Opiate Overdoses Increasing and Global Warming Solutions Act Vetoed

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Derek Brouwer of Seven Days talks about his story on the increase in opiate overdoses in Vermont during this pandemic year. Retiring Rep. Mary Sullivan, D-Burlington, talks about Thursday’s veto override of the Global Warming Solutions Act and about her legislative career. National correspondent Bob Ney visits and the Reverend Dr. Arnold Thomas and historian Howard Coffin talk about an …

Act 250 Reform and Trump’s Isreal-UAE-Bahrain Deal

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Natural Resources Secretary Julie Moore talks about the Scott administration’s disappointment with a pared-down Act 250 reform bill. University of Vermont Professor Peter Henne talks about the diplomatic agreement, brokered by President Trump, between Israel, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Later, Times Argus editor Steve Pappas visits for a review of Vermont and national news. ← All Posts for Show …

Tracy Dolan Gives Vermont COVID-19 Update and Miriam Berry

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Deputy Health Commissioner Tracy Dolan provides an update on the COVID 19 crisis and talks about flu shots. Republican congressional candidate Miriam Berry talks about her candidacy for Vermont’s lone U.S. House seat. Later, we open the phone lines.  ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Legal Cannabis Legislative Update and Tabitha Moore

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Matt Simon of the Marijuana Policy Project provides an update on where legislation stands to enable Vermonters to buy cannabis at retail, and a measure to expunge records of people with misdemeanor marijuana convictions. Republican National Convention delegate Jay Shepard talks about the last two weeks of the campaign. Later, Tabitha Moore, a Black activist from Rutland County, talks about being …

Bob Woodward’s Trump Recordings and Samantha Kolber’s New Poetry

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A journalist, a former journalist and a journalism professor join Dave for a discussion about a journalism ethics question: Should Bob Woodward have reported earlier that President Trump acknowledged not being truthful about the coronavirus? Guests include Lisa Scagliotti, Steve Terry and Temple University’s David Mindich. Later, Montpelier poet Samantha Kolber talks about her new collection, “Birth of a Daughter.” …

Emerald Ash Borer and Climate Change Legislation

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Josh Halman of the Vermont Department of Forests and Parks gives an update on the battle against the emerald ash borer. Lauren Hierl of Vermont Conservation Voters talks about the Global Warming Solutions Act. And legal analyst Dan Richardson provides a review of recent Vermont legal cases. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

School Reopening and People Moving to Vermont to Escape COVID-19

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Lola Duffort of VTDigger.org, joins us to talk about the opening of schools in Vermont amid the coronavirus crisis. Later, Seven Days reporters Courtney Lamdin and Chelsea Edgar join a COVID refugee family from down country to talk about people moving to Vermont in hopes of evading the pandemic. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Labor Day Special: The State of the Labor Movement

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We get an overview of the state of the labor movement from Vermont AFL-CIO President Dave Van Deusen, followed by updates from leaders with the American Postal Workers Union, Vermont NEA teachers’ union, Vermont State Employees’ Association and United Academics at the University of Vermont. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Forest Management and Vermont’s Native Birds

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Vermont Fish and Wildlife Biologist Andrea Shortsleeve and Chittenden County Forester Ethan Tapper talk about how proper forest management can influence wildlife habitat behavior. We get a quick national and international news update from journalist Bob Ney. North Branch Nature Center Executive Director and co-host of WDEV’s “For the Birds” Chip Darmstadt will be fielding listeners’ avian related questions. ← …

A Book on Healing the Earth and Car Care

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Ric Cengeri fills in for Dave while he takes a small vacation. Vermont Comedienne Kathleen Kanz discusses comedy during quarantine an upcoming live show. The band Western Terrestrials has a new album out with a very Vermont tune called “Ethan Alien.” We’ll hear about who Vermont’s Ethan Aliens are and the amazing tale of how this song was born. Vermont …

David Zuckerman, Diversity in Science, and Boating Boom

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate David Zuckerman provides a campaign update. University of Vermont chemistry Prof. Rory Waterman talks about an effort to improve diversity in the sciences. Later, Mike Beaudet of Gillies Sales and Service and Steve Brownlee of Umiak Outdoor outfitters talk about the boom in boating. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Late Summer Legislative Session and COVID-19 Challenges for Women

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Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe talks about the unusual late-summer legislative session. Vermont Boy Scout leader Mark Saxon talks about how Scouting is holding up amid the pandemic. Later, Kellie Campbell and Cary Brown of the Vermont Commission on Women talk about how the challenges created by the pandemic have fallen disproportionately on women. ← All Posts for Show …

Slogans Painted On Streets Debate and NVU Fall Semester

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Vermont Law School Prof. Peter Teachout talks about the latest twist in the debate over slogans painted on streets in Montpelier. Stowe resident and Lincoln Project leader Stuart Stevens talks about the fall campaign. Northern Vermont University President Elaine Collins talks about how the fall semester is going so far. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Convention Review and Police Bias Data

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Three guests join Dave to talk about the just-completed Republican convention. They are RNC Delegate Jay Shepard of Essex, Middlebury College political science professor Matt Dickinson, and former top Romney campaign strategist Stuart Stevens. Later, State Police Capt. Garry Scott, anti-bias trainer Curtiss Reed Jr., and UVM Prof. Stephanie Seguino discuss the latest data on police stops of Black, Hispanic and …

Spoiled Ballots and Women’s Suffrage

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Kevin McCallum of Seven Days and Secretary of State Jim Condos talk about the large number of spoiled ballots counted on Primary Day two weeks ago. Later, three members of a state panel set up to observe the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage join Dave to discuss. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Guest Host Ric Cengeri

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Ric Cengeri, host of the Afternoon News Service, fills in for Dave while he’s on vacation. Get book recommendations from Bear Pond Books’ Claire Benedict and Hyde Park Lanpher Memorial Library Director Amy Olson. Town Clerks give their perspective on the new normal in voting. We hear about the innovative ways towns handled in-person voting, what the massive number of …

New Street Painting Policy in Montpelier

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Montpelier City Councilor Dan Richardson joins Dave to talk about the city’s new street painting policy, the First Amendment, and related matters. Later, three members of Dave’s extended family join to talk about their ancestor, leading suffragist Betty Gram Swing, and her legacy on the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote.  ← All Posts for Show The …

Peter Welch, Scott Milne, and Progressive Party Leaders

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Congressman Peter Welch checks in as Congress begins its late-summer recess. Republican nominee for lieutenant governor Scott Milne talks about his primary win and the fall campaign. Later, leaders of Vermont’s Progressive Party give their own take on electoral politics. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Reopening Schools, David Zuckerman and Molly Gray on Primary Wins

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Paul Heintz of Seven Days joins Dave to go over primary results. Don Tinney, president of the Vermont NEA, updates us on talks about schools reopening in the fall. Later, Democrats Dave Zuckerman and Molly Gray talk about their primary victories and the fall campaigns. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Primary Day!

