7 Episodes | First Released: Aug 22 '18
A five-part podcast about a school shooting that didn’t happen, the line between thought and crime, and a Republican governor in a rural state who changed his mind about gun laws.
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Steph Frias
May 27 '19
Rating:   10
Student view

Started listening in my English class, but only got to episode 4. I just really had to finish it because it was really interesting! Love it

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~KLT~
Dec 15 '18
Rating:   10
Jolted

Being from VT, I found this very interesting. The balance between safety and rights is a fine line.

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George I'VE
Nov 26 '18
Rating:   10
Jolted

This excellent report gives listeners plenty to think about, discuss, and act on. As a former writing teacher, I often read troubling essays that gave me the opportunity to try to help students find help for family, school, or societal issues. Luckily, none of my students became Jack Sawyers, but some were well on the way to hurting themselves or others. After Columbine, essays often expressed fears for personal and/or school safety. These were easy to understand. More difficult were the few that hinted at admiration for school shooters’ use of violence to get back at others. “Jolted” covered both of these emotions and showed what can legally be done to help both the troubled would-be shooter and the community and school. Well done.

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My disk user1
Nov 20 '18
Rating:   10
Very well done

This podcast is very well done, professional and well researched. I’d love to hear some more true crime podcasts from VPR!

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stampinsan
Nov 19 '18
Rating:   10
Very Interesting

This is a very interesting podcast. I thought it was all about Jack Sawyer, a young man in Vermont who was arrested because he wanted to shoot up his high school. But it is really about how this case changed the mind of a Republican Governor about gun control, and what he accomplished for that state. Fascinating.

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Jack Walden
Oct 31 '18
Rating:   6
Came Close

This podcast is quite good. Well made and pleasing to listen to. Unfortunately it fell into the same hole that all other reporting on school shootings from main stream sources has, it did not truly and honestly delve into motive.Frustratingly, the hosts quite often spoke about the need to understand “why” these events happen, but never actually follow through and discuss the almost-shooter’s stated motives. Only one throw away line about the text sent to the girl who reported him about “natural selection.”There is still room for someone out there to create a deep, insightful work focusing on the motives of school shooters. People want to know WHY these kids feel the desire to shoot up schools. What is the justification, the motivation? Why schools and not a Walmart? What is the difference between a school shooter and someone who just commits suicide? This podcast does not investigate these questions.Like so many other NPR productions, it only goes skin deep. No hard questions were asked or considered (what role does the family play?). Instead, it seemed the hosts were more interested in talking about gun control, which is to be expected from an NPR production honestly.This podcast was a missed opportunity for Vermont NPR to make something truly special. But it’s alright, a decent tool to combat tinnitus while driving on shift.

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BikeRider0131
Oct 27 '18
Rating:   10
so far, so great

Okay okay, I'm only 1 episode in, but so far it's excellent reporting. Quite a riveting tale.

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XK1313
Oct 24 '18
Rating:   10
Not just for Vermont

Fans of true crime will like this podcast no matter where you live.

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js940813
Oct 23 '18
Rating:   10
Excellent

Simply well done. Engaging and thoughtful look at an issue so often clouded by politics and rhetoric.

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mss46
Oct 22 '18
Rating:   10
fabulous

riveting, thorough, beautifully constructed. thank you VPR! this is a must listen.

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LLBorger
Oct 15 '18
Rating:   10
Many perspectives!

I appreciated the multiple views and perspectives covered in this pod cast. Well done! The only pod cast I’ve recommended to others!

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