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It's A Party, And We're All Invited

Charles Dharapak
Balloons fall and people celebrate at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012.

Primary elections serve two purposes: building up the base of support for a political party, and choosing a presidential nominee. But the path from one voter's ballot in Vermont on Tuesday to the national parties' convention floors this summer is a complicated one.

Vermont's Republican and Democratic Parties are holding primaries on Tuesday, but after you cast your vote, a complicated and largely unknown process unfolds within the political parties that goes through town-level party meetings, state conventions and delegate elections. We'll learn what really happens in a primary election, and how the process for Democrats varies from that of Republicans. Our guests are Christina Amestoy of the Vermont Democratic Party, and David Sunderland of the Vermont GOP. We also talk with former state archivist Gregory Sanford about how primaries have changed over time in Vermont.

Also on the program, Michele Bayliss and Dean Oulette are neighbors in Weybridge who have a shared hobby. They love to hike mountain peaks. But unlike most of us, they prefer to hike them in the winter and didn't stop until they climbed all 115 peaks in New England, the Adirondacks and the Catskills that are over 4,000 feet. We'll hear about their climbing adventures.

Broadcast live on Tues., March 1, 2016, at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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