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Justin Marsh is joined every Monday with folks from their team to update you about everything that happened in the Vermont State House the week before, and what to expect throughout the upcoming week. Listen to exclusive interviews with legislators and environmental allies, and go deeper on policy initiatives affecting our air, water, open space, democracy, and quality of life.

New podcast episodes launch every Monday during the Vermont Legislative Session.

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Legislative Lassos: Meeting the Chiefs of Staff

Legislative Lassos: Meeting the Chiefs of Staff

Ashley Moore and Conor Kennedy, the chiefs of staff for Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Baruth (D-Chittenden Central) and Speaker of the House Jill Krowinski (D-Burlington) provide a peek behind the podiums, sharing details of their roles, what led them to this work, how they spend their rare free time, and their involvement in helping pass legislation.

Kicking the Can: Modernizing the Bottle Bill

Kicking the Can: Modernizing the Bottle Bill

Marcie Gallagher, an environmental advocate with VPIRG, joins the podcast to discuss Vermont’s beverage container law known more commonly as the Bottle Bill, uncorking the history of the 50-year-old law, its importance, and the attempts and complexities surrounding modernizing it for today’s economy and consumer trends.

Generations in Governance: Bridging Wisdom and Progress

Generations in Governance: Bridging Wisdom and Progress

Senator Ginny Lyons and Representative Esme Cole, two trailblazing legislators on opposing ends of the age spectrum who bridge wisdom and progress, speak about their perspectives, their path to politics, experiences with ageism and misogyny, and their priorities for the rest of this session.

A Sit-down with the Climate Solutions Caucus Co-Chairs

A Sit-down with the Climate Solutions Caucus Co-Chairs

The co-chairs of the Climate Solutions Caucus share their environmental priorities for the session, how their caucus operates and moves policies forward, their personal thoughts on the biennium structure of the Vermont legislature, and where to go from here now that the Senate failed to override Governor Scott’s veto of the modernized Bottle Bill.

Are Dams Holding Us Back?

Are Dams Holding Us Back?

A conversation with Karina Dailey, a restoration ecologist with Vermont Natural Resources Council, about dams and the role they play to unlocking climate resiliency and broader biodiversity

VCV’s Rising Star Award Winners

VCV’s Rising Star Award Winners

A conversation with Senator Anne Watson (D/P-Washington) and Representative Mike Rice (D-Dorset), winners of VCV’s 2024 Rising Star Award.