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Rediscovering Shirley Jackson

Two collections of Shirley Jackson's essays about her life raising a family in Vermont are being republished this year.

If you've read only one thing by author Shirley Jackson, it's almost definitely her short story "The Lottery," a taut narrative about a yearly small-town ritual - with nasty twist. But Jackson had a productive, masterful career beyond "The Lottery." Some might say, two careers.

She was an influential master of psychological horror with novels like "The Haunting of Hill House," and "We Have Always Lived in the Castle." And she was the author of popular humorous accounts of raising four kids in North Bennington, Vermont.

Often forgotten or not taken seriously for many years, Shirley Jackson is going through something of renaissance, and we're talking about her life, her work, and her important Vermont connections.

Ruth Franklin joins us. She's a literary critic and contributing editor at the New Republic who is at work on a new biography of Jackson. And Tom Fels is the organizer of North Bennington's annual Shirley Jackson Day, which takes place this weekend.

Plus, the economics of craft beer madness with economist and "Beeronomics" blogger Patrick Emerson.

And Middlebury third-graders learn about ecology by raising and releasing brook trout.

Broadcast live on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at noon, rebroadcast at 7 p.m.