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Courtesy of the Alexander Family

Each month VPR Classical features the work of a young composer, in a feature called the Student Composer Showcase. This October we'll meet Wayne Alexander, an 8th grader at the Glover Community School.

Broadcast Monday 10/5 at 11:30 a.m.; Wednesday 10/7 at 8:30 a.m.; Friday 10/9 at 4 p.m.; Saturday 10/10 at 9 a.m.

Melissa Pasanen / Burlington Free Press

With each wave of immigrants to this land, new foods have been introduced and it’s still happening today. 

 Melissa Pasanen, who writes for the Savorvore Section of the Burlington Free Press joined the VPR Café to talk about what new foods are being grown in Vermont.

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This common flower symbolizes fall as much as pumpkins and corn stalks. It’s been grown for thousands of years in China and Japan not only for its beauty, but for medicinal and culinary uses. A Chinese proverb says, “If you want to be happy for a lifetime, grow chrysanthemums."

As Bernie Sanders’ political campaign continues across the country, Vermont Public Radio examines the rise and record of the Democratic presidential candidate in an hour-long news program on October 6.


Though born the son of a humble miller in Florence, Italy, Jean Baptiste Lully was destined to become the “Father of French Opera.” His work and influence took this Italian art form and imbued it with French opulence and pageantry.

Young Writers Project: 'Fall Fantasies'

Sep 28, 2015
Ella Staats

Ella Staats, a 15-year-old writer from Burlington, writes about fall’s many layers, and the contrast between the ideal of “autumn’s golden rays” and the reality of the season’s fickle weather, wilting gardens and increasing darkness. 

Amanda Shepard / VPR

Like many gardeners, for years I would diligently clean up the veggie and annual flower gardens this time of year, pulling out dead plants and adding them to my compost pile. But in the last few years I’ve decided to compost in place. Instead of feeding the compost pile, I feed the garden soil in the beds directly.

Courtesy, Christine Hauck

Musician Patty Jacob of Jeffersonville suggested the Lamoille County Players staging of Curtains at the Hyde Park Opera House on Saturday, September 26th.

Artist Colleen Clark from Burlington recommended Paint Your Pet at Burlington Paint & Sip on Cherry Street in Burlington, Wednesday, September 30th from 7 till 10 p.m.

Sarah Carline

Biologists Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra head to central Vermont in search of the Timber Rattlesnake. 


The Baroque saw many influential musical families as the craft and career of composition and performing was passed from father to son and daughter for generations. One of the greatest dynasties in music was the French family, Couperin. The most influential member of this family was the composer Francois Couperin.