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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.

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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.”

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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
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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.

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Nothing says summertime like taking in a baseball game! We’ll be cheering on the Vermont Lake Monsters on Friday, July 24 at Burlington’s Centennial Field and we want you to be our guests. We’re giving away 12 pairs of tickets to the game. Enter to win here – the deadline is July 17 at noon.

Hope to see you there, and go team! Click here for the contest rules.

Thanks to all the enthusiastic foodies and travelers who attended our Eating 251 event at Arts Riot! Below you'll find a map of all the places to visit and eat that Ric discussed, as well as establishments recommended by attendees.

Update for June 15: Thank you! VPR met its June 2015 membership drive goal of $325,000 early Saturday morning, after just three days and two hours of traditional pledge drive fundraising. It was one of the shortest drives in VPR history. More than 3,000 listeners contributed to the effort.

Mitch's Music has moved! After today, if you're looking for that song you heard during Morning Edition check out the Morning Edition program page to find the list of "music beds" Mitch played. If you still have questions (or feedback) send us an email. Thank you!

Monday, June 15:

5:59am: Branford Marsalis: "Bullworth", from "Requiem."

After five generations, Emily Post’s family continues the tradition of bringing etiquette advice to the airwaves with Awesome Etiquette, a weekly feature on VPR.

Monday, June 8:

5:59am: Bud Powell: "Jor Du", from "Live In Paris."

6:07am: Happy Apple: "The Treetops Of A Bad Neighborhood", from

6:18am: Sex Mob: "Baby, Let Me Hold Your Hand", from "Dime Grind Palace."

6:30am: Charlie Hunter: "Fine Corinthian Leather", from "Baboon Strength."

6:41am: Dj Dimi: "Trippin'," from "Zen Lounge."

6:50am: Soulive and Karl Denson: "Spark", from "Spark!"

6:59am: Medeski, Martin, and Wood: "Bemsha Swing/Lively Up Yourself", from "It's A Jungle In Here."

Monday, June 1:

5:59am: Charles Mingus: "Theme For Lester Young", from "Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus."

6:18am: Matthew Garrsion: "I Told Ya So", from "Shapeshifter."

6:30am: Shawn Lee Ping Pong Orchestra: "Hey Ya", from "Hits the Hits."

6:41am: Jeff Coffin: "A Half Sleep", from "Into the Air."

6:59am: Rock Candy Funk Party: "Root Down", from "We Want Groove."

7:18am: Bill Frisell: "The Big One", from "Big Sur."

7:30am: Soulive: "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", from "Rubber Soulive."

Monday, May 25:

5:59am: Earl Klugh: "So Many Stars", from "Solo Guitar."

6:18am: Dick Hyman: "Sweet Georgia Brown", from the soundtrack to the film "Sweet and Lowdown."

6:30am: Nostalgia '77: "Sad Thing", from "Seven Nation Army EP."

6:41am: Victor Wooten: 'The Lesson", from "Palmystery".

6:59am: Avishai Cohen: "Calm", from "Continuo."

7:18am: Neil Cowley Trio: "Monoface", from "Radio Silence."

7:30am: Gil Evans Orchestra: "Little Wing", from the album of the same name.

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