Back to the Statehouse with Gov. Scott and Legislators

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

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

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

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

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.

A Proposed Correctional Facility and Right to Privacy

Original Air Date: February 8, 2019 For Friday’s show, Dave is back at the Statehouse, for interviews with Human Services Secretary Al Gobeille on a proposed big correctional facility in Franklin County and Senate Republican Leader Joe Benning on a proposed constitutional amendment on a right to privacy.

Abortion Legislation, Court Rulings, and Parent Child Centers

Original Air Date: February 7, 2019 John Walters of Seven Days starts the show talking with Dave about abortion legislation and ethics. Later, legal analyst Dan Richardson joins Dave to talk about recent state and federal court rulings. In the last segment, Dave talks with two people about Parent Child Centers in the state and what they offer.

News Review and Listeners’ Calls

Original Air Date: February 6, 2019 On Wednesday’s Dave Gram Show, Times Argus Editor Steve Pappas joins Dave to talk about the latest on Act 46 revisions, the Montpelier garage appeal, and the possibility of a national constitutional convention. Later, we’ll ask listeners to weigh in on President Trump’s State of the Union Speech.

Abortion and Police Cooperation with ICE

Original Air Date: February 5, 2019 The U.S. Supreme Court soon could curtail abortion rights permitted under Roe vs. Wade, and Vermont lawmakers are considering a bill to codify abortion rights in state law. On Tuesday’s Dave Gram Show, we bring in two supporters and two opponents of the Vermont bill. Later, two senior officials with the Vermont State Police …

News Review, Pollution, and Green Building

Original Air Date: February 4, 2019 Monday’s Dave Gram Show begins with our regular conversation with Colin Meyn of VTDigger about recent Vermont news. Deputy Natural Resources Secretary Peter Walke then joins Dave for an update on the Bennington industrial pollution story. Later, a representative from Efficiency Vermont joins Dave for a preview of an upcoming conference on the latest …

Child Care and the Scott Administration

Original Air Date: February 1, 2019 Sen. Becca Balint on child care, Seven Days’ John Walters on a friendlier tone from the Scott administration and Sen. Chris Pearson are among Dave’s guests and topics.

2019 Vermont Farm Show – Day 3

Original Air Date: January 31, 2019 Dave heads to the final day of the 2019 Vermont Farm Show, where his guests include Dairy Policy Director Diane Bothfeld  of the Agency of Agriculture, Agricultural Development Section Chief Laura Ginsburg on   the pricing/supply conversation, Senior Market Development Specialist Lauren Masseria on diversifying Vermont Farms and reaching new markets, and others.

2019 Vermont Farm Show – Day 2

Original Air Date: January 30, 2019 Back for the second day at the Vermont Farm Show, Dave talks with two high school teens from Future Farmers of America about their plans for careers in agriculture. Dave then interviews Agency of Agriculture business development director Abbey Willard, produce program manager Kristina Sweet, Cary Giguere on public health & agricultural resource management …

2019 Vermont Farm Show – Day 1

Original Air Date: January 29, 2019 The Dave Gram Show hits the road to the Vermont Farm Show at the Champlain Valley Expo. Guests will include the state Agriculture Agency’s Water Quality Director Laura DiPietro on Agricultural Water Quality issues and efforts to assist farmers with best management practices; Deputy Secretary Alyson Eastman – Legislative agenda and public perception;  State …

Fair Policing and Climate Change

Original Air Date: January 28, 2019 Monday’s Dave Gram Show starts with a discussion of “fair and impartial policing” and to what extent it should govern relations between Vermont police and federal immigration authorities. Guests include Jay Diaz of the ACLU and Will Lambek of Migrant Justice. Later, Dave visits with Johanna Miller of the Vermont Natural Resources Council and …

From the Statehouse for the Budget Address 2019

Original Air Date: January 24, 2019 Dave broadcasts from the Vermont Statehouse for a preview of Governor Scott’s 2019 Budget Address. Dave talks with several legislators on what they think the governor will talk about and their take on the key issues likely to come up in this year’s budget.

News Review with Steve Pappas

Original Air Date: January 23, 2019 Times Argus Editor Steve Pappas and Dave talk over key issues in the news. Later, Dave has Questions for listeners.

End of Life Planning and Vince Illuzzi

Original Air Date: January 22, 2019 Tuesday’s show begins with Colin Meyn of VTDigger helping to catch us up on Vermont news. Cindy Bruzzese of Vermont Ethics Network stops in to talk about end-of-life planning. Vince Illuzi makes a surprise appearance. Later, Dave opens the phone lines for your calls.

Race Relations in Vermont and Pro-Life Film

Original Air Date: January 21, 2018 The state of race relations in Vermont and America on Martin Luther King Day, 2019. Talking with Dave is anti-bias trainers Kathy Johnson and Curtiss Reed Jr. and Rep. Kevin Christie, chair of the Vermont Human Rights Commission.  Later, Director Ann McElhinney talks about her film “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer,” …

Splitting up Chittenden County, Act 46, and Gov. Scott’s Plans

Original Air Date: January 18, 2019 Dave returns to the Statehouse on Friday for conversations with Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe on splitting up the six-seat Chittenden Senate district, Rep. Heidi Scheuermann on delaying final implementation of the Act 46 school district merger law, and Administration Secretary Susanne Young on the Scott team’s hopes and plans for the 2019 …

Mountaintop Film Festival

Original Air Date: January 17 2019 Dave is live at the Big Picture Theater in Waitsfield, the site of the Mountaintop Film Festival. Each year the small theater and café hosts a series of films focused on a topic. This year the theme was Human Rights. Dave sits down with the theater’s owner to discuss the films being shown at …