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Xander Landen, political writer with VTDigger.org, helps Dave lay down what to watch for in Vermont’s state primary. Republican gubernatorial candidate John Klar joins Dave to describe why he has decided to file in the general election as an independent. Later, Secretary of State Jim Condos joins Dave to talk about mail-in ballots and other topics connected with this COVID-19-affected election. …

Vermont Inmates Contract COVID in Mississippi and UVM Research

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Monday’s show starts with a visit from interim Corrections Commissioner James Baker on the COVID outbreak among Vermont inmates housed in Mississippi. Elizabeth Hewitt of VTDigger.org joins in the second half hour for a news review.   Later, UVM Vice President for Research Kirk Dombrowski talks about the school setting a new record for research funding. ← All Posts for Show The …

Health Care Access and Orchard Valley Waldorf School Reopening Plans

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Vermont Health Care advocate Mike Fischer checks in to take listener calls about access to health care during the pandemic. Later, Madelie Becherer, head of school with the Orchard Valley Waldorf School in East Montpelier, talks about plans to reopen this fall. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

UVMMC Financial Struggles and Police Reform

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University of Vermont Medical Center officials talk about tough budget times for their affiliated hospitals. Former Rep. Kiah Morris and James Duff Lyall of the ACLU talk about police reform. And, on the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, writer Stephen Kiernan talks about a new fictional work based on that history.  ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram …

Cannabis Legislation, Mail-In Voting, and a 10-Year Plan for Big Game

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Wednesday’s program begins with Matt Simon of the Marijuana Policy Project updating listeners on the status of legislation that would allow cannabis to be sold at retail and taxed in Vermont. Reporter Kevin McCallum of Seven Days and Barre City Clerk Carol Dawes join Dave to talk about how municipal clerks are handling a flood of mail-in ballots. Later, the …

Reducing Water Pollution from Wastewater

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Tuesday’s show starts with a visit by Steve Pappas, editor of the Times Argus and Rutland Herald. Later, two municipal wastewater managers, Bob Fischer of South Burlington and Jeff Wennberg of Rutland, join environmental advocate James Ehlers and Dave to talk about reducing water pollution in Vermont.  ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Vermont Affordable Housing Merger and Ethics Complaint Against AG Barr

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We catch up with the latest news on Vermont school reopenings. with Lola Duffort, education writer with VTDigger.org. Nancy Owens of Housing Vermont talks about the affordable housing group’s merger with the Northern New England Housing Investment Fund. And legal analyst Dan Richardson talks about an ethics complaint filed against Attorney General William Barr. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram …

GM Food Labeling, Rebecca Holcombe, and Veterinary Acupuncture

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Caroline Gordon of Rural Vermont talks about a new lawsuit against the Trump administration over labeling of genetically engineered food. Rebecca Holcombe talks about her candidacy for governor. Later, a new segment on the Dave Gram Show: “That’s a Thing?” This week: veterinary acupuncture. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Molly Gray, Tim Ashe, and Hunter Education

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Two candidates for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor join us, with Molly Gray leading off and Tim Ashe following her. Later, the hunter education program offered by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is stepping up with more one-on-one instruction, especially for people who don’t come from hunting backgrounds. Volunteer hunting instructor Michael Frisbie, the department’s Nate Lafont and new …

Jim Condos on Mail-In Ballots and Tracy Dolan on Coronavirus Updates

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Secretary of State Jim Condos talks about urging Vermonters to get their mail-in ballots in early for the Aug. 11 primary. Deputy Health Commissioner Tracy Dolan provides an update on the coronavirus in Vermont. Former Vermont Rep. Job Tate and Middlebury College James Calvin Davis tackle the question: Are Christians being persecuted in America?

Carolyn Branagan and PACE Vermont

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Elizabeth Hewitt of VTDigger.org  reviews recent news stories. A “Meet The Candidates” segment with Carolyn Branagan, a candidate for state treasurer and former Vermont legislator. Later, some conversation with people working reduce substance abuse by young people in Vermont.

Rapid COVID Tests; A Fitness Center’s Struggles

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We start with a discussion of a type of coronavirus testing maligned after it turned up a spate of false positives in Manchester last week. Ryan Ferris, CEO of Garnet, which markets the rapid COVID antigen tests, and Russ Scully, a Burlington area restaurateur whose employees use them, talk about their usefulness. Later, Green Mountain Community Fitness, formerly First in …

Debbie Ingram and Poet Scudder Parker

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Times Argus and Rutland Herald Editor and Publisher Steve Pappas joins Dave for a review of Vermont news. Debbie Ingram, a Democratic state Senator from Chittenden County, talks about her candidacy for lieutenant governor. Later, Vermont poet Scudder Parker talks about his just-published collection of poems. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Manchester Outbreak and COVID-19 Scams

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We delve into COVID testing, and the problems in the Manchester area of southern Vermont last week that led to an outbreak being 15 times larger than it was. Joining us will be Dr. Christie Wojewoda of the UVM medical school and two Seven Days journalists. Later, scam artists have been adjusting their game to the COVID era. Elliott Greenblott …

Conor Casey, John Klar, and Criminal Justice Reform

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In the first hour, we delve into Montpelier City Councilor Conor Casey’s charge that Republican gubernatorial candidate John Klar is racist. Casey and Klar join us. Later, James Duff Lyall of the Vermont ACLU talks about criminal justice reform legislation just signed into law by Gov. Phil Scott.  ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

John Killacky on His Art, Xusana Davis on Racial Equity

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Elizabeth Hewitt of VTDigger stops by to talk about recent Vermont news. John Killacky talks about his artistic pursuits during this break from his service as a state representative from South Burlington. And Xusana Davis talks about her just completed first year and future plans as Vermont’s first executive director of racial equity. ← All Posts for Show The Dave …

Possible Link Between Algae and ALS and COVID-19 vs. Entertainment

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We look at a possible link between toxins given off by blue-green algae and the devastating disease known as ALS with Dr. Elijah Stommel of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, toxicologist Sarah Vose of the Vermont Health Department and environmental advocate James Ehlers. Later, we talk to Vermont-based performing artists including singer Sarah Grace, bassist and producer Ben …

Anomalies in PPP and Emmanuel Levinas Conference

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Seven Days reporter Kevin McCallum talks about his story on anomalies in the payroll protection program. Later, St. Michaels College philosophy professor talks about an upcoming conference on French philosopher Emmanuel Levinas, whose work appears to bear special relevance for educators and students suddenly trying to adapt to distance learning. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

UVM Divests from Fossil Fuels, New Dean of Agriculture, and Ken Squier

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Wednesday’s show starts with UVM President Suresh Garimella and Trustees Chair Ron Lumbra talking about the school’s decision to divest from fossil fuel companies. We conduct an introductory interview with the new dean of UVM’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Leslie Parise. Later, a special visit with WDEV owner Ken Squier on the station’s 89th birthday.

Worker’s Comp for COVID Patients, Ralph Corbo, and Composting

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Sen. Michael Sirotkin talks about a bill just signed by Gov. Phil Scott to provide workers’ compensation coverage to some COVID-19 patients. Democratic congressional candidate Ralph Corbo weighs in for a “meet the candidates” segment. Later, Josh Kelly of the state Department of Environmental Conservation talks about the new requirement that food scraps be kept out of landfills. ← All …

Banning Racist Symbols at County Fairs

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Steve Pappas, Editor of The Times Argus, joins Dave to open the show with a review of recent news stories. Later, there’s been much talk about whites needing to become allies with people of color in the struggle for racial equality. High school student Sawyer Castle did that when she reached across generations to Republican State Sen. Joe Benning to …

New Ethics Code, Linda Joy Sullivan, and Special Breaks for Students

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Larry Novins, executive director of the Vermont State Ethics Commission, talks about the panel seeking public input on a new ethics code. Rep. Linda Joy Sullivan talks about her candidacy for state auditor. Later, Marilyn Cargill of the Vermont Student Assistance Corp. talks about the availability of special breaks for some students amid the Coronavirus crisis. ← All Posts for Show …

Supreme Court Rules on Birth Control, Roger Hill, and Campaign Updates

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Thursday’s show starts with Lucy Leriche of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England talking about Wednesday’s US Supreme Court decision on employer health plans’ coverage for birth control. WDEV meteorologist Roger Hill weighs in on our recent spate of hot weather. Later, Middlebury College political science professor Matt Dickinson shares his thoughts on recent campaign developments. ← All Posts for …

Real Estate Boom and Supreme Court Ruling on Religious Schools

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COVID refugees are snapping up Vermont real estate, creating a boom market. Russ Ingalls of Remax All Seasons Realty of Lyndonville and Newport joins Dave to discuss. A new “Raise the Blade” campaign aims to get people mowing their lawns in a more environmentally friendly manner. Kris Stepenuck of UVM Extension and Lori Fisher of the Lake Champlain Committee visit. …

Author Ginny Sassaman

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Calais writer Ginny Sassaman talks about her new book on cultivating happiness. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Anti-Trump Ad, Pattie McCoy, and Act 250

