Jane Lindholm

Host, Vermont Edition & But Why

Jane Lindholm is the host, executive producer, and creator of But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids. Until March 2021, she was the host of the award-winning Vermont Public Radio program Vermont Edition.

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.

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How do people whistle? How does whistling make a sound? Why does your tongue change a whistle higher or lower? Can you get a trophy for whistling? Can people with laryngitis whistle? Get ready, we learn all about whistling with musician and champion whistler Emily Eagen and musician Yuki Takeda. And who whistles our theme song? We'll hear from musician Luke Reynolds, and a kid whistling chorus from our listeners!

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How are rocks made? Why are some rocks hard and others soft? How do rocks shine? How are geodes and crystals made? Why do some rocks have gems in them? Answers to your rock questions with Hendratta Ali, rock doctor! Ali is a geologist who studies and teaches at Fort Hays State University in Kansas.

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Former Rutland Area NAACP president Tabitha Moore has long spoken out against racial injustice. On Wednesday, Moore joined VPR’s community conversation about the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murdering George Floyd.

A pair of hands holds up a painted sign that reads Justice, below a portrait of George Floyd. The sign sits above a crowd with other signs visible in the backdrop of a gray sky and trees.
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Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted of murdering George Floyd. Vermonters: How are you feeling about the verdict?

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Is it OK to do something that you were told not to do and then never tell anybody? In this episode we tackle that thorny question from 10-year-old Finn from Seattle. We'll also wrestle with the question, "Why do people make really bad choices and want other people's lives to be harder?"

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Have you ever felt competitive with a friend or a sibling? Competition comes up in a lot of different ways in life. Maybe you're running a race with a friend and you want to beat them! Maybe you're trying to play a song without making a mistake and you're competing against yourself.

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On Tuesday evening, Vermont Asian, Pacific Islander and Desi American for Black Lives group send an open letter calling out Vermont leaders and others for silence in this state since the murders in Atlanta last week that left eight people dead, including six women of Asian backgrounds. This segment, we speak with APIDA for Black Lives about the silence towards the Asian American community in Vermont. 

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For many, college is a time for meeting new people and sharing experiences. But COVID-19 has made socializing especially challenging for college students. This segment, we speak with a panel of student journalists from across the state about how they and their peers are navigating pandemic restrictions and the college experience. 

A person in a flannel shirt and dark khaki pants leans on a sign directing traffic to a state-run COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Winooski.
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On Friday, the Scott administration announced a vaccination timeline for all remaining age bands in Vermont, saying the state could "get back to normal" by the Fourth of July. In our weekly health update: answers to your questions about this and other COVID-19 news.

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Museums all across Vermont have had their doors closed for the last year because of COVID-19, but some are preparing to reopen as Gov. Phil Scott loosens gathering restrictions. This segment, we check in with the Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury about its plans to reopen its planetarium. 

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Aimee Picchi has received one of the highest compliments awarded to American science fiction and fantasy writers. She has been named a finalist for the 56th Annual Nebula Awards.

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People who plan to ice fish this month should take heed. Recent warm weather has led to "rapidly deteriorating" ice conditions on Vermont’s lakes. In this segment, the state's chief game warden joins us with information on how to stay safe.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged norms and traditions, from how we marry to how we give birth. In this segment, we hear how one birth and postpartum doula has been working through the pandemic, supporting parents in ways others currently cannot.

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Robins. Vultures. Red-winged blackbirds. What birds have you observed, or do you hope to observe, as winter melts into spring? This hour, we talk with Vermont bird expert Bridget Butler and answer your birding questions.

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The Scott administration has issued updated guidance for multi-household gatherings in Vermont. Two unvaccinated households may now gather at a time, including for children's playdates.

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At the end of this month, the Greater Burlington YMCA will be closing its child care facility in St. Albans. The child care program had been operating out of a temporary location since its regular location was damaged by a burst pipe.

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State and federal eviction moratoriums have had significant implications for renters and landlords alike. This hour, we take an in-depth look at how each has been weathering the COVID-19 crisis, and we answer your questions.  

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In the ice age, megafauna roamed North America: mammoths, saber-toothed cats, even giant land sloths! What happened to them? In this episode we answer questions about the ice age: What was it? Did birds live during that time period? How about giraffes? Did people live with woolly mammoths? Why did mammoths go extinct? We'll answer your questions with Ross MacPhee, senior curator at the American Museum of Natural History and author of End of Megafauna: The Fate of the World's Hugest, Fiercest, and Strangest Animals.

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As the pandemic grew more severe last Spring, animal shelters in Vermont were restricted from transporting pets from out of state by travel restrictions set by Gov. Phil Scott. This segment, we check in with the Humane Society of Chittenden County, now that they are able to transport pets safely from states like Texas and Georgia. 

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Dartmouth researchers just published a report showing that early humans and woolly mammoths may have shared the New England landscape at the same time. Before this rib fragment from a Vermont mammoth was carbon dated, it wasn't known if humans and woolly mammoths overlapped in this region. 

This segment, we talk with one of the researchers about this discovery.