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01
Nov

Bill McKibben: Radio Free Vermont & Resistance

Could an aging Vermont radio man, aided by a crew of Olympic cross-country skiers and craft-beer drinking fellow travelers, lead the resistance to Donald Trump? That’s the plot of Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance, the latest book by author a …

Bill McKibben, author and activist

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25
Oct

Power Struggle: The Epic Battle to Shut Down Vermont Yankee

Vermont’s lone nuclear power plant, Vermont Yankee, operated from 1972 until 2014, when the plant shut down for good under intense political and financial pressure. POWER STRUGGLE is a new feature-length documentary by filmmaker Robbie Leppzer about …

Robbie Leppzer, Arnie Gundersen, Maggie Gundersen, award-winning independent documentary filmmaker, Power Struggle, nuclear engineer and whistleblower, Fairewinds Energy Education

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25
Oct

Can a Business Change its Culture?

Rob Miller wanted to shake things up: the president and CEO of Vermont State Employees Credit Union (VSECU) wanted to make his company more transparent. And he wanted to be more responsive to customers. First, he had to change the business culture. H …

Rob Miller, president and CEO, VSECU

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18
Oct

#MeToo: Women fight back against sexual harassment and assault

The #MeToo campaign, in which women are taking to social media to share their experiences with sexual harassment and assault, has shined a bright light on what women deal with daily at work and in public. This campaign has been energized by revelatio …

Cathleen Barkley, Sarah Robinson, Executive Director; HOPE Works, Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

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18
Oct

Is the media fair to Pres. Trump?

Pres. Trump insists the media is “terribly unfair” to him. Is it? Jesse Holcomb, formerly of the Pew Research Center and currently a professor of journalism at Calvin College, dissects media coverage of Trump, and delves into the quality of news arti …

Jesse Holcomb, Calvin College, Columbia Journalism School’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Pew Research Center

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11
Oct

Changing the Face of the Outdoors: First all-African American Ascent of Denali

In 2013, the first all-African American team of climbers tackled Denali, or Mt. McKinley, in Alaska, North America’s highest peak. The expedition was sponsored by the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). The goal of the expedition was to inspir …

James Edward Mills, author, The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors

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04
Oct

Co-working: Office & Community for Workers Without an Office

Co-working is what independent workers do who share an office but not a job. Vermont has seen a variety of co-working spaces pop up from Bennington to Burlington. They serve telecommuters, freelancers, and independent entrepreneurs. We speak with lea …

Wayne Maceyka, Dimitri Garder, Samantha Sheehan, Simeon Chapin, organizer, HinesburgHUB, Director, The Lightning Jar, Bennington, owner and founder, Valley.Works, Waitsfield, director, Community & Social Development, VSECU

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20
Sep

Naomi Klein: Resisting Trump’s shock politics and winning the world we need

Bestselling author, activist and filmmaker Naomi Klein is known for her critical writings on corporate globalization and capitalism. Her books include No Logo (1999), The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007) and This Changes Everyth …

Naomi Klein, author, No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need

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20
Sep

Slow food pioneer: Visionary food writer Patience Gray

Today’s movements celebrating slow food and simple living owe a debt to food writer Patience Gray. In 1986, she published Honey from a Weed, considered one of the greatest cookbooks of all time by the likes of Mollie Katzen and April Bloomfield, and …

Adam Federman, author, Fasting and Feasting: The Life of Visionary Food Writer Patience Gray

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13
Sep

Juan Gonzalez: Can Mayors save America? (Part 2)

Juan González is one of the best known Latino journalists in the U.S. He has been a crusading columnist for the New York Daily News for nearly 30 years, co-host of Democracy Now! for 20 years, and is now a professor of journalism at Rutgers. His book …

Juan González, journalist and author, Reclaiming Gotham

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13
Sep

Juan Gonzalez: Can Mayors save America? (Part 1)

Juan González is one of the best known Latino journalists in the U.S. He has been a crusading columnist for the New York Daily News for nearly 30 years, co-host of Democracy Now! for 20 years, and is now a professor of journalism at Rutgers. His book …

Juan González, journalist and author, Reclaiming Gotham

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06
Sep

“Give me your tired, your poor:” Peter Gould’s Anthem for the Immigrant Rights Movement (Part 2)