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Dr. Dan Barkhuff, a Navy Seal, has made an ad for a Republican group called the Lincoln Project that call President Trump a coward for failing to stand up to 5he most recent offenses by Russia. He happens also to work at UVM Medical Center and will be Dave’s first guest. Rep. Pattie McCoy, Republican leader in the Vermont House, …

OneCare, Miriam Berry, and Act 250 Reform

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State Auditor Doug Hoffer talks about a new report by his office on Vermont’s OneCare health care organization. Republican congressional candidate Miriam Berry talks about her candidacy. Later, Sen. Chris Bray and longtime Act 250 administrator Ed Stanak talk about efforts to reform Vermont’s Act 250 land use law. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Facebook Ad Boycott and Recent Medicare Updates

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Wednesday’s show starts with a visit from Cathy Resmer, deputy publisher of Seven Days, who talks about calls by some corporations to boycott advertising on Facebook. Later, Max Richtman of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare talks about recent developments on Capitol Hill. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Tim Ashe, Fireworks, and Progressive Candidate Chris Brimmer

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Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe stops by to catch us up on legislative doings. Tom Swenson of Northstar Fireworks talks about big changes for his business amid the pandemic. Later, we meet Chris Brimmer, Progressive candidate for Congress. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Act 250 and COVID-19’s Effects on Women

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Bruce Post of Essex talks about the past, present, and future of Act 250 and its proposed changes. Two long-time Vermont journalists discuss efforts to keep government transparent during the pandemic. Later, national correspondent Bob Ney pays a visit. Lisa Senecal and Cary Brown of the Vermont Commission on Women talk about a new report on the pandemic’s effects on women. …

New Money for Water Infrastructure

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Middlebury College political science professor Matt Dickinson joins Dave for a wide-ranging discussion. Later, state and local officials discuss a big new pot of money for towns hoping to make water and wastewater infrastructure improvements. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Police Chokehold Ban and ATV Safety

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Sen. Dick Sears and State Employee John Howe join Dave to talk about legislation to ban chokehold use by police. Later, Abby Beerman, prevention specialist with UVM Medical Center, talks about a spate of ATV accidents and how to improve safety for users of the machines. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Schools This Fall and Lobbying During COVID-19

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Dave Younce, superintendent of the Mill River Unified Union School District joins Dave to talk about prospects for its schools in the fall. Later, four Statehouse lobbyists talk about plying their trade amid the coronavirus.  ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Should We Remove Ethan and Ira Allen Statues?

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Monday’s show starts with a visit with Joellen Mulvaney of Barre, who is calling for statues of Ethan and Ira Allen to be removed from the Statehouse, because of the roles they played in exploiting the Abenaki people. David Bradbury of the Vermont Center for Emerging Technology talks about its role in promoting Vermont startups. And legal analyst Dan Richardson …

Waterbury Flea Market

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Lisa Scagliotti of the Waterbury Roundabout joins Dave to talk about recent news events. John Farr joins in to preview Saturday’s reopening of the Waterbury Flea Market. Later, listeners weigh in with end-of-the-week thoughts. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

2020 Maple Crop, Doug Hoffer, and Defunding Police

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Thursday’s  show starts with Mark Isslehardt of UVM’s Proctor  Maple Research Center talking about this year’s maple syrup crop from Vermont. Then, a “meet the candidate” segment with auditor of accounts Doug Hoffer. Later, reporters Courtney Lamdin and Derek Brouwer of Seven Days talk about their story on defunding police.  ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

COVID Relief Funding and Black Lives Matter in Montpelier

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House Speaker Mitzi Johnson talks about the debate shaping up between lawmakers and Gov. Phil Scott over coronavirus relief funding. Kevin McCallum of Seven Days talks about his story on dimming hopes that some of the federal pandemic aid will go to building out broadband internet access. Later, young African American leader Noel Riby Williams joins Montpelier City Councilor Conor …

Governor Phil Scott; Reducing Child Abuse

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Gov. Phil Scott joins Dave to talk about a variety of topics. Times Argus Editor Steve Pappas talks about his paper’s plan to resume five-day-a-week publication and other topics. Later: Protecting Vermont’s most vulnerable. Keeping children safe from abuse in a pandemic. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Racial Equality and Music Challenges

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Washington County State’s Attorney Rory Thibault talks about the long-running criminal case of Harley Breer. Curtiss Reed Jr of the Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity talks about news in the struggle for racial equality. Later, music teachers and students join Dave to talk about the special challenges they face in the coronavirus pandemic. ← All Posts for Show In …

Getting Vermont’s Courts Moving and Facing Fact Skepticism

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Chief Superior Judge Brian Grearson, Court Administrator Pat Gabel and attorney Daniel Richardson give as status report on efforts to get Vermont’s courts moving again. Later, philosophy professors Terence Cuneo of the University of Vermont and Katherine Kirby of St. Michael’s answer this question: Has postmodernism’s skepticism about facts harmed American politics?  ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram …

A Gift to the Class of 2020 and Reopening Restaurants

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Lola Duffort, education writer with VTDigger.org, talks about news on the Vermont State Colleges and plans to reopen schools in the fall. Carolyn Weir, executive director of the McClure Foundation, talks about an educational gift to Vermont high schools’ Class of 2020. Later, two restaurateurs and Alex Rob of the Community Capital of Vermont talk about trying to save Vermont’s …

TJ Donovan and Sourdough Bread

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Colin Flanders of Seven Days talks about aphis story on the still-closed Vermont-Quebec border. Attorney General TJ Donovan talks about his candidacy for re-election. Later, a conversation about sourdough bread making with Martin Philip of King Arthur Flour and young Burlington -area baker Dan Rome. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

CBD Products and Montpelier Chief Retiring

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Tom Kearney of the Stowe Reporter joins Dave to talk about recent news. Kinney Drugs joins three regional hemp businesses to promote CBD products. Retiring Chief Tony Facos reflects on his long career with the Montpelier Police and on law enforcement in the 21st century. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

John Hughes, Sen. Patrick Leahy, and Boater Safety

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John Hughes, a retired constitutional law professor from St Michael’s College, leads off the discussion. Sen. Patrick Leahy weighs in on recent developments in Washington. Later, Sergeant Trevor Carbo of the Vermont State Police joins Dave for a discussion about boater safety. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Lt. Gov. Candidate Brenda Siegel and the USS Vermont

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Times Argus Editor Steve Pappas joins Dave to discuss recent news events. Democrat Brenda Siegel talks about her candidacy for lieutenant governor.  Later, Debra Martin and Gary Frymire of the USS Vermont Commissioning Committee talk about efforts to get the submarine launched amid a pandemic. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Mail-In Voting, Chief George Merkel, and Vermont Dairy

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Kevin McCallum of Seven Days talks about his story on mail-in voting. George Merkel, Chief of Police in Vergennes, weighs in on the situation following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis by a police officer. Later, can Vermont’s dairy industry by saved with COVID funding?  ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Schools, Unrest, UVM Childcare

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Lola Duffort of VTDigger leads off with an update on Vermont’s schools. Curtiss Reed Jr. of the Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity talks about the roots of the current national unrest. Faculty and staff at the University of Vermont talk about the closure of a campus child care center. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Patrick Winburn, Food Distribution, and BBQ

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Dave’s guests include Rep. Janet Ancel, journalist Mike Donoghue, gubernatorial candidate Patrick Winburn, John Sayles of the Vermont Food Bank and Col. Randy Gates of the National Guard of recent food distribution drives, and chef Jimmy Kennedy and food writer Marialisa Calta on what’s best for barbecuing — gas or charcoal. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Problems with Childcare Programs and Additional COVID-19 Testing

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Thursday’s show starts with Alison Novak talking about her story in Seven Days about severe distress in the state’s childcare programs. Deputy Health Commissioner Tracy Dolan answers: If you’re symptom-free for coronavirus, why get tested? We’ll have dual national reports from Axios and Bob Ney. And Colin Meyn checks in from VTDigger.

