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.

Diocese of Burlington Bishop Christopher Coyne joins "Vermont Edition" to discuss the findings of a lay commission that reviewed files for allegations of child sexual abuse by a member of the clergy.
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As the clergy abuse scandal in the Catholic Church continues to unfold, Vermont has not been immune. Last fall, Bishop Christopher Coyne of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington created a committee of lay people to examine the files of Vermont priests for reports of child sexual abuse. We'll hear what they found.

A collection of front pages from the Burlington Free Press.
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America's two largest newspaper companies are merging, and after GateHouse Media's purchase of Gannett is complete, the Burlington Free Press — and more than 260 other papers across the country — will have new owners.  We're talking about what the merger means for these papers and how the changes affecting the news and media industries are being felt in Vermont.

A ladybug on a leaf.
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A post on Instagram prompted a conversation with Kent McFarland, of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, about both native and nonnative ladybugs in Vermont. First thing's first though: you may need to expand your imagination when it comes to what a ladybug — or as McFarland calls it, a lady beetle — even looks like.

Waterbury, seen here in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, was one of the towns that sustained severe flood damage from the storm.
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Eight years ago, Vermont was waylaid by Tropical Storm Irene, causing intense flooding around the state. For those who suffered loss of home and property, it's an event they'll never forget. We look at what's been done to prepare for future flooding in the state.

A silhouette of a boy reading a book outside in front of a sunset.
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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?

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This episode is all about bugs! We've gotten a lot of questions from you about insects and other critters. So we're tackling them with the help of Jessica Honaker and Kristie Reddick, otherwise known as the Bug Chicks.

Listeners ask a lot of questions. And VPR's Brave Little State is there to find answers. 

A partially unfurled pink yoga mat on the floor
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The practice of yoga dates back over 5,000 years to northern India, but it has enjoyed newfound popularity in the west over the past couple of decades. While some people are adherents to the spiritual tenets of yoga, many do it for exercise and body health.

However, ancient yoga poses were not developed with the modern physiological needs and challenges our bodies face.

With record low unemployment and positive business indicators, we'll look at how Vermonters are doing in today's economic environment.
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Economic indicators paint a pretty rosy picture for the country and for Vermont. Take record low unemployment for instance. So how does that translate for the average Vermonter to buy a home or pay rent? To pay for food and clothing? Or send kids to school or child care? We'll hear how Vermonters are faring while the economy appears to be robust.

A vigil outside NRA headquarters. People hold up orange letter cutouts that spell out GUN REFORM NOW.
Patrick Semansky / Associated Press

Over the course of a week, three mass shootings in Gilroy, California; El Paso, Texas; and Dayton, Ohio renewed a sense of despair, fear, sadness and anger for many Americans. The wave of recent tragedies has also revived conversations about enacting federal gun control legislation.

The news has been inescapable: 22 people shot and killed in El Paso, Texas on Saturday. Hours later, another mass shooting left nine dead in Dayton, Ohio. Dozens more were wounded. And even more were killed in deadly shootings in Houston and Chicago over the weekend. How do take steps toward healing after such horrific mass shootings?

An Atlantic salmon lying in a net above a river
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There was a time when landlocked Atlantic salmon were abundant in Lake Champlain and its tributaries. But for a century and a half these salmon were not reproducing naturally in the Lake Champlain basin. Now scientists are cautiously optimistic things might be changing.

Vermonters have traveled around the globe to help charities that serve those in need.
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Helping neighbors has always been a hallmark of Vermont. But many here have also traveled around the globe to help others in need. We'll hear some of the stories of Vermonters assisting people all over the world.

Former UVM women's basketball coach Cathy Inglese, seen here while coaching at Boston College, died recently from complications of a traumatic brain injury after falling down a flight of stairs.
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Cathy Inglese, who coached UVM women's basketball teams to glory from 1986 through 1993, died on  Wednesday, July 24 from complications from a traumatic brain injury. She was 60 years old. Most recently, Inglese served as associate head coach at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. It was there on July 17, before a summer workout, she tumbled down a stairwell and suffered the TBI.

A registered grower plants hemp in a Charlotte field on July 3, 2019. The number of registered hemp growers in Vermont has more than doubled since last year.
Elodie Reed / VPR

The acres of hemp being grown in Vermont, as well as the number of people registered to grow or process the crop in the state, have all more than doubled in the last year. But a late growing season and potential bottlenecks to harvesting and processing the plant pose looming challenges. We're talking with growers and state regulators about Vermont's booming — if fledgling — hemp industry.

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? 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.

Ten candidates on stage during the second of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN on Wednesday, July 31.
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On Tuesday and Wednesday night this week, especially politically-minded Americans may have tuned into a second round of two-day Democratic presidential primary debates on CNN. But did you learn anything new about the candidates or their campaigns from that six hours of TV?

A stage full of actors performing the play that turned their testimonies into "Standing In This Place: Growing Up LGBTQ in Rural Vermont."
Randy Papp / Chandler Center for the Arts

Saturday at Randolph’s Chandler Center for the Arts will be the second — and final — staging of a play that tells the stories of LGBTQ Vermonters growing up in the state. 

A July 3, 1928 photograph of reconstruction of the Winooski Bridge after the 1927 flood, looking toward Winooski with the Champlain Mill in the background.
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It's an issue the Green Mountain State has grappled with for generations: how can Vermont develop its economy and attract new workers without losing the qualities that make Vermont, well, Vermont? We're talking about this "paradox of development," how Vermont has attempted to answer these questions in the past, and what that history can teach communities in Vermont today.

The threat of Lyme disease has kept many people from enjoying the outdoors. "Vermont Edition" looks at the diagnosis and treatment of this tick-borne illness.
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You've been hearing more and more about Lyme disease over the last decade, and with good reason: the number of confirmed and probable cases of this tick-borne illness has risen dramatically since the early 1990s. Vermont Edition looks at how Lyme disease is treated and diagnosed today.