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Monday, Dec. 9, 2019

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Live call-in discussion: Calling all musical minds! Vermont Edition is going all out this year with our annual 2-hour music show on Friday, Dec. 13. We're looking for your input on music—any music—that was important to you in 2019, and the songs that captured moments of joy, provided solace in times of need or felt special to you in any way.

A photo of an elderly woman using a walker while a health care worker assists her.
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Live call-in discussion: A joint investigation by VPR and Seven Days uncovered inadequate care and staffing across Vermont’s eldercare facilities, deficiencies that ultimately led to indignities, injuries and at least five deaths.

We're talking to the reporters behind the Worse For Care series about the challenges faced by Vermont's assisted living and residential care homes.

VPR's John Dillon joined'Vermont Edition' to discuss his recent report detailing communication between a utility and its regulators.
Meg Malone / VPR

Documents recently obtained by Vermont Public Radio show frequent contact between members of the Public Utility Commission and top executives at Green Mountain Power, the largest company they oversee.

A box of "Report For Amercica" reporter notebooks
Report For America, courtesy

Three Vermont newsrooms — including VPR — are getting Report for America grants to help support an additional reporter in their newsrooms. In VPR's case, that reporter will focus on the Northeast Kingdom.

VPR Assistant News Director Mark Davis joined Vermont Edition to discuss the grant program and what it means for newsrooms in Vermont, including VPR's.

In light of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's announcement that her chamber is moving ahead to draft Articles of Impeachment, Congressman Peter Welch joins the program to share his perspective.
Eman Mohammed For VPR

After several rounds of witness testimony and this week’s hearing with four constitutional scholars, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday her chamber is moving forward with drafting Articles of Impeachment against President Donald Trump. The full House is expected to consider and vote on these Articles in the next two weeks.

A Census worker during a test run of the 2020 Census in Texas. For the first time in Census history, questionnaire can be submitted online using a computer or smartphone.
U.S. Census Bureau

It's a once-in-a-decade population tally, and it's coming to Vermont in just a few short months. The 2020 Census can influence everything from how much federal funding comes to the state, to shaping the districts in which we vote. We’re talking about what to expect in the 2020 Census and efforts underway now to ensure a full count in Vermont. 

Fred Morin, Meredith Erickson and David McMillan and co-authors of 'Joe Beef: Surviving the Apocalypse: Another Cookbook of Sorts.'
Cover courtesy Penguin Random House / Photo by Jennifer May

This show originally aired Monday, April 8, 2018.

The two chef-owners of iconic Montreal restaurant Joe Beef are known for excess at the table, in both food and drink. A cookbook by the two restaurateurs—Joe Beef: Surviving the Apocalypse: Another Cookbook of Sorts—shares reflections on indulgence and embracing sobriety, alongside recipes for the apocalypse. 

The exterior of Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center in Colchester, with cars parked out front.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR File

Woodside, Vermont's only juvenile detention facility, recently hit a milestone: it was empty for the first time in its more than 30-year history. Now the Agency of Human Services is proposing to close Woodside for good. We're looking at what the closure means in the evolution of how we treat young offenders.

A sign outside of Middlebury College
Wilson Ring / Associated Press File

Vermont Edition Presents is VPR's occasional series that brings you interesting talks, lectures, and public events from around Vermont. For this episode, a talk recorded live at Middlebury College in October, featuring New York Times columnist Ross Douthat.

VPR Presents: An Evening With Audie Cornish

Nov 27, 2019
A person speaks into a microphone on stage.
Elodie Reed / VPR

Earlier this month, NPR's All Things Considered co-host Audie Cornish visited Vermont for two events. Audiences at VPR's Stetson Studio One and at Colchester's Elley-Long Music Center heard Cornish speak about her career in public radio and the challenges journalists may face in covering the upcoming 2020 election.

Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean has a new role with the Democratic National Committee, overseeing its voter data exchange.
Richard Shotwell / Invision via AP

In less than 10 weeks, voters in Iowa will caucus in the first step of the Democratic presidential primary race. Currently the four front-runners of the race are former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, a 2004 presidential candidate, knows the primary process — and perils of Iowa — only all too well. He spoke with Vermont Edition about the 2020 primaries and priorities of voters today.

An image of author Jason Barney and the cover of his new book, "Northern Vermont In The War Of 1812."
Arcadia Publishing, courtesy / Author photo, courtesy

Barely a generation removed from the Revolutionary War, the United States again found itself fighting Great Britain in the War of 1812. Vermont Edition talks about a new book by St. Albans author Jason Barney that explores the role small Vermont towns near the Canadian border played in the larger conflict.

Bishop Coyne at a June 2018 ordination ceremony at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral in Burlington.
Jillian Alderman / Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington, Courtesy

The Catholic Church in Vermont sheltered an estimated $500 million in assets more than a decade ago to shield its property from a torrent of new lawsuits and allegations of sexual abuse by priests, new reporting from VT Digger shows. And amid new revelations of abuse and new lawsuits, those trusts could be challenged in future settlements.

Wood cut outs spelling "Jake" on stop of a snowy mountain.
Lisa Rathke / Associated Press

Jake Burton Carpenter has been called the "godfather" of snowboarding, founding Burton Snowboards and helping transform the sport from a novelty into a staple of winter recreation. He died last week from complications related to cancer. He was  65. 

Vermont Edition spoke with snowboarders and associates to reflect on Carpenter's life, career and legacy.

Three ships at sea in the sunset.
Jeremy Merritt

Last month, we received a pitch from a listener named Kim. "I was thinking today that a fun theme for a future show might be all of the salty residents of this tiny state," she wrote. By "salty residents," Kim is referring to the community of Merchant Mariners who live in Vermont. According to Kim, "it's an amazing career with long periods away from home, solitude, intensity..."

A gun with a safety lock on it.
Taylor Dobbs, Emily Alfin Johnson / VPR File

More than half of all Vermont households have firearms. The majority say they use them for hunting. Gun owner or not, firearm safety is a big conversation in many families with kids. We're in the midst of deer rifle season, and on the next Vermont Edition, we're going to talk about gun safety and how families decide when, and how, to introduce young people to firearms. 

Podiums lined up for a Democratic Debate in Atlanta
John Amis / Associated Press

On Wednesday night, 10 Democratic candidates for president took the stage in Atlanta amid an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump and a shifting field. Hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post, these 10 candidates debated at Atlanta's Tyler Perry Studios.

Vermont Edition analyzes Wednesday's presidential primary debate with a roundtable of reporters.

A bloom of cyanobacteria, commonly known as blue-green algae, inundates the shore of Lake Champlain in this undated photo.
Elodie Reed / VPR File

Almost two years ago, Gov. Phil Scott announced the Vermont Phosphorus Innovation Challenge (VPIC), describing it as "an X-Prize style competition" to find creative solutions to curbing the phosphorus problem in Vermont. Last week, the state announced that it will be handing over a total of more than a million dollars to five different projects in phase three of the project.

A snowy driveway leading to a ski lodge and mountain.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

Sugarbush Resort is in the process of being sold to the Colorado-based Alterra Mountain Company, continuing the trend of consolidation in Vermont's ski industry. On the next Vermont Edition, we're talking about the state of the industry: the series of big sales, new attention to diversification, and plans for adapting to a changing climate.

Person holds a dry-erase board that says Where Are you From? No I mean before that. No I men where were you born? No I mean where are your parents from? #IamVermontToo

An exhibition of photographs currently on display at the Bennington Museum explores the experiences people of color have in their day-to-day lives in Vermont.