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Friday, Oct. 18, 2019

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A group of people point guns at two people with their right hands raised.
St. Albans Historical Museum, Courtesy

Live call-in discussion: This weekend marks the 155th anniversary of a key Civil War victory for Union troops known as the Battle of Cedar Creek. On that same day, a Confederate raid took place in St. Albans, Vermont — robbing a local bank and killing one citizen before escaping to Canada.

And while much is known about Vermont's generals and sharpshooters, what about the Vermont women who sustained the home front?

An empty debate stage ahead of the Oct. 15, 2019 Democratic presidential primary debate.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

Tuesday night, 12 Democratic candidates for president took the stage in Ohio for a fourth primary debate. Many eyes were on Bernie Sanders, who suffered a heart attack just two weeks ago. We're analyzing Tuesday's debate with a roundtable of Vermont political scientists and discussing what Sanders' performance means for his campaign.

The exterior of Springfield Hospital, with a person walking toward the entrance carrying bags
Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

Vermont is the only state in the country that regulates hospital budgets. And as rural hospitals struggle,  the panel that oversees them is requesting more paperwork.

A drone hovers over a lake with a forest in the background.
Aaron Burden / Unsplash

Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, are already in Vermont's skies. They collect data, snap photos and can provide helpful views of buildings and other structures. They're also increasingly being used to respond to disasters and other emergencies. We're talking about drones with the director of UVM's Spatial Analysis Lab, and how the lab is helping federal aviation officials craft rules for using drones during emergencies.

Four images of purple-white garlic bulbs, various colored gourds, a collection of carrots and a blanket of autumn leaves.

It's officially fall, but don't lock that garden shed just yet. Gardening guru Charlie Nardozzi joins Vermont Edition to talk about fall plantings, pruning perennials, and five things to do with all those leaves. Plus, what you can do to put your garden to rest this autumn and prepare your plants and soil for a productive season next year. 

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign event in New Hampshire on Sunday, Sept. 29, at Dartmouth College.
Cheryl Senter / AP

Ten days ago, Sen. Bernie Sanders had a heart attack at a campaign event in Las Vegas. Doctors discovered Sanders had a blocked artery and inserted two stents to repair that blockage. But what does Sanders' health mean for the campaign, and the Democratic presidential primary? Vermont Edition talks with senior campaign advisor Jeff Weaver to get an update on the candidate and his campaign.

The stage for a July 2019 Democratic presidential primary debate.
Paul Sancya / AP

How will Sen. Bernie Sander's recent heart attack affect the 2020 Democratic presidential race? His campaign says there will be little impact, and he'll be back in action for the fourth Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday, Oct. 15. We're talking with reporters in Vermont, New Hampshire and Iowa about how the dynamics of the race are shifting.

Luke Awtry Photography

Many local artists and musicians have benefited from Burlington musician Peg Tassey's tenacity.

She has championed many local arts projects from first  inklings to full-blown happenings - like helping to spread the word about octogenarian local author, Fay Webern, and curating a photography show titled, "Rural Revolution," at her alma mater, Goddard College - featuring pictures snapped by students during the '70s.

Now, Tassey has molded an entire album around one woman's voice.

A two-photo collage with the cover of "Whistleblowers" on the left and a profile picture of Stanger on the right.
Book cover courtesy of Yale University Press / Photo by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons

Whistleblowers are in the headlines right now, but speaking out about government impropriety is nothing new in American politics. In fact, protection for people who come forward is written into our earliest laws. We're talking with Middlebury College professor Allison Stanger about her new book on America's history with whistleblowers, and why, despite our laws, they often face retaliation.

Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin spoke about the civil rights movement, past and present, at the Flynn Center for Performing Arts.
Vermont Humanities Council

Congressman John Lewis is the sole surviving member of the "Big Six" civil rights leaders of the 1960s. He's dedicated his life to nonviolent protests in pursuit of social justice. And along with co-author Andrew Aydin, Lewis wrote about his life and work in the graphic novel series March, a 2019 Vermont Reads selection. Today on Vermont Edition, we'll hear highlights from an event featuring Lewis and Aydin recorded live at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts on Monday, Oct. 7.

