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Rep. Peter Welch On Controlling 'Wicked' Prescription Drug Costs

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.

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'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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Eben Bayer's company makes packaging materials out of mycelium, the threadlike roots of fungus.
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Growing up on a Vermont farm gave Eben Bayer a healthy appreciation for the incredible technological achievements of the natural world. Now, he and a co-founder have created a company called Ecovative. They're using mycelium — the long, thread-like roots of mushrooms that lie hidden under the ground — to create simple, biodegradable, affordable packaging and more.

"Vermont Edition" looks at the challenges and dangers solo hikers face, in Vermont and beyond.
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Live call-in discussion: An attack on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia in early May left one hiker dead and another injured. The violence ignited conversations among hikers across the country, sharing stories of times they felt unsafe and reconciling the relative safety of the wilderness with fears such incidents could happen again. We're talking with experienced hikers about staying safe on the trail.

In this photo taken on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, plastic bottles and other garbage float in the river Drina near Visegrad, eastern Bosnia-Herzegovina.
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With an estimated one million species facing the threat of extinction driven by human activity, is now the time to think seriously about getting a handle on skyrocketing global population? We're talking about human population, its impact on the planet and what can be done.

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The Episcopal Church in Vermont has elected its next bishop. 

Shannon MacVean-Brown is the first African American to be elected bishop of the Episcopal Church in Vermont. She will be one of three African American women to hold that title in New England's seven Episcopal diocese.

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.

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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.

Wood stoves for sale at Chimney Sweep II, in Berlin.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

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? 

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 Did It Work? logo in white text on a blue background with the VPR logo in the corner
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This week on All Things Considered, VPR host and reporter Henry Epp has been exploring a singular question about publicly-funded programs in Vermont, both big and small: "Did it work?"

The weeklong series follows up on a handful of initiatives over the past few years and looks how much bang — if any — Vermonters got for their buck.

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My Heart Still Beats

'My Heart Still Beats' Bonus Episode

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

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.

Eye On The Sky

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