Peter Gould has been involved in Vermont arts as a performer, director, teacher, and author for more than 45 years. He is the founder of “Get Thee to the Funnery,” a youth Shakespeare program in Craftsbury, Vt. which celebrated its 20th season in 201 …

Peter Gould, author, performer, 2016 Vermont Arts Council award winner

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06
Sep

“Give me your tired, your poor:” Peter Gould’s Anthem for the Immigrant Rights Movement (Part 1)

Peter Gould has been involved in Vermont arts as a performer, director, teacher, and author for more than 45 years. He is the founder of “Get Thee to the Funnery,” a youth Shakespeare program in Craftsbury, Vt. which celebrated its 20th season in 201 …

Peter Gould, author, performer, 2016 Vermont Arts Council award winner

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30
Aug

Is Vermont’s Climate Economy a National Model? (Part 2)

A week after Hurricane Harvey broke climate records and tore through Texas, Vermont is hosting a “national innovation summit” about responding to climate change: building the climate economy. “Answering climate change could be the greatest economic o …

Rob Miller,, president of Vermont State Employees Credit Union (VSECU)

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30
Aug

Is Vermont’s Climate Economy a National Model? (Part 1)

A week after Hurricane Harvey broke climate records and tore through Texas, Vermont is hosting a “national innovation summit” about responding to climate change: building the climate economy. “Answering climate change could be the greatest economic o …

Paul Costello,, executive director, Vermont Council on Rural Development, organizer, Catalysts of the Climate Economy: A National Innovation Summit

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16
Aug

Can Bullying be Prevented? (Part 2)

Teen suicide rates have spiked dramatically, especially for teens in middle school. In many of these cases the cause is bullying. This disturbing trend has shaken Tom Murphy. Murphy, a resident of St. Albans, Vt., is a former All American wrestler an …

Tom Murphy, Co-Founder, Sweethearts & Super Heroes

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16
Aug

Can Bullying be prevented? (Part 1)

Teen suicide rates have spiked dramatically, especially for teens in middle school. In many of these cases the cause is bullying. This disturbing trend has shaken Tom Murphy. Murphy, a resident of St. Albans, Vt., is a former All American wrestler an …

Tom Murphy, Co-Founder, Sweethearts & Heroes

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09
Aug

Author Mark Pendergrast on Atlanta, Coca Cola, & Repressed Memory

Vermont author Mark Pendergrast talks about his books, from his latest–City on the Verge: Atlanta and the Fight for America’s Urban Future–to his previous writings about repressed memory, coffee, and Coca-Cola. (August 9, 2017 broadcast)

Mark Pendergrast, Author

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09
Aug

Can Technology Humanize the Workplace?

As smart machines replace human labor, how do workers stay relevant and essential? Author Edward Hess, professor of business administration at the University of Virginia, argues, “To stay relevant, we need to excel at critical, creative, and innovati …

Edward Hess, Co-author (with Katherine Ludwig), Humility is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age

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02
Aug

Sen. Patrick Leahy: A life in politics, as told by Philip Baruth

Sen. Patrick Leahy has represented Vermont in the U.S. Senate since 1974 . He is the longest serving senator in the U.S. Senate. Philip Baruth’s new biography, Senator Leahy: A Life in Scenes, chronicles how Leahy, a Catholic and a Democrat, was neve …

Philip Baruth, Author, Professor, Vermont state Senator

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26
Jul

From renewables to rails: David Blittersdorf & Deb Sachs

David Blittersdorf and Deb Sachs want us to reimagine how we live. Blittersdorf is a well known renewable energy entrepreneur. In 1982, a year after graduating from the University of Vermont, he founded NRG Systems, a wind-energy company. In 2004, he …

David Blittersdorf, Debra Sachs, Founder, AllEarth Renewables and commuter rail advocate; Founder and executive director, Net Zero Vermont

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19
Jul

Ken Squier: A life on the air

2017 has been an eventful year for Ken Squier: he became the first journalist ever inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, he sold Thunder Road, the race track that he has owned for over a half century, and he has put his beloved WDEV radio station up …

Ken Squier, Owner, WDEV Radio, NASCAR Hall of Fame 2018 inductee

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12
Jul

An Alzheimer’s Journey: Vt. couple fights stigma & promotes understanding

In summer 2016, Sky Yardley, 66, was diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s Disease. There is no cure for this disease. He and his wife, Jane Dwinell, decided to begin writing and speaking about their shared experience of Sky’s dementia. “We started …

