Common Sense Radio

Ethan Allen Institute Sponsors Common Sense Radio with Bill Sayre, broadcasting from from Station WDEV on both the Airwaves and the Internet.

Weekdays: 11 o’clock till noon.

On the airwaves at:  96. 1 FM,  550 AM, 96.5 FM, and 101.9 FM.

On the Internet with live streaming from:

Call numbers for the show are 802-244-1777 or 877-291-8255.Sayre Rotator



The Schedule of Upcoming Shows of Common Sense Radio,can be found on the Ethan Allen Institute Facebook Page. 

 Below are Selected Past Episodes of the Show, highlighted in Brown.
Monday, May 23rd, 2016. What can we learn from the delays at American airports about the future of public school based child care in Vermont? Rob Roper and Bill explain.

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016. Did you know that the cost of regulation of our economy has now reached $15,000 per household?  Robert Letovsky and Bill explore whether this is the best use of their money, using the example of 110 pages of new regulations for home based day care. Later, Kevin Ring and Bill remember the life and work of Anton Scalia.

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016. Live from the Vermont Chamber Expo, Bill Shouldice and Bill explore the important role of business in creating opportunity and prosperity for the people of Vermont, and how policy in Montpelier can affect business decisions.

Thursday, May 26th, 2016. Live from the Vermont Chamber Expo, John Burton and Bill investigate the role of big data in the future of the Vermont economy. Later, Matt Dodds and Bill examine the role of high technology in growing the Vermont economy, creating more jobs and higher family incomes.

Friday, May 27th, 2016. What should be the key goals for our next Governor, and how should he or she best achieve them? Matt Dunne, candidate for Governor, and Bill explore.

Monday, May 16th, 2016. Health Care, Education and Taxes. What changes do our Legislators have in mind? Rob Roper and Bill take a closer look.

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016. Are you an independent contractor or an employee? And why is the answer so controversial? Bruce Shields, Heidi Scheuermann, and Bill explain.

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016. Religion and Politics. What can one teach us about the other? Chico Martin and Bill explore.

Thursday, May 19th, 2016. What is financial literacy and why does it matter to the future of our State and her people? Tom Leavitt and Bill investigate.

Friday, May 20th, 2016. What are the greatest threats to the finances of our nation, and what will happen if we ignore them? Mike Seeley and Bill examine. Later, Art Woolf and Bill discuss little known population statistics about Burlington, and what that means for Vermont.

Monday, May 9th, 2016. Vermont State tax revenue falls $14 million short of forecasts, as Puerto Rico verges on financial crisis. How are the two related? Rob Roper, George Rieger, and Bill explain.

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016. What policies will Sue Minter favor, if she is elected Governor? Bill interviews Sue to get the answers.

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016. What is entrepreneurial spirit, and why is it so important to promoting innovation, opportunity and prosperity? Robert Maynard and Bill explore.

Thursday, May 12th, 2016. What were the most important goals for the Legislature to accomplish, and did those goals get achieved. Are taxes too low, or is spending too high? When is it best to penalize the many in an attempt to correct the misbehavior of the few? Matthew Strong and Vicki Strong address these questions.

Friday, May 13th, 2016. What is the future of private practice in Medicine, as the government plays an ever bigger role in health care markets? Robert Emmons and Bill investigate.

Monday, May 2nd, 2016.  As the Legislative Session comes to a close, can we say that Montpelier has spent their energy, focused on the right priorities?  Rob Roper and Bill examine.

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016.  What is the Farm Credit Bank, and what role does it play in sustaining the rural economy of Vermont?  Chris Bessette and Bill explain.

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016.  Is the wind down of Vermont Yankee going smoothly, and what challenges and opportunities will we face in the year ahead?  Joe Lynch and Bill explore.

Thursday, April 28th, 2016.  What is the Northeastern Loggers’ Association, and why are their members a critical to sustaining the working forests of Vermont?  Rocky Bunnell, Joe Phaneuf and Bill take a closer look.

Friday, April 29th, 2016.  Why are the environmental benefits from Vermont’s working forests impossible to sustain unless the rural economy prospers?  Live from the Loggers’ Expo in Essex Junction, Sam Lincoln, Colleen Goodridge, and Bill explain.

Monday, April 11th, 2016. How will the upcoming changes among the leaders in the Vermont House, Senate, and Governor’s office, affect public policy? Rob Roper and Bill explore.

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016. How will legalizing marijuana affect our the health and safety of our children, our automobile drivers, and our job holders? Mary Alice McKenzie and Bill explain.

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016. What products and their makers, are making Vermont famous? John Boutin and Bill interview exhibitors at the Made in Vermont Expo to learn what and why.

Thursday, April 14th, 2016. What is the role of improving technology in creating jobs, and growing the Vermont economy? Matt Dodd and Bill investigate.

