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.

Julie Benbassat

Why are whale sharks called whale sharks? Why are guinea pigs called pigs if they're not pigs? Why are eagles called bald eagles if they're not bald? You also ask us lots of questions about why and how animals got their names. So today we're going to introduce you to the concept of taxonomy, or how animals are categorized, and we'll also talk about the difference between scientific and common names.

A person crosses the street, by a shop window with a sign about mask-wearing.
Elodie Reed / VPR File

Over the weekend, Vermont crested 9,000 total cases of COVID-19 since March. And high numbers continue, with 167 cases reported on Tuesday. Our weekly health update includes the latest on stemming the tide of new cases and an update on vaccine distribution in Vermont, as well as other COVID-19 news.

Two women are having an argument.
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The events in Washington DC last Wednesday shook many Americans, and some are now having tough conversations with family members and friends whose political beliefs don't line up with their own. This hour, we talk about the line between politics and personal relationships. 

The Vermont Statehouse against a blue sky and snowy ground
Angela Evancie / VPR File

Wednesday is the first day of the 2021 legislative session, and the Statehouse is faced with quite an unusual openining day, followed by a remote start to the session. This hour, we talk with freshman lawmakers and Statehouse employees about their plans, hopes and worries for 2021. 

An orange plastic horse wears a red mask on a snowy hill against a blue sky.
Elodie Reed / VPR File

 By the end of January, Vermonters in group 1A should have gotten at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. But there have been problems with federal vaccine distribution and some are now calling for delaying the second shot or adjusting the amount in each dose. This hour, our weekly health update includes the latest on the vaccine here in Vermont, as well as your COVID-19 questions.

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As the new year dawns, what are you hopeful for in 2021?

Even though the change of the calendar year is mostly symbolic, New Year's Day is often a time for looking back on the year that just passed and setting goals for the year ahead. We asked you to share your hopes and dreams for 2021, from the end of the COVID-19 pandemic to your own personal goals. In this episode, more than 100 kids from around the world offer New Year's resolutions.

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Twenty twenty was a year unlike any other, filled with twists and turns in the presidential election, the emergence of a pandemic, social and physical isolation and, for many people, a deeper sense of gratitude for the things we have.

On Vermont Edition, we are grateful to be able to bring new conversations to your ears on a weekly basis, so we decided to highlight a few of them. Join us Monday Dec. 28 and Wednesday, Dec. 30  as we listen back to some of our favorite interviews of 2020 (and trust us, these were hard to narrow down!). 

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It's the most wonderful time of the year ... for Vermont Edition's annual music show, that is! Join us at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 23, for two hours of song, story and reflection.

A vial of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is shown before being processed to be administered to the first subjects, health care workers at the University of Vermont Medical Center, on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020.
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Distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine is underway in Vermont. Hospitals have received their first doses and pharmacies are scheduled to begin clinics at long-term care facilities this week. This hour, our weekly health update includes the latest vaccine news, along with more on the state's ongoing response to COVID-19.

Lawmakers elected Col. Greg Knight, of Huntington, to serve as the next adjutant general of the Vermont National Guard.
Peter Hirschfeld / VPR File

The Vermont National Guard has deployed over 80 airmen since October and plans to deploy hundreds more soldiers in the next few months. This hour: a conversation about deploying during a pandemic—for guard members and their families back home. And we discuss the ongoing culture audit the Guard is conducting in response to continued reports of sexual misconduct and gender discrimination.

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Lots of people are afraid of the dark, including many kids who have shared that fear with us. In today's episode we explore the fear of the dark with Daniel Handler, better known as Lemony Snicket, the author of the Series of Unfortunate Events books, and a picture book for young kids called The Dark.

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Live call-in discussion: The National Restaurant Association says more than 10,000 food businesses across the U.S. have closed in just the past three months as the COVID-19 pandemic has brought tectonic shifts to the restaurant landscape. This hour, restaurant owners and chefs in Vermont share what the future holds for their businesses.

The sign outside of the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington.
Taylor Dobbs / VPR File

Mass distribution of a Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has begun in the U.S., with an estimated 2.9 million doses expected to be delivered to states this week. In our weekly COVID-19 health update, we hear how Vermont officials are working through the logistics of local distribution, and we answer your COVID-19-related questions.

The exterior of the closed St. John the Apostle Church, in Johnson, Vt.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR File

The number of opioid overdoses in Vermont continues to climb, and the isolation brought by the winter and the pandemic makes things difficult for those in recovery, and those trying to use safely. This hour, we talk about what it's like to be balancing the opioid crisis and the pandemic for those in recovery, and those who are helping people get to recovery.

Marla Goldstein, relationship coach with G-Spot Coaching
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Nationally, companies that run online dating platforms have noticed striking increases in people using their services since the onset of COVID-19. Match Group, which operates the majority of online dating services, reported a 15% increase in new subscribers during the second quarter of 2020.

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Andrew Harnik / Associated Press

A government shutdown looms at the end of this week. Congress is expected to pass a one-week stopgap measure to keep the wheels in motion while members continue to debate a more than $900 billion bipartisan coronavirus aid proposal. This hour, we talk with Representative Peter Welch about federal coronavirus aid, the presidential transition and other issues.

White sign that reads 'Hang In There Neighbors' in red, on a green lawn.
Nina Keck / VPR

From social isolation to food insecurity, the effects of COVID-19 can be wide-ranging and strenuous. So Vermont officials have a new message for residents: take care of your mental health and well-being, and reach out if you need help. This hour, in our weekly update, we talk about this and the latest COVID-19 news with Mental Health Commissioner Sarah Squirrell and Deputy Health Commissioner Tracy Dolan, and we answer your questions.

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Dating during a pandemic poses a unique set of challenges. Especially under Gov. Scott’s recent ban on multi-household gatherings, Vermonters are no longer able to connect with new partners in person. This hour, we hear from two relationship coaches who share their expertise on how new relationships are impacted by social distancing guidelines. And, we hear from Vermonters about how you are navigating new relationships in the midst of COVID-19.

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Why are babies small and grownups big? Why are babies so helpless, instead of little versions of adults? Do babies know they're babies? How do babies grow? How do babies learn to talk?

Kids have been sending us lots of questions about babies! This week we're learning more about the development of the human brain  with Celeste Kidd, professor of psychology and primary investigator at the  Kidd Lab at the University of California Berkeley.

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How have you been spending time during the pandemic? By picking up a new hobby, or browsing the shelves for a new book to read? If the latter is true for you, then you're in luck. This hour, we listen back to our recent conversation with some of Vermont's most voracious readers. We introduce you to some of the region's newest and most popular authors and books, and we hear your picks.