Midday Newscast: February 5, 2009

Several Vermont legislators want to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana; a South Burlington woman was on Capitol Hill this morning as the Senate investigated how the federal government responded to peanut products tainted with Salmonella;

Midday Newscast: January 19, 2009

Among the hundreds of thousands who have descended on Washington for Barack Obama’s inauguration are many Vermonters; a group of rail supporters will rally in Rutland later today to urge the state to save the Ethan Allen Express train service; more…

Getting By: Steve Leonard

It’s been pointed out that the definition of a living wage can vary, depending on each worker’s needs and hopes and circumstances. As part of our series on getting by, VPR’s Nina Keck spoke with Steve Leonard. He’s a 24-year-old bottle sorter at the Beer King in Rutland, and he says he’s satisfied – at least for now – with the work and the compensation.

African-American Experience in Vermont

On Martin Luther King Day, we talk about the experience of being an African-American in Vermont and how it’s changed over the decades, with guests Willi Coleman and Harvey Amani Whitfield. Also, a look back at the experience of the "buffalo soldiers" nearly a century ago. And, a commentary from Willi Coleman on the significance of Martin Luther King, Jr.