Police Misconduct, CBD, and Jobs in Vermont

Original Air Date: January 16, 2019 On Wednesday’s Dave Gram Show, Mike Donoghue joins Dave to talk about a case of alleged misconduct by two Burlington police officers. Lauren Andrews, owner of the Aromed CBD shop in Montpelier, talks with Dave about Vermont’s burgeoning industry in CBD. Later, Carolyn Weir, advisor to the McClure Foundation, and Matt Barewicz of the …

Racial Harassment and Tech Talk

Original Air Date: January 15, 2019 On Tuesday’s Dave Gram Show, Attorney General TJ Donovan and Robert Appel, lawyer for African-American former state Rep. Kiah Morris, talk with Dave about the decision to not bring charges in alleged racially motivated threats and harassment of her, as well as a new reporting protocol for bias incidents. Later, tech talk and legislative …

Guest Host Colin Meyn

Original Air Date: January 14, 2019 Colin Meyn of VTDigger hosts the Dave Gram Show while Dave is away. Colin talks with Dave Yaccavone (D), State Rep. from Morrisville about the federal government shutdown’s effects on Vermont. Xander Landen of VTDigger updates us on what happened during the first week of this year’s legislative session. Colin brings in Corey Parent …

Friday at the Statehouse

Original Air Date: January 11, 2019 On Fridays during the legislative session, the Dave Gram Show heads to the Statehouse. This week: House Speaker Mitzi Johnson on her agenda for the session, Rep. Amy Sheldon on a report on Act 250 as it approaches its 50th anniversary, and Sen. Dick Sears on next steps on marijuana legalization.

Statehouse — Governor’s Speech Day

Original Air Date: January 10, 2018 The Dave Gram Show broadcasts from the Statehouse hours before Gov. Phil Scott’s Second Inaugural Address. We check in with VTDigger’s Xander Landen about what he expects to hear in the speech and unfold in the session. Other guests include Sen. Phil Baruth on gun purchase waiting periods, Rep. Kevin Christie on a proposed …

Medicare and School Mentoring

Original Air Date: January 9, 2019 Max Richtman of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare talks with Dave about prospects for lowering Medicare prescription drug costs. And a look at Mentoring through folks at Twinfield Union School.

Legislative Session and Opiate Overdoses

Original Air Date: January 8, 2019 Neal Goswami of WCAX starts Tuesday’s show, talking with Dave about the legislative session that starts Wednesday. Later, Dr. Mark Levine, Vermont’s health commissioner, talks with Dave about a recent upsurge in opiate overdoses.

Vermont News and Police Bias

Original Air Date: January 7, 2019 Colin Meyn of VTDigger visits to catch us up on Vermont news. Then Lia Ernst of the ACLU Vermont office joins Dave to talk about a Vermont Supreme Court ruling on a case of alleged police bias in a traffic stop.

An Argument Against a 2020 Sanders Run

Original Air Date: January 4, 2019 Steve Pappas of the Rutland Herald and Times Argus talks with Dave about those papers’ Editorials against Bernie Sanders running for president. Later, Dave welcomes Rep. Martin Lalonde and Valley News columnist Jim Kenyon to talk about the work of the Vermont Sentencing Commission.

Election Security and Vermont State Colleges

Original Air Date: January 3, 2019 Montpelier City Clerk John Odom joins Dave to talk about election security and how low-tech solutions can address high-tech vulnerabilities. Later, state colleges Chancellor Jeb Spaulding and Adam Grayck, a financial aid counselor, talk about college affordability and other issues.

Steve Pappas and Steve Terry

Wednesday’s Dave Gram starts with Times Argus editor Steve Pappas joining Dave. Retired journalist and commentator Steve Terry then joins Dave to talk about the impact of Elizabeth Warren’s announcement on Bernie Sanders. Later, Dave has questions for listeners.

News Review and Business Climate Discussion

Original Air Date: December 31, 2018 Colin Meyn of VTDigger joins Dave for a discussion of top Vermont news. Later, Tim McQuiston, editor of Vermont Business Magazine joins Dave to talk about the top Vermont business stories of 2018 and to look ahead to the new year.

VTDigger and VSAC

Original Air Date: December 28, 2019 Friday’s Dave Gram starts with a visit from Phayvanh Luekhamhan of VTDigger, who will review the news organization’s top ten stories of the year and provide an update on Digger’s year-end fundraising project. Later, Scott Giles of the Vermont Student Assisrance Corp. stops in to talk about Vermont students’ college completion rates.

Legal Issues of 2018

Original Air Date: December 26, 2018 Lawyer and legal analyst Dan Richardson joins Dave to review some of the top legal cases of the year.

A Holiday Story Writ Small

Original Air Date: December 24, 2018 What’s lost is found, via Front Porch Forum. And Roman Catholic Bishop Christopher Coyne shares his take on the true meaning of Christmas. The Dave Gram Show, Christmas Eve edition.

Uninvited Writer

Original Air Date: December 21, 2018 Vermont College of Fine Arts President Thomas Christopher Greene was to read from his latest book at a Rhode Island literary conference, but was uninvited. He joins Dave to explain why. Also, honoring Scott Skinner, a much-admired Vermont lawyer and activist who died Dec. 15.

