Vermont Edition

Wednesdays & Thursdays, 12 p.m.; Rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Vermont Edition Schedule, Spring-Summer 2021
A note for our listeners: Vermont Edition will continue with a modified schedule this spring and summer as we transition to new hosts Connor Cyrus and Mikaela Lefrak:

Monday: 1A extends an hour, airing 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and from 7-8 p.m.
Tuesday: State COVID-19 response press conference 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., 1A from 7-8 p.m.
Wednesday: Vermont Edition weekly health update at noon & 7 p.m.
Thursday: Vermont Edition rotating topics at noon & 7 p.m.
Friday: Rotating programs at noon, The Daily & Vermont This Week from 7-8 p.m.

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A collage of portraits of show guests. Clockwise from the top left are Phayvanh Luekhamhan, Kathryn Dungy, Mariana Dalcum and Terrance Sanders.
Collage by Abagael Giles / VPR

Intersectionality: how our individual identities -- like race, gender and sexuality -- intersect and inform the way we experience the world around us. In this conversation, we look at intersectionality through the lens of history, as well as the lived experiences of some Black, Indigenous and people of color living in Vermont. 

A banner advertises a state-run vaccination clinic across the top of the entrance to the industrial-looking Holiday Inn in Rutland.
Nina Keck / VPR File

Vermont is inching its way closer to its 80% vaccination goal, which means the Scott Administration could lift all COVID-19 restrictions this weekend. How are you feeling about returning to "normal"? VPR's Bob Kinzel and Mitch Wertlieb host today's hour to take your calls and thoughts.

a person in a suit stands in front of a railing and window
Eman Mohammed / VPR File

Recent foreign cyberattacks have affected U.S. energy supplies and disrupted food distribution networks. Could the nation’s financial system or the entire energy grid be taken down by future attacks? This hour, Congressman Peter Welch joins us to talk about this and other issues, and he answers your questions.

A man wearing a blue t-shirt and a light blu medical face mask draws a vaccine from a bottle into a syringe in a concrete building, at a state run vaccination clinic. He has a buzzed head and is wearing glasses.
Abagael Giles / VPR

 After a major effort to make COVID-19 vaccines readily available throughout the state, the Scott administration has almost reached its goal of having 80% of eligible Vermonters vaccinated. In our weekly health update, we find out what this means for Vermont and answer your questions.

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Vermont Agency of Education, Courtesy

This school year has been challenging for many students, their families, teachers and administrators as they tried to cope with the impact of the pandemic. Now, as the school year is coming to an end, there’s hope that some rituals like in-person graduation ceremonies might be able to take place. This segment, we speak with Education Secretary Dan French about the strategies that many schools used this year to develop hybrid learning systems, and the outlook for full in-person classes next fall. 

A black sandwich board with neon paint and a Spectrum logo advertises COVID-19 vaccines in a brick courtyard.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR File

The state of Vermont is on the verge of reaching its vaccination goals, which will allow it to lift all remaining COVID-19 restrictions in the very near future. What does this mean and how will these changes affect our behavior going forward? In our weekly health update, we put these questions to the Vermont Department of Health, and we also hear from you.

A person sitting in a room surrounded by a plant, books, a keyboard and more
Elizabeth Brooks, Courtesy

What comes to mind when you hear the words: palm oil, rum, honey, yellow flowers?

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Mike McCune / Creative Commons

The COVID-19 pandemic drove many to work part- or full-time from home. But will these workers ever return to the office? This hour, we explore the future of telecommuting and answer your questions.

A hand-painted sign in a window reads Keep up the great work Vermont, with a heart next to it.
Elodie Reed / VPR File

If 80% of eligible Vermonters get at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Phil Scott says he'll lift all remaining pandemic restrictions. In our weekly health update, we talk with Deputy Health Commissioner Tracy Dolan about when this might happen and what it means for all Vermonters.

A Black Lives Matter sign sits amid greenery on the side of Notch Road in Middlesex.
Elodie Reed / VPR

Live 7 p.m. discussion: May 25 marks the one year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd. Floyd’s death amplified calls for change, including how newsrooms cover protests and race. In this conversation -- the first of several -- we discuss how local media cover race and racial injustice, and what change community members would like to see moving forward. 

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Jane Lindholm / VPR

The spiny softshell turtle has been on the threatened list in Vermont since 1987. Populations near Lake Champlain have struggled in the last few decades. Some of those struggles are manmade. This segment, VPR's Connor Cyrus checks in with Vermont's Fish and Wildlife Department about the Vermont Eastern Spiny Softshell Recovery Plan and what still needs to be done to protect this species of turtle.

J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Last week, North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik was elected as the House Republican Conference Chair to replace Liz Cheney. This segment, we discuss what this means for Rep. Stefanik, North Country voters and the Republican Party. 

A blue and white envelope containing a vote by mail ballot.
Bill Oxford / iStock

At a time when some states are moving to restrict access to voting, the Vermont Legislature is moving in the opposite direction. Lawmakers have given their approval to a bill that encourages early and mail-in voting. This segment, we'll look at this issue with Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos. 

A person seated in a metal folding chair gets vaccinated in a gymnasium with others watching on.
Nina Keck / VPR

According to a new national study, Vermont leads the country in four out of five categories dealing with statewide vaccination rates. In fact, Scott administration officials say if Vermont were its own country, it would have one of the highest participation rates in the world. At the same time, the number of people between the ages of 18 and 29 who have been vaccinated lags considerably behind the rest of the state.

Miniature Vermont and U.S. flags sit on a desk in a otherwise empty House Chamber of the Vermont statehouse.
Matthew Smith / VPR File

Lawmakers are coming down the homestretch of the 2021 session and there seem to be some significant budget issues dividing legislative leaders and Gov. Phil Scott. This hour, we talk with Vermont's legislative leaders about this and other issues. 

A red, clear plastic sharps container sits on a folding table as two hands draw vaccines into syringes to prep for a COVID-19 vaccine clinic.
Abagael Giles / VPR

New reporting from VPR's Abagael Giles examines the critical role community organizers have played in helping shrink the vaccination gap between BIPOC and white Vermonters. In our weekly health update, we talk with Giles. We also hear from two of the visionaries behind Burlington's BIPOC clinics and consider how their recent efforts might serve as a model for building health equity in Vermont.

A person filling out an unemployment form.
glegorly / iStock

Thousands of false unemployment claims have been filed with the Vermont Department of Labor during the pandemic. This hour, we talk with the Labor Commissioner about this fraud, and the reinstatement of the work requirement to receive unemployment benefits. 

A brick building with signs reading 'COVID Vaccine Hub' and 'COVID-19 Vaccination'.
Anna Van Dine / VPR File

State health officials are concerned that many young people are choosing not to get a COVID-19 vaccination because of what they've read on the internet. In our weekly health update, we take a look at the state's efforts to reach out to younger Vermonters, plus other COVID-19 news.

Headshots of Sam Sanders and Jane Lindholm
Josh Huskin and Daria Bishop

Recorded noon broadcast: In the past year, many Vermonters have been overwhelmed with staying on top of COVID-19 news, political events, an economic crisis and more. Taking in this heavy information can be challenging, and many people have had to find new ways to practice self-care during the pandemic. 

A man at a microphone.
Andrew Harnik / The Associated Press

President Joe Biden has outlined plans to spend $4 trillion on a massive infrastructure package and a proposal to provide paid family leave, expanded child care and free tuition at community colleges. This hour, we talk through these issues with Congressman Peter Welch and answer your questions.