where those who have served in uniform get to speak their minds uninterrupted, are set for Colchester, St. Johnsbury and Rutland on Sunday. Two of three three event leaders talk with Dave during the first hour of Friday’s show. Later, David White, who has been working in Vermont’s development industry for nearly 40 years, joins Dave …

John Klar, John Walters, and Crop Diversity

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Republican John Klar talks with Dave about his primary challenge against Gov. Phil Scott.  Blogger John Walters stops in to share his views on the current Vermont political scene. Later, UVM’s Eric von Wettberg and farmer Nando Jaramillio talk with Dave about crop diversity as part of the show’s weekly Seeds to Society series

Will the Fayston Elementary School Close

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We devote the entire show Wednesday to the still-roiling debate in the Harwood Unified Union School District on whether to close the elementary school in Fayston.  Among Dave’s guests are Torrey Smith, vice chair of the union school board and reporters Josh O’Gorman of the Waterbury Record and Lola Duffort of VTDigger.org.

Environmental News, Guy Page, and Peter Shumlin

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Tuesday’s Dave Gram Show starts with a visit by environmental writer Elizabeth Gribkoff of VTDigger.org discussing some of her recent stories. Conservative blogger Guy Page then joins Dave to provide his take on the news. Later, former Gov. Peter Shumlin, who’s now teaching health policy at Harvard, recalls Vermont’s failed attempt at a single-payer system.

Norm McAllister and the Transportation Climate Initiative

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Monday’s Dave Gram Show starts with a visit from Colin Meyn of VTDigger and a discussion of recent Vermont news stories. Then former state Sen. Norm McAllister, acquitted last week in the last of a series of sex charges, stops by to talk with Dave about his experience with the justice system. Later, Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe and …

Communicating About Climate Change and International Trade

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Andrew Revkin of Columbia University is at the University of Vermont today to talk about how to communicate key information concerning climate change. He stops first for an interview with the Dave Gram Show. Later, Art Woolf, recently retired University of Vermont economics professor, joins Dave for a general conversation about trade, the economy and related issues.

OneCare and the 2020 Census

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Thursday’s show starts with a visit from Katie Jickling of VTDigger.org, a health care reporter who will talk with Dave about “OneCare,” a big new entity on the state’s health care scene. Later, Capstone Community Action executive director Sue Minter and experts from the University of Vermont talk about the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census.

Steve Pappas and Public Records

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The show starts with a conversation between Dave and Steve Pappas of the Times Argus. Attorney General TJ Donovan and someone from the ACLU talk about access to public records.

Canadian Election, Aid to Central America and “Adult-Onset Hunting”

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Tuesday’s Dave Gram Show starts with a conversation between Dave and St. Michael’s College political scientist and Canada expert Jeffrey Ayres on a Canadian election that as of Monday night was seen as too close to call. Forty years after the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua, some Vermont church groups and towns are maintaining their connections with communities in Central America. …

Congressman Peter Welch on Impeachment and Act 46 in Fayston

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Monday’s show starts with a visit from Congressman Peter Welch to talk with Dave and VTDigger’s Colin Meyn about impeachment and Syria. Colin and Dave then discuss recent Vermont stories. Later, two visitors from the Harwood Union school district join Dave to talk about the aftermath of the Act 46 school consolidation law is unfolding there.

Jim Condos on Election Security

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Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos joins Dave to talk election security. Max Richtman discusses the recent social security cost of living adjustment and what it means for beneficiaries. CBS News Correspondent Mike Lyons updates us on the situation for the US Military in Syria. Dick Wobby Jr. comes by to tell us about the upcoming Wheels for Warmth fundraiser. …

Presidential Candidate Bill Weld and Farm Labor

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Thursday’s Dave Gram show starts with a visit by Bill Weld, former Massachusetts governor and current candidate for the 2020 Republican presidential nomination. Seven Days reporter Courtney  Lamdin joins Dave to talk about a proliferation of home security cameras. Later, our weekly Seeds to Society segment looks at labor issues on Vermont dairy farms.

A New Innovation Hub and TJ Donovan on Public Records

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Times Argus and Rutland Herald editor Steve Pappas joins Dave to open Wednesday’s show with a conversation about recent Vermont news. Dennis Moynihan of the Vermont Innovation Commons then joins Dave to talk about a new innovation hub planned for the closed College of St. Joseph in Rutland. Later, Attorney General T.J. Donovan checks in to talk about his office’s …

Indigenous People’s Day and Accessory Dwelling Units

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Tuesday’s show start with Dave talking with UVM Prof. Sherwood Smith about the transition from Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day. We follow that with an update from CBS about the impeachment inquiry. Later, AARP is sponsoring a talk about accessory dwelling units, and the guest speaker, Portland, Oregon-based Eli Sepvak, joins Dave to talk about how such units might …

Syrian Withdrawal, Paint Thinners, and Threats to Birds

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Dave opens Monday’s show with a conversation with Peter Galbraith, Vermont-based businessman and former diplomat with extensive knowledge of the Kurds abandoned in northern Syria last week by President Trump. Pam Wadman of the Vermont Health Department talks with Dave about new warnings over a chemical in many paint thinners. Later, David Mears of the Audubon Society talks with Dave …

Climate change, Rusty DeWees and Hemp

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Friday’s Dave Gram show begins with a conversation with Sherri Goodman, senior fellow at the Wilson Center and former Pentagon official, about climate change and national security. Comedian Rusty DeWees then joins Dave to preview his upcoming Tiny Town Hall Tour. Later, Dave welcomes two hemp growers to talk about their harvest and the rapid growth of the hemp industry …

Election Security, Inmate Populations, and Moose Genetics

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Secretary of State Jim Condos and Montpelier City Clerk John Odom start Thursday’s Dave Gram Show with an update on election security. Falko Schilling If the American Civil Liberties Union stops in to talk about that group’s ideas for reducing Vermont’s prison population. Later, in our weekly “Seeds to Society” segment, two University of Vermont professors join Dave to talk …

Unknown Blues Band and Charitable Giving

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Wednesday’s Dave Gram Show starts with a visit from Times Argus and Rutland Herald editor Steve Pappas. Burlington guitarist Paul Asbell then joins Dave to talk about an upcoming show honoring a king of the Burlington blues scene. Later, David Mislon of Temple University talks about charitable giving.

Yom Kippur, EB-5 Scandal, and Net Neutrality

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Tuesday’s Dave Gram Show features a conversation with Eve Jacobs-Carnahan, president of the Beth Jacob Synagogue in Montpelier, about the significance of Yom Kippur. The Jewish holy day of atonement starts at sundown Tuesday. She and Dave are joined by Beth Jacob member Fran Levine. Later, legal analyst Dan Richardson joins Dave to talk about important court rulings on Vermont’s EB-5 …

Capital City Concerts, Climate Change, and Impeachment

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The first hour of Monday’s show features Colin Meyn of VTDigger talking about Vermont news stories and Karen Kevra of Capital City Concerts talk about an upcoming performance. Later, WDEV’s Roger Hill talks about climate change and Guy Page and Kevin Ellis join Dave to talk about impeachment.

Vermont Fails to Reach Carbon Reduction Goals

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Friday’s Dave Gram Show focuses it’s first hour on the acknowledgement by Vermont officials won’t meet the goal set out in state law for a 50 percent reduction in greenhouse emissions from 1990 levels by 2028. Guests include environmental writer Elizabeth Gribkoff of VTDigger.org, Deouty Natural Resources Secretary Peter Walke and Johanna Miller of the Vermont Natural Resources Council. Later, Dave …

Good and Bad News for Bernie Sanders and 4-H

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Thursday’s Dave Gram Sow starts with Kit Norton of VTDigger talking about good news and bad news for Bernie Sanders. Christopher Kaufman Illstrup of the Vermont Humanities Council talks about an upcoming appearance in Burlington by Congressman John Lewis. Later, a 4-H student, her mom and the program director stop in to talk about the venerable program in Vermont.

