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.

A sheep pokes its head through a green metal fence at the 2020 Vermont Farm Show.
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Live at noon: 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

Bottles with blue caps and labels that say "pasteurized human milk."
Jane Lindholm / VPR

At the newly opened Vermont Donor Milk Center in Essex Junction, there is a bar.

"We offer hot beverages, cold beverages," said the nonprofit's co-executive director Rachel Foxx. "And donor human milk."

A classroom full of desks and chairs.
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Vermont schools have been undergoing a major shift in recent years toward proficiency-based learning. Now Vermont’s high school class of 2020 is sending off transcripts and grades based on this new system.

We're talking with educators about grading under Vermont's proficiency-based system. And how schools make these student assessment work not only for college admissions, but for scholarship applications, military enlistments and employers.

A man and his dog outside a camping tent.
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Vermont's annual Point-in-Time count takes place this week, surveying the state's homeless population over a 24-hour period between Wednesday, January 22 and Thursday, January 23. Last year's count reported a decline in homelessness in the state. But shelters remain in high demand. On this episode of Vermont Edition: a look at homelessness in Vermont. We talk trends and consider what's being done to make affordable housing a reality for more people.

A tall yellow sign reading "Dollar General" in front of a parking lot.
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Vermont has a lot of Dollar Generals. Thirty-seven to be exact. And Danielle Drogalis of Swanton wanted to know why.

Sen. Patrick Leahy walks down a hallway.
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On the first day of the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, Vermont Edition spoke with Sen. Patrick Leahy for his take on the trial, and a sense of the Senate on the historic day.

The Iran and U.S. flags wave in fromt of a blue sky.
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U.S.-Iran relations have been tense for years, but tensions only tightened after an American drone strike killed a top Iranian commander earlier this month. For Iranian-Americans in Vermont, the conflict affects not only their lives, but the lives of family members both here and abroad. We're talking to a Vermonter with Iranian roots about his experiences and insight into US-Iran relations.

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Do animals get married? Do they fall in love and have friends? Do they laugh when they're happy and cry when they're sad? When you talk to your pets, can they understand you? Why can't they speak to us? And do animals know what kind of animal they are? Alyssa Arre of the Comparative Cognition Lab at Yale tackles these interesting questions.

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

The U.S. House officially voted to send articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate Wednesday, and an impeachment trial could begin as early as Tuesday.

But you might be forgiven if you forgot this all started back in August with a whistleblower's complaint about a phone call between Trump and Ukraine's president, Volodymyr Zelensky. The complaint was major news, but speaking out against government impropriety isn't new in American politics. 

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In his State of the State address, Gov. Phil Scott outlined his 2020 legislative agenda, including a proposal to make K-12 after-school programming more accessible to Vermonters. On this Vermont Edition: universal after-school. We dive into the research, and consider what it would take to make Governor Scott's proposal a reality for Vermont.

A person writes "abaznodakaw8gan" on a white board.
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Middlebury College is expanding its language school offerings this summer with a pilot School of Abenaki. The two-week-long immersion program will be taught by Jesse Bowman Bruchac, a member of the Nulhegan Abenaki and a teacher of the Abenaki language for more than 25 years.

Officials at the Brattleboro Retreat, seen here in this February 2005 file photo
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The Brattleboro Retreat is in financial crisis. The state’s largest psychiatric facility, and the only inpatient option for children, told state officials last week it would have to close, sell or dramatically scale back without emergency funding. State officials now say an immediate closure is no longer imminent, but much remains uncertain. We're talking about what the Retreat’s financial woes mean for Vermont's mental health system, and how the Retreat—and the state—are moving forward. 

Capitol Police Chief Matthew Romei speaks with Jane Lindholm.
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Capitol Police Chief Matthew Romei is in charge of one of the smallest deputized police forces in the state. At just four full-time officers, his job is to keep the Vermont Statehouse safe and open to the public — while also providing security for state lawmakers.

Every two weeks, VPR's podcast for curious kids, But Why? finds answers to kids questions from all around the world. In this holiday episode, we'll listen to a pair of shows from the archive.

A splitscreen of the Statehouse at left in winter and at right in spring
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Activists are rallying on the Statehouse steps at noon today to demand action on climate change ahead of Gov. Phil Scott's State of the State address. Many lawmakers say addressing a changing climate is a top priority this session. We're talking about what activists want and what lawmakers are pursuing when it comes to fighting climate change in this legislative session.

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The hustle and bustle of opening day has settled, leaving a legislature ready to get down to business in this second half of Vermont's biennium. So what exactly are legislative leaders hoping to accomplish this time around? On Vermont Edition, we return with a second round of coverage live from the Statehouse. We talk with  House and Senate leadership, and we also hear from you.

An aerial shot of the House floor on the opening day of the Vermont Legislature in 2019.
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Vermont Edition takes you inside the Statehouse as lawmakers return to Montpelier. We're broadcasting live from the capitol's Cedar Creek Room with the sounds and voices of the Vermont Legislature on opening day!

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On Tuesday, Jan. 7, Vermont's legislature begins work on the second half of the biennium. But why do we have a biennium anyway? And how can civic-minded citizens keep up to date with what's happening in the State House?

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Why do lions roar? Why do crickets chirp? Why do bucks shed their antlers every year? How can porcupines and hedgehogs avoid poking themselves? Do fish pee? What is the fastest fish? What do jellyfish eat? A roundup of animal questions, with answers from Paola Bouley of Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, Kent McFarland of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, naturalist Mary Holland and Jo Blasi of the New England Aquarium.

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Vermont author Howard Frank Mosher spent more than 50 years living in, and writing about, the Northeast Kingdom. His beloved home became the inspiration, source and setting for many of his stories and characters, including the novels Disappearances, Where the Rivers Flow North and Stranger in the Kingdom.