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

Kent McFarland

On a balmy, 25-degree afternoon in winter, three Vermonters go to the tiny town of Victory in the Northeast Kingdom in search of the fearless Gray Jay.

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Whether you’re going out to a nice dinner or grabbing a quick sandwich for lunch, the same question inevitably comes up: What to tip?

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Maple has been a staple in Vermont for a long time, but who really knows how it was being used in recipes a century or so ago?

Candace Page, food writer for the Burlington Free Press, was curious about the subject and decided to dig into the history. She joined VPR Café to talk about her findings.

Ask Me Another

Mar 6, 2015

VPR is piloting a new show beginning this Saturday. NPR's Ask Me Another is a lively hour of puzzles, word games, and trivia played in front of (and with) a live audience. Ask Me Another host, noted comedian and storyteller Ophira Eisenberg, guides listeners with her witty banter aided by the comedic riffs and songs of house musician Jonathan Coulton.

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About five years ago, if you mentioned hard cider in the U.S., you were pretty much talking about Woodchuck. Now the industry has exploded, and there’s a lot more going on in the state. Melissa Pasanen, who writes for the Savorvore section of the Burlington Free Press, has been watching the cider world grow and evolve.

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With the cold, bitter weather not letting up, it seems fitting to explore a variety of hearty meals to help keep warm in the winter months.

Sally Pollack, food writer for the Burlington Free Press, reached out to several local chefs for their favorite winter meals.

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Soup can seem like a basic dish, until you tuck into a beautiful, complex bowl of soup that warms you to the core.

Kent McFarland

Biologists Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra glide out on to the ice covering Lake Morey in Fairlee.

“It’s February in Vermont and it’s pond hockey time,” says McFarland.

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Not long ago, farmers market fanatics had to wait patiently for the market to start in late April or early May, and rued the moth of October, when the markets finished for the year.

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Vermont is home to the highest-ranked brewery in the world and a wealth of pubs, restaurants and microbreweries that crank out delicious beer all year long. But lately, breweries in the state have been focusing their efforts on offerings to complement their drinks – food.

If you haven't already, please check out Invisibilia, a pilot program from NPR. Invisibilia, Latin for "all the invisible things," explores the intangible forces that shape human behavior – things like ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions.

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Some might be hesitant to eat fish caught in Lake Champlain, but Candace Page, food writer for the Burlington Free Press, says there are a variety of fabulous eating fish in the lake.

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A group of teens is learning about nutrition, science and art through a high school cooking program in Plainfield. Students at The Central Vermont High School Initiative prepare a community lunch once a week. The techniques learned range from preparing fresh vegetables to churning and sculpting butter. The students also enjoy the experience of sharing their creations with the local community.

Kent McFarland

When you're on the ski lift or hiking up Vermont's mountains, take a look around to see the life zones of the trees on the mountainside. Biologists Sara Zahendra and Kent McFarland of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, rode the gondola at Stowe Mountain Resort for the view from Vermont's highest peak, Mount Mansfield.

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Dining out is fun. There is no fuss, no cleanup and no thinking. But, it can also mean a big check. There are, however, many delicious, creative options in Burlington for $10 or less.

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Nothing beats a delicious, freshly prepared breakfast. But who has time to make anything other than a bowl of cereal or oatmeal? Often when we enjoy a hearty breakfast, it’s out at a restaurant or diner.

Candace Page, food writer for the Burlington Free Press, says there are plenty of spectacular breakfast choices, ranging from the classic to hip, in the Burlington area.

Here's Page’s list of amazing spots to eat breakfast (and what she ate):

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The Lebanese community in Barre has maintained a thirty year old tradition of an annual dinner. This past November, two hundred people gathered at the Elk's Club to enjoy the food, music and dancing of their homeland. Melissa Passanen, who writes for the Savorvore Section of The Burlington Free Press, sampled the specialties served at the dinner and she shares her reflections on this special community event.

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Although many have to travel north to Montreal for authentic Lebanese cuisine, once a year Vermonters can get their fix in Barre.

Jasper Hill Farm's Bayly Hazen Blue Cheese was named the finest cheese in the world this year.  Vermont became the most popular state in the nation for beer tourism. And hundreds of people gathered on the shore of Lake Champlain for an over-size overnight cookout.  Sally Pollak, who writes for the Savorvore Section of The Burlington Free Press covered all these stories. She talks about how Vermont's food products not only win awards but create community.

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There are many variations on holiday traditions around the world - but they all have joy and surprise in common. Melissa Pasanen, who writes for the Savorvore Section of The Burlington Free Press, discovered several celebrations that families have brought from their homeland to Vermont.

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