Kathleen Masterson

Kathleen is VPR's Morning Edition producer.

After years of encouraging solar development, Vermont seems to be attracting the attention of national solar companies.

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For many Vermonters, swimming is learned early and central to summer fun. But for children who are new to the United States and still learning English, swimming can be a completely foreign concept.

Many refugees who arrive on U.S. soil finally feel safe after decades of war or torture or loss of family members. But just because they're removed from physical harm, it doesn't mean the pain is over.