A Financial Planning Conference and an African-American Play

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Wednesday’s Dave Gram show starts with a review of recent Vermont news with Dave and Steve Pappas, editor of the Times Argus and Rutland Herald. Financial Regulation Commissioner Mike Pieciak stops by to talk about an upcoming financial planning conference. Later, Jarvis Green, director of Esai’s Table, talks about the world premiere of this off-Broadway, all-African-American production coming up in …

Drone Safety and the Impeachment Inquiry

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Tuesday’s Dave Gram Show features a conversation with Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne, director of the UVM’s Spatial Analysis Laboratory, which is working on drone safety. Later, legal analyst Dan Richardson reflects on the impeachment inquiry.

Vermont News, Impeachment, and Getting Wildlife Across Route 100

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Monday’s Dave Gram Show starts with a conversation between Dave and VTDigger’s Colin Meyn about recent Vermont news. University of Vermont political science professor Lisa Holmes joins Dave to talk about how impeachment proceedings might unfold in Washington. Later, Jim Shallow of The Nature Conservancy, Kristen Sharpless of Stowe Land Trust, and Bob Heiser of Vermont Land Trust visit the …

US Senators and Ukraine and a Book on Whistleblowers

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Friday’s Dave Gram Show starts with a conversation with John Walters and Guy Page on whether three senators, including Vermont’s Patrick Leahy, engaged in conduct with Ukraine similar to President Trump’s. Bill Boardman joins Dave to provide his own unique take, then Congressman Peter Welch weighs in. Later, Middlebury College Prof. Allison Stanger talks with Dave about her new book …

Soil Science

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Dave talks with two representatives from UVM about their soil science program and the university’s participation in a soil identification competition.

Norwich University Military Writers Symposium

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The Dave Gram Show travels to Northfield Wednesday for the Norwich University Military Writers’ Symposium, where he speaks with university President Richard Schneider and several experts on military and foreign affairs. Sure to come up: President Trump’s admission that he tried to influence Ukraine to investigate Hunter Biden and his father, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Shifting Populations, Local Dining Hall Food, and Managing Nuclear Waste

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Why does Chittenden County boom while rural areas of Vermont languish? Erin Petenko, data reporter with VTDigger.org, joins Dave to discuss. UVM is planning a farmers’ market on Wednesday to highlight local foods in conjunction with its food service. Dave and UVM’s Melissa Watson preview on Tuesday. Later, Deb Katz of the Vermont Yankee Decommissioning Alliance talks with Dave about recent …

A New Union President, Climate Strike, and Free the Nipple

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Colin Meyn fills in for Dave while he’s away. He starts with a conversation with David Van Deusen, the new president of the Vermont AFL-CIO, on the future of the labor organization. Kim Farnham of Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice previews their Seasons of Life annual fundraiser. Janel Hanrahan, Associate Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the Northern Vermont University …

Global Climate Strike

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It’s an all-climate show,  marking a “global climate strike” starting Friday morning.  Representatives of solar company SunCommon and Green Mountain Power talk with Dave about their efforts to shift to all-Electric vehicle fleets. Energy analyst Willem Post talks about his concern about over-harvesting Vermont’s forests and the carbon impacts from that. Later, two green group officials talk about Vermont’s population …

State College Woes, First Responder Crisis, and Apple Crops

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Thursday’s Dave Gran Show starts with a visit with Vermont State Colleges Chancellor Jeb Spaulding and a conversation about the troubled institutions’ future. Then, Milton Town Manager Don Turner joins Dave to talk about Vermont’s struggling first responder services. Later, University of Vermont apple expert Terry Bradshaw and Dan Bair of East Montpelier’s Peck Farm Orchard join Dave to talk …

2020 Census and the Bernie Campaign

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Wednesday’s Dave Gram Show leads off with a visit from Sue Minter, CEO of Capstone Community Action, who will talk about her worries concerning under-counting low-income Vermonters in the upcoming Census. Then Kit Norton, just back from a VTDigger.org reporting trip to South Carolina, will talk about the state of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. Later, we open the phone lines for listener calls.

Public Records and Social Security

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Tuesday’s Dave Gram Show starts with a visit by James Duff Lyall of the Vermont ACLU chapter and a conversation about an important court victory on access to public records. Then VTDigger’s Anne Galloway comes in to talk about that organization’s 10th anniversary. Later, Webster Phillips of the National Association to Preserve Social Security and Medicare has practical advice for …

Marlboro College and Vaping

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With many Vermont colleges struggling and some closing, Marlboro College earlier this year came up with an innovative plan for self-preservation: merge with the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. Now merger talks have broken down and the deal has gone away. We talk with Marlboro Trustees’ chair Richard Saudek about what happened and what the future holds. Then, Garrett Graff …

Politics, Honey Beer, and the Ascension of Women

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Friday’s Dave Gram show features a visit from John Walters, author of the Vermont Political Observer blog, followed by folks touting a new collaboration between the Alchemist brewers and a pollinator-friendly solar farm to make honey beer.  Later, Lisa Senecal and Cary Brown of the Vermont Commission on Women stop in to talk about sexism in the media, culture and …

Dave at the Tunbridge Fair

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For Thursday’s Dave Gram Show, we travel to Tunbridge for a live broadcast from one of Vermont’s most loved agricultural fairs. Guests will include fair board President Alan Howe; Tracy Amil, who registers exhibits; Pat Brennan, a food vendor, and others. 

Parkinson’s and Speech and Art Woolf

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Wednesday’s Dave Gram Show begins with a chat with Times Argus editor Steve Pappas about recent news events in Vermont. Ashley Michaelis of the UVM Medical Center checks in to talk about new efforts to help people dealing with Parkinson’s disease with their speech and swallowing. Later, Art Woolf joins our moonlighting host to talk about his column in VTDigger.org on the …

Net Zero Emissions, Electric Vehicles, and Supreme Court Decisions

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Tuesday’s Dave Gram Show starts with a visit from Darren Springer, general manager of the Burlington Electric Department, about a move to push the city toward “net zero” carbon emissions. Robb Kidd of the Sierra Club then stops by to talk about an upcoming electric vehicle exhibition in Montpelier. Later, legal analyst Dan Richardson joins Dave to talk about two …

Suresh Garimella and Rootstock Publishing

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Monday’s Dave Gram Show starts with an interview with Suresh Garimella, the new president of the University of Vermont. Then Colin Meyn of VTDigger joins Dave for a review of recent Vermont News. Later, Stephen McArthur of Montpelier-based Rootstock Publishing and Rootstock poetry editor Samantha Kolber join Dave to talk about projects they’ve got underway.

Protecting History from Climate Change

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Steve Pappas hosts the show while Dave is away. Mike Donoghue talks about his role vetting files for the diocese relating to the sex abuse scandal. Rachel Onuf and Michele Bailey talk about trying to preserve history in the threat of increased weather events due to climate change.

2020 Election, Gov. Phil Scott, and Vermont History

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Former Governor Jim Douglas fills in while Dave is away. Jim invites Professer Matt Dickinson of Middlebury College to talk about the 2020 presidential election. Lindsay Kurrle talks about her new role as Secretary of Commerce and Community Development. Governor Phil Scott talks about the last legislative session and his priorities for the next. Steve Perkins of the Vermont Historical …

Audubon Vermont and the Mt. Washington Cog Railway

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Pat McDonald hosts the show while Dave is away. Pat invites David Mears, Executive Director of Audubon Vermont, to talk about Vermont birds. Tim Lewis talks about his work tracking the history of the Mt. Washington Cog Railway.

