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Vermont Place Names
6:07 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Vermont Place Names: Footprints Of History

The town was chartered to Revolutionary War veterans in the hope that it would be a post-war Eden for them.
Library of Congress

The names of the places around us often tell the unique story of Vermont’s history. Our guide is Vermont Place Names: Footprints of History, by Esther Munroe Swift.


Swift wrote the town “was chartered to some of the Green Mountain Boys’ officers and men and to the heirs of other men who had been killed during the revolution. …The town was chartered to the veterans in the hope that it would be a post-war Eden for them; however as far as can be ascertained, none of them ever settled there.”

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Vermont Women In The Arts
12:16 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Vermont Women In The Arts

Hilda Belcher's watercolor portrait of a girl with an apple.

In recognition of Women's History Month, VPR again collaborated with the Vermont Commission on Women in March, 2014, to present a series of stories about women from our region who achieved significant success in the arts.

We heard from women who are notable in their own right about innovators and trail blazers in the fine arts, from writers to painters, and designers to photographers.

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5:58 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Despite Barriers, Addicted Moms-To-Be Are Finding Help

As the number of mothers suffering from addiction has increased, it’s become clear that putting them at the end of a treatment waiting list is dangerous for them and their babies.
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There are many different aspects to the drug problem in Vermont, but perhaps none is more challenging – and emotional – than the issue of addiction and pregnant women.

Even though the majority of substance-dependent women seek help when they become pregnant, both the illicit drugs and those used for treatment can cause withdrawal symptoms in newborns.

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6:00 am
Sun January 19, 2014

Martin Luther King Day Special

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, speaks to thousands during his "I Have a Dream" speech.
AP Photo

Martin Luther King, Jr. grew up listening to and singing church songs, and saw gospel and folk music as natural tools to further the civil rights movement.

In this hour-long special from WQXR and WNYC, "A Beautiful Symphony of Brotherhood: A Musical Journey in the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.," host Terrance McKnight interweaves musical examples with Dr. King's own speeches and sermons to illustrate the powerful place that music held in his work. He also examines how the musical community responded to and participated in Dr. King's cause.

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VPR Blog
10:27 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

State Of Mind Series Highlights Changes To The Mental Health System

Flickr: benchilada 2467405983

There's been a spotlight on Vermont's mental health care system since Tropical Storm Irene slammed into Vermont and flooded the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury. All of the patients at the hospital had to be evacuated immediately and the facility was never reopened. The State Hospital had been funded entirely by state dollars for most of the last decade after safety and security issues caused the federal government to pull its certification. "Let's be candid," says Governor Peter Shumlin, "it was a dump. And we should have been out of there years and years ago."

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Dorothy's List
4:16 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Dorothy's List: A Monthly Series for Young Readers

Dorothy's List

Each school year, thousands of Vermont students read the books nominated for the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award. Thirty books make the annual list, and fourth through eighth graders vote for their favorite title in the spring.

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Vermont Edition
3:02 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Getting Your Kicks On Vermont Route 66

VPR/Ric Cengeri

The iconic U.S. Route 66 stretches over 2,400 miles from Grant Park in Chicago to the Santa Monica Pier in California. Vermont Route 66 is a little shorter and has inspired far fewer songs and folklore. It’s a little less than 10 miles long, running from East Randolph to Randolph.

In this special series, VPR's Ric Cengeri set out to get some kicks on Vermont Route 66.

Part One: Farms of Orange County

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7:50 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Voices Of Recovery, A Special Series On Opiate Addiction Recovery

Dustin is featured in the film, "The Hungry Heart" from Kingdom County Productions. He will be a guest on Vermont Edition this Thursday.
Kingdom County Productions

In the summer of 2012, documentary filmmaker Bess O'Brien invited producer Erica Heilman to conduct a series of  workshops in St. Albans in which various artists encouraged people recovering from opiate addiction to document their experience in words and images.

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Special Series: Burned Out
5:00 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Apartment Fires Displace Vermonters and Highlight Need for Thorough Inspection

Firefighters hose down buildings in St. Johnsbury, Vt. in 2009.
AP/Toby Talbot

Every year, according to the Fire Marshal’s report, fire strikes at least 2,000 buildings in Vermont. While the majority of these fires damage single family homes, about one fourth of the blazes rip through apartment buildings. Unlike private homes, those public spaces are subject to inspection by the state or the municipality.

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VPR Blog
2:00 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Mapping The Money: VPR Charts Irene Relief Funds

Screen shot of the interactive map of FEMA aid for Tropical Storm Irene
Mapping the Money VPR

When Tropical Storm Irene raged through Vermont it shattered homes and businesses, roads and bridges. 1,400 households were displaced.  Many people were left with nothing, except the muddied remnants of their belongings. Some lost their homes and their jobs. The storm had eroded the foundations of many people’s lives. But others reached out to help.

Interactive Map Of FEMA Funds Distributed/Allocated In Vermont

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