Pot and Pensions

Original Air Date: December 20, 2018 On Thursday’s Dave Gram Show, Xander Landen of VTDigger joins Dave to talk about the new report out from the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Marijuana. Then, John Walters of Seven Days and Dave talk about John’s column on a push for reforms to the state’s public pension systems. Later, Dave opens the phone lines and …

Saudi Arabia and School Sports

Original Air Date: December 19, 2018 Peter Henne, political science professor and Mideast specialist at the University of Vermont, joins Dave for a conversation about Saudi Arabia. Later, Bob Johnson of the Vermont Principals’ Association, comes in to talk about the impact of Act 46 on school sports.

News Review with Steve Pappas and the State of Working Vermont

Original Air Date: December 18, 2018 Tuesday’s Dave Gram show features an update on regional news with Steve Pappas of the Times Argus and Rutland Herald. Later, Stephanie Yu of the Public Assets Institute stops in to talk about the state of Vermont’s economy and how it affects lower-income and working people.

Vermont News and Human Rights Chief

Original Air Date: December 17, 2018 Monday’s show begins with Colin Meyn of VTDigger.org joining Dave for a review of Vermont news. Later: A chat with Kevin Christie, chair of the Vermont Rights Commission.

Constitutional Amendments and Hate Speech

Original Air Date: December 14, 2018 Friday’s Dave Gram show features a conversation with Sen. Tim Ashe, President Pro Tem of the Vermont Senate, about some constitutional amendments that body is to take up in the coming months. Later, Rep. Kevin Christie visits with Dave to talk about whether political vandalism, like the recent burning of a Trump flag in …

Constitutional Amendments and Children’s Literacy Foundation

Original Air Date: December 13, 2018 Dave talks with Paul Heintz of Seven Days about proposed amendments to the state Constitution. Duncan McDougal of the Children’s Literacy Foundation stops in to talk about that group’s work in getting kids to read.

Food Aid and State Parks in Winter

Original Air Date: December 12, 2018 Dave talks with John Sayles, CEO of the Vermont Food Bank, about a December donation drive. Later, Vermont State Parks Director Craig Whipple stops in to talk about winter activities in the state parks.

Act 46, Carbon Tax Riots in France, and Vermont Yankee

Original Air Date: December 11, 2018 On Tuesday, Dave welcomes Times Argus editor Steve Pappas to talk about some Act 46 news, the carbon-tax-triggered riots in France and other topics. In the second hour, Scott State of NorthStar Group Services joins Dave to talk about that firm’s planned purchase of the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear plant.

News Review and HazMat Reporting Requirements

Original Air Date: December 10, 2018 On Monday’s Dave Gram Show, Colin Meyn of VTDigger comes in for a conversation about too Vermont stories. Then, Todd Cosgrove of the Vermont hazardous materials program joins Dave to talk about reporting requirements.

Vermont’s Dwindling Villages, Activist Businesses, and Happy Hanukkah

Original Air Date: December 7, 2018 On Friday’s Dave Gram Show, Seven Days reporter Alicia Freese checks in to talk about a package of stories the paper ran this week on Vermont’s struggling rural communities. Dan Barlow of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility visits to chat about his group’s agenda for the upcoming legislative session. In the second hour, Dave welcomes Jewish …

Capstone Community Service and Fighting the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Original Air Date: December 6, 2018 On Thursday’s Dave Gram Show, Sue Minter joins Dave to talk about her new role as head of the Capstone community service agency serving central Vermont. Later, Dave talks with a professor and two students at St. Michael’s College about activism in the still continuing struggle against HIV and AIDS.

Maternal and Child Health

Original Air Date: December 5, 2018 Katy Leffel of Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice talks about maternal and child health and some of the services CVHH offers to promote health for mothers and children at home. Then, Tina Zuk and Margo Wootan of the Center for Science in the Public Interest discuss how restaurants are failing to offer children …

A Carbon Tax and Improving Roads to Promote Clean Streams

Original Air Date: December 4, 2018 A group of mayors from around the Northeast is pushing for a carbon tax to push people to reduce use of carbon-based fuels and address climate change. Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger joins Dave to discuss the idea. Later, Gina Anderson of the Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation visits to talk about a state …

Vermont National Guard Update and Hate Crime Discussion

Original Air Date: December 3, 2018 Monday’s show features an interview with Jasper Craven and Mark Johnson of VTDigger about their series of investigative reports on the Vermont National Guard. Later, a panel of guests tackle this question: Should Vermont’s hate crimes law apply to the person or persons who burned a “Trump 2020” flag in Burlington?

Why Bernie Should Run, Power Outages, and Holiday Retail

Original Air Date: November 30, 2018 Friday’s Dave Gram show is chock full of good guests, with Paul Heintz talking with Dave about his column on “Why Bernie should run;” folks from GMP and Vermont Electric Co-op providing updates on power outages, Rep. Peter Welch talking about his support for Nancy Pelosi as House Speaker, and a ch cities-in with …

Tax and Regulate and Questions for Listeners

Original Air Date: November 29, 2018 Taylor Dobbs of Seven Days talks with Dave about prospects for legislation to create a taxed and regulated retail sales system for sales of marijuana in Vermont. Later, Dave has questions for listeners.

Government Television Network and the Mueller Investigation

Original Air Date: November 28, 2018 The leadoff guest on Wednesday’s Dave Gram Show is Steve Pappas, editor of the Times Argus. Among his topics: an editorial he wrote on President Trump’s proposal for a network to counter CNN. Later, Garrett Graff joins Dave for an update on the Mueller investigation.

Legislative Preparations and Climate Change

Original Air Date: November 27, 2018 Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe joins Dave to talk about early planning for the upcoming legislative session. Later, Johanna Miller of the Vermont Natural Resources Council and Michael Shank of the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance join Dave to talk about climate-related topics.

