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This recording was captured at the Burlington Book Festival, during the "Millennial Writers on Stage" series. Olivia never ceases to impress the masses with her deft control of an extensive vocabulary, an uncanny ability to weave images and metaphors together, and a composed and serene delivery. Even in front of a crowd, she sounds as if she’s in a recording studio.

Things Tend to Fade Away
By Olivia Pintair
Grade 8, Lake Champlain Waldorf School

I remember feeling salt in my lungs as I stared at you,

AP/Ariel Schalit

Sunday, October 13, 2013, 10:45a.m.  Tis the season for leeks.  This versatile mild member of the onion family is in generous supply right now, and Sally Pollak has suggestions from her own kitchen and Vermont chefs on how to enjoy them.  The classic potato leek soup is just the beginning!

AP/Gene J. Puskar

Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 8:57 a.m. It's the time of year that geese migrate south for the winter. Isn't it? So why are there so many geese still hanging around, setting up housekeeping on our parks and golf courses? Did they decide to forgo the long trip north? In the early 1900s, a subspecies of non-migratory geese were imported by the hundreds to populate our wildlife refuges. Now, while many Canada Geese migrate south for the winter, these other geese stay - and multiply. Learn more.

AP/Toby Talbot

Friday, October 11, 2013 at 5:57 p.m. and Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 9:35 a.m. I'm Charlie Nardozzi and this is the Vermont Garden Journal. "I wandered lonely as a cloud. That floats on high o'er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze." Ahh... William Wordsworth's poem the "The Daffodils" is the exact imagine we want in our yards in spring.

This week Joel Najman's My Place continues a theme of "Songs About U.S. Cities" with a "Part 3" program in this series, All of the songs presented are suggestions sent in by My Place listeners. Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, and Big Jon and Sparkie are among the recording artists that take us on our musical journey.

Vermont Art Zine

Thursdays at 4:50 p.m. and Fridays at 7:55 a.m.   Jim Westbrook of Brattleboro recommends Nimble Arts' circus performance, "Ruckus" at Landmark College's Greenhoe Theater in Putney next Saturday, October 19.

Music lover and town clerk Susie Haughwout recommends the Chris Bakriges Mo'Jazz concert this Friday at the Pettee Memorial Library in Wilmington.

We start with a series of songs singing the praises of Vermont, end with some French waltzes, and celebrate in the middle with the British folk rock revival and Ms. Rickie Lee Jones, who will be making a rare live appearance this week at Lyndon State College!

Please note:  This program will air on Sunday October 13th from 7:00-10:00pm

This week's calendar announcements:

The Young Writers Project is working with some young writers who are working hard to succeed at something they are passionate about. In the first of a multi-part series, Autumn Eastman writes about becoming one of the state's best long distance runners.  The Champlain Valley Union High School senior has been keeping a journal of her experience.

by Autumn Eastman
Grade Twelve, Champlain Valley Union High School

I wake up to that familiar feeling in my gut, a turmoil that reminds me of the challenge that I am about to face. It’s race day.

Candace Page

Sunday, October 6, 2013, 10:45a.m.  Candace Page, a regular contributor to The VPR Cafe, is in Portland, Oregon visiting family.  Today she contrasts the food, restaurants and atmosphere of Portland to Vermont.  Food Trucks, ethnic restaurants, and sidewalk gardens are in abundance - but alas - no cider donuts and Candy finds that the apples just don't measure up.

Copyright Paul Bannick

Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 8:57 a.m. Movie-makers love to add bird sounds to a film, to evoke a mood or set a scene. For all the attention to some details though, nature's details often get a little mixed up... like an Australian Laughing Kookaburra guffawing in the depths of the Florida Everglades? For a jungle sound, it's hard to beat the territorial call of this Pied-billed Grebe, a bird that is widespread and common across the US. Learn more about this small bird with a big voice at Cornell's AllAbout Birds.

AP/Jason DeCrow

Friday, October 4, 2013 at 5:57 p.m. and Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 9:35 a.m. I'm Charlie Nardozzi and this is the Vermont Garden Journal. Brussels sprout, Brussels sprout!

This week Joel Najman's My Place continues with last week's theme of popular songs that mention the name of a U.S. city or town. Nancy Sinatra, the Manhattan Transfer and the Everly Brothers are among the recording artists who take us on a cross country musical adventure. 

The Art of Horror, S.P.A.C.E. Gallery

Writer, actor and theater director Denny Partridge of Greensboro suggested Vermont Vaudeville's fall show this Friday and Saturday in Hardwick.

Deb Brown appealed to listeners who enjoy a thrill with their artwork and suggested the "Art of Horror" juried show at the S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington's South End.

Update 9/30/13

In response to a listener concern about the presence of lead in the ink of an artist mug from October 2011, VPR brought all 34 mugs produced between Fall 2002 and Fall 2013 to a Williston lab for further analysis.   

Using an X-Ray Fluorescence Analyzer, 10 additional mugs (pictured above) produced between 2002 and 2005 were identified as using inks with traces of lead. However, our vendors continue to assure us that they produced these mugs in accordance with the relevant FDA and Consumer Protection Safety Commission regulations.

Update 9/30/13:

VPR listeners sure can dance! What an awesome party Saturday night in Middlebury! We filled the hall by 7:30 and had a line outside for the next few hours. Everyone got in eventually and danced the night away. 

Thank you for celebrating 30 years of My Place with Joel Najman with us; we hope to do it again! Enjoy more scenes from VPR A Go-Go at our Flickr page! 

Update 9/23/13:

My Favorite Place

Sep 30, 2013

To start off the new season of writing prompts, YWP asked, “What’s your favorite place?” Here’s what Luke described.

My Favorite Place
by Luke Fitzgerald
Grade Four, Orchard Elementary School

AP/Dr. Scott M. Lieberman

Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 8:57 a.m. A clean feeder is a life-and-death matter to some birds. To protect the birds at your feeder, clean it at least once a week, more often if necessary. Rake the ground underneath, too. These Pine Siskins are especially prone to salmonellosis, a bacterial disease. You can learn more about feeding backyard birds at Cornell's AllAboutBirds. California Partners in Flight has more suggestions about feeding birds safely!

AP/Dean Fosdick

Friday, September 27, 2013 at 5:57 p.m. and Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 9:35 a.m. I have a confession to make. I'm not an active composter.

I'd like to think the piles of organic matter I put together in fall will heat up and break down quickly, but invariably other chores take my attention and they slowly decompose to eventually be useable. This method works, but there are other alternatives for making compost right in the garden for those of us who aren't interested in layering, watering, and turning our compost piles to heat to perfection.

Gracie & Viv flickr.com/photos/37331583

Sunday, September 29, 2013, 10:45a.m.  More than two million pounds of Vermont grown vegetables and fruits go to waste each year.  There are plenty of food shelves and non-profits that could use that food, and lots of volunteers who want to gather it.  The challenge is in bringing the two together.   On today's program, Melissa Passanen, who writes for the Burlington Free Press Savorvore Section, talks about how gleaning works to put fresh food to good use.

This week Joel Najman's My Place takes to the road with an hour of vintage popular hit songs about U.S. cities. Chuck Berry, the Beach Boys and Freddie Cannon are among the recording artists who take us on our cross-country musical journey.