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Robin Turnau's career at VPR began in 1989. She has been President & CEO since 2009.
Daria Bishop

Robin Turnau, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vermont Public Radio, has announced plans to step down in March 2018.

VPR's 40th anniversary is August 13, 2017. We're celebrating by remembering 40 moments that have defined VPR over the years.
Daria Bishop / VPR

Vermont Public Radio's 40 years of public service is made up of many moments - some watershed, others small and incremental. Together, along with the tremendous support of our community, they built VPR into the essential resource it is today. In honor of our 40th anniversary, here are 40 notable moments that defined VPR over the years.

VPR's renovated and expanded headquarters was designed to be a public place. Come check it out at VPR's 40th Anniversary Block Party.
Jim Westphalen

Save the date for VPR's 40th Anniversary Block Party on Saturday, September 9, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.!

VPR's Newsroom.
Jim Westphalen / Jim Westphalen Photography

VPR has announced several changes to its news and digital staff that bring new leadership to Vermont Edition, integrate digital and broadcast content and focus on podcast development.

VPR "Founding Mother" and current Commentary Series Producer Betty Smith behind the mic in 1978.
Archives / VPR

VPR celebrates its 40th anniversary on August 13, 2017. Join us all month as we look back at everything we've accomplished together, while looking forward to the next 40 years of public service.

Tune into VPR's test run of The New Yorker Radio Hour on Sunday mornings and let us know what you think.
Courtesy WNYC | Illustration: Anna Ste. Marie / WNYC

VPR's test run of The New Yorker Radio Hour begins July 30 and we want to know how you like it! Take a listen to the program Sunday morning at 11 and let us know what you think.

VPR's renovated and expanded headquarters provides a flexible and collaborative space for VPR to do its best work, as well as a public performance studio.
Jim Westphalen

After three years and donations from more than 2,000 supporters, Vermont Public Radio surpassed the $10 million goal for its VPR Next Capital Campaign on June 29.

The successful completion of the campaign positions VPR to embrace the opportunities of a dynamic and changing media landscape, while solidifying its strong foundation built on 40 years of public service.

Reuben Jackson's listening party on July 20 will feature Brian McCarthy's new release, 'The Better Angels Of Our Nature'.
Photo: Seth Cashman / Illustration: Anna Ste. Marie / VPR

Listen now as Reuben Jackson speaks with local saxophonist, educator, composer, Brian McCarthy discussing material from his riveting new release The Better Angels Of Our Nature.

Chad Hollister Band will record a concert for our Live From The Fort series on Thursday, July 13.
Anna Ste. Marie / VPR

UPDATE 7/12: This event has been sold out. If you would like to be placed on our waiting list, please email astemarie@vpr.net.

Brendan Francis Newnam and Rico Gagliano are hosts of 'The Dinner Party Download.''
American Public Media, courtesy / American Public Media

VPR is conducting a test run of The Dinner Party Download  and we want to know what you think. Listen Saturday afternoon at 3 and take our survey.

'How The Iowa Caucus Works, In 2 Minutes (Starring Legos)' won a national Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Video.
Angela Evancie & Taylor Dobbs / VPR

A podcast exploring the status of Abenaki Native Americans in Vermont and a video that uses Legos to explain the Iowa caucus, and breaking news coverage of the Northeast Kingdom EB-5 scandal have won Vermont Public Radio three national journalism awards for its work in 2016.

Milk Street Radio Host Chris Kimball stands in the kitchen at Milk Street headquarters in Boston.
Christopher Kimball's Milk Street, courtesy

Our listeners have spoken! Through a survey and in dozens of emails, scores of VPR listeners told us they love Christopher Kimball's Milk Street Radio!  It will now have a permanent home on our program schedule Sunday afternoons at 2!

Artwork by Joanna Bodenweber

On Saturday, June 10 at 11 a.m. VPR hosted a new, streamlined version of the annual Commentator Brunch at our recently expanded Colchester facility on the theme: SLEUTH! UNCOVERING THE TRUTH!

Sara Simon / VPR

In recent months we’ve heard from more listeners using Alexa, and similar intelligent personal assistants, to listen to Vermont Public Radio. We wanted to give you an update on what works, and what we’re working on to make VPR news, music and podcasts easily accessible when you need it.

Henry Epp is VPR's local host of All Things Considered.
Daria Bishop / Daria Bishop Photography

If you've turned on the evening news recently, you may have noticed a new voice behind the mic. That's Henry Epp, a life-long public radio listener and seasoned reporter who joined VPR as local host of All Things Considered in May. Get to know Henry in our latest Staff Spotlight!

Thanks to amazing support from our community, we have raised more than $9.9 million towards our $10 million goal for the VPR Next Capital Campaign.

Vermont Gives

VPR is a proud partner in Vermont Gives, a statewide 24­-hour challenge to celebrate and support the local nonprofits that are essential to our quality of life here in Vermont. Vermont Gives Day is Wednesday, June 7 at 6 p.m. through Thursday, June 8 at 6 p.m.

John W. Poole / NPR

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.

Robert Resnik will be taking some time away from VPR and All The Traditions this summer for a personal leave. In the meantime, we'll be rebroadcasting some of Robert's favorite programs from over the years.

The All The Traditions calendar will also be on hiatus during this time. To find upcoming shows in the area, please check out listings from the Vermont Arts Council and Seven Days.

Protect My Public Media

On May 23, 2017, the Trump Administration sent a full budget proposal to Congress for fiscal year 2018. Like the “skinny budget” blueprint released earlier this spring, it proposes elimination of federal funding for public media. Visit protectmypublicmedia.org to contact Congress, tweet your support and recruit your friends and neighbors to become advocates for public media.

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