Featured Programs

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Thursday, November 7, 5:55pm & Friday, November 8, 7:55am

Dancer Ashley Bessette of Colchester recommends The 19th Annual Jeh Kulu Drum and Dance Festival November 7-10 at Contois Auditorium in downtown Burlington.

Filmmaker and mountain biker Ryan Thibault suggests The Green Mountain Showdown.  This “bike culture variety show!” features short films, artwork,and  entertainment for mountain bike enthusiasts and wanna-bes.

Ever since concerns about lead content in VPR Artist Mugs surfaced in late September, we have been working to understand the issue because the safety of our members is a top priority.

This piece was recorded live at the Young Writers Project headquarters in front of an audience of a dozen other writers and their fans.

By Olivia Pintair
Grade Eight, Lake Champlain Waldorf School

Copyright Hakan Sandin

Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 8:58 a.m. Birding on the road? You'd be amazed! The freeway's wide median and mowed shoulders offer birds a ribbon of open grassland, perfect for hunting. Watch especially for raptors perched on poles and bridges. Songbirds favor wire fences and posts. Smaller roads offer hedgerows and shrubs. But this Colima Warbler is one bird you won't see from a paved surface.

Sign up for a field trip at your local Audubon chapter to see what you can see!


Sunday, November 3, 2013, 10:45am  A Burlington area restaurant group launched a commissary this year to process meat from local farms.  The Guild Commissary has provided a steady market for local farms and made it possible for them to grow.  Initially, the meat processing center served The Farmhouse Group Restaurants.  But now, consumers can buy local meat beef, pork, chicken and deli meets at Guild Fine Meats in downtown Burlington.

AP Photo/Julie Jacobson

Friday, November 1, 2013 at 5:57 p.m. and Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 9:35 a.m. I'm Charlie Nardozzi and this is the Vermont Garden Journal. After an amazingly warm and beautiful fall, cold weather has finally caught up with us. If you're like me and can't stand to let flowers die, you may want to try to overwinter them indoors. Tropicals, such as hibiscus and bulbs such as canna, can be brought indoors for winter. But one of the most rewarding flowers to save is the geranium. Here's how.

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Thursdays at 4:55 p.m. & Fridays at 7:55 a.m.   Andrew Potok of Montpelier recommends the all-star line-up of chamber musicians from New York City who will perform--among other pieces--Schubert's two-cello string quintet. This Capital City Concerts' performance is on Saturday, November 2nd at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier.

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Sets in memory of  Lou Reed and northeast fiddler Allan Block, and a special live-in-the-studio perfomance by Vermont guitar hero Paul Asbell, who talks about and plays music from his new CD, From Adamant to Atchafalaya.

Please note:  This program will air on Sunday November 3rd from 7:00-9:00pm

This week's calendar announcements:

The Modern Grass Quintet will be playing at the Music Box in Craftsbury on Saturday November 9th at 8pm

Leah writes, “I went to the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. and this poem is dedicated to it.”

Too Many Shoes
by Leah Kelleher
Grade Eight, Albert D Lawton School

Copyright Pat Hemlepp

Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 8:57 a.m. If we had to pick one bird’s voice to symbolize our Eastern woodlands, the Blue Jay’s voice would likely be it. And as a frequent visitor to back yards and bird feeders, the Blue Jay is among the most recognized birds of the region. Nearly a foot long, Blue Jays can be loud and assertive when they approach a bird feeder, pushing smaller songbirds aside. But when nesting, the same jays can sneak to and from their nests with uncanny secrecy.

Candace Page, Burlington Free Press

Sunday, October 27, 2013 10:45am Cookbooks tell us a lot about the life and times of the period in which they were written.  From rendering lard in the 1800s, to the Jello and canned soup recipes of the 50s, to today's localvore, Candace Page gives us a history lesson in cookbooks.

Candace writes for the Savorvore Section of the Burlington Free Press

VPR/Peter Biello

Friday, October 25, 2013 at 5:57 p.m. and Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 9:35 a.m. I'm Charlie Nardozzi and this is the Vermont Garden Journal. Have you noticed how big a holiday Halloween has become? It seems like there are more parties than ever before and more decorating. It's estimated we'll spend over 7 billion dollars on Halloween this year. That's a lotta candy and costumes! So with the big day quickly closing in on us, it's time to start thinking about carving pumpkins to dress up the yard.

Discoveries: Montréal

Thursdays at 4:50 p.m. & Fridays at 7:55 a.m.  Arts patron Sharon Besso of Windsor suggested Windsor Public Library Swing Dance Fundraiser on Saturday, October 26th on Court Street in Winsdor. The dance will feature the 19-piece all-female swing band, The Mood Swings, hailing from Boston, along with swing dance lessons prior to the band performance and foods donated by local eateries.

A few weeks ago, questions emerged about the safety of ceramic mugs from the VPR Artist Mug Series. In response, VPR had all 34 of the mugs produced in the past decade screened at a Vermont firm. That process identified 11 mugs that contain lead.

Young Writers Project: Clocks

Oct 21, 2013

Lydia writes: "I wrote this late one night after being surprised at how late it had gotten so quickly. It made me consider how fast time flies and how people are, in reality, quite similar to the clocks ticking away on our walls - time going faster than we ourselves realize."

By Lydia Smith
Tenth grade, Home-schooled in Charlotte

Adithya Sambamurthy/The Center for Investigative Reporting

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 2 p.m. and Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 10 p.m. The Department of Veterans Affairs has supplied Tim Fazio with nearly 4,000 oxycodone pills since he returned home after tours in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2008. Fazio says he was never in acute physical pain but used the pills to blot out feelings of guilt for surviving when many of his friends did not.

Tim Johnson VPR

Join Reuben Jackson tonight for an exclusive conversation with Rickie Lee Jones.  She stopped by our studios Thursday on her way to the Northeast Kingdom where she performs tonight at Lyndon State College. 

Jones talks with Reuben about her music, her inspiration, and her career.   More from Reuben on Rickie Lee Jones and her music in his blog post.

Created by Ben Hardaway; Copyright Garrett Lau

Saturday, October 18, 2013 at 8:57 a.m. He doesn't sound exactly like Woody Woodpecker, but the Acorn Woodpecker was probably the model for the cartoon character. The story goes that Walter Lantz and his new bride, Grace, were on their honeymoon in a cabin in California. A racket on their roof drew them outside, where they spotted an Acorn Woodpecker, pounding away at the shingles. Now, Lantz was ready to shoot the pesky critter, but his wife suggested that, instead, he vent his frustration in a creative fashion. And in this way, supposedly, Woody was born.


Sunday, October 20, 2013, 10:45am:  Vermont school lunchrooms are offering more fresh local foods thanks to a new book created by Vermont school cooks for school cooks.  The New School Cuisine Cookbook: Nutritional Seasonal Recipes by School Cooks for School Cooks will be released this month.  Melissa Passanen has visited school cafeterias where students are raving about these new kid-tested farm to school recipes.  The cookbook will be available for free download at VTFeed.org  

Peg Tassey, Goddard College, "Rural Revolution"

Thursdays at 4:50 p.m. and Fridays at 7:55 a.m.  Musician Peg Tassey recommends Goddard College's 150th anniversary and Homecoming Weekend this Friday through Sunday, with many arts events open to the public, featuring Paul Zaloom, a dance party, a Bread & Puppet work shop, a photo booth and more.

Tassey, herself, is curator of the photography exhibit, "Rural Revolution," featuring pictures snapped by Goddard students during the '70s.