Political Science and Boston Sports

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Steve Pappas of the Times Argus hosts the show while Dave is away. Steve talks with Jack Gierzynski, chair of the Political Science Department at UVM, about various political topics from government transparency to entertainment to election reform. Later, Boston sports writer Chad Finn recaps the Red Sox season and the previews the Patriots season.

Morefest and Writer Bill Boardman

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Friday’s Dave Gram Show features a conversation between Dave and Catrina Brackett about an upcoming family-friendly town fair, Morefest. Later, Vermont writer Bill Boardman comes in to talk about his new book, a collection of essays written from a decidedly left-critical perspective.

Lawn Mowing Sheep

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Thursday’s Dave Gram Show starts with a discussion with Aidan Quigley of VTDigger.org on his story about UVM Medical Center being accused of forcing a nurse to participate in an abortion procedure against her will. Flutist Karen Kevra joins Dave to talk about Capitol City Concerts’ upcoming season. And Meridith Niles of UVM and Ethan Joseph of Shelburne Vineyards talk with Dave …

Local Coverage of Church Sex Abuse and Medicare for All

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Wednesday’s Dave Gram Show starts with a conversation between Dave and Times Argus Editor Steve Pappas on topics including his paper’s very local coverage of the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse scandals. Later, Dan Barlow talks about his new job with a national group pushing Medicare for all.

School Mergers, Mosquitos and Ticks, and the Bourgoin Trial

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Tuesday’s Dave Gram Show begins with a conversation with Molly Walsh of Seven Days on her article asking why three of Vermont’s most densely populated school districts — Burlington, South Burlington and Winooski — haven’t looked at school mergers. Patti Casey of the state Agency of Agriculture stops by to share the latest buzz on mosquitoes and talk about ticks. …

SBA Financing and Glebe Lands

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Monday’s Dave Gram show starts with a visit by Kit Norton of VTDigger who will describe a couple of Bernie Sanders’ recent policy rollouts. Then, Darcy Carter of the Small Business Administration and Ryan McDevitt of Benchmark Space Systems talk about SBA financing for inventors. Later, Karen Horn of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns and Fairfax Town Manager …

Clergy Sex Offenders, Breastfeeding, and Independent Book Stores

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Friday’s Dave Gram Show begins with a discussion of Thursday’s release by Vermont’s Catholic Diocese of a list of clergy sex offenders. Mike Donoghue, a member of the lay committee that produced the list, and Burlington lawyer Jerome O’Neill join Dave. Katy Leffel of Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice comes in to highlight breastfeeding awareness month and promote breastfeeding …

Public Input on National Forests, VT Lead, and Herecast

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Thursday’s show begins with a visit by Jamey Fidel of the Vermont Natural Resources Council, which is among numerous environmental groups expressing concern about proposed Trump administration rules the groups say would significantly reduce the opportunity for public input on decisions affecting national forests.   Two representatives of VT Lead, a coalition working to elect progressive-minded candidates up and down …

Efficiency Vermont

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Wednesday’s Dave Gram Show begins with a visit by Times Argus Editor Steve Pappas, and a discussion of recent Vermont news. Later, Dave welcomes Department of Public Service Commissioner June Tierney, Efficiency Vermont Director Rebecca Foster and Elizabeth Gribkoff, energy and environment reporter for VTDigger.org, for a review of EVT’s recent performance.

Abortion Gag Rule and ‘Green’ Specialty Foods

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Tuesday’s Dave Gram Show starts with two conversations related to the cutoff of federal funds to health care providers who refuse to follow an abortion gag rule: One with Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine and the other with Lucy Leriche of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.  Later, Joe Buley from Joe’s Kitchen at Screamin’ Ridge Farm, Morgan Hood from …

Catching Up on Recent News

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Colin Meyn of VTDigger stops by for a discussion of recent Vermont news stories. Later, attorney Dan Richardson stops by to offer some thoughts on recent legal news.

Women in Leadership, VT MAGA, and the Sanders Campaign

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Friday’s Dave Gram Show starts with a conversation with Dee Lamberton of the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce about a new award for women in leadership. Rick Cochran and Laura Benner of VT MAGA then join Dave to talk about their hopes of getting President Trump to do better in Vermont in 2020 than he did in 2016. Later, political …

School Drinking Water, Stowe Jazz Fest, and Internships

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Thursday’s  Dave Gram show begins with Vermont’s health commissioner, Dr. Mark Levine, talking about testing for lead in school drinking water supplies. George Petit comes by to talk about the upcoming Stowe Jazz Fest. Later, Lori Smith of the Vermont Futures Project, Bill Shouldice of Vermont Teddy Bear and Meg Gras of National Life chat about the value of internships …

An Editor Visits, Talking with TJ, and an Outdoor Recreation Survey

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Dave’s Wednesday show starts with a chat with Steve Pappas, editor of the Times Argus and Rutland Herald. Attorney General TJ Donovan talks about a multi-state suit against a pesticide manufacturer. Later, Jessica Savage and Becca Balint of the state Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation talk about a new survey of Vermonters’ outdoor recreation preferences.

Grange Hall Cultural Center and Flood Insurance

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Tuesday’s Dave Gram Show starts with a review of recent Vermont stories with Colin Meyn of VTDigger. Monica Callan of Waterbury’s Grange Hall Cultural Center stops by to talk about upcoming events there. Later, Rita Egan of FEMA stops in to provide a primer on flood insurance.

The Vermont Antique and Classic Car Meet

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Friday kicks off the 62nd annual vermont Antique and Classic Car Meet, and Dave will be there, talking with old car enthusiasts and event organizers, and providing a preview of fun events to come at the weekend-long show.

Rural Hospitals and the F-35

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Thursday’s Dave Gram Show features a conversation with Jeff Tieman of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems about the future of rural hospitals in the state. Also, Col. David Smith If the Vermont National Guard stops in to talk about the pending arrival of F-35 fighter jets in Burlington.

Facial Recognition Software, Early College, and Financing Higher Ed

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On Wednesday’s Dave Gram Show, reporter Sawyer Loftus talks about a Burlington Free Press investigation of the Vermont DMV’s use of facial recognition software. Sen. Debby Ingram and Former Rep. Dave Sharpe talk about allowing students from religious schools to participate in a program allowing early college study. And Scott Giles of the Vermont Student Assistance Corp. comes in to …

The Future of the Monkton General Store

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Steve Pappas of The Times Argus joins Dave for an exchange of news and views. Darcee Alderman If the Monkton General Store talks about getting her community’s support to save the business. Later, Dave has questions for listeners.

Progressive Candidates and Attracting Young People to Vermont

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On Friday’s Dave Gram Show, political columnist John Walters talks about the organizational shape of Vermont’s political parties. Progressive Party director Josh Wronski talks about who among the democratic presidential candidates is really progressive. Later, guests weigh in on the role colleges play in attracting young people to the state.

Opiate Addiction in Vermont

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On Thursday, the entire Dave Gram show is devoted to the opiate addiction crisis and the roads to recovery open to those caught in the throes of addiction. Guests include Jackie Corbally of the Burlington Police; Sharon Tarule of the Chittenden Clinic, Dr. Kin Kurak of Community Health of Brandon and others. 