Friday, April 15th, 2016. How does small business view the new taxes and regulations created by the Vermont legislature? Kris Jolin and Bill examine the evidence, with Richard Borean of the Tax Foundation.

Thursday, March 31st, 2016.  John Boutin, of Vermont Business Magazine, and Bill, interview three winners of 2016 Vermont’s Best Places to Work: Jerry Ford of Marathon Health, David Maegher and Nicole Gilbert of iSystems, and Paul Savas of Comcast.
Thursday, March 24th, 2016.  Ernie Pomerleau and Bill explore the effect on Vermont small businesses, when the cost of government increases faster than family income.  And which solutions are real, and which are illusions.
Wednesday, March 16th, 2016.  Joseph Lynch, Government Affair Manager of Entergy, examines with Bill the process of decommissioning Vermont Yankee, and how best to decommission in a way that holds the line on cost, while safeguarding safety, health, and the environment.
Tuesday, March 15th, 2016.  Robert Letovsky, Professor of Business at St. Michaels College, explores with Bill the benefits of free trade, vs. protective tariffs and regulations, which has become a major issue in the Presidential campaigns.
Monday, February 1st, 2016.  Robert Appel and Bill explore solitary confinement as a punishment for prisoners, it’s consequence both to the individual and society, and whether it violates the 8th Amendment to the Constitution, as cruel and unusual punishment.  Robert and Bill also examine other important civil liberty issues.
Thursday, March 10th, 2016.  Former Governor Jim Douglas and Bill examine the turmoil in the GOP primaries.  Whither respectful and civil debate of ideas, policies, and principles?  Also they take a closer look at the unintended consequences of Vermont’s experiment in health care reform.
Wednesday, March 9th, 2016.  Economist Art Woolf describes the differences in family income, among the counties of Vermont.  Also a new factor accounting for inequality among family incomes.   Later, Howard Shaffer discusses dry cask storage of spent nuclear fuel.  And offers the possibility that spent nuclear fuel could be recycled and reused.
Tuesday, March 8th, 2016. Tom Pelham, former Vermont Commissioner of Finance and Taxes, now with Campaign for Vermont, explains how and why Education and Medicaid spending are causing the State Budget to grow much faster than family income.  And what must be done to correct the situation.
Monday, March 7th, 2016. Rob Roper and Bill remember Nancy Regan, who we lost on Sunday, at age 94.  Then Rob and Bill  address the question of what Ronald Regan would think of the lack of civil and respectful debate, of late, in the GOP Primary.
Friday, March 4th, 2016.  Tom Torti and Cathy Davis, both of the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce, examine how proposed legislation will affect Vermont business.  Later with a representative of UVM Medical Center,  and Tom takes a closer look at the unintended consequences of legalizing marijuana.
Thursday, March 3rd, 2016.  Robert Letovsky, Professor of Businesss at St. Michaels College, explores government subsidies, how much they cost, whether they achieve their stated purposes, and what unintended consequences may occur.
 Tuesday, March 2nd, 2016.  How do we best grow the Franklin County economy, create jobs, and prepare our young adults for the jobs of today and the future.  Kathy Lavoie, of the Franklin County Workforce Investment Board, and Tim Smith, of the Franklin County Industrial Development Corporation, explain.
Tuesday, March 1st, 2016  What are the challenges and opportunities ahead for Vermont banks? The role and importance of changing markets, technology, competition, and regulations. And the importance of talented people, and quality customer service. What is the role of banks and other financial institutions in creating prosperity and opportunity for the people of Vermont. Get the answers from our conversation with Steve Marsh, CEO of Community National Bank.
Monday, February 22nd, 2016.  Rushad Thomas of the Coolidge Presidential Foundation, and Bill discuss the work of the Foundation, including an interview of Coolidge Prize Runner-up, Kathryn Bassette.
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015.  Wendy Wilton and Bill examine Vermont’s looming fiscal crisis, what has caused it, and what can be done to correct it.  School spending and Property Taxes, Medicaid, and a State Budget that has grown faster than the economy and family income.
Thursday, November 12th, 2015.  Michael Seely and Bill discuss Michael’s new book, Turning Point, and what we must do to overcome the challenges of overwhelming national debt and slow economic growth.
Wednesday, November 4th, 2015.  Robert Letovsky and Bill examine the reasons why our Vermont Property Taxes, and School Costs, are so high, and what we can do to make both more affordable.
Monday, October 19th, 2015.  Robert Letovsky and Bill explore the unintended consequences of the legislative proposal to legalize marijuana.
Monday, October 7th, 2015. Robert Letovsky and Bill take a closer look at the Vermont Jobs Report.  What does it tell us about the health of the economy?
Thursday, July 16th, 2015. Bruce Lisman and Bill examine the sustainability of the Vermont State Budget, and also discuss public policy affecting the economy, the environment, working forests, energy, and how best to create prosperity and opportunity for the people of Vermont.
Friday, June 12th, 2015.  Bill and Bruce Lisman, His life, his father, his ideas.  Making Government Work, helping the economy grow, creating prosperity and opportunity for the people of Vermont
Tuesday, June 9th, 2015.  Bill and Tom Thomson, The Tale of Two States, Vermont and New Hampshire, Tax Policy and
Prosperity.  Later, Bill and Guy Page discuss Vermont Energy Policy, unintended consequences.
Friday, May 29th, 2015.   Michael Seaver, President of Peoples’ United Bank, discusses with Bill the role that banking plays in creating prosperity and opportunity for the people and businesses of Vermont, and the challenges and opportunities ahead.
Wednesday, May 27th, 2015.  Former Governor Jim Douglas joins Bill to assess the recently completed Legislative Session, and to examine the important policies that affect Vermont and her people.
Wednesday, April 15th, 2015.  Bill and David Mears, Vermont Commissioner of Environmental Conversation, discuss
Freedom and Unity, balancing worthy goals for the Vermont environment and economy.
Friday, April 9th, 2015.  Bill and Robert Letovsky, explain how trade creates prosperity and opportunity;  Later, Bill and former Congressman Harold Ford, discuss a better way to achieve the goals of net neutrality, without using Title II Utility Style regulation, that will stifle investment and innovation.
Thursday, March 26th, 2015. Bill and John Boutin, Publisher of Vermont Business Magazine, recognize winners of Vermont’s
Best Places to Work, Julie Frailey of Stowe Mountain Resort, Becky LeClair of Liquid Measurement Systems,
Alison Von Puschendorf of, and Steve Mundell of Lord Microstrain.
Friday, March 6th, 2015.  Bill, Allen Gilbert, and Bill Schubart, of the American Civil Liberties Union, Vermont Chapter,
discuss the Bill of Rights, and the importance of both civil and economic liberties to sustaining a free society.
February 6th, 2015.  Bill and Governor Jim Douglas examine the budgeting process, and other important policy issues facing Vermont and America.
Tuesday, January 6th, 2015. Bill interviews Sharyl Attkisson, award winning investigative reporter, about how she broke the stories on Fast and Furious and Ben Ghazi, and how it was that she was pulled off those stories, after her bosses at a major network received complaints from White House staff.  She also describes how her work computer and her personal computer, both were monitored, using surveillance software, so sophisticated, that it is not known to be available on the private market.
Wednesday, December 24th, 2014. Bill, Robert Maynard, and Bruce Shields honor Christmas Eve and the importance of religion and religious liberty in a free society.
Friday, December 12th, 2014.  Bill and John McClaughry discuss why property taxes are so high, and will remain so until and unless families re empowered with the freedom choose their children’s schools, and schools are allowed to compete, or alternatively, State Government is empowered to exert strong central control over local schools, their teachers, and their students.
Thursday, December 11th, 2014.  Bill and Art Woolf discuss which taxes will be raised to pay for Single Payer Health Care, and who will pay those taxes.  In the second half, Bill and Steve McLeod discuss the role of Vermont’s working forests and farms, the people who work them, in sustaining our rural economy, environment, character, and culture.
Friday, November 24th, 2014.  Bill and Bruce Shields discuss the history of Thanksgiving, and its important role in the religion, politics, and economy of America, and free societies always and everywhere.
Thursday, November 6th, 2014.  Bill interviews Tim McQuiston, of Vermont Business Magazine, about the Magazine’s Rising Star Awards, which will be given to recognize and honor Vermont’s most promising young leaders. Bill will also interview award winners Steve Gagner of 14th Star Brewery, Sarah Morris of the Basin Harbor Club, and Kyle Lewis of the Vermont Ski Areas Association. On WDEV Radio Vermont.

