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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

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.


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.
Lara Dickson / Deep Dish Creative

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. 


Just as you count on VPR to feed your brain, we have a new lunch bag to hold the food that feeds your belly.

For your gift of $150 or $12/month as a Sustainer, we'll thank you with this US-made, charcoal, naturally insulated, Europrene bag to make your desk lunch a little less sad and show off your support for VPR.


For your gift of $35 or more during the September Membership Drive, we’ll thank you with the official, authentic, authorized VPR Fan Kit!

Our first-ever Fan Kit includes a wallet-sized bottle opener, temporary tattoos, euro magnet, Live From The Fort CD, silicone smartphone wallet and more!

We’ve heard from many listeners recently regarding NPR’s coverage of Bernie Sanders. In particular, many felt that Mara Liasson’s analysis last Wednesday during All Things Considered regarding a possible Joe Biden bid for president missed the mark.

We shared these concerns directly with our colleagues at NPR, who shared the following with us: 

The ferris wheel at the 2014 Champlain Valley Fair.
Michelle Owens / VPR

Join us Monday, August 31 at the Champlain Valley Fair. We'll be there all day under the VPR tent next to the Maple Sugar House.

We'll have giveaways and the Vermont Edition team will be there collecting your stories for an upcoming special program. Plus, members of the Heliand Consort will give a free concert at 3:30 p.m. under the gazebo. 

Courtesy Wiemann & Lamphere

Vermont Public Radio recently broke ground on an $8 million expansion and renovation of its headquarters, located in Colchester’s historic Fort Ethan Allen district.

“This project represents the next step in VPR’s evolution as a public media organization serving the state of Vermont,” said VPR President Robin Turnau. “Our improved facilities will allow us to enhance and expand our public service while engaging the community in new and innovative ways.”

chensiyuan / commons.wikimedia.org

Update 8/17/15 10:09 am: The broadcast aired on August 12. Thanks to the listeners and callers who made this year's stargazing party a success! You can listen back to the entire program here. 

Update 8/10/15 4:46 pm: The Stargazing Party has been rescheduled for Wednesday, August 12 at 9 p.m.  

Snap Judgment Host Glynn Washington

NPR’s Snap Judgment comes to VPR on Saturday afternoons at 1 p.m. beginning August 1, 2015.

The new version of the VPR App is now available for Android. Visit Google Play to install the app or update it if you already have it. (UPDATED 7/21/2015)

A Prairie Home Companion Host Garrison Keillor
Erik Hageness / American Public Media

A Prairie Home Companion Host Garrison Keillor has announced that he will retire as host after next season. He told the Associated Press in a video interview that his plan “is to be a gray eminence” and “fade away into well-deserved obscurity.”

“I have a lot of other things that I want to do. I mean, nobody retires anymore. Writers never retire. But this is my last season. This tour this summer is the farewell tour," the 72-year-old Keillor said.

VPR Board of Directors Chair Charlie Kireker
Daria Bishop

Charlie Kireker, Chair of Vermont Public Radio’s Board of Directors, has been elected to the NPR Foundation Board of Trustees for a three-year term.  

Vermont Public Radio has been honored with national awards for its news coverage – for community engagement, commentary, and multimedia presentation.

“As a public broadcaster, we are accountable to the community we serve,” said VPR News Director John Dillon. “We are honored to receive these awards because they go to the heart of VPR’s mission to provide an essential and trusted independent voice for news and information in our region.”

Over the last year, VPR’s Live From The Fort music video series has brought you some of the best musician’s from Vermont diverse music scene.

This Friday, July 3 at 12 p.m. and Monday, July 6 at 8 p.m., join VPR’s Ric Cengeri  for an hour-long "mixtape" special featuring musicians who’ve played on Live from the Fort. You’ll hear a wide range of genres: rock, pop, folk, R’n’B and more! Check out the playlist below.