Green Up Day and Boat Launch Ethics

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Paul Heintz of Seven Days helps Dave break down federal Covid relief funding and where it’s going. Two Green Up Day leaders, state coordinator Kate Alborghini and Waterbury’s Lisa Scagliotti, talk about the annual civic project. Later, Mike Wichrowski and Louis Porter talk about boat launch ethics. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Update on Environmental Legislation

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Times Argus editor Steve Pappas joins Dave for a discussion of recent news. Later, two leaders of the Vermont Natural Resources Council provide an update on environmental legislation.  ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Rebecca Holcombe and “Sincere Regret” from a Wind Power Firm

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VTDigger’s Elizabeth Hewitt talks with Dave about recent Vermont news stories. Rebecca Holcombe talks about her candidacy for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Paul Brouha of Sheffield and Annette Smith of Vermonters for a Clean Environment talk about an expression of “sincere regret” by the owners of Brouha’s neighboring wind power project. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Meg Hansen and COVID-19 in Vermont’s Prison

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Meg Hansen, a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, joins  Dave for another “meet the candidates” segment. Later, Corrections Commissioner Jim Baker and the department’s Al Cormier join Dave to talk about keeping COVID from spreading through Vermont’s prisons. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Economic Recovery and a One-Man Crime Spree

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In the first hour, House Speaker Mitzi Johnson and then Sen. Tim Ashe provide initial legislative thinking on the economic recovery package Gov. Phil Scott announced Wednesday. Later, Johnson Hardware and Rental owners Alan and Lynn Lehouiller join  Lamoille County Sheriff Roger Marcoux and News & Citizen journalist Tommy Gardner to talk about a one-man crime spree plaguing the Lehouillers’ and other …

Rooted in Vermont and Fishing Talk

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Wednesday’s show starts with a visit from Steve Pappas, editor and publisher of the Times Argus and Rutland Herald. Shane Rogers of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund joins Dave to talk about the “Rooted in Vermont” local food project. Later, angler Chris Bouchard and state fisheries biologist Shawn Good talk about fishing in Vermont. ← All Posts for Show The …

Lt. Gov. Candidate Molly Gray

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Blogger Kevin Ellis talks about his recent essay, “What Comes Next” after the pandemic. Molly Gray, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, kicks off s new “Meet the Candidates” feature on the Dave Gram Show. Later, Dr. Allan Ramsay, medical director at the People’s Health and Wellness clinic in Barre, talks about the extra challenges faced by poor Vermonters in the …

The Future of Northern Vermont University

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John Walters of VTDigger.org questions: Have Gov. Phil Scott’s COVID-19 news conferences outlived their usefulness? “Spirit of Ethan Allen” owner Mike Shea talks about launching a new Lake Champlain cruise ship season amid a pandemic. Later, NVU President Elaine Collins talks about the future of the Vermont State Colleges.  ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Vince Illuzzi, Mike Donoghue, and the Future of Town Meetings

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Essex County State’s Attorney and former state Sen. Vince Illuzzi talks about topics ranging from the Northeast Kingdom in a time of coronavirus to a prosecutor’s view of the Michael Flynn Case. Journalist Mike Donoghue talks about Gov. Phil Scott’s recent pandemic pronouncements.  Researcher Colleen Jackson, Montpelier City Clerk John Odom and Berlin Town Manager Paul Gillies talk about the …

Legislative Update and Talking with Graduates

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We open the show with Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe on higher ed and other issues before lawmakers. Later, graduating students from the University of Vermont College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, talk about their UVM plans and career plans. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Mail-In Voting vs. Voter Fraud Concerns

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Steve Pappas of the Times Argus joins Dave for a review of recent news. Secretary of State Jim Condos weighs in on mail-in voting. And VTDigger columnist Bill Schubart talks about his recent essay on the future of higher education in Vermont. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

COVID-19 Scams and the Need for Statewide Broadband

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Elizabeth Hewitt of VTDigger.org talks with Dave about recent stories. Elliott Greenblott of AARP talks about recent scams popping up amid the pandemic. Later, Irv Thomae of ECFiber and Jeremy Hansen of CVFiber talk about how the pandemic has highlighted the need for statewide broadband internet access. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Snitching on Neighbors, Worries About Prisons, and Restaurants’ Woes

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Courtney Lamdin of Seven Days talks about her stories on the strange ways coronavirus fears are playing out in Vermont. James Duff Lyall of the ACLU Vermont office talks about the need for changes in the state’s corrections system in the pandemic. Two Vermont restaurateurs talk tough times for their industry. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Distance Learning and Local Food

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Two Vermont teachers, Barb Griffin and Will Adams, start the show talking about the new normal of distance learning in the coronavirus crisis. And two guests with UVM Extension join Fairlee farmer Danielle Allen to talk about local food in a time of nutritional insecurity. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Vermont Tech’s Future and Joe Biden Sexual Assault Allegations

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Xander Landen of VTDigger talks about the state’s COVID-rattled finances. Vermont Tech President Pat Moulton talks about her school’s future following a recent threat of closure. Later, Vermont Women’s Commission Chair Lisa Senecal and other guests join Dave to talk about Joe Biden’s being accused of sexual assault. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Increasing Medical Care and Vermont Senate Update

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Times Argus editor and publisher Steve Pappas joins Dave for a review of the latest news. Dr. Stephen Leffler of the UVM Health Network talks about a limited relaxation of restrictions. Other guests include Marisa Fernandez of Axios and Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Air Quality During a Time of Reduced Commuting

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Elizabeth Hewitt of VTDigger.org joins Dave for a review of recent stories. Bennet Leon of the Department of Environmental Conservation talks about air quality in a time of economic lockdown. Later, Dave has questions for listeners. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Unemployment Update and How to Reopen the Courts

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On Friday’s Dave Gram Show, Aimee Stephenson, who has a Ph.D in microbiology, talks about her essay calling for a fuller opening for Vermont’s economy. Commissioner Michael Harrington talks about the Department of Labor’s struggles to keep up with the crush of unemployment claims. Chief Administrative Judge Brian Grearson, Court administrator Patricia Gabel and attorney Dan Richardson give an update …

Vermont Plans to Increase COVID-19 Testing

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Sen. Richard Sears talks about legislative activities, including the two committees on which he serves, Appropriations and Judiciary, as well as the view of the coronavirus pandemic from Vermont’s southwest corner. Deputy Health Commissioner Tracy Dolan provides an update on the pandemic. Later, a conversation with Beret Halvorsen and Gordon Clark about UVM Extension’s master gardener program. ← All Posts for …

State Computer Issues and a Boom for Hunters

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Paul Heintz of Seven Days talks about how outdated technology is hindering the state’s economic response. Jill Gonzalez of Wallethub talks about how Vermont’s pandemic response compares to that in other states. Also, with fishing season underway and turkey season about to start, Vermont is seeing a boom in fishing and hunting license sales. Adam Miller and Chris Saunders of …

Trump and Coronavirus; Waste Disposal in Times of Social Distancing

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Middlebury College political science professor Matt Dickinson talks about White House coronavirus briefings. Legal affairs analyst Dan Richardson joins Dave for a virtual visit. And Josh Kelly of the Department of Environmental Conservation talks about waste disposal in a time of coronavirus. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Next Steps for State Colleges and Thinking About the Economy

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Lola Duffort, education writer with VTDigger.org, talks about next steps for the Vermont State college system. Later, Pittsford-based climate scientist Alan Betts talks with Dave about the pandemic’s possible impacts on thinking about the economy. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

State Colleges Financial Woes and Funding Aid to Musicians

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Senate Education Committee Chair Philip Baruth talks about a path forward for Vermont’s troubled state colleges. Former government official Bruce Post talks about the history of higher education finance in Vermont. Later, three guests — Eben Bodach-Turner, Jacob Brillhart and Emerson Gale — talk about a violin-making fundraiser with proceeds going toward musicians who’ve lost gigs in the pandemic. ← …

Congressman Peter Welch and Jeb Spaulding

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Congressman Peter Welch talks about the latest effort by Congress to shore up the economy. State Colleges Chancellor Jeb Spaulding talks about his now dropped plan to close three campuses. UVM Extension Director Chuck Ross talks about the organization’s efforts to respond to the pandemic. Lauren Traister,4H teen program coordinator, talks about he organization’s work. ← All Posts for Show …

