Vermont Viewpoint

Vermont Viewpoint

Vermont Viewpoint covers a lot of ground, both geographically and topically. You’ll hear from lawmakers, newsmakers, business people and your own friends and neighbors. This is the show you want to tune into to hear what compelling and/or fun topic you’ll be introduced to each day.

All Episodes

Capstone Community Action has a number of programs to empower individuals in Central Vermont with the tools and resources to move beyond poverty. As Capstone launches its annual Fuel Your Neighbors Campaign, we’ll broadcast live from their offices in Barre and learn about the organization’s Food Shelf, the Community Kitchen Academy, the Emergency Fuel Program, Community Support Services, the weatherization and climate impact program and community economic development. 

Dec 3

1 hr 27 min

We start the show meeting a Vermont doll maker whose creations are as far from Barbie as possible. They are the aptly named Strange Dolls.  Next, we’ll discuss the results of the recent Vermont Climate Assessment, an update of the original report of 2014. After that, we catch up with one of the WDEV All-Stars – Dave Moody, currently with the Motor Racing Network. And we finish by learning about the work of the Vermont Community Foundation, whose funds and programs provide more than $25 million a year in grants. 

Dec 2

1 hr 26 min

The first hour of the show is the Book Show! Get ready for a full hour of excellent suggestions that will make great gifts for those who aren’t on the naughty list. After that, national correspondent Bob Ney brings us up to date on national and international news. Then Chris Farnsworth of Seven Days digs into the history of Burlington’s Memorial Auditorium and its possible future. And, following President Biden’s lead of releasing some of the country’s oil reserves, Quebec’s maple syrup cartel is releasing half of its reserves. We’ll learn about the organization and its decision to sell off some of the syrup. If you're interested in seeing a list of the books discussed during the Book Show, check out our Facebook Post Here

Dec 1

1 hr 25 min

The morning begins with us learning about the radio play, “It’s a Wonderful Life” being performed at UVM with many new and different twists. Next, we visit Winooski’s Pleasant Ranch. It doesn’t have any cattle, but it does have plenty of amazing pieces crafted from wood, including the most stylish bird houses you’ve ever seen. After that, we learn about the work an NEK organization called Umbrella. It elevates the voices of women, families, and survivors of interpersonal violence. And we finish the program speaking with VTDigger’s Emma Cotton about the latest on Act 250 and the curious case of the Hoyt Hill Farmstead cows.  

Nov 30

1 hr 26 min

We open the show discussing COVID, the flu and the ethics of doctors who choose not to treat unvaccinated patients. Then we hear about the beautiful, new work performed by the Vermont Choral Union, “Mass in the Time of Pandemic.” After that, we head to Bridport, where some outstanding varieties of cheese curds are being produced. And we finish the show meeting the Bethel woman who zipped around to all 251 of the state’s cities and towns on an e-bike in 32 days. 

Nov 30

1 hr 28 min

Maybe the Vermont Long Trail is out of your league. Then try the Cross Vermont Trail. We’ll start the show learning about this trail that runs from Burlington to Wells River.  Next, we open up the phones for a half hour. Then national correspondent Bob Ney checks in. After that, Ken Picard of Seven Days shares what he’s learned about the Vermont Vanity plates that you’ll never see on the highways and bi-ways of our state. And then Governor Phil Scott joins us to finish off the morning.  

Nov 24

1 hr 27 min

For over six decades, there has been a group in the state righting and cleaning grave markers, clearing brush, fixing fences, repairing damaged markers and recording inscriptions. We’ll hear about the work of the Vermont Old Cemetery Association. Then, we open the phones for a half hour. After that, we’ll discuss why Vermont has seen such a steep rise in opioid deaths and what can be done about it, when Health Department Deputy Commissioner Kelly Dougherty joins us. And we end the show by learning about the Just Food Hub, which distributes ethically sourced food to buying clubs formed by local charities and nonprofit organizations.  

Nov 23

1 hr 25 min

We open the show hearing about the novel “Horodno Burning” from author Michael Freed-Thall. It’s set in late-19th century czarist Russia, when Jews were persecuted and women had few opportunities. Then we spend time with a Vermonter who has been the 8-time world boomerang champion and has 30 patents, Eric Darnell of Strafford. And we finish speaking with Senator Patrick Leahy, who has decided to end his political career after eight terms in Washington. 

