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Young Writers Project: Chill Piano

Aug 30, 2016
Young Writers Project

When people ask me, “What music do you listen to?"
I want to say,
“Have you ever heard a piano,
over sparkling drinking and 
confided conversations?
No, not that fast piano, or that happy piano,
but calm,
chill piano,
a walk down a nighttime street,
or a lazy morning,
or a breeze,
or a thought,
but a lost one. Not found quite yet.
There's still some mystery in it.
That's my favorite."


John Tedesco and his wife Shoshana Goldstein came to the StoryCorps mobile booth to talk about how they fell in love – starting with their first date when John told Shoshana he had cancer. They reflect on how their journey has helped them be present with each other and with other people.

Timeline: Amy Beach

Aug 29, 2016
U.S. Public Domain

In the 19th century, composition was a man’s world. The stigma of being a female composer made it difficult for a woman’s work to be read or heard.  One woman helped to break through this glass ceiling and pave the way for a generation of female composers, her name was Amy Beach.

Awesome Etiquette: Dealing With Library Anxiety

Aug 26, 2016
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Libraries can be tricky places to navigate. That’s why librarians are there, to help make sense of the literary maze. However, some people have library anxiety and worry about asking a librarian for help.

If you’re a librarian, how can you make sure you’re approachable and able to offer help to people in a non-patronizing way?

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There are dozens of farmers markets across Vermont. The number peaked at 87 in 2010 and has since gone down. Still, there are questions about what makes a successful market and how to keep markets thriving in the future.

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Zinnias haven't always been the darling of the garden. When they were first discovered in its native Mexico by the Spanish, they were thought so unattractive they was called "mal de ojos," or sickness of the eyes.

However, through years of breeding, zinnias have been transformed into one of our favorite garden flowers.

Jenni Bee

Plainfield artist and illustrator Jenni Bee's latest endeavor uses a common site in many town centers to showcase the artwork of others.

Connecticut River Watershed Council

Commemorate Tropical Storm Irene's fifth anniversary with song in Grafton and celebrate ways to keep our rivers clean with an art installation in Brattleboro.

U.S. Public Domain

For centuries, the region of Austro/Germany produced remarkably talented composers. You can follow a chain of names from Haydn to Mozart, from Beethoven to Mendelssohn and Brahms. One of the last great composers of this line was Gustav Mahler.


Victoria and Alex Pial came to Vermont from Sudan to make a life in America. In their conversation recorded at the StoryCorps Mobile Booth in Burlington, they talk about the joy of having a family and share their gratitude for the people in Vermont who’ve helped them make this country their home.

Ryan Mercer / Burlington Free Press

Greensboro is a small town in Northeast Kingdom on Caspian Lake. But despite its small size, it has gained world recognition for beer and cheese.  

Hill Farmstead has been ranked the best brewery in the world multiple times and Jasper Hill Farm had gotten the same praise for their cheese. Both are in Greensboro.

Trumpet player Wayne Jackson passed away on June 21, 2016 in Memphis, Tennessee at age 74. During a professional career that extended over 55 years, Wayne Jackson played horn on 52 chart-topping singles and on 93 gold and platinum albums.

Awesome Etiquette: Small Weddings

Aug 19, 2016
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If a couple chooses to have a small wedding that is just a brief civil ceremony, is there any special etiquette that goes with this type of event?

How do you let people know about the wedding and the celebration afterwards? Additionally, how can you direct people to make gifts of money towards a honeymoon fund instead of getting physical presents that aren’t needed?

Young Writers Project: I Love You Sally

Aug 19, 2016
Young Writers Project

"I Love You Sally"
by Emily Smyth

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Saving seeds isn't for every gardener but there are great reasons to do it. It saves you money, preserves unusual heirloom varieties and helps you develop varieties adapted to your yard.

With concerns about plant extinction and rare home varieties becoming unavailable, the best way to ensure you have the varieties you want is to save your own seed.

Courtesy, University of Vermont Medical Center

More than 100 pieces by Vermont artists are on display, available to browse and search in a virtual gallery whose beginnings sprang from the desire to honor the memory of a loved one.

Castleton Women's Club

Join a ukulele flash mob in Brattleboro, take in a concert in Stowe and tour colonial architecture and historic homes in Castleton.

Jane Lindholm / VPR

This episode is all about bugs! We've gotten a lot of questions from you about insects and other critters. So we're tackling them with the help of Jessica Honaker and Kristie Reddick, otherwise known as the Bug Chicks.

Kent McFarland / Vermont Center For Ecostudies

Monarch butterflies are hard to miss with their brilliant orange color and a wingspan that can reach four inches across. But recently they've been difficult to find because their numbers are in decline.

In this edition of Outdoor Radio, biologists Sara Zahendra and Kent McFarland track Monarchs in the flower-filled fields of the Burlington Intervale. We'll learn how Monarchs migrate to Mexico and the challenges to their survival.

Awesome Etiquette: Splitting Your Time When Visiting Friends

Aug 16, 2016
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As we get older and move away from our friends, often we only get the chance to see them for a few days a year.

If you’ve recently made a new friend who lives in the same area as an old friend you rarely see, what is the best way to spend your time when you make the yearly trek to visit your old friend? Should you not tell your new friend that you’ll be town or should you take a few hours away from the time with your old friend to see the new friend?