Prescription Drug Prices, Commissions, and F-35s in Vermont

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Wednesday’s Dave Gram Show starts with Greg Marchildon of AARP talking about prescription drug prices. Vermont Rep. John Gannon talks about a commission whose job is to do away with commissions. Later, the tables are turned as Dave is interviewed by WDEV summer intern Jack Lyons. And Dr John Reuwer of Physicians for Social Responsibility talks about an upcoming demonstration …

College Merger, Prescription Drugs, and Health Insurance Rates

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Tuesday’s Dave Gram Show starts with a visit from Richard Saudek, chairman of trustees at Marlboro College, on that school’s merger with the University of Bridgeport. Max Richtnan of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare talks about prescription drug legislation. Later, a conversation about rising health insurance rates with officials from Blue Cross and MVP Healthcare, along …

Election Security and School Closings

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Colin Meyn of VTDigger.org makes his regular Monday visit to the Dave Gram Show to talk about top Vermont news stories. Secretary of State Jim Condos talks about heightened concern over Russian election meddling following special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony last week. Later, April McCullum and Sadie Housberg of The Burlington Free Press join Dave to talk about how rural communities fare when their …

Financial Assistance from Employers, Award-Winning Fireworks, and UVM History

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Thursday’s Dave Gram Show features a conversation with Ted Castoe, the CEO of Rhino Foods, a company with an uncommon approach to helping employees through tough financial times. Tom Swenson of Northstar Fireworks comes in to talk about winning second place in an international competition. Bill Averyt of the University of Vermont joins Dave to talk about historic tours of …

Congressman Welch and Guy Page

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Congressman Peter Welch is the leadoff guest on Tuesday’s Dave Gram Show, followed by Guy Page, with a conservative take on recent events. Later, Jack Lyons joins Dave for a discussion about whether it’s proper for the media to label Trump’s tweets as racist as a matter of fact.

Hunting in the Localvore Movement

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Monday’s Dave Gram Show starts with a review of recent Vermont news stories with Colin Meyn of VTDigger.org. Later, Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter and Shane Rogers of Rooted in Vermont talk about a new effort to make hunting and fishing part of Vermont’s locavore movement.

Heat Wave, Public Records, and Homelessness

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Friday’s Dave Gram Show starts with tips on how to stay healthy in the heat, for humans with Lauren Prinzing of the state Health Department and for animals with Dr. Megan Rumpke of the Montpelier Veterinary Hospital. Alan Keyes of VTDigger talks about a legal battle over public records with the Vermont Department of Corrections. Later, Montpelier merchant Lauren Andrews, …

Immigration and Youth Activism

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Thursday’s Dave Gram Show features a conversation with Will Lambek of Migrant Justice on recent immigration issues. Later, Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman and 17-year-old Rio Daims join Dave for a conversation about youth activism.

Right to Repair and the Future of Public Transit

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Is your device manufacture blocking your effort to repair? Sen. Chris Pearson joins Dave to talk about “right-to-repair” legislation and his testimony on the same issue before the Federal Trade Commission.  Mike DeBonis of the Green Mountain Club comes in to talk about an upcoming Long Trail fundraiser. Later, rail entrepreneur David Blittersdorf and officials from VTrans join Dave to …

Environmental News, Auditor’s Review of Lake Cleanup, VT Works

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VTDigger’s Elizabeth Gribkoff joins Dave to talk about recent Vermont Yankee and other environmental news. State Auditor Doug Hoffer talks about a new review of the state’s water cleanup efforts. Later, Bob Zulkowski of Vermont Works shares some exciting news about that alternative investment program.

Women’s Commission Leaders and PFOA

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Friday’s Dave Gram show starts with two leaders of the Vermont Commission on Women — Chair Lisa Senecal and Executive Director Cary Brown — talking about a range of issues for the first hour. Later, Peter Walke, deputy secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources, joins Dave for an update on the state grappling with the chemical contaminant PFOA.

Bernie, Arson, and Third Parties

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Steve Pappas hosts the show while Dave is away. John Walters of Seven Days talks his recent column in Seven Days talking about the Sanders 2020 campaign. Bob Patterson of the Vermont Arson Tip Award Program talks arson crimes in the state and how the tip line has helped. Jess Diamondstone of the Vermont Liberty Union Party and Neil Johnson …

State Driver Databases, The Last Video Store, and Teacher Health Insurance

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Colin Meyn guest hosts the show. Sawyer Loftus from the Burlington Free Press talks about the state driver database being used by federal authorities including ICE. Nancy’s Video owners talk about being the last video store in Vermont. The Vermont NEA discuss their current negotiations over teacher health insurance plans.

Electric Cars, News Review, and Starting a Small Business in Vermont

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Public Utility Commission Chairman Anthony Roisman gives his view that Vermont needs to adopt a “wartime” footing in the adoption of electric cars. Times Argus editor Steve Pappas has a general review of Vermont news. Three guests in the second hour: Betsy Bishop of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Commissioner Joan Goldstein and Jen Robderts of Onion River …

News from Chittenden County, an Expanded Fuel Tax, and Choice on Abortion for Health Professionals

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Monday’s Dave Gram show starts with a conversation with Aidan Quigley of VTDigger.or on recent news out of Burlington and Chittenden County. Matt Cota of the Vermont Fuel Dealers’ Association then joins Dave to talk about the recent expansion of the state’s fuel tax to cover nonprofits, schools and municipalities. Later, should health professionals be able to avoid involvement in …

A Star Trek Podcast, Fireworks, and Blue Man Group

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Steve Pappas of the Times Argus hosts the show while Dave takes off the holiday weekend. Steve talks with Anthony Cox, host of Priority One: A Roddenberry Star Trek Podcast about his show. Later, Steve discusses the fireworks season with Tom Swenson of Northstar Fireworks. And Chris Bowen of Blue Man Group describes his journey with the performing troupe.

Insurance Coverage for Gender Affirmation, Capstone Community Action, Health Records, and a Racing Governor

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Wednesday’s Dave Gram Show starts with a conversation with Mike Pieciak, commissioner of the Department of Financial Regulation, on insurance coverage for gender affirmation surgery. Capstone Community Action Director Sue Minter visits to talk about recent developments. Greater security for Health Department vital records is reviewed by that department’s Jessie Hammond. And Gov. Phil Scott stops by to preview an …

Bringing Broadband Internet to Rural Vermont

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Kevin O’Connor of VTDigger joins Dave to talk about the shape of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. Later, Rep. Laura Sibilia and two public broadband leaders talk with Dave about bringing high speed internet to rural parts of Vermont.

Fundraising by Breweries and New Medicaid Rules

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Monday’s Dave Gram show starts with a visit by Colin Meyn of VTDigger.org. Then Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice and Lawson’s Finest Liquids talk up a new approach to fundraising. Later, new state rules on Medicaid coverage for those seeking a gender transition.

Vermont Colleges, Democratic Debates, and State Parks

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On Friday’s Dave Gram Show, Vermont State Colleges Chancellor Jeb Spaulding is the leadoff guest, talking about a white paper he wrote about the future of the struggling college system. VTDigger.org columnist Jon Margolis provides some analysis of the Democratic presidential debates. Later, a discussion of summer tourism in Vermont will feature state parks chief Craig Whipple and Wendy Knight, commissioner of …

Bernie on Guns, Labor and Environment Join Forces, and a New Distillery

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Has Bernie Sanders waffled on gun control? Paul Heintz of Seven Days joins Dave to discuss. Blue-Green Alliance: when labor and environmental activists work together, green groups sometimes end up unionized. The Sierra Club’s Robb Kidd and Dave Van Deusen of AFSCME stop by to tell a story of this happening. Later, Ryan Christiansen of Caledonia Spirits stops by to …

Returning to Society after Incarceration

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The Dave Gram Show gets a visit Tuesday from Ben & Jerry’s and former inmates it is helping to return to the workplace and society. Later, former Vermont Bar Association President Dan Richardson stops by to talk about Vermont’s aging cadre of lawyers.

Bugfest in Montpelier

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Monday’s Dave Gram show starts with Dave and VTDigger’s Colin Meyn Review recent Vermont news. Later, Chip Darmstadt of the Vermont Institute of Natural Science talks about VINS’ upcoming Bugfest event.

New Bills and Medical Specialist Woes

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On Friday’s Dave Gram Show, Dave recaps a series of bills — the last of 2019 — signed into law by Gov. Phil Scott. Later, Green Mountain Care Board Chair Kevin Mullin, Health Care Advicate Mike Fisher and patient Cara Cookson join Dave to talk about the frustrations many Vermonters face waiting to see a medical specialist.

