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The Mark Johnson Show airs Monday through Friday from 9-11 a.m. on Radio Vermont/WDEV. I'm a substitute for Mark, which gives me an occasional chance to scratch the old radio itch. On this page, I'll list information about guests I've interviewed on the show. (Coming soon but not yet: I'll post audio from my days as guest host.)
 
For more information about the show, Mark's guests, and an audio archive, visit Mark's website.
 

Thursday 12/29/11, 9 am. John Penwarden, photographer. On the day after Tropical Storm Irene washed out all the roads leading to Rochester VT, he and his wife Kate walked into the town and took photos of the devastation. They're on display through January 15 at the Big Town Gallery in Rochester. 
Thursday 12/29/11, 10 am. Carmen Lagana and Ryan Kriger of Levity Cafe, Burlington's comedy club. Both are also standup comics themselves; Ryan is also an assistant attorney general for the state of Vermont. They'll talk about the club, their own comedy, and the Vermont comedy scene.  
 
Wednesday 12/28/11, 9 am. John Hollar, Montpelier attorney, candidate for Mayor of Montpelier. 
Wednesday 12/28/11, 10 am. Joe Bookchin, newly appointed Director of the Vermont Office of the Creative Economy.  
 
Friday 10/21/11, 9:00 a.m. Chuck Marohn, Executive Director of the nonprofit organization Strong Towns, will talk about the group's new booklet, Curbside Chat. It outlines the serious problems with the common American development model (outward growth, sprawl, etc.) and suggests better alternatives for building more financially vibrant and secure communities.  
9:50 a.m. Steve Maas, writer and star of the Vermont-made science fiction film Tin Can. The movie gets its first big-screen showing in Vermont tonight at the Palace 9 Theater in South Burlington. 
 
Friday 10/21/11, 10:00 a.m. Open lines for your thoughts on current events in Vermont and elsewhere. One subject I plan to address: Governor Shumlin's announcement that the Vermont State Hospital will never be re-opened. He also outlined his plans for new mental health services to replace the flooded Hospital.  
 
Monday 6/27/11, 9:00 a.m. Mary Holland, naturalist and photographer from Vermont, and author of Naturally Curious: A Photographic Field Guide and Month-by-Month Journey Through the Fields, Woods, and Marshes of New England.   
 
Monday 6/27/11, 10:00 a.m. Spencer Lewis, musician, composer, and producer from Vermont. He's produced more than 20 albums of his own (mainly acoustic and instrumental) music. His latest CD is In Stillness: Solo Guitar Mantras. 
 
Tuesday 6/28/11, 9:00 a.m. Cheryl Hanna, professor of law at Vermont Law School, talks about last week's federal court hearings in the lawsuit over continued operation of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. The Law School is maintaining a blog for faculty thoughts and essays about the case.  
 
Tuesday 6/28/11, 10:00 a.m. No guests scheduled. Open lines, comment on the news of the day. 
 
Wednesday 6/29/11, 9:00 a.m. Charles Marohn of Strong Towns, a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote a model for growth that allows America's towns to be strong and prosperous. Charles recently posted a five-part series of essays entitled The Growth Ponzi Scheme, which argues that the standard American model of development is not sustainable, and erodes the strength of our communities over time. 
 
Wednesday 6/29/11, 10:00 a.m.  Stephen Maas and Logan Howe, makers of a new locally-produced movie called Tin Can. It tells the story of three astronauts on a mission to Mars, how the long isolation affects them, and how their journey begins to go very wrong.  
 
Monday 6/20/11, 9:00 a.m. Nancy Sporborg and Pat Piper, two women from Keene, NH who decided to liven up their 50s by starting to do mountain hikes. Over the past five years they've hiked nearly 200 peaks in all seasons, including all 67 of the highest mountains in New England. Their book, It's Not About the Hike, tells the story of their travels and their journey of self-discovery.
 
Monday 6/20/11, 10:00 a.m. Open lines, mainly about this week's developments regarding the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant. 
 