Vermont National Guard Troubles and Speed-Writing a Novel

Original Air Date: November 26, 2018 A six-month investigation by VTDigger.org into charges of heavy drinking and sexual misconduct at the Vermont National Guard results in a series being published this week. Lead writer Jasper Craven joins Dave. Later, how do you write a 50,000 word novel in a month? Some University of Vermont students are finding out.

Holiday Travel, Solar Power in Puerto Rico, and House Speaker Mitzi Johnson

Original Air Date: November 23, 2018 Friday’s show starts with a conversation between Dave and Dan Goodman of AAA-Northern New England about holiday travel. Joni Zweig then joins Dave to give an update on her work to provide solar power to Puerto Rico. Later, Dave checks in with Vermont House Speaker Mitzi Johnson about early preparations for the upcoming legislative …

One Man Show and Driving on Antidepressants

Original Air Date: November 21, 2018 Wednesday’s Dave Gram Show features a conversation with Stephan Wolfert, an Army veteran and actor who brings his one-man show, “Cry Havoc” to Norwich University next week. The performance brings in elements of Shakespeare to address the difficulties of post traumatic stress disorder. Later, Vermont prosecutor Vince Illuzzi and Jim Kenyon, columnist for the …

High Drug Costs, Free Speech, and Wild Turkeys

Original Air Date: November 20, 2018 Tuesday’s Dave Gram Show begins with Dave and Greg Marchildon of AARP talking about a new campaign by that group to rein in high drug costs affecting seniors. St. Michael’s College Professor Traci Griffith joins Dave for a discussion of free speech issues on campus. And Vermont Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter talk …

News Review and Questions for Listeners

Original Air Date: November 19, 2018 We start Monday’s show with regular guest Colin Meyn of VTDigger to catch us up on Vermont news. Later, Dave has questions for listeners.

Act 46 and Corrections Commissioner Lisa Menard

Original Air Date: November 16, 2018 Steve Pappas of the Times Argus joins Dave to talk about the latest developments with Act 46. Corrections Commissioner Lisa Menard reflects on her long career as she prepares to retire.

Act 46, Election Uncertainty and Listeners’ Comments

Original Air Date: November 15, 2018 Thursday’s show begins with Dave talking with Act 46 critic David Kelley as the state Board of Education prepares to make final decisions under the school district consolidation law. CBS reporter Peter King joins Dave to talk about uncertain election results in Florida. Later, Dave opens th phone lines to hear from listeners.

News Review, News Fundraising, and Questions for Listeners

Original Air Date: November 14, 2018 Wednesday’s Dave Gram Show starts with a news review with Dave and Steve Pappas of the Times Argus. Anne Galloway of VTDigger.org joins Dave to talk about that nonprofit news organization’s year-end fundraising push. Later, Dave has questions for listeners.

News Review, Art Overcoming Adversity, and Questions for Listeners

Original Air Date: November 13, 2018 Dave opens with a news review, joined by Colin Meyn of VTDigger. A young woman overcomes the adversity of chronic illness to become a successful wildlife artist. Dave talks with the artist, Corinna Thurston. Later, Dave has some questions for listeners.

Mental Health, World War I, and Facebook

Original Air Date: November 12, 2018 Monday’s Dave Gram show starts with VTDigger’s Mike Faher joining Dave  to talk about his story on continuing woes in Vermont’s mental health system. Norwich University historian talks with Dave about the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I. Later, two representatives from Facebook come in to talk about their efforts …

News Review and Jason Gibbs

Original Air Date: November 9, 2018 Friday’s Dave Gram Show will feature conversations with John Walters of Seven Days and Jason Gibbs, chief of staff to Gov. Phil Scott.

News Review and Questions for Listeners

Original Air Date: November 8, 2018 Thursday’s Dave Gram show begins with a conversation between Dave and Times Argus/Rutland Herald editor Steve Pappas. Later, Dave has questions for listeners.

Midterm Elections Preview

Original Air Date: November 6, 2018 Dave’s Election Day guests include Secretary of State Jim Condos, WCAX political reporter Neal Goswami and senior Democratic and Republican Party officials.

News Review and Questions for Listeners

Original Air Date: November 5, 2018 Monday’s Dave Gram Show begins with a chat with Colin Meyn of VTDigger about recent headlines. Later, Dave Has questions for listeners.

News Review and Medical Sharps Disposal

Original Air Date: November 1, 2018 Times Argus editor Steve Pappas joins Dave for a news review during the first half of the show. Later, Dave talks with Deputy Chief Joe Aldsworth of the Barre City Fire Department, as well as officials from the Vermont Health Department and Vermont Cares, about an effort in the Granite City to promote proper …

Montpelier Parking Garage and Changing the 14th Ammendment

Original Air Date: October 31, 2018 Wednesday’s Dave Gram show begins with a conversation about the parking garage proposed to accompany a new hotel in downtown Montpelier. Later, lawyer and legal analyst Dan Richardson joins Dave to talk about whether President Trump’s proposal to change the 14th Amendment by executive order is constitutional.

Journalism Symposium

Original Air Date: October 24, 2018 Dave heads to the Statehouse on Wednesday for a special symposium on the state of journalism in Vermont and nationally. He’ll be interviewing a series of distinguished journalists about changes in the news media and in the public’s perception of them during the past 30 or 40 years.

