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Commentary Series: Martin: Guns in Schools
Sunday, 03/24/13
By Mike Martin
And now we turn to our Sunday Essay.  Mike Martin was shocked to learn that some staff members in the Montpelier School District will be carrying guns to school. But this turns out to be Montpelier, Ohio. The principal of Vermont's Montpelier High School told him they'll be taking a different approach here, one that focuses on community and common sense.
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Commentary Series: Martin: Policy Metaphors
Sunday, 03/10/13
By Mike Martin
And now we turn to our Sunday Essay. With all the recent talk of the "fiscal cliff" and the "sequester", Mike Martin has been thinking about how language, and especially metaphors, shape the way we see things.
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Commentary Series: Martin: Freedom From Fear
Monday, 01/14/13
By Mike Martin
As a teacher, Mike Martin has experienced first-hand the safety protocols schools have put in place since the Columbine shooting. Now, in the wake of Sandy Hook Elementary, he's been wondering if more safety drills are really the answer.
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Commentary Series: Martin: Epiphany
Friday, 01/04/13
By Mike Martin
In France, the Feast of the Epiphany celebrates the arrival of the magi and the discovery of Jesus.  Mike Martin has been reflecting on this quieter holiday - and also wondering what Jesus might think if he were around today.
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Commentary Series: Martin: Transforming School
Monday, 09/24/12
By Mike Martin
Mike Martin has been thinking about the future of schools and is looking forward to the Rowland Foundation's School Transformation Conference at UVM this week, where educators will consider the importance of innovation.
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Commentary Series: Martin: No Cell Phone
Thursday, 09/13/12
By Mike Martin
As cell phone ownership in U.S. has gone from roughly 3% of the population to more than 90% in a generation, Mike Martin has been thinking about a friend of his who still refuses to buy a cell phone and wonders how he must feel.
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Commentary Series: Martin: Bike Revolution
Friday, 08/31/12
By Mike Martin
With so many cities around the world creating new bikeshare programs and bike lanes, Mike Martin has been wondering if the tension between drivers and bikers reflects a cultural change on the road.
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Commentary Series: Martin: Strauss-Kahn Scandal
Tuesday, 06/07/11
By Mike Martin
The arrest of the Director of the International Monetary Fund for sexual assault of a New York chambermaid has caused heated debate on both sides of the Atlantic. Commentator Mike Martin wonders what we can learn from this international scandal.
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Commentary Series: Martin: Women And Democracy
Thursday, 03/31/11
By Mike Martin
As Women's History Month comes to a close, commentator Mike Martin is recalling a classic story about women and democracy from ancient Greece that still resonates today.
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Commentary Series: Martin: Scary Politics
Wednesday, 10/20/10
By Mike Martin
 Commentator Mike Martin says he's starting to get "spooked" by all the negative rhetoric of this election season.
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Commentary Series: Martin: Sarkozy's Scapegoats
Tuesday, 09/21/10
By Mike Martin
As French President Sarkozy struggles with government scandals, economic reform, and questions about human rights, commentator Mike Martin wonders if he's trying to distract voters from tougher challenges - and whether we might have a similar problem here.
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Commentary Series: If Only I Had Known!: Fooled Again
Thursday, 06/03/10
By Mike Martin
All this week, we're hearing selections from a brunch featuring VPR commentators. They wrote on the theme of, "If Only I Had Known!" Mike Martin, a high school teacher in Hinesburg, questions whether our electronic gadgets are all they're cracked up to be.
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Commentary Series: State of Education: Martin on Investing in Teachers
Friday, 04/16/10
By Mike Martin
We wrap up this week's series of commentaries on education with some thoughts about investing in educators. Here's high school teacher, Mike Martin.
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Commentary Series: Martin: Django Turns 100
Tuesday, 01/26/10
By Mike Martin
This weekend marked the100th anniversary of the birth of Django Reinhardt, the legendary gypsy guitarist, and Commentator Mike Martin has been thinking about why musicians are still in love with Django’s music.
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Commentary Series: Martin: Respecting Different Traditions
Tuesday, 12/22/09
By Mike Martin
Commentator Mike Martin thinks that the best way to celebrate the holidays is to practice religious tolerance and respect cultural differences.
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Commentary Series: Martin: Dropping Off The Kids
Monday, 11/30/09
By Mike Martin
Last Friday, many people around the country participated in the second annual National Day of Listening - an event that reminded commentator Mike Martin of a story often told by his wife's family in France.
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Commentary Series: Martin: Bike-sharing initiatives
Tuesday, 10/13/09
By Mike Martin
While in Paris last summer, commentator Mike Martin observed a bike share program in which participants burn calories instead of gasoline.
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Series and Specials
VPR Series and Specials: Through the Eyes of Champlain
Friday, 07/10/09
By Mike Martin
This week during Morning Edition, VPR Commentator Mike Martin introduces us to Samuel de Champlain in the series "Through the Eyes of Champlain". On Friday he offers a brief glimpse of the man himself and the image most people associate with him.
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Commentary Series: Through the Eyes of Champlain: The Portrait
Friday, 07/10/09
By Mike Martin
All this week, as part of VPR's special Champlain 400 programming, commentator Mike Martin has been looking at the New World through the "Eyes of Champlain." Today, he offers a brief glimpse of the man himself.
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Commentary Series: Through the Eyes of Champlain: Torture
Thursday, 07/09/09
By Mike Martin
This week, as part of VPR's special Champlain 400 programming, commentator Mike Martin is looking through the "Eyes of Champlain." Today, he considers Champlain's attitudes about torture and the humane treatment of prisoners.
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Commentary Series: Through the Eyes of Champlain: Les "Sauvages"
Wednesday, 07/08/09
By Mike Martin
This week, as part of VPR's special Champlain 400 programming, commentator Mike Martin is looking through the "Eyes of Champlain." On Wednesday, he considers Champlain's views about the various cultures he encountered in the New World.
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Commentary Series: Through the Eyes of Champlain: Champlain and Religion
Tuesday, 07/07/09
By Mike Martin
This week, as part of VPR's special Champlain 400 programming, commentator Mike Martin is looking through the "Eyes of Champlain." Today, he considers the importance of religion in Champlain's life and work.
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Commentary Series: Through the eyes of Champlain: The French connection
Monday, 07/06/09
By Mike Martin
As part of VPR's special Champlain 400 programming, commentator Mike Martin is looking through the "Eyes of Champlain" all this week. Today, he considers Champlain and The French Connection.
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Commentary Series: Martin:Repairing The Infrastructure
Wednesday, 02/04/09
By Mike Martin
Commentator Mike Martin has been noticing the sorry state of some of our roads - and thinking about how rebuilding infrastructure will be a good investment for our country - and our future.
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Commentary Series: Fear
Wednesday, 01/07/09
By Mike Martin
While some are predicting gloomy prospects for 2009, commentator Mike Martin has been thinking about all we've made it through in recent years, and why being afraid is probably not the best way to start the New Year.
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