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The cyclamen plant was also used medically to treat depression and the tubers were even fed to pigs, hence the common name, "pig bread." With the proper care, it now makes a terrific indoor or outdoor plant.

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This week, My Place traces the career and music of British songwriter, producer and orchestrator, Tony Hatch.

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Take in an evening with "The Logger", try out a full weekend of Cajun music and dance, see a documentary at a film fest or warm up with a dance party.

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When he heard harmony, he saw color. Olivier Messiaen was not just a visionary composer; he was an organist, an ornithologist and a professor of world-wide acclaim. He was influenced by Ancient Greek theory, Hindu and Japanese culture, his own Roman Catholic faith and the songs of his feathered friends. His music stands as a pillar of the avant-garde in the 20th century.

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In a career that extended some 40 years, composer and lyricist Frank Loesser provided original songs for over 60 Hollywood motion pictures as well as many musical stage productions, including Broadway's classic, "Guys And Dolls."

Awesome Etiquette: How To Address Your Professor

Jan 6, 2017
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Is it okay to address your professor by name or is it best to use a formal title?

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Come January, it gets a little hard to keep the kids and yourself entertained indoors. One way to build some excitement is to garden — but not like what you'll be doing outside in a few months — this is grocery store gardening.

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VPR's Art Hounds have found an orchestra performance, two plays with young actors and a Venezuelan percussion and dance group for you to enjoy.

Young Writers Project: Mi Nombre

Jan 4, 2017
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Briggs. That’s my mother’s maiden name. It is also my first name. It’s a strange name, often mistaken.

It is not Bryce, Brig, Brick, Bridge, Bricks — or even Prince, as one old man misheard.

This was one of many choices for my name. Most were nearly as strange, though I still would have preferred nearly all of them: Ronan, Cadmium, Van, Rory and one of my dad’s favorites — Boy.

But my great-grandmother had a dream before my birth that I would be Briggs, and so it was.

I don’t like my name. It doesn’t fit me.

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Today, music is everywhere. Invisible signals fly through the air carrying every possible genre and style that a person could ever want. We can access them from our homes, cars and phones enjoying content from around the world. In the 19th century this type of technology was just a dream in the minds of scientists and inventors, but the 20th century saw an explosion of communication and the rise of a device we call the radio.

Young Writers Project: I Believe

Dec 30, 2016
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I believe hard work gets you

somewhere in life, even though it may

not be the place you want to be. I believe

Awesome Etiquette: Handwritten Thank-You Notes

Dec 29, 2016
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Handwritten thank-you notes are the standard, according to the Emily Post Institute, but what if an injury prevents you from writing? 

 

The New Year's Eve edition of My Place visits the classic doo-wop group harmony hits of the early years of the rock 'n' roll era. Memorable recordings by the Dell-Vikings, the Penguins and The Five Satins are among the selections featured.

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Feel the need to get your hands a little dirty during the winter? No problem. Just bring the gardening indoors!

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German composer, Paul Hindemith was a central figure in music and music theory in the 20th century, especially in the period between the wars. His music, teaching methods and theoretical treatises influenced a generation of composers.

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This weekend, spend Christmas Eve at My Place. The program will feature a collection of holiday favorites from pop, rock and country artists of earlier years.

VPR Cafe: Tourtiere

Dec 22, 2016
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In this episode, food writer Melissa Pasanen stops by to talk about Tourtiere; the classic French-Canadian meat pie.

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It used to be an annual ritual after the holidays to sit down and peruse the seed catalogs that had just arrived in the mail. These days, the catalogs arrive early, but I still resist the temptation and don't look at them until January.

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The Old Brewery Mission in Montréal has a motto: "Voyez le fin de l'itinérance" or "See the end of homelessness." And since 2009, clients, visitors and volunteers can also see art.

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You're the new kid on the block at your office and you're invited to the annual luncheon when your boss treats the staff to lunch. Here are a couple of helpful tips when deciding what to order.

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