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Can jokes about depression and anxiety be funny? Aparna Nancherla thinks so.

Courtesy Aron Garceau

In this Halloween special from Brave Little State, a terrifying compendium of spine-tingling Vermont ghost stories, as told to us by … you.


Last week Bob Dylan was awarded the Noble Prize for Literature, becoming the first American since Toni Morrison to receive that honor. During his five decades of making music, he played countless shows, and on one of his most famous tours, he came through Vermont.

Susan J. Boutwell

This weekend, you can join a poets' group and take in an opera and a string quartet.

Courtesy, Kristen M. Watson, artist

You've probably noticed you're seeing - and therefore scrutinizing - your own image and those of others more and more these days. Vermont multi-disciplinary artists Mary Admasian and Kristen M. Watson noticed, too.

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There aren't many vegetables where you're eating the same varieties that were cultivated thousands of years ago but that is a the case with shallots.

Young Writers Project: Philosophies

Oct 20, 2016
Courtesy, Fiona Goodman

When or if somebody asks me,

“Why do you think we’re here?”

I’ll probably reply,

“Because we’re so self-centered

we think we’re more important than the rest of the world

The United Nations seems to have decided that there are no human women qualified to be new honorary ambassador for women and girls, so they’ve chosen… Wonder Woman.

Awesome Etiquette: Notes To A Food Thief

Oct 14, 2016
Courtesy, Sporkful

The refrigerator in your communal office kitchen can be a great money-saving resource when you want to brown-bag it. But when you leave food items that you intend to consume later and they show up missing, the kitchen can become a source of frustration.

Courtesy, David Schein, OffCenter For The Dramatic Arts

Burlington's Old North End has a way of attracting creative types to it environs and it has for a long time. Local theater actor and writer David Schein said that is likely due to the fact that the neighborhood is more affordable.

Courtesy, Susan Reid

This is a graveyard,

I think to myself

as I walk into a clearing

in the forest.

Courtesy, Garden Therapy

It was my daughter, Elena, living in Canada who turned me on to Jack-O-Planterns. Instead of just having the spooky glow of a candle or lights inside your jack-o-lantern, you have plants sprouting from the head!

Courtesy, The Opera House at Enosburg Falls

If you plan it just right, you can see more than 20 staged plays and hear some local music this weekend!

Otis René is best known as the co-author of the 1931 song "When It's Sleepy Time Down South", co-written with his brother Leon René and this week on My Place, we'll hear songs penned by these song-writing siblings.

Mark Shaw

If the vulgar presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has you pining for simpler times, a new photo exhibit on the John F. Kennedy presidency might be just the medicine to help make it through to Election Day.

Sometimes I hear comedians talk about offending people in a way that sounds like bragging. They feel like having offended someone is a rite of passage, like it's proof that they have something raw and edgy to say that the world has to hear, and that anyone who doesn't like it is just too weak or ignorant.

The concept of eating locally is fully embraced in Vermont for all the right reasons: Fresher foods, the ability to know the farmer and knowing you are leaving a smaller carbon footprint.

But how local does a food have to be to be considered "local?"

Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

One long table dominates the open space in the center of the tiny, 150-year-old Peabody Library in Post Mills. Around that table, a group of Dorothy's List readers – ranging in age from 9 to 11 – are tying lengths of rope into knots. The knots are keeping their hands busy as they discuss the book Circus Mirandus.

Artist, Bruce Murray

More studios are open this weekend, plus hear local storytelling, see a craft show and hear some bluegrass among the foliage.