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Scams, Jazz And Bottled Water

There is a cornucopia of topics in Tuesday's Vermont Edition for you, including a survey that shows we're not as savvy as we think we are about avoiding scam artists, a preview of the Discover Jazz Festival, an homage to a retiring jazz music teacher, and the surprising impact of a bottled water ban at the University of Vermont.

Scam me once, shame on you

By our nature, most of us want to be trusting. It's that basic instinct that scam artists prey on, especially in the elderly. AARP Vermont recently conducted a survey of 800 adults in the state of all ages, to see how Vermonters are being targeted in scams and what people are doing to secure their personal information. Greg Marchildon, AARP Vermont's state director, explains the findings.

Discover Jazz Festival starts on Thursday

The annual Burlington Discover Jazz Festival brings together national headliners and locally grown acts for 10 days of live music. It kicks off this Thursday and VPR's Reuben Jackson, host of Friday Night Jazz, gives us a preview of the performers he's got an eye on, including Wane Shorter Quintent, Melissa Aldana and Crash Trio, Mavis Staples, the Sneakers Jazz Band, Eight 02, and Christian McBride.

In honor of retiring music teacher Bear Irwin

As schools prepare for summer break,  many students will say goodbye to beloved, long-serving teachers who are retiring. One such teacher is Bear Irwin at Mill River Union High School in Clarendon. He began teaching music in 1970, and his students say that he's made an impact on them both professionally and personally.

Bottled water ban unexpectedly increases consumption of bottles

Step up to a drinking fountain at the University of Vermont, and you'll notice it's retrofitted with spouts that are activated by sensors, meant for filling re-usable bottles. The water fountains are a visible part of a single-use bottle ban that went into effect two years ago.  But a new study by a UVM professor of nutrition Rachel Johnson says the campus bottle ban hasn't accomplished what it set out to, and in fact it has two negative, unintended consequences: more bottles and more sugary beverages being consumed on campus.

Pre-taped broadcast airs on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 12 p.m. and 7 p.m.
 

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