Ric Cengeri

Vermont Edition Producer

Ric is a Vermont Edition producer. Prior to joining VPR in 2007, Ric was the morning show host at WNCS in Montpelier. Before that, he hosted the morning show at WOXY in Oxford, Ohio.

Interwoven with his radio experience, Ric has been a senior copy writer and account supervisor for McGuire & Associates, a Florida-based advertising agency. He has also taught media writing classes at Miami University.

An expert in polo and British soccer, Ric holds a B.S. from the University of Dayton and an M.S. from St. Thomas University.

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Tue 7/23/13 at Noon & 7PM The legislature passed a law in the last session creating a driver’s privilege card for migrant farm workers. But how are our these approximately 1,5000 undocumented individuals faring in areas such as access to health care, housing and social isolation?

We get a look at what issues can still be addressed with Erin Shea, Senior Outreach Professional for UVM Extension and Vermont Farm Bureau President Clark Hinsdale.


Sunday, July 21, 2013 10:40am  It's a tiny parking lot surrounded by art studios the rest of the week, but on Friday night, the space behind 400 Pine Street is home of The South End Truck Stop.  A dozen or more food trucks offer everything from macaroni and cheese to curried goat to cupcakes.  Hundreds of people gather to eat, listen to the music, meet up with friends and make new ones.  Sally Pollak of the Burlington Free Press talks with Ric Cengeri about how the South End Truck Stop came to be.


Worcester, Vermont singer/songwriter, Kris Gruen stopped by the VPR Performance Studio in Colchester for a live performance on Vermont Edition.

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Thurs 7/18/13 Noon & 7PM  People wait in hours-long lines on Saturdays in Greensboro Bend to fill growlers with the latest creations from Hill Farmstead Brewery. Others wait patiently at their local beer distributor as Lawson’s Double Sunshine or The Alchmist’s Heady Topper is loaded into the cooler. Vermont’s craft brewing scene remains robust years after the trend got started.

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Sunday July 14, 2013 10:40am  As the temperature rises, we head for the refrigerator for cold drinks to quench our thirst and cool off.   This week, food writer Melissa Pasanen shares her recommendations for Vermont made favorites from yesterday and today.  Learn about Haymaker's Punch and the true origins of Vermont Made Maple Lemonade.  We first heard about Maple Lemonade on The VPR Cafe when Sally Pollak recounted how popular it is at Smorgasburg in Brooklyn, New York.

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Sunday July 7, 2013 10:40am  Award winning chefs from acclaimed New York City restaurants are opting for a different lifestyle in Vermont.  What's it like to take a passion for gourmet cooking from a city of eight million to a small town in Vermont?  Candace Page talked with chefs that have made the switch about their new lives, their restaurants and their patrons. 

Courtesy of the Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw, Poland

Tues 7/02/13 Noon & 7PM  The name of Oskar Schindler is well known for saving 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust. Lesser known is Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic who helped 2,500 Jewish children escape the Warsaw Ghetto. It took over five decades for her story to emerge. It was popularized by Kansas high school students who wrote a 10-minute play called “Life in a Jar.”

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Class is in session, and it's time for another installment of Vermont Edition Summer School! Whether you prefer your golf with windmills or the look of a well-manicured green, we have you covered this week as we learn to putt.

To hone our skill and avoid the ever-embarrassing three-putt, we spoke with Roger King, head golf pro at the Country Club of Barre, who is considered by some (especially himself) to be the best putter in Vermont.

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Sunday June 30, 2013 10:40am Local and Fresh - those are the key ingredients of localvore eating.  Many restaurants in Vermont are going super local and super fresh with their own gardens.  Sally Pollak, who writes for The Burlington Free Press Savorvore Section, has visited several restaurants that serve their patrons direct from their own gardens.  You can read more about 'Dinner Grown Here' and restaurants tha

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Wed 6/26/13 Noon & 7PM   Phosphorus is a building block for all life forms. But when it runs off our fields, streets and parking lots, it becomes a nutrient for aquatic life causing eutrophication of our waterways. And nitrogen also has its detrimental effects as well.

