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Max Garcia-Conover

Composer and performer Ben Cosgrove writes music about natural landscapes he encounters as he drives around from place to place all over North America. But last fall, when he was the artist-at-sea onboard the Research Vessel Falkor with the Schmidt Ocean Institute, he found the only thing surrounding him was the endless ocean.

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Aaron Copland, Jean Franciax, Elliot Carter, Philipp Glass and Quincy Jones; what do all of these musicians have in common? They were all students of Nadia Boulanger. Nadia was a composer, conductor and teacher. For seven decades, out of her family’s flat in Paris, she taught some of the most influential composers of the 20th century.

Courtesy, American Public Media

When the National Museum of African American History and Culture opened, The Washington Post asked people to submit objects that made up their own lived experiences of black history. These objects were then used to curate a "people's museum" of personal artifacts, family photos and more.

Young Writers Project: 'Parts Of War'

Feb 3, 2017
Alison Redlich Photography

i.  Fear

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Finding people surprised them.

Spanish ships and the promise of gold had brought them here.

“They don’t look like us,”

their guns whispered as they spit bullets.

“They don’t act like us,”

their blood sang as it rushed to their heads.

Courtesy, Farm To Ballet

Ballet auditions for summertime outdoor performances, photography of the NEK and a play full of hilarity and heartbreak are on the docket for things to do in the region's art world this week and next!

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The tropical Asian root loves heat and a long growing season, so you'd think it wouldn't grow well around here. But with a little help, ginger can — and now's the time to get started by planting roots indoors!

Awesome Etiquette: Charging Admission To Your Wedding

Feb 3, 2017
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Is it appropriate to charge an admission fee to cover the price of food and drink at your wedding? If so, should the guest deduct that cost from the wedding gift? And should you tell the happy couple that this approach seems graceless?

Courtesy, Todd R. Lockwood

Just days before passing away, Vermont author Howard Frank Mosher accepted the 2017 Herb Lockwood Prize In The Arts at his home in Irasburg.

Fresh Air

VPR is updating our program schedule on Sunday morning and Tuesday night. Backstory With The American History Guys is no longer being produced as a radio program. It will be replaced with Fresh Air Weekend on Sunday morning at 6:00 a.m. and Snap Judgment Tuesday night at 10:00 p.m.

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Ralph Vaughan Williams spent 60 years in the public eye as a composer, conductor, professor and writer. His work set off a renaissance of English music in the 20th century.

Courtesy of Aliza Eliazarov

Seven Days food writer, Julia Clancy, gives us the 4-1-1 on Boston chef, Cara Chigazola Tobin, her attraction to Vermont food culture and the new restaurant she's opening in Burlington. 

Awesome Etiquette: The Do's And Dont's Of Renting From Friends

Jan 27, 2017
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What's the protocol for inviting guests to stay at a house you've rented from friends?

Courtesy, Emily Smyth

As I walk into the hospital,
I breathe in the scent of disinfectant
and stale air,

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Last summer, while leading a tour of gardens in England and Wales, I learned a few design tips that can work in any sized garden.

Courtesy, All Songs

Otis Blackwell grew up in Brooklyn in the 1930s, listening to cowboy music. Blackwell went on to write some of the biggest seminal hits of the early rock-and-roll era.

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VPR Art Hounds have found upcoming events for bird and photography lovers, storytellers, quilters and dancers.

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Russian composer, Dmitri Shostakovich saw himself a Soviet man first and a composer second. He felt that it was his duty to compose music for his countrymen that reflected the heart of the Soviet ideal. He left behind 15 symphonies and 15 string quartets that stand as some of the most influential works of the 20th century.

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Asian greens automatically make some gardeners think of Chinese cabbage or bok choi. But there are many others that may be worth a try in your garden this spring.

Awesome Etiquette: Splitting The Dinner Bill

Jan 20, 2017
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Deciding how to split the dinner bill could turn your evening out with friends from a delight into a drag.

My Place: The Cookies

Jan 20, 2017
Courtesy, Joel Najman

This week on My Place, we spotlight The Cookies, originally a trio of singing cousins who got together in Brooklyn in 1953.

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