Refugee Resettlement in Vermont and the Barre Opera House

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Vermont has seen a series of refugees resettled in the state. But is there a value to the communities where they resettle? UVM Geography Professor Pable Bose has studied this question and shares what he has found. Barre Opera House Director Dan Casey shares the venues rich history and the restoration efforts taking place. Then, we open up the phones for your thoughts and memories of Town …

Town Meeting Day Issues, Estuary Magazine, and Allan Nicholls

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VTDigger’s Kevin O’Connor has been researching the key issues that will be voted on around the state on Town Meeting Day. He’ll get us prepped for Tuesday. A new quarterly publication will focus on the history, health and ecology of the Connecticut River. Dick Shriver, publisher of Estuary Magazine, joins us to discuss the river and the new venture. We meet a Canadian actor who now calls Vermont …

The Business of Botanicals, CVHHH, and CCV

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We open the show with Vermont author Ann Ambrecht, who has investigated the $9 billion global business of herbal supplements and products. Her new book, “The Business of Botanicals,” reveals whether they deliver on their promises. Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice President and CEO Sandy Rousse joins us to discuss the organization’s effort to help get people vaccinated and the funding they receive from the communities they …

Mercy Connections, Vermont’s Power Grid, and Norwich University

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Mercy Connections supports re-entry for women coming out of prison and educates adults who are focused on well-being, academics, job readiness and business ownership. We’ll start the show hearing about the organization’s work. In the wake of recent events in Texas, Public Service Commissioner June Tierney and VELCO President and CEO Tom Dunn join us to explain how Vermont’s power …

Big Game Management Plan and North Branch Nature Center

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Vermont Fish & Wildlife Commissioner recently accepted signed the state’s Big Game Management Plan for 2020-2030. Commissioner Porter discusses the key issues that the plan addresses for Vermont’s deer, bear, moose and wild turkey. Zac Cota of the North Branch Nature Center take us back into the great outdoors to explore winter nature phenomena like owl nesting and we’ll prep for the upcoming amphibian …

Opioid Abuse Legislation, Artist Matt Neckers, and Roger Hill

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A group of legislators and advocates are supporting a series of bills aimed at addressing Vermont’s opioid abuse crisis. We’ll discuss this legislation with Attorney General T.J. Donovan. Artist Matt Neckers has created rocket ships and a mobile art gallery. We’ll catch up with the creative Eden artist. Then Radio Vermont forecaster Roger Hill discusses his new podcast, Roger Hill’s Weather Classroom and all things …

Planet Axis, Captive Insurance, and Starlink in Vermont

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We’ll talk with Wendy Reynolds of Planet Axis. The organization creates inspiring documentaries including “Community Through Crisis,” which followed the exploits of Vermonters during the pandemic. Then we get the low down on Vermont’s captive insurance industry and why it has been so important to the state for almost 40 years. National correspondent Bob Ney pops in with his take on what’s happening around the country …

BTV Mayoral Race and Brattleboro Museum & Art Center

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Kevin O’Connor of VTDigger brings us up to date on plans for Town Meeting Day, concerns over municipal charters and what the Harris Hill Ski Jump has in store for its centennial celebration. We hear from another candidate for mayor of Burlington. This time, City Council member Ali Dieng joins us with his vision for the city.  We’ll learn about the exhibits at the Burlington Museum & …

Mortgage Talk, Art, etc., and JAG Productions

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The real estate market is red hot. So, it’s a good time to know what your options are when it comes to securing a mortgage loan or when you’re thinking about refinancing. Steve Kendall of Union Bank joins us with the intel. Then we head to Northfield to browse through Art, etc., an artisan crafts and art gallery, with owner …

Northland Journal and Historic Preservation Grants

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For almost two decades, the Northland Journal has been covering the history and lore of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. We’ll learn about it from publisher Scott Wheeler. We then learn about the Historic Preservation Grants recently awarded by the State of Vermont. And we finish off talking to Sam Talbott-Kelly, seamstress for Norwich University’s Uniform Store, and a recent creation of hers being shown at …

BTV Mayoral Race and Vermont Cheese

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Burlington City Councilor Max Tracy is the Progressive Party’s candidate for Mayor. We’ll learn what plans he has for the city if elected mayor on Town Meeting Day. Then we delight in learning about the delicious Vermont cheeses. Marty Mundy of the Vermont Cheese Council joins us as several Vermont cheesemakers. More Posts for Show: Vermont Viewpoint