David Goodman, Sky Yardley and Jane Dwinell, authors, Alzheimer’s Canyon blog

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05
Jul

Is Trump’s vote fraud commission a fraud? Vt. Sec. of State Jim Condos says yes

Forty-four states and the District of Columbia have refused to provide certain types of voter information to the Trump administration’s so-called election integrity commission, according to CNN. Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos declared, “I will …

Jim Condos, Vermont Secretary of State

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05
Jul

Dr. Ben Kligler: Alternative medicine goes mainstream

Dr. Ben Kligler is a pioneer in the field of integrative health and medicine – sometimes referred as complementary and alternative medicine. Last year, he was named the founding National Director to leading integrative health strategy at the Coordina …

Dr. Ben Kligler, National Director, Integrative Health Coordinating Center, U.S. Veterans Health Administration, and professor of Family and Community Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai, New York

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28
Jun

Pete Seeger: The dissident who was never dissonant

“Wherever he went, he got people singing.” So begins the beautifully illustrated children’s book, Listen: How Pete Seeger Got American Singing (Roaring Brook Press, 2017), by Vermont author Leda Schubert. The book chronicles the life and times of Ame …

Leda Schubert, Author, Listen: How Pete Seeger Got American Singing

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28
Jun

Vt. Veto Session Politics: Killing pot, Attacking Teachers

This spring, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott vetoed the state budget after the legislature rebuffed his last minute demand for the state to to strip local school boards of the right to collectively bargaining health care benefits with teachers. Scott also ve …

Dave Silberman, Darren Allen, Middlebury lawyer and pro bono drug policy reform advocate, communications director: Vermont NEA

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14
Jun

The last hermit: Michael Finkel’s stories of crime, war, adventure and penance

Michael Finkel is the author of the bestselling new book, The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit, about a man who disappeared into the Maine woods for over 30 years. Finkel is also the author of  True Story: Murder …

Michael Finkel, Author of The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit

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07
Jun

America at the Black & White Edge

John Gennari and Emily Bernard are both professors of English and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at the University of Vermont. As academics, they explore the volatile interface of race, ethnicity, politics, literature, music and culture. As a marri …

John Gennari and Emily Bernard, Author & UVM Assoc. Prof. of English & Critical Race and Ethnic Studies; Author and UVM Prof. of English & Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, respectively

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31
May

Jay Karpin: D-Day veteran on liberating Europe, human cost of war, and life

One of the most moving Vermont Conversations was my 2016 interview with First Lt. Jay Karpin, a bombardier in the first wave of bombers that attacked Normandy in the famous D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944. It was the first time that Karpin, 93, among …

Jay Karpin, WWII veteran, recipient of Distinguished Flying Cross, Chevalier in French Legion of Honor

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24
May

“We were too optimistic”: Sen. Tim Ashe on Gov. Scott’s marijuana veto and union attacks

Vermont Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe discusses Gov. Phil Scott’s veto of Vermont’s first-in-the-nation legislative marijuana legalization and the governor’s attack on teachers’ unions. “Perhaps we were too optimistic that there would actually be …

Sen. Tim Ashe, Vermont Senate President Pro Tem

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24
May

Is attacking Vermont teachers part of a national strategy?

Is Vermont Gov. Phil Scott’s attack on the collective bargaining rights of Vermont’s teachers part of national strategy being led by Republican governors and groups that back them, such as ALEC and the Koch Brothers? Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker won e …

Michael Charney, Amanda Miller, Former vice president, Cleveland Teacher’s Union; President, Kalamazoo Education Association, respectively

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17
May

The Road Ahead for Socially Responsible Businesses

A live broadcast from the VBSR Spring Conference talking with leaders in the socially responsible business movement in Vermont and nationally about issues from SR Business 201, gender diversity in the workplace, a quarter century of SR business in Ve …

Jason Haber, Duane Peterson, Lindsey Lathrop, Michelle Asch, Leah Schulz, Paul Dickin, Keynote speaker, author, Business of Good: Social Entrepreneurship and the New Bottom Line; Co-president & founder, Suncommon, VBSR board member; Change the Story; VP, Twincraft; UVM sustainable MBA graduate, Cope & Associates; Senior Consultant, Cope & Associates, respectively

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10
May

Who is behind the national campaign to weaken unions?

