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'Tis The Season: 2017 VPR Holiday Programming

Dec 6, 2017
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This holiday season, make VPR and VPR Classical part of your celebrations! Enjoy a variety of traditional and new programs and music, a special holiday playlist from VPR Music, Favor Johnson, VPR Classical's "Messiah Watch" and more.

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Why do humans sing? Why do we make music at all?

Young Writers Project: 'Life With Autism'

Dec 1, 2017
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The autistic mind is a very complex mechanism. Take it from me. I am on the autism spectrum. People with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) see, hear, sense, and process the world in completely different ways than neurotypical people.

Awesome Etiquette: Hush Up Back There

Dec 1, 2017
Enlist the help of the theater manager when other audience members are a little too loud.
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You've got season tickets to the theater, the seats are perfect, and you're looking forward to all of the performances. What's not to love? The new, noisy couple sitting behind you who also has season tickets, that's what.

Milkweed floss, once used to stuff pillows and mattresses, is coming into favor again as an insulation for winter jackets.
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I love it when old ideas come full-circle and become relevant again. For example, take milkweed. This common plant is considered a weed by farmers trying to grow forage crops; however, it's prized by butterfly lovers since the plant provides essential food for the monarch butterfly. Now, milkweed has another use that harkens back to Colonial times.   

This first weekend in December, take your pick from a new, Vermont-made musical that tackles global warming with wit and humor, a chance to ballroom dance with a live high school jazz band, plus several stage performances and holiday concerts.

A statue of George Frideric Handel is pictured here at night in Halle, Germany.
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The season for George Frideric Handel's Messiah is upon us! Although it was actually first performed around Easter, in our time it has become a December holiday tradition.

This year, VPR is again rounding up performances and sing-alongs of Handel's beloved oratio in our area. 

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The desire to preserve music for future generations led to the development of Western notation; the lines and staves that we associate with written music today. However, there are many other forms of musical notation that were developed over the centuries by cultures around the globe.

Young Writers Project: 'No Longer, Not Yet'

Nov 25, 2017
Anna Phelps, 15, of Wolcott writes about the “thick fog of our hearts,” the regrets and confusion of a complicated relationship that ends.
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Your fingers made ruptures on my heart,
as our feet moved not too fast,
and our minds thought not too slow.
Your hand swings by,
to say a little hi,
but I pull away.

No longer, not yet.

You’re a man on fire,
and I’m a girl of flames.
But I burnt holes into your metaphorical image,
and now you’re waiting,
for your opportunity to do the same.

No longer, not yet.

Awesome Etiquette: How To Show Your Gratitude

Nov 22, 2017
A supportive friend has stepped up and helped with childcare when you needed it most. What are some good ways to show your appreciation?
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A dear friend has provided you with childcare as you recover from an injury. How do you respond in kind when you can't reciprocate with the same favor and she won't accept money?

Unlike true cactus that grow in desert climates, the Christmas cactus is native to the wet, coastal mountains of Brazil.
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Common plant names can be misleading. Joe Pye weed isn't a weed at all. Eggplant does not bear eggs and I have yet to find crabs on my crabapples. The name Christmas cactus is the same. You'd think it would bloom at Christmas time, but mine start in November and continue through late winter.

Peaslee's cubed, frozen, Vermont potatoes go from freezer to oven.
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The potato business has changed since 1928 when Karen Guile-Caron's grandparents started Peaslee's Vermont Potatoes in Guildhall. Now, Guile-Caron is trying to bring her 60-acre family business into the new local food economy.

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You'll get a chance to shop really local this weekend at the Putney Craft Tour, and bid on auctioned photography at the In-Sight Exhibition n Brattleboro.

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James: You’re hearing recording artist Bobby McFerrin at the 2009 World Science Festival. I asked a couple of my colleges at Vermont Public Radio to watch a video of Bobby leading the crowd in a musical, communal social experiment and give us their reactions.

Join VPR this Thanksgiving for a holiday tradition and some new programs, too!
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Join VPR this Thanksgiving for a holiday tradition and some new programs, too!

Young Writers Project: 'Colors'

Nov 17, 2017
Joshua Santora, 16, of Burlington created a slam poem about how color – the pigment of one’s skin – causes inequality.
YWP Photo Library, photo by Destiny Bullard, Essex Junction

What color would I lose?
I’d lose all colors.
Why?
I would make no distinction between things.
Everything would be the same color.
I wouldn’t see just a bright color

Family and farmworkers gather to celebrate a birthday meal at Rockville Market Farm in Starksboro.
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Eggs and butternut squash are two of the items that Rockville Market Farm in Starksboro are best known for. But the bond between the family that runs the farm and it workers, is just as healthy as the organic foods they produce.

Pumpkin pie might be the go-to dessert at Thanksgiving, but there are many varieties of winter squash that also make for a delicious pie.
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With Thanksgiving on the way, many of us are looking up recipes for pumpkin pie. While pumpkins certainly make great pies, other types of winter squash make wonderful pies, too.

Awesome Etiquette: No Drama

Nov 17, 2017
When someone tries to create drama by engaging you in negative conversation,  it's best to just say no.
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Got that person in your life who always seems to be creating drama out of nothing and then tries to incite a response from you? You know the type; they ask how you feel about something personal or controversial, prodding you for a dramatic reply. Engaging in negative chatter like this is a dangerous trap to fall in, but there are ways to side-step the drama.   

Some renderings in 'Imagining Home' include dwellings covered by a grass berm for growing vegetables from project participant, Mitchell White and Truex Cullins architect, Rolf Kielman. A design by Michael Wisniewski, architect for Stephen Marshall (top r)
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Three elements converged to lay the groundwork for an arts and architecture project by Vermont artist Alison Cannon. It's called, Imagining Home.

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