Cooking or Takeout for Valentine’s Day and Daytona 500 Preview

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Chef Michael Kloti of Michael’s on the Hill spends the first segment talking food and offering helpful tips on what you might make for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day. Bob Ney then pops in with a look on the news from around the world. Melissa Pasanen of Seven Days offers tips on where to order take out on Valentine’s Day (especially if you weren’t …

Discovery Maps, Blue Benn Diner, and Vermont Agriculture Strategic Plan

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We’ll start the show by learning about a company based right here in Waitsfield whose maps are the go to guide to get you around places like Portsmouth, New Hampshire or Princeton, New Jersey. Then, we meet the guy who is re-opening the fabulous Blue Benn Diner in Bennington. To celebrate Valentine’s week, Sally Pollak of Seven Days joins us to tell us how six …

Clean Water Initiative Report and Outdoor Adventures

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The Department of Environmental Conservation’s Clean Water Initiative Report shows that the state’s $194 million investment in water quality over the past five years is paying off. We’ll learn how and what still needs to be done. We then get to enjoy some of Vermont’s wonderful outdoors, going on some adventures offered by Umiak Outdoor Outfitters. And then we meet the folks who run a frankincense and myrrh distillery …

Lt. Gov. Molly Gray’s “Seat at the Table” Series; 1099 Woes Continue

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Lieutenant Governor Molly Gray begins a series called Seat at the Table this afternoon. The first will focus on broadband access. She joins us to discuss what she hopes to learn from these forums. VTDigger business reporter Anne Wallace Allen provides the latest news on the 1099 tax form kerfuffle at the Department of Labor and looks at the pandemic unemployment numbers that show …

Wine Show, Vaccinations in Vermont, and The Inland Sea

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Break out the Cabernets, the Chardonnays and the Pinot Noirs. The first hour is Vermont Viewpoint’s first wine show. We’ll get suggestions and pairing help from Kitchen Table Bistro chef/owner Lara Atkins and master sommelier David Keck of the Vermont Wine Shepherd. National correspondent Bob Ney provides an update on top world and international news stories. Then Colin Flanders of …

Vermont Music Festivals, 1099 Error, and Architectural History

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COVID took care of wiping our Vermont’s Music Festivals last year. We’ll hear from Burlington Free Press Entertainment Reporter Brent Hallenbeck on potential festival plans for this year. Labor Commissioner Michael Harrington will discuss how 1099s were mailed to the wrong people and what his department is doing to rectify the situation. State Architectural Historian Devin Colman joins us to …

Farm to School Grants, Music Producer Jim Rooney, and Miro Weinberger

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The Vermont Agency of Agriculture is offering three Farm to School Grants this year. We’ll get the details on these programs. Then we speak with music producer Jim Rooney of Sharon who has worked with everyone from John Prine and Garth Brooks to Emmy Lou Harris and Iris DeMent in his long, storied career.  Incumbent Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger talks about his run for a fourth term in charge. And we finish …

Capstone Community Action and Campaign for Vermont

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Pat McDonald hosts the show while Ric takes the day off. Sue Minter, Executive Director of Capstone Community Action, updates us on the Fuel Your Neighbor fundraising campaign and other Capstone initiatives helping people through the pandemic. Ben Kinsley, a member of the Board of Directors for Campaign for Vermont, talks about the organizations goals and current projects. Gary Frymire, …

Jewish Community of Greater Stowe and A New Book on Watching Sports

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Lee Kittel hosts the show while Ric takes a couple days off. Lee invites Rabbi David Fainsilber of the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe on the show to talk about his and his community’s connection to their faith. Writer Larry Olmstead talks about his new book “Fans: How Watching Sports Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Understanding.” More Posts for …

Capstone Financial Counseling and Act 250

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During the first hour, Liz Scharf of Capstone Community Action joins us to discuss the financial counseling and coaching services that they offer. And she’ll discuss some of the programs that community members can participate in. National correspondent Bob Ney provides an update on top world and international news stories. Kevin McCallum of Seven Days will discuss Gov. Phil Scott’s …