As Vermont Gov. Phil Scott attempts to assert state control over collective bargaining with teachers over their health benefits, we examine the national network of conservative organizations that is backing statewide efforts to weaken unions. A new e …

Mary Bottari, Deputy Director, Center for Media and Democracy

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10
May

Is Vermont the next anti-union state?

In his first few months in office, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has proposed level funding for K-12 education, which could weaken teachers’ collective bargaining power. Scott’s moves have elements in common with the strategy of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker …

Martha Allen, Amy Mizialko, President, Vermont chapter of the National Education Association; Vice President, Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association, respectively

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03
May

Will paid family leave become law in Vermont?

Paid family leave for Vermont employees moved a step closer to reality when the Vermont House of Representatives passed legislation for it on May 3, 2017. What form will the coverage take, and what will it take for paid family leave to become law?

Jen Kimmich, Lindsay DesLauriers, Co-Owner, The Alchemist; State Director, Main Street Alliance, respectively

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03
May

Vermont’s outdoor economy breaks out

Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, wrote in a recent editorial in the LA Times: “America’s public lands perform best when protected for recreation. In fact, the business of outdoor recreation, which relies heavily on public lands, supports more jo …

Amy Kelsey, Drew Simmons, Elise Annes, Jessica Savage, Executive Director, Catamount Trail Association; President, Pale Morning Media; Vice President for Community Relations, The Vermont Land Trust; Recreation Program Manager, Vermont Dept. of Forest, Parks and Recreation, respectively

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26
Apr

Amy Goodman & Democracy Now!: 20 Years Covering the Movements Changing America

When Democracy Now! launched in 1996, it was planned as an eight-month experiment: a grassroots news hour on Pacifica Radio that would cover the 1996 presidential elections. Twenty years later, Democracy Now! airs on 1,400 radio and TV stations world …

Amy Goodman, Host & Executive Producer of Democracy Now!

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19
Apr

An alternative to austerity

Are social service cuts necessary? One Vermont, a coalition of advocacy and social service groups in Vermont, argues that proposed state budget cuts will hurt the vulnerable, and can be avoided by closing tax loopholes for the wealthy and lowering ta …

Stephanie Yu, One Vermont Coordinator, Public Assets Institute

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19
Apr

How corporations are remaking America

It has been seven years since the US Supreme Court Citizens United decision unleashed unfettered corporate influence in politics. What has happened as a result? In his new book, political economist Gordon Lafer follows where the big money is flowing: …

Gordon Lafer, Author, The One Percent Solution: How Corporations are Remaking America One State at a Time

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12
Apr

Youth demand climate action

On April 12, 2017, hundreds of high school students from around Vermont descended on the Vermont State House to demand climate action in the second annual Youth Lobby Day. We speak with the student activists and the founder of Youth Lobby Day, Matt H …

Matt Henchen, Zoe Werth, Liliana Ziedins, Ellie Zimmerman, Duncan Weinman, Page Atcheson, and Vermont student activists, Founder Youth Lobby Day, teacher, Harwood Union High School; Activists from Harwood, Stowe, Hazen Union, Winooski, and Randolph Union high schools, respectively

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12
Apr

Time to put a price on carbon?

This week, Vermont state representative announced four proposals to tax carbon while eliminating or reducing other taxes. One bill would replace Vermont’s sales tax with a tax on carbon pollution; another would return all carbon tax revenue to Vermon …

Rep. Diana González, Rep. Martin LaLonde, P/D-Winooski, D-South Burlington, respectively

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05
Apr

Is justice biased?

According to Justice for All: “People of color are being treated unfairly as a result of institutionalized racism across the nation and here in Vermont. In the criminal justice system these disparities create challenges ranging from disproportionate …

Will Lambek, Mark Hughes, Sarah Robinson, Migrant Justice, Justice for All, Vermont Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, respectively

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05
Apr

The New Sanctuary Movement

As the Trump Administration intensifies its crackdown on immigrants in the U.S., the New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia has received national attention for its creative and determined efforts to protect undocumented people. It has pioneered a San …

Blanca Pacheco, Assistant Director, New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia

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29
Mar

Procuring fairness

Can the power of state procurement be used to give incentives to companies that create livable wage jobs and good benefits? We discuss legislation that would level the playing the field for socially responsible businesses.