News Review, Open Phones, and Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman

Original Air Date: October 23, 2018 Colin Meyn checks in with Dave about the stories that have been running in VTDigger. Dave opens the phones for listeners’ thoughts. Later, Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman stops by to talk about his campaign for re-election.

Mueller Investigation, Catholic Church, and Questions for Listeners

Original Air Date: October 22, 2018 On Monday’s Dave Gram Show, writer Garrett Graff talks about the Mueller investigation and about his new book. Bishop Christopher Coyne talks with Dave about new efforts within Vermont’s Catholic Diocese to be more transparent about past abuses. Later, Dave has questions for listeners.

Tax Cuts in Vermont, Tech Jam, and Civil War Anniversaries

Original Air Date: October 19, 2018 Friday’s Dave Gram show begins with Guy Page talking about the economic boon for Vermont from the Trump tax cuts. Then we hear from Cathy Resmer of Seven Days about the Vermont Tech Jam. In the second hour, we talk with Howard Coffin about some important Civil War anniversaries.

Open Phones, Health News, and an Art Exhibit on Climate Change

Original Air Date: October 18, 2018 We open with questions for listeners: Are Bernie Sanders, 77, and Joe Biden, 75, too old to run for President? How should the United States respond to the murder of Jamal Kashoggi? Then, health talk: lead in school drinking water, and the Montpelier Rotary joins the fight against polio. Nico Rubin of Plainfield’s East …

Voting, Open Phones, and Recycling Changes

Original Air Date: October 17, 2018 Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos leads off the show talking about the state achieving record voter registrations in a non-presidential year. Later, Bruce Westcott of the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District stops to talk about changes in recycling.

Reporter Neal Goswami, a Senate Candidate, and Some Environmental History

Original Air Date: October 16, 2018 Tuesday’s show opens with Dave and WCAX Capitol Bureau Chief Neal Goswami catch up on campaign news. Then, a conversation with independent Senate candidate Jon Svitavsky. Later, Bruce Post stops by to put some historical context around some of Vermont’s environmental debates.

News Review, Vermont’s U.S. Senate Race, and Race in Vermont

Original Air Date: October 15, 2018 On Monday, VTDigger’s Colin Meyn joins Dave for a review of Vermont news. Lawrence Zupan checks in to talk about his bid to unseat Bernie Sanders. And Curtiss Reed Jr. talks with Dave about how to address racism in Vermont.

Questions for Listeners and Responding to Racism in Vermont

Original Air Date: October 12, 2018 Dave will have questions for listeners in the first hour, including those raised by dissenting conservatives Max Boot and Jennifer Rubin. Later, Dave talks with Curtiss Reed Jr. of the Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity and Steve Pappas of the Rutland Herald and Times Argus about how Vermonters should deal with instances of …

The Man Behind the Man, Trump’s Healthcare Claims, and Questions for Listeners

Original Air Date: October 11, 2018 On Thursday’s Dave Gram Show, Paul Heintz of Seven Days follows up on his story this week and asks: To what degree is Jason Gibbs running the Scott administration’s show? Vermont Legal Aid Health Care advocate Mike Fisher stops by to analyze President Trump’s recent health care claims. In the second hour, Dave has …

Higher Ed, Tax Abatements, and the Supreme Court

Original Air Date: October 10, 2018 On Wednesday’s Dave Gram Show, former Congressman Peter Smith stops by to talk about his new book on changes in higher education. State Auditor Doug Hoffer joins Dave for a conversation about his review of business tax abatements. And legal analyst Dan Richardson stops in to talk about “what now for the Supreme Court?”

Climate Change and the Future of Forests

Original Air Date: October 9, 2018 Tuesday’s Dave Gram Show opens with a conversation with Dave and Bill McKibben about a new U.N. report warning of catastrophic consequences if the world doesn’t act immediately and drastically to address climate change. Later, forester Charlie Hancock and Jamey Fidel of the Vermont Natural Resources Council give their take on a new report …

Independent Candidate Peyton and #metoo Anniversary

Original Air Date: October 8, 2018 Monday’s Dave Gram show starts with a conversation with Seven Days columnist John Walters on an ethics complaint against Gov. Phil Scott. Independent gubernatorial candidate Em Peyton joins Dave for the second half hour. Later, we mark the anniversary of the “#metoo” movement gaining widespread currency with a conversation with Lisa Senecal of the …

Lackluster Campaign, Independent Candidate Marx, and Vermont’s Response to Sexual Assault

Original Air Date: October 5, 2018 Friday’s Dave Gram Show begins with Alicia Freese of Seven Days talking about her story this week of a lack of substance in this year’s gubernatorial race. Earth Rights Party gubernatorial candidate Stephen Marx then joins Dave to talk about his campaign. Later, victims’ advocate Cara Cookson and Dave talk about Vermont’s efforts to …

Drought in Vermont, the Civil War, and Forest Fragmentation

Original Air Date: October 4, 2018 Thursday’s Dave Gram Show opens with a conversation between Dave and WDEV meteorologist Roger Hill about this week’s rainy weather has not made a big dent in the drought affecting much of Vermont. Then Steven Sodergren, author of a new book about the Civil War that has won a prize from Norwich University, chats …

Garrison Keillor Controversy, Vermont Game Wardens TV Show, and Winooski River Watershed

Original Air Date: October 3, 2018 Wednesday’s “Dave Gram Show” will feature a conversation with Taylor Dobbs of Seven Days on controversy surrounding the cancellation of Garrison Keillor’s appearance at the Burlington Book Festival. Then writer Megan Price joins Dave to talk about her light-hearted writings on Vermont game wardens perhaps becoming a Hollywood production. Later, Dave talks with Karen …

News Review, and Coming out of Vermont’s Corrections System

Original Air Date: October 2, 2018 Tuesday’s Dave Gram Show starts with Dave and Colin Meyn of VTDigger reviewing recent news. Later, Dave and Bess O’Brien talk about her new film on the struggles of people emerging from Vermont ‘s Corrections system.

