Jane Lindholm

Host, Vermont Edition & But Why

Jane Lindholm hosts the award-winning Vermont Public Radio program Vermont Edition. She is also the host and creator of But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids.

Jane joined VPR in 2007 to expand Vermont Edition from a weekly pilot into the flagship daily newsmagazine it is today. She has been recognized with regional and national awards for interviewing and use of sound. In 2016 she started the nationally recognized But Why, which takes questions from kids all over the world and finds interesting people to answer them.

Before returning to her native Vermont, Jane served as director/producer for the national program Marketplace, based in Los Angeles. Jane began her journalism career in 2001, when she joined National Public Radio (NPR) as an Editorial/Production Assistant for Radio Expeditions, a co-production of NPR and the National Geographic Society. During her time at NPR, she also worked with NPR's Talk of the Nation and Weekend Edition Saturday.

Jane graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in Anthropology and has worked as writer and editor for Let’s Go Travel Guides. She has had her photojournalism picked up by the BBC World Service. Her hobbies include photography, nature writing and wandering the woods and fields of New England. She lives in Monkton.

Looking up at Green Mountain College entrance.
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It’s been called the “birth dearth”: America’s slowed birth rate. And it’s shaking the world of higher education.

On this Vermont Edition: low student enrollment, financial strain, and the future of Vermont’s college landscape. Brave Little State host Angela Evancie and reporter Amy Kolb Noyes tackle three listeners' college questions. 

Plus: a look at national trends in higher education.  We check in with The Washington Post's Danielle Douglas Gabriel.

Author Shawna Potter and the cover of her book Making Spaces Safer.
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Author and punk rock political activist Shawna Potter is coming to Vermont to talk about her new book—Making Spaces Safers: A Guide to Giving Harassment the Boot Wherever You Work, Play And Gather—and the visit kicks off a series of discussions at Vermont libraries about sexism, harassment and how to stop it. We’re talking with Potter about the book and what individuals and organizations can do to make their spaces safer from harassment.

Getting enough sleep is really important for the development of your brain, muscles, and emotional health.
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Why do people need to sleep? How do we actually go to sleep? How does sleeping get rid of toxins in the brain? And how come when it's nighttime I don't want to go to sleep but when it's morning I don't want to wake up?! Those questions and more with pediatric sleep psychologist Dr. Lisa Meltzer.

Long dark stains run down a brown grassy hill.
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For decades, the federal Clean Water Act — and Vermont state law — have made it illegal to have farm waste enter the water stream. Farms of all sizes face permitting and inspection requirements to prevent run-off.

But how, exactly does the state regulate its water? And how are violations investigated? VPR senior reporter John Dillon found the oversight system split between two state agencies can lead to confusion, delayed enforcement and ongoing pollution. 

A number of hands drop ballots into a ballot box.
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Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders is a leading contender for the presidential nomination, especially after his first-place New Hampshire finish. But it's a primary for a party Sanders is only nominally a part of. What does he owe Democrats if he isn't the eventual nominee? We're talking about how voters — and candidates — think about allegiance to parties or people heading into the 2020 election.

A triptic of Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg
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Sen. Bernie Sanders claimed victory in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, but only just: he and former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg will each get nine pledged delegates, while Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar was within 5% of the front runners, claiming six delegates. But New Hampshire voters were open about their concern as to whether the party would unite behind a centrist candidate or, as one voter phrased it, if they're starting to "spoil for is a real left versus right fight."

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 20% of new HIV diagnoses in 2017 were youth ages 13 to 24. However, barriers to information and testing mean the actual number of young people with HIV is likely higher.

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A new Pentagon assessment finds the F-35s still have a lot of deficiencies, even after nearly two decades in development and more than $400 billion spent. We speak with a defense analyst in Washington, D.C. for the latest.

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The number of municipalities that levy local option taxes is growing in Vermont. To date, more than 20 municipalities have adopted these 1% taxes, and more could soon join the ranks.

On this Vermont Edition, we take an in-depth look at local option taxes in Vermont, and ask what levying them means for business and tourism in the state.