Dan Barlow, Pat Heffernan, Jennifer Chiodo, Public Policy Manager, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility; President, Marketing Partners; Co-Owner, Cx Associates, respectively

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22
Mar

Is there life after prison? Dismas House offers hope & second chances

Is there life after prison? For 30 years, Dismas House of Vermont has been a welcome home for those leaving prison. There are now four Dismas Houses in Vermont: Burlington, Rutland, Winooski and Hartford. The mission of Dismas is “is to reconcile for …

Richard Gagne, James King, Jan Tarjan, House Director, Dismas House, Burlington; Resident, Dismas House, Burlington, Executive Director, Dismas of Vermont, respectively

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22
Mar

Prison nation: are there alternatives to jail?

The US incarcerates more people than any country in the free world, and Vermont spends more money on incarceration than it does on higher education. Who is in jail in Vermont? Is there a better alternative than prison?

Suzi Wizowaty, Executive Director, Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform

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17
Mar

What was the source of the “fake news tsunami” that swamped the Bernie Sanders campaign?

Hillary Clinton murdered her political opponents, used body doubles, and ran child sex rings. Sounds absurd? It is. But these stories were part of a tidal wave of fake news that hit the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders. Where did it come …

Ryan Grim, John Mattes, Washington bureau chief for The Huffington Post and an MSNBC contributor; Former Emmy-award winning investigative consultant for ABC World News I-Team in Miami and reporter, respectively

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17
Mar

Transformative education: Governor’s Institute of VT changes lives

Every summer since 1982, high school students from Vermont and beyond spend up to two weeks living on college campuses and immersing themselves in current affairs, math, engineering, the arts, and other topics. This is the transformative experience o …

Karen Taylor Mitchell, Simon Norton, Madelyn Koff, Executive Director, Governor’s Institute of Vermont; Co-Director, Governor’s Institute on Current Issues and Youth Activism, School for International Training, Brattleboro; Student and GIV participant, Hartford High School, respectively

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08
Mar

Supporting schools, rejecting austerity

Vermont voters overwhelmingly rejected Gov. Phil Scott’s call to slash education spending, as 91 percent of school budgets were approved on Town Meeting Day. We discuss the politics of school budgets in Vermont, the impact of education cutbacks, the …

Nicole Mace & Jeff Francis, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association; Executive Director, Vermont Superintendents Association, respectively

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22
Feb

Enemy of the people? David Moats on press freedom, Nixon & Trump

David Moats has been editorial page editor of the Rutland Herald for 35 years. He won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in editorial writing for his coverage of Vermont’s debate over civil unions. Moats discusses editorial writing, the parallels between Presid …

David Moats, Editorial Page Editor, Rutland Herald

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22
Feb

High taxes, bad business climate, youth exodus, and other myths: Doug Hoffer challenges conventional wisdom

Vermont State Auditor Doug Hoffer keeps a watchful eye on the numbers, both in his official duties and as a frequent contributor to local blogs and comments. Here, he takes down some persistent economic myths.

Doug Hoffer, Vermont State Auditor

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15
Feb

“We will fight back”: Immigrant advocates react to crackdown

The Trump administration’s first immigration crackdown led to more than 680 arrests in just a week in a series of operations around the country. Two leading immigration advocates and attorneys discuss the fallout and how Vermont is fighting to protec …

Erin Jacobsen & Jay Diaz, Supervising Attorney, South Royalton Legal Clinic, professor, Vermont Law School; , Staff Attorney, Vermont ACLU, respectively

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15
Feb

“Not welcome here”: Immigrants react to racism and raids

In early February,  Fadwa Alaoui, a resident of the Montreal suburb of Brossard, was turned away at the U.S. border station at Highgate  after being questioned about her Muslim faith and her views on Donald Trump. The Moroccan-born Canadian citizen w …

Fadwa Alaoui, Will Lambek & Wilmar Santiz, Muslim Canadian citizen denied entry to US; Migrant Justice; undocumented Vermont farm worker, respectively

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08
Feb

Is Gov. Scott’s budget busted?