Nov 22

1 hr 23 min

On this episode of Vermont Viewpoint, Guest Host Gov. James Douglas talks about the Border Closure with Canada, the retirement of Tom Messner, and he checks in with Bob Ney. He then speaks with Jason Gibbs about elections here in Vermont, and lastly with Matt Dickinson a professor of Political Science at Middlebury College

Nov 19

1 hr 29 min

The Global Warming Solutions Act created the Vermont Climate Council. We’ll talk to one of its members, Abbie Corse, about the council’s work and about her family’s dairy farm in Whitingham. Next, we’ll meet a Marine veteran who turned to ultra-marathoning as a way to outrun the demons that haunted him during his military stint. Since the beginning of the pandemic, pet owners have noticed that it is taking longer to get appointments at their veterinarians for visits, surgeries, and even urgent cases. We’ll speak with Dr. Bradley Temple of the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association to learn why. And we finish by meeting the Vermonter who won two equestrian Olympic gold medals in Montreal and learn about the company he’s founded making saddles that can relieve back pain for both the horse and the rider. 

Nov 19

1 hr 27 min

We’ll open the show with open the phones and see what our brilliant listeners have to say. After that, we’ll hear from national correspondent Bob Ney and get his reaction to Sen. Patrick Leahy’s decision not to run for re-election.  That’s followed by Jordan Barry of Seven Days explaining how a new wave of Vermont distillers are pushing for legislators to modernize liquor laws. After then, we get seriously jazzy as Eugene Uman from the Vermont Jazz Center joins us. And we finish off the morning discussing Alzheimer’s and the challenges of those providing care for their loved ones.  

Nov 17

1 hr 22 min

We’ll let you chat us up for the first half hour as we open the phones. Then we hear from State Sen. Phil Baruth on the 2017 biography he wrote about Sen. Patrick Leahy. Next, Lt. Gov. Molly Gray joins us to discuss what she learned from her statewide “Recover Stronger” Tour and what will happen on her upcoming White House visit. And we finish the show speaking with VTDigger’s Sarah Mearhoff about how the Leahy decision not to run again could shake up Vermont’s 2022 election season.  

Nov 16

1 hr 23 min

Former Vermont state senator Matt Dunne created the Center on Rural Innovation to reverse the nation’s growing rural opportunity gap and create economic prosperity for small town residents across the country. We’ll spend the first hour hearing how that’s being accomplished. After that, we celebrate “America Recycles Day” by learning more about how to be better recyclers and about where exactly all that stuff you’ve been putting in your blue bin rather than your trash actually goes. And we finish the day with your chance to comment on what’s happening in your world as we open up the phones.   

Nov 15

1 hr 24 min

Montpelier was chosen as the premier small-town shopping destination by editors and readers of USA Today. We’ll speak with Montpelier Alive Executive Director Dan Groberg to find out why. Then, Burlington Free Press reporter Joel Banner Baird explains what the recent vote by Essex Junction to secede from Essex will mean for each entity. After that, national correspondent Bob Ney checks in. Next, Margot Harrison of Seven Days joins us to talk about the documentary “Vermont and the Bright Green Nothing”, the Eat More Kale documentary that premiers next week.  And we finish by learning about a group called Confident Care for Kids, that aims to create less stressful vaccine visits for children who have high-sensory needs and experience anxiety when they get vaccinated. 

Nov 12

1 hr 26 min

The holidays are getting closer and that means the scammers are working even harder to separate you from your hard-earned cash and your precious data. Elliott Greenblott returns to warn us of scams to be aware of. After that, we’ll open the phones to honor our Veterans on this Veterans Day. Then we visit the 4th grade classroom at Burke Town School to learn about their Veterans Wall of Honor. And we finish meeting the Vermonter who won two equestrian Olympic gold medals in Montreal and we’ll learn about the company he’s founded making saddles that can relieve back pain for both the horse and the rider. 

Nov 11

1 hr 27 min