Wednesday, October 22nd.  Bill and Bruce Lisman discusses  the transfer of IBM Essex Junction to Global Foundries, and what we can learn from the experience about the importance of keeping Vermont affordable, competitive, and a place where business want to invest, grow, and hire.

Thursday, Oct 23rd. Bill interviews Brenan Riehl of GW Plastics about the history of his company, the challenges and opportunities ahead, and the importance of policy that helps keep Vermont business competitive in global markets.

Wednesday, October 15th.  Bill interviews Dr. Harry Chen, Secretary of Health and Human Services, on the topic of Understanding the Ebola Virus;  In the second half, Bill interviews Art Woolf about trends in Vermont Family Income, and what policies work best to lift families from poverty.

Friday, October 10th.  Bill interviews Gov. Jim Douglas about his new book, his life and career, the nature and role of compromise in creating government policy.

Thursday, September 25th, 2014.  Bill at the Vermont Manufacturing Expo.  Tim Shea (Champlain Valley Expo), Steve England (Super Thin Saws), and Shane Clarke (LED Dynamics).

Friday, August 22nd. Bill interviews Dinesh D’Souza about his best-selling book and movie on the role of America as a beacon of freedom to the people of the world. The D’Souza interview takes place in the second half of the show.
Wednesday, August 13.  Bill Sayre interviews Steve Forbes about why it is that family incomes are lower, and inflation is higher, since the Federal Government in 1971 abandoned the Gold Standard.  And Bill interviews Charles Murray about his new book, the Curmudgeon’s Guide to Getting Ahead, in which he offers his recommendations to young people, as they make choices as to what is, and what is not, important, at work, and at home.
Thursday, August 7. Rob Roper guest hosts for Bill, covering topics of the bad science behind Global Warming and state funding of Pre-K vs. College. Second half, Rob interviews Bruce Parker, reporter for Watchdog-VT.
Wednesday August 6th. Bill Sayre interviews John Burton, CEO of NPI, about the role of technological advance, invention, and innovation is creating a growing, competitive, and prosperous economy, with greater opportunity for all.
Wednesday, July 23. Bill Sayre interviews economist Art Woolf and professor Robert Letovsky on IBM, its potential sale to GlobalFoundries, and the impact on Vermont.

Tuesday, July 15. Bill Sayre interviews Dick Heaps on the state of Vermont’s Economy, and professor Adam Mossoff on patent trolling and the importance of intellectual property rights.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014, Bill Sayre interviews UVM Economist Art Woolf on the economics of electric cars and renewable energy. Rob Gordon of the Heritage Foundation discusses wage garnishment.

Monday, July 7, 2014. Bill Sayre interviews Rob Kaufman of the Heritage Foundation about Vermont’s business climate regulatory reform.

Thursday, June 26, 2014: Dr. Robert Letovsky on economic policy and its impact on poverty in Vermont. And Prof. Frank Bryan shares his insights into the political culture of the Green Mountain State.

Monday, June 23, 2014: Rob Roper & Bill Sayre discuss the VA scandal and what it portends for single payer healthcare in Vermont.

Friday, June 20, 2014: Bill interviews John Poreba of the Leadership Institute about conservative activism fighting back against institutional liberalism on college campuses.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014: Bill interviews Frank Cioffi of GBIC and Economist Dick Heaps discuss IBM’s future in Vermont, and the implications surrounding the sale of the Essex facility.

Oldie but Goodie!: Rob Roper interviews syndicated columnist Cal Thomas

Monday, June 2, 2014: Bill Sayre, Rob Roper and Shayne Spence discuss what we can learn from the troubles at hospitals managed by the Veterans Administration, to help guide the future of health care reform in Vermont.

Friday, May 30, 2014: Bill interviews Ambassador Skip Vallee, on foreign policy, economic policy, and environmental policy.

Thursday, May 29, 2014: Bill discusses with Tom Pelham, former Finance Commissioner, the Vermont State Budget, and whether it can be sustained without substantial tax increases.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014: Bill interviews Wayne Crews, of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, to get his views on the net neutrality controversy. What is net neutrality, what are the options before us, and why the choicies we make are important. In the second half, Bill interviews economist Art Woolf on a public policy issue important to the future of Vermont.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014: Bill discusses with former Governor Jim Douglas, important public policy issues facing our state and nation. Also an update on the Coolidge Foundation.

Monday, May 26, 2014: Bill Sayre, Rob Roper and Shayne Spence in studio, with Bruce Shield calling, discuss the importance of Memorial Day, with special music to help us remember why.

Friday, May 23, 2014: Bill interviews Allen Gilbert and Bill Schubart, about the work of the American Civil Liberties Union, and about the importance of defending the Bill of Rights, if we are to understand and safeguard individual liberty.

Thursday, May 22, 2014: Bill broadcasts live from the Vermont Chamber Business Expo, where he will interview Vermont business leaders about their role in creating economic growth, opportunity, and prosperity for their customers, for their people, and for the people of Vermont.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014: Bill broadcasts live from the Vermont Chamber’s Business Expo, where he will interview Vermont business leaders about the contribution of their companies to the Vermont economy, and what we must do to keep the economy growing, and creating more and better jobs.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014: Bill interviews Lynne Cheney about her new book on the life of James Madison, and his role in creating the Constitution, and in defining the role of government, in the early years of the Republic.

Monday, May 19, 2014: Bill Sayre interviews Rob Roper and Shayne Spence, about the ongoing work of the Ethan Allen Institute, including recent published commentaries, policy analysis, and policy recommendations.

Friday, May 16, 2014: George Rieger and Bill interview Tom Fitton, of Judicial Watch, about how he was able to obtain, through the Courts, information that has led to the formation of the Congressional Select Committee, to answer the unanswered questions about Benghazi.  And then George and Bill discuss with Jim Black the Lamoille County economy, and how best to foster a growing economy and improving quality of life.

