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.

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Tue 8/20/13 Noon & 7pm If a teenager is caught for knocking over a gravestone, she'll probably be charged with vandalism and put on 9 months probation. Does that punishment fit the crime? Does it do anything for the families whose gravestones were desecrated? Will that teenager now be a better member of society? In this state, there is another option: restorative justice. Vermont has a network of 17 community justice centers which bring offenders and their victims together with community volunteers to work out their own justice.

Rambur Named To GMCB

Aug 19, 2013

The newest appointee to the Green Mountain Care Board says her skills and background make her a good addition to the group set up regulate hospital budgets and reduce rates in health care and health insurance.

Betty Rambur is a professor of Health Policy and Nursing at UVM, and previously chaired North Dakota’s Health Financing Reform Task Force.

Rambur says one of the areas she wants to look at is the paradox of why some people are undertreated while others receive care they don’t necessarily need.

VPR/Jane Lindholm

This time in summer school, we look under the hood of your car to learn about some maintenance you can do on your own.

Our lesson takes place in one of the busy work bays at Girlington Garage in South Burlington where owner  Demeny Pollitt teaches us how to change our own oil.

The Green Mountain Care Board was created by the Legislature in 2011 to ensure that changes in health care policy both improve service and reduce costs. The board regulates hospital budgets and has had a key role in the development of Vermont’s health insurance exchange. When board chair Anya Rayder Wallack stepped down and Al Gobeille took the helm, a spot on the board was opened.

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Mon, Aug 19 Noon and 7 PM  It was back in the mid-‘60s when the “achievement gap” was first identified. It linked a child’s socio-economic background with the probability for educational success. The gap still exists.

As summer wanes and the start of the school year nears, Bill Mathis of the National Education Policy Center and UVM Education Professor Cindy Gerstl-Pepin join us to discuss its prevalence in Vermont and what can be done to close the gap.

Earlier this week, Vermont State Police reported the deaths of two people in a possible murder-suicide in Fairlee.

Police said a preliminary review indicated that Troy Gray shot his wife Rhonda Gray and then himself. They also said Troy Gray had a history of domestic violence, including an arrest in July for a domestic assault charge. He was released on conditions not to harass his wife, possess firearms, or enter the house. Police had been called to the home just the day before the shootings.

Vermont Yankee, pictured in 2013, in Vernon, Vt.
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Thurs. 8/15/13 at Noon & 7PM:  A federal appeals court has handed the state of Vermont a significant defeat in its efforts to close the state’s only nuclear power plant.  Entergy, the corporation that owns Vermont Yankee, sued the state in 2011 over two state laws that would have forced the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant to close when its original 40 year license expired in 2012.

Robert Resnik is known to VPR listeners as the host of All the Traditions, a folk music show on Sunday evenings on VPR. But you may not know that Resnik is also a reference librarian at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. It was in that capacity that he was asked to research and write a book about some of Burlington’s most notable characters.

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Wed, Aug 14 Noon and 7 PM  Vermonters have never been too concerned about the fact that the Battle of Bennington took place on New York soil. The encounter has meant enough to residents of the Green Mountain State that they’ve constructed an impressive 306-foot monument and declared its anniversary a state holiday.

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Tues 8/13/13 at Noon & 7PM: Look across the farm fields of Vermont and corn is what you’re most likely to notice. But some growers have been experimenting with other grains and finding success.

Hospitals in rural areas face many difficulties urban hospitals do not. They often have small staffs and serve an older population that is less likely to be insured. That’s why many rural hospitals have a special federal designation that helps them stay in business even with slim profit margins. They are Critical Access Hospitals, and Vermont has eight of them.

Michael Del Trecco is Vice President of Finance for the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. He spoke with Vermont Edition about the Federal designation.

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Mon, Aug 12 Noon and 7 PM  Kids have been spending their summers at Vermont camps for over a hundred years. It’s where they learn to swim, get to know nature and where they create friendships that can last a lifetime.

Ellen Flight, president of the Vermont Camping Association, joins us as we hear about summer camp traditions, adventures and maybe even a few camp songs.

VPR/Jane Lindholm

If you spend much time driving around in Vermont, youve probably noticed  lots of old barns and silos in various states of disrepair. Agriculture has changed a lot over the years and the physical infrastructure that’s required has changed along with it.

Roger Rainville is a farmer in Alburgh Vermont at Borderview Farms. He and his wife switched to research farming after 25 years in the dairy industry. He spoke with Vermont Edition about the history of silos in Vermont and why so many of them are tottering in the fields.

Courtesy, Kate Gridley

Artist Kate Gridley has new exhibit at the Southern Vermont Art Center titled Passing Through: Portraits of Emerging Adults.

In the exhibit, each of her 17 paintings are accompanied by sound portraits that visitors can access through their cell phones. The canvases and sound portraits tell the story of young Vermonters as they grow to understand their own identity.

She recently spoke with Vermont Edition about the exhibit.

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Thurs 8/8/13 Noon & 7pm The gender gap is slowly closing in high school and college level science and math classes. But there are still far fewer women getting graduate degrees in the sciences, especially engineering and computer sciences, and going on to jobs in teaching or research labs.

Architect William McDonough is a leader in sustainable development. He has co-authored two books on the subject – Cradle to Cradle and The Upcycle. The 1973 Dartmouth grad speaks at his alma mater this week.

Emma Norman

Wed, Aug 7 Noon and 7 PM  Howard Norman is the author of such  acclaimed novels as “The Bird Artist” and “The Northern Lights,” both which were National Book Award finalists.

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Monarch butterflies have been scarce in Vermont this summer due to larger forces that have caused a 90 percent drop in the population.

Monarchs winter in central Mexico, and then migrate north all summer as generations of butterflies reproduce throughout the season. But biologists noticed a steep decline in the butterflies in their winter habitat, and the numbers have not rebounded over the summer.

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Tues 8/6/13 at Noon & 7 PM:

The Vermont Department of Health will receive a five-year, $9.9 million federal grant to for substance abuse prevention among young people. The state announced Monday that the funds from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will be focused on screening and early intervention of drug and alcohol dependence for young adults ages 18-25.

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The state is looking for public feedback on how to implement new recycling mandates set to go into effect over the next few years. Vermonters will no longer be able to throw recyclables (by 2015), yard waste (by 2017) and any compostable organic material (by 2020) into the trash.