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Special Series: Part 5 Of 'My Heart Still Beats'

Mar 1, 2019

The opioid epidemic has hit emergency rooms hard all over the country. As ERs have seen more patients with serious problems related to opioid use, they’ve struggled to find ways to help. But many hospitals and centers are trying a new form of support: trained "recovery coaches" who work alongside medical staff. Part five of My Heart Still Beats — a special series from Writers for Recovery and VPR, which Vermont Edition is airing this week — is about recovery coaching.

Special Series: Part 4 Of 'My Heart Still Beats'

Feb 28, 2019

All this week, Vermont Edition is airing a special series from Writers for Recovery and VPR called My Heart Still Beats. The series features conversation and original writing from the recovery community all around Vermont. In part four, we meet Mike Lucier. In 2009, Mike was responsible for a car accident that took a young woman’s life, and changed his own life forever.

*A note for listeners: This segment contains language some listeners might find objectionable.*

Rep. Peter Welch is a member of the House Oversight and Intelligence Committees, both of which heard testimony from President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen.
Emam Mohammed / VPR FILE

Rep. Peter Welch is a member of both the House Oversight and Intelligence Committees And this week both committees questioned President Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen. Congressman Welch joins Vermont Edition to discuss what his committees learned in these hearings.

Rebecca Byars, left, and Peter Pardoe of Valley Improv perform at the Woolen Mill Comedy Club in Bridgewater. The ideas of improv are increasingly leaving the stage and being applied at work and with other large groups.
Collen Doyle / Woolen Mills Comedy Club

Improvisational comedy is about making it up as you go along, but the ideas of improv are increasingly finding their way to workplaces and other groups to increase teamwork, foster collaboration and spark new ideas. We're looking at improv in Vermont and how its ideas apply at work and in daily life.

Special Series: Part 3 Of 'My Heart Still Beats'

Feb 27, 2019

All this week, Vermont Edition is airing a special series from Writers for Recovery and VPR called My Heart Still Beats. The series features conversation and original writing from the recovery community all around Vermont. In episode three, we hear from singer-songwriter Mark LeGrand.

With temperatures bobbing and weaving above and below freezing, Vermont's backyard sugaring is going strong.
Bakinbitz / iStock

This program originally aired on Feb. 22, 2018.

Vermonters catch a fever at this time of year. And it isn't necessarily the flu bug. It's the hankering to get outside and start hauling buckets full of sap to the sugarhouse or to wherever they do their boiling. It's backyard sugaring time. 

Special Series: Part 2 Of 'My Heart Still Beats'

Feb 26, 2019

All this week, Vermont Edition is airing a special series from Writers for Recovery and VPR called My Heart Still Beats. The series features conversation and original writing from the recovery community all around Vermont. In part two, we meet Sally Greeno and hear about her late son, Tyler. Sally watched Tyler struggle for years with addiction to both opiates and alcohol.

*A note for listeners: This segment contains language some listeners might find objectionable.*

Blaz Pavlic of Slovenia jumps at Harris Hill in Brattleboro en route to the Men's Open title.
Steve McLaughlin / Courtesy Harris Hill Ski Jump

Vermont has produced its fair share of outstanding winter sports athletes. Vermont Edition shines the spotlight on those who have excelled at ski jumping as we look at how the sport has changed in Vermont.

Special Series: Part 1 Of 'My Heart Still Beats'

Feb 25, 2019

All this week, Vermont Edition is airing a special series from Writers for Recovery and VPR called My Heart Still Beats. The series features conversation and original writing from the recovery community all around Vermont. In part one we hear from Abbie, who was around three months clean from heroin when she attended a writing workshop hosted by Writers for Recovery.

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would expand an employer's ability to administer drug tests to employees.
sercansamanci / istock

Vermont's laws on workplace drug testing make it difficult to test employees after they're hired. Now lawmakers are considering a bill expanding an employer's ability to test workers suspected of being under the influence on the job, or if they cause an accident. We're looking at Vermont's existing drug testing laws, the proposed changes and what it means for workers and employers.