Thursday, May 15, 2014: Meredith Angwin updates us on energy issues, and how best to balance affordability, reliability, and renewability in producing the energy we use in our homes and businesses.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014: Lynne Cheney discusses what we can learn from her new book on James Madison.  Then Scott Drenkard, of the Tax Foundation, discusses his new report on State Corporate Income Taxes, and how Vermont ranks against other states.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014:  George Rieger and Bill interview Art Woolf, who applies economics to an current issue of importance to Vermont, and also,  Lindsey Burke, of the Heritage Foundation, who discusses the evidence as to whether Pre-K education produces lasting benefits for the children who receive it.

Friday, May 9, 2014: Bill broadcasts live form the Northeastern Loggers’ Expo at the Champlain Valley Fairgrounds, in Essex Junction, where he discusses with Vermont industry leaders the importance of working forests, and the people who work them, to the Vermont economy, environment, and culture.

Thursday, May 8, 2014: Bill broadcasts live from the Northeastern Loggers’ Expo at the Champlain Valley Fairgrounds, in Essex Junction, where he interviews Bobby Goodson, of television fame, where he is known as the Swamp Logger. Goodson will discuss his experiences as a swamp logger in the South, and what we can learn from them.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014: Guy Page, of the Vermont Energy Partnership, gives an update on energy policies affecting the affordability and environmental impact of the energy we use in Vermont. Then Keith Quincy discusses his new book, which is called: Worse than You Think, the Real Economy Hidden Beneath Washington’s Statistics, and Where We Go From Here.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014: Betsy Bishop, of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, discusses the Legislative Session, and then John McClaughry discusses proposed reforms in Health Care and Education.

Monday, May 5, 2014: Bill Sayre interviews Rob Roper, about the ongoing work of the Ethan Allen Institute, including recent published commentaries and policy analysis, and a legislative review of the week just completed, and outlook for the week ahead.

Friday, May 2, 2014: Chris Graff, of National Life, discusses the history, and story, of National Life, its mission as a company, its culture, and its contribution to the Vermont economy, helping to create opportunity and prosperity for the people of Vermont.

Thursday, May 1, 2014: 1st Half:  Art Woolf discusses an important issue affecting the Vermont economy.  2nd Half: Julia Angwin, nationally recognized author on surveillance and privacy, explains how our phone calls, email, and internet use are monitored, and how the information is used.

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014: Larry Williams, President of Redstone, discusses the real estate market, for homes and businesses.  And the role of his company in the economy.

Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014: Howard Shaffer, Vermont Energy Education Project, discusses energy issues, including the $17 million revenue sharing from Vermont Yankee, when wholesale electricity prices rose last winter.

Monday, Apr 28, 2014: Bill Sayre interviews Rob Roper and Shayne Spence, about the ongoing work of the Ethan Allen Institute, including recent published commentaries and policy analysis, and a legislative review of the week just completed, and outlook for the week ahead.

Friday, Apr 25, 2014: Anson Tebbetts, News Director at WCAX Television, discusses the role of their company in the Vermont economy, and how changes in the media technology have affect the business of reporting the news, and also the way in which people receive the news.  And how these changes, in turn, affect and reflect, changes in our culture, economy, and the meaning of an informed public in a free society.

Thursday, Apr 24, 2014: 1st Half: Beth Fastiggi, Vermont President of FairPoint Communications, discusses the history of the company, their role in, and contribution to, the Vermont economy, and how changes in markets, products, and technology affect their company and their industry.  2nd Half:  Guy Page, of the Vermont Energy Partnership, gives an update of energy issues and policies, and their effect on the Vermont economy.

Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014: Economist Dick Heaps discusses what employment and unemployment statistics are telling us about the growth and health of the Vermont economy.

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014: Earth Day.  R.J. Smith, senior fellow in environmental policy at the National Center for Public Policy Research, discusses his memories of the original Earth Day, and the importance private ownership of property, and markets, in sustaining and conserving the environment.  Also, interpreting the Bundy Grazing Rights controversy in Nevada.

Friday, Apr 18, 2014: Robert Maynard, of True North Reports, discusses the importance of religious liberty in a free society.  Also the connections of Easter and Passover to understanding the true meaning of freedom.

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014: Marie Jewett, CEO of Vermont Co-operative Insurance Companies, to discuss her company, and its long history of helping Vermont farmers and homeowners recover from hurricanes, ice storms, fires and other catastrophes.  Also the role of property  insurance in making market economy work.  How are rates determined?  Why choice and competition are important?

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014:  James Ehlers, of Lake Champlain International, discusses environmental issues in Vermont, and whether regulatory or voluntary approaches are the best way to improve the environment.  Also, the views of Pope Francis on Capitalism, Poverty, and the Environment.