Sen. Bernie Sanders is welcomed to the stage by his son Levi Sanders at a campaign stop at Stevens High School on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in Claremont, New Hampshire.
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After the uncertainty of the Iowa Caucus, many are looking to New Hampshire's primary Tuesday for clarity on the Democratic presidential race. In 2016, Bernie Sanders walked away from the primary with a 20-point lead over Hillary Clinton. But this year, there are far more candidates and people are far less certain about who's a frontrunner. 

Six books of different colors arrayed in a pattern.
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The new novel American Dirt revolves around a mother and son fleeing cartel violence in Mexico and attempting to cross into the U.S. But some critics argue the author doesn't have the right to tell this story. The book's publication has stirred controversy, launched the #DignidadLiteraria hashtag and led to discussion on diversity in the publishing world.

We're talking with Vermont authors about representation, cultural appropriation and diversity in storytelling.

An AR-15 rifle pictured with a 30-round magazine and a 10-round magazine. Vermont law now prohibits the sale and purchase of magazines with more than 10 rounds.
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The term "sanctuary city" is often used to indicate a city or town that limits its cooperation with federal immigration enforcement. But in a small but growing number of Vermont towns, there's another sanctuary movement taking place: resolutions to make their community a "second amendment sanctuary," a symbolic rebuff of any federal or state laws that would put limits on one's right to bear arms. 

A child wears a facemask on a plane departing China during the coronavirus outbreak in January 2020.
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Coronavirus continues to spread in mainland China and beyond. According to the latest updates from the World Health Organization, in China alone, more than than 20,000 people have been infected and more than 400 have died. The virus has spread to 20 other countries, including the U.S., which now has 11 cases. Foreigners traveling, working, or studying in China have been advised by their countries to leave. And that includes some Middlebury College students who were expecting to spend a semester abroad. 

A basket of blue crabs for sale at Everest Asian Market in Essex Junction.
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It will be some time before the official 2020 U.S. census tally of Vermont residents is complete, but whether or not the state population has diversified in the last decade, Vermonters' culinary interests appear more varied. Everest Asian Market in Essex Junction is expanding, and the owner said he's seen sales triple in just the last couple of years.

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VPR’s Henry Epp is on the ground in the Midwest, reporting on Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders from Iowa.

On this Vermont Edition: Sounds and voices from the first-in-the-nation caucus state. We check in with Henry as he wraps up his assignment.

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Curious kids are hearing about the impeachment trial of US President Donald Trump. So But Why is helping them understand what impeachment is and what happens when a president is impeached. We'll explain why impeachment is an important part of the US constitution and why impeaching a president doesn't mean removing him or her from office.

Patrons at a betting kiosk in the sports betting area of a Rhode Island casino in November, 2019.
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Gov. Phil Scott wants more accessible and affordable child care in Vermont, and he wants to expand the lottery and bring sports betting to the state to help fund it. We're talking with state lottery officials about new gambling proposals to raise that money, and how expanded gambling has fared elsewhere in New England.

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This week marks the second week of the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. On this special 11 a.m. broadcast of Vermont Edition, we check in with Sen. Patrick Leahy who, on top of his senatorial duties, has taken to documenting the trial as an amateur photographer:

A photo of cookbook author Molly Stevens next to the cover of her book "All About Dinner: Simple Meals, Expert Advice."
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Molly Stevens is a freelance food writer and author of several award-winning cookbooks, the latest of which — All About Dinner: Simple Meals, Expert Advice — offers not only recipes, but tips on cooking essentials, from stocking your cupboard to mastering the basics of scratch cooking. We're talking about her latest book and the larger culinary lessons within All About Dinner.

A sheep pokes its head through a green metal fence at the 2020 Vermont Farm Show.
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What do new national trade deals mean for Vermont's dairy industry? Was last year's hemp harvest a boom or bust for Vermont growers? Vermont Edition broadcasts live from the Champlain Valley Expo Center and brings you the sounds and voices of the 2020 Vermont Farm Show

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