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Telling Daisy Turner's Story

Vermont Folklife Center
Storyteller and Daisy Turner of Grafton is pictured in 1984 at the age of 101.

In her 104 years, the enigmatic storyteller and poet Daisy Turner became an important figure in Vermont folklife. Both her oration skills and attention to family history made her a compelling narrator of the African American experience in Vermont. Her family members also shared her passion for storytelling and documenting their family history from slavery to their 150-acre homestead in Grafton.

We speak with Jane Beck, founder of the Vermont Folklife Center, about her new book "Daisy Turner's Kin: An African American Saga", and about the stories passed down through four generations of the Turner family.

Also, the Vermont Pension Investment Committee is meeting July 28 to consider a proposal to divest from fossil fuel industries. Climate activists expected to turn out in force at the meeting. We hear the latest from VPR's Pete Hirschfeld.

Plus, on this week's installation in the Summer School Series we learn how to catch nightcrawlers.

Broadcast live at noon on Tues., July 28, 2015; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.