Some Vermonters somewhere were struck by moments of
inspiration. They burned the midnight
oil to hammer out the fine details of their plans. And then they unleashed them upon the public.
And so we were introduced to the Winooski Dome. The Green
Mountain Parkway was born. A possible silkworm
industry was proposed. And canals were envisioned stretching from the Connecticut
River to Lake Memphremagog
and across the state to Lake Champlain.
Alas, the ideas never came to fruition and were fated to be
looked upon years later with a certain amount of bemusement and even scorn.
Vermont Life Editor Emeritus and author and writer Mark
Bushnell look at these and other failed Vermont
ideas. How they came to be and why they never were.
Also on the program, new research suggests that Neanderthals
and homo sapiens didn’t have the opportunity to get to intermingle. UVM
Professor of microbiology & molecular genetics John Burke gives his review
of the study and discusses how it impacts what he teaches his students.