Colleges Take on Climate Change and Nurse Training

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Wednesday’s Dave Gram Show features an interview of Matthew Derr, President of Sterling College, who has been speaking out about the need for colleges and universities to get much more aggressive in working against climate change. Later, officials at the Central Vermont Medical Center visit to talk about a new nurse training program based at the facility.

Environmental Issues and Scientific Excellence at UVM

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On Tuesday’s Dave Gram Show, two administration officials and Jon Groveman of the Vermont Natural Resources Council join Dave to discuss bills signed — and one vetoed — by Gov. Phil Scott. Later, Dr. Mark Nelson of the UVM Medical College talks about being the first Vermonter inducted into the National Academy of Sciences.

Vermont’s Federal Relations

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Monday’s Dave Gram Show starts with a visit from Colin Meyn of VTDigger, who talks with Dave about recent Vermont news developments. Later, a visit from Stephen Kiernan, author of Vermont to the Tenth Power, a new manifesto on state and federal relations and a path to a more secure future for the state.

Cleaning Up Vermont’s Water

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Friday’s Dave Gram Show will start with some questions for listeners. Later, Dave welcomes a key legislator, an executive branch environmental official and an environmental group leader for an update on recent action on cleaning up Vermont’s waterways.

Photography Exhibit and the Human Services Secretary

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On Thursday’s Dave Gram Show, Dave is joined by Neal Goswami, who is departing from his role as Statehouse and politics reporter for WCAX.  State Rep. John Killacky joins Dave to talk about a photography exhibit in Brattleboro devoted to Vermont-based artist Dona Ann McAdams. Later, the departing Al Gobeille talks about his stint in state government, most recently as …

Vermont Ski Industry Report

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Wednesday’s Dave Gram Show starts with a visit from Steve Pappas of the Times Argus, who will share with Dave his take on recent Vermont news stories. Later, Vermont ski industry leaders join Dave to talk about a strong 2018-2019 winter resort season.

Preventing Youth Tobacco Use

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Tuesday’s Dave Gram Show begins with Safiya Ibrahim, Burlington High School OVX (Our Voices Exposed) and Tara Rueckert, Burlington Partnership for a Healthy Community (BPHC), talking with Dave about efforts to get young people to avoid vaping and other tobacco use. An official and volunteer with Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice join Dave to talk about an upcoming fundraising …

Vermont News and Child Care

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Monday’s Dave Gram Show starts with a visit from Colin Meyn of VTDigger.org for a review of recent Vermont news stories. Later, Aly Richards of Let’s Grow Kids stops in to share news about the push for universal child care in Vermont.

Insanity Claims in Criminal Trials

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Friday’s Dave Gram Show looks at insanity as a defense in criminal trials in Vermont. Chittenden County State’s Attorney Sarah George joins Dave to talk about her decision to drop charges in three violent crimes in which defense lawyers are claiming their clients were insane when the incidents occurred. Later, legal analyst Dan Richardson joins Dave to give his take.

Police-Media Relations, Delaying Retirement, and Medicaid Funding

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On Thursday’s Dave Gram Show, Dave visits with Colin Meyn of VTDigger.org regarding a case of strained police-media relations. Max Richtman of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare talks about the pitfalls of starting early to take Social Security. Two people from the Vermont Workers Center stop by to talk with Dave about concerns over Medicaid funding and an …

Tim Ashe, F-35s in Vermont, and the Plastic Bag Ban

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On Wednesday’s Dave Gram Show, Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe joins Dave to talk about the 2019 legislative session. Nick Longo of the Burlington International Airport visits to provide details of a new “sound map” for areas surrounding the airport, soon to be home to a fleet of newer, louder fighter jets. A supporter and critic of Vermont’s proposed …

Waterbury Road Work and Growing Hemp

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On Tuesday’s Dave Gram Show, Dave welcomes Steve Pappas, editor of the Times Argus; Waterbury Municipal Manger Bill Shepeluk to talk about the big Main Street reconstruction project, and Jane Kolodinsky of the UVM Extension Service and Stephanie Smith of the Agency of Agriculture to talk about new polling showing strong public support for growing hemp in Vermont.

Congress and President Trump and Burlington Discover Jazz Festival

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On Monday’s show, Dave welcomes Colin Meyn of VTDigger.org for a review of recent Vermont news stories; retired University of Vermont political science professor Garrison Nelson for a discussion of Congress’ proper role dealing with President Trump; and David Beckett of the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival for a preview of musical events.

Guest Host Jeb Spaulding

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Jeb Spaulding, Chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges, hosts the last show before Dave returns to the air. Tom Anderson, Associate Academic Dean for Northern Vermont University, discusses being a military friendly school. School Administrators as well as current and former early college students talk about Vermont’s early college programs. Three college presidents and one dean give more info on …

Hiring Disabled Workers and the Vermont Granite Museum

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Pat McDonald hosts the show while Dave continues to recover at home. Nat Piper, Mature Workers Program Coordinator for the Division of Vocational Rehab talks about hiring disabled workers. Scott McLaughlin, Executive Director of the Vermont Granite Museum and Stone Arts School, talks about the significance of the institution to Central Vermont and how he’s working to grow it into …

Land Management, ArtsFest, and Electric Safety

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Lee Kittell fills in for Dave while he finishes his recovery at home. Naturalist Jacob Holzberg-Pill talks about land management in Vermont. Dan Groberg of Montpelier Alive comes in to talk about ArtsFest, a celebration of art in Central Vermont happening in Montpelier next week. David Young of Vermont Electric Co-Op gives some important safety tips for staying safe around …

A Dog Lawyer and Dairy Farmers

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Jeremy Cohen of Boston Dog Lawyers talks about representing pets and pet owners and some of the pet-related legislation he has advocated for. Bill Rowell, Chair of the Vermont Dairy Producers Alliance and dairy farmer, and Amanda St. Pierre, Executive Director and dairy farmer, talk about what being a dairy farmer in Vermont is like and what their organization advocates …

New England Cooks and A Fresh Take on College

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Steve Pappas hosts the show while Dave continues to recover at home from illness. Tony Campos, Executive Producer of New England Cooks talks about how he started his live audience cooking show and how an episode is made. Philip Ackerman-Leist, Dean of the School of the New American Farmstead at Sterling College talks about how Sterling is trying to reinvent …

Guest Host Paul Ralston

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Former State Rep. Paul Ralston hosts the show while Dave continues to recover from illness at home. Dan Barlow of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and Betsy Bishop of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce discuss what they believe the role of the state government in business is and where key bills in the legislature stand in the final days of …

Guest Host Pat McDonald

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Former State Rep. Pat McDonald hosts the show while Dave recovers at home. Pat invites Eric Lamontagne of Campaign for Vermont talks about why he wrote an article called “Vermont is in Trouble.” Ben Kinsley, Principal for Imperium Advisors, talks about three bills he’s been following in the legislature. Guy Page, Editor of Page Communications, fills us in on the …

Minimum Wage and Paid Family Leave

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Colin Meyn of VTDigger hosts the show while Dave is recovering from an illness at home. Sen. Anthony Pollina talks about the issues with the final bills of the legislative session and getting Democrats in the House and Senate to agree on the small details. Rep. Cynthia Browning updates us on the status of paid family leave and minimum wage …

Public Access TV and Boston Sports

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Times Argus Editor Steve Pappas hosts the show while Dave continues to recover at home. Rob Chapman of Onion River Community Access (ORCA) talks about PEG Access Television and why it continues to be important today. Chad Finn, sports writer for the Boston Globe, talks about the difficulties of following Boston sports teams and writing about them.