Community Leadership

Original Air Date: October 1, 2018 Monday’s Dave Gram Show takes us to Castleton, where the Vermont Council on Rural Development is holding its “Making It Happen” conference on fostering community leadership. More than 500 people are gathering to hear talks on topics ranging from working toward consensus on community projects to recruiting and training volunteers. Dave’s guests include VCRD …

Kavanaugh’s Reckoning, and Vermont’s Deer Boom

Original Air Date: September 28, 2018 Dave opens the phone lines for the first hour, asking for women callers only. “We gotta year you.” Later, Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter and Katie Jickling of Seven Days join Dave to talk about an overpopulation of deer in parts of Vermont.

Federal Budget, Investigating Kavanaugh, and Questions for Listeners

Original Air Date: September 27, 2018 Sen Patrick Leahy has been working with Republican Sen. Richard Shelby to try to reach consensus on federal budget legislation, in an effort to break the dysfunction in Congress. Political columnist John Walters joins Dave to discuss. Longtime Burlington lawyer and former federal prosecutor Jerry O’Neill joins Dave for questions about the FBI’s role …

Comcast’s Role and Pot Meets Blockchain

Original Air Date: September 26, 2018 Is Comcast a poles-and-wires utility subject to strict state regulation? Or an NBC-owning content provider with strong First Amendment protections? A federal judge weighs in, and Dave and Steve Pappas of The Times Argus discuss. Later, how the block chain technology that undergirds Bitcoin could help the pot industry flourish.

News Review, Service Clubs, and Questions for Listeners

Original Air Date: September 25, 2018 Tuesday’s Dave Gram Show starts with a visit from WCAX Capital Bureau Chief Neal Goswami, who talks with Dave about the latest Vermont news. Dave then welcomes leaders of the Stowe Rotary Club who talk about their upcoming Casino Night, and the troubles service clubs are facing. In the second hour, questions for listeners.

News Review, Vermont Life and Questions for Listeners

Original Air Date: September 24, 2018 Monday’s show begins with Colin Meyn of VTDigger.org joining Dave for a review of Vermont news. Dave then chats with archivist Rebekah Irwin of Middlebury College about work there to digitize the 72-year run of Vermont Life magazine. In the second hour, Dave has questions for listeners.

Politics, Vermont Legal Aid, and Watershed Moments

Original Air Date: September 21, 2018 Friday’s Dave Gram Show begins with a visit with Seven Days political columnist John Walters, followed by a conversation about Vermont Legal Aid’s upcoming 50th anniversary. Later, the last in the Watershed Moments series brings in Sens. Christopher Bray and Robert Starr and Jon Groveman of the Vermont Natural Resources Council to look at …

On the Road in Randolph

Original Air Date: September 20, 2018 Thursday’s Dave Gram Show takes us to Randolph, for the last in our “Small Towns, Big Developments” series. Joining us will be Dylan Kelley of The Herald of Randolph, Selectboard member Perr Armstrong, Chandler Center for the Arts executive director Tom Ayers, Gifford Medical Center CEO Dan Bennett, former state Rep. Patsy French and …

News Review and Radioactive Waste

Original Air Date: September 18, 2018 On Tuesday’s Dave Gram Show, we start with a news review with Colin Meyn of VTDigger.org. Later, Dave talks with Deb Katz and other activists concerned about high-level radioactive waste shipments around New England and the nation.

US Constitution, E-Cigarettes, and Labor Disputes at UVMMC

Original Air Date: September 17, 2018 On Monday’s Dave Gram Show, St. Michaels College Prof. John Hughes talks to us about some issues connected to the Constitution. Ari Kirshenbaum then joins us for a conversation about the exploding use of e-cigarettes among young people. In the second hour, we get an update on the labor dispute at the UVM Medical …

2018 Gubernatorial Debate, Live from Tunbdridge

Original Air Date: September 14, 2018 Live from the Tunbridge World’s Fair, the Dave Gram show hosted the two candidates for Vermont Governor, Christine Hallquist (D) and incumbent Phil Scott (R), for a debate with topics ranging from the economy to education to environmental policy. Anne Galloway of VTDigger.org joins Dave to moderate the debate.

2018 Lt. Governor’s Debate, Live from Tunbridge

Original Air Date: September 13, 2018 Live from the Tunbridge World’s Fair, the Dave Gram show hosted the two candidates for Lt. Governor, Don Turner (Republican) and incumbent David Zuckerman (Progressive/Democrat), for a debate with topics ranging from the economy to education to marijuana policy. Colin Meyn of VTDigger.org joins Dave to moderate the debate.

Vermont News, Solar Savings, and a New NEA Chief

Original Air Date: September 11, 2018 Xander Landen of VTDigger joins Dave for a discussion of Vermont news. SunCommon and Synapse Energy consultants talk about solar cutting energy costs during recent heat waves. And the new president of the Vermont NEA teachers’ union, Donald Tunney, talks with Dave about the state of education.

