Holiday etiquette

Awkward holiday moments can be eased over with advice from the etiquette experts at the Emily Post Institute.  Environmental reporter Candace Page updates us on Vermont’s endangered species list. And we visit with children’s author Tracey Campbell Pearson, whose Vermont-centered books are popular across the country.

Why so Blue?

The solid mass of "blue states" in the northeast spells concern for Republicans and we examine what can be learned from these trends. Also, issues of social class are explored through a theater performance, and artists transform old books into sculptural pieces in a provocative exhibit.

Interview: Jeff Birnbaum

The Institute for Lifelong Education at Dartmouth is asking a provocative question in their annual summer series: Is Congress any longer relevant? One of the speakers addressing that issue is Jeff Birnbaum. He writes frequently about Congress in his Washington Post column “On K Street”. He spoke with VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb and says Congress can do many things well, but there are currently forces at play keeping it from doing so.