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VPR Classical
7:53 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Student Composer Showcase: Ethan Duncan

Student Composer Ethan Duncan
Sandi MacLeod

September's Student Composer Showcase is Ethan Duncan, who enters 8th grade at Williston Central School this fall. Ethan whistles while he works - literally working out his melodies with a whistle before committing them to the page.

Listen Monday at 11:30am; Wednesday at 8:30am; Friday at 4pm, and Saturday at 9am.

The Student Composer Showcase is produced in collaboration with Music-COMP's online mentoring program. Find out more at music-comp.org

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VPR Cafe
2:50 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

VPR Cafe: A Bit Of Vermont In Portland, Oregon

Smoked duck is served with steamed dumpling at BTU Brasserie in Portland, Oregon.
Candace Page

Candace Page sees a lot of similarities between Burlington, Vermont and Portland, Oregon -- especially the food culture. Portland has a strong localvore ethic and many restaurants that specialize in ingenuity. Candace, who writes for the "Savorvore Section" of The Burlington Free Press, is vacationing in Portland. She tells us about the popularity of BTU Brasserie, a Chinese brew pub that the owners of Burlington's A Single Pebble restaurant have opened in Portland.

VT Garden Journal
10:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Vermont Garden Journal: Trees and Shrubs

Deciduous trees provide shade in a forest.
lightfoot Morguefile

You start seeing signs around Labor Day at local garden centers. They start with a quiet 20 percent off and by October the signs are screaming up to 75 percent off! What's on sale? Trees and shrubs.

Fall is good time to buy trees and shrubs. Many nurseries and garden centers don't want to carry their stock through the winter, so they're eager to move plants. But, as with any shopping, you need to discriminate between healthy and not so healthy plants. Here are some tips.

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Young Writers Project
9:41 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Young Writers Project: Creature At Camp

This week's Young Writers Project author is Hadley Murphy.

Hadley Murphy of Charlotte Central School writes about the quintessential camp experience – the scary creature in the night! Hadley wrote this piece as a seventh-grader last spring to share with her class in a story-telling segment.

Creature at Camp
By Hadley Murphy
Grade Seven, Charlotte Central School

Just after roasting marshmallows, we were getting into our tents. I was extremely tired after riding my bike all day. I was about to fall asleep when I heard a dribble, dribble and then a big boom ... crack! It was a thunderstorm.

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VT Garden Journal
10:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Vermont Garden Journal: Harvesting Herb Seeds

Herb seeds are great for cooking and for your garden's ecology.
bluescreen Morguefile

This time of year it's usually a battle to keep my herbs from going to seed. We all know herbs like basil produce more and bigger leaves if you can slow the march toward flower and seed formation. But sometimes it's best to work with nature, instead of against it. Some herbs, such has dill, fennel and cilantro, produce seeds that are not only edible, but desirable. Cilantro seeds are also known as coriander, a favorite in Indian and other ethnic dishes. Dill seed is used in cooking and to make pickles, while fennel seeds are used in teas, breads and soups and it a good digestive.

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VPR Cafe
6:47 am
Fri August 22, 2014

VPR Cafe: Ahoy Matey!

Aimee Marti of South Burlington pours out some Castelfeder, a Lagrein from the Alto Adige region of Italy, to go with white wine-poached salmon topped with sauce remoulade and a cold tortellini primavera salad.
Ryan Mercer Burlington Free Press

Glistening water, a soft breeze, good company and great food - it all adds up to a relaxing summer day on the water on one of Vermont's lakes. You can serve delicious food on board without spending a lot of time in the galley by doing the prep work at home.

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Art Hounds
3:07 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Art Hounds: Painting At 80

Detail of painting, 'precisely at 4 p.m.'
Artist, George Lawrence

Stephen Marks recommends the retrospective of 80-year-old painter George Lawrence's work at Vermont Law School in South Royalton on Saturday, August 23rd at 5 p.m. The work is up through September 28th.

Lynne Chlumecky suggested the on-going sculpture and clay class, taught by Benjamin Davis, who begins the class with a discussion on art and world history on Saturdays from 2 till 4 at the Hermitage Gallery in Worcester. The classes are open to all ages.

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Outdoor Radio
4:04 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Outdoor Radio: Jiminy Crickets And Katydids

An Angelwing Katydid is quietly perched for a close up.
Lisa Brown Flickr: Mean and Pinchy 756935332

The evening chorus of crickets and katydids can evoke childhood memories of summer as we pause to listen to their distinct sound. But most of us know little about these insects. Known to biologists as Orthoptera (or-THROP-tir-ah), they can be found all over the world, except the poles.

On Outdoor Radio, biologists Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra of the Vermont Center for EcoStudies take us to Pomfret to learn how crickets sing and the surprising way that they hear.

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Young Writers Project
6:00 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Young Writers Project: The Power of Family

This week's Young Writers Project author is Cole Banks of Tunbridge Central School.

This piece was written in response to the prompt, “Gift: Write about something you cherish.” Cole Banks wrote this about his family in the last school year as a fourth-grader at Tunbridge Central School. Cole says his parents like to tell stories about their families, and this story is about his mother’s family. “I’m very proud of them,” he says.

The Power of Family
By Cole Banks
Grade Four, Tunbridge Central School

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VPR Cafe
1:00 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

VPR Cafe: Hot Dog!

Gus' Red Hots with fries and coleslaw has been a favorite at the Plattsbugh, New York diner since 1951

Nothing says summer like hot dogs, and host Ric Cengeri is especially fond of chili dogs! Today, Ric changes places with Sally Pollak to talk about the chili dogs that he has sampled across the country.

Sally writes for the Savorvore Section of The Burlington Free Press. Today, she and Ric trade places and she asks the questions. They also take a field trip to Brigantes Snack Bar in Colchester to see how Michigans are made.

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