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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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.