VPR Blog

Posts to the VPR Blog.

Emily Alfin Johnson / VPR

In February, VPR with the Castleton Polling Institute conducted the first of three VPR Polls for this election year. The results of that poll provided important insights on Vermonters' opinions about the presidential candidates, statewide officeholders and key topics like gun control and marijuana legalization.

Credit David Finlayson

Every summer in Vermont, musicians come together to find the quiet, space and time to explore the meaning and magic of chamber music. For the next month leading up the Marlboro Music Festival you can hear the Magic of Marlboro Sundays at noon and Monday evenings at 8 on VPR Classical.

But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids
Jory Raphael For VPR

Join us for a celebration of the curiosity of children with a VPR listening party for the our new podcast for kids, But Why, on Saturday, June 25 at Shelburne Farms.

The show tackles questions submitted from kids, such as "why is the sky blue?" to "why don't cats have hands?" to "why do people have different religions?"

Staff Spotlight: Betty Smith Mastaler

Jun 10, 2016

It’s a special edition of our Staff Spotlight: This month we’re talking with our Commentary Series producer and one of the very first employees of VPR, Betty Smith-Mastaler who is celebrating her 40th anniversary with VPR!

Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife

Listenwise helps teachers use stories from VPR in their classrooms. Working with VPR we identify relevant local news stories, design and develop classroom resources around them and make them available for free at VPR.net. 

Courtesy VuHaus.com

VPR's popular online video series Live From The Fort has partnered with VuHaus, a digital video service that introduces emerging and established artists to new audiences around the world. Through their website and mobile app, VuHaus gathers videos and interviews from leading public radio stations across the U.S.

We recently published our 2015 Annual Report, which includes financial information, photos, and a look at VPR's impact in the community, thanks to the help of loyal members and listeners like you.  

We've gone digital this year in order to be environmentally-friendly and good stewards of our supporters' contributions.

You can download VPR's 2015 Annual Report here. Thanks so much for listening to and supporting VPR! 

Michelle Owens / VPR

Nearly a year ago, VPR broke ground on an expansion and renovation of our headquarters in Colchester's historic Fort Ethan Allen.

The Vermont Chamber Business and Industry Expo will be Thursday, May 26 the Sheraton Hotel in South Burlington, and VPR will be there. Come visit our booth on the second floor and meet your favorite VPR voices in person.

Kathleen Masterson / VPR

Listenwise helps teachers use stories from their local public radio station with students in their classrooms. 

As a VPR listener, you're probably aware that we've been working hard for the past several years to stay ahead of rapid changes in the radio landscape.

Our goal is to continue to provide the news, music and programming you want and in the way that you want it, so I'm inviting you to share your feedback about technology in our eighth annual Public Radio Tech Survey conducted with Jacobs Media.

'Truth Be Told'

May 6, 2016

VPR will air Truth Be Told, a new program from KQED and PRI for the next four Saturdays beginning this Saturday, May 7 at 3 p.m. The program will repeat the following Wednesdays at 10 p.m.

The program's focus aims to improve the national conversation on race and asks, "What if we could get better at handling racially charged situations by breaking down our past encounters?" In the first episode, host Joshua Johnson will look at the role race plays in the workplace.

2016 President's Letter

May 3, 2016

At VPR, we are constantly working to connect with you and improve our service to the community, and a  new year is always an opportunity to reflect on the past and look ahead to the future. To that end, I want to share with you just a handful of the indelible and vitally important moments our community made possible in 2015.

Listener support is the cornerstone of all that VPR is and does, and for this, we are so grateful.  You have helped make VPR an indispensable resource for the people of our region.

VPR's Live From The Fort is hitting the road to present a live showcase of local bands during Waking Windows on May 7 at oak45 in Winooski.

Line-up and set times:
The Smittens 2 p.m - 2:30 p.m
Enemy Self 2:40 p.m - 3:20 p.m
Violet Ultraviolet 3:20 p.m - 3:50 p.m

Staff Spotlight: Rebecca Sananes

Apr 29, 2016

Have you ever wondered about the people that make the magic happen at VPR? Well, we're here to pull back the curtain! Each month we're profiling different members of the VPR team; finding out what they do as well as some interesting facts about them. This time, we're talking to VPR's Upper Valley Reporter, Rebecca Sananes.

Melody Bodette / VPR

Listenwise helps teachers use stories from their local public radio station with students in their classrooms.

Rebecca Sananes, VPR's Upper Valley reporter.
Ty Robertson / VPR

Reporter Rebecca Sananes has joined Vermont Public Radio’s award-winning news team, covering the Upper Valley and Northeast Kingdom.

VPR is taking Live From The Fort on the road! We’ll be at The Skinny Pancake in Burlington on Thursday, April 28 to record three Vermont bands for our series.

Admission is free and shows start at 7 p.m. The line-up includes:



Abbie Morin

Hope to see you there!

Steve Zind / VPR

Vermont Public Radio has been honored with five first-place regional Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). 

"These awards demonstrate the commitment VPR has to energetic and comprehensive public service," said John Van Hoesen, VPR's chief content officer. "We appreciate this recognition of excellence by the industry; it underscores our responsibility to provide essential and trustworthy news and information for all generations in a time of rapid change."

The winning coverage includes:

For five years now, VPR has hosted Cake Week, a five-day binge of creativity, quantity, sugar and camaraderie among public radio stations. Its origin story is based in the happy coincidence of several Vermont Public Radio staff birthdays in early April, but after one of our colleagues moved to another public radio station across the country, it became a competition. This year, a record SIX stations spent the week baking and eating cake. Here are a few of our favorites!