Statehouse Outlook and a Newspaper Cartoonist

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Times Argus Editor Steve Pappas hosts the show while Dave recovers at home. Neil Goswami calls in to talk to Steve about the key issues facing the Vermont legislature at the end of the session; including tax and regulate, paid family leave, and the minimum wage. In the second hour, Times Argus Cartoonist Tim Newcomb talks about what it’s like …

Guest Host Rusty DeWees

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Rusty DeWees hosts the show while Dave recovers from pneumonia at home. Natalie Miller and Nathan Hartswick, owners of Vermont Comedy Club, talk about their beginnings in comedy and their transition into business owners. John Fusco, Hollywood screenwriter, talks about his latest film he wrote, The Highwaymen. John also describes working on the set of Young Guns and his music …

Lake Carmi, Rep. Welch, and a Trump 2020 Challenger

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Misha Cetner of the Department of Environmental Conservation outlines his departments ideas on how to deal with the pollution in Lake Carmi. Rep. Peter Welch calls in to talk about what he’s been up to in Washington to get more funds to states for infrastructure improvements on and legislation to get generic versions of prescription drugs on the market quicker. …

Business Issues, Funding State Employees, Immunization, and a Tax and Regulate Bill

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Lee Kittell broadcasts from the statehouse while Dave is ill. State auditor Doug Hoffer discusses how he goes about auditing state incentive programs for businesses. Joan Goldstein, Commissioner of the Department of Economic Development talks about the challenges facing businesses in Vermont. Essex County State’s Attorney and State Senator Vince Illuzzi breaks down the issues facing funding the state employees …

Guest Host Steve Pappas

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Steve Pappas, editor of the Times Argus, hosts the show while Dave is out ill. Jack Gierzynski of UVM talks about the thesis of his book, The Political Effects of Entertainment Media, which addresses how fictional media has influenced how we see the political world. Matt Dunne, Executive Director of the Center for Rural Innovation, discusses the issues facing rural …

Advance Directives, Measles Outbreaks, and Burlington News

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Lee Kittell hosts the show while Dave is recovering at home. Cindy Bruzzese of Vermont Ethics Network discusses how people can assist their loved ones with their final arrangements. It’s National Mental Health Awareness Month and Lee talks with Sarah Squirrell, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Mental Health. Dr. Jane Orient, Executive Director of the Association American Physicians and …

Guest Host Chris Graff

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Vermont reporter Chris Graff hosts the show while Dave is recovering from illness. Chris invites on Garrett Graff, reporter and historian with expertise on the situation in Washington following the release of the Mueller report. Garrett gives us an update on what’s happening in the Capitol and why this ongoing situation is important to our elections. Following Garrett is Lindsay …

Pornography and F-35s in Vermont

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Lee Kittell fills in for Dave while he’s away. Lee invites Rich Curtis of The Nathan Project to talk about pornography addiction in America. After, we switch topics to the arrival of F-35 airplanes in Vermont and a possible nuclear mission for those aircraft. James Elhers and Richard Czaplinski of Veterans for Peace argue why these aircraft should not come …

Tax and Regulate and Waterways Cleanup Program

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John Walters of Seven Days fills in for Dave at the Statehouse. John invites Rep. Nader Hashim (D) of Drummerston on to talk about how his experience as a state trooper has helped him in his first term on the House Judiciary Committee as well as the legislature’s efforts to create a tax and regulate system for cannabis. Julie Moore, …

Guest Host Brent Curtis

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Brent Curtis of VTrans hosts the show while Dave is ill. Brent invites two transportation experts to discuss getting around in Vermont. Ross MacDonald of Go! Vermont talks about the program and what projects they’ve created to reduce congestion and environmental impacts of Transportation while increasing access. Vermont Chief Engineer Wayne Simmons talks about ongoing construction projects occurring around the …

The Damascus Road and Call Me American

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Lee Kittell hosts Jay Parini of Middlebury College to talk of his newest book, The Damascus Road, about the travels of Paul the Apostle during the New Testament era. After he is joined briefly by Don Paul to talk about picnicking as the weather warms up. In the last segment, Lee talks with Abdi Nor Iftin about his book, Call …

Abortion Bills and New Deer Rules

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Colin Meyn of VTDigger guest hosts while Dave is ill. Colin invites on a pro-life advocate to discuss the bills currently in the Vermont legislature aimed at protecting abortion rights. After that, Colin is joined by the Vice President of Planned Parenthood Norther New England to give the organization’s view on the bills. In the second half of the show, …

Lee Kittell at the Statehouse

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Lee Kittell fills in for Dave while he is ill. Lee heads down to the statehouse to talk to lawmakers and activists about the big issues this legislative session, from a taxed and regulated cannabis market to road construction and more.

Firearm Purchase Waiting Periods and Health Concerns with Young Chickens

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Alyssa Black joins the show to talk about why she’s lobbying the Vermont legislature for a waiting period on firearm purchases after her son committed suicide with a firearm. Ed Cutler of Gun Owners of Vermont then joins the program after to argue against the waiting periods. Megan Price, author of Vermont Wild, talks about the importance of independent book …

VTDigger’s Annual Report and Sanctuary Cities

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Readers, donors and newsroom staff at VTDigger.org all are on the increase, according to the nonprofit news group’s new annual report. Founder Anne Galloway joins Dave to talk about what success looks like in the modern news media. Later, sanctuary cities and reflections on the Mueller Report.

The Fate of Columbus Day and Improving Internet in Vermont

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Lee Kittell hosts the show while Dave is ill. Andre DiMino of the Italian American One Voice Coalition offers his opposition to renaming Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day in Vermont. Author Craig Winn calls in to give insight into the recent terror attacks in Sri Lanka. Jeremy Hansen of CV Fiber outlines his organization’s goals to bring high-speed broadband …

F-35s and Climate Issues

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While Dave is out sick, Colin Meyn and Xander Landen host the show. Richard Czaplinksi of Veterans for Peace talks about military issues both in state and out of state including the basing of F-35s in Vermont. Rep. Selene Coburn (Progressive) calls in to discuss the carbon tax and climate change. Rep. Sarah Copeland-Hanzas (Democrat) talks about the proposal to …

The Statehouse Green Show

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With Earth Day approaching Monday, Dave devotes Friday’s visit to the Statehouse to environmental issues percolating through the legislative process. Reps. Mary Sullivan and Mari Cordes join Dave to talk about action and inaction on climate. Gov. Phil Scott stops by and Dave asks him a range of questions on environmental issues. House Natural Resources Chairwoman Amy Sheldon updates Dave …

Spring Hiking, Pharmacies in the Opioid Crisis, and the Notre Dame Fire

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Experts from the Green Mountain Club and the state Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation talk about why folks should stay off many hiking trails in the spring. Kinney Drugs pharmacist Steve Simpson talks about how pharmacy chains can help address the opioid crisis. Times Argus Editor Steve Pappas talks about his editorial on the Norte Dame fire and some …

Police Accountability, Statute of Limitations in Civil Sex Abuse Complaints, and the Music of Frank Zappa at UVM

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Wednesday’s Dave Gram Show has a full lineup: James Duff Lyall of Vermont’s ACLU office joins Dave to talk about a Supreme Court hearing later Wednesday over access to police bodycam footage. Zack Hiner of Survivors’ Network of Those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, talks about legislation to eliminate the statute of limitations for civil suits in sex abuses cases. …

Women’s Roles in the Economy

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Dave’s Tuesday show begins with a visit by Colin Meyn of VTDigger and a review of recent Vermont news stories. Later, writer Rickey Gard Diamond joins Dave to talk about her work to improve the economy and the roles women play in it.

Unionizing State’s Attorneys and Drumming Therapy

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Dave’s show starts with Steve Howard of the Vermont State Employees’ Association and Attorney General TJ Donovan talking about the vote by deputy state’s attorneys to unionize. Diana Moore of Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice stops in to talk about drumming as therapy for grief.