For one week in October 2005, Thetford was home to Grace Paley and Cynthia Huntington. At the time they were the poets laureate for Vermont and New Hampshire, respectively.
Toby Talbot/AP / Ric Cengeri/VPR

If you lived in Thetford, Vermont in October 2005, you must have felt the special energy. Not everyone in town started speaking in iambic hexameter or in A-A-B-B rhyme schemes, but you had to feel the poetic force that was present. Because for about a week back, something happened in Thetford that has probably never happened in any other city or town anywhere, before or since: Thetford was home to two current state poets laureate.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, pictured here during the 2016 presidential campaign, faces a very different political landscape in 2020.
Christian K. Lee / Associated Press/File

Sen. Bernie Sanders has announced that he is making his second run for the presidency. We'll hear what some of the state's top political reporters are thinking about Bernie 2020.

Look for four inches of clear, black ice — enough to support a person walking — before enjoying ice fishing, officials from the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife say.
smiltena / iStock

Mid-February is prime time for ice fishing in Vermont, but a recent tragedy is focusing attention on the risks of the winter sport. 

A report warns that 40 percent of all insect species are facing extinction.
Andrew Moore / flickr

Scientists are warning of a staggering decline in insect population and diversity, with over 40 percent of all species at risk of extinction. That could have huge impacts on the wider ecosystem, and on human agriculture and the economy. We're talking about what — if anything — can be done, on large and small scales, to address the looming die-off.

As the Montreal Expos prepared for their first home game at Jarry Park on April 14, 1969, catcher John Bateman received the first pitch from Quebec Premier Jean-Jacques Bertrand.
Courtesy Archives de la Ville de Montreal / Flickr

The Montreal Expos started playing baseball at Jarry Park in 1969. They eventually moved to Olympic Stadium but it all came to an end after the 2004 season, when Major League Baseball moved the franchise to Washington, D.C.

Over the last several years, there has been a growing movement led by the Montreal Baseball Project to bring a team back to the city. Vermont Edition spoke with the group's president Warren Cromartie about the prospects of a team returning to Montreal.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, pictured here during the 2016 presidential election, announced Feb. 19 he'll again seek the Democratic nomination for president.
Rogelio V. Solis / AP

Sen. Bernie Sanders is officially in the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. We're talking with political scientists about Sanders' announcement, the crowded 2020 field and what it all means for Vermont.

The January 2017 women's march in Montpelier was followed by what organizers called a Unity Rally on the steps of the Statehouse. The march addressed issues like racism and civil rights.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

The Vermont Human Rights Commission is a state agency whose sole mission is to protect and preserve the human rights of Vermonters. The small agency—just three investigators, an executive director and an executive assistant—works on discrimination in housing, state government, employment and in public spaces like schools and restaurants. Now the Commission's new executive director is pledging to take a more proactive approach to fighting discrimination. 

Norwich University was founded in Norwich, Vermont. The school then spent a few years in Connecticut, but eventually settled for good in Northfield.
Courtesy Norwich University

Two hundred years ago, the American Literary, Scientific and Military Academy opened in Norwich, Vermont as the first all-private military college. Today, it's known as Norwich University and is located in Northfield. We'll learn about its storied history.

Vermont's suicide rate is among the highest in New England. The map above, using CDC data, shows Vermont's overall youth suicide rate between 2005 and 2016 was among the highest in the country.
CDC

Suicide is the eighth leading cause of death in Vermont, claiming more lives every year than car accidents in our state. And Vermont's young people die by suicide at one of the highest rates in the country. We're talking with doctors and researchers about effective suicide prevention. 

The Vermont Constitution may be amended to clarify its ban on slavery.
Wikimedia Commons

It's often repeated that Vermont's was the first state constitution to outlaw slavery, but the language of the document may actually have some caveats. Sponsors of a constitutional amendment want to change the language to make the ban absolute. We're talking about the history and the proposal.

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