Northeast Dairy Innovation Center and Maple Sugaring

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The USDA has three Dairy Business Innovation Centers across the country. The one that serves all of the Northeast is based in Vermont. We’ll learn what the center is and the many projects it has going on or is about to launch. Next, we stop in Brandon to meet the owners of Swan & Stone Millinery, makers of fashionable and …

Vermont River Conservancy and Brattleboro Issues and Politics

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We learn about the state’s river system from Richarda Ericson of the Vermont River Conservancy and the work her organization is doing to keep them vibrant. And programs they’ve instituted to give students a better understanding of our river network. Olga Peters, staff reporter for The Commons, provides an update of the Brattleboro selectboard elections, a report calling for expanded …

Burlington Police Transformation and Slate Ridge Debrief

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Get ready to start your day with some belly laughs as Rusty DeWees joins us. And he’s got some big news that involves a Mack Truck and a CDL. That’s right, Rusty’s got himself a Commercial Drivers License! Next, we learn all about the historic Northeast Slopes in East Corinth. We’ll talk t-bars, rope tows and family fun. Burlington’s new Director of Police Transformation Kyle Dodson talks about his …

Baseball Talk, Dosa Kitchen, and VT GOP Leadership

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We open up with Bill “Spaceman” Lee to learn about his new book and his views on all things baseball. Next, we’ll tantalize you with some food talk as we learn about the South Indian street food, dosa. And we’ll meet the owner of the Brattleboro restaurant that serves them up, Dosa Kitchen. Then we speak with St. Johnsbury Representative …

Ice Fishing Trips, Ramble Maps, and Joe’s Kitchen

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We start with ice fishing and finish with soup today. Shawn Good from Vermont Fish & Wildlife opens the show with the fundamentals of ice fishing to make sure everyone has an enjoyable and safe season. We then learn about a Vermont company called Ramble Maps that are producing stunning high-resolution elevation maps of mountains, lakes and entire states. Correspondent …

Backcountry Skiing and Face Blindness

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Vermont Conversation’s David Goodman goes from host to guest as he spends the first hour talking about one of his passions that isn’t politics and social justice. He shares his knowledge of backcountry skiing and discusses his new book, “Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast.” Then Dartmouth College Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences Brad Duchaine shares his research into …

Vermont State Pension Funds, The Art of Julia Jensen, and Cybersecurity

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Ric didn’t get a guest for the first half hour, so he’s opening up the phones looking for your suggestions on what to stream. Everyone seems to reach the end of everything they want to watch online, so help others by sharing what you’ve enjoyed. Lola Duffort of VTDigger joins us next to discuss Treasurer Beth Pearce’s call for changes to the state pension …

Det. Joe Gunther Mysteries, Baseball by the Numbers, and Bear Hunting

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Bad guys, baseball, bears and BIPOC is what we have in store today. Archer Mayor, author of the Joe Gunther Detective series tells us about his latest book, “The Orphan’s Guilt.” We then talk the importance baseball players place on the uniform numbers with Karl Lindholm. He’ll also talk Sox and Negro League Baseball. Forrest Hammond from Fish & Wildlife is up next, …

Bird Issues, Vermont Doughnuts, and Moral Leadership

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Conservation biologist Kent McFarland will share how listeners can contribute to research and conservation policy with their smartphone, and discuss the alarming levels of toxic mercury in ecosystems on Vermont’s mountaintops. National correspondent Bob Ney brings us up to date on the big stories from the week. We get to talk donuts with Jordan Barry of Seven Days (but, alas, no samples). And Roman …

Grant Proposal Writing, Kingdom Trails, CVHHH, and Vermont Glove

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We start the program by learning how to build really strong grant proposals from Barbara Floersch, author of the new book, “You Have a Hammer”. Then we head into the NEK to talk with Kingdom Trails director Abby Long. The Trails have become a wonderful recreational venue and economic driver for the region. Next, CVHHH Executive Director Sandy Rousse joins us to discuss the safety of their staff and …

Wetlands, Let’s Get Some Artists, and a Tether to This World

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We begin by learning about Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s new initiative to acquire and restore wetlands in response to funding from the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Lake Champlain Basin Program. Listener David Pratt then joins us with his idea to attract more artists to Vermont. Writer and editor Erika Nichols-Frazer discusses a new anthology she’s developed that shares mental health recovery stories. And we …

