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Vermont Edition Variety Pack

Emily Alfin Johnson
Examples of the "PinBox 3000" were on display at the South End Art Hop in Burlington, pictured here on Sept. 10. The founders of the Cardboard Teck Instantute join "Vermont Edition" to talk more about the PinBox 3000.

Vermont is an eclectic place, and we're serving up an eclectic mix of topics in today's program - from technology that's changing the way we think about cardboard, to the fantasy sci-fi world of steampunk, to the serious work of protecting civil liberties.

Cardboard, You Say?

The ubiquitous material been around since the early 1800s, but a couple of Vermonters have come up with a  novel use of the old packaging material: they're building cardboard pinball machines. Ben T. Matchstick and Pete Talbot explain the PinBox 3000 and why they founded the Cardboard Teck Instantute.

Springfield Goes Steampunk

This weekend, Springfield will host its second annual Steampunk Festival. Sabrina Smith, the festival's organizer, explains the draw of steampunk's Victorian-era style fused with the futuristic ideas. 

ACLU-Vermont's New Leader

Earlier this year, James Duff Lyall of Tucson, Arizona, was named the new executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union in Vermont, succeeding Allen Gilbert who had led the organization for 12 years.  We learn about his priorities for ACLU-Vermont, and how his previous experience in the southwest informs the work he'll do in Vermont.

Broadcast live on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.