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From Vermont's only member-supported digital news daily, VTDigger reporters go deep on key stories. Hosted by Sam Gale Rosen.

The Deeper Dig VTDigger

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From Vermont's only member-supported digital news daily, VTDigger reporters go deep on key stories. Hosted by Sam Gale Rosen.

    A plan for what’s left of Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant

    A plan for what’s left of Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant

    For decades, Vermont Yankee, a nuclear power plant in Vernon, was the largest producer of electricity for the state.The plant has been shut down since 2014, and the company that now owns it is in the process of deconstructing it. That company, NorthStar, has recently submitted a plan that describes in detail the final steps of decommissioning, which is projected to be completed ahead of schedule, by 2026.However, national developments mean that radioactive spent fuel on the site is likely to stay where it is for the foreseeable future.Host Sam Gale Rosen spoke to VTDigger environmental reporter Emma Cotton, who has been covering the decommissioning process.

    • 18 min
    Edi Abeneto of Feeding Chittenden on fighting hunger and breaking down cultural barriers

    Edi Abeneto of Feeding Chittenden on fighting hunger and breaking down cultural barriers

    Edi Abeneto is food shelf supervisor at Feeding Chittenden, a Burlington-based nonprofit that focuses on hunger relief and serves more than 12,000 people every year. Abeneto has worked at the organization for more than 17 years. He speaks six languages, and among other duties, he facilitates communication and provides interpretation for visitors from a wide range of backgrounds.Over time, he said he’s built up trust with visitors that help him connect them to whatever help they need. “I was able to break down the barriers to food access, you know, and while building trust and communication with the new Americans,” Abeneto said. “So every time they see me here, I can say, be more comfortable because I speak the languages, you know, I give them more information about what we're doing.Host Sam Gale Rosen talked to Abeneto about some of what his work involves.

    • 12 min
    How to raise emotionally intelligent kids

    How to raise emotionally intelligent kids

    Managing big emotions is hard for adults, so what must it be like if you’re 3 feet tall and still in diapers? Anyone who’s been around kids knows how they can get overwhelmed by big emotional reactions. Those can run the gamut from despair to rage to laughing fits, sometimes within the same five-minute period.So, how can you teach kids to manage emotions in a healthy way? Especially if you’re still figuring it out yourself?Deeper Dig host Sam Gale Rosen talks about this with Alyssa Blask Campbell, a Burlington-based expert on parenting, education and child development. She’s the CEO of Seed & Sew (https://www.seedandsew.org/), which serves parents, teachers and caregivers with tools for mental wellness and building emotional intelligence. She also hosts the podcast “Voices of Your Village.” (https://www.seedandsew.org/blog)Her new book, written with Lauren Elizabeth Stauble, is called “Tiny Humans, Big Emotions: How to Navigate Tantrums, Meltdowns, and Defiance to Raise Emotionally Intelligent Children.” (https://www.seedandsew.org/book)

    • 29 min
    The star-studded history of a small island in Lake Bomoseen

    The star-studded history of a small island in Lake Bomoseen

    Neshobe Island is a small island located on the Castleton side of Lake Bomoseen. It has two houses, a barn and some surrounding woods, and that’s about it.In the 1920s and ‘30s, though, the island hosted a who’s who of celebrities and intellectuals most summers. These included Noël Coward, Thornton Wilder, Irving Berlin, Margaret Mitchell, Dorothy Parker, Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, Walt Disney and Harpo Marx.Host Sam Gale Rosen toured the island with its current owners and talked about some of its surprisingly star-studded history.

    • 15 min
    Who is the University of Vermont for?

    Who is the University of Vermont for?

    At the University of Vermont, the share of in-state students is dwindling, and it’s raising questions about the role and mission of the state’s flagship public university.VTDigger education reporter Peter D’Auria — with the help of data reporter Erin Petenko — has been looking at the enrollment statistics over time, as well as how they compare with those of other large public universities across the country.Here’s the short version: Peter writes: “over the past two decades, the number of undergraduate Vermonters at UVM has decreased by about 300. Meanwhile, the university’s student body has added roughly 3,800 out-of-state students.”That means less than a quarter of the school’s undergrads are Vermonters, as of spring 2023. That rate is near the bottom of the list of every large public university in the U.S.Host Sam Gale Rosen talked to Peter about what we should take from these numbers.

    • 27 min
    Synagogue sold — what happens when a historic house of worship becomes something else

    Synagogue sold — what happens when a historic house of worship becomes something else

    Vermont’s oldest synagogue has been sold — and its new owner plans to turn it into a food hall and apartments. The nearly 140-year-old brick synagogue in Burlington’s Old North End served as an important center for the city’s Jewish community for decades. Now deteriorating physically, with its congregation mostly dwindled away, it has been sold to an entrepreneur who plans to redevelop the building.Host Sam Gale Rosen toured the historic building with the new owner and visited the nearby, newer synagogue that has now acquired many of the historic artifacts from the older location.On this episode of The Deeper Dig, we talk about the history at play, what’s planned for the building and what happens when a space for spirituality becomes something else.

    • 19 min

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