251 Club of Vermont and Vermont Women’s Fund

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We go on a trip all around the state with the executive director of the 251 Club of Vermont, Stephanie Young. The group promotes every city and town in the state. We hear about the work of the Vermont Women’s Fund, which supports the self-sufficiency, and economic and social equality of Vermont’s women and girls.  More Posts for Show: Vermont Viewpoint

Vermont Archives, The Savoy Turns 40, and Jill Krowinski

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We’ll start the show learning about the work of the Vermont State Archivist and if there’s been any precedence for the remote opening of the Legislature. Then we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Montpelier’s Savoy Theater. We check in with national correspondent Bob Ney. Chef Emery Gray tells us about some of the wonderful programs going on at the Billings Farm & Museum in …

Reflecting on the Chaos in the Capitol Yesterday

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It was to be a simple act of ratifying the electoral college results. The final step before Joe Biden will be inaugurated as President of the United States in two weeks. But, after listening to President Donald Trump earlier in the day, protestors moved to the U.S. Capitol. There they tore down barriers and eventually forced their way into the Capitol building itself. It is a seminal …

The History of Marquis de Lafayette and an Alcohol-Free IPA

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He is a hero in both the United States and France and a statue of him sits prominently on UVM’s green. But who was the Marquis de Lafayette and what did he do? Historian and author Willard Sterne Randall lets us know. We learn about the Burlington brewery that’s making a beer with all the flavor of an IPA but with no alcohol! And then …

Legislative Biennium Preview and Barbara Ann Cochran

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With just a day before the new biennium, we continue speaking with lawmakers about what they hope to accomplish in this session. New Senate President Pro Tem Becca Balint leads of the Legislative roundup. We hear about the Progressive Party priorities from Burlington Representative Selene Colburn. Then Washington-Chittenden Representatives Theresa Wood and Tom Stevens discuss their district’s needs, which incorporates Waterbury, Bolton, Huntington and Buel’s Gore. We finish off …

Memphremagog Community Maritime and Neighborhood Groups

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We’ll start the show by learning about a group in Newport hoping to restore community pride and momentum with the purchase of a boat called the Northern Star. We talk to neighborhood groups in Hardwick and East Hardwick about how they’re boosting their community with cookies, winter hats, gnomes and more. And we talk with House Minority Leader Patti McCoy about the upcoming legislative session. More Posts for Show: …

How Farmers Markets Fared, The Year in Arts, and Tarnished Badge

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Farmers Markets are an important part of Vermont’s food economy. We’ll check in with three of the state’s markets to see how they fared in this pandemic year. Bob Ney updates us on what’s happening around the country and the world. Pamela Poulston of Seven Days provides a roundup of some of the top Arts stories in Vermont in the past year. And VTDigger’s Alan …

Invasive Insects, Lawson’s Finest, Catamount Arts, and Kents’ Corner

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Beware the red spotted lanternfly. We’ll start the show learning why this is the latest invasive insect that has Vermont’s state entomologist concerned. Then we get a large dose of sunshine when we speak with Sean Lawson of Lawson’s Finest Liquids, one of Vermont’s socially responsible businesses. Next we learn what Catamount Arts has going on, including St. Johnsbury’s First Night on …

WGDR’s Future, Vermont Humanities, and Deer Hunting Season

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There’s an effort to raise money to keep WGDR, the Goddard College radio station alive. Not only that, but it is being turned over by the school to the community. We’ll learn about these efforts from station director (and musician) Kris Gruen. Then we hear about Vermont Humanities’ top programs from the past year and what it has planned for …

Troy Austin, Tarnished Badge, and Vermont Geology

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We’ll start the show by meeting Troy Austin of Essex, who is dedicated to doing good deeds, especially around the holidays. Then VTDigger’s Alan Keays joins us to discuss his recent “Tarnished Badge” series. In the three-part series, Keays looked at what happens to law enforcement officers whose truthfulness has been called into question. During the second hour, State Geologist Jon Kim discusses how the …

Community Kitchen Academy and Tax and Regulate Concerns

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We chat with the gregarious Chef Joey Buttendorf who leads Capstone Community Actions’ Community Kitchen Academy. It’s a job training program that prepares underemployed and unemployed Vermonters for careers in the food service industry. We’ll then hear from National Correspondent Bob Ney on the top stories of the week. Colin Flanders of Seven Days joins us to discuss why some racial justice advocates are not pleased with Vermont’s …

