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Individuals aged 70 ½ or older can make charitable gifts to qualified organizations through direct transfers from their IRAs without paying income tax on the IRA distributions. You can improve your overall tax situation while helping VPR’s public service mission.

You can make a direct transfer if:

One of the most rewarding aspects of a membership drive is that, in addition to donations, we receive thousands of comments from listeners. Some are appreciative, some offer constructive criticism, and some provide downright inspiration.

On the last day of the December membership drive - when it looks like we'll end a bit short of our goal - we received the following email from Ken Cadow, a middle school teacher and supporter of VPR. After making his year-end gift, he sent us the following note:

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This holiday season, make VPR and VPR Classical part of your celebrations and enjoy a variety of special programs, ranging from traditional to new.

On Monday, VPR’s Bob Kinzel reported on a recent Vermont Attorney General report on outside "paid fundraisers" in Vermont. Since VPR is named in the report, we wanted to share some background with you.

In 2012, VPR hired a company called Aria, which works with many public media companies in the United States, to make some donor calls on our behalf.

Update for 12/2/15: What a day! Our original goal for our Giving Tuesday effort - which we thought was a stretch - was to bring in enough gifts to send 15,000 meals to the Vermont Foodbank. Thanks to 1,705 VPR supporters, our generous challengers are sending 25,575 meals instead. Your incredible generosity of spirit continues to astound us. We feel so fortunate to be able to serve this community. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and to our challengers for making this partnership possible.

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This year, VPR will feature several special programs Nov. 25 and Nov. 26 in honor of Thanksgiving:

Guide To Good Streaming

Nov 13, 2015

At VPR we strive to give you a variety of ways to listen wherever you are, and streaming is one of the easiest ways to listen to VPR content through your PC, laptop or mobile device while at home or on the go. If your stream isn’t functioning properly, here are a few common issues and questions with answers to help you get back to listening to your favorite programs.

My stream is cutting in and out, or is taking a long time to buffer.

Vermont Public Radio has elected Nicole Ravlin of Shelburne to its Board of Directors to serve a three-year term.

As co-founder of People Making Good Public Relations, Ravlin works on new business development for the agency and serves the agency’s clients as a lead communications strategist and crisis communication manager. Her clients include international, national, and Vermont brands including: EO Products, The Republic of Tea, Les Trois Petits Cochons, and Darn Tough Vermont.

Join the 12,000 sustaining supporters of VPR and you will be entered in a drawing for a trip to Chicago for a live recording of Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me! in Chicago.

Becoming a Sustainer is easy on the budget. All you do is set an automatic monthly contribution that works for you, and your continuing support helps us to bring you the programs – like Wait Wait – that you enjoy and rely on. Sustainers also help VPR plan its finances and save money by spending less on renewal letters.

NPR One is a smartphone app that connects you to a stream of public radio news, stories and podcasts from around the world and your own backyard.

A Maple-Themed Potluck

Oct 28, 2015
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At VPR we’ll take any excuse to cook for each other.  So when Vermont Edition had Katie Webster, author of Maple: 100 Sweet and Savory Recipes Featuring Pure Maple Syrup, on the show we had the perfect reason to get together and flaunt our maple cooking prowess.

Photo by Marco Antonio

VPR and the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series presents The Takeaway Host John Hockenberry: “Climate of Doubt”, Wednesday, November 4 at 7 p.m. at Saint Michael's College.

In 2008, the presidential candidates agreed that climate change demanded urgent attention. But that national call to action has virtually disappeared. In his talk, Hockenberry describes what altered the climate change debate.

Join VPR Statehouse Reporters Bob Kinzel and Pete Hirschfeld for a deep dive into the politics and issues of 2016, Thursday, November 5 in Montpelier.

Is the risk of serious injury tempered by the love of sport, the desire to compete and win, and the potential scholastic benefits of being involved in team sports? What are the stresses young athletes contend with as they try to maintain grades and excel at their sport? And is Vermont doing enough, along with its schools, to protect these developing minds and bodies?

VPR Classical In Middlebury Moving To 90.1 FM

Oct 8, 2015
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VPR Classical’s Middlebury station, WOXM 89.1 FM, will move to 90.1 FM on October 12, 2015.

The move is necessary because we recently discovered that our 89.1 signal was interfering with the radio system used by VELCO, the Vermont Electric Power Company, to respond to emergencies. As we head into the winter storm season, it's important to be able to dispatch emergency power line workers quickly and reliably. In order to achieve this goal, we've agreed to move Middlebury's VPR Classical station to 90.1 FM.

As Bernie Sanders’ political campaign continues across the country, Vermont Public Radio examines the rise and record of the Democratic presidential candidate in an hour-long news program on October 6.

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Veteran Vermont reporter Howard Weiss-Tisman has joined Vermont Public Radio as its Southern Vermont Correspondent, covering Windham and southern Windsor counties.

Share Your News Tip Or Story Idea With VPR

Sep 22, 2015

If you have an idea for an interesting story or a news tip, share it with the VPR staff or our news director.

There are multiple ways to reach out to the staff and newsroom:

Pledge Drive Light: all of the funding, none of the program interruptions.
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Update 9/21/15: YOU DID IT! Thanks to more than 5,000 listeners, VPR surpassed its membership drive goal of $375,000 on Friday, September 18! In addition to meeting an important financial goal to keep the programming strong, we welcomed nearly 1,000 first-time contributors! Growing the VPR family provides a broad base of support essential to our public service.  

We want to sincerely thank everyone who supported VPR during this drive and all year-round. We truly couldn’t do it without you.

September 22 update: Unfortunately, this event has been canceled on account of health issues. We hope you'll attend other Burlington Book Festival events this weekend! 

Original post: Calling all word nerds! Join us Saturday, September 26 at ArtsRiot in Burlington to meet A Way With Words Host Martha Barnette. 

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