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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April 16, 2014: The New Face of Hunger in Vermont
*John Sayles, CEO of the Vermont Foodbank, Rob Meehan, director of the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, and Charles Knoll, a client of the food shelf, discuss the perfect storm of rising hunger and declining donations nationally and locally, and the need for a movement to combat hunger.
*Is our democracy for sale? Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos and Public Citizen's Aquene Freechild talk about money in politics after the US Supreme Court McCutcheon decision.
April 2, 2014: Jody Williams
*Jody Williams, 1997 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Vermont native, on how she became an activist, why she can't quit, the key role of women in making peace, and her advice to others who want to make change.
March 26, 2014: Health Care in Vermont
*Health care in Vermont: Mark Larson, commissioner of the Vermont Dept. of Health Access, talks about Vermont Health Connect and the larger need for universal health care. Peter Sterling, executive director of Vermont Leads, a nonprofit organization working towards a universal, publicly funded single payer health care system in Vermont, discusses the history and status of Vermont's struggle for universal health care.
March 19, 2014: Vermont Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe
*Vermont Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe discusses her childhood attending schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan, her work as a teacher and principal, her view of education as the new civil rights issue, equity and school funding, and what she hopes she can contribute to education in Vermont.
March 12, 2014: VBSR Policy Priorities
*Guest host Dan Barlow, VBSR Policy Manager, hosts a discussion on current VBSR policy priorities.
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.