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LIVE At 8 P.M.: Fact Checking The Democratic Presidential Debate

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is among the 12 candidates to take the stage during Tuesday's Democratic presidential primary debate, which begins at 8 p.m. It will be hosted by CNN and the New York Times and will be carried live by both NPR and VPR.

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Green Mountain Power CEO Mary Powell stands in front of a wall
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When Green Mountain Power CEO Mary Powell steps down at the end of the year, she’ll qualify for a $2.1 million dollar special retirement benefit.

You hear it said about sexual harassers all the time: "Guys like that will never change."

That may be true for those who are out-and-out psychopaths and those with other serious disorders, but experts say most sexual harassers are not in that bucket.

"They're apples and oranges," says forensic psychiatrist and Temple University School of Medicine professor of psychiatry Barbara Ziv, who has spent decades studying both victims and perpetrators of sexual misconduct. Most are "opportunistic offenders" or self-delusional, she says, but they're not beyond help.

The link between vaping and severe lung problems is getting a lot of attention.

But scientists say they're also worried about vaping's effect on teenage brains.

"Unfortunately, the brain problems and challenges may be things that we see later on down the road," says Nii Addy, associate professor of psychiatry and cellular and molecular physiology at Yale School of Medicine.

The exterior of Stowe Arena in Stowe, Vermont.
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Over Labor Day weekend the North American Hockey Academy, or NAHA, held a tournament that brought junior girls hockey players to rinks around northern Vermont – including the school's home rink, Stowe Arena. 

But the event was bittersweet in Stowe: It came just weeks after NAHA founder Bill Driscoll told the town he's selling the school, and the program is moving to Massachusetts.

A two-photo collage with the cover of "Whistleblowers" on the left and a profile picture of Stanger on the right.
Book cover courtesy of Yale University Press / Photo by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons

Whistleblowers are in the headlines right now, but speaking out about government impropriety is nothing new in American politics. In fact, protection for people who come forward is written into our earliest laws. We're talking with Middlebury College professor Allison Stanger about her new book on America's history with whistleblowers, and why, despite our laws, they often face retaliation.

Editor's note: To protect the anonymity of the children in this story, we are not using their names.

Children are often called the hidden casualties of the opioid epidemic. They carry a lot of secrets and shame.

The Rutland City Police Department in September 2015.
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Update 9:50 a.m. 10/10/2019 Vermont State Police have identified the man whose body was discovered in Salisbury, in a case that is believed to be connected to the shooting in Rutland. The victim is Nicholas Louras, 34, of Rutland.

Mitch Wertlieb talking with 'March authors' Andrew Aydin and Rep. John Lewis
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The graphic novel March tells the story of the life of Democratic Rep. John Lewis, one of the key leaders of the civil rights movement. Lewis chaired the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and he was one of the principal organizers of the 1963 March on Washington, as well as the march across Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965.

Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin spoke about the civil rights movement, past and present, at the Flynn Center for Performing Arts.
Vermont Humanities Council

Congressman John Lewis is the sole surviving member of the "Big Six" civil rights leaders of the 1960s. He's dedicated his life to nonviolent protests in pursuit of social justice. And along with co-author Andrew Aydin, Lewis wrote about his life and work in the graphic novel series March, a 2019 Vermont Reads selection. Today on Vermont Edition, we'll hear highlights from an event featuring Lewis and Aydin recorded live at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts on Monday, Oct. 7.

Fat Bear Week 2019 officially ended Tuesday night. And the winner is ...

No. 435, or if you prefer a name, Holly.

Fat Bear Week has been an annual event for the past five years in Katmai National Park and Preserve in southwestern Alaska. The idea is to publicize and celebrate the process of bears eating as much as they can to build up crucial fat reserves in advance of winter hibernation.


New from Brave Little State

Bales of plastic containers.
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What Happens To Vermont's Recycling?

Are people following Vermont’s new recycling laws, and where does our recycling end up? That’s the question Julie Ste. Marie of Troy put to Brave Little State .

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Three Years Later

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'Magical Place For Us': Syrian Family Finds New Home In Rutland

They fled violence in Syria. They moved from place to place for years. And now, Hazar, Hussam and their three kids are finally settling into their new home in Rutland, which they call a "magical place."

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Join VPR and Vermont PBS for a live storytelling event where five central Vermonters share experiences that illuminate the issues and opportunities of living in rural communities.
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Oct. 29 | Rural Stories On Stage

Can you live, work and thrive in Vermont? Will your children be able to? This fall, VPR and Vermont PBS are joining forces to create This Land: The Changing Story of Rural Vermont . Join us on Tuesday, October 29 for a live storytelling event in Randolph where we’ll share experiences that illuminate the issues and opportunities we face together.

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Eye On The Sky

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This fall, VPR and Vermont PBS are collaborating to present This Land: The Changing Story of Rural Vermont. The project explores the realities and rewards of living in rural Vermont through a statewide poll, news and analysis, a storytelling event and oth
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VPR And Vermont PBS Team Up For This Land: The Changing Story Of Rural Vermont

Our state's rural communities are critical to its identity, but will the next generation of Vermonters be able to live, work and thrive here? This fall, VPR and Vermont PBS are collaborating to present This Land: The Changing Story of Rural Vermont . The project explores the realities and rewards of living in rural Vermont through a statewide poll, news and analysis, a storytelling event and other special programming.

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VPR reporters in the field.
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VPR's Plan For Exploring The Whole Vermont Story, Together

But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids

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Why Do We Have To Go To School?

Why does school exist? When did kids start going, and why is it mandatory? Why are there 12 grades in school? Why do we call teachers by their last names? In this episode, we get schooled on school by sociologist Emily Rauscher and National Teacher of the Year Rodney Robinson.

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How Is Paper Made?

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.