Vermont’s Ecosystem Restoration Manager Kari Dolan and UVM Professor of Water Resources Suzanne Levine discuss the science of nutrient runoff and the efforts by the state to contain them.

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Fri 6/21/13 Noon & 7PM   Education Secretary Armando Vilaseca is leaving his position at the end of the year. He discusses what he would like to change about our education system to make it stronger and his work with the Burlington College-Cuba exchange project.

Also on the program, it’s been 10 years since former Vermont governor Howard Dean launched his campaign for the Presidency. He reflects on what he learned and what impact it has had on American politics.

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Steve Clifford grew up in Derby Line and played his high school basketball at North Country Union High School. Now he's head coach of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats.  Clifford talked with Vermont Edition about his climb up the coaching ranks and the team's prospects for next season.

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Thurs 6/20/13 Noon & 7PM  If you only had 50 objects to tell the story of Vermont, which would you choose? Maple syrup, an “Eat More Kale” bumper sticker, and the Ethan Allen homestead? Or how about the Morgan horse, Camel’s Hump, and a pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream?

See the complete list of suggestions

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Tues 6/18/13 Noon & 7PM   We think we know money. We’ve been trying to accumulate it and we’ve been spending it faster than we can make it for a long time. So what would it take to change our perception of money?

For Cabot farmer and author Ben Hewitt, it was watching how a neighbor earning less than $10,000 a year derived great pleasure from the simple things in life. That inspired Hewitt to write his latest book, “Saved: How I Quit Worrying About Money and Became the Richest Guy in the World.”

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Like the Olympics, the Canada Games are held every two years, alternating between winter and summer games.

The winter Canada Games have been staged in Quebec twice, but this year, the province will host the Summer Games for the first time.

From August 2 through the 17th, Sherbrooke, about 30 miles north of the Vermont border, will be home to the Canada Games and over 4,000 athletes from across the country.

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Sunday June 16, 10:40am  Farmers markets were once a central location for local farmers to sell their produce, eggs and meat.  Shoppers got to know the farmers personally and catch up on the latest news with their neighbors.  As farmers markets have grown in popularity, they've also grown in number, size and the variety of offerings - including an ever expanding menu of prepared foods.  This week, Candace Page talks about how farmers markets are trying to stay true to their roots and maintain a balance of fresh and prepared foods.

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Thu 6/13/13 Noon & 7PM  Last summer, Vermont lawmakers were vocal in their criticism of the state's implementation of electronic medical records. Disparate technologies meant the systems used by various health care providers couldn't easily communicate information. We get a progress report from John Evans, who took over last fall as president of VITL, the organization that is building out Vermont's electronic health information system.


If you’ve spent any time on Google maps, you’ve probably looked at the front of your house, or walked down the main street of your town on Google Street View.  Now, you actually go inside some buildings, and among the first building interiors to be mapped by Google is Vermont’s Statehouse.

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Farmers’ markets, CSAs, our own gardens, our local farmer. In Vermont, it can be easy to take for granted the wealth of opportunities we have to eat locally grown and produced foods. Sometimes it’s not where to get the local foods that’s the issue, but how to prepare them.

For guidance we turn to Tracey Medeiros, the author author of “Dishing Up Vermont” and now a second book, “The Vermont Farm Table Cookbook.” She spoke with Vermont Edition about what to do with all that fresh food that is now available.

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Wed 6/12/13 Noon and 7PM:  The cicadas a few hundred miles south of here have gotten a lot attention this spring, but on the next Vermont Edition, we show some love to the bugs and insect that are crawling, flying and skittering around in our region.  Our guests are naturalist Bryan Pfeiffer and Kent McFarland, a conservation biologist and co-founder of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies.