The Vermont Conversation
The Vermont Conversation
VBSR's "The Vermont Conversation," hosted by David Goodman, airs live every Wednesday from 1-2 pm on WDEV Radio Vermont. The show features interviews with people who are making a difference locally and nationally in the worlds of socially responsible business, politics, education, the environment and activism, as well as serves as a way to keep current on VBSR's events, policy work and program happenings.
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March 6, 2014: Fixing Vermont's Education System
*Steve Dale, executive director of the Vermont School Boards Association, and Jeff Francis, executive director of the Vermont Superintendents Association, discuss why 34 school budgets failed in 2014, ideas for making education more affordable, and their vision for 21st century education in Vermont.
February 26, 2014: The ACLU of Vermont
*Allen Gilbert, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont, discusses his concerns about Tasers, threats to privacy, surveillance, drones, the revolving door in politics, education overhaul, and how his experiences traveling in former Soviet bloc countries after college shaped his views on protecting civil liberties.
*Bill McKibben, author, activist and co-founder of the global grassroots climate change organization 350.org, joins David Goodman in a public conversation. Time Magazine called McKibben "the planet's best green journalist" and the Boston Globe said in 2010 that he was "probably the country's most important environmentalist." In this public conversation, McKibben recounts his journey from journalism to activism, the three scariest numbers relating to climate change, the struggle against the Keystone XL pipeline, being arrested, and his other great passion, the Boston Red Sox. This was the inaugural event in the Vermont Town Hall public conversation series. It took place on January 31, 2014, at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe, VT. This is Part 1 of 2.
*This is part two of the Vermont Town Hall public conversation with Bill McKibben and David Goodman. This section features audience Q&A on wind power in Vermont, the role that states and cities can play in stopping climate change, and the future of the Keystone XL pipeline and other issues. This was the inaugural event in the Vermont Town Hall public conversation series. It took place on January 31, 2014, at the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe, VT. This is Part 2 of 2.
February 12, 2014: Jostein Solheim, CEO of Ben & Jerry's IceCream
*Jostein Solheim, CEO of Ben & Jerry's IceCream, discusses political stands that have cost him business (and why it’s worth it), why businesses need to offer solutions to global problems, life in Vermont, and his advice to others about developing a social mission.
February 5, 2014: Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Middlebury College
*What is a social entrepreneur and how do you become one? The Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Middlebury College is a leader in the field of social mission-driven business. We speak with faculty director Jon Isham, student Gaby Fuentes, and Per LaFarge, a Middlebury grad and CEO of Spark about dreaming big and doing good.
January 29, 2013: Affording College & Voices of LGBTQ Vermonters
*Scott Giles, president of the Vermont Student AssistanceCorp. (VSAC); Pam McNulty, TIAA CREFF, and Rich Westman, who oversees the 529 college savings plan for VSAC, discuss how Vermont students and families can save and pay for college.
*Ariel Goodman and Eloise Reid traveled the state to record the stories and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Vermonters.
January 22, 2014: The Madeleine Kunin Show
*Former Vermont Gov. Madeleine Kunin discusses her new book, We Do!, about same-sex marriage, her lifelong campaign to encourage more women to run for elected office, and her legacy.
January 15, 2014: Under the Golden Dome
*Mark Johnson of WDEV previews Gov. Peter Shumlin's 2014 budget address.
*Avram Patt, energy consultant and former general manager of Washington Electric Co-op, talks about net metering
*Chris Miller, activism manager of Ben & Jerry's speaks about GMO labeling
*Bram Kleppner, CEO of Danforth Pewter and a member of the governor's business advisory board on health care financing, talks about the state of Vermont's health care exchange.
January 8, 2014: Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean
*Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean spends the hour discussing his life in politics, Obamacare, Iraq and Iran, same sex marriage, his thoughts and plans for the 2016 presidential election, his plans for the future, and his legacy.*
December 18, 2013: Surviving Sharks
*David Glickman, owner of Vermont Butcher Block and Board Co., talks about surviving rejection when he asked for money on the ABC TV show "Shark Tank," and Janice St. Onge, president of the the Vermont Flex Fund, talks about the financial lifeline and socially responsible the Flex Fund made in Vt. Butcher Block.
*Porter Fox, author of "Deep: The Story of Skiing and the Future of Snow," talks about climate change and how it is affecting skiing.
