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 pile of books on a window sill looking out over a rainy landscape.
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Live 1 p.m. discussion: Work, school and daily life are being transformed by the coronavirus, as Vermonters heed Gov. Phil Scott's call to "stay home." There's no denying the stress and uncertainty caused by the pandemic, but some may nonetheless find themselves at home with extra time to pick up a new book or re-read a beloved one. We're talking about what to read when riding out the pandemic.

Edmunds Elementary School sits closed in Burlington on a winter day.
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Live 1 p.m. discussion: Gov. Phil Scott announced Thursday that Vermont's schools would remain closed through the rest of the term to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Agency of Education Deputy Secretary Heather Bouchey joins Vermont Edition to discuss how they're helping schools move classroom instruction online, meeting the needs of students with disabilities, getting meals to students and more.

A person behind a window in a lab.
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Ever since Gov. Phil Scott's administration announced the first positive test result for the coronavirus on March 7, the numbers — and testing — have continued to rise. This hour, we get an update on the case numbers in Vermont and how the state is handling COVID-19 testing. 

Shannon Joy

We're answering 9 questions that put a smile on our faces, and we hope they make you chuckle, too. Plus, you might actually learn something from some of the answers!

Are llamas ticklish? Why do pickles and cacti look alike? What are boogers made out of? How do fish see underwater without goggles? Do skunks like their smell? Do pigs poop? Are elephants afraid of mice? Are jellyfish made of jelly? Why are yawns contagious?

Rep. Peter Welch.
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Rep. Peter Welch answered some questions regarding the U.S. coronavirus relief package Wednesday on Vermont Edition. Here’s what he had to say about the package that has now been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. 

Who does the extended unemployment insurance program cover?

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Vermont courts are under a judicial emergency during the coronavirus crisis, suspending most hearings and postponing most jury trials. But what does the governor's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order mean for custody arrangements and court-mandated visitation?

A sign in a drug store listing all the items out of stock during coronavirus shopping
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Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan says his office is seeing a rise in scams related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some scams are promising remedies to the virus (which has no verified cure or vaccine), while others claim to be collecting money for bogus charities. But Donovan says consumer protection questions like price-gouging are also a concern.

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COVID-19 has generated a world of uncertainty. Uncertainty about the economy. Uncertainty about food security. Uncertainty about our physical health. But what about our mental health? This hour: a conversation about how to manage stress and anxiety during COVID-19. We talk to mental health experts, and we also hear from you.

A message of hope written in chalk on a sidewalk in Burlington's New North End neighborhood.
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As the COVID-19 crisis continues, we learn about creative approaches to connection and community in Vermont. From virtual yoga to online "community chats", what are you doing to connect with others in this time of social distancing?

Gov. Phil Scott at a podium.
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On March 24, Gov. Phil Scott announced a new “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order. It goes into effect at 5 p.m. Wednesday, closes all in-person business and nonprofit work unless it's deemed critical to public health or national security. 

A person filling out an unemployment form.
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Vermont's Department of Labor is dealing with coronavirus-related job losses and unemployment claims, tripling the number of calls the office fields each day and leaving many Vermonters wondering if they're eligible for virus-related unemployment benefits. 

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos.
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Candidates for Vermont's local and statewide office might not have to gather petition signatures to be on the ballot this year, according to Sec. of State Jim Condos. And the state may issue temporary licenses for health professionals, both changes in response to Vermont's state of emergency due to the coronavirus.

A sign pointing to the Department of Health lab.
Elodie Reed / VPR

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Scott administration has issued further restrictions on businesses and non-essential group gatherings in Vermont. So far, 52 have tested positive for COVID-19 in the state, and two elderly residents have died. This hour, we get an update and ask how Vermont hospitals are preparing for an expected influx of patients.

Department of Public Works worker closes a playground at an elementary school in Walpole, Mass., on Friday, Mar. 20 out of concern about the spread of the coronavirus.
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Vermont schools and child care centers were ordered closed last week, but child care is being made available to "essential" workers, those deemed critical to keeping the state running. But how is the state determining who fits the definition of "essential"? 

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Centers For Disease Control

VPR is bringing But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids to the airwaves on Saturday, March 21 at noon. As coronavirus continues to spread in the United States and changes the course of everyday live, we’ll be hearing Explaining the Coronavirus To Kids, And The Science of Soap, which answers kids questions about coronavirus to give our youngest listeners the information they need to stay safe.

A sign advertising free lunch for the Burlington School District.
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When Gov. Phil Scott announced Vermont's public schools would close through early April, superintendents, teachers, special educators and more had to figure out some solutions. Challenges include: Remote learning plans, and getting meals to students. We're talking with three superintendents about how their districts are adapting.

A local store with a handwritten sign saying the business is "closed for corona"
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Businesses of all kinds are struggling with the unprecedented disruptions caused by the global spread of the coronavirus. We talk with shops, restaurants, wedding planners and more about how the virus is affecting Vermont businesses, and how they’re adapting. 

The 16 new cases of COVID-19 announced by health officials Saturday brings the total number of cases in Vermont to 49.
Centers for Disease Control

As COVID-19 spreads across the globe, the World Health Organization has declared the novel coronavirus a pandemic. We’re answering questions about the virus with infectious disease doctor Krutika Kuppalli, who studies global pandemics. And chemistry professor Palli Thordarson, from the University of New South Wales on the science of why washing your hands with plain old soap and water is so effective against germs.

The 16 new cases of COVID-19 announced by health officials Saturday brings the total number of cases in Vermont to 49.
Centers for Disease Control

COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus, is now in Vermont and people are bracing for a long period of uncertainty. This hour, we bring you stories of how Vermont and others outside the state are responding to this moment. We hear from a Vermonter who is self-quarantining, a hairdresser who is preparing for the potential of lost work, a Dartmouth-Hitchcock doctor involved in developing a new proprietary test, and many more.

Rep. Peter Welch speaks at a November 2019 meeting of the House Intelligence Committee.
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Rep. Peter Welch has been thinking about how Congress can respond to the coronavirus, from extending unemployment insurance and paid time off, to modifying existing food aid like SNAP and school lunches.

Welch tells Vermont Edition Congress should amend federal food policy as the coronavirus continues to spread, so that potential school closures don't exacerbate hunger and food insecurity. 

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