The Vermont Pride Theater Festival will be running the next two weekends at Randolph's Chandler Center for the Arts. After seven years, the Pride Theater Festival is an established part of the cultural life of Randolph.
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Honoring LGBTQ Stories: Randolph's Pride Theater Festival Enters Seventh Season

A small central Vermont community might seem an unlikely venue for the Vermont Pride Theater Festival , but organizers say it's the perfect place to present a series of plays focused on LGBTQ themes.

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Emily Herr, who created this mural in Richmond, Virginia, is headed to Burlington to paint a wall as part of her Girls Girls Girls Mural Tour.
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Emily Herr receives commissions to paint murals in her hometown of Richmond, Virginia. But it was one of her personal pieces, highlighting everyday women, that spawned a painting tour that will bring her to Burlington next week.

Herr shared her thoughts about what she calls the "Girls Girls Girls" Mural Tour with Vermont Edition.

Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H, and Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., talk to a West Lebanon crowd about ways to create bipartisan healthcare reform for individual markets.
Rebecca Sananes / VPR

Vermont and New Hampshire Representatives were in the Upper Valley Friday to talk about ways to compromise on health care reform in Congress.

This note was posted at the entrance to the State Office Complex in Waterbury after it was forced to close from flooding due to Tropical Storm Irene.
Toby Talbot / AP File

The redevelopment of the State Office Complex in Waterbury, after Tropical Storm Irene, has won national recognition. The American Public Works Association has named the redevelopment one if its “projects of the year.”

Catamount Solar is installing an 8.7 kilowatt system in a homeowner's yard in East Montpelier. Kestrel Marcel of Catamount Solar is connecting the optimizers, which are a converter technology that helps maximize the energy harvested from the panels.
Kathleen Masterson / VPR

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

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Even after bowing out of the presidential race last year, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has continued to crisscross the country, marshaling his support for progressive causes and candidates. But as his popularity remains strong, Sanders is also answering allegations related to his wife's tenure as president of now-defunct Burlington College.

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Brave Little State

Men panning for gold in an 1887 photograph from the Plymouth Historical Society.
E. G. Davis / Plymouth Historical Society, courtesy

Gold In Vermont? Yup. From Dynamite To Panning, Here's How It's Worked

You've probably heard about the California gold rush of 1849 — but did you know that Vermont had its own mini-gold rush beginning around that same time?

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But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids

Researchers aren't entirely sure, but the current prevailing theory is that flamingos stand on one leg to conserve energy.
Paul Rose / Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

Why Do Flamingos Stand On One Leg?

We’re answering ten questions as quickly as we can in this episode of But Why . Why do onions make you cry? How do hummingbirds hum? Why do flamingos stand on one leg? Do moths have veins in their wings? Do cats that share a home have the same meow? What was the first book? How do libraries get money if people borrow books for free? Why do people have fidget spinners? Why can't my stuffed animal get wet? And how do pigs poop? Can we do it all in 20 minutes?!

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Program Features

Planting a fruit bush, like the beach plum, is a great way to enjoy the flavors of summer if your yard is too small for a fruit tree.
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Vermont Garden Journal: Fruit Bushes Are Perfect For Small Yards

Not everyone has enough yard space for growing fruit so, luckily, there are bush versions of many classic fruit trees. They grow easily in small, sunny spots and stay a manageable size.

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Eye On The Sky

Vermont Edition

The gloved hand of a biologist holds a little brown bat in Vermont.
Jane Lindholm / VPR File

Little Brown Bats, Once Common, Still Struggling After 10 Years Of Disease

Stand outside at night and you might glimpse the swift, darting profile of a bat flying overhead. That sight wasn't rare in the past, but bats in this region have had it rough for years due to white-nose syndrome, and biologists are still working to understand and protect these tiny flying mammals.

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