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Despite Overall Sense of Optimism About The Future, Many Vermonters Feel Isolated

Peacham, Vermont, in October 2017. Foliage on trees, mountains in background and a house nestled into the scene.
A photo of Peacham's foliage in Oct. 2017. According to the Vermont Rural Life Survey, some Vermonters struggle with feelings of isolation and loneliness.

The results of the Vermont Rural Life Survey, a part of the VPR and Vermont PBS This Land project, were released Monday morning. Many Vermonters feel optimistic about the future, but some are lacking a strong sense of community.  At noon, join Vermont Edition for a discussion on isolation and loneliness.

Explore the survey results here.

Dan Smith, president and CEO of the Vermont Community Foundation and George Karabakakis, chief executive officer at Health Care & Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont, will join us to discuss community connection and feelings of isolation and loneliness.  Susan Randall, private investigator at VTPrivateye, LLC will also join the discussion. 

Broadcast live on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Update 10/25/19 12:11 p.m. A previous version of this post had used a non-Vermont stock photo for illustrative purposes, but upon further evaluation we agreed a Vermont specific photo should have been used. The image has been updated.

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