Monday, Apr 14, 2014: Bill Sayre interviews Shayne Spence, about the ongoing work of the Ethan Allen Institute, including recent published commentaries and policy analysis, and a legislative review of the week just completed, and outlook for the week ahead, particularly on policies affecting health care, education, property taxes, employer mandates, and other important issues affecting the people of Vermont.

Friday, Apr 11, 2014: Bill Sayre takes the Show live to the Made in Vermont Marketplace Trade Show, at the Champlain Valley Expo, in Essex Junction. The Show will start with an interview of John Boutin, of Vermont Business Magazine.  And thereafter, interview Vermont entrepreneurs exhibiting at the Trade Show.

Thursday, Apr 10, 2014: 1st Half:  John McClaughry discusses an issue of importance to those who believe in the ideals of a free society.  2nd Half.  Meredith Angwin gives an update on energy issues important to our economy and environment.

Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014: Joe Carter, of the Acton Institute, explains his view that the greatest threat, to the global environment, greater than carbon emissions, are the poisonous emissions from cook fires, in the homes of billions of impoverished people, throughout the world, who can afford electricity.

Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014: 1st Half:  Economist Art Woolf examines Vermont employment statistics to see what they tell us about economic growth, and future tax rates.  2nd Half:  Representative Adam Greshin discusses his proposal to allow students at private high schools to get a state assistance to cover the cost of taking courses at UVM and the Vermont State Colleges, just the same as students at public high schools can now.

Monday, Apr 7, 2014: Bill Sayre interviews Rob Roper, and Shayne Spence, about the ongoing work of the Ethan Allen Institute, including recent published commentaries and policy analysis, and a legislative review of the week just completed, and outlook for the week ahead, particularly on policies affecting health care, education, property taxes, employer mandates, and other important issues affecting the people of Vermont.

Friday, Apr 4, 2014: 1st Half: Guy Page discusses energy issues, including what it means that the Public Service Board ratified the Master Settlement Agreement with Vermont Yankee.  2nd Half:  Pete Antos-Ketcham, Maple Sugar Maker, and Green Mountain Club Director of Stewardship, discusses the Maple Sugar season, the Long Trail, and the connection of both to Vermont’s heritage of working forests.

Thursday, Apr 3, 2014: Leon Berthiaume, CEO of St. Albans Cooperative, discusses the role of the Co-op, and value added manufacturing, in sustaining our working lands, the people who work them, as well as our rural environment and culture.

Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014: 1st Half:  Win Smith, CEO of Sugarbush Resort, will discuss the ski season, and its contribution to the economy; and also his views on property taxes, and property tax reform;  and health care reform;  2nd Half:  Scott Drenkard, of the Tax Foundation, discusses how it is that Vermont ranks 45th, among the 50 States, in our business tax climate, what this means to our prospects economic growth and job creation.

Tuesday, Apr 1, 2o14: 1st Half:  Economist Dick Heaps discusses how it is that when taxes are used to pay for health care insurance, then the type of taxes used, will affect greatly the type and amount of health care that people want to receive.  2nd Half:   Bill Messenger, attorney with the Right to Work Foundation, will discuss the recent Supreme Court Case about whether home health care providers can be forced to pay union dues, and the implications of this case for Vermont home child care providers, and independent contractors generally.

Friday, Mar 28, 2014: 1st Half: Bill Sayre and George Rieger interview a representative of Citizens Against Government Waste, on how our government could do a better job in spending our tax dollars.  2nd Half:  Bill and George will interview Tom Fitton, of Judicial Watch, about how the problems at the IRS are, in reality, more about a threat to freedom of speech, particularly for those who take a different political view than the government, than it is about waste of government resources.

Thursday, Mar 27, 2014: Kerrick Johnson, of VELCO, Vermont’s electronic transmission company, discusses our electric grid:  what it is, how it is changing, and why it is important to our economy, to our environment, and to the well-being of the Vermont people.  First Half: Robert Letovsky, St. Michaels College, discusses how high and rising property tax burdens are connected to school spending; and also, what the meaning of recent announcements of job losses in Vermont.

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Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014: 1st Half:  Bill Sayre and Financial Expert, George Rieger, interview Amity Shlaes, nationally renowned author, discusses her books on Calvin Coolidge and the Forgotten Man, and other of her writings on how we find the property balance between individual liberty and personal responsibility, on the one hand, and on the other hand, government control and social responsibility. 2nd Half:  Bill and George interview Howard Shaffer, discusses energy issues, including how we find the right balance between affordability and renewability, and the affect the choices we make have on competitiveness for our business, and affordability for our people.

Monday, Mar 24, 2014: Bill Sayre interviews Rob Roper, and Shayne Spence, about the ongoing work of the Ethan Allen Institute, including recent published commentaries and policy analysis, and a legislative review and outlook, for the week just completed, and the week ahead, particularly on policies affecting health care, education, property taxes,  and other important issues affecting the people of Vermont.