Rep. Peter Welch on COVID Stimulus, Modern Day Village, and Birds

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Now that Congress has approved a stimulus bill and an omnibus spending bill, Representative Peter Welch joins us to help dissect what their passage will mean as we continue to the spread of the coronavirus. Then we hear from two Stowe women who have created a website that provides an online marketplace for women to find work and helps businesses find experts who …

Land Conservation, Quarantine Chef Cookbook, and Roger Hill Talks Snow

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We start by learning the conservation efforts of a piece of land in southern Vermont that includes representatives of nearly every important species of flora and fauna in the state. We hear about a couple of Vermonters who created the Quarantine Chef Cookbook to raise money for Feeding America. And then we talk snow with Radio Vermont forecaster Roger Hill. …

CLiF, Father Matthew Rensch, and Vermont Foodbank Receives $9 Million

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CLiF, the Children’s Literacy Foundation has been working to inspire a love of reading and writing among children in Vermont and New Hampshire since 1998. We’ll hear about their work from founder and executive director Duncan McDougall about their work. We then talk to Father Matthew Rensch, who has responsibility for the Catholic parishes in Waterbury, Moretown and Waitsfield. In the second hour, Vermont Foodbank CEO John Sayles discusses the rising incidence …

Burlington Politics, Vaccinating Veterans, and the Bright Side of 2020

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From revelations about what the Mayor knew and when, to moves by the city council regarding policing, to the pit that still sits downtown, Burlington keeps making news. We’ll get the latest from VTDigger’s Grace Elletson. National correspondent Bob Ney brings us up to date on what’s happening around the country. Dr. Jane Kim provides COVID-19 vaccination strategies for high-risk military veterans. And Cathy Resmer …

Vermont Community Loan Fund, CVHHH, and COVID Vaccines

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When a Vermont business isn’t able to secure a bank loan, where do they go? We’ll start the show by learning about how the Vermont Community Loan Fund fills that gap, and the other programs it has created to help Vermont businesses. Then Diana Moore and Emily McKenna from Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice discuss the organization’s work and how they’ve moved bereavement services online …

Local Meat and Corrections Commissioner James Baker

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As the demand for local meat has risen in Vermont, the need for more slaughterhouse and meat processing facilities has risen. We’ll talk to two representatives from the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets on what’s happening in that area. In the second hour, we’ll meet Interim Corrections Commissioner James Baker and discuss the death this week of a Vermont inmate, staffing and …

Wastewater COVID Testing, Raffling a Middle Name, and Shop Local

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We start by learning how Norwich University students are testing wastewater to detect the presence of COVID and why this works. We’ll meet the woman who raffled off the right to give her a middle name to raise money for the Upper Valley Trails Alliance. Tourism and Marketing Commissioner Heather Pelham tells us how and why it’s great to shop Vermont-made products.  And we hear …

UVM Proposes Program Cuts and Supporting Local Artists

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VTDigger’s Katja Schwenk provides insight into the recent announcement by UVM that they are considering dropping 12 majors, 11 minors and four graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences to close a budget gap. We then hear about National Life’s robust community involvement programs. And in the 10 o’clock hour, we get to know the Montpelier organization CERF+ The Artists Safety Net, and a …

Contact Tracing, Town Meeting Prep, and Stephen Kiernan

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Lisa Scagliotti of the Waterbury Roundabout hosts the show while Ric takes some time off. Lisa talks with Monica Talbot Ogelby, contact tracing leader for the Vermont Department of Health, about how contact tracers aim to outpace the coronavirus and get close contacts of the infected tested and quarantined. Will Senning, Director of Elections and Campaign Finance for the Vermont …

Reducing Sugar Intake, Sports Memorabilia, and Polar Express Burlington

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Lee Kittel host the show today as Ric takes some time off. Andrea Grayson of the University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine talks about sugar consumption and why it’s important to reduce one’s intake of sugar. Patrick Lancour joins us to talk about rare collectibles, particularly in the sports realm. Amanda Ahmadi with the Children’s Trust Fund talks about …

Vermont’s COVID Response and Analyzing the Presidential Election

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Former Governor Jim Douglas hosts the show while Ric takes a few days off. Two members of the Governor’s COVID response team, Mike Smith, Secretary of Human Services, and Mike Pieczak, Commissioner of Financial Regulation, will discuss the recent statistical trends and the plan to roll out vaccines. Political Science Prof. Matt Dickinson of Middlebury College tells us why the …

