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Art Hounds ®  with Mary Williams will be discontinued on March 30 as VPR incorporates more arts reporting into news coverage.
VPR File

We know our listeners tune into VPR not only for independent news and classical music, but also for expansive coverage of our local arts community. That’s why we’re pleased to announce some exciting changes you’ll be hearing in our arts reporting starting this month!  


NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts feature your favorite musicians from all genres. Each year, NPR hosts a contest for unsigned musicians who want a shot at taping their own Tiny Desk Concert. Enter the 2018 Tiny Desk Contest now!

Two NPR One pins with the VPR logo on a pink dish that says Something Magical.
Emily Alfin Johnson / VPR

So you want to know more about NPR One? We've got you covered.

'Planet Money/How I Built This' will be joining VPR's Sunday lineup starting on March 4, 2018. The program is a marriage of two popular podcasts that share common themes of business and money, and tell amazing stories in different ways.

A special broadcast version of two of NPR’s most popular podcasts — Planet Money and How I Built This — is coming to VPR’s Sunday program schedule starting on March 4, 2018. These back-to-back programs will air at 4 p.m. and On The Media will move to 10 a.m.

Join VPR's capital bureau reporters Bob Kinzel and Pete Hirschfeld to discuss the issues at play in the 2018 legislative session.
Emily Alfin Johnson / VPR

Water quality, property taxes, family leave, and more! There’s so much at play in the legislature, it might make your head spin. Join us for News And Brews: A Legislative Half Time Huddle for an insider's view from our Statehouse reporters!

VPR will continue to carry On Point, which will continue to be produced by guest hosts including Jane Clayson, Tom Gjelten and Ray Suarez.
On Point Radio

Tom Ashbrook, host of On Point, has been dismissed from WBUR, Boston University announced Wednesday.

Ashbrook was placed on leave in December 2017 after 11 current and former station employees filed complaints of sexual misconduct and bullying. Boston University launched two independent investigations, which found that Ashbrook's conduct "created an abusive work environment" but determined it "was not sexual in nature."

Award-winning public radio journalist Sarah Ashworth will return to Vermont Public Radio in March as director of news.
Chris Saunders / NHPR

Award-winning  public radio journalist Sarah Ashworth will return to Vermont Public Radio in March as director of news. She will lead the station’s 15-person news team.

Ashworth brings a variety of experiences to VPR, which has  significantly increased its public service journalism over the last 17 years as a result of audience demand.  She will lead VPR’s initiatives in broadcast and digital news gathering as the organization develops new ways to provide news, enterprise and investigative reporting while engaging the community in the process.

Facebook announced changes to their News Feed in early 2018. Posts from publishers and organizations will be lower priority in your feed. Here's how to stay up to date with VPR and NPR.

Facebook is making significant changes to its News Feed algorithm, which could limit the posts you see from VPR and other media sources. Instead of prioritizing posts based on how popular they were, now you'll be seeing more posts that spark “meaningful interactions” between people, by prioritizing posts from your friends over post from publishers and other organizations that you follow. 

Aaron Shrewsbury for VPR

Not sure how the whole podcast thing works? We're here to help.

Update 1/4/18: Randy Brock has resigned from the VPR Board of Directors audit committee following his appointment to the Vermont Senate in December.

Original post: Vermont Public Radio has elected two new members to its Board of Directors to serve three-year terms:

John Dillon will become VPR's senior reporter for the New England News Collaborative in January 2018.
Vermont Public Radio

News Director and longtime VPR News reporter John Dillon will take on a new role as Senior Reporter for the New England News Collaborative beginning in January, VPR announced today. 

VPR Membership Drive Prizes

Nov 30, 2017

Thank you to everyone who entered our prize drawings and to our generous underwriters for providing these great prizes and supporting VPR!

VPR has learned that Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) is cutting ties with longtime public radio personality Garrison Keillor. This comes in the wake of an investigation into alleged inappropriate conduct with an individual who worked with Keillor during production of A Prairie Home Companion.

Support VPR and we'll thank you with this Public Radio Nerd tote bag!
Vermont Public Radio

VPR’s 2017 year-end membership drive is Tuesday, November 28 through Friday, December 8, with a goal of $295,000 to help keep VPR strong and independent in 2018.

For every Giving Tuesday contribution to VPR, two generous individuals in Burlington and Shelburne will donate 15 meals to the Vermont Foodbank.
Vermont Foodbank

Update: What an incredible day! On Giving Tuesday 2017 we heard from 1,829 listeners who supported VPR and collectively sent 27,435 meals to Vermonters in need via the Vermont Foodbank. From everyone at VPR, thank you for your generous support. We are so honored to be part of this community.

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

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

Friday Night Jazz Host Reuben Jackson will leave VPR in April 2018.

Reuben Jackson, host of Friday Night Jazz, has announced that he will leave VPR next April. His final VPR broadcast will be Friday, April 27.

“Needless to say, the opportunity to share music I truly love with an audience of devoted listeners for five years has been - and will continue to be for awhile longer - an immense joy,” Reuben wrote in an email to staff. “I want to thank VPR for the unexpected opportunity and for the chance to return the world of radio.”

President Lyndon Johnson signing the Public Broadcasting Act in 1967.
LBJ Library photo by Yoichi Okamoto

In signing the Public Broadcasting Act Nov. 7, 1967, President Johnson expressed the hope that one day, public television and radio stations would satisfy “America’s appetite for excellence” and “enrich man’s spirit.”

Use the voice memo app on your smartphone to record a message about why you're a VPR Sustainer.
Emily Alfin-Johnson / VPR

Sustainers: we want to hear from YOU! Why do you sustain VPR? What does being a Sustainer mean to you? Record and share your sustainer love and you might hear yourself during our December membership drive.

Update: All VPR Online Streams came back online around 2:20 p.m. If you still have trouble with the streams, or any VPR service, please send us a message. Thanks again for your patience during this planned maintenance: we don't anticipate another service outage any time soon.