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Alvarez To Receive National Medal Of Arts

Ramon Espinosa
AP File
In this Jan. 24, 2006 file photo, writer Julia Alvarez poses for a photo on her farm, Altagracia, in Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic.

Writer and Vermont resident Julia Alvarez captured critical acclaim with her novels How the García Girls Lost Their Accents and In the Time of the Butterflies. Now, she’s about to receive the National Medal of Arts in a White House ceremony on Monday. Alvarez joins us to discuss her work.

Also in the program, the longest-serving K9 police officer in the country, Chris Morrell, has retired after 41 years in law enforcement, most recently with the Shelburne Police Department. Morrell brought his dog, Buck, to the studios for a chance to reflect on his career.

And, you may have heard of the kitschy kitchen appliance the Jesus Toaster. Now the Vermont makers of that novelty item are out with a new invention: the Selfie Toaster. We learn what it takes to get your face imprinted on your morning snack.

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