From the Statehouse

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House Majority Leader Jill Krowinski updates Dave and listeners on the major issues of the current session. Sen. Dick Sears explores some judiciary issues with Dave. House Institutions Chair Alice Emmons talks with Dave about hopes to replace the deteriorating women’s prison in South Burlington. And Rep Heidi Sherman brings us up to date in efforts to delay final implementation …

Water Pollution Settlement and 2020 Media Coverage

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Deputy Natural Resources Secretary Peter Walke joins Dave to talk about the settlement of pollution of drinking water wells in Bennington. Former St. Michael’s College, now Temple University journalism chair David Mindich visits with Dave to talk about media coverage of Bernie Sanders and other candidates early in the 2020 race. Later: open phone lines.

Welch on Mueller; ACLU Chief on Prisons

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Wednesday’s Dave Gram Show includes Congressman Peter Welch, who provides an update on his views of the still-unreleased Mueller report; and James Duff Lyall of the Vermont ACLU and his critique of plans for a new prison complex in Franklin County. Later, questions for listeners.

Ben & Jerry’s, A Young Woman With Heart, and Hungry Farm Workers

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Ben & Jerry’s CEO Matthew McCarthy is Dave’s guest, followed by Jamie Heath of Barre. She suffered strokes when she was 7 and 12, but now is a successful high school senior already studying at Vermont Technical College, and speaks this week at an American Heart Association event. Later, University of Vermont Prof. Teresa Mares and Will Lambek of Migrant …

Ranked Choice Voting and Helping Refugees

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Ranked-choice voting is slated to get some attention at a Statehouse meeting this week. Monday’s Dave Gram Show starts with a preview, with lawmakers supporting the measure, a critic, and an election official who would have to implement it. Later, students from Harwood Union High School talk about their efforts to help refugees trying to start new lives in Vermont.

Statehouse

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Friday’s show begins with an overview of Statehouse news with John Walters of Seven Days. Rep. Sam Young stops by to talk about paid family leave. Later, Dave talks with with a couple of the pages just winding up their six-week Statehouse sojourns.

Estate Tax, Association Health Plans, and Joe Biden

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Thursday’s Dave Gram Show starts with a conversation with Tax Commissioner Kaj Samsom and state Sen. Christopher Pearson about whether Vermont should lower its estate tax. Then, more on association health plans, which pending legislation would put on the ropes. Later, Vermont Women’s Commission member Lisa Senecal talks with Dave about Joe Biden’s promise to change his touchy-feely ways.

Central Vermont Job Fair

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Wednesday’s Dave Gram features Lee Kittell filling in while Dave is ill. Lee travels to the Central Vermont Job Fair at the Barre Auditorium, where employees and job seekers gather to see if they can find a match. Guests include Jamie Stewart of the Central Vermont Economic Development Corporation and other organizers, as well as exhibitors and job applicants.

Health News and Abortion Amendment

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Tuesday’s show starts with a conversation with Times Argus editor Steve Pappas; then health care advocate Mike Fisher stops by to share some health news. President Pro Tem Tim Ashe discusses the proposed amendment to the Vermont Constitution protecting abortion. Later, Dave opens the phone lines for listener calls.

Upcoming Forums and April Fool’s Puns

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Monday’s Dave Gram Show starts with a visit with VTDigger.org news editor Colin Meyn, to talk with us about recent Vermont stories. James Haslam of the progressive-leaning group Rights and Democracy stops by to talk about a series of forums the group is organizing. Later, a special April Fools’ Day feature: Dave hosts The Pun Show.

From the Statehouse

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Original Air Date: March 29, 2019 Friday’s Dave Gram Show from the Statehouse starts with  Sen. Randy Brock talking about the state’s 911 system and other technology issues. Sen. Ginny Lyons then joins Dave to talk about efforts to streamline and strengthen substance misuse prevention and treatment. Sen. Jeanette White stops by to talk about the state ethics commission and …

Leahy and College Decision Time

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Original Air Date: March 28, 2019 Dave’s first guest Thursday is Sen. Patrick Leahy talks about the Mueller probe and a Trump administration plan to defund the Special Olympics. Later, we hear from Scott Giles of the Vermont Student Assistance Corp. about college decision time.

Vermont News and Mueller Report Analysis

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Original Air Date: March 27, 2019 Channel 3’s Neal Goswami opens Wednesday’s show, joining Dave to bring us up to date on Statehouse and other Vermont news. Later, legal analyst Dan Richardson provides his take on the Mueller report.

Wildlife, Dairy, and Old Books

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Original Air Date: March 26, 2019 Tuesday’s Dave Gram Show starts with a visit from Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter, who will talk about new deer hunting rules and a proposal to crack down on hunters wasting wildlife. Dairy farmer Bernie Guilemette then joins Dave to talk about his Go Fund Me campaign to raise money for animal feed. …

Public Philosophy Week and Maple

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Original Air Date: March 25, 2019 Monday’s Dave Gram Show starts with a conversation about recent Vermont news with Colin Meyn of VTDigger.org. Then, Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo, who is also studying for his Ph.D in philosophy, and UVM philosophy Prof. Tyler Doggett, join Dave to talk about Public Philosophy Week. Later, we check in on the maple sugaring …

Guest Host John Walters

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Original Air Date: March 22, 2019 John Walters of Seven Days hosts while Dave is away. Guests include Johanna Miller of Vermont Natural Resources Council on the Youth Climate Change March, Rep. Tim Briglin on rural broadband, and two representatives from the youth caucus.

Guest Host Jim Douglas

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Original Air Date: March 20, 2019 While Dave is away, former Governor Jim Douglas fills in. He talks with Mike Pieciak, Commissioner of Agency of Financial Regulation about Governor Scott’s Paid Family Leave proposal and improvements to the state’s Worker’s Comp insurance programs. Susanne Young, Secretary of the Agency of Administration, talks about this year’s budget bills and creating an …

Video Games in Vermont and Suicide Prevention

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Original Air Date: March 20, 2019 Champlain College in Burlington has emerged as one of the top schools in the country for video game designers. But most have to leave Vermont to find jobs when they graduate. Nicole Higgins DeSmet of The Burlington Free Press joins Dave to discuss. Kirk Postlewaite of Washington County Mental Health than talks with Dave …

Recent Telecom News

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Original Air Date: March 18, 2019 Colin Meyn of VTDigger stops in talk about recent stories, especially relating to telecoms. Later, Dave has questions for listeners.

Ambulance Service Troubles

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Original Air Date: March 19, 2019 Times Argus And Rutland Herald editor Steve  Pappas joins Dave for a review of Vermont news. Later, Emergency medical services officials Toby Talbot of Calais and Dan Batsie of the Vermont Department of Health join Dave to talk about financial troubles faced by ambulance services.

Back to the Statehouse

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Original Air Date: March 15, 2019 Dave visits the Statehouse for Friday’s show, where he’ll talk with Finance and Management Commissioner Adam Greshin about the state budget, Gov. Phil Scott about education and other issues and Xander Landen of VTDigger on a two-track effort to firm up abortion rights.

On the Dairy Farm

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Original Air Date: March 14, 2019 Dave leads off Thursday’s show with a conversation with Steve Pappas, editor of the Times Argus, about recent Vermont news. Then Chelsea Edgar of Seven Days joins Dave to talk about her article about the week she spent working on a dairy farm. Later, Dave has questions for listeners.

Recent Vermont News

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Original Air Date: March 13, 2019 Neal Goswami of WCAX joins Dave for a review of recent stories, including one that Gov. Phil Scott doesn’t want a fight with lawmakers this year over school taxes. Later, Dave has questions for listeners.