Gov. Phil Scott has proposed a budget that key Vt. legislators charge is out of balance, raises property taxes, is unconstitutional, and impossible to implement. Is Gov. Scott’s first budget irreparably broken? Paul Cillo, president of Public Assets …

Paul Cillo, President, Public Assets Institute

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08
Feb

Will Vt. subsidize child care? The big return on investing in kids

The Vermont Business Roundtable, along with VBSR and others, released a report, Vermont’s Early Care and Learning Dividend, which details the return on investment that Vt stands to gain by increasing public investments in high-quality early care and …

Robyn Freedner Maguire, Lisa Ventriss & Kelly Klein, Campaign Director, Let’s Grow Kids; President, Vermont Business Roundtable; Owner and CEO, of Groennfell Meadery, Colchester, respectively

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01
Feb

See you in court: Vt ACLU prepares to take on Pres. Trump

In President Trump’s first week in office, the American Civil Liberties Union handed him his first defeat: successfully challenging his refugee and Muslim ban in court and winning a stay in multiple federal courts. Now the Vermont chapter of the ACLU …

James Lyall, Executive Director, Vermont ACLU

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01
Feb

Free Lake Champlain: Community Sailing Center makes lake accessible for all

The Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center is a community-based nonprofit group that provides lake access to over 6,000 people each year regardless of age, ability or income. In May 2017, the CSC moves into a new permanent facility on the Burlington …

Make Naud, Executive Director, Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center

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25
Jan

The end of local control of education in Vermont?

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has proposed a radical change in how education is funded and governed. In his first budget address on Jan. 24, 2017, Scott proposed mandating level-funded budgets for all schools, pushing back school budget voting nearly three …

Geo Honigford & Martha Allen, President, Vt School Boards Association; President, Vermont-National Education Association, respectively

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25
Jan

Buying local for less: Local First VT promotes localism and deals

Buying local is a powerful economic driver: for every $1 spent at a local business, 45 cents is reinvested locally. For every $1 spent at a corporate chain, only 15 cents is reinvested locally. Local First Vermont has been spreading the gospel of loc …

Wendy Wilson, James JT Thompson & Chris Morrow, Manager, VBSR Local First Vermont; CEO, Daft Labs; Owner, Northshire Books, Manchester, VT, respectively

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18
Jan

A Conversation with Amy Goodman & Bill McKibben

Amy Goodman, host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, the daily grassroots global news hour, and Bill McKibben, author and founder of the international environmental group 350.org, participated in a public conversation at the Chandler Music Hal …

Amy Goodman & Bill McKibben, host and executive producer of Democracy Now!; founder of 350.org

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11
Jan

Fighting environmental backsliding and holding leaders accountable: Paul Burns & VPIRG

Paul Burns is executive director of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, a position he’s held since 2001. In just the past few years, VPIRG has played a major role in the nation’s first ban on fracking, new regulations on toxics, and the movem …

Paul Burns, Executive Director, Vermont Public Interest Research Group

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04
Jan

Single payer health care in Vt: What went wrong and what’s next?

What’s next for single payer health care in Vermont? Dr. Deb Richter, a family medicine physician in Montpelier, Vermont, is a former President of Physicians for a National Health Program. For two decades, Richter has been a leading national and loca …

Dr. Deb Richter, physician and single payer health care advocate

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28
Dec

Sen. Bill Doyle: A half century of Vermont politics

For 48 years, Vt Sen. Bill Doyle has participated in the ebb and flow of Vermont politics from inside the Legislature and from his classroom at Johnson State College. He notes proudly that about 50 of his former students have run for elective office. …

Bill Doyle, Vermont State Senator, Washington County

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21
Dec

Is there a solution to Vermont’s child care crisis?

Some facts about Vermont’s child care crisis: Nearly 80% of infants and toddlers likely to need child care in Vermont do not have access to high-quality programs Middle-income families with two children are paying up to 40% of their income on child c …

Sarah Squirrell, Charlotte Ancel & Paula Nadeau, Executive Director of Building Bright Futures, Member of the Blue Ribbon Commission; Chair of Blue Ribbon Commission, Vice President, Green Mountain Power; Parent and Owner-Director of an infant-toddler center for 20 children, respectively

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21
Dec

Can poverty be eradicated? Chris Curtis on the enduring challenge

Christopher Curtis has dedicated his life to eradicating poverty. Though he has never held elected office, Curtis, staff attorney at Vermont Legal Aid and co-chair of the Governor’s Council on Pathways from Poverty, has been the force behind many key …

Christopher Curtis & Whitney Nichols, Staff Attorney, Vermont Legal Aid, Co-Chair, Governor’s Council on Pathways from Poverty; Consumer Advocate, member of Governor’s Council, respectively

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21
Dec

Changing lives a book at a time: Children’s Literacy Foundation

Duncan McDougall quit his job as a globetrotting management consultant in order to help those in need. In 1998, he founded the Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF). Today, CLiF has provided free and inspiring literacy programs and brand-new books to …