State College Closings: Community and Student Impacts

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We look at economic and community impacts expected if three state college campuses close with Sen. Joe Benning, R-Caledonia, John Kascenska of the Burke Area Chamber of Commerce, Greg Stefanski of Johnson, and Zoe Newmarco of the Herald of Randolph. Later, students give their take, including Fadhili Achinda of NVU-Johnson, Patrick Wickstrom of NVU-Lyndon and Louise Terwilliger, a recent Vermont …

David Zuckerman, Face Protection, and The State Colleges Controversy

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Lt. Gov. Dave Zuckerman touches on a range of issues connected to the pandemic. Jon Irwin, IT chief with Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, and Barre Town Police Chief William Irwin talk about a new effort to make protective face shields for health care workers and first responders. Later, House Speaker Mitzi Johnson and Senate President Pro Tem Tim …

Tackling Unemployment, Getting Outside, and Financial Recovery

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Dave’s guests Friday include Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe on frustrations with the state’s swamped unemployment insurance system; Forests, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Mike Snyder on opportunities to get outdoors during a pandemic; and Finance and Management Commissioner Adam Greshin and economist Art Woolf on how Vermont can get its fiscal house back in order. ← All Posts for …

Bill McKibben On Lessons From a Crisis

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Thursday’s Dave Gram Show features Omar Oyarzabal, the top food safety expert with UVM Extension, talking about keeping food free of coronavirus. UVM’s Ashley Eaton talks about teaching life sciences over Zoom. Later, Bill McKibben talks with Dave about lessons learned during this time of COVID-19 that might be applicable to another crisis: climate change. ← All Posts for Show The …

Infected prisoners to St. J, a Coronavirus “Plateau?” and Local Meat

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Dave’s guests include state Sen. Joe Benning, R-Caledonia, on plans to move COVID-infected prisoners to his district; and Deputy Health Commissioner Tracy Dolan on what it means to hit a plateau in new coronavirus cases. Later, two meat producers —Mark Sherman of Glover and Bruce Chapell of Templeton Farm in East Montpelier — join Abbey Willard, development director with the …

COVID Enforcement, Mail-In Ballots, and Help from SBA

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Tuesday’s guests include Attorney General TJ Donovan on enforcing “stay home” orders, Secretary of State Jim Condos on elections in the age of coronavirus, and Vermont Small Business Administration chief Darcy Carter on the Payroll Protection Plan and other issues. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Parental Visitation, Benning’s Take, and Kiah Morris’ New Job

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Elizabeth Hewitt, weekend editor at VTDigger.org, talks about that news org’s latest stories, including one she did on parental visitation at a time of social distancing. Vermont Senate Republican leader Joe Benning talks about legislative activities and other recent events. Former state Rep. Kiah Morris talks about her new job with the activist group Rights and Democracy. ← All Posts …

DEC Proposes Moving Back Composting and Nurses To Graduate Early

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Environmental Conservation Commissioner Peter Walke talks with Dave about changes to the state’s solid waste disposal rules. Patty Prelock, former Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and nursing student Kathryn Calisti talk about UVM nursing students being allowed to graduate early. Later, flutist Karen Kevra and Jazz aficionado David David Beckett talk about the healing power of music. ← …

Bernie Drops Out, Learning from Home, and eCommerce for Farmers

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Thursday’s Dave Gram Show starts with Middlebury College political science professor Matt Dickinson talking about Bernie Sanders’ decision to drop out of the presidential race. Education Secretary Dan French joins Dave to talk about Vermont’s continuity of education plan. Later, Andy Chamberlin and Zac Smith of UVM Extension visit to talk about eCommerce for food producers. ← All Posts for …

Vermont’s Health Care System and PBS Helps Educators

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Tuesday’s Dave Gram Show starts with Katie Jickling of VTDigger on how Vermont’s health care system is holding up. And Eric Ford of Vermont PBS talks about its new partnership with Vermont Educators. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Unemployment, Social Security, and Farmers’ Markets

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Due to technical issues, today’s show starts at about 20 minutes in. We apologize for inconvenience. Labor Commissioner Michael Harrington on unemployment, Social Security advocate Max Richtman and three people affiliated with the Capital City Farmers’ Market are Dave’s guests. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Governor Phil Scott Gives Latest Coronavirus Updates

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Thursday’s Dave Gram Show will feature conversations with Steve Pappas of the Times Argus and Rutland Herald, John Walters of VTDigger and Gov. Phil Scott, all one one topic: the coronavirus. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Jim Condos on Brining More Healthcare Workers to Vermont

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Wednesday’s show starts with a visit from Secretary of State Jim Condos on changes in regulation of several health-related professions. Middlebury College political science professor Matt Dickinson talks about the Bumbling Trump and his improving poll numbers. Later, local analysts Ashley Hill and Dan Jones talk about the long term implications of COVID 19. ← All Posts for Show The …

Distillers Are Making Hand Sanitizer and Faith During Hard Times

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Colin Meyn of VTDigger.org joins Dave to talk about some of that news organization’s COVID -19 coverage. Peter Jillson of Silo Distillers talks about making hand sanitizer. Deputy Health Commissioner Tracy Dolan talks about the state’s pandemic response. And Roman Catholic Bishop Christopher Coyne talks about faith in the face of a potentially fatal threat. ← All Posts for Show …

Peter Welch on Coronavirus Stimulus and Recent Investment

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Monday’s program starts with Congressman Peter Welch talking about the COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress this past week, and responding to a VTDigger.org story about his investment in a German company making tests for the disease. VTDigger’s Kit Norton is next, addressing similar themes. Later, three faculty members at the University of Vermont talk about a just-launched survey on food …

Court Issues, Residents Step Up, and Domestic Violence

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We start with Essex County State’s Attorney Vince Illuzzi on some issues in the courts. Waterbury residents Whitney Aldrich and Fred Costey join us to talk about an effort they’ve launched to make protective face shields for health care workers dealing with COVID-19 patients. Later, three experts join us to talk about the recent increase in domestic violence as people …

Courts Adapt to Coronavirus and Keeping Your Immune System Strong

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Thursday’s show looks at Vermont’s court system in the coronavirus crisis. Court administrator Patricia Gabel and attorney Dan Richardson are guests. Later, UVM Medical Center dietician Alison Precourt and Food Writer Marialisa Calta join Dave to talk about the best foods for boosting your immune system. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Schools and Stores Grapple with COVID-19 and “Better Places”

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Wednesday’s show starts with a visit by Jeb Spaulding, chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges system on its response to the coronavirus. Erin Sigrist joins Dave to talk about how Vermont’s grocers and retailers are coping.  Later, Kelly Dtoddard Poor of AARP and Richard Amore of the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development talk with Dave about the “Better …

Update on Schools and Barre Trying New Ways to Revitalize

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Tuesday’s show begins with VTDigger education reporter Lola Duffort with an update on Vermont’s schools in the Covid-19 crisis. Later, Barre was set to join with the Vermont Council on Rural Development in launching a new effort to bolster the local economy. Now the effort is to save it. Mayor Lucas Herring, the Barre Partnership’s Tracie Lewis, and VCRD’s Paul …

Coronavirus and the Vulnerable; Open Meetings; Tim Ashe

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John Sayles of the Vermont Foodbank and Sue Minter of Capstone Community Action join Dave to talk about the impacts of the coronavirus on lower-income Vermonters. Later, journalist Mike Donoghue talks about open meetings and Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe provides a roundup of state government activities. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

The Ongoing Coronavirus Epidemic in Vermont

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Monica Hutt, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living, talks about challenges facing long-term care facilities and home health providers in the Covid-19 crisis. Sandy Rouse of Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice and Jill Mazza Olson of the Visiting Nurse Associations of Vermont elaborate on similar issues. Montpelier property owner David Kelley talks about the …

Montpelier Businesses and UVMMC

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Thursday’s guests include Dan Groberg of Montpelier Alive on the impact of the Coronavirus on city businesses. Later, Dr. Tim Lahey of the University of Vermont Health Network talks about a moratorium on non-essential health services. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Coronavirus and the Democratic Primary

