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.

Darcee Alderman, co-owner of the Monkton General Store, stands next to her chocolate tempering machine. She says selling store-made chocolate is one way she tries to carve a niche for her store.
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Update 1:10 p.m. — As of midday Saturday, the store had surpassed its $20,000 goal. See more at bottom of post.

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The Monkton General Store was buzzing on Thursday afternoon, with customers grabbing scones, store-made chocolate, beer and pizza.

Carrie French, who lives just down the road, had her arms full of an odd assortment of goods.

Vermonters receive an estimated 145,000 robocalls every day. We're looking at what's behind the rapidly increasing numbers of robocalls.
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Vermonters gets an estimated 4.5 million robocalls each month. Calls from scammers and marketers to an 802 number have doubled in just the last two years. We're looking at what's behind the rise in robocalls and ways you can protect yourself from the flood of unwanted calls.

Stacks of diapers in a row.
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Food shelves rarely stock diapers, and families can't use federal subsidies like WIC or SNAP to buy them. To address this need, a new diaper bank is opening to serve communities in Chittenden County.

Voters from the Windham Southeast Unified Union School District stand to be counted at a meeting in Brattleboro. Many towns did not vote on a school budget this Town Meeting Day.
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More than 30 Vermont school districts filed a lawsuit challenging the forced mergers the state has ordered them to make. Before voting on school budgets on Town Meeting Day, the districts involved in the lawsuit asked for a temporary injunction to allow merger proceedings to halt until the suit is resolved. But just one day before Town Meetings, a judge denied that request. 

A sample driver's privilege card from the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles. Losing the ability to drive can have far-reaching repercussions in Vermont.
Department of Motor Vehicles

Life in a rural state like Vermont can require a lot of driving, and a suspended driver’s license can be a significant hardship. But the demands of work, family and other obligations often mean that many still drive even when they're not supposed to. We're looking at what leads to a suspended license in Vermont and how getting a DLS charge can lead to more citations, larger fines and bigger trouble.

Environmental activists occupy the office of Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., the incoming majority leader, as they try to pressure Democratic support for a sweeping agenda to fight climate change, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
J. Scott Applewhite / AP

The so-called "Green New Deal" is a set of proposals that would tackle climate change and economic inequality at a national level. The package of policies is unlikely to become law anytime soon, but is spurring debate across the country. We're talking about what exactly is being proposed, and how Vermont fits into the national debate around these ideas.

Col. Greg Knight was selected by legislators as the next Adjutant General for the Vermont National Guard in February.
1st Lt. Mikel Arcovitch / Vermont National Guard

Col. Greg Knight will be the new Adjutant General for the Vermont National Guard. He takes over the position on Friday, March 8.

Knight takes the helm of the reserve militia as it faces 400 empty positions and in the wake of a months-long VTDigger investigation alleging sexual harassment and other misconduct within the Guard.

Underhill residents gather at Town Meeting Day in 2018. "Vermont Edition" looks at how access to voting has changed in Vermont over time and how the question of "who gets to vote" continues to broaden.
Jim Beebe-Woodard

Town Meeting Day reminds Vermonters of how we vote in our unique form of local democracy, but the question of who gets to vote — in elections and at Town Meetings — continues to change. We're talking about how.

Vermont's selection of grocery stores and their offerings are now coming in many shapes, sizes and colors.
Ric Cengeri / VPR FILE

The Vermont grocery store landscape has seen a lot of changes over the last few years. From new players entering the market, to new stores from some familiar stalwarts and new services to entice shoppers. We'll look at how and why the supermarket scene is changing in Vermont.

Melody Bodette / VPR

In this episode, we're answering your questions about...us! Why do you make But Why? How are podcasts made? And we're answering questions about the physics of sound and radio.

Rebecca Byars, left, and Peter Pardoe of Valley Improv perform at the Woolen Mill Comedy Club in Bridgewater. The ideas of improv are increasingly leaving the stage and being applied at work and with other large groups.
Collen Doyle / Woolen Mills Comedy Club

Improvisational comedy is about making it up as you go along, but the ideas of improv are increasingly finding their way to workplaces and other groups to increase teamwork, foster collaboration and spark new ideas. We're looking at improv in Vermont and how its ideas apply at work and in daily life.

With temperatures bobbing and weaving above and below freezing, Vermont's backyard sugaring is going strong.
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This program originally aired on Feb. 22, 2018.

Vermonters catch a fever at this time of year. And it isn't necessarily the flu bug. It's the hankering to get outside and start hauling buckets full of sap to the sugarhouse or to wherever they do their boiling. It's backyard sugaring time. 

Blaz Pavlic of Slovenia jumps at Harris Hill in Brattleboro en route to the Men's Open title.
Steve McLaughlin / Courtesy Harris Hill Ski Jump

Vermont has produced its fair share of outstanding winter sports athletes. Vermont Edition shines the spotlight on those who have excelled at ski jumping as we look at how the sport has changed in Vermont.

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would expand an employer's ability to administer drug tests to employees.
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Vermont's laws on workplace drug testing make it difficult to test employees after they're hired. Now lawmakers are considering a bill expanding an employer's ability to test workers suspected of being under the influence on the job, or if they cause an accident. We're looking at Vermont's existing drug testing laws, the proposed changes and what it means for workers and employers.

For one week in October 2005, Thetford was home to Grace Paley and Cynthia Huntington. At the time they were the poets laureate for Vermont and New Hampshire, respectively.
Toby Talbot/AP / Ric Cengeri/VPR

If you lived in Thetford, Vermont in October 2005, you must have felt the special energy. Not everyone in town started speaking in iambic hexameter or in A-A-B-B rhyme schemes, but you had to feel the poetic force that was present. Because for about a week back, something happened in Thetford that has probably never happened in any other city or town anywhere, before or since: Thetford was home to two current state poets laureate.

Look for four inches of clear, black ice — enough to support a person walking — before enjoying ice fishing, officials from the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife say.
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Mid-February is prime time for ice fishing in Vermont, but a recent tragedy is focusing attention on the risks of the winter sport. 

A report warns that 40 percent of all insect species are facing extinction.
Andrew Moore / flickr

Scientists are warning of a staggering decline in insect population and diversity, with over 40 percent of all species at risk of extinction. That could have huge impacts on the wider ecosystem, and on human agriculture and the economy. We're talking about what — if anything — can be done, on large and small scales, to address the looming die-off.

As the Montreal Expos prepared for their first home game at Jarry Park on April 14, 1969, catcher John Bateman received the first pitch from Quebec Premier Jean-Jacques Bertrand.
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The Montreal Expos started playing baseball at Jarry Park in 1969. They eventually moved to Olympic Stadium but it all came to an end after the 2004 season, when Major League Baseball moved the franchise to Washington, D.C.

Over the last several years, there has been a growing movement led by the Montreal Baseball Project to bring a team back to the city. Vermont Edition spoke with the group's president Warren Cromartie about the prospects of a team returning to Montreal.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, pictured here during the 2016 presidential election, announced Feb. 19 he'll again seek the Democratic nomination for president.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders is officially in the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. We're talking with political scientists about Sanders' announcement, the crowded 2020 field and what it all means for Vermont.

The January 2017 women's march in Montpelier was followed by what organizers called a Unity Rally on the steps of the Statehouse. The march addressed issues like racism and civil rights.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

The Vermont Human Rights Commission is a state agency whose sole mission is to protect and preserve the human rights of Vermonters. The small agency—just three investigators, an executive director and an executive assistant—works on discrimination in housing, state government, employment and in public spaces like schools and restaurants. Now the Commission's new executive director is pledging to take a more proactive approach to fighting discrimination.