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: State COVID-19 response press conference 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., The Daily & Vermont This Week from 7-8 p.m.

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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.
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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. 

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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.

A hand wearing a blue latex medical glove holds up a Moderna vaccine, with an orange cap, and needle shown with a drop of liquid at the end of the syringe.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

With the Johnson & Johnson vaccine back in use, the state of Vermont is back on track with its vaccination goals to allow the state to lift most COVID-19 restrictions by July 4. In our weekly health update, we hear more about this, plus new outdoor mask guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

A woman smiling in a crowd of people.
Angela Evancie / VPR File

Vermont's pension funds for state employees and teachers face a multi-billion-dollar unfunded liability. How did this happen? And where do we go from here? This hour, we take a wide-ranging look at Vermont's pension funds and answer your questions.

A photo of a medical worker holding a vial of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine.
Ted Shaffrey / Associated Press File

As of Monday, people 16 and older and now eligible to be vaccinated in Vermont. In our weekly health update, we talk through the latest COVID-19 news with the Vermont Department of Health, and we hear about efforts underway to increase vaccine uptake within the Nulhegan Abenaki community.

A pair of hands holds up a painted sign that reads Justice, below a portrait of George Floyd. The sign sits above a crowd with other signs visible in the backdrop of a gray sky and trees.
Elodie Reed / VPR

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted of murdering George Floyd. Vermonters: How are you feeling about the verdict?

Phil Scott at a podium.
Screenshot / ORCA Media

Gov. Phil Scott has outlined a plan to spend $1 billion in federal stimulus money on a variety of one-time Vermont projects. The governor says these are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. This hour, we talk with Scott about his proposal and get the latest on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

A sign with a yellow plastic frame reads COVID-19 testing on a sidewalk outside of the Burlington City Arts building in late March.
Abagael Giles / VPR

In accordance with recommendations from the CDC and FDA, the Scott administration has ordered a pause on Johnson & Johnson clinics through the end of the week. This hour, we take an in-depth look at both the reasons for and impacts of this decision, and we answer your questions.

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A recent report conducted by Vermont Network examined the cost of domestic and sexual violence for the state -- specifically through public expenditures. This hour, we speak with members from Vermont Network about what the report says, what resources Vermonters are in need of and the call-to-action required to change the narrative around violence. 

A white piece of printer paper with the question If travel restrictions were lifted today, where would you go? hangs on a white wall, with written answers below.
Mary Carol Maganzini / VPR

The Scott administration has unveiled its Vermont Forward Plan, a three-month roadmap to lift most COVID-19 restrictions by July 4. In our weekly health update, we take an in-depth look at the Vermont Forward Plan with Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine, and we answer your questions.

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The 2021 baseball season is underway. This hour, listen as Bob Kinzel and Mitch Wertlieb team up for our annual baseball show. What questions do you have about the 2021 season?

A Green license plate themed sign in a brown pasture, against a blue sky.
Brittany Patterson / VPR

State officials are reporting a number of COVID-19 trends in Vermont. Some are good. But others are not.

Ben Gray / Associated Press

On Tuesday evening, Vermont Asian, Pacific Islander and Desi American for Black Lives group send an open letter calling out Vermont leaders and others for silence in this state since the murders in Atlanta last week that left eight people dead, including six women of Asian backgrounds. This segment, we speak with APIDA for Black Lives about the silence towards the Asian American community in Vermont. 

A graphic showing students on and around a stack of giant blue books.
Anastasia Usenko / iStock

For many, college is a time for meeting new people and sharing experiences. But COVID-19 has made socializing especially challenging for college students. This segment, we speak with a panel of student journalists from across the state about how they and their peers are navigating pandemic restrictions and the college experience. 

Vermont Edition Host Jane Lindholm.
Daria Bishop / For VPR

On Thursday, Mar. 25, we celebrate Jane Lindholm and her nearly 14 years as host of Vermont Edition. Hear highlights from episodes past, as well as appreciations from staff and listeners across the region.

A person in a flannel shirt and dark khaki pants leans on a sign directing traffic to a state-run COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Winooski.
Kari Anderson / VPR

On Friday, the Scott administration announced a vaccination timeline for all remaining age bands in Vermont, saying the state could "get back to normal" by the Fourth of July. In our weekly health update: answers to your questions about this and other COVID-19 news.