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  In our Ideas Matter segment we take time just about every week to check in with the state humanities councils in our 7-state region.

Today we check in with the Vermont Humanities Council and documentary film producer Jeff Kaufman. Kaufman directed The State of Marriage, which shows the struggle for same-sex marriage equality in Vermont.

The film will be screened with a special panel discussion in Montpelier, Vermont on February 23.

Justin Johnson
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The Vermont Secretary of Administration has one of the most important and powerful jobs in the state, responsible for the largest departments of government, controlling all money and the budget. Essentially the state’s Chief Operating Officer, the Secretary of Administration chairs the governor’s cabinet and helps craft the budget.  Justin Johnson was appointed to the position by Governor Peter Shumlin in January 2015.  Johnson already had experience in government, but it came a world away. Before he came to Vermont, he held federal and municipal jobs in Australia.  Johnson explains how he landed in the Green Mountain State.

Congressman Peter Welch
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  In less than two weeks, we’ll have an Iowa caucus winner.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch continues his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Congressman Peter Welch
http://www.welch.house.gov/about-peter/

  President Obama called for redistricting reform in his State of the Union address.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the Green Mountain State has nothing to worry about on that front.

Vermont is holding public hearings on a proposed rule change for logging practices to protect water quality.

Photo of Syrian refugees at a Budapest railway station with police officer in foreground from September 2015.
Mstyslav Chernov/Wikimedia Commons

As the investigation into the Paris attacks continues, the politics are heating up stateside. Now, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin is criticizing several other governors — mostly Republican —  who are calling for a temporary halt to acceptance of Syrian refugees. 

 The Democratic primary has fewer candidates than the Republican side, but just as much intrigue.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that his fellow Vermonter Bernie Sanders would not run a third-party campaign.

Governor's office

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An Amtrak train headed from Vermont to Washington, D.C., derailed in central Vermont on Monday after apparently striking rocks that were on the tracks. No life-threatening injuries were reported.

  Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has been drawing huge crowds on the hustings.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Congressional Quarterly’s David Hawkings discusses the progressive darling’s chances with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Vermont state officials say a mother who was upset about losing custody of her child has fatally shot a Department for Children and Families worker.

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  It has already been a great season at the Dorset Theatre Festival in Dorset, Vermont.

Next up is John Patrick Stanley’s unlikely Irish romance Outside Mullingar, in its regional premiere opening July 30th and running through August 15th. Then comes Paul Rudnick’s I Hate Hamlet (Aug. 20–Sept. 5), about a young television actor who grudgingly accepts the role of Hamlet, only to be haunted by the ghost of John Barrymore in full costume.

Dina Janis, DTF’s Artistic Director, joins us.

  In the end, disgruntled Democrats couldn’t stop fast-track authority.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock why many in his party opposed the move.

Congressman Peter Welch
http://www.welch.house.gov/about-peter/

  The Iran nuclear deal has been both applauded and renounced.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that ultimately, Iran cannot be allowed to have nuclear weapons.

  Greece appears to be off the brink once again.

But in today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the saga is far from over.

  Vermont's oldest professional theatre company has a new slogan: "Celebrating the classics. Nurturing the new." The 2015 Weston Playhouse season is underway and the Producing Artistic Director Steve Stettler joins us this morning to talk about the current season with a spotlight on two upcoming shows

Susan Haefner also joins us - she is playing Julianna, the lead role in The Other Place by Sharr White - a touching and witty play where a mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, the past collides with the present, and the elusive truth about a successful neurologist boils to the surface.

Our final Weston guest is Matthew Wilkas who is playing the role of Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher - winner of five 2012 Tony Awards, the play with music asks the century-old question, "How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up?"

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The Vermont Legislature wants feedback on its legislative website and suggestions for improving it.

  Americans continue to debate the Iran nuclear framework.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that trust is not part of the equation.

This interview was recorded on Tuesday, hours before Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders joined the presidential field.

  There is a major new exhibit - Alcohol in Vermont: Creation to Consumption, Tolerance to Temperance – which is on view at the Bennington Museum, in Bennington, VT from now through June 21st. The exhibition and related events examine the significant role of alcohol in Vermont’s history.

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WAMC

Milk prices paid to Vermont's dairy farmers have plummeted this winter from a record high last year as farmers head into the spring planting season.

Congressman Peter Welch
http://www.welch.house.gov/about-peter/

  The Keystone pipeline has been a rallying point for Republicans and a non-starter for the White House.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about his thinking on the issue.

Congressman Peter Welch
http://www.welch.house.gov/about-peter/

  Immigration was a politically charged issue before President Obama outlined executive actions.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that a reasonable bill might be able to pass the House — if it ever got to the floor.

Congressman Peter Welch
http://www.welch.house.gov/about-peter/

  Vermont’s gubernatorial race was an unexpected barnburner.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Peter Shumlin hasn’t shied away from the tough issues.

Green Mountain Power

Vermont's largest electric utility says its crews have restored power to all customers left in the dark by the first major snowstorm of the season.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, the only statewide Republican office holder in Vermont, is going back to Montpelier for two more years.

Photo by Pat Bradley

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Democrat Peter Welch has easily won a fifth term as Vermont's lone representative in the U.S. House, turning aside the second challenge in as many elections from Republican Mark Donka.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Polls have closed around Vermont in a mid-term election that appears to have drawn light turnout in many parts of the state.

  The Windsor Mountain School in Lenox, Massachusetts was an ahead of its time boarding school that honored diversity and became the first co-ed integrated boarding school in the Berkshires.

After being a target of the Nazi regime, Max and Gertrud Bondy came to America and opened their school in Windsor, Vermont and later moved to Lenox in 1944.

Families like the Belafontes, Poitiers and Campanellas were attracted to the school for its multi-cultural and international curriculum. Then the school closed in 1975.

8/19/14 Panel

Aug 19, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock and Times Union Associate Editor, Mike Spain.

Topics include:
Jim Jeffords Dies at 80
Ferguson
Glens Falls Civic Center
Mail carriers at risk
The Cost of Raising A Child

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The former U.S. senator from Vermont who in 2001 tipped control of the Senate when he quit the Republican Party to become an independent has died. James Jeffords was 80.

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During a meeting in Montpelier Tuesday, state Republican leaders responded to a recent downgrade in revenue growth projections by the state’s economists.

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