Featured Programs

Greg Davis

When the whole planet full of sounds is yours to draw from to make experimental music, where do you begin? Since 2001, Burlington-based musician Greg Davis has taken on that challenge and filled nearly three dozen albums with his tech-focused music.

Courtesy, Joel Najman

This week on My Place, hear the story behind the big 1950s pop hit "Rockin' Robin," in this concluding spotlight on the Class Records Company of Los Angeles.

U.S. Public Domain

Throughout music history there have been schools of thought and practice. These schools were collections of composers around an institution or geographic location that worked together in the pursuit of new musical expression. 

Young Writers Project: Uncovered

Oct 28, 2016
Courtesy, Susan Reid

I am a book.

I am also a storyteller and a door to another world. 

I am also trash.

I used to be considered important.

Janey Henning

With our warm, dry summer and fall, the subtropical bulbs have been putting on a show. Canna lilies, dahlias, gladiolus, Four-O-Clocks and other tender bulbs have been growing strong. But with the first frosts of the season rolling through the area, it's time to dig and store them.

VPR Cafe: Food Ethics

Oct 27, 2016
Michael Tonn

Suzanne Podhaizer, a food writer for Seven Days, recently had a picnic with two UVM professors. The two have authored a new book on food ethics. And Podhaizer found herself facing a butter dilemma.

Awesome Etiquette: A "Soup"er Table Manner

Oct 27, 2016

You're seated at a restaurant and in front of you, the waiter places a beautiful bowl of soup. Instead of settling in to enjoy the meal, you might begin to fret about the inevitable spill potential.

Courtesy, Joel Najman

Class Records operated in Los Angeles from 1951 through 1963 and released some of the finest rhythm and blues and rock and roll of that period.

Courtesy, Sandglass Theater

The ancient method of sharing news, culture and knowledge with the oral storytelling tradition also serves as a powerful way to enact social change within a community. And two local arts organizations are acting as facilitators to help move community stories into action.

Courtesy, Windham County Arts Council

This weekend, enjoy storytelling, a masquerade ball, a uke flash mob and more.

Courtesy, Joel Najman

Both the Excelsior Record Company and the Exclusive Record Company operated in Los Angeles from 1944 to 1950.

Arnold Schoenberg was a composer, teacher, music theorist and painter. He developed techniques of composition that turned music upside down and backwards. He was called an expressionist and the founder of atonalism and serialism, but regardless of what Schoenberg is called he is one of the pivotal figures of 20th century music.

Ryan Mercer / Burlington Free Press

An apple orchard in the Champlain Islands has been around since Ulysses S. Grant was president: Allenholm Farm in South Hero.

Susan J. Boutwell

This weekend, you can join a poets' group and take in an opera and a string quartet.

Courtesy, Kristen M. Watson, artist

You've probably noticed you're seeing - and therefore scrutinizing - your own image and those of others more and more these days. Vermont multi-disciplinary artists Mary Admasian and Kristen M. Watson noticed, too.

Rodrigo Cuel / iStock

There aren't many vegetables where you're eating the same varieties that were cultivated thousands of years ago but that is a the case with shallots.

Young Writers Project: Philosophies

Oct 20, 2016
Courtesy, Fiona Goodman

When or if somebody asks me,

“Why do you think we’re here?”

I’ll probably reply,

“Because we’re so self-centered

we think we’re more important than the rest of the world

Awesome Etiquette: When A Friend Copies Your Resumé

Oct 20, 2016
Courtesy, Career Tipster

You've offered to help a friend write a resumé and, as an idea-generator, you share yours. Then, your friend uses the same copy, font and order that's on your resumé instead of using it as a template to create their own original document.

The first step is to remember that old adage: "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery."

Kent McFarland / Vermont Center For Ecostudies

Beavers are often thought to be a nuisance, but they also make positive contributions to the environment. 

U.S. Public Domain

French composer, Maurice Ravel was short in stature, slight of frame, impeccably dressed and careful about his manner. He lived a private life, but perhaps you could have found him walking in the woods outside of Paris at night pondering music in his head. “It’s lucky I’ve managed to write music,” Ravel wrote, “because I know perfectly well I should have never been able to do anything else.”