Tuesday 6/21/11, 9:00 a.m. Mystery novelist Archer Mayor will talk about his series of Vermont-based mysteries, his life as a working writer, and his day job -- death investigator for the state Medical Examiner's office. 
 
Tuesday 6/21/11, 10:00 a.m.  Charity Tensel, formerly one of the best-known conservative bloggers in Vermont, will talk about recent changes in her political thinking and spirituality. She's moved away from evangelical Christianity toward atheism, and she's eschewed conservative orthodoxy. She's chronicled these changes in her blogs: the no longer active She's Right, and her current blog Shatter Nicely
 
Wednesday 6/22/11, 9:00 a.m. David Middleton, photographer and writer, will talk about his latest book Quite a Sightly Place. In words and pictures, it tells the story of a dairy farm in Danby, VT that's been in the same family for over 150 years.     
 
Wednesday 6/22/11, 10:00 a.m.  
 
Monday, 6/13/11, 9:00 a.m.  Nathan Winters, farmer, food writer and activist from Wilmington VT. In 2009, Nathan made a 4300-mile cross-country bicycle trip exploring our food system and the people who work in it. He's writing a book about the trip called The Unconventional Harvest.
Monday 6/13/11, 10:00 a.m. Montpelier Mayor Mary Hooper talks about tomorrow's vote on a $2.75-million bond issue to help pay for a district heating system in the city. Also, open phones.
 
Tuesday 6/14/11, 9:00 a.m. David Mears, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. Many of Vermont's cities and towns have aging water systems that are sorely in need of maintenance or replacement. It's a very expensive process.
Tuesday 6/14/11, 10:00 a.m. Barry Estabrook, food writer from Vergennes, VT, author of the new book Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit.
  
Wednesday 6/15/11, 9:00 a.m. Montpelier City Manager Bill Fraser on yesterday's voter approval of a $2.75-million bond issue to pay for a district heating system. 
9:15 a.m. Jim Thompson, artist and musician from Montpelier. His specialty is handmade, hand-painted kites. They're on display at the Uncommon Market in Montpelier. 
Wednesday 6/15/11, 10:00 a.m. Todd Griswold, historical researcher from Randolph VT. He's been looking into the crash of a B-17 bomber in the Randolph area during World War II. He has uncovered new information about the crash, and discovered numerous artifacts on the crash site. He'll be donating them to the Randolph Historic Society on Sunday, June 19.  
 
Monday, 2/21/11, 9:00 a.m. UVM Nursing students in Uganda. In January, a group of senior nursing students from the University of Vermont spent three weeks in Kamuli, Uganda. During their visit, they attended classes, worked in a local hospital, and did some public-health work in the community. Guests: Associate Professor of Nursing Sarah Abrams, and UVM senior Jessica Kenney. 
View an audio slideshow about their trip.  
Monday, 2/21/11, 10:00 a.m. Jessamyn West, librarian, writer, blogger, lecturer, information technology guru, and author of the forthcoming book Without a Net: Librarians Bridging the Digital Divide. West is a well-known figure in her field; her blog, librarian.net, gets thousands of visits a day. She is a passionate advocate for the use of information technology in libraries. 
During our interview, there was discussion about e-Vermont, an initiative to help selected communities take full advantage of the Internet.
 
Tuesday, 2/22/11, 9:00 a.m. Alison Kosakowski, dairy farmer and part-time public relations person. Kosakowski had begun a marketing/PR career in New York City; then a business trip took her to Vermont. She decided to leave the city and move to Vermont; she now lives on a dairy farm near Burlington. She writes about her life and experiences at her blog, Diary of a Dairy Queen: A Cubicle Refugee Finds Love in the Country.  
Tuesday, 2/22/11, 10:00 a.m. Judith Scarl, conservation biologist at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, and director of Mountain Birdwatch, a long-term monitoring program for the mountain forest birds of the northeastern US and eastern Canada. Mountain Birdwatch is a largely volunteer program; anyone interested can contact Scarl at 802-649-1431 x7.   



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