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'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.


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!

You’re invited to the Monkey House in Winooski on April 19th for a podcast listening party. We’ll listen to a collection of stories exploring medical curiosities, including an episode of Radiolab about Henrietta Lacks and other podcasts.

VPR is pleased to support the arts community in Vermont by providing media sponsorships to arts presenters throughout our region. This year, VPR is media sponsor for nearly 200 events in Vermont and the surrounding area.

Staff Spotlight: Sara Simon

Apr 4, 2016
Sara Simon / VPR

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 Web Developer, Sara Simon. She's celebrating one year at VPR today!

Eight public media organizations in New England, including Vermont Public Radio, have received a $625,538 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to establish a regional news collaboration.

Jean Murphy's Irish Soda Bread

Mar 17, 2016
Michelle Owens / VPR

Happy St. Patrick's Day! The holiday is a little more special at the office ever since Sustaining Membership Coordinator Jean Murphy started working at VPR. That’s because she brings in a batch of her grandmother-in-law’s famous Irish soda bread for all of us to enjoy.

She says, "The recipe came from my husband's grandmother, Nellie Murphy of Dingle, Co. Kerry. She used to make about 20 loaves every St. Patrick's Day for all her dear ones. Mine is never as good as hers*, but I still make it every year."

*Editor's Note: We beg to differ. I'm going back for seconds.

On Our 2016 Election Coverage

Mar 10, 2016
Alan Diaz / AP

Since Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders entered the presidential race last spring, VPR has heard from a number of listeners  inquiring about how VPR would cover the presidential campaign.

Covering a presidential election is one of the most challenging stories for news organizations to tell, and given all the complexities and unexpected twists this race has already taken, that challenge has become even more pronounced this year. It’s a challenge we readily accept, knowing of course that we’ll never get it exactly right for every person, every time.

Contribute by Thursday, March 31 and you’ll automatically be entered into a drawing for a $2,000 gift card to Small Dog Electronics.

Small Dog Electronics is Vermont’s Apple retailer. You could use the gift card for an iPad Pro, Apple TV, Macbook, Apple Watch, or anything else at their stores or online at smalldog.com.

To Donate:

This spring, public radio stations across the country will begin their traditional on-air pledge drives. While they will be raising critical funds necessary to serve their communities, they will also be interrupting programs for a full week (or more).

We think there's a better way. Last spring, VPR eliminated an entire pledge drive because fans and friends across the region contributed before the scheduled start of the on-air drive.

Courtesy of Mitch Wertlieb

Mornings just wouldn’t be the same without Mitch Wertlieb and his enthusiastic 6:45 a.m. sports report. Many of you asked for a way to listen again in order to relive a favorite moment or share his insights (and occasional rant) with friends. Well, now you can! Mitch's sports reports are now available online.

VPR is seeking applications from listeners who would like to join VPR’s Community Forum.

The Community Forum is a volunteer group that provides community input to VPR about its programming and public service somewhat similar to a focus group.

VPR Cooks: Madelyn Cataford's Maple Glazed Roots

Feb 25, 2016
Sarah Mathews / VPR

Winter is a time for root vegetables...and more root vegetables. If you're like us and are at a loss for what to do with these late-winter staples, Controller Madelyn Cataford suggested her amazing recipe for maple-glazed roots. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!