Winter Driving, Feeding Those in Need, and Helping Older Vermonters

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It doesn’t matter how many times you have to drive through snow or ice, getting tips on how to drive safely in the winter are always helpful. We’ll hear from a couple VTrans workers who know the roads well and how we should be behaving around snow plows. We’ll hear how a startup created a repurposed version of their food deals app to bring …

Vermont’s Attempts to Attract New Residents and Book Recommendations

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In the first hour, we get a history lesson from NVU-Lyndon Professor Paul Searls on how Vermont tried to attract people to move here from 1890 through the 1970s. And he’ll discuss all that went into building the Interstate Highways in the state. Then we get great book suggestions from Waterbury Public Library Director Almy Landauer and Bear Pond Books Owner Claire Benedict.  More Posts …

The Vermont Proposition, Bird Carving, and Green Mountain College Plans

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The Vermont Council on Rural Development has been working on an initiative they’re calling the Vermont Proposition. It looks to articulate priorities for our economy, environment, communities, and people. We’ll hear about the effort. We’ll meet master bird carver (and one-time decathlon champion) Floyd Scholz. Derek Brouwer of Seven Days has the latest on one-time Whistle Pig owner Raj Bhakta on his plans for the …

Vermont’s Labor Status, Personal Finances, and Phone Scams

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We begin by getting a big-picture look at how Vermont’s labor market has been affected by the pandemic, how the state’s Department of Labor has handled an unprecedented surge in its caseload, and what’s coming up for the 30,000 Vermonters receiving unemployment benefits. Then we get some pointers on taking care of your personal finances during this COVID-19 era. And finally, we’ll learn …

Food Insecurity During the Pandemic and Antiques with Brian Bittner

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We’ve been hearing about the rising percentage of Vermonters who are food insecure since COVID-19 reached Vermont. We’ll hear from a couple of UVM researchers who have been collecting data on the subject from the outset of the pandemic. Then we head to Brattleboro to learn about emissions goals and rent controls in that town. And we finish with Brian Bittner of Bittner Antiques to learn …

Giving Tuesday, Mad River Distillers, Job Training, and Bird Feeders

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Capstone Community Action Executive Director Sue Minter talks about the Fuel Your Neighbors campaign and Capstone’s work on this Giving Tuesday. Distiller Al Hilton of Mad River Distillers introduces us the spirits they’re creating, including their single-malt Mad River Hopscotch. CCV Associate Dean of Workforce Education Tiffany Walker discusses the free and very popular CARES Act job trainings that’s available to Vermonters. And Doug Morin …

The State of Dairy Farming, Dr. Louis Meyers, and the V National Guard

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We start by checking in with Randolph Center organic dairy farmer Chester Abbott on the current state of dairy farming. Zeb Norris, program director and morning show DJ of WCVT, talks about the exciting changes happening at the station. Health Care Today host Dr. Louis Meyers joins us to discusses his program and health care in the state of Vermont.  And Major General Gregory Knight, Adjutant …

What to Do with Thanksgiving Leftovers

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The day after the food holiday of the year brings the age-old question, “What do I do with the leftovers?” Two amazing cooks – Elizabeth Sengle and Luiza Bloomberg – offer some helpful hints and talking cooking with an always-hungry Ric. National correspondent Bob Ney lets us know what’s happening in the rest of the world. And then we meet the executive director of the …

Water Runoff, Brussel Sprouts, Children and COVID, and Local Food

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We’ll hear about a coalition of cities and towns who want to keep our waterways clean by thinking about what is running off of your property. We give the little ball of flavor known as the Brussels sprout its due right before a bowl of them are passed your way on Thanksgiving. UVM Professor of Pediatrics Dr. Benjamin Lee discuss …

Performing Arts During COVID and Woodstove Tips

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While performing arts organizations are having to deal with having no or reduced audiences, we’ll speak with Northern Stage Producing Artistic Director Carol Dunne about the innovative ways they’re delivering their shows. Ken Picard of Seven Days takes us through the process of investigating reader questions for the WTF? Column. And he shares some of his favorites. And we’ll learn all about heating with wood! From a …

