Featured Programs

John Killacky, The Flynn Center For The Performing Arts, courtesy

Chelsea Lafayette is a Vermonter by way of New Orleans. Ten years ago, after attending college in Louisiana, she followed her now-spouse north. And on her first night in Burlington, the neon marquee of the iconic Flynn Theater ensured she'd never look back.

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Invisibilia returns to VPR for a four-week series this Saturday. Invisibilia is Latin for "the invisible things" and the program explores the invisible forces that shape human behavior - ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions. Invisibilia weaves incredible human stories with fascinating new psychological and brain science in in a way that may help you see new possibilities for how to think, behave and live.

After some up and down spring weather, Memorial Day is usually a safe time to plant most of your veggies and flowers. Most gardeners plant in beds or containers but we should also think vertical.

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Beginning in the late 1950s, music composer Paul Vance has had over 300 songs recorded over a career that has extended well over half a century.

Artist Sarah Van Arsdale

When asked whether she falls into the camp that believes the catamount still roams Vermont's woods, author/illustrator Sarah Van Arsdale sees herself among those who fervently want to believe it's true.

Elizabeth Mandell

A busy holiday in the region with Open Studios Weekend and plenty of arts events this weekend and next.

The WFMT Radio Network is proud to make the American Opera Series available for broadcast here on VPR Classical. The American Opera Series is designed to complement the Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts, filling in the schedule with 29 weeks to complete the year.

This year the American Opera Series features great performances by the Lyric Opera of Chicago, LA Opera, San Francisco Opera, Caramoor and Opera Southwest.

Download the entire 2017 schedule here.

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The seasons move quickly in New England; the cold chill of winter fades, spring makes a short visit, and then summer arrives with thoughts turning to picnics! 

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As the weather warms up, plants are popping out of the ground and so are the insects.

Young Writers Project: 'What Are You Afraid Of?'

May 21, 2017
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*Sister Speaking/*Anna Speaking

Hey Anna.

What?

What are you afraid of?

Hmm. I don't know. I can't think of anything right now.

I know. You're afraid of getting an F. 

Well, I mean I guess I am. But I wouldn't start running around in a circle screaming if I got one.

I'm not scared of getting an F. I would feel special because I have never gotten one before and it would be different. I like being different sometimes.

Awesome Etiquette: How To Spit The Pit

May 21, 2017
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Let's jump right into the pit of etiquette and tackle the issue of properly eating olives with pits while dining with others.

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When Julia Kitonis chose a final project for the NEXUS program at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg, the senior knew she wanted to focus on accessibility to the arts. And coupled with her own theater background and a revival of her favorite musical, Spring Awakening that included both hearing and non-hearing actors, the seed of an immense idea was born.

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Ballet Wolcott performs Snow White and a local playwright pens a work about the vibrant Little Jerusalem area in Burlington during the 1900s.

Courtesy, Joel Najman

Songwriter Harry M. Woods composed some of the biggest pop hits in the years between the two World Wars.

Kent McFarland

Hard hats in hand, Biologists Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra head to the docks at Lake Champlain. They are taking a boat to Papasquash Island, owned by Audubon Vermont, to help count the new breeding population of common terns.

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Maybe you prefer stocking your pantry with food from the grocery store, farmers' market or your own garden. But, truth is, there's a lot of perfectly edible food available... in dumpsters!

Awesome Etiquette: Wait, Is This A Date?

May 12, 2017
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This time, we field a question about whether or not an invitation to join a friend for a drink or to attend a movie, is really a request for a date.

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It's Mother's Day and what better gift to give mom than a flower basket for her garden or patio.

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Why do dogs have whiskers? Why are dogs' eyesight black and white? Why do dogs have so many babies? Why do dogs have tails and we don't? Why are dogs thumbs so high on their paw? Why don't dogs sweat? Why do dogs roll in the grass? Why aren't dogs and cats friends? Veterinarian and dog scientist Jessica Hekman has answers.

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Why do cats purr? How do cats purr? Why can't we purr? Why do cats "talk" to people, but not other cats? Why do cats sharpen their claws? Are orange cats only male? Why do cats like milk and not water? Why are some cats crazy? Can cats see color? All of your cat questions answered with Abigail Tucker, author of The Lion in the Living Room.

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