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Ethical Hackers Breach Vermont Voting Machines, But Officials Say No Need To Panic

Elections security experts have discovered new ways to manipulate the type of voting machine used in Vermont, but local elections officials say it's unlikely that bad actors could exploit those vulnerabilities to change the results of an election.

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Young At Art

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Reopening The 'Storage Box': Painter Emilia Olson Returns To Her Art After 15-Year Hiatus

Hanging on the gallery walls at Central Vermont Medical Center are oil paintings of all sizes — from the very small to the very large — by Montpelier artist Emilia Olson. The exhibit is a result of Olson revisiting artwork she created, but then stored away, more than a decade ago.

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Summer vacation is winding down and students will soon head back to school, but does a long summer holiday still make sense for students today?

In the central Idaho community of Arco, where Lost Rivers Medical Center is located, the elk and bear outnumber the human population of a thousand. The view from the hospital is flat grassland surrounded by mountain ranges that make for formidable driving in wintertime.

"We're actually considered a frontier area, which I didn't even know was a census designation until I moved there," says Brad Huerta, CEO of the hospital. "I didn't think there's anything more rural than rural."

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As Gov. Phil Scott launches his push for the federal approval that will be needed to import prescription drugs from Canada, administration officials released projections Thursday that suggest savings from an importation program could be limited.

About 150 people gathered on Wednesday night in Hartford, Vermont, to protest arrests made by ICE.  Seventeen people in Hartford and Lebanon were detained by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement in late July and early August. 

Many chanted, "Say it loud, say it clear: immigrants are welcome here." 

Yes, that's right. This Bennington Battlefield marker is in New York State where the battle was actually fought.
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It seems like one of those little Vermont oddities to outsiders: Vermont's state government closes down every Aug. 16 to commemorate an armed conflict that took place across the river in New York State. We'll get all the details of the Battle of Bennington.

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David Deen spent the better part of three decades helping to pass laws that protect Vermont's land and water, and now the former state representative is being recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency for that work. Deen will receive an Environmental Merit Lifetime Award from the federal agency's regional office.

The cover page of the "Bennington Battle March" depiciting the Bennington Battle Monument.
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Bennington Battle Day is August 16th. The day marks a turning point in the American Revolution, when British forces were defeated near Bennington in 1777. This year, we're rediscovering some music associated with this Vermont holiday.

In 1927, for the 150th anniversary of the battle, Bennington virtuoso pianist Ernest Murray composed his new "Bennington Battle March," rarely heard today. VPR Classical hosts James Stewart and Linda Radtke have been exploring the story behind this music.


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The Scott administration has created a website to monitor the testing of lead levels in schools and child care centers. To date, five schools and 300 child care centers have been tested — and roughly 10% of the tested child care centers had at least one water source that exceeded legal limits, while every tested school had at least one water source above what's permitted.

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Planned Parenthood says it will formally withdraw from the nation's family planning program for low-income people within days, unless a federal court intervenes.

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Seniors downsizing a home often face a difficult and emotional transition from a larger house — one that may have been "home" for years — to a smaller apartment or into some form of a senior community. We're talking about what such a move entails and how to plan for it. And what's involved in sorting through a lifetime of possessions and choosing what to donate, sell, recycle or keep.

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VPR Investigations

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Caledonia Judge Unlawfully Ordered Arrests Of Debtors For Years

It’s been more than 150 years since it was legal to arrest people in Vermont for unpaid debts. And yet over the last two decades, roughly 200 debtors in Caledonia County’s small claims court were issued arrest warrants, often after missing hearings or failing to make payments.

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Happy Birthday, Brave Little State!

We celebrate the show's third birthday with a trip down memory lane to some favorite moments from our archive.

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Eye On The Sky

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Get ready for fall gardening! Learn what to plant, divide, keep or toss.

VPR Blog

Tanzina Vega (left) is the new host of WNYC's 'The Takeaway'. Shankar Vedantam hosts NPR's 'Hidden Brain'. Both programs will join VPR's lineup starting the week of August 12, 2019.
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VPR Adds 'The Takeaway', NPR’s 'Hidden Brain' To Program Lineup

Vermont Public Radio will make changes to its program schedule beginning the week of August 12, adding popular programs The Takeaway and Hidden Brain , as well as a rebroadcast of Fresh Air .

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But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids

Visitors cross highway 178 next to a crack left on the road by an earthquake Sunday, July 7, 2019, near Ridgecrest, Calif.
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Why Do Earthquakes Happen?

Why do earthquakes happen? How do the tectonic plates move underground? How do we stay safe during an earthquake? For this week's show we headed to California to visit Jennifer Strauss at the Berkeley Seismology Lab and we hear from Celeste Labedz at the California Institute of Technology .

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What Is Electricity?

A Beginner's Guide To Podcasts

A Beginner's Guide To Podcasts

Not sure how the whole podcasting thing works? We're here to help.

2019 Summer Music Festival Guide

Your go-to resource for music events across the region this summer.