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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The Agency of Human Services is charged with addressing the thorniest social problems facing Vermonters: poverty, prisons, child abuse, elder care. Monday on Vermont Edition, our guest is the leader of that agency, Doug Racine. We'll look at the major challenges this agency is trying to address, and the money it takes to do the work.

ASSOCIATED PRESS / This undated publicity image released by Activision shows soldiers and terrorists battling in the streets of Yemen in a scene

Last week President Obama called for more research into the effects violent video games have on young minds. Vice President Biden told representatives from the video game industry that they needed to address how they are perceived by the public. Indeed, the public conversation about violence in our society often lays some of the blame at the feet of the video game industry.

Vermont's Economy

Jan 23, 2013
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Federal lawmakers managed to keep us from going over the 'fiscal cliff,' but that doesn't necessarily mean the economic outlook for 2013 is rosy. Incomes actually rose in Vermont last year, but we still have over 5% unemployment. What can we learn from the economic indicators of the last few years about where Vermont might be headed?

We'll talk about Vermont's economy with Art Woolf, Economics professor, at UVM and Paul Cillo, President of the Public Assets Institute.

AP/Toby Talbot / Education Secretary Armando Vilaseca with Governor Peter Shumlin.

Education has been a hot topic in Montpelier.During the last session, Vermont lawmakers passed legislation that elevated the state's chief education official from a commissioner to a Cabinet-level secretary. During his recent inauguration speech, Governor Peter Shumlin addressed nothing but his goals for education.

AP Photo/Alden Pellett / Tiffanie Beaulieu, of Highgate, Vt., breastfeeds during a protest next to the Delta Airlines counter in the Burlington

The Affordable Care Act requires insurance companies to cover breast pumps and visits with lactation consultants. New insurance plans, many of which reset at the start of the new year, will now have to reimburse new mothers for these services.

VPR/Kirk Carapezza / Gun store owner Henry Parro posts an ad for a gun on his store's Website on Monday in Waterbury. Parro says his store has seen a

President Obama announced his plan to curb gun violence late Wednesday morning from the White House. We look at what the president's recommendations mean to Vermont with advocates for gun control, and supporters of gun rights. The president's policy announcement coincides with the one-month anniversary of a mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school. This week also marks the introduction of a bill in the Vermont Senate to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

AP/Jeff Barnard / Private lands provide many opportunities for public recreation in Vermont.

Vermont offers a plethora of outdoor recreation opportunities and not all of those are on public land. A good deal of the hiking, fishing, snow shoeing and cross country skiing we do takes place on private property.

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Vermont's Legislature knows super majorities. The Republicans held one in the House and Senate for over 100 years from the mid-1800s through the mid-20thCentury. At times during that span, the House had over 200 Republicans and the Senate didn't have a single Democrat. More recently, the Democrats have enjoyed the uber-advantage. So how big a deal is having a supermajority?

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Today Vermont Edition is broadcasting live from a little alcove in the Statehouse. It's the opening of Vermont's legislative session, and what happens at the statehouse has far reaching effects. As the politicians, lobbyists, reporters and gadflies come pouring into Montpelier today, we'll be there too to make sure you know what's in store this upcoming session.

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Roughly seventy percent of the homes in Vermont have already been installed with smart meters which will let consumers (and utility companies) monitor their power usage on a daily basis. With a smart meter, consumers will be able to tell how much power they used doing laundry,or cooking dinner, rather than just finding out how much they used per month,in a bill.

VPR/Ric Cengeri / Part of the Race: Are We So Different? exhibit at ECHO

When you identify yourself by race, what do you think that's based on? A cultural definition? Or a scientific one? Does race even exist?

UVM Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics John Burke discusses why science now questions whether race is really an accurate way of identifying people. And Molly Loomis describes the current exhibit on race at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center and how it has fostered a wider discussion in the community.

A survey from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department assesses Vermonter's opinions on a variety of issues. We're talking about the results.
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Courtesy of Macmillan/Gary Matthews / Author Louise Penny

Quebec author Louise Penny has now completed eight of her Chief Inspector Armand Gamache murder mysteries. The series follows the exploits of the sincere Surete du Quebec officer as he solves murders throughout the province, including in the small, secluded Eastern Township village of Three Pines. 

She discusses her latest book, The Beautiful Mystery, the next chapter in the Gamache series and details of her first book becoming a CBC movie.

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In a way, haiku poems are the original 'tweets'. They're short distillations of impressions, observations and insights.

As we close out 2012, we're looking for your summary of the year in haiku form.

Just as there was plenty to tweet about in 2012, there is much that lends itself to haiku. Politics, the weather, sports, and personal trials and triumphs are rich with haiku possibilities.Vermont Poet Geof Hewitt and poet and VPR jazz host Reuben Jackson join us to talk about haiku and power of poetry.

Read Me A Story

Dec 27, 2012
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Those of you who opened Christmas gifts yesterday may have had the treat of receiving a book or two. And for kids especially, a new book can be a treasure-an entre into a new world full of bright colors and magical experiences.

Today's Vermont Edition is dedicated to children's literature, and we have four stories to bring you of writers, illustrators and devotees of those early books that can spark a life-long love of reading.

Courtesy of the Boutin family. / One year after Isabella's transplant, the Boutins released lanterns to honor the 16-year-old donor who gave Isabella a new

Courtney and Steve Boutin live in Fletcher. In 2009, they were ready to welcome their third daughter to the family. Addie was 6, Lily was 4 and Isabella was born in July of that year at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington. In the three and half years since, the Boutins have learned what it's like to have a child with a rare and deadly disease, Urea Cycle Disorder, and how to survive the experience with a strong family intact. Courtney and Steve Boutin recently came to the VPR studio to tell Vermont Edition the story of how a liver transplant saved their toddler's life.

Flickr/ Marcio Cabral de Moura / The Burlington Earth Clock

In the middle of winter, in the darkest days of the year,people have always celebrated the light. This Friday is the winter solstice:the day the sun stands still. Celebrating the solstice is not just for Druids and Wiccans. Many people mark the return of the light in their own way.

We'll learn about the plants of the winter solstice from Leonard Perry, horticulturalist at the University of Vermont. We'll also learn about the history of Christmas in early America from Stephen Nissenbaum, author of the Battlefor Christmas.

AP/Jason DeCrow / Mourners arrive at a funeral service for 6-year-old Noah Pozner, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, in Fairfield, Conn. Pozner was killed

Circumpolar Vermont

Dec 18, 2012
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Outside of Alaska,people don't often think of the U.S.as an arctic nation. In fact we are one of only 8 members of the Arctic Council. As glaciers melt and temperatures change, the study of arctic regions is becoming more popular.

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We crack open the toy box of old with Chris Bensch, Chief Curator at the Strong National Museum of Play, to understand how toys and games became such an integral part of our culture and why children find solace in toys and play. We also check in with a company in Vermont that makes paper toys and flip books.

Also on the program, as they place their vote with the Electoral College, we check in with Windsor State Representative Kevin Christie, one of Vermont's three electors.