COVID and Schools, Feeding Chittenden, and Montpelier Alive

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Lola Duffort of VTDigger provides an update on how Vermont schools are managing as we face the current surge of COVID-19 cases. Rob Meehan of Feeding Chittenden joins us to discuss the organization’s efforts to make sure 3,500 families in the County will have enough to eat during this holiday season. Dr. Daniel Weiss lets us know about an American Lung Association grant he’s received to study how …

Palindrome Champion and Discussions on Politics

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Oh, the places we will go today on Vermont Viewpoint. We’ll start by meeting a new Vermonter who was the first-ever World Palindrome Champion. But there’s so much more to Mark Saltveit. Then we talk to the moderator of a group whose goal is to create a safe space where people can have meaningful discussions across a political divide. In the second hour, we’ll meet two outstanding businesswomen – …

Molly Gray, Tracy Dolan, Unclaimed Property, and the Climate Council

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After winning her first election, we’ll hear from Lieutenant Governor-elect Molly Gray on her plans for this position. Deputy Health Commissioner Tracy Dolan discusses the surge of COVID-19 cases in the state and what Vermonters need to do to bring the numbers back down. Treasurer Beth Pearce discusses unclaimed property services and the financial literacy. And Seven Days reporter Kevin McCallum gives us a …

Barr Hill Wins Awards and Vermont Business Update

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In the first hour, we’ll talk with Ryan Christiansen from Caledonia Spirits about their fine liquors and the incredible accolades that were just bestowed upon Barr Hill Gin. We’ll also learn about the opportunity to get your Christmas tree from the Green Mountain National Forest. In the second hour, VTDigger reporter Anne Wallace Allen gives us an update on the state’s business grant programs, the unemployment …

Abenaki Participate in a Vaccine Trial and the New Exit 16 Interchange

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We’ll be covering a lot of varied ground on Vermont Viewpoint. From speaking to an East Montpelier farmer who raises burdock root, to the Abenaki chief who will be part of the COVID vaccine trial. We’ll also discuss the creation of the concept of time with a retired Marlboro College prof. And then learn about something called the Diverging Diamond Interchange, coming soon to …

Election Turnout, COVID Effects, and Ski Resorts Prepare for Winter

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Secretary of State Jim Condos will give us an update on Vermont’s election day turnout and a review of how polling places fared. Anne Sosin of Dartmouth College shares research on how COVID-19 has affected New England, specifically Vermont and New Hampshire. National correspondent Bob Ney lets us know what’s going on around the country. Dan Bolles of Seven Days looks at how Vermont’s ski …

Lyndon Revitalization, Howard Norman, and Weather with Roger Hill

In Vermont Viewpoint by WDEV Radio

Back to the Kingdom we go. This time to learn how the arts are helping to revitalize downtown Lyndon. Then we hear from Calais author Howard Norman. After a number of novels and a memoir, he has now released a graphic novel called “Detective Levy Detects.” And knowing how much Vermonters love the weather, the 10 o’clock hour will belong to our weather-reporting friends. Radio …

Christin Hallquist on Rural Broadband and UVMMC Cyberattack

In Vermont Viewpoint by WDEV Radio

Two years ago, Christine Hallquist was trying to become Vermont’s governor. Now she’s trying to get broadband to the Northeast Kingdom as the administrator of NEK Community Broadband, a communications union district. Vermont’s regular rifle deer hunting season gets started Saturday. We’ll make sure everyone is up to speed on the new regulations and gets a last-minute reminder of hunter (and hiking) …

Garden Prep, Purple Hearts Reunited, and Josh’s House

In Vermont Viewpoint by WDEV Radio

Peter Burke, host of WDEV’s “In the Garden,” helps you get your garden prepped for the long Vermont Winter and to provide tips on how to raise veggies indoors this winter. Major Zach Fike created an organization that reunites Purple Hearts with the families of those who were awarded them. He’ll tell us about the work of Purple Hearts Reunited based …

Remembering VT Veterans, Rik Palieri, and Everybody Wins

In Vermont Viewpoint by WDEV Radio

Wednesday is Veteran’s Day and we visit the Museum at Camp Johnson that commemorates those who have served the military from Vermont. We’ll hear from Rik Palieri who has traveled the world playing with such luminaries as Pete Seeger and Utah Phillips. Rik has a new autobiography out called “Banjo Man.” There’s a literacy program that pairs mentors with young …