Franny Bastian

Director Of Programming & Production

Franny began her broadcast career at WRUV, the student station at the University of Vermont.  She has worked in radio more than 30 years as a journalist, on air host , writer and producer.  She has also served as press secretary on two Vermont gubernatorial campaigns and as a lobbyist.   She works with VPR's on-air and production team to bring you the best public radio experience possible. 

She's married to VPR engineer Mike Seguin, and describes herself as a dog person, bird watcher, book lover and compulsive knitter.


Ways to Connect

'Planet Money/How I Built This' will be joining VPR's Sunday lineup starting on March 4, 2018. The program is a marriage of two popular podcasts that share common themes of business and money, and tell amazing stories in different ways.

A special broadcast version of two of NPR’s most popular podcasts — Planet Money and How I Built This — is coming to VPR’s Sunday program schedule starting on March 4, 2018. These back-to-back programs will air at 4 p.m. and On The Media will move to 10 a.m.

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This month on Outdoor Radio, biologists Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies head out into the woods to track the Fisher. Sometimes called the Fisher Cat, it's not a cat at all. Biologist Steve Faccio, who specializes in Fishers, joins McFarland and Zahendra to dispel some myths about Fishers and offer tips on how to track them.

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After 42 years of marriage, Alice's husband, Ray, passed away. Surrounded by loneliness, she heads out into the snow to plow a neighboring farmer's drive and discovers that Rona Hickey is also alone with small children to care for.

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"Favor Johnson" is the story of a hound named Hercules, a flatlander doctor, homemade fruitcake and the real spirit of Christmas. It's a VPR family tradition every Christmas Eve.

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Willem Lange's "Christmas on the Party Line" is the heart warming story of an isolated old couple who were saved from an impossible winter by a group of their neighbors, who stayed involved from then on.

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A holiday favorite, this highly anthologized short story is read by the late author Grace Paley.

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A perennial favorite for VPR listeners, VPR commentator William Lange's reading of this classic tale comes to life.

President Lyndon Johnson signing the Public Broadcasting Act in 1967.
LBJ Library photo by Yoichi Okamoto

In signing the Public Broadcasting Act Nov. 7, 1967, President Johnson expressed the hope that one day, public television and radio stations would satisfy “America’s appetite for excellence” and “enrich man’s spirit.”

The 47th Annual Mad River Valley Craft Fair is happening Saturday and Sunday, September 2 and 3 at Kenyons Field on Route 100 in Waitsfield. Recommended by Doug Bergstein in Waitsfield. 

The Vermont Fiddle Orchestra is in concert at the Meeting House On The Green in East Fairfield, Saturday, September 9. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Concert at 7. From Tyrone Shaw of Bakersfield.


This month on Outdoor Radio, we’ll venture out into a meadow of wild flowers that is literally singing with bumble bees. Biologists Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra talk about the species we find in Vermont, the different ways they pollinate our flowers and crops, and the environmental factors that are threatening their population.

Tune into VPR's test run of The New Yorker Radio Hour on Sunday mornings and let us know what you think.
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VPR's test run of The New Yorker Radio Hour begins July 30 and we want to know how you like it! Take a listen to the program Sunday morning at 11 and let us know what you think.

Brendan Francis Newnam and Rico Gagliano are hosts of 'The Dinner Party Download.''
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VPR is conducting a test run of The Dinner Party Download  and we want to know what you think. Listen Saturday afternoon at 3 and take our survey.

Milk Street Radio Host Chris Kimball stands in the kitchen at Milk Street headquarters in Boston.
Christopher Kimball's Milk Street, courtesy

Our listeners have spoken! Through a survey and in dozens of emails, scores of VPR listeners told us they love Christopher Kimball's Milk Street Radio!  It will now have a permanent home on our program schedule Sunday afternoons at 2!

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Invisibilia returns to VPR for a four-week series this Saturday. Invisibilia is Latin for "the invisible things" and the program explores the invisible forces that shape human behavior - ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. Invisibilia weaves incredible human stories with fascinating new psychological and brain science in in a way that may help you see new possibilities for how to think, behave and live.

Kent McFarland

Hard hats in hand, Biologists Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra head to the docks at Lake Champlain. They are taking a boat to Papasquash Island, owned by Audubon Vermont, to help count the new breeding population of common terns.

Milk Street

Starting this Sunday, Milk Street Radio With Christopher Kimball will air several weeks on VPR for a test run. It’s a new program that seeks to change the way we think about food by exploring culture and cooking around the world. We’re asking you to take a listen and respond to our survey to let us know what you think.

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q from the CBC returns to VPR Monday night at 8. Since mid-January, VPR has aired the special series, Indivisible.

Produced by WNYC in New York, Indivisible aimed to be “public radio’s national conversation about America in a time of change.” The program was specifically designed to follow the first 100 days of the Trump Administration and will be ending on April 27th. 

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When the National Museum of African American History and Culture opened, The Washington Post asked people to submit objects that made up their own lived experiences of black history. These objects were then used to curate a "people's museum" of personal artifacts, family photos and more.

Fresh Air

VPR is updating our program schedule on Sunday morning and Tuesday night. Backstory With The American History Guys is no longer being produced as a radio program. It will be replaced with Fresh Air Weekend on Sunday morning at 6:00 a.m. and Snap Judgment Tuesday night at 10:00 p.m.

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VPR presents a 14-week special series called Indivisible. It's a weeknight call-in radio show to bring Americans together for a national conversation in a time of transition.