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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. 

VPR Cooks: Staff Recipes For A Healthy New Year

Jan 7, 2016
Lesli Blount / VPR

With so many cooks on the VPR staff, there are almost always exciting creations to share. So, we’re reviving our series VPR Cooks featuring recipes for dishes we love to make and share with each other.

This month we're featuring healthy recipes to start off the new year on a healthier note after all those holiday treats. Enjoy!

Lesli Blount's Warm White Beans With Roasted Fennel


VPR will be live at the Statehouse this week for the opening of the 2016 legislative session:

Tuesday, January 5Vermont Edition, VPR’s daily news magazine, will broadcast live at noon. Hosts Bob Kinzel and Jane Lindholm will speak with House Speaker Shap Smith, Republican Sen. Joe Benning, Progressive Rep. Chris Pearson, and reporters.


VPR's Live From the Fort features musicians from around the state, performing live from the VPR studios at Fort Ethan Allen. Through music and casual conversation, the series connects music lovers with Vermont-based music makers.

You Ask, We Answer: Where Are The Primary Debates?

Dec 23, 2015
Charlie Neibergall / AP

As the 2016 election grows ever closer, we’ve gotten a number of questions about why we aren’t providing live coverage of the myriad primary debates taking place for both Democrats and Republicans.

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:

Amanda Shepard / VPR

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.