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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!

Ty Robertson / VPR

If the winter blues are getting you down, we have the cure! Join My Place Host Joel Najman for VPR A-Go-Go, a cabin fever 60s dance party on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 8 p.m., at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury.

VPR Staff Spotlight: Howard Weiss-Tisman

Feb 18, 2016

Have you ever wondered about the people that make the magic happen at VPR? Well, we're here to pull back the curtain! We're profiling different members of the VPR team; finding out what they do as well as some interesting facts about them. To kick things off, we're talking to VPR's Southern Vermont Correspondent, Howard Weiss-Tisman.

 The Essentials:

  • My name is: Howard Weiss-Tisman
  • Public radio employee since: September 2015
  • Public radio listener since: 1982
  • My job is: Southern Vermont correspondent

A team of VPR News reporters are reporting from Iowa in advance of the presidential caucuses on February 1. Over the next week, VPR will focus on the run up to democratic caucus in Iowa, where Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is locked in a tight race with Hillary Clinton.

Coverage highlights include:

From top right, clockwise: VPR; Emily Alfin Johnson|VPR; VPR; Steve Zind|VPR

What helped send Steve Zind to Afghanistan to report on the deployment of the Vermont National Guard, launched Outdoor Radio, created VPR’s smartphone apps, and built a remote studio in Brattleboro? Gifts made to the VPR Journalism Fund.

VPR Is Going To Iowa. What Do You Want To Know?

Jan 15, 2016
Andrew Harnik / AP

VPR News is sending a team of reporters to Iowa in advance of the state caucuses. We'll be talking to voters and volunteers – but before we leave, we want to hear from you.

What do you want to know about Iowa, its people or what goes on before the caucus? Share your question, and we may answer it as a part of our coverage.

You Asked, We Answered: Where's My Station I.D.?

Jan 15, 2016

At VPR, we often hear from listeners wondering why they don’t always hear their VPR News or VPR Classical station announced during our FCC-mandated station identification at the top of each hour.

First, let us just say that we love your "station pride!" In most cases, the answer is that the specific station you listen to is a translator, rather than a transmitter.

What the heck is the difference? We're glad you asked!

Vermont Public Radio has once again been named one of the Best Places to Work in Vermont. It's the fourth year VPR has made the list of the top small to mid-sized companies in the state. 

The annual list is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Vermont. Companies from across the state were evaluated on company workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics; and a survey to measure the employee experience.


Two years ago, Gov. Shumlin highlighted the state’s opiate epidemic in his state of the state address. January 11-15, 2016, VPR News looks at the progress that’s been made and the problems that remain in a special series, State Of Recovery.

Highlights of the series include:

Where's Alex Keefe?

Jan 12, 2016
Ty Robertson / VPR

Over the last couple of weeks, you may have noticed that Alex Keefe has been away from the mic as host of All Things Considered. He is on a temporary leave of absence to attend to a family matter.