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.


It's official: Joel Najman is a Vermont broadcasting legend! Last week the legislature passed a resolution honoring Najman as a "rock and roll impresario."

Al Karevy

Sunday, April 28, marks Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day! And aficionados of this simple method of taking pictures with pinhole cameras are celebrating in Brattleboro with a full day of events.

Al Karevy is a board member at the Vermont Center for Photography. He’s been shooting with pinholes for years. He spoke with Vermont Edition about the event.

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Walk into a lot of classrooms today and you’ll see pretty much the same thing. Teachers lecturing, students (possibly) taking notes and homework being assigned at the end of the class. But, some teachers are now utilizing a new approach to education that incorporates the digital habits of their students.

UVM Plant Biology Professor Laura Hill Bermingham and Middlebury College Geography Professor Jeff Howarth explain the concept of the flipped classroom and how students are responding to the change.

Sixty-six million years ago on the Yucatan Peninsula, something struck the earth and wiped out the dinosaurs and 70 percent of the planet’s flora. Only the bird-like dinosaurs survived.

Since the early 1980s, based on the findings of Nobel Laureate Physicist Luis Alvarez, that space matter was believed to be an asteroid.

But two Dartmouth College professors beg to differ. They’re blaming the cataclysmic event on a comet.

Professors Mukul Sharma and Jason Moore talked with Vermont Edition about their findings

Lyme Disease

Apr 24, 2013

Wed 4/24/13 Noon & 7 pm In 2002 there were 37 cases of Lyme disease in Vermont. In 2011 there were over 500. Experts aren’t sure why the numbers are rising so drastically, but they do agree that the disease is serious.

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CSAs have been a popular tool for local farmers to receive much needed funding at the beginning of the growing season. For consumers anxious to support local agriculture, it’s a good way to invest AND share in the harvest.

The only problem is, which CSA is right for you?

Now there’s a CSA matchmaker run by Champlain Valley Localsourcers. Their organizer, Luc Reid, explains  how they plan to make the marriage between CSA farm and CSA participant.

On a beautiful Spring day, it’s hard not to spend some time outside.

Jennifer Lamphere Roberts is the author of the newly released “AMC’s Best Day Hikes in Vermont,” put out by the Appalachian Mountain Club. It’s a look at 60 trails in the Green Mountain State.

Courtesy of Brandon Museum at the Stephen A Douglas Birthplace

Stephen A. Douglas was born in Brandon and left the state at the age of 17. Like Vermont’s two U.S. Presidents – Arthur and Coolidge – he rose to political prominence elsewhere. For Douglas it was in Illinois, where he defeated Abraham Lincoln in 1858 in a race for the U.S. Senate. It was during this campaign that the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates were held.

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Mon 4/22/13 Noon & 7pm  Mud isn't the only thing that reminds us it's spring. With the warmer weather comes the return of the dawn chorus. The chirrup of the chickadee, the scree of the starling, the flutter of the finch, the warble of the warbler...it's enough to make anyone smile. 'Bird Diva' Bridget Butler joins us with the latest avian updates in the region.

Email your bird questions to vermontedition@vpr.net  or leave your comments here.

This weekend, Brattleboro will be treated to the first in a series of variety shows that aim to entertain and raise money for cultural organizations in the Brattleboro area.

The organization behind the effort is called The Hatch, and its drawing performers and comedians who are well known beyond Vermont. One of the organizers is Tom Bodett, is a regular panelist on “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.”  Another is Rich Korson, also a Vermont resident, who used to be the executive producer of the Daily Show with Jon Stewart and the Colbert Report.

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Buying locally has become a mantra for most Vermonters. And a new Locavore Index put together by Strolling of the Heifers puts Vermont at the top of the list for the second consecutive year.

Martin Langeveld of Strolling of the Heifers and Philip Ackerman-Leist, author of “Rebuilding the Foodshed,” look at how Vermont has risen to the top of the heap in the local food initiative and where it can still improve.

Anya Rader Wallack, chair of the Green Mountain Care Board, announced she's leaving the job at the end of summer, just as the Board is reaching the heavy-lifting phase of transforming Vermont's health care payment and delivery system.

News analyst Hamilton Davis talks with Vermont Edition about what her departure means for the health care reform effort in Vermont.


The emerald ash borer hasn't been spotted in Vermont yet, but it's getting closer. The little green beetle has destroyed ash tree populations in Ohio and Michigan, and has chewed its way across the Midwest to New England.

Some landowners worry they should cut their ash trees now, before the pest arrives. We'll talk to Michael Snyder, Commissioner of Vermont Forests Parks and Recreation, to find out what you, and the state, can do to prepare.  

As officials pore over the crime scene at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, many Vermonters who were there are still coming to grips with what happened. And some of them are taking action.

Ryan Polly, who ran in the race yesterday, is organizing a benefit run this weekend. Polly was less than a mile from completing his first marathon when the bombs went off.

Polly says he thinks he heard the two explosions, but, like other runners, he was unaware of the commotion ahead until officials began preventing the runners from moving towards the finish line.

Lyndon State College is officially installing its new president this week. Dr. Joe Bertolino is the fifteenth president of the school.

He spoke with Vermont Edition about the kind of leadership he will provide at Lyndon State.

Vermont has a strong running community and there were quite a few Vermonters who were in Boston either running or watching the marathon yesterday. We hear from a few of them.

Last week the state released its third Irene Recovery status report. Nearly 20 months after the storm swept through Vermont, much of the work of recovery has been completed. In fact, the state no longer has an Irene Recovery Officer- that work has been taken over by Ben Rose. He’s the recovery and mitigation section chief for the Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

Rose talked with Vermont Edition about what’s still left to be done and how the state is preparing for future disasters.

Vermont Statehouse dome on a cloudy day.
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Here’s a brief look ahead to the week at the Legislature:

A bill that would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana is set for final approval in the House on Tuesday.

Last week, the House voted 98-to-44 for a bill that would decriminalize –make it a civil offense rather than a crime – to possess a limited amount of marijuana.

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Where does your old computer go when you're done with it? When you inevitably decide to upgrade your computer or television, the next question is what to do with the old ones. It's got to go somewhere and, ideally, it won't wind up in a landfill here or abroad. That's what has given rise to the idea of fair trade recycling.

A summit on the subject is being held at Middlebury College on Tuesday. We hear from Good Point Recycling CEO Robin Ingenthron and author and writer Adam Minter discuss how e-waste is being re-routed and where it's being put to use.

If you've ever found poetry in the lines of a good novel, you'll appreciate Pulitzer Remix.

Sponsored by the Found Poetry Review to celebrate National Poetry Month, it features 85 artists making poetry from all 85 Pulitzer Prize winning works of fiction.

The poets come from all over the world and one of them, James Moore, is a playwright who lives in Winooski. He spoke with Vermont Edition about the project.