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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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.

Susan Swasta of the Vermont State Archives has been organizing the court records of Orleans, Caledonia, and Lamoille Counties. Some of Vermont’s oldest—and oddest—court cases are being unearthed and archived for posterity, including the case of the Bigamist Belle, who married Civil War soldiers in order to take their pensions. Swasta shared this and some other compelling cases she has come across with Vermont Edition.

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Iain MacHarg founded the Vermont Institute for Celtic Arts and the Catamount Pipe Band, which is headed to the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland this month. He's been playing the pipes since he was eight years old and now teaches others.

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Mon, Aug 5 Noon and 7 PM  Last May, the Vermont Legislature passed Act 148. Noting that waste diversion rates have stagnated in the state over the last 10 years, the new law would ensure that a significant portion of the recyclables, leaf and yard waste and food waste would be diverted from landfills.

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On August 3rd and 4th, some of the country’s top mountain bikers will descend on the Catamount Outdoor Center in Williston for one of the most important races of the year - The ProXCT Mountain Bike Series National Finals.

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Thurs 7/25/13 at Noon and 7PM: President Obama on Friday spoke from the White House briefing room about reactions to the Trayvon Martin verdict, and the ongoing dialog about race in the United States. Asking if people have done enough soul-searching about race, the president posed the rhetorical questions, “Am I wringing as much bias out of myself as I can? Am I judging people as much as I can not based on the color of their skin, but the content of their character?”

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During those hot days recently, we heard the familiar pleas from electric companies to ease up on our use of energy-sucking appliances during peak afternoon hours. Those alerts prompted this comment from energy lobbyist Bob Stannard: “Why is it that we need a heat wave for us to conserve energy? If we conserved to the max every day we wouldn't have to panic for a few days.”

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Wed 7/24/13 Noon & 7PM When you find bird with a broken wing outside your living room window, who do you call? There are 16 people in this state licensed to rehabilitate wild animals. They take in animals of all kinds (except ungulates) and follow strict protocols to get them back into the wild safely.

We'll talk to Kim Royar from the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and wildlife rehabilitators Nancy Carey and Craig Newman.

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Tue 7/23/13 at Noon & 7PM The legislature passed a law in the last session creating a driver’s privilege card for migrant farm workers. But how are our these approximately 1,5000 undocumented individuals faring in areas such as access to health care, housing and social isolation?

We get a look at what issues can still be addressed with Erin Shea, Senior Outreach Professional for UVM Extension and Vermont Farm Bureau President Clark Hinsdale.

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This week on Vermont Edition Summer School, we'll go back in time to Vermont's agricultural roots and learn one of the most basic ways to harvest grain or cut tall grass: scything.

To sharpen our scything skills, we met with Maria Stadtmueller of Bristol, who learned to scythe as a way to go green. One of the best things about scything, says Stadtmueller, is being able to choose exactly what you cut and what you don't.   

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Mon 7/22/13 Noon & 7PM Gardeners are normally excited to get some rain and heat.  This summer has been a little different.  Horticulturist Charlie Nardozzi joins us to offer some advice on how to deal with this weather. We'll also address summer pests and planting for the fall. Send your gardening questions to vermontedition@vpr.net or leave your comments below.


Worcester, Vermont singer/songwriter, Kris Gruen stopped by the VPR Performance Studio in Colchester for a live performance on Vermont Edition.

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Thurs 7/18/13 Noon & 7PM  People wait in hours-long lines on Saturdays in Greensboro Bend to fill growlers with the latest creations from Hill Farmstead Brewery. Others wait patiently at their local beer distributor as Lawson’s Double Sunshine or The Alchmist’s Heady Topper is loaded into the cooler. Vermont’s craft brewing scene remains robust years after the trend got started.

Bernie Sanders is runnning for his third term in the U.S. Senate.
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Wed 07/15/03 Noon & 7pm The US Senate has once again come to a showdown over filibusters. Our own Senator Bernie Sanders is in favor of dramatically changing the Senate's rules on filibusters. He famously took to the floor of the Senate himself in 2010 for eight and a half hours to speak against the extension of Bush era tax cuts.

A judge in Orleans Superior Court has ruled on a court case that stems from a controversial town meeting in Lowell in 2012. At that meeting, an item on the warning asked voters to express opposition to the wind energy project in town. How that item was treated at the floor meeting and later by the Select board became the subject of the lawsuit.

Frank Bryan is an author of several books on town meeting and a professor emeritus at UVM. He spoke with Vermont Edition about the heart of the issue in this case and how it affects the spirit and process of Town meetings to come.

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Mon 07/15/13 Noon and 7PM When you get pulled over for speeding, you probably don’t care if it’s by a state police trooper, a sheriff or a local city cop. But all those different institutions get money from different sources and are responsible for different things.

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Thanks to recent revelations by Edward Snowdon about the National Security Agency, we now know that government surveillance programs are more extensive than previously understood. But government surveillance programs themselves are nothing new.

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Thurs 07/11/13 Noon and 7PM  It’s late at night and you’re desperate to get to sleep, but there’s one solitary mosquito whining around your room. Mosquitoes are more than just an annoyance, though. They can carry deadly diseases, and it seems like there’s more of them every year.

We'll talk with state entomologist Alan Graham and infectious disease epidemiologist Erica Berl to learn more about mosquitoes, the diseases they carry, and how to get rid of them.

The value and skill of photojournalists has been called into question recently as digital photography proliferates and professional photographers have been laid off from major newspapers around the country and in Vermont.

Emily McManamy is a photographer for the Burlington Free Press. She recently spoke with Vermont Edition about the state of professional photojournalism.