'Did It Work?'

Wood stoves for sale at Chimney Sweep II, in Berlin.
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'Did It Work?': Vermont's Wood Stove Change-Out Program

Two years ago, the state offered Vermonters money to buy a new wood or pellet stove if they got rid of an old, polluting stove. The program was so popular, they decided to do it again this year (with a few changes). So how many people have taken advantage of these different iterations of the wood stove change-out program?

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'My Heart Still Beats' Bonus Episode

An powerful conversation about the series, held with a live audience at Burlington's Turning Point Center.

Denise Stubbs of the Vermont Hemp Nursery stands among some plants at the Cannabis and Hemp Convention.
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The Vermont Cannabis and Hemp Convention opened at the Champlain Valley Expo this weekend. The recreational use of marijuana has been legal in the state for almost a year. And this year's convention doubled in size from 63 vendors last year, to 130 this weekend.  Many at the convention said that growth mimics the growth of the industry at large. 

A planner with a spot for each day of the week, set on a purple background
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Vermont lawmakers have been putting in long hours at the Statehouse this week, trying to wrap up work on a number of complex policy bills. While the Legislature had been hoping to adjourn this weekend, House Speaker Mitzi Johnson said they're going to have to come back for at least a couple days next week.

Exterior of the Vermont Gas building.
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Will it matter if a major pipeline company has a larger stake in the parent companies of Green Mountain Power and Vermont Gas? Climate activists and opponents of gas pipelines think so.

Congressman Peter Welch makes phone calls in his office in Washington, D.C.
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Costs for generic medications have skyrocketed in recent years, with some increasing by as much as 8,000%. The explosion in drug costs is the leading factor behind the nearly 16% rate hike Blue Cross Blue Shield Vermont requested this month for participants in Vermont Health Connect.

Now Congressman Peter Welch is co-sponsoring several bills to reign in prescription drug costs at the federal level.

A room in the Miller building at UVM Medical Center, with a bed and a dummy patient laying in it.
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The University of Vermont Medical Center unveiled its new Robert E. and Holly D. Miller Building to reporters on Friday. The building has 128 rooms, serving specialty surgery, cardiology, oncology and orthopedic patients.

Updated at 3 p.m. ET

The Trump administration has reached a deal to lift tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and Mexico, in a move that could put the three nations a step closer to ratifying the USMCA trade deal that would replace NAFTA.

The tariffs will be lifted within two days, according to a joint U.S.-Canada statement posted by Canada's foreign ministry.

After months of watching entry videos — over 6,000 of them — the judges of the fifth annual Tiny Desk Contest have chosen a winner!

The House floor during opening day of the Vermont Legislature on Jan. 9, 2019. We're talking with Republican leaders in the statehouse to get their thoughts as the legislative session nears its end.
Oliver Parini / VPR

Lawmakers are wrapping up the legislative session and we're talking with Republican leaders in the House and Senate about what they want to accomplish in their final days in Montpelier. 

Updated at 5:25 p.m. ET

President Trump has announced an immigration proposal that would dramatically reshape the legal immigration system in the United States.

The plan "puts jobs, wages and safety of American workers first," Trump said in the White House Rose Garden on Thursday.

"We must implement an immigration system that will allow our citizens to prosper for generations to come," he said.

The Vermont Senate has given its approval to a Paid Family Leave bill but the legislation is quite different from a proposal adopted in the House earlier in the session.
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By a vote of 19 to 10, the Vermont Senate has given preliminary approval to a scaled back Paid Family Leave bill, but the future of the bill this session remains very much in doubt.

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Brave Little State

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What Draws So Many Writers And Poets To Vermont?

This month on Brave Little State : Exploring the literary luminaries of Vermont, and why so many writers seem to thrive in the Green Mountain State.

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May 11 | VPR A-Go-Go: Spring Fling

Dig out your bell bottoms and dance the winter away at VPR A-Go-Go: Spring Fling . Join host Joel Najman for VPR's first ever dance party and live broadcast of My Place on Saturday, May 11.

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Event: 'Vermont Edition' Live In Rutland

Join us for a live broadcast from the Rutland Free Library to discuss the circumstances leading to three college closures in Vermont this spring.

But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids

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Why Am I Afraid Of The Dark?

Lots of people are afraid of the dark, including many kids who have shared that fear with us. In today's episode we explore the fear of the dark with Daniel Handler, better known as Lemony Snicket, the author of the Series of Unfortunate Events books, and a picture book for young kids called The Dark .

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A six-part series featuring conversation and original writing from Vermont's recovery community.

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A 5-part podcast about a school shooting that didn't happen, and the surprising things that did.