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Wednesday’s show features appearances by Joshua White, medical director at Gifford Medical Center in Randolph; Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe and economist Art Woolf, all talking about different aspects of the COVID-19 crisis. Later, Dave and listeners exchange views on the state of the Democratic primary race following Biden’s three latest wins. ← All Posts for Show The Dave …

Coronavirus and Sugaring

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Dave’s guests include Congressman Peter Welch on federal aid responding to COVID-19, Lola Duffort of VTDigger.org on Vermont school closings, and Randolph area sugarmakers Cody Armstrong and Paul Lambert on the impacts of coronavirus on the maple sugaring season. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

From the Statehouse

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Friday’s show from the Statehouse will look at where lawmakers are at a key mid-session deadline and possibly facing a coronavirus shutdown. Guests include John Walters of Seven Days, Sens. Becca Balint and Chris Pearson. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Helping Animals Overcome Forest Fragmentation

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Thursday’s show starts with two UVM officials talking about the decision to shut the campus down in response to the coronavirus. Mike Fisher, Health Care advocate with Vermont Legal Aid, talks about access to testing and treatment for low-income Vermonters. Later, building a roadmap for wildlife: Carolyn Loeb and Liz Thompson talk about wildlife travel in an age of forest …

Coronavirus Arrives in Vermont

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Dr. Deb Richter, longtime universal health care advocate, talks with Dave about coronavirus, followed by health care journalist Ham Davis. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Coronavirus and Tuesday Primaries

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VTDigger Health Care writer Katie Jickling talks about the coronavirus and Vermont’s response to it. Middlebury College political science professor Matt Dickinson talks about Tuesday’s primaries and legal analyst Dan Richardson talks with Dave about recent court cases. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Songwriter Lou Stallman, Indoor Gardening, and Progressives Win Big

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Joel Najman guest hosts the show while Dave is away. Songwriter Lou Stallman talks about his decades-long career writing songs for Perry Como, the Supremes, the New York Yankees, and others. Peter Burke, host of WDEV’s In the Garden, talks about how he’s been keeping his pantry stocked with fresh vegetables this winter. Josh Wronski, Executive Director of Vermont’s Progressive …

Democratic Presidential Primary and Kerrin McCadden

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Steve Pappas of the Times Argus fills in for Dave while he’s away. Starting off the show is Jack Gierzynski, UVM Politcal Science Professor, talking about the Democratic Presidential Primary. Kerrin McCadden talks about her accomplisments as a Vermont author, being a teacher, and her new book “Keep This To Yourself.” ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Progressives Win Majority in Burlington and the Hemp Industry in Vermont

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VTDigger.org editor Colin Meyn fills in for Dave. VTDigger politics reporter Xander Landen gets the show rolling with an update on Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential bed and the latest from the Vermont Statehouse. Josh Wronski, the Executive Director of Vermont’s Progressive Party, will come on the show to talk about the party taking control of Burlington’s City Council on Town …

Town Meeting and Super Tuesday Aftermath

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Steve Pappas joins Dave to review Town Meeting results. Later, Dave talks with Dartmouth College political science professor Linda Fowler about Super Tuesday primaries. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Town Meeting and Super Tuesday, Part 2

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The show begins with longtime Middlebury Moderator and former governor Jim Douglas sharing his thoughts on Town Meeting. Caitlin Hollister, chair of the Harwood School Board, shares her thoughts on the district’s efforts to grapple with Act 46. Steve Dorsey of CBS stops in for a conversation about Super Tuesday. And UVM’s Richard Watts and students join Dave for conversation …

Town Meeting and Super Tuesday

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The show begins with Lola Duffort of VTDigger.org talking with Dave about Vermont schools as Town Meeting approaches in this post-Act 46 age. Joanna Doria, an education activist from Ripton, joins the discussion. Later, Super Tuesday is the topic of conversation between Dave and Trish Siplon, a professor of political science at St. Michael’s College. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram …

From the Statehouse

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House Speaker Mitzi Johnson, Rep. Tom Stevens, Congressman Peter Welch and Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe join Dave for discussions of Statehouse and national politics. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Sanders Campaign and CCV Students Taking Classes at UVM

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Paul Heintz of Seven Days joins Dave to talk about Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. Karen Kevra of Capital City Concerts talks about an upcoming performance of the Paris Piano Trio. Later, Jennifer Fath and Kate Finley Woodruff of UVM and Nicole Stetson of the Community College of Vermont talk about a program that allows CCV students to continue at UVM. …

Dems’ Debate, Scams, and Universal Health Care

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Steve Pappas of the Times Argus and Rutland Herald joins Dave to talk about the Democratic debate. Attorney General TJ Donovan and Elliot Greenblott of AARP visit to provide an update on consumer scams. And Dr. Deb Richter talks about health care issues, including universal primary care. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Harvey Weinstein Case and Democratic Primaries

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Lisa Senecal of the Vermont Commission on Women joins Dave to talk about the verdict in the Harvey Weinstein case. Middlebury College political science Prof. Matthew Dickinson talks with Dave about the road ahead in Democratic primaries. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

News review, Marijuana, and Canadian drugs

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Colin Meyn of VTDigger visits for a review of recent news stories; a discussion of whether Vermont should enact taxed and regulated marijuana sales, with guests Colorado physician Dr. Ken Finn, Maine marijuana commission member Scott Gagnon, former “bud tender” Anne Hassel and pro-legalization advocate Matt Simon. And health care advocate Mike Fisher talks about importing cheaper Canadian drugs. ← All …

From the Statehouse

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Blogger Guy Page and Xander Landen of VTDigger join Dave for discussions of Statehouse goings on. Later, Steve Howard of the VSEA updates Dave and listeners on issues affecting state workers. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Act 250, Farm Biosecurity

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Dave’s guests include two critics and one defender of changes proposed to the Act 250 land-use law. John Brabant and Ed Stanak speak against the proposed changes. Jon Groveman of the Vermont Natural Resources Council speaks for them. Later, in our Seeds to Society segment, UVM animal scientist Julie Smith and Lisa Kalimantan of the Jersey Girl’s Dairy in Chester …

Guns and Domestic Violence and the New Coronavirus

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Gun rights advocate Chris Bradley and Karen Tronsgard-Scott of the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence exchange views about legislation that would make it easier to take guns away from alleged domestic abusers. Later, infectious disease specialists from the Vermont Health Department and UVM College of Medicine talk about the new Coronavirus. ← All Posts for Show The Dave …

OneCare and Jim Harvey Talks Horse Racing

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Jon Margolis, political columnist with VTDigger.org, joins Dave to talk about the relative strengths and weaknesses of presidential candidates. Ham Davis, commentator on health care issues, weighs in about OneCare and other health issues. Later, James Harvey of Waterbury helps Dave fill out the history of horse racing in Vermont. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Fuel Your Neighbor Update and Covering the New Hampshire Primary

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Monday’s show starts with a conversation between Dave and Steve Pappas of The Times Argus on a range of recent news stories. Sue Minter stops in to provide an update on Capstone Community Action’s Fuel Your Neighbor campaign. And Dave talks with David Mindich, a journalism professor at Temple University, about his recent work with students covering the New Hampshire …

From the Statehouse

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Friday’s show opens with Dave talking with Gov. Phil Scott on a range of issues, followed by a conversation with Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe. Later, three members of the Youth Lobby on climate join Dave to talk about their activism. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

DOJ Controversy and Horse Farming

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Thursday’s show begins with a discussion of the big controversy at the U.S. Justice Department over its handling of the Roger Stone case and President Trump’s interference. Former Vermont U.S. Attorney Tristram Coffin is Dave’s guest. Later, a discussion about horse farming in Vermont with Vermont Horse Council President Heidi Krantz and Chrissy Rohan, lecturer in UVM’s Department of Animal …

