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 sign for COVID-19 parking at Rutland Regional Medical Center.
Nina Keck / VPR

The Scott Administration has clarified its ban on multi-household gatherings in Vermont. The clarification allows those who are in an unsafe environment to take shelter in another household. And it allows outdoor activities, like walks, between two people from separate households with masks and six-foot distancing. This hour, join our weekly health update as we discuss these new allowances and answer your questions for the Vermont Department of Health.

Geese fly in an arc shaped pattern against a gray sky.
Elodie Reed / VPR

When Gov. Phil Scott announced a prohibition on meeting up with anyone outside your household for basically anything other than allowable essential activities like work or school or socially-distant, masked outdoor exercise, it added a deeper level of confusion, concern, sadness and anxiety for many Vermonters.

Sign that reads Practice Social Distancing in walkway at Milton Middle School
Abagael Giles / VPR File

COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Vermont and the health department has put a new protocol in place that will include the testing of all staff at Vermont's K-12 schools, on a rotating basis. This hour, we're joined by Education Secretary Dan French to talk about how the effort fits in with the state's surveillance testing, and how the state is working to preserve in-person learning. 

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Among the challenges presented with COVID-19 and prison facilities, in-person visitation has been indefinitely suspended for family members and friends. For parents who are currently incarcerated, these regulations are particularly painful. While virtual visitation is better than nothing, parents agree that it does not come close to replacing in-person visitation.

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A few weeks ago we talked about why kids can't vote and we also answered some questions about the U.S. Presidential Election. It's been two weeks since the November 3rd election, but we're still getting questions about it! We get answers from NPR political reporter Ayesha Rascoe.


University of Vermont Medical Center sign against orange maple leaves.
Matthew Smith / VPR

Last month, it was announced that the University of Vermont Medical Center and Vaccine Testing Center at the University of Vermont's Larner College of Medicine had been selected to participate in a Phase 3 trial for an Oxford University-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

A sign that says Chittenden Regional Correctional Factility, with the building in the background
Meg Malone / VPR File

Incarceration is never easy, and COVID-19 has created a multitude of new challenges. Since March, incarcerated parents have been limited to virtual visitation with their children. This hour, we hear from the Department of Corrections and several other voices about current visitation regulations and how they have impacted incarcerated parents.

COVID-19 testing is offered at the Winooski Armory on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020.
Elodie Reed / VPR

The Scott Administration has announced several new restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Vermont, including a temporary ban on multi-household  gatherings. This hour, Deputy Health Commissioner Tracy Dolan joins us with more on what these restrictions mean for Vermonters. We also check in with the University of Vermont where a Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trial is currently underway.

Pumpkins and gourds on a table surrounding facial coverings.
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Getting through winter and the holiday season can be hard for many, and now with the governor's order to refrain from seeing family and friends for the time being, it's likely to be even harder. This hour, we'll get advice on how to cope with stress and sadness. Plus we'll talk about ways to cultivate gratitude and joy, and give joy to others who may be struggling. 

The view from a gently graded ski slope at Stowe Mountain Resort on a bluebird day.
Abagael Giles / VPR

This winter season will look different than those past for ski areas and ski towns across Vermont. This hour, we check in with members of Vermont's ski industry about the sector-specific COVID-19 restrictions the state announced last week. We learn about how they plan to change their operations, and hear about the challenges that come with meeting these new regulations.

The exterior of the Vermont Department of Health office in Burlington at 108 Cherry Street.
Taylor Dobbs / VPR File

The Vermont Department of Health reported 43 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday, the largest single-day increase in Vermont since early spring. This hour, Deputy Commissioner Tracy Dolan joins our weekly health update with the latest on efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Vermont. Plus, Deputy Commerce and Community Development Secretary Ted Brady answers your questions about travel this holiday season.

Vice president elect Kamala Harris stands behind a podium
Tony Avelar / Associated Press File

This weekend, Kamala Harris made history by becoming the first ever woman of color to be Vice President-elect. Today, we check in with a Montreal-based reporter about the city's reaction to her win, and what some of her former classmates from her Canadian high school thought about the election. 

A white-tailed deer photographed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Scott Bauer / USDA

For this big game cooking show, we'll speak with a few experts on how to properly process, cook, pair and eat your moose, bear and deer meat and whatever else you're catching this season. And we want to hear from you about your favorite recipes you'll make this season.

Amy Van Cise / Cascadia Research Collective

In our most recent episode, we answered questions about  really big animals: whales!

We covered a lot when it comes to these huge aquatic mammals but there was one big topic we didn't get to: and that's how whales communicate.  We'll learn more about the sounds whales make: singing, whistles, and echolocation clicks with Amy Van Cise, a biologist at NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, Washington.

Taylor Small holds a blue, pink and white campaign sign, wearing a winter coat and mask in the snow
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

On Tuesday, first-time candidate Taylor Small of Winooski won one of two seats in the Vermont House for the Chittenden 6-7 district. Small is a Progressive-Democrat, and though results are still unofficial, she is slated to be the first openly transgender person to serve in the Vermont Legislature.

A hand puts paper into a box that says deposit voter ballot here
Elodie Reed / VPR

This hour, we spend the hour looking at the results of yesterday's historic day of voting with a focus on key local and federal races. We talk about the makeup of the next U.S. Senate and check in on some of Vermont's statewide and local races. 

A "Vote Here" sign is chained to a tree outside Edmunds Middle School, the polling place for Burlington's Ward 6.
Elodie Reed / VPR

Today is Election Day. The homestretch of an election year unlike any other, marked by COVID-19 era campaign strategies and record early voting numbers. This hour, we bring you special coverage of Election Day in Vermont. We check in with town clerks in Addison and Windham Counties, and with a veteran poll worker in Landgrove. Plus, Deputy Secretary of State Chris Winters offers a snapshot of midday voter turnout across the state, and VPR's Liam Elder-Connors joins us with voices from the polls in Chittenden and Franklin Counties.

A highway sign warns about the coronavirus
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As COVID-19 cases rise and the holidays get closer, the health department is asking Vermonters to limit travel and narrow down their close circles. This hour, we check in with the Deputy Health Commissioner for our weekly health update. Plus, we get an update on the cyberattack at the University of Vermont Medical Center and how it could affect COVID-19 testing. 

Taylor Dobbs / VPR File Photo

The City of Burlington announced this month that it's going to expand a pilot project tracking COVID-19 in the city's wastewater treatment plants and continue the program for at least another three months. The project surveys wastewater for RNA strands that carry the novel coronavirus. But what good does finding it in the city's sewage actually do for how the city and state can respond to coronavirus in the population? We'll check in with the project leader to get the details. 

National Guard Truck with pallets
Abagael Giles / VPR file

The Vermont National Guard's former equal employment and diversity manager says the guard has a hypermasculine culture that leads to pervasive sexual harassment and assault. We'll speak with Doris Sumner about what she thinks the Guard needs to do better. And we'll get a statement from Adj. Gen. Greg Knight about how he plans to use an audit to address these issues.