Friday, Mar 21, 2014: First Half: Bruce Shields, discusses the connections between economic and environmental policy and practice. Second Half:  Sen. Bob Starr gives an update of Legislative issues as the last half of the Session begins.

Thursday, Mar 20, 2014: First Half: Robert Letovsky, St. Michaels College, discusses how high and rising property tax burdens are connected to school spending; and also, what the meaning of recent announcements of job losses in Vermont.  Second Half:  Guy Page, gives an update of energy issues in Vermont, and finding the right balance between affordability and renewability.

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014: Patrick Berry, Vermont Commissioner of Fish and Wildlife, discusses the major challenges and opportunities affecting wildlife and fish populations in Vermont, and also how forestry and farming can, and usually does, improve habitat for wildlife.

Monday, Mar 17, 2014: Bill Sayre interviews Rob Roper, and Shayne Spence, about the ongoing work of the Ethan Allen Institute, including recent published commentaries and policy analysis, and also updates on proposed legislation affecting education, health care, child care, and taxes.

Friday, Mar 14, 2014: Daren Bakst, agricultural policy expert at the Heritage Foundation, discusses his perspective on the Farm Bill, recently passed in Washington, DC.

Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014: Doug DiMento, of Agri-Mark Co-operative, discusses the importance of value added products, like Cabot cheese and yogurt, in sustaining our working lands, the people who work them, and Vermont’s rural economy, environment, and culture.

Monday, Mar 10, 2014: Bill Sayre interviews Rob Roper, and Shayne Spence, about the work of the Ethan Allen Institute, including mid-session legislative review of health care reform, tax policy, and second amendment protections.

Friday, Mar 7, 2014: Bill Moore, Vermont Farm Bureau,  to discuss proposed new water quality regulations.  Glen Wright, to discuss Vermont tax policy, and how we make Vermont more attractive as a place for entrepreneurs and other businesses to invest capital, grow their companies, and create jobs.

Thursday, Mar 6, 2014: Art Woolf, to discuss Vermont tax policy.  And Meredith Angwin, to discuss Vermont energy policy.

Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014: David Coates, to discuss the looming burden of unfunded liabilities, as much as $3 billion,  to pay pensions for our state employees, and also for our local teachers.

Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014: Mill Moore, Executive Director of the Vermont Independent Schools Association, will discuss education reform, and a proposal in the Legislature that would consolidate local schools, and potentially, drastically reduce opportunities for school choice.

Monday, Mar 3, 2014: Open Show for Town Meeting input, plus an update from Jon Street of Watchdog VT.

Friday, Feb 28, 2014: Terry McGuire.  Venture Capitalist.  What is venture capital, how does it work, and why is it important to growing the economy and creating jobs.

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014: 1st Half:  Representatives Paul Ralston and Heidi Scheuermann discuss their legislation to create jobs and grow the economy.  2nd Half:  Guy Page, Vermont Energy Partnership, an update on proposed legislation on energy issues, particularly solar energy, and proposals to lessen the effect of Vermont Yankee, on Windham County.

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014:  1st Half:  Representatives Paul Ralston and Heidi Scheuermann discuss their legislation to create jobs and grow the economy.  2nd Half:  Guy Page, Vermont Energy Partnership, an update on proposed legislation on energy issues, particularly solar energy, and proposals to lessen the effect of Vermont Yankee, on Windham County.

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014: Rob Roper will discuss with Doctor Deb Richter, to discuss the opiate addiction problem in Vermont.

Monday, Feb 24, 2014: George Rieger is co-hosting.  Guests.  Vermont economist Dick Heaps discusses his trip to Peru, and what he observed and experienced there, as to the economy, culture, and policy, that can help us with the same here in Vermont.  Second guest. Jim Black, Professor at Johnson State College, to discuss business climate issues, particularly tax policy, and its effect on job creators, and economic growth, and what we can do to improve our situation.

Friday, Feb 21, 2014: Michael Snyder, Vermont Commissioner of Forests, Parks, and Recreation.  On important issues facing Vermont forests, and the people who work them, and their role in sustaining the Vermont economy, environment, and culture.

Thursday, Feb 20, 2014: Howard Shaffer, an update on energy issues, carbon, and the environment.  Robert Maynard, how to achieve educational excellence, at a more affordable price.

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014: John McClaughry, the accumulating difficulties faced by single payer health care.  What is a better way to go?  Rob Roper, an update on issues in education reform.  Independent Schools.  School Choice.  How to slow the growth in property taxes.

Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014: Ernie Pomerleau, discussing the Vermont economy, and important issues facing Vermont business.  F-35 update.  Tax Burdens.  Education. Health Care. Energy. Regulatory reform.

Monday, Feb 17, 2014: Rob Roper and Shayne Spence debate Ben Walsh, Clean Energy Advocate for VPIRG, on climate change and what Vermont can, and should, do to address it.