An Anonymous Op-Ed and a Retail Mecca

Original Air Date: September 10, 2018 Dave begins the show with some remarks about the “anonymous” op-ed in The New York Times. Steve Pappas of the Times Argus joins the conversation a bit later. In the second hour, Lynn Smith of the Kittery (Maine) Outlets and economist Art Woolf of the University of Vermont join Dave to talk about Kittery’s …

Sheriffs, Hospital Execs’ Pay, and Water Quality

Original Air Date: September 7, 2018 Dave’s Friday show starts with Alicia Freese of Seven Days discussing her in-depth report this week on Vermont’s county sheriffs. Health care advocate Ken Libertoff visits to talk about what he sees as excessive pay for hospital executives. And this week’s “Watershed Moments” installment looks at the role of agriculture in Vermont’s clean water …

On the Road in Plainfield

Original Air Date: September 6, 2018 We’re broadcasting from Plainfield Hardware on Thursday, where community leaders expected to visit with Dave include Select Board Chairman Ross Sneyd, librarian Loona Brogan, Kevin Levesque of the Plainfield Co-op and others. It’s part of our Small Towns, Big Developments series.

Politics and Moose in Vermont

Original Air Date: September 5, 2018 Neal Goswami of WCAX joins Dave for a review of Vermont political news. Major George Scribner of the Fish and Wildlife Department talks about the case of the moose that drowned. And Dave has questions for listeners.

News Review with Meyn & Legal Analysis with Richardson

Original Air Date: September 4, 2018 Colin Meyn of VTDigger joins Dave for a review of top Vermont stories, and attorney Dan Richardson visits for a discussion of recent legal cases, including one at the Vermont Supreme Court involving “revenge porn.”

Politics and Watershed Moments

Original Air Date: August 31, 2018 Paul Heintz of Seven Days joins Dave for a discussion of recent political news. Later, another in our “Watershed Moments” series features Elizabeth Gribkoff of VTDigger on controversy over expanding a landfill near Lake Memphremagog.

On the Road in Stowe

Original Air Date: August 30, 2018 Thursday’s Dave Gram Show heads to Stowe for another in our “Small Towns, Big Developments” series. Town and business leaders join Dave for a wide-ranging discussion on living in the Lamoille County resort hub.

News Review, Abuse at an Orphanage and Questions for Listeners

Original Air Date: August 29, 2018 Xander Landen of VTDigger joins Dave for a review of top Vermont stories. A new expose alleges widespread abuse — including murder — at a now-closed Catholic orphanage in Burlington. And Dave will have questions for listeners.

News Review, Race Relations, and Questions for Listeners.

Original Air Date: August 27, 2018 On Monday’s Dave Gram Show, VTDigger’s Colin Meyn stops in for a wide-ranging review of Vermont news. Kevin “Coach” Christie, an African-American longtime legislator and now chairman of the state Human Rights Commission, joins Dave for a conversation about race relations in Vermont following Rep. Kiah Morris’ decision to drop her bid for reelection …

Health Care, Police Info, and Rivers

Original Air Date: August 24, 2018 Mike Faher of VTDigger stops by to update listeners on health care news. Longtime reporter Mike Donoghue talks about what the Vermont State Police could do to improve the flow of information to the press and public. In the second hour, leaders of Friends of the Winooski and the White River Partnership talk about …

On the Road: Northfield

Original Air Date: August 23, 2018 On Thursday’s Dave Gram Show, we travel to Northfield for another in our series “Small Towns, Big Development.” Community bad business leaders tell us about the joys and challenges of life in the ventral Vermont community.

Dirty Air with ANR’s Peter Walke and Dirty Politics with Garrett Graff

Original Air Date: August 22, 2018 Wednesday’s Dave Gram Show begins with a visit from Peter Walke of the Agency of Natural Resources to talk about President Trump’s plan to scrap a federal clean air program.  Then Dave recaps some stunning news: the president’s former campaign manager and his personal lawyer with a combined 16 findings of criminal culpability. Garrett …

Questions for Listeners and Has the State Caved to Utilities?

Original Air Date: August 21, 2018 On the first hour of Tuesday’s Dave Gram Show, Dave has questions for listeners about news developments. Later, Greg Marcheldon of AARP and June Tierney of the department of public service debate whether Vermin by regulators are going too easy on utilities.

Teacher Shortages, Gun Politics and a New Business Incubator

Original Air Date: August 20, 2018 For all the talk of high staff-to-student ratios, many Vermont districts are facing teacher shortages. Lola Duffert joins Dave to discuss. Second Amendment advocate Evan Hughes talks with Dave about the fall election. The second hour features a look at Accel-VT, a business incubator program.

Guest Hosts Colin Meyn and Xander Landen

Original Air Date: August 17, 2018 Colin Meyn and Xander Landen of VTDigger.org stand in for Dave while he’s away. They talk about the recent gubernatorial election including a conversation with Democratic nominee Christine Halquist and the condition of Lake Carmi and how to reverse the effects of pollution there.

Guest Host Ken Squier

Original Air Date: August 16, 2018 Ken Squier, Vermont Association of Broadcasters Hall of Famer, fills in for Dave while he is away. Ken is in Hardwick talking to business and community leaders about economic development issues in the town.

Guest Host Joel Najman

Original Air Date: August 15, 2018 Joel Najman fills in for Dave while he’s away. This Wednesday’s show is all about dogs. Joel invites members of Justice for Dogs and Therapy Dogs Vermont as well as a veterinarian of 40+ years to talk about everything from adoption to health issues for dogs.

Primaries, Solzhenitsyn, and Housing Costs

Original Air Date: August 14, 2018 John Walters of Seven Days joins Dave for a conversation about the primary election. NVU Prof. Alexandre Strokanov talks with Dave on an upcoming conference on Russian writer and longtime Vermont resident Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Later, housing advocates join Dave to talk about the gap between wages and housing costs.

