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Broadband question-asker, Maggie Eppstein, poses here for a portrait with her tractor.
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Brave Little State is our people-powered journalism show, which means we include you in our decisions about what to cover, and we raise up your voices.

Today, in place of Vermont Edition, we answer a listener-submitted question about disparities in broadband access in Vermont. We also revisit an episode from the Brave Little State archive about the pros and cons of wood heat.

A sign for COVID-19 parking at Rutland Regional Medical Center.
Nina Keck / VPR

The Scott Administration has clarified its ban on multi-household gatherings in Vermont. The clarification allows those who are in an unsafe environment to take shelter in another household. And it allows outdoor activities, like walks, between two people from separate households with masks and six-foot distancing. This hour, join our weekly health update as we discuss these new allowances and answer your questions for the Vermont Department of Health.

Geese fly in an arc shaped pattern against a gray sky.
Elodie Reed / VPR

When Gov. Phil Scott announced a prohibition on meeting up with anyone outside your household for basically anything other than allowable essential activities like work or school or socially-distant, masked outdoor exercise, it added a deeper level of confusion, concern, sadness and anxiety for many Vermonters.

Sign that reads Practice Social Distancing in walkway at Milton Middle School
Abagael Giles / VPR File

COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Vermont and the health department has put a new protocol in place that will include the testing of all staff at Vermont's K-12 schools, on a rotating basis. This hour, we're joined by Education Secretary Dan French to talk about how the effort fits in with the state's surveillance testing, and how the state is working to preserve in-person learning. 

Barbed wire along a fence at dusk.
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Among the challenges presented with COVID-19 and prison facilities, in-person visitation has been indefinitely suspended for family members and friends. For parents who are currently incarcerated, these regulations are particularly painful. While virtual visitation is better than nothing, parents agree that it does not come close to replacing in-person visitation.

Rainbow chalk and the words "We Are Not Alone."
Abagael Giles / VPR

This hour, VPR's Bob Kinzel and Mitch Wertlieb ask you to share some of the strategies you are using to get through this second phase of the COVID-19 crisis -- a crisis that is likely to affect the Thanksgiving plans of almost every Vermonter.

Hearts taped to window with messages like "thank you health care workers" and "hope".
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

Winter is just around the corner and new restrictions on social gatherings have many Vermonters concerned about isolation in the coming months. VPR will host a series of call-in conversations every Thursday at noon for people to come together to talk about our challenges and share words of encouragement for our neighbors during these difficult times.

A sign that says Chittenden Regional Correctional Factility, with the building in the background
Meg Malone / VPR File

Incarceration is never easy, and COVID-19 has created a multitude of new challenges. Since March, incarcerated parents have been limited to virtual visitation with their children. This hour, we hear from the Department of Corrections and several other voices about current visitation regulations and how they have impacted incarcerated parents.

COVID-19 testing is offered at the Winooski Armory on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020.
Elodie Reed / VPR

The Scott Administration has announced several new restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Vermont, including a temporary ban on multi-household  gatherings. This hour, Deputy Health Commissioner Tracy Dolan joins us with more on what these restrictions mean for Vermonters. We also check in with the University of Vermont where a Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trial is currently underway.

Pumpkins and gourds on a table surrounding facial coverings.
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Getting through winter and the holiday season can be hard for many, and now with the governor's order to refrain from seeing family and friends for the time being, it's likely to be even harder. This hour, we'll get advice on how to cope with stress and sadness. Plus we'll talk about ways to cultivate gratitude and joy, and give joy to others who may be struggling. 

Congressman Peter Welch poses for a portrait outside his office at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C.
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As COVID-19 cases rise across the country, a number of governors including Phil Scott are urging Congress to pass another stimulus package. This hour, we talk with Congressman Peter Welch about the priorities of this lame-duck Congressional session and his role in the new session in January.

The view from a gently graded ski slope at Stowe Mountain Resort on a bluebird day.
Abagael Giles / VPR

This winter season will look different than those past for ski areas and ski towns across Vermont. This hour, we check in with members of Vermont's ski industry about the sector-specific COVID-19 restrictions the state announced last week. We learn about how they plan to change their operations, and hear about the challenges that come with meeting these new regulations.

The exterior of the Vermont Department of Health office in Burlington at 108 Cherry Street.
Taylor Dobbs / VPR File

The Vermont Department of Health reported 43 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday, the largest single-day increase in Vermont since early spring. This hour, Deputy Commissioner Tracy Dolan joins our weekly health update with the latest on efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Vermont. Plus, Deputy Commerce and Community Development Secretary Ted Brady answers your questions about travel this holiday season.

Vice president elect Kamala Harris stands behind a podium
Tony Avelar / Associated Press File

This weekend, Kamala Harris made history by becoming the first ever woman of color to be Vice President-elect. Today, we check in with a Montreal-based reporter about the city's reaction to her win, and what some of her former classmates from her Canadian high school thought about the election. 

A white-tailed deer photographed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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For this big game cooking show, we'll speak with a few experts on how to properly process, cook, pair and eat your moose, bear and deer meat and whatever else you're catching this season. And we want to hear from you about your favorite recipes you'll make this season.

Black ballot drop box against white clapboard
Abagael Giles / VPR

The outcome of the presidential election has yet to be determined, as some states continue to count ballots through the end of the week. This hour, a panel of political analysts joins us to talk through the latest developments. Will there be recounts? Is all of this headed to the U.S. Supreme Court?

Taylor Small holds a blue, pink and white campaign sign, wearing a winter coat and mask in the snow
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

On Tuesday, first-time candidate Taylor Small of Winooski won one of two seats in the Vermont House for the Chittenden 6-7 district. Small is a Progressive-Democrat, and though results are still unofficial, she is slated to be the first openly transgender person to serve in the Vermont Legislature.

A hand puts paper into a box that says deposit voter ballot here
Elodie Reed / VPR

This hour, we spend the hour looking at the results of yesterday's historic day of voting with a focus on key local and federal races. We talk about the makeup of the next U.S. Senate and check in on some of Vermont's statewide and local races. 

Two people in masks in a high school gym by voting booths
Angela Evancie / VPR

Local election polls have just closed in all parts of the state, and now the important job of counting votes will begin. This hour, Jane Lindholm and Bob Kinzel team up to analyze some of the early results, along with any trends in the statewide races.

A "Vote Here" sign is chained to a tree outside Edmunds Middle School, the polling place for Burlington's Ward 6.
Elodie Reed / VPR

Today is Election Day. The homestretch of an election year unlike any other, marked by COVID-19 era campaign strategies and record early voting numbers. This hour, we bring you special coverage of Election Day in Vermont. We check in with town clerks in Addison and Windham Counties, and with a veteran poll worker in Landgrove. Plus, Deputy Secretary of State Chris Winters offers a snapshot of midday voter turnout across the state, and VPR's Liam Elder-Connors joins us with voices from the polls in Chittenden and Franklin Counties.