A woman uses a pitchfork to move compost in a backyard garden.
Chris Price / iStock

Brave Little State just told us all about where Vermont's recyclables go, and how many of the plastic, metal and paper items get re-used once recycled. But what about the 60,000 tons of compostable organics that make up roughly 24 percent of Vermont's trash?

The unrecyclables, as seen at the Williston MRF.
Elodie Reed / VPR

Julie Ste. Marie of Troy wants to know whether people are following Vermont's new recycling law, and where, exactly, all those recyclables end up. Her question kicks off the latest episode of Brave Little State.

Two lonely geese fly into the sunset
Jeffrey Hamilton / Unsplash

A recent report in the journal Science says there are 3 billion fewer birds in the world today than there were five decades ago. That's not species, that's just sheer bulk. But the abundance of birds has a significant impact on our global landscape. We're talking about birds and fall migration, and what a drop in bird abundance means for our local species and ecosystems.

The White House is seen in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, as House Democrats move aggressively in their impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.
J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

Impeachment has been splashed across headlines and fodder for news stories across the country after House Democrats officially launched an impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump late last month. But what actually happens when Congress impeaches a president?

Congressman Peter Welch prepares for a floor speech.
Eman Mohammed / VPR

Congressman Peter Welch sits on the House Intelligence Committee, which is moving quickly with investigations into national security concerns raised by a whistleblower's complaint of President Trump's activities related to Ukraine and alleged solicitation of interference with the 2020 presidential election.

 Josh Lavenets inside the state prison for men in Berlin, NH
Emily Corwin / VPR

Earlier this year, New Hampshire Public Radio released Supervision, a podcast that tries to understand the difficulties of life after prison by following a single parolee on his first few months out. Vermont Edition yesterday aired the first two parts of the podcast, where we met parolee Josh Lavenets and followed him on his first day out of prison and through an unexpected medical emergency. Today, the final two episodes of the podcast.

NHPR's "Supervision": Life After Prison
Sara Plourde / NHPR

In Vermont and across the country, roughly half of the inmates who get out of prison end up back behind bars within three years. And often it's for violating conditions of their parole. Earlier this year, New Hampshire Public Radio released a podcast called Supervision. The four-part podcast tries to understand the difficulties of life after prison by following a single parolee on his first few months out.

Today, we'll hear the first two parts of Supervision on Vermont Edition; tomorrow, the final two.

UVM's 27th President, Suresh Garimella, photographed in front of a wall with ivy vines climbing behind it.
Elodie Reed / VPR

Suresh Garimella took over as the president of the University of Vermont in July. We're talking to him about what he sees as the biggest challenges facing Vermont's largest university, and for his perspective on the national trends in higher education — like shrinking enrollment, rising costs and struggles with affordability — that are plaguing schools of all sizes.

Jane Lindholm interviews Newfane author Archer Mayor on "Vermont Edition" in front of a live audience in VPR's Stetson Studio One on Monday, Sept. 30, 2019.
Elodie Reed / VPR

Over the course of 30 novels, Newfane author Archer Mayor has chronicled the detective work of Joe Gunther and the fictitious Vermont Bureau of Investigation. Mayor joins Vermont Edition and a live audience in VPR's Stetson Studio One to discuss his writing, his 30th Joe Gunther novel titled Bomber's Moon, his law enforcement career and how he came to make Vermont his home.

A 6th grader made slime.
Mary Engisch / VPR

Monday, Sept. 23, marked the autumnal equinox, the first official day of fall in the northern hemisphere. That means beautiful fall foliage in our trees and a slow shift to colder days and fewer hours of sunlight.