Duncan McDougall, Jess Kell, & Jamie Kinnarney, Founder and Executive Director, Children’s Literacy Foundation; Kids-A-Part program for incarcerated mothers, Lund Family Center; Principal, Williamstown Elementary School, respectively

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21
Dec

In Search of Lowell Thomas with Filmmaker Rick Moulton

Journalist and broadcaster Lowell Thomas is best known for dramatizing the story of Lawrence of Arabia. But Thomas had a storied career as a radio broadcaster for CBS, which often originated from Stowe, Vermont, where Thomas loved to ski. Thomas trav …

Rick Moulton, filmmaker

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21
Dec

Can fungus save the planet? Eben Bayer on disrupting the toxic economy

Eben Bayer discovered something on his family’s Vermont farm that could save the planet: mycelium, the fine white filaments that are part of fungi such as mushrooms, form a bond as dense and strong as commercial adhesives used in plywood. His company …

Eben Bayer, founder, Ecovative Design

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18
Nov

Rules for Revolutionaries: Lessons from the Sanders campaign on waging a political revolution

Two senior advisers to Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign are out with a new book that they intend as a playbook for progressive activists. Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything (Chelsea Green, 2016) challenges conven …

Becky Bond & Zack Exley, co-authors, Rules for Revolutionaries

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18
Nov

Vermont climate activism under Trump

Pres.-elect Donald Trump has declared that climate change is a “hoax.” What are Vermont climate change activists to do? An organizer of a Climate Solutions Summit sponsored by Energy Independent Vermont discusses plans to press ahead on climate issue …

Shaina Kasper, Vermont state director, Toxics Action Center

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15
Nov

Chuck Collins: How the Oscar Mayer heir gave away his fortune to fight for economic justice

Chuck Collins is the great grandson of meatpacker Oscar Mayer. At age 26, He gave away his inheritance and has spent the last three decades mobilizing against inequality. Collins is now a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies where he co …

Chuck Collins, Author and senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies

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27
Oct

Harwood Strong: Trauma, grief & recovery

On October 8, 2016, a wrong-way driver on I-89 killed five teenagers, four of whom were juniors at Harwood Union High School in Moretown, Vermont, and the fifth was a Waitsfield teenager who had been a student at Harwood through 8th grade. Several of …

Margaret Joyal & Brigid Nease, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services at Washington County Mental Health; Superintendent of Schools in the Washington West Supervisory Union, respectively

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27
Oct

Peace Has No Borders: American War Resisters in Canada

During the Iraq and Afghan Wars, veterans from the United States crossed the border to Canada seeking relief and refuge from serving in what they viewed as an unjust and immoral war. Peace Has No Borders is a new documentary by Vermont filmmakers Deb …

Deb Ellis & Dennis Mueller, creators of the documentary Peace Has No Borders

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24
Oct

Filmmaker Bess O’Brien shines spotlight on eating disorders

Award-winning filmmaker Bess O’Brien is the director All of Me, a new feature length documentary film focused on the lives of women, girls and some boys who struggle with eating disorders. Bulimia, anorexia, binge eating and other eating disorders ar …

Bess O'Brien, Filmmaker

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07
Oct

How the Scandinavians got it right

George Lakey is a long time activist, strategist and trainer for nonviolent movements. He is a co-founder of Movement for New Society, Training for Change, and Earth Quaker Action Team, and the author of nine books. His newest book, Viking Economics: …

George Lakey, co-founder of Movement for New Society, Training for Change, and Earth Quaker Action Team

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22
Jun

Capt. Ingrid Jonas: VT’s Top Woman Cop on Racial Profiling, Bias-free Policing & Diversity

On July 1, 2016, new bias-free policing policies were enacted for all police in Vermont. This followed charges of racial profiling leveled against multiple Vermont police agencies. Capt. Ingrid Jonas of the Vermont State Police is the highest ranking …

Capt. Ingrid Jonas, Director of Fair and Impartial Policing and Community Affairs, Vermont State Police

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15
Jun

Kim Fountain: The LGBTQ Struggle Continues

In the wake of the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, 1,000 people marched in Burlington, Vermont–and in numerous other cities–in solidarity with LGBTQ people. Achieving marriage equality was a milestone, but the struggle for LGBTQ ri …

Kim Fountain, executive director, Pride Center of Vermont

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