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Max Misch, alleged to have harassed former Vermont legislator Kiah Morris, is shown here at a press conference held by Attorney General T.J. Donovan in Bennington in January.
Linda Rathke / Associated Press/File

Last year, then-Rep. Kiah Morris of Bennington announced she would not seek re-election to her Statehouse seat, citing racial harassment by avowed white supremacist Max Misch. Since then, Misch was charged with unlawful possession of a large-capacity ammunition feeding device or magazine. That charge is now being challenged by Misch, bringing one of Vermont's new gun control laws to the state Supreme Court.

A silhouette of a boy reading a book outside in front of a sunset.
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Live call-in discussion: Summer vacation is winding down and students will soon head back to school, but does a long summer holiday still make sense for students today?

A 1900s print of the Battle of Bennington.
New York Public Library Digital Collection / Wikimedia Commons

Vermont honors Bennington Battle Day every Aug. 16, marking a day that signaled a turning point in the American Revolution and a critical defeat of British forces. But few are as familiar with a piece of music composed by Bennington virtuoso pianist Ernest Murray commemorating the battle.

Yes, that's right. This Bennington Battlefield marker is in New York State where the battle was actually fought.
Matt H. Wade / Wikimedia Commons

It seems like one of those little Vermont oddities to outsiders: Vermont's state government closes down every Aug. 16 to commemorate an armed conflict that took place across the river in New York State. We'll get all the details of the Battle of Bennington.

A small house in the foreground casts a shadow of a much larger house in the background, suggesting downsizing and transitioning.
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Seniors downsizing a home often face a difficult and emotional transition from a larger house — one that may have been "home" for years — to a smaller apartment or into some form of a senior community. We're talking about what such a move entails and how to plan for it. And what's involved in sorting through a lifetime of possessions and choosing what to donate, sell, recycle or keep.

A meal from Springfield High School features a chicken quesadilla on a whole-grain tortilla, salad, steamed carrots and daikon radishes, apples and carrot sticks.
Vermont Agency of Education

Fourteen Vermont schools will lose their free lunch and breakfast programs when students return for classes this fall. But while the programs' sunsetting are ostensibly due to fewer kids living in poverty, child nutrition experts say many of those students still face food insecurity and uncertainty about their next meal.

Left, a photo of black mold inside a home; right, an image of a radon atom. "Vermont Edition" discusses how to test for mold or radon in your home and how to get rid of it.
Evgen_Prozhyrko via iStock / Greg Robson via Wikimedia Commons

Radon sounds like the subject of a 1950s sci-fi flick that turns wee little ants into colossal, man-eating monsters. And mold just sounds bad from the outset. But they really are serious health concerns. We'll discuss why you don't want either coming into your home.

A dog waits for a treat during a heat wave in Romania on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019.
Vadim Ghirda / AP

It's easy to spot a well-trained dog. Maybe the pup is well-behaved in a large group of people or other dogs. Perhaps the pooch can sit, shake and roll over on command. But what's involved in training your pet that molds a calm, confident and well-behaved dog? We're talking about dog training and dog psychology with two Vermont dog trainers. 

Author Rick Winston's book "Red Scare In The Green Mountains" looks at the era of McCarthyism in Vermont from 1946 through 1960.
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Vermont Edition presents two encore interviews with Vermont authors who wrote about some rather compelling moments in the state's history: how Vermont weathered instances of Red Scare, and a judiciary scandal that reached all the way to the Vermont Supreme Court.

Listeners ask a lot of questions. And VPR's Brave Little State is there to find answers. 

A partially unfurled pink yoga mat on the floor
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The practice of yoga dates back over 5,000 years to northern India, but it has enjoyed newfound popularity in the west over the past couple of decades. While some people are adherents to the spiritual tenets of yoga, many do it for exercise and body health.

However, ancient yoga poses were not developed with the modern physiological needs and challenges our bodies face.

With record low unemployment and positive business indicators, we'll look at how Vermonters are doing in today's economic environment.
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Economic indicators paint a pretty rosy picture for the country and for Vermont. Take record low unemployment for instance. So how does that translate for the average Vermonter to buy a home or pay rent? To pay for food and clothing? Or send kids to school or child care? We'll hear how Vermonters are faring while the economy appears to be robust.

The news has been inescapable: 22 people shot and killed in El Paso, Texas on Saturday. Hours later, another mass shooting left nine dead in Dayton, Ohio. Dozens more were wounded. And even more were killed in deadly shootings in Houston and Chicago over the weekend. How do take steps toward healing after such horrific mass shootings?

Xusana Davis stands in front of a building
Courtesy of Xusana Davis / via Gov. Scott's office

Last year, Gov. Phil Scott signed legislation that created a litany of new efforts to combat racism in Vermont. That law also created a cabinet-level post in the executive branch to address the issue of racism in state government.  Now, Xusana Davis is Vermont's first-ever director of racial equity. 

An Atlantic salmon lying in a net above a river
Wilson Ring / Associated Press File

There was a time when landlocked Atlantic salmon were abundant in Lake Champlain and its tributaries. But for a century and a half these salmon were not reproducing naturally in the Lake Champlain basin. Now scientists are cautiously optimistic things might be changing.

Vermonters have traveled around the globe to help charities that serve those in need.
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Helping neighbors has always been a hallmark of Vermont. But many here have also traveled around the globe to help others in need. We'll hear some of the stories of Vermonters assisting people all over the world.

Former UVM women's basketball coach Cathy Inglese, seen here while coaching at Boston College, died recently from complications of a traumatic brain injury after falling down a flight of stairs.
Chuck Barton / Associated Press/File

Cathy Inglese, who coached UVM women's basketball teams to glory from 1986 through 1993, died on  Wednesday, July 24 from complications from a traumatic brain injury. She was 60 years old. Most recently, Inglese served as associate head coach at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. It was there on July 17, before a summer workout, she tumbled down a stairwell and suffered the TBI.

A registered grower plants hemp in a Charlotte field on July 3, 2019. The number of registered hemp growers in Vermont has more than doubled since last year.
Elodie Reed / VPR

The acres of hemp being grown in Vermont, as well as the number of people registered to grow or process the crop in the state, have all more than doubled in the last year. But a late growing season and potential bottlenecks to harvesting and processing the plant pose looming challenges. We're talking with growers and state regulators about Vermont's booming — if fledgling — hemp industry.

Ten candidates on stage during the second of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN on Wednesday, July 31.
Carlos Osorio / AP

On Tuesday and Wednesday night this week, especially politically-minded Americans may have tuned into a second round of two-day Democratic presidential primary debates on CNN. But did you learn anything new about the candidates or their campaigns from that six hours of TV?

The question of whether Vermont needs to replace it's only women's prison - the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility built in 1973 - has been raised. "Vermont Edition" looks at if it is time for a new prison.
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There are 156 women currently in Vermont's correctional system, all housed at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in South Burlington. But many believe that it's in need of maintenance and lacks adequate safety features necessary in 2019. We're talking about the push for a new women's prison.