NH Primary and Norwich University Fundraising

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Wednesday’s show features two political science professors as  bookends — Matt Dickinson of Middlebury College and Linda Fowler of Dartmouth — talking about the New Hampshire primary and the road ahead. In between, Norwich University President Richard Schneider talks about the school’s just completed $100 million fundraising campaign. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Ethics in Government

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Dave’s show opens with a discussion of ethics in government, and whether Vermont needs a code of ethics for public officials. Guests include state Auditor Doug Hoffer and Rep. Sarah Copeland Hanzas, Chair of the House Government Operations Committee. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

A Jazz Great Helps a Vermont Music Venue Select a New Piano

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Dave’s guests include Colin Meyn of VTDigger.org for a Vermont news review; UVM Trustees Vice Chair Ron Lumbra for an update on efforts to bring more diversity to the board; and Cuban-born jazz piano great Elio Villafranca on the help he gave a new Vermont performance venue, the Double E in Essex, to select a new Steinway grand piano. Villafranca performs there …

From the Statehouse

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Secretary of State Jim Condos joins Dave to talk about the Iowa caucuses and protections for Vermont’s voting processes. Chris Neitzey of the Afterschool Alliance stops by to talk about plans to expand after school programming for young people. Later, advocates for expanding mental health services for children talk with Dave about the issues. ← All Posts for Show The …

Social Security and Maple Sugaring

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Dave’s first guest Thursday is Steve Pappas, editor and publisher of the Times Argus and Rutland Herald. Max Richtman of the National Association to Preserve Social Security and Medicare talks about proposed changes to those programs. Mark Isselhardt, maple specialist with UVM Extension, talks with Dave about preparations for the upcoming sugaring season. ← All Posts for Show The Dave …

Adam Sullivan, Peter Welch, and ReSource

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Wednesday’s Dave Gram Show starts with a visit with Adam Sullivan, who’s been covering presidential politics for WCAX Channel 3. Congressman Peter Welch then joins Dave for his read on impeachment and presidential politics. Later, Tom Longstreth of ReSource stops in to talk about that organization’s multiple missions in recycling and job training, as well as its new headquarters in …

Iowa Caucuses, Cultural Preservation, and Vermont Supreme Court

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Tuesday’s Dave Gram Show starts with a review of the Iowa caucuses with VTDigger.org columnist Jon Margolis.  Major Corine Wegener, who oversaw cultural preservation for U.S. forces in Iraq, joins Dave for a conversation about protecting cultural treasures in times of war. Later, legal analyst Dan Richardson joins Dave for a conversation about recent Vermont Supreme Court decisions. ← All Posts for Show …

News Review and Vermont Land Trust

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Monday’s Dave Gram Show starts with a visit from VTDIgger’s Colin Meyn and a review of recent Vermont news. Later, the Vermont Land Trust’s Nick Richardson stops in to talk about that organization’s efforts to adapt to changing land use in Vermont. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

From the Statehouse

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Dave welcomes John Walters of VTDigger.org to open the show with a conversation about general Statehouse goings-on. Jon Groveman of the Vermont Natural Resources Council talks about that group’s proposal for big changes to Act 250. Later, three party leaders talk about their respective agendas. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Farm Show, Day 3

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The third day of the Dave Gram Show at the 2020 Vermont Farm Show features conversations between the host and Diane Bothfeld of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture on the state of dairying in the state; with retiring Farm Show manager Jackie Folsom about her work in that role; state master gardener coordinator Beret Halvorson; Jenn Colby of UVM’s Sustainable …

Farm Show, Day 2

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Dave’s guests include UVM Extension’ Meredith Nike’s on farmers responding to climate change; Sarah Danny on the Vermont Farm to Plate Program; and Abby Willard and Ellen Kapler on the Vermont Strategic Agriculture Plan. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Farm Show Opens

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Dave travels to the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction for the first of three days of the Vermont Farm Show. Tuesday’s guests include Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts, Bob White of the Vermont Christmas Tree Growers Association and Bill Mares of the Vermont Beekeepers Association. In the last half hour, Dave switches to talk to Anne Galloway about a major …

Mentoring and Legislative Update with Rep. Tom Stevens

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We start Monday’s show chatting with VTDigger’s Xander Landen about recent Vermont news. Richard Galbraith, vice president for research at the University of Vermont, checks in to talk about National Mentoring Month. Later, Rep. Tom Stevens, D-Waterbury, talks with Dave about legislation on paid family leave, minimum wage and homelessness. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

From the Statehouse: Focus on the Environment

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VTDigger’s Elizabeth Gribkoff starts us off with an overview on environmental legislation. Senate Natural Resources Committee Chairman Chris Bray talks about “all fuels energy efficiency.” House Energy and Technology Committee Chairman Tim Briglin talks about legislation to fight climate change. Reps. Amy Sheldon and Jim McCullough talk about big changes proposed for the Act 250 land-use law. ← All Posts …

Ethics Case, Politics, and Eliminating Food Waste

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Seven Days reporter Kevin McCallum joins Dave to talk about a lawmaker’s brush with the House ethics panel. Political scientist Linda Fowler of Dartmouth talks with Dave about the Democratic primary and impeachment. Later, the University of Vermont’s Meredith Niles and Josh Kelly of the Agency of Natural Resources join Dave to talk about Vermont’s coming universal recycling law. ← …

Governor’s Budget, Attacks on Sanders, and Impeachment

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Colin Meyn of VTDigger.org joins Dave to talk about Gov. Phil Scott’s budget address. He and Steve Pappas both talk with Dave about the barbs being directed at Vermont Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump also will be a topic. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Banning Menthol Cigarettes and Employee Ownership

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Tina Zook of the Vermont Heart Association and Dr. Phillip Eardener talk about a movement to get the FDA to ban menthol cigarettes after they have already banned several other flavors and the two discuss how this relates to the health of African Americans. Later, Paula Routley of Seven Days and Matthew Cropp of the Vermont Employee Ownership Center join Dave …

State of the State for People of Color and Health Care Affordability

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Monday’s show includes visits with Human Rights Commission Chair and Rep. Kevin Christie of the state of the state for people of color on this Martin Luther King Day. Later, Mike Fisher, Health Care advocate with Vermont Legal Aid, checks in on the struggles people are having with health care costs. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Vermont Constitutional Ammendment and Paid Family Leave

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Friday’s broadcast from the Statehouse starts with a conversation with VTDigger columnist John Walters. Sens. Debbie Ingram and Dick McCormack talk about an amendment to the Vermont Constitution to clarify the state’s ban on slavery. Later, a panel of guests talks about laid family leave. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

DMV Lawsuit Settlement and The Next Generation of Dairy Farmers

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Representatives from Migrant Justice and the ACLU join Dave to talk about a settlement of a lawsuit aimed at getting the Department of Motor Vehicles to reduce its collaboration with federal immigration authorities. Steve Pappas of the Time Argus and Rutland Herald checks in for a discussion of recent Vermont news. Later, the weekly Seeds to Society segment: Associate Dean …

Election Security, The Spirit of Ethan Allen, and Climate Change

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Wednesday’s Dave Gram Show starts with Montpelier City Clerk John Odom talking about using blockchain technology to protect election integrity. Mike Shea talks about how his Spirit of Ethan Allen cruise ship is getting some cleaner engines. Later, Ben Walsh of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group and Sandra Levine of the Conservation Law Foundation talk about climate change legislation.  …

Silo Distiller Erin Bell, Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman, and Sen. Patrick Leahy

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Tuesday’s Dave Gram Show features a visit by Erin Bell, Chief distiller with Silo Distillery, based in Windsor, which has had two of its products nominated in international competition for prizes from the Good Foods Foundation. Later, Dave interviews gubernatorial candidate David Zuckerman and U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Digger News, A Blend of Arts, and A Way Around the Electoral College

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Colin Meyn joins Dave to catch us up on news in VTDigger.org. Karen Kevra of Capital City Concerts and children’s author M.T. Anderson preview an upcoming concert and art exhibit featuring Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.” And State Sen. Christopher Pearson provides an update on an effort to defuse the Electoral College as a force in presidential elections. ← All Posts for …

