Gov. Madeleine Kunin on aging, love, loss & women’s rising power

Gov. Madeleine Kunin marks her 85th birthday with an intimate new memoir,¬†Coming of Age: My Journey to the Eighties. Through poetry and prose, Kunin reflects on aging, love, loss and women’s rising political power. Madeleine Kunin was the first and only woman elected governor of Vermont, serving three terms, 1984-1990. She was American ambassador to Switzerland and US deputy secretary of education, and is currently Marsh Professor-at-Large at the University of Vermont. In this Vermont Conversation, Kunin discusses her coming to terms with aging, the loss of her husband, the #MeToo movement, President Donald Trump and fascism, and the importance of popular protest. (October 17, 2018 broadcast)

Gov. Madeleine Kunin, Governor of Vermont, 1984-1990

The unsung Holocaust heroine who saved thousands

During WWII, Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic social workers, organized a rescue network to save 2,500 Jewish children from death. Sendler was unknown until three high school girls from a poor town in Kansas stumbled upon the story and wrote a historical play about her for National History Day that they called Life in Jar. Their play was performed around the world and finally in Poland, where the forgotten Irena Sendler, in her 90s, was hailed as a national hero. Dr. Jack Mayer, a Middlebury pediatrician, wrote a book about this remarkable story and met Sendler before she died. He tells the story of the Holocaust heroine. More info can be found at www.irenasendler.org

Dr. Jack Mayer, pediatrician and author, Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project