Education Update, Economic Development Audit, and Questions for Listeners

Original Air Date: August 13, 2018 On Monday’s Dave Gram Show, Lola Duffort of VTDigger stops by to update us on recent education stories. State auditor Doug Hoffer talks about recent findings from a review of economic development efforts. In the second hour, Dave has questions for listeners.

Hajj and Water Runoff Pollution

Original Air Date: August 10, 2018 Friday’s Dave Gram Show begins with Xander Landen of VTDigger joining Dave for a news review. Fahrad Khan of the Islamic Society of Vermont joins Dave to talk about an upcoming religious pilgrimage to Mecca. And in the second hour, the conversation turns to new requirements on towns to control polluted runoff from their …

On the Road in Middlebury

Original Air Date: August 9, 2018 On Thursday’s Dave Gram Show, we travel to Middlebury to interview community, business and college leaders about what makes the Addison County shire town click. Dave’s “Small Towns, Big Developments” series takes a look among other things at plans for a big but disruptive upgrade to rail service that comes to the center of …

First Responders, Election Security, and Growing Hemp

Original Air Date: August 8, 2018 On Wednesday’s Dave Gram Show on WDEV, conversations with two first responders about how declining volunteerism and increased professionalism are making it harder for rural towns to maintain ambulance services. Secretary of State Jim Condos stops by for a conversation about election cyber security. In the second hour, Rural Vermont’s Andrea Stander and farmer …

Primary, Climate Change, and an Antique Car Show

Original Air Date: August 6, 2018 On Monday’s Dave Gram Show, VTDigger political columnist Jon Margolis joins Dave to talk about the Aug.14 Vermont primary. That’s followed by a conversation about a new report from a state commission looking at climate change. In the second hour, Chris Barbieri joins Dave to talk about the upcoming antique car show in Waterbury.

Vermont Yankee, Unused Meds, and Water Quality

Original Air Date: August 3, 2018 On Friday’s Dave Gram Show, Mike Faher of VTDigger stops by to talk about the now unused nuclear power plant in southern Vermont. Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine discusses stepping up efforts to get Vermonters to turn over unused drugs. And, in another installment in our Watershed Moments series, Dave and guests look at …

On the Road in Greensboro

Original Air Date: August 2, 2018 The Dave Gram Show heads to Greensboro, to hear from community leaders about economic opportunities and challenges in the Northeast Kingdom town.

Pot, Guns, and Murphy the Missing Dog

Original Air Date: August 1, 2018 One of the authors of Vermont’s marijuana legalization, Sen. Richard Sears, joins Dave to talk about how he thinks it’s going so far. Northern Vermont Student Madison Knoop talks about winning a national award for gun safety advocacy. And three people involved in the case of Murphy the missing dog talk about a new …

News Review, the Teaching of History, and Questions for Listeners

Original Air Date: July 31, 2018 Tuesday’s Dave Gram Show begins with a visit from Colin Meyn of VTDigger and a conversation about recent Vermont stories. History teacher and columnist Peter Berger then joins Dave for a conversation about the teaching of history. In the second hour, Dave has questions for listeners.

Home Care Audit, McCarthyism Book, and Questions for Listeners

Original Air Date: July 30, 2018 Monday’s Dave Gram Show starts with a visit by state Auditor Doug Hoffer, and his new report pointing to likely fraud in a state homecare program. Author Rick Winston then stops by to talk about his new book, “Red Scare in the Green Mountains: The McCarthy Era in Vermont.” In the second hour, Dave …

Pot and Politics

Original Air Date: July 24, 2018 Dave welcomes April McCullum of The Burlington Free Press to talk about her recent stories on implementation of marijuana legalization. Democratic state Sen. John Rodgers talks about the gubernatorial write-in campaign launched on his behalf. Later, Gov. Phil Scott joins Dave to talk about his re-election campaign.

Russia, Unclaimed Property and Lake Champlain

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

On the Road: Warren

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

More Arrests at the Border, Bioblitz, and Shakespeare

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

Trump and Russia, Hamilton Davis on State and National Politics

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

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

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

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

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

On the Road in Morrisville

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

Leahy on SCOTUS, PFOA Update, and James Ehlers

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

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

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

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

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

Public Record Disputes and a Chat with Montpelier’s Mayor

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

Nurses Strike and State Parks

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

News Review, Emerald Ash Borer, and the Supreme Court

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

Guest Host Lee Kittell

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

Vermont Politics, U.S. Supreme Court

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

Session Roundup, Plastic Worries, and Questions for Listeners

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

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

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

Statehouse and Questions for Listeners

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

News Review, Questions for Listeners, and Act 250

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

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

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

Border Worries, Statehouse Follies, and Energy Goals

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

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

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

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

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

Guest Host John Walters (6/15/18)

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

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

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

Guest Host Tom Beardsley (6/13/18)

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

Guest Host Jim Douglas (6/12/18)

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

Guest Host Ken Squier (6/11/18)

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

Statehouse and Immigration Troubles (6/8/18)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From the Statehouse (6/1/18)

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

Statehouse, Appliances and Lakes

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

From the Statehouse (5/30/18)

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

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

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

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

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

Business and Industry Expo (5/24/18)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From the Statehouse (5/11/18)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ticks and Solar Energy (5/7/18)

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

From the Statehouse (5/4/18)

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

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

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

Maple, Schools, and Socially Responsible Business

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

News and Analysis

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