Under the Golden Dome

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Dave hosts the first regular Friday broadcast of the 2020 session from the Statehouse. Xander Landen of VTDigger lays out the big picture as the first guest. Reps. Janet Ancel and Kate Webb, chairs of the House Ways and Means and Education committees, respectively, talk with Dave about schools and how to pay for them. Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman and …

Sexual harassment, Water Quality and Agriculture

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Chair Lisa Senecal and Executive Director Cary Brown of the Vermont Commission on Women join Dave for a discussion about new resources and possible legislation to combat sexual harassment in the workplace. Later, Joshua Falkner and Kirsten Workman of UVM Extension join Dave for a “Seeds to Society” segment on agriculture and water quality. ← All Posts for Show The …

Iran Retaliates for Soleimani’s Death

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Wednesday’s Dave Gram Show is devoted mostly to events in the Middle East, with guests including Axios World Editor Dave Lawlor, longtime Middle East analyst and commentator Bob Nay and others. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

The Future of the Brattleboro Retreat

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Tuesday’s Dave Gram Show Starts with a visit by Josh O’Gorman of the Waterbury Record, for an update on news from the paper’s coverage area. Later, Mental Health Commissioner Sarah Squirrel and then Louis Josephson, CEO, of the Brattleboro Retreat talk with Dave about the financial crisis at the psychiatric hospital, a linchpin of the state’s mental health system. ← …

Peter Welch and Peter Galbraith on US/Iran Tensions

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Congressman Peter Welch joins Dave to talk about Iran, impeachment and other topics. Colin Meyn joins Dave for a review of recent Vermont news. Former Vermont state Sen. Peter Galbraith, who worked as a diplomat in the Middle East, joins Dave to talk about what Iran might do in response to the United States’ killing of a top general. ← …

Surgery Scramble in Colchester and Refugee Resettlement

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Dave’s show begins with a visit by Anne Galloway and Katie Jickling of VTDigger.org, to talk about their coverage of a surgery scramble caused by the closure of a UVM-affiliated surgery center in Colchester. Times Argus editor and publisher Steve Pappas joins Dave to talk about a tussle over a new slogan for Barre. Later, economist Art Woolf and refugee resettlement …

Mitzi Johnson and Tim Ashe Preview the 2020 Legislative Session

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Thursday’s Dave Gram Show starts with an interview with House Speaker Mitzi Johnson and Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe about the upcoming legislative session. Later, Ronen Levy and Jahala Dudley join Dave. She’s the Vermont farmer who shipped 106 pounds of hemp to a Brooklyn CBD shop. He’s the man who was arrested on marijuana trafficking charges when he …

New Year’s Hikes and John Kilacky

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Tuesday’s Dave Gram Show starts with Jessica Savage of the state Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation talking about New Year’s Day hikes at state parks around Vermont. Blogger John Walters stops in to talk politics in the second half hour. Later, legislator and video artist John Kilacky talks with Dave about a show opening at the Helen Day Arts …

Impeachment and Scrounge-A-Thon

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Colin Meyn joins Dave for a review of recent news reported by VTDigger.org; Garrison Nelson, whose specialty as a UVM political science professor was Congress, talks about the House hand-off of impeachment articles to the Senate. Later, energy entrepreneur Lori Barg and Maker Space maven Doug Webster talk with Dave about a new, inventive “Scrounge-a-thon” for young people. ← All Posts …

Food Assistance, VTDigger Fundraising, and Police-Involved Deaths

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Friday’s Dave Gram Show features economist Art Woolf talking about the high number of Vermonters receiving food assistance; Anne Galloway talking about the highlights of the year at VTDigger.org and its year-end fundraising drive,;and former Vermont ACLU chief Allen Gilbert talking about the growing frequency in Vermont of fatal encounters with police. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Impeachment and International Learning

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Legal analyst Dan Richardson talks with Dave about new wrinkles in the impeachment process. Northern Vermont University Professor Alexandre Strokonov  provides some Russian-flavored commentary on impeachment. Later, in our Seeds to Society segment, we look at international learning opportunities connected to the the University of Vermont College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram …

Flu Shots and The AP’s Top Ten Stories of 2019

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Tuesday’s Dave Gram Show begins with Kinney Drugs pharmacist Shannon Miller talking about why it’s a good idea to get a flu shot. Later, Wilson Ring of the Associated Press talks about the top 10 stories of the year in Vermont. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Employee Background Checks and Senator Leahy on Impeachment

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Friday’s Dave Gram Show begins with a visit from state Auditor Doug Hoffer, who’s been looking at how well schools and human service agencies are doing getting required background checks done on new employees. Lia Ernst of the ACLU joins Dave to talk about federal law enforcement impinging on the state Constitution. Later, Sen. Patrick Leahy talks with Dave about impeachment …

Food Insecurity

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Times Argus Publisher Steve Pappas and blogger Guy Page talk impeachment and other topics with Dave. Later, our Thursday “Seeds to Society” segment focuses on food insecurity with Farryl Bertmann and Any Davidson of the University of Vermont. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Presidential Primary and Burlington Twitter Scandal

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Guests on Wednesday’s Dave Gram Show include Secretary of State Jim Condos on the upcoming March presidential primary, and legal analyst Dan Richardson on the Twitter scandal in Burlington. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Colin Quinn and Washington County Youth Services Bureau

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Tuesday’s Dave Gram Show features Colin Meyn of VTDigger, talking about recent Vermont stories; comedian and former “Weekend Update” host Colin Quinn, talking about his upcoming show in Burlington; and Kreig Pinkham, executive director of the Washington County Youth Services Bureau. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Mary Powell Stepping Down as Green Mountain Power CEO

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Monday’s Dave Gram Show features visits by Mary Powell, outgoing CEO of Green Mountain Power, and former Vermont Defender General Robert Appel, who has a long history as a critic of the state’s corrections system. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Stanley Sloan and Holiday Prep Stress on Women

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Friday’s Dave Gram Show starts with a visit by Seven Days reporter Paul Heintz, talking about his continuing coverage of problems at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility. Stanley Sloan, a former CIA analyst, current visiting scholar at Middlebury College, and critic of President Donald Trump, was disinvited as keynote speaker at a conference on NATO in Denmark by the U.S. ambassador, …

Mike Smith and Vermont Cheese

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Thursday’s Dave Gram Show features a visit by Mike Smith, who will talk in his capacity as human services secretary about the women’s prison in South Burlington and as a Navy Seal reflecting on the  case of Eddie Gallagher and former Navy Secretary Richard Spencer. Later, UVM cheese scientist Paul  Kindstedt and cheesemaker Rosy Neale talk with Dave as another …

Children’s Literacy Foundation and Efficiency Vermont

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Wednesday’s Dave Gram Show features conversations between Dave and Times Argus and Rutland Herald Editor Steve Pappas, Erika Nichols-Frazer of the Children’s Literacy Foundation and, later, Rebecca Foster and Li Lang Young of Efficiency Vermont. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

The Articles of Impeachment Against President Trump

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Tuesday’s Dave Gram Show begins with a discussion with John Walters about recent developments in Vermont news. Later, Congressman Peter Welch visits, and legal analyst Dan Richardson talks about the newest member of the Vermont Supreme Court. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

Drug Abuse and Tax and Regulate

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Monday’s Dave Gram Show starts with a review of recent Vermont stories with Xander Landen of VTDigger.org. Dave then offers some thoughts on an essay that appeared in the Time Argus and Rutland Herald this weekend on “the divine right of kings.” Later, Cynthia Seivwright of Essex Junction, director of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs at the Vermont Department of Health, …

Prison Troubles and Climate Change

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Friday’s Dave Gram Show starts with a conversation with Paul Heintz, author of a Seven Days exposé on sexual abuse and drug use among staff at Vermont’s only women’s prison. Later, Rep. Sarah Copeland Hanzas and Sen. Christopher Pearson join Dave to talk about their work with the Legislature’s Climate Solutions Caucus to promote aggressive legislation to combat climate change. …

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. ← All Posts for Show The Dave Gram Show

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 …