Abortion Gag Rule and ‘Green’ Specialty Foods

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

Catching Up on Recent News

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

Women in Leadership, VT MAGA, and the Sanders Campaign

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

School Drinking Water, Stowe Jazz Fest, and Internships

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

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

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

Grange Hall Cultural Center and Flood Insurance

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

The Vermont Antique and Classic Car Meet

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

Rural Hospitals and the F-35

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

Facial Recognition Software, Early College, and Financing Higher Ed

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

The Future of the Monkton General Store

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

Antique Car Show and Gubernatorial Candidate Rebecca Holcombe

Monday’s Dave Gram Show features a regular weekly visit from VTDigger’s Colin Meyn; Chris Barbieri on the upcoming Antique and Classic Car Show; Guest Host Jack Lyons with a feature on lake monsters and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Holcombe.

Progressive Candidates and Attracting Young People to Vermont

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

Opiate Addiction in Vermont

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

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

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

College Merger, Prescription Drugs, and Health Insurance Rates

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

Election Security and School Closings

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

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

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

Congressman Welch and Guy Page

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

Hunting in the Localvore Movement

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

Heat Wave, Public Records, and Homelessness

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

Immigration and Youth Activism

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

Right to Repair and the Future of Public Transit

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

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

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

Women’s Commission Leaders and PFOA

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

Bernie, Arson, and Third Parties

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Star Trek Podcast, Fireworks, and Blue Man Group

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

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

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

Bringing Broadband Internet to Rural Vermont

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

Fundraising by Breweries and New Medicaid Rules

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

Vermont Colleges, Democratic Debates, and State Parks

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

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

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

Vermont’s Prison Population, UVM Apology Response, and “Where is Vermont Going?”

Corrections Commissioner Mike Touchette joins Dave to talk about the recent increase in Vermont’s prison population. Abenaki Chief Don Stevens talks with Dave about the University of Vermont’s apology regarding its role in the eugenics movement. Later, commentator Kevin Ellis joins Dave to provide his take on the question, “Where is Vermont going?”

Returning to Society after Incarceration

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

Bugfest in Montpelier

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

New Bills and Medical Specialist Woes

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

Colleges Take on Climate Change and Nurse Training

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

Environmental Issues and Scientific Excellence at UVM

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

Vermont’s Federal Relations

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

Cleaning Up Vermont’s Water

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

Photography Exhibit and the Human Services Secretary

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

Vermont Ski Industry Report

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

Preventing Youth Tobacco Use

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

Vermont News and Child Care

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

Insanity Claims in Criminal Trials

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

Police-Media Relations, Delaying Retirement, and Medicaid Funding

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

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

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

Waterbury Road Work and Growing Hemp

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

Congress and President Trump and Burlington Discover Jazz Festival

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

Guest Host Jeb Spaulding

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

Wood Whys and What Happened at the End of the Session

Michael Snyder, Commissioner of Forests, Parks, and Recreation, talks about his new book: Wood Whys. House Speaker Mitzi Johnson discusses what happened at the end of the legislative session and why so many things were left on the table.

Hiring Disabled Workers and the Vermont Granite Museum

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

Land Management, ArtsFest, and Electric Safety

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

A Dog Lawyer and Dairy Farmers

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

New England Cooks and A Fresh Take on College

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

Guest Host Paul Ralston

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

Guest Host Pat McDonald

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

Minimum Wage and Paid Family Leave

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

Public Access TV and Boston Sports

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

Statehouse Outlook and a Newspaper Cartoonist

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

Guest Host Rusty DeWees

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

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

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

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

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

Guest Host Steve Pappas

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

Advance Directives, Measles Outbreaks, and Burlington News

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

Guest Host Chris Graff

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

Pornography and F-35s in Vermont

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

Tax and Regulate and Waterways Cleanup Program

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

Guest Host Brent Curtis

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

Strolling of the Heifers, Thunder Road Season Opener, and Allergies

Lee Kittell hosts a shortened Dave Gram Show. Orly Munzing talks about the upcoming Strolling of the Heifers in Brattleboro in June. Chris Michaud, Co-Owner of Thunder Road, previews the season opener on May 5th. Dr. Cass Ingram discusses some natural treatments for seasonal allergies.

The Damascus Road and Call Me American

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

Abortion Bills and New Deer Rules

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

Lee Kittell at the Statehouse

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

Firearm Purchase Waiting Periods and Health Concerns with Young Chickens

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

VTDigger’s Annual Report and Sanctuary Cities

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

The Fate of Columbus Day and Improving Internet in Vermont

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

F-35s and Climate Issues

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

The Statehouse Green Show

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

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

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

Women’s Roles in the Economy

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

Unionizing State’s Attorneys and Drumming Therapy

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

From the Statehouse

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

Water Pollution Settlement and 2020 Media Coverage

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

Welch on Mueller; ACLU Chief on Prisons

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

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

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

Ranked Choice Voting and Helping Refugees

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

Statehouse

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

Estate Tax, Association Health Plans, and Joe Biden

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

Central Vermont Job Fair

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

Health News and Abortion Amendment

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

Upcoming Forums and April Fool’s Puns

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

From the Statehouse

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

Leahy and College Decision Time

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

Vermont News and Mueller Report Analysis

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

Wildlife, Dairy, and Old Books

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

Public Philosophy Week and Maple

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

Guest Host John Walters

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

Guest Host Jim Douglas

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

Video Games in Vermont and Suicide Prevention

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

Recent Telecom News

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

Ambulance Service Troubles

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

Back to the Statehouse

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

On the Dairy Farm

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

Recent Vermont News

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

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

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

News Review and Keeping a Lid on the Flu

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

Ranked-Choice Voting and Paying for Higher Ed

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

News Review, Medicare-drugs, and Energy Report

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

Zuckerman, News Review and New Leader at the Flynn

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

Town Meeting Day

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

Town Meeting Preview and Making it as a Small College

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

From the Statehouse

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

Health Plans and Listening to Cohen

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

Jane Sanders and Burlington College

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

Planned Parenthood and Home Health

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

News Review and New Trump Policy on Same-Sex Relationships

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

From the Statehouse

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

Lawmakers Debate Abortion and Personal Journalism on Opiate Addiction

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

Norwich at the Statehouse

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

Bernie Runs Again, Cannabis Policy, and Public Access TV

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

News Review and Hatchery Supporters Speak Out

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

Back to the Statehouse with Gov. Scott and Legislators

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.