For North Country Public Radio. Vermont’s wide open spaces are beautiful – but they can also be isolating. Particularly so for the hundreds of undocumented Mexican workers who don’t have cars and aren’t eligible for driver’s licenses. They’re more or less trapped on the dairy farms where they work. At least, they used to be.
For Vermont Public Radio. The Burlington School District is more diverse than most Vermont counties. Thanks to the city’s strong refugee resettlement program, more than 60 countries are represented in the district’s student body, and 27 percent of the students are of color. What are teachers and administrators doing to build community?
For North Country Public Radio. Catholic sisters have long been associated with activism – from fighting poverty to promoting education and social justice. Today, sisters around the country are uniting around a new cause: healing the earth. Sisters Gail Worcelo and Bernadette Bostwick have brought “green” Catholicism to a monastery in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.
For PRX’s World Vision Report. In West Virginia, coal the economic turbulence and ever-present danger associated with coal mining has all but emptied many communities. But in one town near the Coal River, residents are doing more than just hanging on. Sierra Crane-Murdoch reported this story; I co-produced with Sierra and World Vision Report‘s Claire Schoen.
For North Country Public Radio. Dick Bentley dealt with death on both sides of Lake Champlain. His mother died in Vermont; his father died in New York. In both cases, he wanted to keep things simple – and in the family. Turns out that different state laws made for very different experiences. Note: Champlain Sounding is the name of my previous website.
For North Country Public Radio. Rich Greenough has been a full-time charter captain on Lake Champlain for almost thirty years. He knows where and when the fish will bite, and for a fee he’ll take you out there and share his secrets.
For North Country Public Radio. Richard Winter builds coffins, but he isn’t a morbid man. In his mind, death is just the part that comes before decomposition. Note: Champlain Sounding is the name of my previous website.
For North Country Public Radio. Elinor Randall isn’t planning on dying anytime soon. But that hasn’t stopped her from establishing a private cemetery up the hill from her house in Plainfield, Vermont. Note: Champlain Sounding is the name of my previous website.