F-35 Opposition, Daylight Savings Time, and Government Transparency

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Original Air Date: March 12, 2019 Tuesday’s show begins with a phone conversation with James Ehlers of Citizens Against Nuclear Bombers in Vermont about concerns over plans to accompany the F-35 planes scheduled to come to Burlington to be armed with nuclear weapons. Then, Vermont Rep. Sam Young talks about his proposal to make daylight savings year-round and do away …

News Review and Keeping a Lid on the Flu

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Original Air Date: March 11, 2019 Monday’s Dave Gram Show starts with a review of recent Vermont news by Dave and VTDigger’s Colin Meyn. Then state Epidemiologist Patsy Kelso speaks with Dave about stemming the spread of the flu. Later, Dave has questions for listeners.

Ranked-Choice Voting and Paying for Higher Ed

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Original Air Date: March 8, 2019 Friday’s Dave Gram Show starts with a conversation with John Walters of Seven Days on a new push for ranked-choice voting in Vermont. Later, Scott Giles of the Vermont Student Assistance Corp. comes in to talk about paying for higher education and related topics.

News Review, Medicare-drugs, and Energy Report

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Original Air Date: March 7, 2019 Steve Pappas of the Times Argus and Rutland Herald talks with Dave about recent news developments to start Thursday’s show. Social Security and Medicare expert Max Richtman talks with Dave about efforts in Congress to lower prescription drug costs for seniors. Later, Jared Duval of Vermont’s Energy Action Network joins Dave to describe that …

Zuckerman, News Review and New Leader at the Flynn

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Original Air Date: March 6, 2019 Wednesday’s show starts with Dave getting an update from Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman on Statehouse goings-on. Anne Galloway of VTDigger visits with Dave to talk about Town Meeting coverage and an upcoming appearance by John Hickenlooper, Democratic presidential contender and former Colorado governor.  The second hour features a visit from Anna Mare Gewirtz, the …

Town Meeting Day

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Original Air Date: March 5, 2019 Tuesday is Town Meeting Day in Vermont, and two experts join Dave to talk about its significance. Karen Horn of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns will be with Dave during the first hour to talk about current issues facing town meeting voters. Later, Middlesex Town Moderator and “Slow Democracy” author Susan Clark …

Town Meeting Preview and Making it as a Small College

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Original Air Date: March 4, 2019 Monday’s Dave Gram Show starts with a Town Meeting preview. Kevin O’Connor of VTDigger joins Dave to talk about what’s on warnings around the state; then Secretary of State Jim Condos joins Dave to talk about low participation. Later, Sterling College President Matthew Derr talks with Dave about strategies small private colleges can adopt …

From the Statehouse

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Original Air Date: March 1, 2019 April McCullum joins Dave for a review of the session to date as lawmakers prepare for the Town Meeting Day break. Rep. Laura Sibilia visits to talk about legislation to promote broadband development. Rep. Tom Stevens stops by to talk about possible changes to the way the Vermont National Guard’s adjutant general is selected. …

Health Plans and Listening to Cohen

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Original Air Date: February 28, 2019 Changes in federal rules have given a boost to “association health plans,” in which groups of small businesses band together to look for less expensive health coverage. But some Vermont lawmakers have big misgivings. Christine Oliver joins Dave to say lawmakers should stand down. Mike Fisher says they’re right to be skeptical. Later, UVM …

Jane Sanders and Burlington College

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Original Air Date: February 27, 2019 Seven Days political editor Paul Heintz and Lisa Senecal talks with Dave about whether and when political candidates should be held accountable for their spouses’ conduct, with Jane and Bernie Sanders and the Burlington College collapse a case in point.

Planned Parenthood and Home Health

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Original Air Date: February 26, 2019 Steve Pappas of the Times Argus covers recent developments in the state. Lucy Leriche, vice president of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, talks about a new Trump administration policy seen as damaging by the organization. Sandy Rousse, executive director of Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, about her group’s hopes for municipal funding …

News Review and New Trump Policy on Same-Sex Relationships

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Original Air Date: February 25, 2019 Colin Meyn of VTDigger joins Dave for the start of Monday’s show, with a review of recent Vermont news. In the second half-hour, St. Michael’s College Prof. Michael Bosia talks with Dave about a new Trump administration initiative to decriminalize homosexuality in countries where it is still a crime to be gay.

From the Statehouse

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Original Air Date: February 22, 2019 Dave’s first guest Friday is House Speaker Mitzi Johnson, whom Dave will ask to update us on several items pending before lawmakers, including paid family leave, minimum wage, cannabis reform. He’ll also ask her to reflect on two days of impassioned debate about the H.57 abortion bill. Later, representatives of Vermont’s community action agencies …

Lawmakers Debate Abortion and Personal Journalism on Opiate Addiction

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Original Air Date: February 21, 2019 Neal Goswami of WCAX Channel 3 leads off as Dave’s guest on Thursday’s show, with an expected focus on the impassioned debate Wednesday in the Vermont House on the bill to codify abortion rights in the state. Later, Kate O’Neill of Seven Days, who lost her sister to a heroin overdose last fall, stops by …

Norwich at the Statehouse

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Original Air Date: February 20, 2019 Norwich University is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year, and on Wednesday, the Northfield-based university brings the party to the Statehouse. Dave attends as well, and the guests on The Dave Gram Show include several people representing various aspects of the university. Among them: Historian Alex Kershaw to talk about the school’s history; award-winning pre-med …

Bernie Runs Again, Cannabis Policy, and Public Access TV

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Original Air Date: February 19, 2019 Dave starts the show with his analysis of the news that Bernie Sanders is running for President in 2020. Then Dave welcomes two physicians to the program to talk about their concerns with a plan to allow retail sales of marijuana in Vermont. Then a cannabis reform advocate joins Dave to offer a different …

News Review and Hatchery Supporters Speak Out

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Original Air Date: February 18, 2019 Dave welcomes VTDigger News Editor Colin Meyn for a roundup of Vermont news. Later, the Scott administration is looking to close the state fish hatchery in Salisbury due to cost and environmental concerns. We hear from folks trying to keep it open.

Back to the Statehouse with Gov. Scott and Legislators

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Original Air Date: February 15, 2019 Time to trim the sails of Vermont’s new ethics commission? Rep. Sarah Copeland-Hanzas, chairwoman of the House Government Operations Committee, joins Dave on Friday to discuss. Batting second is Gov. Phil Scott, whom Dave will question on several topics. Subjects from a tax-and-regulate plan for marijuana to reducing Vermont’s prison populations are on the …

Statehouse Tranquility, Heart Health, and a Hatchery Might Close

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Original Air Date: February 14, 2019 Should demonstrations at the Vermont Statehouse be more tightly regulated? Seven Days’ John Walters joins Dave to discuss. Affairs of the heart are on people’s minds, so we bring in experts to talk about heart health. Later, Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter talks with Dave about plans to close a hatchery.

Vermont News & Views and Watch Out for Love Scams

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Original Air Date: February 13, 2019 Steve Pappas of the Times-Argus joins Dave for a review of recent Vermont news. Later, Greg Marchildon of AARP visits to talk about people who promise to love you up, but are really looking to shake you down.

Battle Over Bennington

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Original Air Date: February 12, 2019 Did Bennington police protect a racist from state investigation? Has Attorney General TJ Donovan done enough to push a local police department to do its job? Is the prosecution of Max Misch on weapons charges after Donovan decided not the bring charges of racial harassment against him politically motivated? These are among the questions …

News Update and Housing Crunch

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Original Air Date: February 11, 2019 VTDigger’s Colin Meyn joins Dave for an update on recent Vermont news. Later, Dave talks with Earhart Mahnke of the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition, Nancy Owens of Housing Vermont, and Josh Davis of the Brattleboro-based Groundwork Collaborative on the difficulties many Vermonters have finding adequate and affordable housing.