One-Party Rule Hasn’t Always Guaranteed Harmony

When Governor-elect Peter Shumlin takes office in January, it will mark the first time since the Howard Dean administration that both chambers of the legislature-and the Governor’s office-will be under Democratic leadership.  But that one-party majority doesn’t necessarily mean harmony will reign in Montpelier.

The Role Of Minor Parties And Independents In Elections

It’s a crowded field to be sure, and media outlets including VPR, struggle with how to include as many voices as possible. VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb discusses the role of those candidates in an election with Tony Gierzynski, a Professor of Political Science at the University of Vermont

Shelburne Farms Experiments With Biochar

An experiment at Shelburne Farms recently brought some visitors from Massachusetts to showcase a material called biochar. Some farmers swear by its use as a soil supplement and some UVM students are studying whether it can be used to clean up Lake Champlain.

Shaken Baby Cases On The Rise

Officials aren’t quite sure why, but cases of Shaken Baby Syndrome are on this rise in Vermont. Prevent Child Abuse Vermont started keeping track of cases in the fall of 2007. Since then, there have been 19 cases. Six have resulted in the death of an infant.

Dairy Farmer Says Industry Must Change

Vermont lost 52 dairy farms last year. Farmers were struggling with low milk prices long before this economic downturn. But they’re also affected by the economy around them. VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb speaks iwth Onan Whitcomb of the North Williston Cattle Company.

Nuclear Power Up For Debate At UVM

Whether or not new nuclear plants should be built is up for debate this afternoon at the University of Vermont’s Janus Forum. Arguing against more plants is Tyson Slocum of the group Public Citizen. He’ll be speaking with author and journalist William Tucker.