Friday, Feb 14, 2014: Tom Evslin will discuss, from his perspective as a successful entrepreneur, the important role of invention, private enterprise, and competition, if we are to grow the economy, create more and better jobs, and grow tax revenues without raising tax rates.

Thursday, Feb 13, 2014: Annie Ramniceanu, Spectrum Youth Services, on the severity of the opiate addiction problem in Vermont, and how best to address it.  Governor Shumlin will join the conversation for a portion of the Show.

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014: Guy Page, on new developments in energy legislation and policy.  Miller Conko, of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, to discuss the unintended consequences of GMO legislation.

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014: Art Woolf, to discuss the effect of a payroll tax, to finance single payer health care, on employee wages and salaries.  And Robbo Holeran and Steve McLeod to discuss a bill that would expand Act 250 regulation to most of the forestland in Vermont.

Monday, Feb 10, 2014: Rob Roper speaks with Johannah Donovan, Chair of the House Education Committee, about educational priorities in the 2014 legislature.

Friday, Feb 7, 2014: David Mears, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, to discuss how best to improve water quality, and other environmental issues important to the future of Vermont ……. Is more regulation the answer, or is there a better way?

Thursday, Feb 6, 2014: Governor Jim Douglas, discussing Calvin Coolidge, the importance of fiscal restraint and responsibility, how demographics affect the Vermont budget, and how to improve the competitiveness of the Vermont business climate

Wednesday, Feb 5, 2014: Cheryl Hannah, of the Vermont Law School, to discuss recent Supreme Court decisions, which test current law against the Constitution, and how these decisions affect us here in Vermont; Howard Shaffer, of the Vermont Energy Education Project, an update on the Vermont Yankee situation, and the true cost of net metering

Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014: Angela Logomasini of the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington DC, to discuss the unintended consequences of a proposed chemical regulation bill in Montpelier; Cathy Lamberton of the Associated General Contractors of Vermont, to discuss why a bill to why legislation requiring employers to pay for sick leave, will create some problems for small business

Friday, Jan 31, 2014

Thursday, Jan 30, 2014

Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014

Monday, Jan 27, 2014: Rob Roper talks healthcare with Dr. Bob Emmons and Darcie Johnston of Vermonters for Health Care Freedom.

Friday, Jan 24, 2014: Bill Sayre speaks with James Ehlers about Lake Champlain Water Quality.

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014: Bill Sayre discusses net metering and Vermont’s ranking of 45th in Business Tax Climate.

Monday, Jan 20, 2014: Rob Roper and Shayne Spence

Thursday, Jan 16, 2014

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014

Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014

Monday, Jan 13, 2014

Friday, Jan 10, 2014

Thursday, Jan 9, 2014

Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014

Tuesday, Jan 7, 2014

Monday, Jan 6, 2014

Friday, Jan 3, 2014

Thursday, Jan 2, 2014

Tuesday, Dec 31, 2013

Monday, Dec 30, 2013

Friday, Dec 27, 2013

Thursday, Dec 26, 2013

Tuesday, Dec 24, 2013

Friday, Dec 20, 2013

Thursday, Dec 19, 2013

Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013

Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013

Monday, Dec 16, 2013: Rep. Don Turner, House Minority Leader

Friday, Dec 13, 2013

Thursday, Dec 12, 2013

Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013

Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013

Monday, Dec 9, 2013: Rusty “The Logger” Dewees; Paul Cillo of the Public Assets Institute.

Thursday, Dec 5, 2013

Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013

Tuesday, Dec 3, 2013

Monday, Dec 2, 2013

Friday, Nov 29, 2013

Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013

Monday, Nov 25, 2013: New VTGOP chairman, David Sunderland.

Friday, Nov 22, 2013

Thursday, Nov 21, 2013

Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013

Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013

Monday, Nov 18, 2013: Jim Stergios of the Pioneer Institute on Common Core.

Friday, Nov 15, 2013

Thursday, Nov 14, 2013

Wednesday, Nov 13, 2013

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013

Monday, Nov 11, 2013

Friday, Nov 8, 2013

Thursday, Nov 7, 2013

Wednesday, Nov 6, 2013

Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013

Monday, Nov 4, 2013: Author Megan Price discusses her new book, Maine Wild.

Friday, Nov 1, 2013

Thursday, Oct 31, 2013

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013

Monday, Oct 28, 2013

Friday, Oct 25, 2013

Thursday, Oct 24, 2013

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013

Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013

Monday, Oct 21, 2013

Friday, Oct 18, 2013

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013

Monday, Oct 14, 2013

Friday, Oct 11, 2013

Thursday, Oct 10, 2013

Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013

Monday, Oct 7, 2013

Friday, Oct 4, 2013

Thursday, Oct 3, 2013

Wednesday, Oct 2, 2013

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013

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