December 4, 2013: Investing in the Future
*August Burns and Jane Dale discuss how Grounds for Health, a small international nonprofit organization based in Waterbury, Vt., has pioneered a low-cost way to screen and treat cervical cancer, the #1 killer of women in developing countries.
*Will Belongia, executive director of the Vermont Community Loan Fund, talks about how Vermonters have been helping one another build their communities and businesses with low-cost loans for the past 25 years.
November 27, 2013: Books
*Duncan McDougall discusses the work of the Children's Literacy Foundation in prisons and in rural communities in Vermont and New Hampshire.
*Author Ann Jones speaks about the plight of soldiers returning from war, which she writes about in her book, "They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America's Wars—The Untold Story."
November 20, 2013: Social Entrepreneurship and The Next Generation
Live update from the annual conference of the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility at Mt Snow.
Seventh Generation founder Jeffrey Hollender and his daughter Meika discuss their new father-daughter sustainable business.
November 13, 2013: Sustainable Communities
*Bruce Seifer and Ed Antczak discuss their new book, Sustainable Communities: Creating a Durable Local Economy.
*Filmmakers Nora Jacobson and Nat Winthrop talk about their 6-part film project, "Freedom & Unity: The VermontMovie."
November 6, 2013: Literacy and Adult Learning in Vermont
*Four guests discuss literacy and school dropout in Vermont and what is being done about it. Pixie Loomis and Ethan Maurer from Vermont Adult Learning (VAL); Roger Sweet, a retired logger who learned to read at age 60, and Calvin Thayer, a Burlington High School student in the VAL high school completion program.
October 30, 2013: Dirty Wars, Peace and the Media
*A conversation with two of America's top muckraking journalists: former New York Times reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges, and Jeremy Scahill, bestselling author of Dirty Wars and national security correspondent of The Nation.
October 23, 2013: Adventurers
*Jan Reynolds, Vermont global adventurer and author, talks about her life as "one of the guys" and her new book, High-Altitude Woman.
*Peter Kriff, director of the Vermont Statewide Independent Living Council and founder of AccessibleAdventuresVT.org, which helps people with disabilities navigate Vermont.
October 16, 2013: Workers
*We look at key current issues confronting workers in Vermont and nationally with James Haslam, executive director of the Vermont Workers Center; Amanda Sheppard, organizer with AFSCME Vermont; Shelly Mangden, organizer with the Vermont Fair Food Campaign; and Saru Jayaraman, founder and director of Restaurant Opportunities Center-United.
October 9, 2013: Vermont Heatlh Connect
*We discuss the details of Health Connect, Vermont's new health insurance marketplace, the state exchange that is part of President Obama's Affordable Care Act, with Mark Larson, commissioner of the Dept. of Health Access, VBSR executive director Andrea Cohen and Anissa Lewis, health care exchange navigator with VBSR.
October 2, 2013: The Prison Show
*Andy Pallito, Vermont Corrections Commissioner, discusses restorative justice, the roots of crime, the exploding prison population, and where he finds hope.
September 25, 2013: Social entrepreneurship
*Jay Coen Gilbert, co-founder of B Lab, talks about how to create and protect B corporations, businesses that include a social mission.
*We also speak with Cheryl Dorsey, president of Echoing Green, a global social venture fund, and Sofia Appelgren, founder of the Swedish social enterprise Mitt Liv (My Life), which helps immigrants enter the workforce.
September 18, 2013: Jan Blomstrann
*Jan Blomstrann, CEO of Renewable NRG Systems, a Vermont manufacturer of wind monitoring systems that are sold worldwide, talks about the future of wind power, the unique challenges that women in business face, and what it means to be socially responsible. Blomstrann is the recipient of the 2013 Terry Ehrich Award for Excellence in Socially Responsible Business.
September 11, 2013: Reflections on 9/11
*Former New York Times reporter Chris Hedges joins the end of the show which features reflections on the impact of the 9/11 terror attacks.
September 4, 2013: Labor Day Special (Discussing the national campaign for a living wage for low wage workers.)
*Ai-Jen Poo, director the National Domestic Workers Alliance
*Olivia Roffle, a fast food worker in St. Louis who has participated in one-day strikes in support of doubling the minimum wage.