JOLTED

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JOLTED is a five-part podcast about a school shooting that didn’t happen, the line between thought and crime, and a Republican governor in a rural state who changed his mind about gun laws.

This page is a collection of our episode transcripts and on-air adaptations. Listen to the full episodes from the series at joltedpodcast.org.

Support for JOLTED comes from the VPR Innovation Fund, and from Primmer, Piper, Eggleston & Cramer, PC.

February was the one-year anniversary of the averted school shooting in Fair Haven that VPR explored in its five-episode podcast JOLTED. A new episode is now available with updates about how things have changed since last year.

JOLTED, Update: One Year Later (Transcript)

Mar 13, 2019
'JOLTED' is VPR's five-part podcast about a school shooting that didn't happen, and the surprising things that did.
Aaron Shrewsbury For VPR

How the events of last year changed Vermont schools and law enforcement. Also - where's Jack?

Earlier this month, Vermont Public Radio launched a five-part podcast called JOLTED. VPR's Nina Keck, a reporter on the project, talks about Part 5: Threat Assessment and how it ties up lingering questions, like: How do you know if a young person is plotting a school massacre? And what do you do then? We also hear an excerpt from that final episode.

JOLTED, Part 5: Threat Assessment (Transcript)

Sep 26, 2018
'JOLTED' is VPR's five-part podcast about a school shooting that didn't happen, and the surprising things that did.
Aaron Shrewsbury For VPR

How do you know if a young person is plotting a school massacre? And what do you do then?

An AR-15 rifle pictured with a 30-round magazine and a 10-round magazine. Vermont law now prohibits the sale and purchase of magazines with more than 10 rounds. The high-capacity magazine ban is the focus of one of two lawsuits in Vermont courts.
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Episode 4 of VPR's five-part podcast series, JOLTED, explores how Republican Gov. Phil Scott, a gun rights advocate, declared that Vermont needed more gun control laws. Within months, Senate Bill 55 was passed, putting several restrictions on gun and ammunition purchases.

Jared Carter, an associate professor at Vermont Law School and VPR commentator, joined Vermont Edition to discuss two lawsuits challenging the new law.

JOLTED, Part 4: The Reversal (Transcript)

Sep 20, 2018
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How a Republican governor who had been rated "A" by the NRA decided that Vermont, one of the most gun-friendly states in the nation, needed gun control laws.

Vermont Public Radio has launched a new podcast called JOLTED. VPR's Liam Elder-Connors, a reporter on the project, talks about Part 4: The Reversal which explores Republican Gov. Phil Scott’s unexpected reversal on gun control legislation. We also hear an excerpt from that fourth episode.

Vermont Public Radio has launched a new podcast called JOLTED. VPR's Emily Corwin, project manager and editor for the podcast, talks about Part 3: Thought, Or Crime?

Corwin said this episode goes into the police's interrogation of Jack Sawyer, where he admitted to buying a gun and ammunition with the intention to shoot up his former school. We also hear an excerpt from that third episode.

Logo for JOLTED, a five-part podcast about a school shooting that didn't happen, the line between thought and crime, and a Republican governor in a rural state who changed his mind about gun laws.
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When does planning a school shooting become attempted murder? The question went all the way to the Vermont Supreme Court.

Vermont Public Radio has launched a new podcast called JOLTED. VPR's Nina Keck, a reporter on the project, talks about Part 2: How We Got Here and some of the challenges and ethical questions that came up in reporting a story that sent shockwaves through a community and our state. We also hear an excerpt from that second episode.

Vermont Public Radio has launched a new podcast called JOLTED. VPR's Liam Elder-Connors, a reporter on the project, talks about Part 1: The Shooting That Didn't Happen and what's to come in future episodes. We also hear an excerpt from that first episode.

Logo for JOLTED, a five-part podcast about a school shooting that didn't happen, the line between thought and crime, and a Republican governor in a rural state who changed his mind about gun laws.
Aaron Shrewsbury for VPR

JOLTED is a new five-part podcast from VPR about the averted school shooting at Fair Haven Union High School earlier this year, and how it led to Gov. Phil Scott’s unexpected reversal on gun control legislation.

'JOLTED' is VPR's five-part podcast about a school shooting that didn't happen, and the surprising things that did.
Aaron Shrewsbury For VPR

Vermont Public Radio has launched JOLTED, a five-part podcast about a school shooting that didn’t happen, the line between thought and crime, and a Republican governor in a rural state who changed his mind about gun laws.

JOLTED, Part 2: How We Got Here (Transcript)

Sep 5, 2018
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Who is Jack Sawyer, and why did he want to kill his former classmates?

Logo for JOLTED, a five-part podcast about a school shooting that didn't happen, the line between thought and crime, and a Republican governor in a rural state who changed his mind about gun laws.
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Jack Sawyer’s journal contained a startling confession. It landed him in jail, and sent shockwaves through the state of Vermont.