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Parsing The Vermont Rural Life Survey Results

This Land in green text. The changing story of rural Vermont, in black text.
Kyle Blair
Vermont PBS

The results of the Vermont Rural Life Survey, a part of the VPR and Vermont PBS This Land project, will be released Monday morning. At noon, join Vermont Edition for a discussion of the results with Castleton University political science professor Rich Clark.  

Around 800 Vermonters were surveyed from Aug. 26 to Sept. 9, and asked questions like:

  • How would you rate your quality of life in your local community?
  • How well do you think Vermont state elected officials understand challenges facing rural Vermonters?
  • Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future of your community?

The survey was conducted under the direction of Clark, who joins us as we dive into the numbers and what it means about how Vermonters feel about and view their current way of life — as well as their future.

Paul Costello, executive director of the Vermont Council on Rural Development, will also join the discussion.

Explore the survey results here.

Broadcast live on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

This fall, VPR and Vermont PBS are collaborating to present This Land: The Changing Story of Rural Vermont to explore the challenges and opportunities of living in rural Vermont — from health care and education to the economy, housing, workforce training and so much more.

This project was made possible by our supporters, and by AARP Vermont and the Vermont Community Foundation.

Karen is Vermont Public's Director of Radio Programming, serving Vermonters by overseeing the sound of Vermont Public's radio broadcast service. Karen has a long history with public radio, beginning in the early 2000's with the launch of the weekly classical music program, Sunday Bach. Karen's undergraduate degree is in Broadcast Journalism, and she has worked for public radio in Vermont and St. Louis, MO, in areas of production, programming, traffic, operations and news. She has produced many projects for broadcast over the years, including the Vermont Public Choral Hour, with host Linda Radtke, and interviews with local newsmakers with Morning Edition host Mitch Wertlieb. In 2021 Karen worked with co-producer Betty Smith on a national collaboration with StoryCorps One Small Step, connecting Vermonters one conversation at a time.
Jane Lindholm is the host, executive producer and creator of But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids. In addition to her work on our international kids show, she produces special projects for Vermont Public. Until March 2021, she was host and editor of the award-winning Vermont Public program Vermont Edition.
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